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Nexus One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

So you got yourself a new phone. Use this handy Cheat Sheet to get acquainted with the soft menu buttons and learn the layout of the Nexus One’s various home screens. The Cheat Sheet also provides a host of shortcuts, tips, and tricks that you might find helpful.

The Nexus One Home Screens

The main screen you use on the Nexus One is called the Home screen, but not everything you have loaded on your phone can be displayed in just one screen.


There are actually five Home screens to choose from. To quickly browse and preview the various Home screens, press and hold your finger on the dots in the lower left or right corners of the touch screen. Then in the pop-up preview, touch a preview image to instantly open that part of the Home screen. Or, just touch anywhere else on the touch screen to make the preview images go away.


The Nexus One Soft Buttons

The Nexus One phone features four soft buttons, found below the touch screen. These are the most commonly used buttons on the Nexus One phone.


  • Name: Back

  • Single press: Go back, close, dismiss keyboard

  • Press and hold: Nothing happens


  • Name: Menu

  • Single press: Display menu

  • Press and hold: Display onscreen keyboard


  • Name: Home

  • Single press: Go to Home Screen

  • Press and hold: Display recent application


  • Name: Search

  • Single press: Go to Home Screen

  • Press and hold: Display search by voice function

Nexus One Touch Screen Operations

There are several basic actions you can perform on your Nexus One’s touch screen that carry out various day-to-day operations. It’s just a matter of teaching your fingers to do what you want.

Action How to Touch the Screen
Touch Just touch it.
Double-tap Touch twice in the same spot.
Long press Touch a spot while keeping your finger down.
Swipe Touch a spot while dragging your finger left, right, up, or
Flick Swipe your finger across the screen.
Pinch Use two fingers spread apart and then bring them together while
continuing to touch.
Spread Use two fingers closed together and then spread them apart
while continuing to touch.

Nexus One Tricks to Remember

Here is an assortment of handy time-saving tricks to keep in mind to boost your productivity (or your hopeless addiction to your new Nexus One phone).

  • Dictation! You can speak into the phone as an effective and quick alternative to using the onscreen keyboard.

  • Press and hold a key on the keyboard to confirm that your stubby fingers have selected the right character.

  • Quickly put the Nexus One into Vibration mode by pressing the Down volume button until the phone jiggles.

  • When you’re on the phone, press the Power button to lock the phone and turn off the touch screen.

  • The trackball can be used to highlight and select links on a Web page.

  • You can also use the trackball to move the cursor and edit text.

  • When downloading updates or new apps, or for faster Web browsing, activate the Nexus One Wi-Fi feature.

  • Use the Search soft button to look for things on the phone, on the Internet, or in a specific app.

Nexus One Help and Support

If you ever happen to find yourself in really serious phone trouble, here is a smattering of trusted places to check out first for help.

Google Support

(888) 48NEXUS, which is (888) 486-3987

Nexus One Help

Android Market Help

HTC Customer Care

(888) 216-4736

Nexus One Support and Repair


611 (from your Nexus One)

(877) 453-1304

T-Mobile Contact Us