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Syncing and Managing Cloud Services on the Galaxy Tab 4

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 allows you to synchronize data with online services such as email and Google through the cloud, which is file storage available on the Internet. You can also view your storage usage, backup, and restore information.
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When you set up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 for the first time, the Tab 4 asks you to either sign up for a Samsung account or log into the following services:

  • Your Samsung account.
  • Your Google email account.
  • Your Dropbox account so you can share files on the Dropbox online file sharing service.

If you sign up or log into one or more of these three services, you’re able to change the service settings within the Settings screen. You can either change online file sharing service settings within the Cloud settings screen or you can view settings for each individual service.


The Samsung and Dropbox apps allow you to store and share files in the cloud, which is essentially a metaphor for the Internet. Here’s how to view and change these app settings:

  1. In the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  2. In the Apps screen, tap the Settings icon.
  3. In the Settings screen, tap General in the blue menu bar at the top of the page.
  4. Tap the Cloud setting in the settings list on the left side of the screen. The Cloud settings list appears as shown in Figure 1.

    Figure 1

    Figure 1 The Cloud settings list appears on the right side of the screen.

Within each cloud service you can view storage usage information and perform other tasks. On my Tab 4, I have a Samsung and Dropbox account shown in Figure 1 so you see the document information in the Personal Data section and underneath you see Dropbox information in the Dropbox section.

You can view synchronization settings by tapping Sync Settings within the Personal Data section. The Sync Settings list appears as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2

Figure 2. By default you sync the Calendar, Contacts, and Internet information.

Each of the four entries in the list tells you when the data was last synchronized with your Samsung account. If you don’t want to sync data on your Tab 4 Calendar, Contacts, and/or Internet apps with your Samsung account, tap the checkbox to the right of the appropriate setting. For example, tap the checkbox to the right of Sync Calendar to clear the checkbox and not sync your Calendar app information with your Samsung account.

In the blue menu bar above the Sync Settings list you can remove the Samsung account from the Tab 4 by tapping Remove Account. If you want to sync your app data manually with your Samsung account, tap Sync Now. You can return to the Cloud settings list without making any changes by tapping the Back touch button.

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