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  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-413296-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-413296-9

If you own or are considering a new Android smartphone, My Android Phone is your must-have companion.
Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Android 5 (Lollipop) phone working just the way you want. Learn how to:

•  Master Android 5’s new tools, improved interface, and best shortcuts
•  Quickly set up your phone, Google account, and Wi-Fi connection
•  Play and organize all your media: music, photos, YouTube videos, movie rentals, eBooks, and more
•  Efficiently manage your life: contacts, events, and more
•  Connect securely via VPNs
•  Link to nearby Android devices via Wi-Fi Direct
•  Use one app to manage all your email accounts, not just Gmail
•  Discover today’s fastest Chrome web browser shortcuts
•  Bookmark and share the sites you visit
•  Browse the web “incognito,” without leaving evidence on your phone
•  Use Google Maps and Google Now to find any destination
•  Discover great new apps and games in the Google Play Store--even great freebies
•  Create amazing images with Panorama and Photo Spheres
•  Customize everything from ringtones to wallpaper and widgets
•  Use Google Wallet to pay for items and send or receive money
•  Optimize battery life and uncover apps that are draining power
•  Control data usage to avoid costly overages
•  Use your phone with a new Android Wear smartwatch

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Table of Contents

Prologue  Getting to Know Your Android Phone     3
Your Android Phone’s External Features     3
    Front     4
    Back     6
First-Time Setup     8
Fundamentals of Android 5.0 (Lollipop)     12
    The Lock Screen     12
    The Home Screen     16
    The System Bar     20
    Using Your Touchscreen     21
    Using Your Keyboard     22
    Edit Text     29
    Menus     30
    Switch Between Apps     31
    Run Multiple Apps on the Screen at the Same Time (Samsung Only)     32
Setting Up Multiple Users on Your Phone     38
    Add a New Phone User     39
    Add a Phone Guest User     40
Installing Synchronization Software     43
    Install Android File Transfer (Apple Mac OS X)     43
    Install Google Music Manager (Apple Mac)     44
    Install Google Music Manager (Windows)     45
    Configure Music Manager (Windows and Apple Mac)     46
Freeing Up Memory     50
    Move Apps     50
Chapter 1  Phone, SMS, and MMS     53
Using the Phone App     53
    Make a Call     54
    Receive a Call     62
    Handle a Missed Call     65
    Make a Conference Call     66
    Configure the Phone App     68
Using SMS and MMS     71
    Get to Know the Messenger App     72
    Manage Settings for the Messenger App     73
    Compose a Message     75
    Attach a File to a Message     77
    Receive a Message     79
Chapter 2  Contacts     83
Adding Accounts     83
    Add a Work Email Account     85
Navigating Contacts     90
    Navigate Contacts     90
Adding and Managing Contacts     91
    Add Contacts from an Email     92
    Add a Contact Manually     93
    Add a Contact from a vCard     94
    Edit a Contact     96
    Add a Contact Photo     97
    Customize Contacts Settings     99
    Manage Contact Groups     100
    Choose Contacts to Display     101
    Join and Separate Contacts     103
Adding a Contact to Your Home Screen     105
Chapter 3  Audio, Video, and Movies     109
Using Google Play Music     109
    Find Music     110
    Purchase Music     111
    Add Your Existing Music to Google Play Music     112
    Use the Google Play Music App     115
    Work with Instant Mixes     121
    Control Playback     123
    Work and Listen to Music     125
    Listen to Music with No Wireless Coverage     126
    Change Google Play Music Settings     127
Recording Videos with the Camera Application     131
    Record Video     131
    Change Video Settings     133
    Play Videos     134
    Share Videos     137
    Delete Videos     139
    Change Photos App Settings     140
Managing Movies and TV Shows     143
    Buy and Rent Movies    143
    Buy TV Shows     146
    Use the Play Movies & TV App     148
    Copy Videos from Your Computer     151
Watching Videos with YouTube     154
    Navigate the YouTube Main Screen     155
    Navigate the YouTube App     156
    Play a Video     158
    Upload a Video     159
    Change YouTube Settings     162
Chapter 4  Connecting to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and VPNs     167
Connecting to Bluetooth Devices    167
    Pair with a New Bluetooth Device     168
    Manage Extra Bluetooth Options     170
    Change Bluetooth Device Options     171
Working with Wi-Fi     172
    Connect to Wi-Fi    172
    Adjust Wi-Fi Network Options     175
    Set Advanced Wi-Fi Options     176
Managing Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)     178
    Add a VPN     179
    Connect to a VPN     181
Managing Near Field Communications (NFCs)     184
    Enable NFC and Android Beam     185
    Use Android Beam to Send Links to Content     187
    Use Android Beam to Send Real Files     188
Managing Cellular Network Settings    189
    Change Mobile Settings     189
Using Your Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot     191
    Set Up and Start Your Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot     191
Chapter 5  Email     195
Adding Accounts to Gmail     196
    Start Setting Up Accounts     196
    Add a Google Account     197
    Add a New POP3 or IMAP Account     198
    Add a Work Email Account     202
Using the Gmail App     205
    Navigate the Gmail App     206
    Compose an Email     208
    Read an Email     211
    Customize Gmail App Settings     215
Chapter 6  Browsing the Web with Chrome     225
Navigating with Chrome     225
    Get Started with Chrome     226
    Use Web Page and Chrome Options     228
    Master Chrome Browser Tricks     230
Managing Bookmarks and History     233
    Manage Bookmarks     233
    Manage Browsing History     235
Customizing Browser Settings     236
Chapter 7  Google Now and Navigation     245
Using Google Now     245
    Use Google Now     247
    Set Up Google Now     248
Navigating with Google Maps     252
    Get Directions     254
    Configure Google Maps Settings     256
    Use Offline Google Maps     258
Chapter 8  Working with Date, Time, and Calendar     261
Setting the Date and Time    261
Using the Clock App     263
    Navigate the Clock App     263
    Manage Alarms     264
    Adjust Clock Settings     266
Using the Calendar App     268
    Get to Know the Calendar Main Screen     268
    Adjust Calendar Settings     270
    Use Quick Responses     273
    Add a New Event     274
    Respond to an Event Invitation     277
Chapter 9  Working with Android Apps     281
Configuring Google Wallet     281
Finding and Installing Apps     282
    Navigate Google Play     282
    Install Free Apps     284
    Buy Apps     286
    Manage Apps     287
    Adjust Google Play Store Settings     289
Chapter 10  Customizing Your Android Phone     295
Changing Your Wallpaper     295
    Select Wallpaper from Pictures in the Photos App     296
    Use Live Wallpaper     297
    Choose Wallpaper     299
Changing Your Keyboard     300
    Choose a New Keyboard    300
Adding Widgets to Your Home Screens     303
    Add a Widget     303
    Remove and Move a Widget     305
Customizing Language     306
    Choose a Different Language     306
Adjusting Accessibility Settings     307
    Manage Accessibility Settings     307
Modifying Sound and Notification Settings     310
    Modify Sound and Notification Settings     310
Changing Display Settings     313
Changing Security Settings    315
Chapter 11  Google Wallet     323
Setting Up Google Wallet     324
Adding Methods of Payment     324
    Add a Credit Card or Checking Account     325
Using Loyalty and Gift Cards     326
    Add an Existing Gift Card     326
    Add an Existing Loyalty Card     328
Using Google Wallet     331
Changing Google Wallet Settings     331
Sending and Receiving Money     333
    Send Money     333
    Request Money     334
Chapter 12  Books and Magazines     337
Purchasing Books     337
    Navigate the Play Books App     338
    Buy Books     339
    Reading Books     340
Purchasing Magazines and Newspapers     345
    Purchase or Subscribe to Publications     346
    Read a Publication     348
Chapter 13  Maintaining Your Android Phone and Solving Problems     351
Updating Android     351
Optimizing Battery Life     353
    Look After the Battery     353
    Determine What Is Using the Battery     354
Controlling Apps and Memory     355
Checking and Controlling Data Usage    358
    Set a Data Usage Warning     360
    Set a Data Usage Limit     361
Caring for the Android Phone’s Exterior     362
Getting Help with Your Android Phone     362
Chapter 14  Taking and Managing Pictures     365
Using the Camera     365
    Adjust Camera Settings     368
    Take Regular Pictures     371
    Take Panoramic Pictures     372
    Take Photo Sphere (360 Panoramic) Pictures     375
    Take Lens Blur Pictures     377
Viewing and Managing Your Photos     383
    Navigate Photos     383
    Delete Photo Albums     385
    Review and Share Pictures     386
    Edit Pictures     387
    Modify Photos App Settings     402
Managing Photos with Your Computer     403
    Manually Manage Pictures     404
    Automatically Manage Pictures on a Mac     407
Synchronizing Pictures Using Your Google Cloud     408
Chapter 15  Using Your Android Phone with an Android Wear Smartwatch     413
Setting Up Your Android Wear Watch     413
Choosing Settings for Your Android Wear Watch     416
    Navigate the Android Wear App     417
Using Your Android Wear Watch     427
    Navigate Your Watch     428
    Use Your Watch and Run Watch Apps     433
    Use Watch Functions and Watch Apps     434
Index     443


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