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My Samsung Galaxy Note II


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  • Copyright 2013
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-4882-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-4882-9

  • Step-by-step instructions with callouts to Samsung Galaxy Note II photos that show you exactly what to do
  • Help when you run into Samsung Galaxy Note II problems or limitations
  • Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your Samsung Galaxy Note II

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Samsung Galaxy Note II working just the way you want. Learn how to

  • Make the most of Galaxy Note II’s powerful hardware--from S Pen to sensors
  • Connect the right way at the right time, with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, VPNs, NFC, and beaming
  • Transform your Galaxy Note II into a Wi-Fi hotspot others can share
  • Access websites fast and sync bookmarks across all your devices
  • Customize your wallpaper, keyboard, sound, display, and language
  • Efficiently manage your life: messages, contacts, meetings, and more
  • Use GPS and Google Maps to find any destination and never get lost
  • Get the exact information you need right now, with Google Now
  • Play, sync, and manage media--from music to YouTube videos
  • Store your music collection in the cloud, so you can listen anywhere
  • Make plans faster by adding participants to calls in progress
  • Automatically reject calls you don’t want
  • Read ebooks and magazines with Google Play or the Amazon Kindle app
  • Find the best new apps and games on Google Play--even great freebies
  • Extend your battery life--today and for years to come
  • Keep your Galaxy Note II up-to-date, reliable, and secure

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Getting to Know Your Galaxy Note II     3

Your Galaxy Note II’s External Features     3

Front     4

Back     5

Top     6

Bottom     6

S Pen     7

Getting to Know the S Pen     7

Air View     8

Gestures     10

Quick Commands     11

First-Time Setup     13

Fundamentals of Android 4.1 and TouchWiz     18

The Unlock Screen     18

The Home Screen(s)      20

Use the Touchscreen     24

Use the Keyboard     25

Dictation--Speak Instead of Type     29

Edit Text     30

Menus     32

Run Two Apps at the Same Time     33

Switch Between Apps     35

Installing Synchronization Software     35

Install Android File Transfer (Apple Mac OS X)      36

Install Google Music Manager (Apple Mac)      37

Install Google Music Manager (Windows)      38

Configure Music Manager (Windows and Apple Mac)      39

Chapter 1: Connecting to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and VPNs     43

Connecting to Bluetooth Devices     43

Pair with a New Bluetooth Device     44

Change Bluetooth Settings     47

Change Bluetooth Device Options     47

Wi-Fi     49

Connect to Wi-Fi     49

Wi-Fi Network Options     50

Advanced Wi-Fi Options     51

Wi-Fi Direct     53

Set Up Wi-Fi Direct     53

Use Wi-Fi Direct (the Official Way)      54

Use Wi-Fi Direct (Use WiFi Shoot)      56

Near Field Communications (NFC)      57

Enable NFC, Android Beam, and S Beam     57

Use Android Beam to Send Links to Content     58

Use Android Beam to Send Real Files     59

Use Samsung S Beam to Send Files     61

Cellular Networks     62

Change Mobile Settings     62

Virtual Private Networks (VPN)      64

Add a VPN     64

Connect to a VPN     66

Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot     69

Start Your Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot     69

Chapter 2: Customizing Your Galaxy Note II     73

Changing Your Wallpaper     74

Wallpaper from Gallery Pictures     75

Live Wallpaper     76

Wallpaper     76

Changing Your Keyboard     77

Adding Widgets to Your Home Screens     78

Add a Widget     78

Remove and Move a Widget     80

Setting the Language     80

Changing Accessibility Settings     81

Adjusting Sound Settings     83

Modifying Display Settings     84

Adjusting Samsung-Specific Settings     87

Home Screen Mode     87

Blocking Mode     88

Motion     89

S Pen     91

Chapter 3: Browsing the Web     93

Navigating with Chrome     93

Web Page Options     95

Browser Tricks     96

Managing Bookmarks, Most Visited, and Other Devices     97

Manage Bookmarks     98

Create a Bookmark     99

Manage the Most Visited Sites List     99

Manage the Other Devices List     100

Managing Multiple Tabs     101

Customizing Browser Settings     102

Chapter 4: Email     109

Gmail     109

Add a Google Account     110

Navigate the Gmail App     112

Compose Gmail Email     113

Add Attachments to Messages     114

Read Gmail Email     115

Modify Gmail Settings     117

Manage Gmail Labels     120

Email Application     121

Add a Work Email Account     121

Add a New POP3 or IMAP Account     124

Working with the Email App     127

Navigate the Email Application     127

Compose an Email     128

Add Attachments to a Message     130

Read Email     130

Change Email App Settings     132

Chapter 5: Google Now and Navigation     141

Google Now     141

Understand the Google Now Screen     142

Set Up Google Now     143

Set Up Google Maps     145

Google Maps     146

Get Directions     146

Adjust Google Maps Settings     148

Use Offline Google Maps     150

Access Google Maps Offers     151

Locate Friends with Google Latitude     153

Navigation     153

Chapter 6: Working with Date, Time, and Calendar     157

Setting the Date and Time     157

Clock Application     159

Navigate the Clock Application     159

Manage Alarms     160

Use the World Clock     162

Use the Desk Clock     163

Use Dock Mode     164

Using the Calendar Application     167

Navigate the Calendar Main Screen     167

Choose Which Calendars and Task Lists to View     169

Change Calendar Settings     169

Add a New Event     171

Respond to a Google Event Invitation     174

Respond to a Corporate Event Invitation     175

Use Quick Responses     177

Add a Task     178

Chapter 7: Contacts     181

Adding Accounts     181

Navigating Contacts     186

Check a Contact’s Status     188

Edit a Contact     188

Add a Contact Photo     190

Adding and Managing Contacts     191

Add a Contact from an Email     191

Add a Contact Manually     192

Add a Contact from a vCard     193

Add a Contact Using Near Field Communications     194

Manage Contacts Settings     195

Create Contact Groups     196

Change the Contacts in a Contacts Group     197

Choose Which Contacts to Display     198

Join and Separate Contacts     199

Adding a Contact to Your Home Screen     200

Chapter 8: Phone, SMS, and MMS     203

Phone     203

Open and Navigate the Phone App     204

Receive a Call     205

Handle Missed Calls     207

Place a Call     208

Configure the Phone App     213

SMS and MMS     215

Get to Know the Messaging App     216

Manage Settings for the Messaging App     216

Compose Messages     223

Attach Files to Messages     224

Receive Messages     226

Chapter 9: Audio, Video, Photos, and Movies     229

Enjoying Music with the Music Application     229

Install the Play Music App     230

Find Music     231

Purchase Music     231

Add Your Existing Music to Google Music     233

Use the Music Application     236

Control Playback     238

Work and Listen to Music     240

Work with Playlists     241

Listen to Music with No Wireless Coverage     243

Playing and Sharing Videos     244

Share Videos     246

Delete Videos     248

Taking Photos and Videos with the Camera App     248

Take Photos     248

Change Camera Settings     249

View the Photos You Take     251

Record Videos with the Camera App     253

Change Video Settings     253

Enjoying Videos with the YouTube App     254

Meet the YouTube Main Screen     255

Play a Video     256

Change YouTube Settings     258

Upload a Video to YouTube from the YouTube App     260

Chapter 10: Books and Magazines     263

Reading Books with Play Books and Kindle     263

Open the Play Books App and Meet Your Library     264

Get Books from the Play Store     265

Read Books with the Play Books App     267

Choose Options for the Play Books App     268

Install the Kindle App     270

Reading Magazines with Play Magazines     274

Open the Play Magazines App and Choose Your Magazines     275

Read a Magazine with the Play Magazines App     277

Choose Options for the Play Magazines App     278

Chapter 11: Working with Android Apps     281

Configuring Google Wallet     281

Navigating Google Play     283

Download Free Apps     284

Buy Apps     285

Manage Apps     286

Manage Google Play Settings     288

Keeping Apps Up to Date     289

Chapter 12: Maintaining Your Galaxy Note II and Solving Problems     293

Updating Android     294

Optimizing the Battery     296

Take Care of the Battery     296

Monitor Battery Use     297

Choose Power-Saving Options     298

Apps and Memory     .299

Reining in Your Data Usage     300

Set Background Data Limits     302

Caring for the Galaxy Note II’s Exterior     302

Getting Help with Your Galaxy Note II     303

Index     304



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