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• Easy to follow, full-color guide with everything students need to get started with the Galaxy Tab X and Android!
• Full color, task-based tutorial
• Includes all of the most commonly used functions
• Provides tips and tricks for using the Samsung Galaxy Tab X
• Covers Android 5, Lollipop


  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 448
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5571-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5571-1

Friendly, quick, and 100% practical, My Samsung Galaxy Tab A is the must-have companion for every Samsung Galaxy Tab A user.

  • Step-by-step instructions with callouts to photos that show you exactly what to do with the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 and Galaxy Tab A 8.0
  • Help when you run into Samsung Galaxy Tab A problems or limitations
  • Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your Samsung Galaxy Tab A
Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Samsung Galaxy Tab A working just the way you want. Learn how to
  • Navigate Samsung Galaxy Tab A’s Android operating system
  • Retrieve, play, and manage music, video, podcasts, and audiobooks
  • Use Google Play as a portal to movies and TV content
  • Capture higher quality photos and video
  • Surf the Web quickly with the built-in browser
  • Simplify your life with the Calendar and Contacts
  • Send email, text, and multimedia messages
  • Connect your Galaxy Tab A to other devices and the cloud
  • Use your Galaxy Tab A as an eReader to read books and magazines online
  • Find and share any destination with Maps
  • Discover, install, maintain, and work with new Android apps and widgets
  • Customize your tablet to reflect your personal style and preferences
  • Keep your Galaxy Tab A software up to date, reliable, and running smoothly



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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Meeting the Samsung Galaxy Tab A     3
Investigating the Galaxy Tab A     5
Physical Features of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0"     5
Physical Features of the Galaxy Tab A 9.7"     8
The Galaxy Tab A Buttons and Switches     11
The Three Galaxy Tab A Buttons     12
The Power Button     13
Volume Control Buttons     14
Galaxy Tab A Screens     15
The Lock Screen (Galaxy Tab A 8.0")     15
The Lock Screen (Galaxy Tab A 9.7")     16
The Apps Screen     17
Manipulating the Screen     19
Tapping an Element     19
Pinching     20
Dragging and Flicking     20
Screen Rotation and Orientation     21
Interacting with Android     22
Sliders     22
Button Bar     22
Tab Area     23
Using the Keyboard     23
Using Special Keyboards and Characters     25
Copy and Paste Text     26
Chapter 2: Setting Up the Galaxy Tab A     29
Getting Details About the Galaxy Tab A     30
Setting Up Your Network     33
Set Up Wi-Fi     33
Set Up Bluetooth     36
Set Up a VPN     37
Syncing the Galaxy Tab A     39
Sync Media Files     40
Chapter 3: Customizing Android to Your Liking     43
Password-Protecting the Galaxy Tab A     43
Changing Your Password     47
Setting Parental Restrictions     49
Changing the Date and Time     50
Modifying Your Wallpaper     53
Setting Alert Sounds     54
Changing Keyboard and Voice Settings     56
Modifying More Settings     60
Chapter 4: Adding Widgets to Your Home Screen     63
Accessing the Widgets Screen     63
Adding a Widget to a Home Screen     65
Place a Widget on a Home Screen     65
Move a Widget on a Home Screen     67
Resize a Widget     69
Creating a New Home Screen     71
Removing a Widget     73
Chapter 5: Finding Widgets and Using Flipboard Briefing     77
Viewing Default Widgets     78
Find Widgets on the Widgets Pages     79
Using the Widgets     81
Learn What It’s Like Outside with the Weather Widget     81
Access Chrome Bookmarks Quickly Using Bookmarks     84
Preview New Apps in the Google Play Store Widget     87
Using the Flipboard Briefing Home Screen     89
Set Up Flipboard Briefing     90
Read Stories and Return to the Home Screen     93
Chapter 6: Browsing the Web     97
Browsing to a URL     97
Searching the Web     99
Viewing Web Pages     101
Bookmarking Websites     103
Returning to Previously Visited Pages     105
Deleting Bookmarks     107
Delete from the Bookmarks List     107
Delete from the History List     108
Filling in Web Forms     109
Copying Text and Images from Web Pages     110
Copy a Block of Text     111
Copy an Image     112
Chapter 7: Sending Email and Instant Messages     115
Configuring Email     116
Reading Email     121
Composing a New Message     128
Creating Your Own Signature     130
Deleting Messages     132
Searching Through Email     133
Configuring Email Settings     135
Sending and Receiving Instant Messages     141
Configuring Google Hangouts Settings     144
Reading Email Messages in the Email Widget     149
Chapter 8: Connecting to the Cloud     155
Connecting Using Wi-Fi Direct     155
Set Up Wi-Fi Direct     156
Printing Wirelessly     157
Connect a Wi-Fi Printer      157
Connect a Bluetooth Printer     159
Sharing Files     161
Use the OneDrive App     162
Find Other Cloud Services     172
Sharing Music and Video     173
Copy Files with Windows Media Player     173
Connect as a Mass Storage Device     175
Chapter 9: Using Maps     179
Enabling GPS     180
Getting Around with Maps     180
Find a Location with Maps     180
Get Directions with Maps     185
Specify Locations with Maps     186
Getting Voice-Command Directions     188
Finding Local Information     193
Chapter 10: Capturing and Managing Photos     199
Using the Camera     200
Change Settings     201
Access Viewfinder Options and Take a Photo     204
Navigating Image Viewer     207
Working with Gallery     209
Manage Photos with Gallery     209
Email Photos from Gallery     213
Creating Screen Captures     215
Chapter 11: Playing Music and Video     219
Downloading Movies and TV Shows     220
Download a TV Show     220
Play the TV Show     223
Shop for a Movie     224
Playing Videos     227
Play Movies and TV Shows in the Play Movies & TV App     227
Play Videos in the Video App     228
Viewing YouTube Videos     231
Recording Video     236
Purchasing Music     240
Playing Songs     247
Play Music in the Music App     248
Play Music in the Google Play Music App     251
Creating Your Own Playlists     254
Chapter 12: Reading and Managing Books and Magazines     259
Using Google Play Books     260
Browse the Catalog     260
Purchase a Book     262
Download and Read a Book     266
Use Reading Aids     267
Add Bookmarks, Highlights, and Notes     271
Organize Your Books     275
Using Google Play Newsstand     276
Shop for Magazines     276
Purchase a Magazine     279
Subscribe to a Magazine     281
Read an Issue     283
Browse and Read Individual Pages     286
Organize Your Magazines     289
Shopping for Book and Magazine Readers     290
Chapter 13: Using Productivity Apps to Simplify Your Life     293
Staying Up to Date     294
Choose a Weather Forecast     294
Track Stocks     296
Select Your News Settings     299
Managing Contacts     305
Set Up Contacts Accounts     305
Add Contacts     307
Search for Contacts     310
Link Contacts     311
Use Contacts     313
Managing Your Busy Schedule     314
Create Calendar Events     314
Use Calendar Views     318
Add a Task to Your Calendar     323
Chapter 14: Using Apps for Learning, Creating, and Sharing     327
Staying Up to Date with Google Now     327
Start Google Now for the First Time     328
Use Google Now     329
Creating Documents with Microsoft Office     332
Sign In to Your Microsoft Account     332
Open and Close a Document     334
Access Files from a Cloud Service     337
Create a New Document     340
Chapter 15: Finding and Managing Apps     345
Accessing Google Apps from the Home Screen     346
Opening Multiple Apps in Split Screen View     347
Add Two Apps to the Split Screen View     347
Put Two Open Apps in Split Screen View     352
Shopping in the Galaxy Apps Store     353
Getting Apps in the Google Play Store     354
Search for Android Applications     355
Find Great Apps     356
Purchase Android Applications     358
Get Help with Apps     360
Managing Apps Through Your Home Screens     362
Adding Useful Apps     366
Use the Merriam-Webster Dictionary App     366
Use Note Everything     368
Chapter 16: Adding New Hardware     373
Using Bluetooth Keyboards     374
Pairing Bluetooth Devices     374
Pair a Bluetooth Device     375
Using MicroSD Cards     376
Format MicroSD Cards     376
Chapter 17: Troubleshooting Your Galaxy Tab A     379
Maintaining Your Galaxy Tab A     379
Updating Galaxy Tab A Software     380
Backing Up and Restoring Your Galaxy Tab A     381
Ensure Automatic Google Account Backup     381
Use Samsung Smart Switch for PCs and Macs     383
Extending Battery Life     386
Monitor Power Usage     386
Adjust Screen Brightness     387
Utilize Sleep Mode     388
Conserve Power by Turning Off Wi-Fi     388
Conserve Power by Turning Off Bluetooth     389
Conserve Even More Power Using Power Saving Modes     390
Solving Random Galaxy Tab Issues     394
Difficulty Turning Your Tab On or Off     394
Touchscreen Becomes Unresponsive     394
Force Stop an App     395
Battery Does Not Charge     396
Landscape Orientation Does Not Work     396
Troubleshooting Wi-Fi Accessibility Problems     397
Make Sure Wi-Fi Is Activated     397
Check Your Range     398
Reset the Galaxy Tab A Software     398
Getting Technical Help     400
Contact Your Cellular Provider or Samsung     400
Appendix A: Finding Galaxy Tab A Accessories     403
Protective Cases     403
Screen Protectors     404
Chargers and Adapters     405
Appendix B: Glossary of Terms     407
Index     417


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