Galaxy S4: The Missing Manual [NOOK Book]


Galaxy S4 is amazing right out of the box, but if you want to get the most of out your S4 or S4 Mini, start here. With clear instructions and savvy advice from technology expert Preston Gralla, you’ll learn how to go online, play games, listen to music, watch movies & TV, monitor your health, and answer calls with a wave of your hand.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Be connected. Browse the Web, ...
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Galaxy S4 is amazing right out of the box, but if you want to get the most of out your S4 or S4 Mini, start here. With clear instructions and savvy advice from technology expert Preston Gralla, you’ll learn how to go online, play games, listen to music, watch movies & TV, monitor your health, and answer calls with a wave of your hand.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Be connected. Browse the Web, manage email, and download apps through WiFi or S4’s 3G/4G network.
  • Navigate without touch. Use Air Gestures with your hand, or scroll with your eyes using Smart Screen.
  • Find new ways to link up. Chat, videochat, and add photos, video, or entire slideshows to text messages.
  • Get together with Group Play. Play games or share pictures, documents, and music with others nearby.
  • Create amazing images. Shoot and edit photos and videos—and combine images from the front and back cameras.
  • Keep music in the cloud. Use Google Play Music to store and access tunes.
  • Check your schedule. Sync the S4 with your Google and Outlook calendars.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449373399
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/21/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 484
  • Sales rank: 498,375
  • File size: 22 MB
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Meet the Author

Preston Gralla is the author of more than 40 books that have been translated into 20 languages, including Galaxy S 5 The Missing Manual, Windows 8 Hacks, NOOK HD: The Missing Manual, Galaxy Tab: The Missing Manual, The Big Book of Windows Hacks, How the Internet Works, and How Wireless Works. He is a contributing editor to Computerworld, a blogger for ITWorld, and was a founding editor and then editorial director of PC/Computing, executive editor for CNet/ZDNet, and the founding managing editor of PC Week.He has written about technology for many national newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News (for whom he wrote a technology column), PC World, and numerous others. As a widely recognized technology expert, he has made many television and radio appearances, including on the CBS Early Show, MSNBC, ABC World News Now, and National Public Radio. Under his editorship, PC/Computing was a finalist for General Excellence in the National Magazine Awards. He has also won the “Best Feature in a Computing Publication” award from the Computer Press Association.Gralla is also the recipient of a Fiction Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife (his two children have flown the coop). He welcomes feedback about his books by email at

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
The Missing Manual Series;
About the Samsung Galaxy S4;
What’s New in the S4;
About This Book;
About the Outline;
About the Online Resources;
Safari® Books Online;
Part I: The Basics;
Chapter 1: The Guided Tour;
1.1 Power/Lock Button;
1.2 Headset Jack;
1.3 About the Screen;
1.4 Status Bar Icons;
1.5 The Three Keys;
1.6 Micro USB Port and Charger;
1.7 Ringer Volume;
1.8 Microphone;
1.9 Battery;
1.10 SIM Card;
1.11 MicroSD Card;
1.12 Camera;
1.13 Samsung and Google Accounts;
1.14 Home Screen;
1.15 Easy Mode and Standard Mode;
1.16 Customizing the Home Screen and Panes;
1.17 Deleting and Adding Panes;
1.18 Controlling the Galaxy S4 with Your Fingers;
1.19 The Magic of Air Gesture, Smart Scroll, Smart Screen, and Air View;
Chapter 2: Typing, Texting, and Searching;
2.1 Using the Samsung Keyboard;
2.2 The Magic of the Microphone Key;
2.3 Using the Swype Keyboard;
2.4 Copying and Pasting Text;
2.5 Text Messaging;
2.6 Searching Your Galaxy S4;
2.7 Voice Search;
Chapter 3: Phone Calls;
3.1 Placing a Phone Call;
3.2 Dialing a Call;
3.3 Managing Contacts;
3.4 Designating Favorites;
3.5 Answering Calls;
3.6 Conference Calling;
3.7 Voicemail;
3.8 Call Waiting;
3.9 Call Forwarding;
3.10 Caller ID;
3.11 Bluetooth Earpieces;
Part II: The Built-In Features;
Chapter 4: Music;
4.1 Where to Get Music;
4.2 Using the Music App;
4.3 Playing Your Music;
4.4 Creating Playlists;
4.5 Using Your Galaxy S4 While Playing Music;
4.6 Playing Music and Media on Other Devices;
4.7 Google Music Cloud Player App;
Chapter 5: Camera, Photos, and Video;
5.1 Opening the Gallery;
5.2 Tagging Faces in Photos;
5.3 More Photo Options;
5.4 Working with Multiple Photos;
5.5 Videos in the Gallery;
5.6 Taking Still Photos;
5.7 Using the Onscreen Controls;
5.8 Using Different Modes;
5.9 Customizing Your Camera Settings;
5.10 Taking Video;
5.11 Playing S4 Video on Your TV;
5.12 Using Your S4 As a Universal Remote;
Chapter 6: Maps and Navigation;
6.1 Google Maps;
6.2 Finding Businesses and Contacts;
6.3 Getting Directions;
6.4 Turn-by-Turn Navigation;
Chapter 7: Calendar;
7.1 Using the Calendar;
7.2 Calendar and Geolocation;
7.3 Working with Multiple Calendars;
7.4 More Calendar Options;
7.5 Google Calendar on the Web;
7.6 Synchronizing Your Calendar with Outlook;
7.7 Corporate Calendar and Microsoft Exchange;
Part III: The Galaxy S4 Online;
Chapter 8: Getting Online: WiFi, 3G/4G, and Mobile Hotspots;
8.1 How the Galaxy S4 Gets Online;
8.2 Connecting via WiFi;
8.3 Turning Your Galaxy S4 into a WiFi Hotspot or Tethering It;
8.4 Configuring Wi-Fi Direct;
8.5 Airplane Mode;
Chapter 9: The Web;
9.1 The Galaxy S4’s Browser;
9.2 Basic Navigation and Managing Windows;
9.3 Navigating a Web Page;
9.4 Multiple Windows;
9.5 Web Pages Designed for Mobile Phones;
9.6 The Address Bar;
9.8 The History List;
9.9 Tapping Links;
9.10 Saving Online Images;
9.11 Finding Text, Sharing Pages, Getting Page Information, and More;
9.12 Selecting and Copying Text;
9.13 Online Privacy and Security;
Chapter 10: Email and Gmail;
10.1 Understanding Email on the Galaxy S4;
10.2 Setting Up Gmail;
10.3 Reading Mail in Gmail;
10.4 Replying and Forwarding in Gmail;
10.5 Understanding Gmail’s Organization;
10.6 Managing Incoming Mail in Gmail;
10.7 Writing Messages in Gmail;
10.8 Working with Labels and Search;
10.9 Searching Gmail;
10.10 Setting Up Email Accounts;
10.11 Reading Mail;
10.12 Handling Attachments and Pictures in Email;
10.13 Managing Mail;
10.14 Mail from Multiple Accounts;
10.15 Creating and Sending Mail;
10.16 Using Web-Based Mail Programs;
Chapter 11: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Chat, and Videochat;
11.1 Facebook;
11.2 Twitter;
11.3 Google+;
11.4 Chat and Videochat with Google Hangouts;
11.5 Chat and Videochat with ChatON;
Chapter 12: Downloading and Using Apps;
12.1 The Galaxy S4’s Free and Easy Approach to Apps;
12.2 Apps and Multitasking;
12.3 Where to Get Apps;
12.4 Using Google Play Store;
12.5 Downloading from the Web;
12.6 Downloading and Using a Bar Code Scanner;
12.7 Updating Apps;
12.8 Managing, Sharing, and Uninstalling Apps;
12.9 Putting an App on the Home Screen or Panes;
12.10 Troubleshooting Apps;
12.11 Thirteen Great Apps;
Part IV: Advanced Features;
Chapter 13: Transferring Music, Videos, Pictures, and Other Files, and Using Group Play;
13.1 Connecting Your Galaxy S4 to Your Computer;
13.2 Transferring Files by Using Your PC;
13.3 Transferring Files by Using Your Mac;
13.4 Transferring Music, Videos, and Pictures by Using Windows Media Player;
13.5 Using the Galaxy S4 My Files App;
13.6 Using the Kies via Wi-Fi App;
13.7 Sharing Files by Beaming;
13.8 Checking Space on Your Galaxy S4;
13.9 Using Group Play;
Chapter 14: Taking the Galaxy S4 to Work;
14.1 Setting Up Your Galaxy S4 with Your Company Account;
14.2 Virtual Private Networking (VPN);
14.3 Using Microsoft’s Office Mobile for Android;
14.4 Using Polaris Office;
14.5 Using Google Docs;
Chapter 15: Google Now and Voice Search and Control;
15.1 Using Google Now;
15.2 Using the Magic of Voice Search and Voice Control;
15.3 Setting Google Now and Voice Options;
Chapter 16: Settings;
16.1 Connections;
16.2 My Device;
16.3 Accounts;
16.4 More;
Part V: Appendixes;
Setup and Signup;
Choosing a Plan;
Making Account Changes on the Web;
Upgrading to the Newest Software;
Useful Accessories;
Places to Shop;
Troubleshooting and Maintenance;
Make Sure Your Software Is Up-to-Date;
Fixing a Frozen Phone;
Correcting Email Settings;
Troubleshooting the SD Card;
Resetting the Galaxy S4;
Warranty and Repair;
Where to Go for Help;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Galaxy S4, not for everyone

    This book is written for the very computer savvy, and not for someone who is trying to navigate through the many icons. The explanations are neither clear, nor thorough. When something is messed up, there is no help to undo the problem.

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