My Samsung Galaxy S 4 [NOOK Book]


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Step-by-step instructions with callouts to Samsung Galaxy S 4 photos that show you exactly what to do.
Help when you run into Samsung Galaxy S 4 problems or limitations.
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your Samsung Galaxy S 4.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Samsung Galaxy S 4 working just the way you want. Learn how to
  • Quickly set up your Galaxy S 4 and master its TouchWiz touch interface
  • Customize the Home screen by adding widgets, favorite apps, and personal wallpaper
  • Tweak system settings to make the phone uniquely yours
  • Use social networks, manage contacts, and create appointments
  • Discover the S 4’s best shortcuts for calling, texting, and web browsing
  • Send and receive email from multiple accounts
  • Shoot and share photos and HD video
  • Find great third-party apps—and make the most of your built-in apps
  • Never get lost with built-in GPS and Google Navigation
  • Transfer photos, songs, and more between your S 4 and computer or between two phones
  • Synchronize important contact, calendar, and other data across multiple accounts
  • Control your TV and DVR with the built-in WatchON app
  • Share music (and more) with nearby Samsung phones using Group Play
  • “Mirror” your phone’s display on your high-def TV
  • Share Internet access by transforming your S 4 into a mobile hotspot
  • Keep your S 4 safe and secure
  • Fix lockups, memory shortages, and other annoyances
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133476699
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 8/21/2013
  • Series: My...
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 172,771
  • File size: 138 MB
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Meet the Author

Steve Schwartz got an early start as a computer industry writer and author. Immediately after buying an Apple II+ in 1978, he began writing regularly for the computer magazines of the day. Since then, he has written hundreds of articles for major publications, including Macworld, PC World, InfoWorld, and Computerworld. He is also the author of more than 60 books on technology, game and computer topics, including guides to business/productivity software (Microsoft Office, Access, and FileMaker Pro), Internet software (Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Entourage, and Gmail), and graphics/image-editing software (Picasa, Picture It!, Digital Image Suite, and CorelDRAW). Following his best-selling My Samsung Galaxy S III, this is Steve’s second book in the My series.

Before becoming a full-time writer in 1990, Steve served as editor-in-chief for Software Digest and technical services director for Funk Software. He also authored the first trade paperback on the then-new Nintendo phenomenon: Compute!’s Guide to Nintendo Games.

Steve has a Ph.D. in psychology, consults on game design, database design, and technology issues, and lives in the fictional town of Lizard Spit, Arizona. You can see the complete list of his published books at
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Table of Contents

Introduction    1
Chapter 1: Galaxy S 4 Essentials    5

About the Galaxy S 4    5
The Hardware    6
The Android Operating System and TouchWiz    9
The Interface    9
Customization    10
Charging the Battery    12
Powering On/Off    13
Darkening and Restoring the Display    15
Restoring a Dark Display    16
Setting the Screen Timeout Interval    16
Adjusting the Volume    18
Using a Headset or Headphones    20
Using a Wired Headset or Headphones    20
Using a Bluetooth Headset    20
Setting Up Voicemail    23
Gmail and Your Phone    24
Creating a Gmail Account    24
Registering Your Gmail Account    26
Creating a Samsung Account    28
Placing and Receiving Calls    31
Placing a Call    31
Receiving a Call    32
Working with Data    33
Manually Setting a Connection Method    33
Connecting to a New Wireless Network    34
Changing the Default Language    36
Chapter 2: Understanding the Android/TouchWiz Interface    39
The Home Screen    40
The Status or Notification Bar    40
Main Area    41
Extended Home Screen    42
Setting the Home Screen Mode    43
Primary and Other App Shortcuts    44
Using the Hardware Keys    45
Menu Key    45
Home Key    45
Back Key    47
The Notification Panel    48
Interacting with the Touchscreen    49
Using Your Fingers    49
Rotating the Screen    51
Entering Text    52
Using the Keyboard: Tapping    52
Using the Keyboard: Swype    54
Using Voice Input    57
Editing Text    60
Chapter 3: Making the Phone Your Own    63
Customizing the Home Screen    64
Selecting Wallpaper    64
Rearranging, Removing, and Adding Home Screen Pages    66
Adding Shortcuts    67
Adding Widgets    69
Creating Folders    71
Repositioning and Removing Home Screen Items    72
Setting the Apps View    74
Changing System Settings    77
Setting the Date and Time    78
Enabling Motion and Palm Motion Settings    78
Enabling Air Gesture    81
Setting Ringtones    82
Personalize Your Call Sound    89
Using Voice Services    92
S Voice and S Voice Driving Mode    92
Voice Control    94
Google Voice Search    95
Voice Recorder    96
Chapter 4: Placing and Receiving Calls    99
Placing Calls    100
Manual Dialing    100
Dialing from a Contact Record    103
Dialing and Texting from the Call Logs    104
Dialing a Number in a Text or Email Message    108
Emergency Calling    110
Other Outgoing Call Options    111
Speed Dialing    111
Temporarily Blocking Your Caller ID Information    116
Three-Way Calling    117
Inserting Pause and Wait Commands    118
Receiving Calls    119
Responding to an Incoming Call    119
Call Waiting    121
Call Forwarding    122
In-Call Options    124
Icon Options    125
Other In-Call Options    126
Using Voicemail    127
Enabling Mute, Vibrate, or Airplane Mode    129
Mute and Vibrate    129
Airplane Mode    130
Configuring Call Settings    131
Chapter 5: Managing Contacts    137
The Contacts Interface    138
Creating a Contact Record    140
Adding a Photo to a Contact Record    145
Viewing Contacts    146
Editing Contact Records    148
Editing Contacts    148
Setting Defaults for a Contact    149
Joining and Separating Contacts    150
Marking Contacts as Favorites    151
Deleting Contacts    152
Working with Contact Groups     153
Creating a Group     153
Adding or Removing a Person from Group Membership    155
Emailing or Texting a Group    155
Reordering the Groups    157
Deleting a Group    157
Backing Up/Restoring and Exporting/Importing Contact Records    158
Backing Up Contact Data    159
Restoring Contacts from Backups    162
Importing Contact Data from Other Sources into Google Contacts    165
Odds and Ends    167
The Send Email and Send Message Commands    167
Setting Display Options    168
Chapter 6: Using the Calendar    171
Adding Calendar Accounts    172
Working in Calendar    174
Creating Events and Tasks    174
Viewing the Calendar    180
Managing Events and Tasks    186
Responding to Reminders    187
Setting Calendar Preferences    190
Chapter 7: Browsing the Web    195
Launching the Browser    196
Visiting Web Pages    197
Typing the Address    197
Following a Link    198
Visiting a Bookmarked, Recent, or Saved Page    199
Searching for a Site or Page    200
Viewing Pages    201
Portrait or Landscape View    202
Magnification (Zoom)     203
Refreshing the Page    204
Working with Windows    204
Page Navigation    206
Incognito Browsing    206
Working with Bookmarks    208
Creating a Bookmark from the Current Page    208
Creating a Bookmark from the History List    209
Editing Bookmarks    210
Using Bookmark Folders    211
Deleting Bookmarks    212
More Menu Commands    214
Configuring the Browser    216
Chapter 8: Sending and Receiving Email    219
Adding Email Accounts    220
Automatically Adding an Account    220
Manually Adding an Account    222
Configuring Email Accounts    225
Editing Account Settings    225
Deleting an Account    230
Retrieving Mail    231
Reading Mail    232
Viewing and Saving Attachments    234
Composing and Sending Mail    237
Creating a New Email Message    237
Replying to Mail    239
Forwarding Mail    240
Adding Attachments and Inserts    241
Managing the Mail    243
Deleting Messages    243
Moving Messages    245
Changing the Message Read Status    246
Marking Important Messages    247
Using the Gmail App    248
Chapter 9: Messaging, Chatting, and Socializing    253
Text and Multimedia Messaging    253
Composing a Text Message (SMS)     254
Composing a Multimedia Message (MMS)     261
Managing Conversations    263
Configuring Messaging Settings    270
Social Networking with Flipboard    76
Adding Social Networking Accounts    276
Adding Content Feeds    278
Viewing and Interacting with Content and Feeds    279
Chatting on Your Galaxy S 4    281
Chapter 10: Installing and Using Applications    283
Running an App    284
Launching an App    284
Using the Hardware Keys    287
Switching Among Running Apps    289
Using Multi Window to Run Two Apps    290
Exiting an App    293
Downloading and Installing Apps from Google Play    293
Customizing Google Play    296
Enabling App Downloads from Other Sources    299
Using the Amazon Appstore for Android    300
Installing the Amazon Appstore App    300
Downloading Apps from the Amazon Appstore    302
Customizing the Amazon Appstore    305
Managing Apps    307
Creating Home Screen Shortcuts    308
Uninstalling Apps    308
Updating Apps    312
Chapter 11: Using GPS Apps    315
Enabling/Disabling GPS    316
Getting Directions    317
Using Google Navigation    317
Using Google Local    322
Chapter 12: Playing and Managing Music    327
Playing Stored Songs with the Music App    328
Working with Playlists    332
Sharing Songs with Group Play    339
Chapter 13: Shooting, Editing, and Sharing Photos    347
Shooting Photos    348
Shooting Self-Portraits with the Front Camera    348
Shooting Photos with the Rear Camera    350
Changing the Camera Settings    352
Using Quick Settings    352
Using the Settings Dialog Box    354
Selecting a Shooting Mode    358
Reviewing Photos    361
Using Gallery    363
Using Photo Editor    372
Running a Slideshow    376
Chapter 14: Watching and Creating Videos    379
Streaming Video to the Phone    379
Streaming with a Dedicated App    380
Streaming from Web Pages    382
Playing Videos with the Video App    383
Using the Video Menu    387
Converting DVD Videos for Playback on the Phone    388
Recording Videos with the Phone    395
Participating in Video Chats    399
Chapter 15: Transferring and Sharing Files    401
Using Samsung Kies to Transfer Files over Wi-Fi    402
Setup and Basic Operation    402
Copying Files    405
Transferring Files over USB    408
Manual USB Transfers to and from a Mac    408
Manual USB Transfers to and from a PC    410
Transferring Files Using Bluetooth    413
Pairing the Phone with the Computer    413
Sending Files from Computer to Phone    415
Sending Files from Phone to Computer    416
Emailing Files    419
Emailing Photos from Gallery    420
Emailing Songs from My Files    422
Transferring Files Between Phones    423
Using Wi-Fi Direct    424
Using S Beam    426
Using Share Shot    428
Chapter 16: Synchronizing Data    433
Developing a Sync Strategy    433
Microsoft Exchange Server    434
Google/Gmail    435
Alternative Software    438
The Sneakernet (Manual) Approach    438
Setting Sync Options and Schedules    439
Performing Manual Syncs    441
Chapter 17: Securing the Phone    447
Securing the Lock Screen    447
Changing the Screen Locking Method    448
Setting Lock Screen Options    457
Unlocking the Lock Screen    462
Chapter 18: Powering Other Devices    467
Creating a Mobile HotSpot for Wi-Fi Devices    467
Tethering the Phone and a PC    470
Mirroring the Phone on an HDTV    473
Chapter 19: Optimizing and Troubleshooting    477
Managing Memory    478
Conserving the Battery    480
Configuring and Enabling Power Saving Mode    480
Tips for Manually Conserving the Remaining Charge    481
Viewing Battery Usage by Features and Apps    484
Managing Talk Time and Data Usage    485
Checking Current Usage    485
Managing Data Usage    486
What’s Cheaper?     488
Can This Call Be Made Later?     488
Viewing and Expanding Storage    489
Viewing Used and Available Space    489
Adding a Memory Card    490
Installing or Replacing the SIM Card    495
Checking for System Updates    496
Troubleshooting    497
General Troubleshooting    497
Testing in Safe Mode    499
Fixing a “Lockup”     499
Performing a Factory Data Reset    500
Index    503

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