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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: 9780789751577
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 8/23/2013
  • Series: My... Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 159,139
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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