My Samsung Galaxy Note 4

My Samsung Galaxy Note 4

by Craig James Johnston, Guy Hart-Davis

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My Samsung Galaxy Note 4 helps you quickly get started with your Note 4 and use its features to perform day-to-day activities from anywhere, any time.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 working just the way you want. Learn how to

  • Make the most of Galaxy Note 4’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 4 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
  • Keep your Galaxy Note 4 up-to-date, reliable, and secure
  • Stay up-to-date seamlessly by using your Galaxy Note 4 with your Android Wear Smartwatch
Step-by-step instructions with callouts to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 images that show you exactly what to do
Help when you run into Samsung Galaxy Note 4 problems or limitations
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780134078533
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 03/20/2015
Series: My...
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 99998
File size: 60 MB
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About the Author

Craig James Johnston has been involved with technology since his high school days at Glenwood High in Durban, South Africa, when his school was given some Apple ][ Europluses. From that moment, technology captivated him, and he has owned, supported, evangelized, and written about it.

Craig has been involved in designing and supporting large-scale enterprise networks with integrated email and directory services since 1989. He has held many different IT-related positions in his career, ranging from sales support engineer to mobile architect for a 40,000-smartphone infrastructure at a large bank.

In addition to designing and supporting mobile computing environments, Craig cohosts the podcast as well as guest hosting on other podcasts, including iPhone and iPad Live podcasts. You can see Craig’s previously published work in his books Professional BlackBerry, My iMovie, and many books in the My series covering devices by BlackBerry, Palm, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and Google.

Craig also enjoys high-horsepower, high-speed vehicles and tries very hard to keep to the speed limit while driving them.

Originally from Durban, South Africa, Craig has lived in the United Kingdom, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New Jersey, where he now lives with his wife, Karen, and a couple of cats.

Craig would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact Craig about your experiences with My Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at All comments, suggestions, and feedback are welcome, including positive and negative.

Guy Hart-Davis is the author of approximately 100 computer books, including Android Tips and Tricks.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Getting to Know Your Galaxy Note 4      3
Your Galaxy Note 4’s External Features      3
Front      4
Back      5
Top      6
Bottom      7
S Pen      8
Getting to Know the S Pen      8
Air Command      9
Air View      12
Gestures and Motions      13
First-Time Setup      15
Fundamentals of Android 4.4 and TouchWiz      22
The Lock Screen      22
The Home Screen      24
Work with Notifications      26
Create App Shortcuts      27
Create App Folders      28
Create a New Home Screen Pane and Remove an App Shortcut-29
Use the Touchscreen-30
Use the Keyboard-30
Dictation--Speak Instead of Type      35
Edit Text      36
Keyboard Tricks      38
Menus      39
Switch Between Apps      40
Run Multiple Apps on the Screen at the Same Time      41
Installing Synchronization Software      46
Install Android File Transfer (Apple Mac OS X)       46
Install Google Music Manager (Apple Mac)       47
Install Google Music Manager (Windows)       49
Configure Music Manager (Windows and Apple Mac)       50
Freeing Up Memory      52
Move Apps      53
Move Media      53
Chapter 1: Connecting to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and VPNs      57
Connecting to Bluetooth Devices      57
Pair with a New Bluetooth Device      58
Set Extra Bluetooth Options      60
Change Bluetooth Device Options      61
Wi-Fi      62
Connect to Wi-Fi      62
Configure Wi-Fi Network Options      65
Configure Advanced Wi-Fi Options      66
Wi-Fi Direct      68
Send a File Using Wi-Fi Direct      69
Receive a File Using Wi-Fi Direct      70
Near Field Communications (NFC)       71
Enable NFC, Android Beam, and S Beam      71
Use Android Beam to Send Links to Content      72
Use Android Beam to Send Real Files      73
Cellular Networks      75
Change Mobile Settings      75
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)       78
Add a VPN      78
Connect to a VPN      81
Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot      84
Start Your Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot      85
Limit Who Can Connect      87
Chapter 2: Customizing Your Galaxy Note 4      91
Changing Your Wallpaper      91
Set Up Wallpaper from Gallery Pictures      92
Set Up Live Wallpaper      93
Set Up Wallpaper      94
Changing Your Keyboard      95
Adding Widgets to Your Home Screens      97
Add a Widget      98
Remove and Move a Widget      100
Setting the Language      100
Changing Accessibility Settings      102
Vision      104
Hearing      105
Dexterity and Interaction      107
Direct Access      107
Answering/Ending Calls      108
Manage Accessibility      108
Adjusting Sound Settings      109
Modifying Display Settings      112
Adjusting Samsung-Specific Settings      115
Multi Window Mode      115
Notification Panel      116
One-Handed Operation      117
Easy Home Screen Mode      118
Blocking Mode      119
Private Mode      120
Finger Scanner      122
Motions and Gestures      122
S Pen      123
Chapter 3: Browsing the Web      127
Navigating with Chrome      127
Go to a Web Page by Typing Its Address      128
Web Page Options      130
Browser Tricks      132
Using Bookmarks, Recent Tabs, and History      133
Manage Bookmarks      133
Create a Bookmark      134
Go to a Web Page Using the Recent Tabs List      135
Go to a Web Page Using Your History      136
Browsing with Multiple Tabs      137
Browsing in Secret with Incognito Tabs      140
Customizing Browser Settings      142
Choose Sync Settings      142
Choose Basic Settings      145
Choose Advanced Settings      147
Chapter 4: Email      155
Gmail      155
Add a Google Account      156
Add a POP3/IMAP Account      159
Navigate the Gmail App      164
Compose an Email      166
Read an Email      168
Customize Gmail App Settings      172
Email Application      178
Add a Work Email Account      178
Add a New POP3 or IMAP Account      183
Working with the Email App      187
Navigate the Email Application      187
Compose an Email      188
Add Attachments to a Message      189
Read Email      191
Change Email App Settings      192
Chapter 5: Google Now and Navigation      201
Google Now      201
Understand the Google Now Screen      203
Set Up Google Now      203
Google Maps      208
Get Directions      210
Configure Google Maps Settings      214
Use Offline Google Maps      215
Chapter 6: Working with Date, Time, and S Planner      219
Setting the Date and Time      219
Clock Application      221
Navigate the Clock Application      222
Manage Alarms      223
Use the World Clock      226
Using the S Planner Calendaring Application      227
Navigate the S Planner Main Screen      228
Choose Which Calendars and Task Lists to View      231
Change S Planner Settings      232
Add a New Event      234
Respond to a Google Event Invitation      239
Respond to a Corporate Event Invitation      239
Use Quick Responses      241
Add a Task      242
Chapter 7: Contacts      245
Adding Accounts      245
Navigating Contacts      252
Check a Contact’s Status      254
Edit a Contact      255
Add a Contact Photo      257
Adding and Managing Contacts      259
Add a Contact from an Email      260
Add a Contact Manually      261
Add a Contact from a vCard      262
Add a Contact Using Near Field Communications      264
Manage Contacts Settings      265
Create Contact Groups      266
Change the Contacts in a Contacts Group      268
Choose Which Contacts to Display      269
Link and Unlink Contacts      272
Adding a Contact to Your Home Screen      274
Chapter 8: Phone, SMS, and MMS      277
Phone      277
Open and Navigate the Phone App      278
Receive a Call      279
Handle Missed Calls      282
Place a Call      284
Configure the Phone App      289
SMS and MMS      293
Get to Know the Messages App      293
Manage Settings for the Messages App      295
Compose Messages      299
Attach Files to Messages      301
Receive Messages      303
Chapter 9: Audio, Video, Photos, and Movies      307
Enjoying Music with the Music Application      307
Find Music      308
Purchase Music      310
Add Your Existing Music to Google Music      311
Use the Music Application      313
Work and Listen to Music      321
Work with Playlists      321
Listen to Music with No Wireless Coverage      326
Playing and Sharing Videos      327
Share Videos      331
Delete Videos      335
Taking Photos and Videos with the Camera App      336
Take Photos      336
Zoom In and Out      337
Apply Effects to Photos      340
Change Key Camera Settings      341
Choose Advanced Camera Settings      342
View the Photos You Take      350
Record Videos with the Camera App      352
Enjoying Videos with the YouTube App      353
Meet the YouTube Main Screen      353
Play a Video      355
Change YouTube Settings      356
Chapter 10: Books, Newspapers, and Magazines      361
Reading Books with Play Books and Kindle      361
Open the Play Books App and Meet Your Library      362
Get Books from the Play Store      365
Read Books with the Play Books App      369
Choose Options for the Play Books App      371
Delete a Book from Your Play Books Library      375
Install the Kindle App      377
Reading Newspapers and Magazines with Play Newsstand      386
Open the Play Newsstand App and Choose Your Topics      386
Read News with the Read Now Feature      387
Build Your Newsstand Library      388
Choose Options for the Play Newsstand App      389
Chapter 11: Working with Android Apps      393
Configuring Google Wallet      393
Navigating Google Play      395
Download Free Apps      396
Buy Apps      399
Manage Apps      401
Manage Google Play Settings      404
Keeping Apps Up to Date      408
Chapter 12: Using Your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with an Android Wear Smartwatch      411
Setting Up Your Android Wear Watch      411
Choosing Settings for Your Android Wear Watch      415
Navigate the Android Wear App      415
Using Your Android Wear Watch      428
Navigate Your Watch      429
Use Your Watch and Run Watch Apps      433
Chapter 13: Maintaining Your Galaxy Note 4 and Solving Problems      443
Updating Android      443
Optimizing the Battery      447
Take Care of the Battery      447
Monitor Battery Use      448
Choose Power-Saving Options      450
Managing Apps and Memory      458
Close One or More Apps from the Recent Apps List      459
Close One or More Apps from the Active Applications Screen      459
Force an App or a Service to Close      461
Reining in Your Data Usage       463
Set Background Data Limits      465
Caring for the Galaxy Note 4’s Exterior      466
Getting Help with Your Galaxy Note 4      466
Index     467

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