Samsung Galaxy S8 For Dummies

Samsung Galaxy S8 For Dummies

by Bill Hughes

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Samsung Galaxy S8 For Dummies by Bill Hughes

Get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone!

Whether you're seasoned in all things Samsung or get seized up at the thought of learning new technology, this no-nonsense guide makes it fast, easy, and fun to unlock everything your Galaxy S8 has to offer. Starting with the basics, like setup and configuration, and moving on to more advanced topics, like expanding your phone's potential with new software releases, it leaves no stone unturned — offering you the clear and thorough guidance you need to make the most out of every feature and capability available in the Galaxy S8.

There's a reason Samsung dominates the smartphone market — they design and manufacture an undeniably awesome product, and they just keep getting better with each new release. From texting, emailing, and accessing the Internet to taking pictures, watching movies, and downloading apps, the instruction provided in Samsung Galaxy S8 For Dummies will help you become a Samsung samurai in a snap!

  • Use your S8 to stay in touch with calls, text, social media, and email
  • Offers step-by-step instructions for personalizing and securing your phone
  • Helps you troubleshoot common problem
  • Have fun downloading games and apps, watching videos, taking photos, and much more

Now get your Galaxy S8 out of its box and keep this book close by — things are about to get really fun!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119382270
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/23/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 447,172
File size: 28 MB
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About the Author

Bill Hughes is a veteran marketing strategy executive who has worked for Xerox, Microsoft, IBM, General Electric, Motorola, and US West Cellular. He has led initiatives to develop new products and solutions, and has written articles for several wireless industry trade magazines, as well as for USA Today and Forbes.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 2

Foolish Assumptions 3

Icons Used in This Book 3

Beyond the Book 4

Where to Go from Here 4

Part 1 Getting Started with the Samsung Galaxy S8 5

Chapter 1 Exploring What You Can Do with Your Phone 7

Discovering the Basics of Your Phone 7

Taking Your Phone to the Next Level: The Smartphone Features 8

Internet access 9

Photos 9

Wireless email 10

Multimedia 11

An intelligent agent 11

Customizing Your Phone with Games and Applications 11

Downloading games 11

Downloading applications 11

What's cool about the Android platform 12

Surviving Unboxing Day 13

Chapter 2 Beginning at the Beginning 17

First Things First: Turning On Your Phone 17

Charging Your Phone and Managing Battery Life 20

Navigating the Galaxy S8 25

The phone's hardware buttons 25

The touchscreen 28

The extended Home screen 32

The notification area and screen 38

The Device Function keys 39

The keyboard 41

The orientation of the phone 42

Going to Sleep Mode/Turning Off the Phone 43

Part 2 Communicating with Other People 45

Chapter 3 Calling People 47

Making Calls 47

Answering Calls 52

Keeping Track of Your Calls: The Call List 54

Making an Emergency Call: The 411 on 911 56

Syncing a Bluetooth Headset 57

Options Other than Headsets 59

Chapter 4 Discovering the Joy of Text 61

Sending the First Text Message 61

Carrying on a Conversation via Texting 66

Sending an Attachment with a Text 68

Receiving Text Messages 69

Managing Your Text History 69

Chapter 5 Sending and Receiving Email 71

Setting Up Your Email 71

Getting ready 72

Setting up your existing Gmail account 73

Setting up a new Gmail account 75

Working with non-Gmail email accounts 77

Setting up a corporate email account 82

Reading Email on Your Phone 85

Writing and Sending Email 86

Replying To and Forwarding Email 88

Chapter 6 Managing Your Contacts 91

Using the Galaxy S8 Contacts App 92

Learning the Contacts App on your phone 92

Deciding where to store your contacts 95

Linking Contacts on your phone 98

Creating Contacts within Your Database 101

Adding contacts as you dial 102

Adding contacts manually 103

How Contacts Make Life Easy 105

Playing Favorites 106

Part 3 Living on the Internet 107

Chapter 7 You've Got the Whole (Web) World in Your Hands 109

Starting the Browser 110

Accessing Mobile (or Not) Websites 111

Choosing Your Search Engine 114

Using Bookmarks 116

Adding bookmarks 116

Bookmark housekeeping 118

Deciding Between Mobile Browsing and Mobile Apps 118

Chapter 8 Playing in Google's Play Store 121

Exploring the Play Store: The Mall for Your Phone 122

Getting to the Store 122

Seeing What's Available: Shopping for Android Apps 124

Subcategories for Apps and Games 125

Subcategories for Entertainment 125

Curated categories 126

The timeless categories for apps and games 126

Installing and Managing an Android App 129

Downloading the Facebook app 129

Creating a Facebook account 135

Rating or Uninstalling Your Apps 136

Part 4 Having Fun with Your Phone 141

Chapter 9 Sharing Pictures 143

Say Cheese! Taking a Picture with Your Phone 144

Getting a Little Fancier with Your Camera 152

The Camera Effects settings 153

Settings options on the viewfinder 154

Photo Effects options 157

The Digital Camcorder in Your Pocket 157

Starting the camcorder 157

Taking and sharing videos with your camcorder 158

Managing Your Photo Images 159

Using images on Your Phone 160

Deleting Images on Your Phone 161

Chapter 10 Playing Games 163

The Play Store Games Category 163

The Games Home screen 166

The Games Categories tab 167

Leaving Feedback on Games 169

Chapter 11 Mapping Out Where You Want to Be 175

GPS 101: First Things First 176

Practically Speaking: Using Maps 177

Changing map scale 178

Finding nearby services 180

Getting and Using Directions 183

Upgrading Your Navigation 185

Chapter 12 Playing Music and Videos 189

Being Mindful of Carrier Quirks 190

Getting Ready to Be Entertained 190

Choosing your headset 191

Choosing your Bluetooth speaker 193

Connecting to your stereo 194

Licensing Your Multimedia Files 195

Listening up on licensing 195

Licensing for videos 196

Using the Full Capacity of Your 5D Card 196

Enjoying Basic Multimedia Capabilities 198

Grooving with the Play Music app 198

Playing downloaded music 202

Jamming to Internet Radio 206

Looking at your video options 209

Part 5 Getting Down to Business 217

Chapter 13 Syncing Calendars 219

Setting Calendar Display Preferences 221

Setting Other Display Options 224

Creating an Event on the Right Calendar 226

Creating, editing, and deleting an event 226

Keeping events separate and private 228

Chapter 14 Talking with Bixby 231

Bringing Up Bixby 231

Visualizing What You Can Do with Bixby Vision 236

Blabbing with Bixby 239

Look Ma! No Hands! 239

Dictating a Text 240

Preparing to Work with Bixby 240

Chapter 15 Paying with Samsung Pay 245

How Mobile Payment Works 245

Getting Started with Samsung Pay 247

Setting Up Samsung Pay 250

Using Samsung Pay 255

Managing Samsung Pay 257

Part 6 The Part of Tens 259

Chapter 16 Ten Ways to Make Your Phone Totally Yours 261

Using a Bluetooth Speaker 262

Cruising in the Car 263

Considering Wireless Charging Mats 265

Using a Keyboard Cover 266

Making a Statement with Wraps 267

You Look Wonderful: Custom Screen Images 268

Empowering Power Savings 270

Controlling Your Home Electronics 270

Wearing Wearables 271

Using Your Phone as a PC 271

Chapter 17 Ten (Or So) Ways to Make Your Phone Secure 273

Using a Good Case and Screen Cover 274

Putting It on Lockdown 276

Preparing for your Screen Lock option 278

Selecting among the Screen Lock options 279

Entering your fingerprints 280

Entering your face and/or iris 282

Encrypting Your SD Card 284

Using Knox to Make Your Phone as Secure as Fort Knox 285

Being Careful with Bluetooth 286

Protecting Against Malware 288

Downloading Apps Only from Reputable Sources 289

Rescuing Your Phone When It Gets Lost 289

Wiping Your Device Clean 291

Index 293

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