My Samsung Galaxy S4

My Samsung Galaxy S4

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By (author) Steve Schwartz

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  • Publisher: Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 26mm | 860g
  • Publication date: 18 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Indianapolis
  • ISBN 10: 0789751577
  • ISBN 13: 9780789751577
  • Sales rank: 202,387

Product description

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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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 http://www.siliconwasteland.com/misc.htm.

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