My Samsung Galaxy Note II

My Samsung Galaxy Note II

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

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

Make the most of Galaxy Note II'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 II 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
Extend your battery life--today and for years to come
Keep your Galaxy Note II up-to-date, reliable, and secure
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 226 x 15mm | 530g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Indianapolis, Ind., United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0789748827
  • 9780789748829
  • 468,142

Table of contents

Prologue: Getting to Know Your Galaxy Note II 3

Your Galaxy Note II's External Features 3

Front 4

Back 5

Top 6

Bottom 6

S Pen 7

Getting to Know the S Pen 7

Air View 8

Gestures 10

Quick Commands 11

First-Time Setup 13

Fundamentals of Android 4.1 and TouchWiz 18

The Unlock Screen 18

The Home Screen(s) 20

Use the Touchscreen 24

Use the Keyboard 25

Dictation--Speak Instead of Type 29

Edit Text 30

Menus 32

Run Two Apps at the Same Time 33

Switch Between Apps 35

Installing Synchronization Software 35

Install Android File Transfer (Apple Mac OS X) 36

Install Google Music Manager (Apple Mac) 37

Install Google Music Manager (Windows) 38

Configure Music Manager (Windows and Apple Mac) 39

Chapter 1: Connecting to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and VPNs 43

Connecting to Bluetooth Devices 43

Pair with a New Bluetooth Device 44

Change Bluetooth Settings 47

Change Bluetooth Device Options 47

Wi-Fi 49

Connect to Wi-Fi 49

Wi-Fi Network Options 50

Advanced Wi-Fi Options 51

Wi-Fi Direct 53

Set Up Wi-Fi Direct 53

Use Wi-Fi Direct (the Official Way) 54

Use Wi-Fi Direct (Use WiFi Shoot) 56

Near Field Communications (NFC) 57

Enable NFC, Android Beam, and S Beam 57

Use Android Beam to Send Links to Content 58

Use Android Beam to Send Real Files 59

Use Samsung S Beam to Send Files 61

Cellular Networks 62

Change Mobile Settings 62

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) 64

Add a VPN 64

Connect to a VPN 66

Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot 69

Start Your Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot 69

Chapter 2: Customizing Your Galaxy Note II 73

Changing Your Wallpaper 74

Wallpaper from Gallery Pictures 75

Live Wallpaper 76

Wallpaper 76

Changing Your Keyboard 77

Adding Widgets to Your Home Screens 78

Add a Widget 78

Remove and Move a Widget 80

Setting the Language 80

Changing Accessibility Settings 81

Adjusting Sound Settings 83

Modifying Display Settings 84

Adjusting Samsung-Specific Settings 87

Home Screen Mode 87

Blocking Mode 88

Motion 89

S Pen 91

Chapter 3: Browsing the Web 93

Navigating with Chrome 93

Web Page Options 95

Browser Tricks 96

Managing Bookmarks, Most Visited, and Other Devices 97

Manage Bookmarks 98

Create a Bookmark 99

Manage the Most Visited Sites List 99

Manage the Other Devices List 100

Managing Multiple Tabs 101

Customizing Browser Settings 102

Chapter 4: Email 109

Gmail 109

Add a Google Account 110

Navigate the Gmail App 112

Compose Gmail Email 113

Add Attachments to Messages 114

Read Gmail Email 115

Modify Gmail Settings 117

Manage Gmail Labels 120

Email Application 121

Add a Work Email Account 121

Add a New POP3 or IMAP Account 124

Working with the Email App 127

Navigate the Email Application 127

Compose an Email 128

Add Attachments to a Message 130

Read Email 130

Change Email App Settings 132

Chapter 5: Google Now and Navigation 141

Google Now 141

Understand the Google Now Screen 142

Set Up Google Now 143

Set Up Google Maps 145

Google Maps 146

Get Directions 146

Adjust Google Maps Settings 148

Use Offline Google Maps 150

Access Google Maps Offers 151

Locate Friends with Google Latitude 153

Navigation 153

Chapter 6: Working with Date, Time, and Calendar 157

Setting the Date and Time 157

Clock Application 159

Navigate the Clock Application 159

Manage Alarms 160

Use the World Clock 162

Use the Desk Clock 163

Use Dock Mode 164

Using the Calendar Application 167

Navigate the Calendar Main Screen 167

Choose Which Calendars and Task Lists to View 169

Change Calendar Settings 169

Add a New Event 171

Respond to a Google Event Invitation 174

Respond to a Corporate Event Invitation 175

Use Quick Responses 177

Add a Task 178

Chapter 7: Contacts 181

Adding Accounts 181

Navigating Contacts 186

Check a Contact's Status 188

Edit a Contact 188

Add a Contact Photo 190

Adding and Managing Contacts 191

Add a Contact from an Email 191

Add a Contact Manually 192

Add a Contact from a vCard 193

Add a Contact Using Near Field Communications 194

Manage Contacts Settings 195

Create Contact Groups 196

Change the Contacts in a Contacts Group 197

Choose Which Contacts to Display 198

Join and Separate Contacts 199

Adding a Contact to Your Home Screen 200

Chapter 8: Phone, SMS, and MMS 203

Phone 203

Open and Navigate the Phone App 204

Receive a Call 205

Handle Missed Calls 207

Place a Call 208

Configure the Phone App 213

SMS and MMS 215

Get to Know the Messaging App 216

Manage Settings for the Messaging App 216

Compose Messages 223

Attach Files to Messages 224

Receive Messages 226

Chapter 9: Audio, Video, Photos, and Movies 229

Enjoying Music with the Music Application 229

Install the Play Music App 230

Find Music 231

Purchase Music 231

Add Your Existing Music to Google Music 233

Use the Music Application 236

Control Playback 238

Work and Listen to Music 240

Work with Playlists 241

Listen to Music with No Wireless Coverage 243

Playing and Sharing Videos 244

Share Videos 246

Delete Videos 248

Taking Photos and Videos with the Camera App 248

Take Photos 248

Change Camera Settings 249

View the Photos You Take 251

Record Videos with the Camera App 253

Change Video Settings 253

Enjoying Videos with the YouTube App 254

Meet the YouTube Main Screen 255

Play a Video 256

Change YouTube Settings 258

Upload a Video to YouTube from the YouTube App 260

Chapter 10: Books and Magazines 263

Reading Books with Play Books and Kindle 263

Open the Play Books App and Meet Your Library 264

Get Books from the Play Store 265

Read Books with the Play Books App 267

Choose Options for the Play Books App 268

Install the Kindle App 270

Reading Magazines with Play Magazines 274

Open the Play Magazines App and Choose Your Magazines 275

Read a Magazine with the Play Magazines App 277

Choose Options for the Play Magazines App 278

Chapter 11: Working with Android Apps 281

Configuring Google Wallet 281

Navigating Google Play 283

Download Free Apps 284

Buy Apps 285

Manage Apps 286

Manage Google Play Settings 288

Keeping Apps Up to Date 289

Chapter 12: Maintaining Your Galaxy Note II and Solving Problems 293

Updating Android 294

Optimizing the Battery 296

Take Care of the Battery 296

Monitor Battery Use 297

Choose Power-Saving Options 298

Apps and Memory .299

Reining in Your Data Usage 300

Set Background Data Limits 302

Caring for the Galaxy Note II's Exterior 302

Getting Help with Your Galaxy Note II 303

Index 304
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About Craig James Johnston

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, and many books in the My series, including My BlackBerry Curve, My Palm Pre, My Note II One, My DROID (first and second editions), My Motorola Atrix 4G, My BlackBerry PlayBook, and My HTC EVO 3D.

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 II at

All comments, suggestions, and feedback are welcome, including positive and negative.

Guy Hart-Davis is the author of approximately 100 computer books, including Kindle Fire Geekery and How to Do Everything: Samsung Galaxy Tab.
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