My Samsung Galaxy S6

My Samsung Galaxy S6

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Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge working just the way you want. Learn how to

Discover your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge's most exciting new capabilities
Master the quickest shortcuts for calling, texting, and browsing
Customize your S6 to show what you want, when you want it
Avoid unexpected data charges by making the most of Wi-Fi
Use voice dialing, automatic call rejection, and other advanced phone features
Organize your life with Contacts and Calendar
Simplify email by running multiple accounts through one app
Get Google Now to run errands and retrieve information for you
Never get lost! Use Google Maps--even if you're biking, walking, or offline
Find, retrieve, and play media: music, movies, TV, podcasts, books, and more
Capture pro-quality images with the Galaxy S6's amazing 16.0MP camera
Share files and media directly with other devices via Wi-Fi Direct
Transform your S6 into a mobile hotspot
Store content and create safe backups in the cloud
Sync your Galaxy S6 with your Windows PC or Mac
Troubleshoot Galaxy S6 software, hardware, and accessories
Link your Galaxy S6 to an Android Wear smartwatch
Track your health goals and fitness activities with S Health

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to Samsung Galaxy S6 images that show you exactly what to do
Help when you run into Samsung Galaxy S6 problems or limitations
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your Samsung Galaxy S6
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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 155 x 227 x 24mm | 852g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0789755122
  • 9780789755124
  • 1,470,734

Table of contents

Prologue: Getting to Know Your Galaxy S6 3

Your Galaxy S6's External Features 3

Front 4

Back 5

Bottom 6

Gestures and Motions 7

First-time Setup 9

Fundamentals of Android 5.0 and TouchWiz 20

The Lock Screen 21

The Home Screen 23

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 29

Use the Keyboard 30

Dictation--Speak Instead of Type 35

Edit Text 35

Keyboard Tricks 37

Menus 38

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) 47

Install Google Music Manager (Apple Mac) 48

Install Google Music Manager (Windows) 49

Configure Music Manager (Windows and Apple Mac) 50

Samsung Kies 53

Chapter 1: Making the S6 Your Own 57

Changing Your Wallpaper 57

Set Up Wallpaper from Gallery Pictures 58

Set Up Live Wallpaper 60

Set Up Wallpaper 61

Changing Your Keyboard 61

Adding Widgets to Your Home Screens 64

Add a Widget 64

Remove and Move a Widget 67

Setting the Language 68

Changing Accessibility Settings 69

Vision 71

Hearing 73

Dexterity and Interaction 75

Direction Lock 76

Direct Access 77

Notification Reminder 78

Answering/Ending Calls 78

Manage Accessibility 79

Adjusting Sound and Notifications Settings 79

Adjust Sound Settings 79

Ringtones and Sounds 81

Vibrations 83

Sound Quality and Effects 85

Do Not Disturb 86

Modifying Display Settings 86

Adjusting the S6 Edge Settings 88

Edge Lighting 89

People Edge 91

Select Notifications 93

Information Stream 94

Night Clock 95

Edge Screen Position 96

Easy Home Screen Mode 97

Privacy and Safety 98

Private Mode 99

Send SOS Messages 101

Themes 102

Lock Screen and Security 104

Chapter 2: Making and Receiving Calls 113

Getting to Know the Phone App 113

Open and Navigate the Phone App 114

Call Log 115

Favorites 116

Contacts 117

Receiving a Call 118

Accept a Call 118

Reject a Call 120

Reject a Call and Send a Text Message 121

Handle Missed Calls 122

Making Calls 124

Dial Using Your Voice 124

Make Conference Calls 125

Configuring the Phone App 127

Chapter 3: Managing Contacts 131

Configuring Contacts 131

Set Up Contacts Accounts 132

Add Contacts 133

Search for Contacts 139

Link Contacts 140

Use Contacts 142

Chapter 4: Using the Calendar 145

Managing Your Busy Schedule 145

Create Calendar Events 146

Use Calendar Views 151

View More Event Options 156

Add a Task to Your Calendar 157

View the Task List and Remove Tasks 160

View More Task Options 160

Chapter 5: Browsing the Web 165

Browsing to a URL 165

Searching the Web 167

Viewing Web Pages 171

Working with Bookmarks 173

Create a Bookmark 173

Delete a Bookmark from the Bookmarks List 176

Delete a Bookmark from the History List 176

Returning to Previously Visited Pages 178

Filling in Web Forms 180

Copying Text and Images from Web Pages 181

Copy a Block of Text 181

Copy an Image 183

Chapter 6: Email and Text Messages 187

Gmail 187

Add a Google Account 188

Add a POP3/IMAP Account 191

Navigate the Gmail App 195

Compose an Email 197

Read an Email 199

Customize Gmail App Settings 203

Email Application 209

Add a Work Email Account 209

Add a New POP3 or IMAP Account 214

Working with the Email App 219

Navigate the Email Application 219

Compose an Email 220

Add Attachments to a Message 221

Read Email 223

Change Email App Settings 224

SMS and MMS 230

Get to Know the Messages App 231

Manage Settings for the Messages App 233

Compose Messages 236

Attach Files to Messages 238

Receive Messages 239

Chapter 7: Google Now and Navigation Using Google Maps 243

Google Now 243

Set Up Google Now 246

Google Maps 249

Get Directions 251

Configure Google Maps Settings 254

Use Offline Google Maps 256

Chapter 8: Playing and Managing Music 261

Purchasing Music in Google Play Music 261

Playing Songs 269

Play Music in the Music App 270

Play Music in the Google Play Music App 273

Creating Your Own Playlists 277

Adding a Podcast App 278

Chapter 9: Taking and Sharing Photos 289

Using the Camera 290

Change Quick Settings 290

View and Change Pro Settings 293

Set Camera Modes 300

Change Camera Settings 301

Take a Photo 303

Navigating Image Viewer 304

Working with Gallery 307

Manage Photos with Gallery 308

Email Photos from Gallery 313

Creating Screen Captures 315

Chapter 10: Watching and Creating Videos 319

Downloading Movies and TV Shows 319

Download a TV Show 320

Play the TV Show 324

Shop for a Movie 325

Playing Videos 328

Play Movies and TV Shows in the Play Movies & TV App 328

Play Videos in the Milk Video App 330

Play Videos in the Video App 334

Viewing YouTube Videos 339

Recording Video 345

Change Camera App Settings 346

View and Change Basic Settings 348

View and Change Pro Settings 349

Chapter 11: Sharing and Synchronizing Data 357

Connecting Using Wi-Fi Direct 358

Set Up Wi-Fi Direct 358

Printing Wirelessly 361

Connect a Wi-Fi Printer 361

Connect a Bluetooth Printer 363

Sharing Files 366

Use the Google Drive App 366

Find Other Cloud Services 379

Sharing Music and Video 381

Copy Files with Windows Media Player 381

Connect as a Mass Storage Device 383

Samsung Smart Switch for PCs and Macs 385

Backing Up and Restoring Your Galaxy S6 391

Ensure Automatic Google Account Backup 391

Chapter 12: Working with Android Applications 395

Configuring Google Wallet 396

Navigating the Google Play Store 396

Install Free Applications 398

Buy Applications 400

Manage Apps 402

Adjust Google Play Settings 403

Galaxy Apps 406

Adding a Payment Method for Galaxy Apps 407

Install Free Applications 408

Buy Applications 410

Chapter 13: Books and Magazines 415

Books 415

Navigate the Play Books App 416

Buy Books 417

Read Books 419

Magazines and Newspapers 423

Purchase or Subscribe to Publications 425

Read a Publication 427

Chapter 14: Optimizing and Troubleshooting 431

Finding Accessories 432

Pairing Bluetooth Devices 433

Pair a Bluetooth Device 433

Maintaining Your Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge 435

Updating Galaxy S6 Software 435

Extending Battery Life 438

Monitor Power Usage 439

Adjust Screen Brightness 440

Utilize Sleep Mode 441

Conserve Power by Turning Off Wi-Fi 442

Conserve Power by Turning Off Bluetooth 443

Conserve Even More Power Using Power Saving Modes 444

Solving Random Galaxy S6 Issues 448

Difficulty Turning Your Galaxy S6 On or Off 448

Touchscreen Becomes Unresponsive 449

Force Stop an App 449

Battery Does Not Charge 451

Landscape Orientation Does Not Work 451

Troubleshooting Wi-Fi Accessibility Problems 452

Make Sure Wi-Fi Is Activated 452

Check Your Range 453

Reset the Galaxy S6 Device 453

Getting Technical Help 456

Contact Your Cellular Provider or Samsung 456

Locate the Galaxy S6 Model Number 457

Chapter 15: Using Your Galaxy S6 with an Android Wear Smartwatch 459

Setting Up Your Android Wear Watch 460

Choosing Settings for Your Android Wear Watch 462

Navigate the Android Wear App 463

Using Your Android Wear Watch 474

Navigate Your Watch 474

Adjust Your Watch's Settings 477

Use Your Watch and Run Watch Apps 478

Use Watch Functions and Watch Apps 479

Chapter 16: Getting Fit with S Health 489

Working with S Health 489

Start S Health 490

Add and Remove Trackers 492

Sync Your Health Data and Change Settings 494

Using Activity Trackers 496

Set Daily Step Goals and Track Your Steps 496

Track Your Sleep 501

Viewing Partner Apps and Settings 504

Setting Goals and Creating Running Programs 507

Index 509
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About Eric Butow

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.
You can see Craig's previously published work in his books Professional BlackBerry, My iMovie, and many other My series books that cover 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 S6 at All comments, suggestions, and feedback--both positive and negative--are welcome.
Eric Butow began writing books in 2000 when he wrote Master Visually Windows 2000 Server. Since then, Eric has authored or coauthored 26 other books. Those books include Addison-Wesley's User Interface Design for Mere Mortals, Amacom's How to Succeed in Business Using LinkedIn, Wiley Publishing's Droid Companion, Wiley Publishing's Google Glass For Dummies, Que Publishing's Blogging to Drive Business, Second Edition, and Que Publishing's My Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
Eric lives in Jackson, California. He has a master's degree in communication from California State University, Fresno, and is the owner of Butow Communications Group (BCG), an online marketing ROI improvement firm.
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