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Introduction 1 About This Book 1 The Need for a Book 2 How to Read This Book 2 Smartphone "Facts of Life" 3 Chapter 1: Galaxy S5 Essentials 5 About the Galaxy S5 5 The Hardware 6 The Android Operating System and TouchWiz 9 The Interface 9 Customization 10 Charging the Battery 12 Powering On/Off 13 Running the Setup Wizard 14 Run the Setup Wizard 15 Darkening and Restoring the Display 20 Restore a Dark Display 21 Set the Screen Timeout Interval 21 Adjusting the Volume 22 Using a Headset or Headphones 24 Wired Headset or Headphones 24 Bluetooth Headset 24 Setting Up Voicemail 28 Gmail and Your Phone 29 Create a Gmail Account 29 Register Your Gmail Account 30 Creating a Samsung Account 34 Creating a Dropbox Account 37 Working with Data 39 Manually Set a Connection Method 40 Connect to a New Wireless Network 41 Changing the Default Language 44 Wireless Printing 45 Install the Print Services Software (First Time Only) 45 Chapter 2: Understanding the Android/TouchWiz Interface 49 The Home Screen 50 The Status or Notification Bar 50 Main Area 51 Extended Home Screen 52 Set the Home Screen Mode 54 Primary and Other App Shortcuts 56 Using the Hardware Keys 57 Recent Apps Key 57 Home Key 58 Back Key 58 The Notification Panel 59 Interacting with the Touchscreen 60 Using Your Fingers 61 Rotating the Screen 63 Entering Text 64 Use the Keyboard: Tapping 65 Use the Keyboard: Swype 66 Use Voice Input 70 Editing Text 72 Searching for Items on the Phone and Web 74 Use S Finder 75 Search in Settings 77 Use Google Search 78 Chapter 3: Making the Phone Your Own 81 Customizing the Home Screen 81 Select Wallpaper 82 Rearrange, Remove, and Add Home Screen Pages 85 Add Shortcuts 88 Add Widgets 90 Create Folders 93 Reposition and Remove Home Screen Items 96 Setting the Apps View 97 Creating and Working with App Folders 100 Changing System Settings 103 Customize the Quick Setting Buttons 104 Customize the Quick Settings 106 Motions and Gestures Settings 107 Air View 109 One-Handed Operation 109 Ringtones 112 Blocking Mode 120 Safety Assistance Settings 122 Chapter 4: Placing and Receiving Calls 127 Placing Calls 127 Manual Dialing 128 Dial from a Contact Record 132 Dialing from the Call Logs 133 Dialing a Number in a Text or Email Message 136 Emergency Calling 138 Other Outgoing Call Options 140 Speed Dialing 140 Temporarily Blocking Your Caller ID Information 143 Three-Way Calling 144 Inserting Pause and Wait Commands 146 Receiving Calls 146 Respond to an Incoming Call 147 Call Waiting 149 Call Forwarding 150 In-Call Options 150 Checking Voicemail 153 Enabling Mute, Vibrate, or Airplane Mode 155 Mute and Vibrate 156 Airplane Mode 157 Configuring Call Settings 158 Chapter 5: Managing Contacts 165 The Contacts Interface 166 Creating a Contact Record 168 Adding a Photo to a Contact Record 173 Viewing Contacts 175 Editing Contact Records 177 Edit Contacts 177 Set Defaults for a Contact 178 Link and Unlink Contacts 179 Mark Contacts as Favorites 180 Delete Contacts 182 Working with Contact Groups 183 Create a Group 183 Change a Person's Memberships 185 Email or Text a Group 186 Reorder the Groups 188 Delete a Group 188 Backing Up/Restoring and Exporting/Importing Contact Records 189 Backing Up Contact Data 190 Restoring Contacts from Backups 193 Importing Contact Data from Other Sources into Google Contacts 195 Setting Display Options 197 Chapter 6: Using the Calendar 201 Adding Calendar Accounts 201 Working in Calendar 203 Creating Events and Tasks 203 View the Calendar 211 Manage Events and Tasks 218 Responding to Reminders 219 Setting Calendar Preferences 221 Chapter 7: Browsing the Web 227 Launching Internet 228 Visiting Web Pages 230 Type the Address 230 Following a Link 231 Visit a Bookmarked, Recent, or Saved Page 232 Search for a Site or Page 235 Viewing Pages 236 Portrait or Landscape View 236 Magnification (Zoom) 237 Reader View 238 Refreshing the Page 239 Working with Windows 239 Page Navigation 240 Incognito Browsing 241 Working with Bookmarks 242 Create a Bookmark from the Current Page 242 Create a Bookmark from the History List 244 Edit Bookmarks 245 Using Bookmark Folders 246 Delete Bookmarks 249 More Menu Commands 250 Configuring the Browser 252 Google Chrome Essentials 254 Chapter 8: Sending and Receiving Email 259 Adding Email Accounts 260 Automatically Add an Account 260 Manually Add an Account 263 Configuring Email Accounts 267 Edit General Settings 268 Edit Individual Account Settings 270 Configure an Account's Sync Settings 274 Delete an Account 277 Retrieving Mail 278 Reading Mail 279 View and Save Attachments 283 Designate and Work with Priority Senders 284 Composing and Sending Mail 287 Create a New Email Message 288 Reply to Mail 292 Forward Mail 293 Add Attachments and Inserts 294 Managing the Mail 297 Deleting Messages 297 Moving Messages 299 Changing the Message Read Status 301 Marking Important Messages 302 Managing the Spam Senders List 303 Using the Gmail App 304 Chapter 9: Messaging 309 About Text and Multimedia Messaging 309 Composing a Text Message (SMS) 310 Composing a Multimedia Message (MMS) 319 Managing Conversations 323 Responding to a New Message Notification 323 Continue a Conversation 324 Reviewing a Conversation 326 Delete Conversations 327 Delete Messages 328 Other Options for Individual Messages 328 Search for Messages 330 Designating Priority Senders 331 Add Priority Senders 331 Manage Priority Senders 333 Configuring Messages Settings 335 Chapter 10: Installing and Using Applications 349 Using Apps 350 Launching an App 350 Using the Hardware Keys 54 Using Multi Window to Run Two Apps 356 Exit/Quit an App 361 Downloading and Installing Apps from Google Play 362 Customize Google Play 366 Enabling App Downloads from Other Sources 368 Using the Amazon Appstore for Android 369 Install the Amazon Appstore App 369 Download Apps from the Amazon Appstore 372 Customize the Amazon Appstore 376 Managing Apps 379 Create Home Screen Shortcuts 379 Uninstall, Disable, and Hide Apps 380 Update Apps 388 Move Apps to Your Memory Card 390 Designating Default Apps 391 Enable the Toolbox App Launcher 393 Special and Noteworthy Apps 395 Chapter 11: Using the GPS 403 Enabling/Disabling GPS 404 Getting Directions from Google Maps 405 Voice Search: Direct to Navigation 406 Launch Google Maps 407 Set a Trip within Google Maps 408 Configuring Location (GPS) Settings 412 Chapter 12: Playing and Managing Music 415 Playing Stored Songs with the Music App 415 Select and Play Songs 416 Use the Equalizer 420 Working with Playlists 422 Create a Playlist 422 Add Songs to a Playlist 423 Play Songs from a Playlist 425 Manage Playlists 426 Deleting Unwanted Songs 432 Delete a Track While Playing a Song 433 Delete Tracks While Browsing 434 Delete an Album or Artist 435 Chapter 13: Shooting, Editing, and Sharing Photos 441 Shooting Photos 441 Shoot Self-Portraits with the Front Camera 442 Shoot Photos with the Rear Camera 444 Changing the Camera Settings 446 Configure and Use the Shortcuts 446 Using the Settings Palette 448 Selecting a Shooting Mode 452 Reviewing Photos 456 Using Gallery to View and Edit Photos 457 Image-Editing with Photo Studio 468 Running a Slideshow 474 Chapter 14: Watching and Creating Videos 477 Streaming Video to the Phone 477 Streaming with a Dedicated App 478 Streaming from Web Pages 480 Playing Videos with the Video App 481 Using the Video Menus 486 Converting DVD Videos for Playback on the Phone 487 Recording Videos with the Phone 496 Participating in Video Chats 501 Chapter 15: Using Voice Services 503 Using S Voice 503 Commanding the Phone 505 Commanding Apps: Calendar 508 Configure S Voice 509 Using Google/Voice Search 512 Configuring Google/Voice Search 515 Chapter 16: Transferring and Sharing Files 519 Transferring Files over USB with Samsung Kies 3 520 Setup and Basic Operation 520 Copy Files 522 Manually Transferring Files over USB 525 Transfer to and from a Mac 526 Transfer to and from a PC 527 Transferring Files Using Bluetooth 529 Send Files from Computer to Phone 529 Send Files from Phone to Computer 531 Emailing Files 535 Email Photos from Gallery 535 Email Songs from My Files 537 Transferring Files Between Phones 539 Use Wi-Fi Direct 539 Use S Beam 542 Chapter 17: Synchronizing Data 549 Developing a Sync Strategy 549 Microsoft Exchange Server 550 Google/Gmail 550 Alternative Software 552 The Sneakernet (Manual) Approach 552 Setting Sync Options and Schedules 553 Performing Manual Syncs 557 Chapter 18: Securing the Phone 563 Securing the Lock Screen 563 Change the Screen Locking Method 564 Setting Lock Screen Options 573 Unlocking the Lock Screen 577 Enabling Private Mode 580 Chapter 19: Powering Other Devices 587 Creating a Mobile Hotspot for Wi-Fi Devices 587 Tethering the Phone and a Computer 592 USB Tethering for Windows PCs 592 Bluetooth Tethering 594 Mirroring the Phone on an HDTV 596 Chapter 20: Optimizing and Troubleshooting 601 Managing Memory 601 Conserving the Battery 603 Configure and Enable Power Saving Mode 603 Configure and Enable Ultra Power Saving Mode 606 Tips for Manually Conserving the Remaining Charge 608 View Battery Usage by Features and Apps 610 Managing Talk Time and Data Usage 612 Checking Current Usage 612 Manage Data Usage 613 What's Cheaper? 616 Can This Call Be Made Later? 617 Prorated Features 617 Faster Downloads with Download Booster 617 Viewing and Expanding Storage 617 View Used and Available Space 618 Adding a Memory Card 619 Index 621

About the Author

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 and My Samsung Galaxy S 4, this is Steve's third 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 books at www.siliconwasteland.com/misc.htm.

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