GSmart Elite User Manual
GSmart Elite
User Manual
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General Information
This section contains important information on safe and efficient operation. Please read this
information before using the device. Ignorance of the following notices may lead to violations
of the law.
Before using the device, please make sure you have fully charged the battery.
Do NOT remove the battery from the device during charging.
Before inserting SIM card into the device, make sure that the device is switched off.
Keep the battery in low battery status for long time might cause battery over-discharged or
even reduce battery life. To maintain battery in good lifecycle please recharges it once in
low battery.
Please fully charge the battery if you are going to leave the phone without use for long time
to prevent battery goes over-discharged.
Do NOT attempt to dissemble the device on your own. This should be done by an
authorized person.
Use the device in accordance to instructions when in public facilities.
In some countries, it is a violation against the law to record phone conversations. Always
ask permission of the other party when you are going to record a conversation.
To protect your ears, turn down the volume before you use stereo headsets or other audio
To avoid damaging the touch screen and the device, do NOT apply excessive pressure on
them, and remove the device from your pants’ pocket before you sit down. It is also
recommended that you only use the stylus or your finger to interact with the touch screen.
It is not covered by the warranty that you crack the touch screen because of the improper
When you use the device for a long time, such as talking on the phone, browsing online, or
charging the battery, the device may become warm. In most cases, this condition is
Do NOT push unauthorized objects into slots and openings in your device.
The device should be placed away from heat sources such as stoves, radiators, heat
registers, or other products that produce heat.
Condensation may form on or within your device, when you move your device between
environments with very different temperature and/or humidity ranges. To avoid damaging
your device, make the moisture to evaporate before you use the device.
To avoid damaging your device, do NOT put your device on an unstable table, stand,
bracket, or other places.
Before you clean your device, unplug it, please. Use a damp cloth for cleaning, but do
NOT use water, liquid cleaners, or aerosol cleaners to clean the touch screen.
Table of Contents
General Information
1. Getting Started
1.1 Your Phone
1.2 Install or uninstall the SIM Card, Battery, and Memory Card
1.3 Charging Battery
1.4 Turn Phone On or Off
2. Basic
2.1 The Home Screen
2.2 Contacts
2.3 Phone Lock/Unlock
2.4 Personalization
2.5 Date and Time
2.6 On-The-Go (OTG)
3. Pre-Installed Programs Introduction
4. Phone Calls & Messages
4.1 Voice & Video Calls
4.2 Create / send text message
4.3 Multimedia Message
5. Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
5.1 Wi-Fi
5.2 Bluetooth
6. Camera
7. Manage Phone
7.1 Protect Phone
7.2 Backup or Reset Phone
8. Specifications
1. Getting Stared
1.1 Your Phone
Earphone Jack
Micro USB Port
Volume Key
Front Camera
Proximity Sensor/ Light Sensor
Display & Touch Screen
Power Key
Battery Cover
1.2 Install / uninstall SIM Card, Battery, and Memory Card
Install SIM card
Install the SIM1 card
Install the SIM2 card
Remove SIM card
Turn off phone  slide SIM card out.
4G Data Service (if the SIM card supports)
• 4G data service is switchable between SIM1 and SIM2.
• One SIM card:
The inserted SIM slot will be assigned to 4G by default.
4G in SIM1
4G in SIM2
• Two SIM cards:
4G in SIM1 by default and switchable to SIM2.
Factory default
4G & 3G
User switchable
4G & 3G
 SIM cards  Cellular data to select a SIM for data
• Data on/off switch: tap
 Data usage  cellular data
Phone comes with a battery. Battery life may vary depending on availability of local networks
and individual usage.
Replace back cover
(1) Insert cover into slot from the bottom.
(2) Press all around back cover fully until hearing clicks.
Memory card
Micro SD card might be required to store photos, music, videos and other data if internal
memory is full.
Install memory card
To remove the memory card
(1) For safe removal, tap
 Storage  Unmount SD card  OK.
(2) Push memory card to eject it from slot.
To set default storage
 Storage  Default write disk to set default storage.
1.3 Charging Battery
Battery has been partially charged at factory, you may need to recharge it before you can
switch on phone for the first time.
(1) Connect USB cable to AC adapter  connect to device via USB cable.
(2) Plug AC adapter to socket  start charging.
(3) For safety, only use original charger that comes with your device. Any possible damage
caused by using non-original charger or any other equipment will not be under GIGABYTE
Communication Inc.’s liability.
For safety, don’t remove battery from phone while AC adapter is connected or while it is
being charged.
1.4 Turn Phone on / off
Turn phone on
Press and hold power button until phone shown GSmart logo.
Turn phone off
(1) Press and hold power button for few seconds.
(2) A pop-up window appears  tap “Power off”  “OK” to confirm.
2. Basic
2.1 Home Screen
Default Home Screen:
Status Bar & Icons
Time Widget
App Folder
Main Apps
Tap to launch Apps screen.
Self-defined Home Screen: Add your favorite APP shortcuts and widgets.
LED Notification
Red LED remains on
Green LED remains on
Fully charged
Blue LED flashes
Unread messages/ Missed calls
Green LED flashes
Unread mail/ notifications
Red LED flashes
Low battery (0%~15%)
Status Icons
Call in progress.
Call on hold.
Phone call
Call muted.
Speaker on.
Vibration mode.
Wired headset connected.
Battery full.
Battery low.
Battery in charging.
Signal strength indicator.
Left: SIM1
Right: SIM2
4G\ HSPA \3G \ EDGE \ GPRS is in progress.
Wi-Fi connected.
Wi-Fi data in progress.
Wi-Fi network detected.
Airplane mode.
Portable Wi-Fi hotspot activated.
USB Tethering activated.
Both USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot activated.
Bluetooth on.
Connected to PC via USB cable.
Unread text message.
Unread e-mail.
Unread Gmail™.
Event notification.
Missed call.
General notification.
FM radio activated.
Playing music.
App downloading.
App download/updated completed.
2.2 Contacts
Add a Contact
add a new contact.
Choose either of Google /Phone/SIM1/SIM2 to store a new contact.
New contact screen appears.
Fill in contact information 
Contact portrait is not editable to contacts stored in SIM cards.
Search for Contacts
to search.
2.3 Phone Lock/Unlock
Sleep mode
Press power key to turn display on or off.
Unlock phone
icon on screen  slide up to unlock.
2.4 Personalization
Long press Home screen or tap
(1) Tap
 Display  Wallpaper  get into settings.
 select pictures.
(2) Tap pictures  preview, tap
2.5 Date and Time
Set up date and time
(1) Tap Time Widget on Home screen.
(2) Tap
(3) Tap
(lower-right)  to start settings.
(1) Tap Time Widget on Home screen.
(2) Tap
(3) Tap
Add new event
(1) Tap
 tap
(upper-right)  New event.
(2) Fill in event information.
2.6 On-The-Go (OTG)
OTG or On-The-Go is a feature that turns your smartphone into a host and lets you plug USB
3. Pre-Installed Programs Introduction
Power management.
Web/Internet browser.
Schedule management.
Capture images/videos.
Google browser service.
System optimizer.
Arrange alarm clocks.
CM Security Antivirus app.
Contacts folder.
View downloaded files.
Google drive.
E-mail app.
Manage all files.
FM Radio
FM radio app.
Photos / videos folder.
Google e-mail service.
Google app.
Google settings.
Google social app.
Map service.
SMS/MMS messenger.
Music player.
Phone dialer.
Google gallery.
Play Books
Game center.
Play Movies
Video player.
& TV
Play Music
Music player.
News services.
Play Store
App store.
Phone settings..
SIM Toolkit SIM related apps.
System update
Searching by voice.
WPS Office Office Software.
Video service.
New &
Record voice notes.
New and weather
4. Phone Calls & Messages
4.1 Voice and Video Calls
Make a call from Phone screen
(1) Tap
 Go into Phone screen.
(2) Input phone numbers.
(3) Tap
to call.
 delete. Tap and hold
 erase entire numbers.
Make a call from Contacts
(1) Tap
(2) Tap a contact to call.
Make emergency calls
Dial 112 for emergency call
Answer a call
• Tap and hold
 slide to
 slide to
 slide to
to answer call.
to dismiss call.
to dismiss call and send message.
 answer call.
• Tap
 dismiss call.
• Tap
End a call
 end call.
Make a video call
(1) Tap
(2) Tap
4.2 Create / send text message
From Message screen
(1) Tap
(2) Tap
to create new message.
From Contact screen
(1) Tap
(2) Tap
Google keyboard
Capital letter mode.
Symbols and numerical keyboard.
Voice typing.
Input method switch.
4.3 Multimedia Message
To send MMS from Message screen
 tap
(1) Tap
 create new message.
(2) Tap
 attach pictures, videos, record audio, contact, calendar, or slide show.
Message converts to MMS message automatically.
5. Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
5.1 Wi-Fi
(1) Tap
 to Wi-Fi main screen.
(2) Switch to turn “Wi-Fi” on or off.
Connect to Wi-Fi network
(1) Choose a Wi-Fi network to connect.
(2) Enter password if it is encrypted.
5.2 Bluetooth
Turn Bluetooth on / off
 to Bluetooth main screen.
6. Camera
Camera Function
Face beauty mode
Live Photo mode
Panorama mode
Normal mode
Smile capture
Rear / front camera switch
Previous photo/video
Video shutter
Taking photo
On the camera main screen:
 Tap
 take pictures.
 Tap Volume Up Key to take a picture.
 Press and hold Volume Up Key to take continuous photos.
Recording video
(1) Tap
start recording.
 pause; tap
 continue recording.
again  stop recording and saved file.
(4) During recording, tap
 take pictures.
(2) Tap
(3) Tap
7. Manage Phone
7.1 Protect Phone
Screen lock
There are six screen lock types can protect your phone.
(1) Tap
 Security  Screen lock  Choose one screen lock type.
(2) Get into main setting screen and follow the instructions to set up.
Secure data by screen lock, required different screen unlock types every time after
phone is turned on or waked up from sleep mode every time (screen is off ).
Disable screen lock security
 Security  Screen lock  Choose one screen lock type to unlock  tap “None”
disable it.
Enable the PIN of the SIM card
When PIN is enabled, required to enter PIN before using phone.
(1) Tap
 Security  Set up SIM card lock.
(2) Tap “SIM1” or “SIM2”. (If SIM2 inserted).
(3) Check “Lock SIM card”. Input PIN  tap “OK”.
7.2 Backup or Reset Phone
(1) Tap
 Backup & reset.
(2) Tap Factory data reset  Reset phone  Erase everything  reset phone.
Before resetting device, please remember to back up all data and information.
System Information
Android™ 5.1
1.4GHz Octa Core
1280 x 720pixels
143 x 72 x 9.3 mm (L x W x H)
150 grams with battery
Li-polymer pack 4000mAh
Power Adapter AC
100-240V, 50/60Hz,
0.5A max.
DC output
5V, 1.5A
Standby time
Up to 700 hours (It may vary depending on networks and the individual
Talk time
Up to 20 hours (It may vary depending on networks and the individual
Radio Band & Standard
800/ 1800/ 2600MHz (B3/ 7/ 20)
850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz
900/ 2100 MHz
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Micro USB
Audio Jack
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Digital Camera
Rear Camera
13MP Color Camera with AF and Video Recording
Front Camera
External Memory
Memory Card
Micro SD supports up to 32GB
0°C to 40°C
SIM Card Slot
Dual SIM card slot.
1. Specifications and accessories may differ subject to different SKUs or/and regions.
The specification is subject to change without prior notice.
2. Mobile data interruption, unexpected error in CPU and high power consumption
could be caused by in-app AD in Android phone. We suggest you try to remove
those apps with AD which had been installed in your device for preventing any
abnormal situation happens and saving more power as well.
3. Memory comprises of approximately 2 GB firmware, plus 11.68 GB of “Phone
storage” for downloaded applications and their data, music, pictures, videos and
If this document is modified, please download the latest version on GSmart official
Android, Google, Google Play, the Google Play logo and other marks are trademarks of
Google Inc.
Android 5.1, Lollipop
User Manual
Set up your device
When you first turn on your phone, you’ll see a Welcome screen. Choose the
language you want and touch the arrow to continue.
When prompted, sign in with your Google Account or create one at that time.
Signing in lets you immediately access everything associated with your Google
Account, like Gmail. If you prefer, you can skip this step and create an account
After you finish setting up your device, the Home screen appears for the first
time. Here, you can add app icons and widgets (an “at-a-glance” view of an
app’s most important information) to your Home screens to easily find them.
• To move between Home screens, swipe left or right.
• To see notifications, swipe down from the top of the screen with one finger.
• To open Quick Settings — frequently used settings — swipe down from the
top of the screen twice with one finger or once with two fingers.
• To open
Settings, swipe down from the top of any screen with two
fingers or swipe twice with one finger, then touch
in the top right.
• From the Home screen, touch Google at the top of the screen, or say “Ok
Google” to search and start telling Google what to do.
Send an SMS (text message) from your phone
1. Touch
Messenger on your Home screen.
2. Touch
to create a new message.
3. At the top of the screen, enter a phone number or select a contact. Type
your message, then touch
To change your default messaging app, go to
networks > More > Default SMS app.
Settings > Wireless &
Make a phone call
1. Touch
Phone on a Home or
All Apps screen.
2. To choose someone to call, scroll or search. If the keypad is in the way,
touch the Back button to lower it.
3. To place a call, touch the contact’s name.
To view recent calls, touch the Recents tab. To use the keypad, touch the
Make a video call
The Hangouts™ app lets you send and receive video calls. To open it, touch
Hangouts on a Home or
All Apps screen.
Send an email
Use the Gmail app to read and write email from your Gmail or other email
1. Touch
Gmail on a Home or
All Apps screen.
2. If you already signed into a Gmail account during setup, your email will be
synced to your device. Otherwise, add an email address now.
Status bar
The status bar is at the very top of the screen. On the right, you can see the
Wi-Fi and mobile signal strength, how much battery power is left, and the time.
On the left, you can see which apps have sent you notifications.
Quick Settings
Use Quick Settings to easily get to frequently used settings, like turning on
airplane mode. To open Quick Settings, swipe down from the top of the screen
with two fingers or twice with one finger. To change a setting, just touch the
• Wi-Fi network
: Turn Wi-Fi on or off. To open Wi-Fi settings, touch the
Wi-Fi network name.
• Bluetooth settings
: Turn Bluetooth on or off. To open Bluetooth
settings, touch the word “Bluetooth”.
• Cellular data
• Airplane mode
: See cellular usage data and turn it on or off.
: Turn airplane mode on or off. Airplane mode means
your phone won’t connect to Wi-Fi or a cell signal, even if one is available.
• Flashlight
: Turn the flashlight on or off.
• Display brightness
: Slide to lower or increase the brightness of your
• Auto-rotate
: Lock your device’s orientation in portrait or landscape
Open the main Settings app by touching
Settings in the top right.
You can also turn Auto Rotate on or off from Quick Settings, to lock or unlock
automatic screen rotation.
Manage battery life
• The status bar shows how much battery you have left, but you can also see
the exact percentage and approximate time of battery life remaining. Swipe
down from the top of the screen, then touch
Your Android device’s battery is built to get you through your day. When you’re
running low, Android battery saver conserves your battery power so you can
still make calls and send SMS (text) messages. To turn it on, go to
Settings > Battery > Battery saver.
Get around
At the bottom of every Home screen you’ll find the Favorites tray: another
quick way to get to your apps.
To open an app, touch it. To drag an app in or out of the Favorites tray or
anywhere else on a Home screen, touch & hold it, then move it with your finger
where you want it.
Navigation buttons
At the bottom of most phone or tablet screens, no matter what you’re doing,
you’ll always find the navigation bar with three buttons.
Opens the previous screen you were working in, even if it was in a different
app. Once you back up to the Home screen, you can’t go back any further.
Opens the central Home screen. To open Google Now™, swipe up.
Opens a list of thumbnail images of screens you’ve worked with recently. To
open one, touch it. To remove a screen from the list, swipe it left or right or
touch on the X.
Organize your Home screens
• To change your wallpaper, add a widget, adjust Search settings, or change
screen order, touch & hold the background of any Home screen.
• You can have any number of Home screens to the right. To add a new
screen, swipe to the rightmost screen and drag an app or widget to the right
• The screen to the left of the main Home screen is reserved for Google Now,
and is available only when Google Now is turned on.
• To create a folder, slide one icon quickly on top of another.
• To name or rename a folder, open it and touch its name.
To add an app icon to a Home screen:
1. Go to the Home screen where you want to place the app.
2. Touch
All Apps.
3. Swipe from right to left, if necessary, to find the app you want.
4. Touch & hold the app until the Home screen appears, slide it into place, and
lift your finger.
To add a widget:
1. Touch & hold the background, then touch Widgets.
2. Swipe right to choose a widget, which provides a quick view or way to
access information on your home screen, like a larger size clock or a view
of information in your Google Play™ library.
To move an app or widget to another position:
1. Touch & hold the icon.
2. Slide your finger to the new position. To move between Home screens,
slide toward the edge of the screen. To bump another icon out of the way,
slide slowly into it.
3. Lift your finger.
Touch & type
To select or activate something, touch it.
To type something, such as a name, password, or search terms, just touch
where you want to type. A keyboard pops up that lets you type into the field.
Other common gestures include:
• Touch & hold. To select an item, touch & hold it by not lifting your finger
until something happens. This is how you access accent and other special
characters on the keyboard. Slide your finger to the accented letter you
• Touch, hold, & drag. Touch & hold an item for a moment and then, without
lifting your finger, move your finger on the screen until you reach the target
position. You can move apps around on the Home screen.
• Swipe or slide. Quickly move your finger across the surface of the screen,
without pausing when you first touch (so you don’t drag something instead).
Slide a Home screen left or right to view the other Home screens.
• Double-tap. Tap quickly twice on a map or image to zoom in and out.
• Scale. In some apps (such as Maps, Chrome™, and Photos), you can
scale by placing two or more fingers on the screen at once and pinching
them together (to enlarge scale) or spreading them apart (to reduce it).
• Rotate the screen. The orientation of most screens rotates with your
device as you turn it. To keep your screen locked in Portrait mode, swipe
down with two fingers from the top of any screen and
Portrait/Auto-Rotate in Quick Settings.
Android version & updates
To check your version number or get the latest system update, first go to
Settings > System > About phone. Then look for these labels:
• System updates. Touch to check whether you have any pending system
• Android version. Look partway down the list for this heading and the
number just below it.
Change the display settings on your device by following these steps:
Go to
Settings > Device > Display.
• Brightness level: Move the
slider to set the brightness level on your
• Adaptive brightness: Turn on adaptive brightness to automatically
optimize the brightness level on your device based on the available light
around you. Adaptive brightness is on by default. You can still adjust your
brightness when needed.
• Sleep: Change how long it takes for your device’s screen to go black when
you’re not using it.
• Daydream: Set up screensavers that display photos, colorful backgrounds,
and more when your device is charging or docked.
Prompt & notification
You can change the sound and notification settings on your device by going to
Settings > Device >
Prompt & notification.
Notifications alert you to the arrival of new messages, calendar events, and
alarms, as well as ongoing events, such as downloads:
• Interruptions. Touch the settings to turn phone call and message
interruptions on or off. If you turn Messages notifications on, touch
Calls/messages from to specify from whom you accept notifications
(Anyone, Starred contacts or Contacts Only). In Downtime, select which
days and times you allow for sound notifications.
• When device is locked. Manage whether notifications can be seen when
your phone is locked, and whether sensitive content in a notification can be
seen. Sensitive content includes things like the title of a song you
downloaded, who sent you an email, or the details of a calendar event.
• App Notifications. Modify the notification settings individually for apps
such as Gmail. The setting under When device is locked will always take
precedence over the setting for an individual app.
• Notification access. See which apps can access your notifications.
When a notification arrives, its icon appears at the top of the screen. Icons for
pending notifications appear on the left, and system icons showing things like
the Wi-Fi signal, mobile carrier signal, or battery strength are on the right:
Wi-Fi signal
Mobile signal strength
Certain notifications can be expanded to show more information, such as email
previews or calendar events. The one at the top is always expanded when
possible. To expand a notification, position one finger inside it and swipe down
To open the related app, touch the notification icon on the left. Some
notifications also allow you to take specific actions by touching icons within the
notification. For example, Calendar notifications allow you to Snooze (remind
you later) or send email to other guests.
When you’re finished with a notification, swipe it away. To dismiss all
notifications, touch
Dismiss at the very bottom of the notifications list.
Manage accounts on your device
Add an account
1. Go to
Settings > Personal > Accounts. Touch “Add account.”
2. Touch the type of account you want to add. You may be able to choose
from choices like “Google,” “Personal (IMAP),” or “Personal (POP3).” If
you’re not sure whether to choose IMAP or POP3, try IMAP first. Many
email services use IMAP.
i. Choose “Google” if you want to add your Google Account. When you sign
in with a Google Account, all the email, contacts, calendar events, and
other data associated with that account are automatically synced with your
ii. Follow the on-screen instructions to add the account.
To change the settings of any of the accounts you added, follow these steps:
1. Go to
Settings > Personal > Accounts.
2. Select your account. If you’re using a Google Account, touch Google and
then your account.
Remove an account
To remove an account from your device, follow these steps:
1. Check to see if the account you want to remove is the account you used to
set up your device.
• If it’s not, go to step 2 and follow the instructions.
• If it is, reset your device to its factory settings instead of following the steps
below. This erases all of the data from your device and you’ll need a
Google Account to set up your device again.
2. Open the
Settings menu on your device.
3. Under “Accounts,” touch the name of the account you want to remove. If
you’re using a Google Account, touch Google and then the account.
• When you sign out of your Google Account, all the email, contacts,
Calendar events, and other data associated with that account will no longer
automatically sync with your device.
4. Touch
Menu in the top right corner of the screen.
5. Touch Remove account.
1. Go to
Settings > Personal > Security > Screen lock.
2. Touch the type of lock you’d like to use.
Even when your screen is locked, you can perform certain activities.
• Quick Settings: Slide down from the top of the screen to open Quick
Settings without entering your password.
• Camera: Slide from right to left to open the Camera.
• Access Dialer: Slide from left to right to make a phone call. (First you have
to enter your password.)
• Emergency Calls: Slide from left to right to make an emergency phone call
without having to enter your password.
With Android 5.1, Lollipop, you can preview and print the content of certain
screens to a printer on the same Wi-Fi network as your Android device.
Before you can print, you need a printing service installed on your device. To
check what services are currently available, go to
Settings > System >
From here, you can open each available service to turn it on or off, check
which printers it makes available, add new printers, and adjust the service’s
1. Touch
Menu > Print.
2. In the dialog that appears, adjust settings such as printer, copies,
orientation, and so on.
3. Touch Print.
File storage
To attach an image to an email you’re composing, touch the Paper Clip in the
top right and choose to either Attach file or Insert from Drive to select stored
images in your Drive folder.
From here, you can view any of these sources:
• Recent shows you the photos or videos you’ve taken or opened most
• Drive lets you attach any files stored in Google Drive™.
• Images displays any photos, videos, or other images on your device.
• Downloads includes most files (excluding Play content) you’ve
downloaded from emails or the Web
• Photos lets you browse all the images and videos that are on your device
or have been uploaded to your Google account.
Use the Downloads app to view, reopen, or delete files you download from
Gmail or other sources (excluding Google Play books, videos, magazines, and
other media.)
In the Downloads app:
• Touch an item to open it.
• In your list of downloads, touch & hold an item to select it. Touch
Share and choose a sharing method from the list. Touch to
Google Play streams purchases and rentals via the Internet. So the purchases
and rentals don’t always occupy storage space when you play them. Although
you can download content in Google Play apps to access offline, Google Play
content never appears in Downloads.
1. Make sure the image you want to capture is displayed on the screen.
2. Press the Power and Volume down buttons simultaneously.
The screenshot is automatically saved in your Photos.
Use the keyboard
To select a keyboard language other than English, go to Settings, Personal >
Language & input.
Enter & edit text
Use the onscreen keyboard to enter text.
Basic editing
Select text
Touch and hold or double-tap within the text.
The nearest word highlights, with a tab at each end of the selection. Drag the
tabs to change the selection.
Delete text
Touch the
Delete key to delete the characters before the cursor or
selected text.
Type capital letters
To switch to capital letters for one letter, touch the
You can also touch and hold the
Shift key once.
Shift key while you type or you can touch
Shift key and slide to another key.
When you release the key, the lowercase letters reappear.
Turn caps lock on
Double-tap or touch and hold the
Shift key so that it changes to. Touch the
Shift key again to return to lowercase.
Change word capitalization
If you want to quickly change the capitalization of a word you’ve already typed,
you can select it and touch the
Shift key.
You’ll have the option to select the capitalized word or the word in all capital
Type a symbol or character
To switch to symbol keys for one word, touch the symbol key
You can also touch and hold the symbol key
while you type or you can touch the symbol key
and slide to another
key. When you release the key, the letter keys reappear.
View more symbols and characters
Touch and hold symbols or characters to get accented characters or additional
Cut, copy, paste
Select the text you want to cut or copy. Then touch the Cut button
or Copy
. To paste, touch the space where you want to paste your text and
then touch Paste. If you want to replace other text with the text you copied,
highlight the text, then touch the Paste button
Use Google Keyboard to choose from a variety of small, colorful images used
to express emotion (known as emoji) to add some fun to your messages.
Use next-word suggestions
1. Touch the location where you want to input text
2. Start typing out a word. When the word you want is displayed in a list above
the keyboard, touch it.
3. Continue to touch words unless the one you want doesn’t appear. If so,
type it.
Android continues to suggest words as you type.
To change your keyboard and input methods, go to
> Language & input.
Settings > Personal
To turn next-word suggestions on or off, go to
Settings > Personal >
Language & input > Keyboard & input methods > Google Keyboard >
Text correction > Next-word suggestions.
Gesture typing
To input a word using Gesture Typing:
1. Touch the location where you want to type to open the keyboard.
2. Slide your finger slowly across the letters of the word you want to input.
3. Release your finger when the word you want is displayed in the floating
preview or the middle of the suggestion strip. To select one of the other
words in the suggestion strip, touch it.
If the word you want isn’t shown while using Gesture Typing, you can type it
out manually. If you gesture a word and want to change it, touch the word to
see other choices in the suggestion strip.
If there are letters you want to emphasize, like repeated letters, such as the “e”
in sleep, pause over the “e” slightly longer before moving on to the next letter.
Use Gesture Typing without the space bar
When you use Gesture Typing, there’s no need to use the space bar — just
continue to slide your finger across the letters you want to input, then lift your
finger to start the next word.
To change Gesture Typing settings, go to
Settings > Language & input >
Keyboard & input methods > Google Keyboard> Gesture Typing.
Keyboard dictionaries
To manage keyboard dictionaries, go to
Language & input.
Settings > Personal >
Personal dictionary
You can add your own words to your personal dictionary so that your device
remembers them. To add a word or phrase, including an optional shortcut, go
Settings > Personal > Language & input > Google Keyboard > Text
Correction > Personal dictionary and the language of the dictionary you
want to modify, then choose Add and type in the word. When you use the
optional shortcut when typing, your word or phrase appears as an option in the
suggested words above the keyboard.
Add-on dictionaries
1. Go to
Settings > Personal > Language & input > Google Keyboard
> Text Correction > Add-on dictionaries.
2. You’ll see dictionaries for other languages that you can download to your
3. Touch the dictionary you want, then Install.
Type by speaking
You can speak to enter text in most places where you can enter text with the
onscreen keyboard.
1. Touch a text field, or a location in the text you’ve already entered in a text
2. Touch the
Microphone key on the onscreen keyboard.
3. When you see the microphone image, speak what you want to type.
In some languages, you can also enter punctuation by speaking it, like
“comma,” “period,” “question mark,” “exclamation mark,” or “exclamation point.”
Supported languages include English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and
To change your speech settings, go to
& input.
Settings > Personal > Language
Try Some apps
All apps
This is where you can see all your apps, including those that come with your
phone and those you downloaded on Google Play. You can move app icons to
any of your Home screens.
From All Apps, you can:
• Move between screens. Swipe left or right.
• Open an app. Touch its icon.
• Place an app icon on a Home screen. Touch & hold the app icon, slide
your finger, and lift your finger to drop the icon into your desired Home
• Browse widgets. Touch the Widgets tab at the top of any All Apps screen.
• Get more apps. Touch
Google Play in the list of app icons.
To remove an app icon from the Home screen without removing it permanently
from your device, touch & hold it, slide your finger toward the top of the screen,
and drop the app over
To view info about an app from an All Apps screen, touch & hold it, slide your
finger toward the top of the screen, and drop the app over
App Info.
Use the Gmail app to read and write email from any mobile device. To open it,
Gmail on a Home or
All Apps screen.
You can use your Gmail account to sign in to all Google Apps™ and services,
including these and many more:
Google Now, for getting the information you need at just the right time
People, for keeping track of your contacts
Google Drive, for working with documents
While you’re reading a message:
• Touch the icons along the top of the screen to archive, throw away, and
mark as read. Touch
to mark a message as unread. Look under the
Menu to move, change labels, mute, print and do other actions to the
• Swipe left or right to read the previous or next conversation.
Organize your conversations: From the Inbox, touch & hold a conversation
to select it. Then use the icons and menu along the top of the screen to
manage the selected messages.
To change your settings, add an account, or get help, touch the menu icon or
No matter where you are in Gmail, you can always get back to the Inbox by
touching the
Back button at the top of the screen.
From the Inbox, touch Menu to open the drawer that reveals available
accounts, labels, and so on.
To add a non-Gmail email account to Gmail:
1. Go to
Settings > Personal > Accounts > Add account.
2. Touch the type of account you want to add. You may be able to choose
from choices like “Google,” “Personal,” or “Work.”
3. Choose “Google” if you want to add your Google Account. When you sign
in with a Google Account, all the email, contacts, Calendar events, and
other data associated with that account are automatically synced with your
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to add the account.
To change the settings of any of the accounts you added, follow these steps:
1. Open the
Settings menu on your device.
2. Under “Personal,” touch “Accounts” and select your account. If you’re using
a Google account, touch Google and then your account.
Google Play
1. Open the
2. Touch
Google Play app.
Menu at the top left.
From here, you can view the current account or switch to another, view your
purchased apps, check your wish list, and so on.
To set preferences, clear your search history, and turn on user controls, go to
Menu > Settings. For example, to filter apps based on maturity level or
require a PIN for purchases, touch Content filtering or Require
authentication for purchases.
To find your content, open any of the Google Play apps from the
screen and touch
All Apps
To open Photos from the:
• Camera app. Swipe from right to left.
• All Apps screen. Touch
When you’re signed into your device with your Google Account, the Photos
app makes it easy to auto-backup all the photos and videos you take, organize
them, and share with friends.
You can also browse, search, crop, edit, and tag photos, and create albums
and movies.
Menu to:
• Switch to or from Google+™.
• Organize and edit your photos and videos.
• Create and browse albums.
• Explore Auto Awesome animations, panoramas, or merged group shots
created for you automatically.
• Browse photos of yourself.
When you first turn on your device and sign into a Google Account, existing
contacts from that account are synced with your Contacts app. After that, your
contacts stay in sync automatically on your different devices or a Web
If you use Exchange, you can also sync that contact information with
All your Contacts information is available from Gmail, Google Talk, and other
apps. As you add contacts from different sources, they’re synced automatically
across all the places you need them.
When you open the Contacts app, you can:
• View all contacts or favorites. Choose from the top of the screen.
• Add a contact. Touch
Add Contact.
• Read details. Touch a name to see details for a contact or group.
• Share the contact or place a frequently used contact on the Home screen.
• Edit details. While viewing a contact, touch
Edit at the top of the
screen to edit the contact’s information.
• Change your settings. While viewing the main list screen, touch
to import or export contacts, choose display options and add or edit
To read and respond to messages, follow these steps:
1. When you receive a new message, you’ll get a notification on your device
and a new message icon
will appear in your notification panel.
2. To open and read the message, touch the new message notification in the
notifications panel.
3. To respond to a message, touch the Send message box and type your
4. To send, touch
To create and send a text message, follow these steps:
1. Go to
All Apps and touch
2. In the main Messenger screen, touch
3. Enter a name from your contacts or a mobile phone number in the To field.
To send a group text message, touch the
group icon in the To field
and touch additional contacts or enter additional mobile phone numbers. .
• Below the To field, you can choose from your frequent contacts by touching
Frequents or your list of contacts by touching All contacts.
• If you’re sending a group message, make sure you turn on group
messaging in Messenger setting.
• If you choose to enter a name or mobile number in the To field, matching
contacts appear as you type, if any exist among your contacts. You can
touch a suggested recipient or continue entering the phone number.
4. To write your message, touch the Send message box and type your
message. Learn more about using Google Keyboard and emoji.
5. If you touch the
Back button while composing a message, it’s saved as
a draft in Messenger. Touch the conversation to resume composing it.
6. To send, touch
You can manage your messages, conversations, notifications, and contacts
right from Messenger home screen. You can also change your sound,
notification, and other settings.
Delete messages
1. Open a conversation in Messenger.
2. Touch and hold the message you wish to delete.
3. When the “Message options” box appears, touch Delete.
Delete conversations
While viewing your list of conversations in Messenger, touch and hold a
conversation to select it.
To delete the conversation, touch
• Archive. Touch
• Delete. Touch
Trash in the top right corner of the
Archive to store the conversation.
to delete the conversation from the Messenger app.
• Turn notifications on or off. Touch
Notification to turn notifications on
or off for the conversation.
• Add contact. Touch
Add contact to add the conversation’s contact to
your list of contacts.
With Hangouts, you can make video calls to anyone with a Google Account.
You can share photos and your location with others.
As you edit events, they’re synced automatically across all the places you
need them.
To change the Calendar view, touch the
Menu and choose Schedule, Day,
or Week from the top of the screen.
From any of these views, you can:
• Read or edit event details. Touch an event to view its details.
• Manage events and calendars. Touch icons across the top of the screen
or the menu to search or create events, return to today, or adjust settings.
To email everyone who is invited to an event, you have two options:
• Open the event from the Calendar app at any time and touch Email guests.
You have a list of quick responses or you can write your own.
• When a notification of the event arrives just before the meeting starts,
swipe down the notification shade. Then swipe using one finger to expand
the notification if necessary, and touch Email guests.
To use the accessibility options, open
Settings > System >
Captions: You can turn on captions for your device and specify the language,
text size, and style. For some apps, you have to turn on the captions in the app
TalkBack is a screen reader from Google that comes with your Android phone.
It uses spoken feedback to describe events, such as notifications, and the
results of your actions, such as opening an app. When TalkBack is on, you
have to double-tap in order to select something. TalkBack settings let you
control the nature of TalkBack speech, feedback, and touch exploration
(Explore by touch).
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