Android 4.4 Kitkat Startup Guide

Android 4.4 Kitkat Startup Guide
ANDROID
Quick Start Guide
TM
Android Mobile
Technology Platform
4.4, KitKat®
Copyright © 2013 Google Inc. All rights reserved.
Edition 1.11.
Google, Android, Gmail, Google Maps, Chrome, Nexus, Google Play,
YouTube, Google+ and other trademarks are property of Google Inc. A list
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trademark/our-trademarks.html. All other marks and trademarks are
properties of their respective owners.
This book introduces Android 4.4 for Nexus and Google Play edition
devices. Its content may differ in some details from some of the products
described or the software that runs on them. All information provided here
is subject to change without notice.
For best results, make sure that you’re running the latest Android system
update. To find your device’s version number or check for the latest system
update, go to Settings > System > About phone or About tablet and look for
Android version or System updates.
If you don’t have a Nexus or Google Play edition phone or tablet and are
running Android 4.4 on some other device, some details of the system as
described in this book may vary.
For comprehensive online help and support, including details about Nexus
and Google Play edition hardware running the software described in this
book and links to information about other Android devices, visit support.
google.com/android.
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Table of contents
1
2
Welcome to Android
1
About Android 4.4
1
Set up your device
1
Make yourself at home
2
Get around
4
Organise your Home screens
5
Touch & type
7
Help & support
8
Android version & updates
9
Essentials
10
Google Now
10
Tell Google what to do
13
Notifications & settings
15
Lock screen
19
Android Beam
20
Tap & pay
21
Printing21
File storage 22
Android Device Manager
24
Screenshots24
3
Use the keyboard
26
Enter & edit text
26
Gesture Typing
29
Keyboard dictionaries
30
Type by speaking
31
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Try some apps
33
All Apps
33
Google Play
34
Phone35
Gmail36
Gallery40
Photos41
People42
Hangouts & SMS
43
Calendar44
5
Settings
46
6
Accessibility
49
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Welcome to Android
About Android 4.4
Android 4.4 (KitKat®) is the latest version of the world’s favourite
operating system for mobile phones and tablets.
This guide introduces the Android 4.4 software available on
Nexus and Google Play edition mobile devices. It doesn't
describe hardware details such as SIM card instructions, battery
information, specs and so on.
For comprehensive information about all types of Android
phones and tablets, including more details about Nexus and
Google Play edition devices, visit support.google.com/android.
Set up your device
When you first turn on your phone or tablet, you’ll see a Welcome
screen. Choose the language that you want and touch Start or
Start icon.
the
IMPORTANT: To complete the setup process, you must
have a Wi-Fi or mobile Internet connection.
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When prompted, you can sign in with your Google Account or
create one at that time. You can also choose to skip this step
and create one later.
An email address that you use for any of the following counts as
a Google Account:
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Gmail
YouTube
Google Apps
AdWords
Any other Google product
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 device. If you have more than
one Android device, they are all kept in sync.
For example, if you change a friend’s phone number on your
phone, that change also appears on your tablet and on any
computers where you’re logged in to your Google Account.
If you have multiple Google Accounts, you can add others later
from Settings > Accounts > Add account.
Make yourself at home
After you finish setting up your device, the Home screen appears
for the first time:
• To move between Home screens, swipe left or right.
• To use Google Now, swipe up from the bottom of the screen
or, on some Google Play edition devices, press and hold the
Home button. On Nexus 5, you can also swipe to the leftmost
Home screen.
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• To send an SMS message from a phone, use
Hangouts.
• From the Home screen, say “Ok Google” to search your phone
or the Internet and start telling Google what to do (Nexus 5
only). Or touch Google at the top of the screen to do the same
thing.
On brand new devices, you may also see your Google Play library
widget on one of your Home screens.
This widget displays some of the Google Play content that you
already own or that’s available in your library for free. Touch the
item that you want to view or play, or touch the categories to
explore.
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Get around
At the bottom of every Home screen you’ll find the Favourites
tray: another quick way to get to your apps. Here’s what it looks
like on a Nexus 7.
To open an app, touch it. To drag an app in or out of the
Favourites tray or anywhere else on a Home screen, touch & hold
it, then move it with your finger into position.
Nexus navigation buttons
At the bottom of every Nexus screen, no matter what you’re
doing, you’ll always find the navigation bar with three buttons:
Back
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.
Home
Opens the central Home screen. To open Google Now,
swipe up.
Recent apps
Opens a list of thumbnail images of apps you’ve
worked with recently. To open an app, touch it. To
remove a thumbnail from the list, swipe it left or right.
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Some apps hide these buttons temporarily or fade them to small
dots in the same position. To bring them back, touch the dots,
touch the screen in the middle or swipe up from the bottom.
Google Play edition navigation buttons
Some Google Play edition devices have two or three physical
buttons just below the screen:
• Menu: This button opens options relating to the screen you’re
on.
• Home: Opens Home. If you’re viewing a left or right Home
screen, the main Home screen opens. To open Google Now,
touch & hold this button.
• Back: Opens the previous screen that 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 in your history.
Menus
Many screens in apps and Settings include either a
Menu
icon (for example, on Nexus devices) or items in the permanent
Menu button at the bottom of the screen (on some Google Play
edition devices). Touch it to explore additional options, including
help.
Organise your Home screens
To change the wallpaper for your Home screens, touch & hold
the background.
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To add an app icon to a Home screen:
1. Go to the Home screen where you want to place the app.
2. Touch the
All Apps icon.
3. Swipe from right to left, if necessary, to find the app that you
want.
4. Touch & hold the app until the Home screen appears, slide it
into place and lift your finger.
NEXUS 5 TIPS: The Home screens on Nexus 5 work
differently from Home screens on the other Nexus
devices.
• 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 one, swipe to the rightmost screen and drag an
app or widget to the right edge.
• 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 add a widget to the Home screen on a Nexus 4, 7 or 10, follow
the same steps, and keep swiping right through the All Apps
screens to find the widget that you want.
On Nexus 5, touch & hold the background of any Home screen to
reveal the widgets control.
To move an app or widget to another position:
1. Touch & hold the icon.
2. Slide your finger to the new position.
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To move between Home screens, slide towards the edge of
the screen.
To bump another icon out of the way, slide slowly into it.
3. Lift your finger.
To create a folder, slide one icon quickly over another.
To name or rename a folder, open it and touch its name.
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. Touch & hold an item on the screen by touching
it and not lifting your finger until it responds. For example,
this is how you access accents and other special characters
on the keyboard.
• 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. For example, you
can move apps around on the Home screen.
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• 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). For example, you can slide a
Home screen left or right to view the other Home screens.
• Double-tap. Tap quickly twice on a web page, map or other
screen to zoom. For example, double-tap a picture in Chrome
to zoom in, and double-tap again to zoom out.
• Scale. In some apps (such as Maps, Chrome and Gallery),
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). Alternatively, in some
apps you can double-tap and then, without lifting your finger,
drag up to reduce or down to enlarge the scale of the image.
• Rotate the screen. The orientation of most screens rotates
with your device as you turn it. To lock or unlock a tablet’s
vertical orientation, swipe down from the top right of any
screen and touch the Rotation icon in Quick Settings. To do
the same thing on a phone, go to Settings > Device > Display.
You can open your device’s Settings app from the
All Apps screen or from Quick Settings.
Settings
For example, to change notification sounds,
volumes and more, go to Settings > Device >
Sound. To change brightness, font size and more,
go to Settings > Device > Display.
Help & support
Most Nexus screens include a
Menu icon that you can touch
for additional options, usually including help for that screen. On
Google Play edition phones, this menu may be available from a
button below the main screen.
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This book introduces just a few of the key features and apps that
come with Android 4.4. For more details about Android software
and apps, Nexus and Google Play edition devices available on
Google Play and all forms of support, visit:
• support.google.com/nexus
• support.google.com/playedition
Android version & updates
To check your version number or get the latest system update
for a Nexus or Google Play edition phone, first go to Settings
> System > About phone or About tablet. Then look for these
labels:
• System updates. Touch to check whether you have any
pending system updates.
• Android version. Look partway down the list for this heading
and the number just below it.
If you don’t have a Nexus or Google Play edition phone or tablet
and are running Android 4.4 on some other device, some details
of the system as described in this book may vary.
For comprehensive online help and support, including details
about Nexus and Google Play edition hardware running the
software described in this book and links to information about
other Android devices, visit support.google.com/android.
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Essentials
Google Now
Google Now is about getting you just the right information, at
just the right time.
It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how
much traffic to expect before you leave for work, and even your
favourite team’s score while they’re playing.
For example, here’s a Google Now card that appears when you’re
about to start your commute home:
After you decide to start using Google Now, you don’t need to do
anything else. If you like, you can fine-tune some settings, but
Google Now doesn't need any elaborate setup. The information
that you need is always at your fingertips.
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How it works
When you decide to use Google Now, you’re also turning on
Location Reporting and Location History:
• Location Reporting allows Google to periodically store and
use your device’s most recent location data in connection
with your Google Account. Location Reporting is a per-device
setting.
• Location History allows Google to store a history of your
location data from all devices where you’re logged into your
Google Account and have enabled Location Reporting.
Google won’t share this information with other users or
marketers without your permission.
You can control how Google Now uses your current location. To
view the relevant settings, go to Settings > Personal > Location.
When location services are turned on for your account on
a given device, certain apps can use them to give you more
relevant information, such as nearby restaurants or commute
traffic.
If you opted in to Location History in the past, Google Now uses
your previously recorded locations as well as ongoing locations
when making suggestions. Turning off Location History pauses
the collection of location information, but it doesn't delete your
history.
To know when to display what information, Google Now uses
contextual data from your device and from other Google
products, plus data from third-party products that you allow
Google Now to access.
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For example, if you have searches stored in your Web History,
Google Now can show cards based on sports scores, flight
status and so on. To manage your Web History, visit google.
com/history/. You can delete or pause your Web History and still
use Google Now, but certain kinds of information, such as flight
details, won’t show up.
Similarly, Google Now can use data that you may have stored
in third-party products that you allow Google to access. For
example, your device’s synced calendar may include entries
from non-Google calendar products. If you have a synced
calendar entry for a dentist appointment that includes the
dentist’s address, Google Now can check traffic and suggest
when to leave.
Give it a try
You have a chance to turn on Google Now when you first set up
your phone or tablet. You can also turn it on or off at any time:
1. Touch the Google search bar on a Home screen.
2. Touch Get Google Now if you don’t already have it. Or, to
access the menu for the next step, perform a Google search
for anything.
3. Open
Menu > Settings and turn it on (or off) from there.
To open Google Now, follow the steps for your device:
• All Nexus devices: Swipe your finger up from the bottom of
any screen.
• Nexus 5: In addition to swiping up from any screen, you can
swipe to the leftmost Home screen.
• Google Play edition devices: Touch & hold the Home button.
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When you want to see more cards, touch More at the bottom of
the screen. When you don’t need them any more, swipe them out
of the way.
NEXUS 5 TIP: To dismiss a card on Nexus 5, swipe from
left to right. Swiping from right to left returns you to the
main Home screen.
Updates appear in the form of Google Now cards. When you
don’t need a card any more, swipe it out of the way.
That’s all there is to it. Google Now is always working for you
as you go through your day. If you want, you can adjust the way
certain cards get updated:
• Set reminders: Touch the
Reminders icon.
• Specify your sports teams, stocks, places and more: Touch
Customise icon.
the
• Answer questions about an individual card: Touch the
Menu icon.
For more details, visit Google Now. For a complete list of cards
available, visit google.com/now.
Tell Google what to do
You can speak to your phone or tablet to search, get directions,
send messages and perform other common tasks. To initiate
a Voice Action or Voice Search from Google Now or a Home
Microphone icon.
screen, say “Ok Google” or touch the
Note: For devices other than Nexus 5, saying “Ok Google”
works in Google Now, but not on Home screens. This feature is
currently available in English only.
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IMPORTANT: To detect when you say “Ok Google” to
launch Voice Search or Voice Actions, Google analyses
sound picked up by your device’s microphone in intervals
of a few seconds or less. The sound is immediately
discarded after analysis and is not stored on the device or
sent to Google.
To see some examples of what you can tell Google to do, say or
type “help”.
Turn hotword detection on or off
The ability to trigger a search or action by saying “Ok Google” is
called hotword detection. To turn it off or on, open Google Now
or the Google app and touch Menu > Settings > Voice > Hotword
detection.
Voice Search
Spoken answers are supported for English only at this time.
After you touch the Microphone icon or say “Ok Google”, Google
listens as you speak and initiates the search or action that you
describe. If Voice Search doesn’t understand you, it lists some
suggestions. Just touch the one that you want.
If you ask Google a question by speaking, the answer may
be spoken back to you. The answer can be a fact, weather
condition, stock price, flight status, sports score, currency
conversion, mathematical calculation and more. Spoken
answers are turned on by default for Voice Search.
For examples and more details, visit Voice Search.
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Voice Actions
Voice Actions are supported only in English, French, German,
Spanish and Italian.
You can use Voice Actions to perform common tasks, such as
sending an email or opening an app.
Microphone icon or saying “Ok Google”,
After touching the
speak the Voice Action that you want to use. Or say “help” to see
examples of the kinds of things that you can tell Google to do
for you.
Examples include:
• “Set alarm for 8:30 a.m.”
• “Send email to Marcus Foster. Subject: Coming tonight?
Message: Hope to see you later.”
• “Navigate to Mike’s Bikes in Dover.”
For a list of Voice Actions you can try, visit Voice Action
commands.
Notifications & settings
Notifications alert you to the arrival of new messages, calendar
events and alarms, as well as ongoing events, such as video
downloads.
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 Wi-Fi signal, mobile operator
signal or battery strength on the right:
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Pending
notifications
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi,
mobile network &
battery status
TIP: Wi-Fi and mobile signal strength are indicated at
the top of the screen by white bars. To see whether the
selected Wi-Fi network has a full Internet connection,
open Quick Settings: swipe down from the top right on
tablets or with two fingers on phones.
white bars in the Wi-Fi or
In Quick Settings only,
mobile signal indicators indicate the signal strength
orange bars
of a normal Internet connection, while
indicate that some web services may not be functioning
normally. For example, sometimes the mobile signal bars
turn orange briefly when you turn on your device, until a
full connection is established.
Also in Quick Settings only, you may notice small up or
down arrows just to the right of the Wi-Fi or mobile signal
indicators. The up arrow indicates data streaming from
your device to the Internet and the down arrow data
streaming from the Internet to your device.
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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 slowly.
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’ve finished with a notification, just swipe it away. To
dismiss all notifications, touch the Dismiss icon in the top right.
Dismiss all
Touch to
respond
to other
guests
Swipe down
using one
finger to
expand
certain
notifications
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Quick Settings
Use Quick Settings to easily access Wi-Fi settings, manage
display brightness, open the main Settings menu and more. To
open Quick Settings:
• On tablets: Swipe down from the top right corner of any
screen
• On phones: Swipe down from the top of the screen with two
fingers
On a Nexus 4 or Nexus 5, Quick Settings look like this.
Switch to
notifications
Open all
settings
Touch a
specific setting
to open it
If you have a signal but no Internet connection, the bars
indicating the strength of the Wi-Fi or mobile signal turn orange.
On tablets, you can also set Auto Rotate from Quick Settings, to
lock or unlock automatic screen rotation.
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Lock screen
If a lock is set for your screen, the screen goes dark and locks
when the display goes to sleep or if you press the Power button.
You can set locks of different strengths using lock settings:
1. Go to
Settings > Personal > Security > Screen lock.
2. Touch the type of lock you’d like to use.
Lock screen actions
From the lock screen:
• If you have a tablet that’s set up for more than one user, you
may need to touch your image at the bottom of the screen to
see your own lock screen.
• On a phone, regardless of the lock that you choose, it’s
always easy to take a picture. Swipe left from the right edge
to bring Camera into view.
• To open Google Now from the lock screen, swipe up from
the bottom of the lock screen. Enter your PIN, pattern or
password if prompted.
For more information, visit Customise the lock screen.
Face Unlock
Face Unlock is one of the locks available. After you've set it up,
you can unlock your device just by looking at it. Although Face
Unlock is not as secure as Pattern, PIN or Password, it can be
convenient and fun to use.
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TIP: After you set up Face Unlock, look under Settings >
Personal > Security for two additional settings: Improve
face matching and Liveness check. Use these to make
Face Unlock more reliable and secure.
Android Beam
You can beam a web page, a video or other content from your
screen to another device by bringing the devices together
(typically back to back).
Before you begin: Make sure that both devices are unlocked,
support Near Field Communication (NFC), and have both NFC
and Android Beam turned on. To check, go to Settings > Wireless
& networks > More. Also make sure that you know where the NFC
area is on the back of both devices – typically in the centre.
1. Open a screen that contains something that you’d like to
share, such as a web page, YouTube video or place page in
Maps.
2. Move the back of your device toward the back of the other
device. When the devices connect, you hear a sound, the
image on your screen reduces in size and you see the
message Touch to beam.
3. Touch your screen anywhere.
The other device displays the transferred content. Or, if the
necessary app isn't installed, Google Play opens to a screen
where your friend can download the app.
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To turn on NFC, go to Settings > Wireless &
networks > More > NFC.
Settings
To turn on Android Beam, go to Settings > Wireless
& networks > More > Android Beam.
Tap & pay
When NFC is turned on, you can use the tap & pay feature to pay
for items just by touching your phone to a reader at a register. To
manage your tap & pay apps:
1. Go to Settings > Device > Tap & pay.
2. Touch an app to make it your default payment app.
If your device doesn't have a default payment app, such as
Google Wallet, you can browse Google Play for other payment
apps.
IMPORTANT: Tap & pay manages payment apps like
Google Wallet. The tap & pay setting doesn't apply to
Android Beam and won’t include certain apps, such as
money transfer apps.
Printing
With Android 4.4, you can print the content of certain screens
(such as web pages displayed in Chrome) to a printer on the
same Wi-FI network as your Android device.
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Before you can print, you need a printing service installed on
your device. To check what services are currently available, go to
Settings > System > Printing.
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 settings.
To print a document, such as a web page in Chrome:
1. Touch Menu > Print.
2. In the dialogue that appears, adjust settings such as printer,
copies, orientation and so on.
3. Touch Print.
File storage
Android 4.4 makes it easy to store and browse through pictures,
videos and other files on your device and attach them to an
email, Hangout message and so on. You can also use stored
images as your Home screen wallpaper.
For example, to attach an image to an email that you’re
composing, choose Menu > Attach picture or Attach video.
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A set of thumbnails appears. To view more choices, touch the
Drawer icon at the top left. You’ll see something like this:
From here, you can view any of these sources:
• Recent shows you the photos or videos that you've taken or
opened most recently.
• Drive lets you attach any Drive documents associated with
your account.
• Images displays any photos, videos or other images on your
device.
• Downloads includes most files (excluding Play content) that
you’ve downloaded from emails or the web.
• Gallery lets you browse all the images and videos that have
been uploaded to your account.
Downloads
Use the Downloads app to view, reopen or delete
files that you download from Gmail or other
sources (excluding Google Play books, videos,
magazines and other media).
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In the Downloads app:
• Touch an item to open it.
• Touch headings for earlier downloads to view them.
• Tick items that you want to share. Then touch the
icon and choose a sharing method from the list.
• Tick items that you want to delete. Then touch the
Recycle bin icon.
Share
Because Google Play streams your purchases and rentals from
Google servers while you’re playing them, they don’t occupy
storage space persistently. Although you can pin (download)
books, movies and other content in your Google Play apps so
you can access it offline, Google Play content never appears in
Downloads.
Android Device Manager
If you lose your phone or tablet, the Android Device Manager
can help you find its approximate location, make it ring, lock it or
erase its data.
These options are turned on by default. To view or change them,
Google Settings app and touch Android Device
open the
Manager.
Then, if you lose your device, go to Android Device Manager and
follow the instructions.
Screenshots
To take a screenshot from Nexus or Google Play edition devices:
1. Make sure the image you want to capture is displayed on the
screen.
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2. Press the Power and Volume down buttons simultaneously.
The screenshot is automatically saved in your Gallery.
TIP: To easily share your screenshot via Gmail, Google+
and more, swipe down the notification shade and touch
Share icon below the preview of your screenshot.
the
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Use the keyboard
Enter & edit text
Use the on-screen keyboard to enter text. Here’s what it looks
like on a Nexus phone:
Touch a
suggestion
to type it
Touch & hold
to see input
and keyboard
settings
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to type this
character
Touch & hold for
more options,
including emoji
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Keyboards on tablets work in a similar way. To make the
keyboard go away, touch the Back button below it.
Some apps open the keyboard automatically. In others, you first
need to touch where you want to type.
Basic editing
• Move the insertion point. Touch where you want to type.
The cursor blinks in the new position, and a blue tab appears
below it. Drag the tab to move the cursor.
• Select text. Touch & hold or double-tap within the text.
The nearest word is highlighted, with a tab at each end of the
selection. Drag the tabs to change the selection.
The tab disappears after a few moments. To make it reappear,
touch the text again.
• Delete text. Touch
to delete selected text or the
characters before the cursor.
• Type capital letters. Touch the Shift key once to switch to
capital letters for one letter.
Shift key while you type. When you release
Or touch & hold
the key, the lower case letters reappear.
• Turn caps lock on. Double-tap or touch & hold
Shift key, so
it changes to . Touch
Shift key again to return to lower
case.
• Cut, copy, paste. Select the text you want to manipulate. Then
Cut or
Copy icons. If there’s something on
touch the
Paste button:
the clipboard to paste, you’ll also see a
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Emoji
Android 4.4 vastly expands the variety of emoji available at your
fingertips. On a phone, touch and hold the Return key to display
emoji. On a tablet, just touch the emoji symbol in the lower right.
You’ll see a panel like this. To move between categories, swipe
left or right or touch the symbols in the top row. To type an emoji,
touch it:
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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 that 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
Settings > Personal > Language & input.
Settings
To turn next-word suggestions on or off, go to
Settings > Personal > Language & input > Keyboard
& input methods > Android keyboard. Touch the
Settings icon, then tick the box next to Next-word
suggestions.
Gesture Typing
Gesture Typing works best for English. Quality varies for other
languages and some don't support it yet.
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 that 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.
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If the word that 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.
TIP: If there are letters that you want to emphasise – for
instance, if the keyboard displays a similar word instead
of the one that you want – pause over it 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.
Settings
To change Gesture Typing settings, go to Settings
> Language & input > Keyboard & input methods >
Android keyboard. Then touch Settings and look
under Gesture Typing.
Keyboard dictionaries
To manage keyboard dictionaries, go to Settings > Personal >
Language & input.
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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, touch the Settings icon beside
the keyboard that you’re using, then Personal dictionary and the
language of the dictionary that you want to modify, then the Add
icon.
Add-on dictionaries
1. Touch the
Settings icon next to Google keyboard or
whatever keyboard you’re using.
2. Touch Add-on dictionaries.
You'll see dictionaries for other languages that you can
download to your device.
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 on-screen keyboard.
1. Touch a text field, or a location in text you’ve already entered
in a text field.
2. Touch the
Microphone key on the on-screen keyboard.
3. When you see the microphone image, speak what you want
to type.
In English only, you can also say “comma”, “full stop”, “question
mark” or “exclamation mark” to enter punctuation.
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When you pause, what you spoke is transcribed by the speechrecognition service and entered in the text field, underlined.
You can touch the Delete key to erase the underlined text. If you
start typing or entering more text by speaking, the underline
disappears.
To improve processing of your voice input, Google may record a
few seconds of ambient background noise in temporary memory
at any time. This recording remains on the device only fleetingly
and is not sent to Google.
To change your speech settings, go to Settings >
Personal > Language & input.
Settings
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Try some apps
All Apps
To see all your apps, touch the All Apps icon in the
Favourites tray on any Home screen.
All Apps
This is where you can see all your apps, including
those 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 in
place.
• Browse widgets. Touch the Widgets tab at the top of any All
Apps screen.
• Get more apps. Touch the Google Play icon in the list of app
icons or the Shop icon in the top right.
To remove an app icon from the Home screen without removing
it permanently from your device, touch & hold it, slide your finger
towards the top of the screen and drop the app over the
Remove icon.
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To view info about an app from an All App screen, touch & hold
it, slide your finger toward the top of the screen and drop the app
App Info icon.
over the
TIP: Some apps can harm you or your device. However,
you don’t need to purchase anti-virus software for Nexus
or Google Play edition devices. Google can verify apps to
help prevent harmful software from being installed.
To control app verification, go to Google Settings > Verify
apps. For more details, visit Protect against harmful apps.
Google Play
Play Store
Google Play brings together all your favourite
movies, TV programmes, books, music, magazines,
apps and more in one place, so that you can
reach it from any of your devices. To open the
Google Play Store app, touch the Play Store icon.
If you purchased content on Google Play in the past, you’ll
automatically have access to this content on any Android device
– just make sure that you’re signed in using the same account
that you used to purchase it. To check:
1. Open the Play Store app.
2. Touch the Drawer icon 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.
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To set preferences, clear your search history and turn on user
controls, go to Menu > Settings. For example, to filter Android
apps based on maturity level or require a PIN before completing
any purchase, touch Content filtering or Password.
To find your content, open any of the Google Play apps from the
All Apps screen.
Google Play support
For more details about Google Play, including phone and email
support options, visit support.google.com/googleplay.
Phone
Phone
Using a Nexus or Google Play edition phone, you
can place calls from the Phone app, the People
app or other apps or widgets that display contact
information. Wherever you see a phone number, you
can usually touch it to dial.
To place a call to one of your contacts:
1. Touch the Phone icon on a Home or All Apps screen.
2. To choose someone to call, scroll or search.
If the keypad’s in the way, touch the Back button to lower it.
3. To place a call, touch the contact’s name.
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To view recent calls, touch the
call log icon at the bottom of
keypad icon.
the screen. To use the keypad, touch the
TIP: On Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 only, Caller ID by Google
identifies inbound and outbound numbers, even for callers
not saved as contacts in the People app.
For more details, visit Use your phone.
Gmail
Use the Gmail app to read and write email from any
mobile device. To open it, touch the Gmail icon on
a Home or All Apps screen.
Gmail
But Gmail isn't just about email. You can use your Gmail account
to sign in to all Google apps and services, including these and
many more:
• Google Now, for getting just the right information at just the
right time
• Calendar
• People, for keeping track of your contacts
• Google Drive, for working with documents
While you’re reading a message:
• Touch the icons and menu along the top of the screen to
archive, throw away, label or perform other actions on that
message.
• Swipe left or right to read the previous or next conversation.
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Organise 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 button.
No matter where you are in Gmail, you can always get back to the
Gmail icon at the top of the screen.
Inbox by touching the
From the Inbox, touch the same icon to open the drawer that
reveals available accounts, labels and so on.
For more information, visit Gmail help.
TIP: If you’re using Microsoft Exchange, you need to set up
Email app, which is available in
All Apps.
the
Camera
Camera
The Camera app lets you take photos, panoramic
photos, videos and immersive 360-degree photo
sphere shots, including what’s above and below
you.
To open Camera:
• From the lock screen, swipe from right to left.
• From the Home screen, touch the Camera icon.
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The first time you open Camera, you may be asked if you want
it to remember photo locations. This allows you, for example, to
pinpoint the location of a particular photo with Google Maps.
The shutter and other controls float above the framed image at
the bottom of the screen.
The camera icon indicates Camera mode. To take a picture in
this mode:
1. Frame your subject and watch for the focus ring:
To focus on a different part of the image, touch it.
2. When the focus ring brackets change colour, touch the
shutter.
3. To see the image you just took, swipe from right to left.
Keep swiping to see other images in your Gallery.
To change to a different mode, touch the Mode icon:
Video
To start recording a video, touch the red shutter
button. Touch it again to stop.
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Panorama
To take a panoramic photo, touch the blue shutter
button, slowly pan across the scene and touch the
button again to stop.
Photo Sphere
To capture a 360-degree or wide angle shot, pan or tilt
until the circle in the centre of the screen moves over
a white dot and records that portion of the image.
Keep moving over the dots until you've finished and
then touch the shutter button to finalise.
To change camera settings such as flash, exposure and so on,
touch the circle to the right of the shutter.
NEXUS 5 TIP: HDR+ on Nexus 5 automatically snaps a
rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the
best possible single shot. Daytime shots are vivid with
clean shadows and night time shots are sharp with less
noise.
To turn on HDR+, touch the circle to the right of the
shutter, then HDR+.
For more details, visit Camera & Gallery help.
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Gallery
Gallery
The Gallery app gives you an easy way to browse
pictures and videos that you've taken with Camera.
It also displays screenshots, synced G+ or Picasa
albums, and auto backups from other devices.
To open Gallery from the:
• Camera app. Swipe from right to left.
• Home screen. Touch the Gallery icon.
To get to the top level of the Gallery app, touch the icon in the
upper left. From there, open the drop-down menu to view the
available categories.
Within each category you can browse groups of images, crop,
edit and tag them, create slideshows, make pictures or videos
available offline and share with friends.
For more details, visit Camera & Gallery help.
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Photos
Photos
The Photos app gives you instant access to all your
photos and videos associated with any Google
Account set up on your phone or tablet. To open it,
touch the Photos icon.
Photos makes it easy to auto-backup all the photos and videos
that you take, organise them and share with friends. You can
also browse, search, crop, edit and tag photos, and create
albums and movies.
To explore your photos and videos, touch the Photos icon at the
top of the screen.
The Photos drawer lets you:
• Switch to or from Google+.
• Organise and edit your photos and videos.
• Create and browse albums.
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• Explore Auto-Awesome animations, panoramas or merged
group shots created for you automatically.
• Browse photos of yourself.
For more details, visit Photos help.
People
The People app gives you quick access to everyone
you want to reach. To open it, touch the People
icon on a Home or All Apps screen.
People
When you first turn on your device and sign into a Google
Account, any existing contacts from that account are synced
with your People app. After that, all your contacts stay in sync
automatically on your different devices or a Web browser.
If you use Exchange, you can also sync that contact information
with People.
All your People 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 People app, you can:
• View all contacts, favourites or groups. Choose from the top
of the screen.
• Read details. Touch a name to see details for a contact or
group.
• View recent activity. When viewing a contact, swipe to the
right to see recent updates.
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• Edit details. While viewing a contact, touch icons at the top
Menu icon to edit or share contact
of the screen or the
details, delete a contact and so on. You can also touch the
star beside the contact’s name to add that contact to your
Favourites list.
• Change your settings. While viewing the main list screen,
touch the menu to import or export contacts, choose display
options for the Groups and All tabs and add or edit accounts.
No matter where you are within People, you can always get back
People icon at the top of the
to the main lists by touching the
screen.
For more information, visit People help.
Hangouts & SMS
Hangouts
The Hangouts app lets you send and receive
instant messages and video calls, including SMS
messages. To open it, touch the Hangouts icon on
a Home or All Apps screen.
Add icon at
To start a Hangout or SMS message, touch the
the top of the main Hangouts screen and start typing a name,
email address or phone number. Matching names and numbers
from your contacts appear as you type.
What you do next depends on the type of Hangout that you want
to start:
• SMS message: touch a phone number.
• Text Hangout: touch a name.
• Video call: touch a name, then touch the Video icon at the top
of the screen.
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To switch from one type of message to another, or in the case of
SMS to a different phone number, touch the drop-down menu at
the top of the screen.
To adjust notification preferences and other settings, touch
Menu > Settings.
For more details, visit Hangouts help.
Calendar
Use the Calendar app to view and edit your
schedule. To open it, touch the Calendar icon on a
Home or All Apps screen.
Calendar
When you first set up your Android device, you have a chance to
configure it to use a Google Account (such as Gmail). The first
time that you open the Calendar app on your phone or tablet, it
displays any existing calendar events from that Google Account
on the web.
As you edit events, they’re synced automatically across all the
places that you need them.
To change the Calendar view, choose Day, Week, Month or
Agenda 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.
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To email everyone who’s invited to an event, you have two
options:
• Open the event from the Calendar app at any time and touch
Email guests.
• 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.
For more information, visit Calendar help.
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Settings
Most apps include their own settings, typically available from
Menu > Settings on Nexus devices or from the Menu button on
some Google Play edition devices.
The fastest way to adjust system settings that you access
frequently, such as Wi-Fi or brightness, is through Quick
Settings. Here are the Quick Settings for a Nexus phone:
Switch to
notifications
Open all
settings
Touch a
specific setting
to open it
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To open Quick Settings:
• On tablets: Swipe down from the top right corner of any
screen.
• On phones: Swipe down from the top of the screen with two
fingers.
To open the Settings app from Quick Settings, touch the
Settings icon.
The Settings app controls the core Android
settings for networks, hardware, location, security,
language, accounts and so on.
Settings
All Apps. To get
You can also open the Settings app from
more information about most Settings screens, choose Help
from the screen’s menu.
These are the main types of system settings available. Click the
links to see related help articles.
• Wireless & networks. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, data usage, Android
Beam and related settings.
• Device. Sound, battery, sleep and other display settings.
• Personal. Location, language and backup/reset options.
• Personal > Security. Passwords and certificates, app
verification, screen lock and encryption.
• Accounts. Sync and other account settings.
• System Date, time, accessibility and device information.
Some useful settings are also available from the Google Settings
app.
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Settings
Google Settings lets you adjust adjust preferences
for commonly used Google apps and services in
one place, including Google+, Location, Search and
the Android Device Manager.
To open Google Settings, touch its icon in
All Apps.
From here, you can also:
• Control how interest-based Google ads are displayed in nonGoogle apps.
• View all the apps that have access to your Google Account
information, including the type of access granted to each
app.
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Accessibility
To use the accessibility options, open Settings > System >
Accessibility.
To view detailed information about setting up these options, visit
Nexus Accessibility. Options for people with visual impairments
include the following:
• TalkBack is a pre-installed screen reader from Google. It uses
spoken feedback to describe events, such as notifications,
and the results of your actions, such as opening an app.
• Explore by Touch is a system feature that works with
TalkBack, allowing you to touch your device’s screen and hear
what’s under your finger via spoken feedback. This feature is
helpful to people with no vision.
• Accessibility settings let you modify your device’s display
and sound options, such as increasing the text size, changing
the speed at which text is spoken and more.
If you have low vision and don’t plan to use Explore by Touch,
visit support.google.com/android to see Help content formatted
for sighted users. You can make reading and navigating this
material easier by increasing the text size – just open Chrome,
go to Menu > Settings > Accessibility, and drag the slider to
adjust the text size.
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You can also try magnification gestures, which allow you to
zoom in and out, as well as temporarily magnify what’s under
your finger. To try magnification gestures, go to Settings >
Accessibility > Magnification gestures.
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