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  • Hello and welcome to the ultimate quick hints and tips guide to the Nexus 7 2013 edition.

  • If this video you'll find 50 tips, these are all listed in the description of the video.

  • If you want to learn a lot more about many of these tips check my one hour Nexus 7 guide

  • that goes through many of these tips in a lot more detail.

  • Anyway, let the tips commence!

  • To place an application on a homescreen: go to the application drawer using the middle

  • button in your dock. Then long press on the application until the background switches

  • to your homescreen. Then drag the icon to the position you want and let go.

  • To remove an application from a homescreen: long press on an icon to pick it up and drag

  • it to the top of the screen marked remove.

  • To uninstall an application completely from your device: go to the application drawer,

  • long press to pick up the application and then drag it to the top left of the screen

  • marked uninstall. This will prompt you with the option to confirm or cancel the action.

  • To create a folder of icons on your homescreen: long press on an icon to pick it up and then

  • drag it over another icon, if you let go this will automatically create a folder. You can

  • then drag more icons into the folder in the same fashion.

  • If you open the folder and tap on the name you can rename it.

  • To change the appearance of the folder: open the folder and rearrange the icons. The first

  • three will be used as stacked images when your folder is closed.

  • To remove a folder: drag it to the top of the screen as previously shown or pick up

  • each icon and drag it outside of the folder. If you continue to do this your folder will

  • automatically disassemble itself.

  • To show the task manager: press the right icon at the very bottom of your screen. This

  • will display a history of applications you have used in chronological order. You can

  • remove individual apps from this list by swiping them to the left or right of the screen. If

  • you tap on an app you will be taken to that application. Finally if you long press on

  • an app you can either remove it from the list or look at the application information.

  • From the top of the screen you can swipe down from the left hand side to display your notifications...

  • If you swipe down from the right side of the screen a series of quick-setting options will

  • be displayed.

  • Two of these settings have a double function. If you tap on either the wifi or bluetooth

  • buttons you will be taken to their respective settings screen. However, if you long press

  • either of them they will either toggle on or off depending on their current setting.

  • To take a screenshot of your tablet: you need to long press on the power button and the

  • volume down button at the same time for about a second, the screen will animate and make

  • a noise to indicate a screenshot has been taken.

  • When a screenshot is taken a notification will appear in your notification tray. You

  • can view a small snapshot of the picture by using a pinch gesture to expand or shrink

  • the notification. Other applications also use this feature such as this battery widget

  • that gives you a snapshot of your usage and estimated time remaining.

  • You can remove individual notifications by swiping them off the list or remove all your

  • notifications by tapping the stack icon in the top right of the notification tray.

  • To change individual sound settings on your tablet: go to settings and then choose 'Sound'.

  • The top option is 'Volumes' and if you press this you will be presented with three different

  • volume levels for general sound, notification sound and alarm sound levels.

  • To turn sound on or off when you type on the keyboard: go to settings, scroll down the

  • screen and then choose 'Language and Input'. On this screen you need to press the settings

  • icon next to Google keyboard. On this screen there is a 'Sound on Keyboard Press' checkbox.

  • Turn it on or off to suit your preferences.

  • To make a large Jellybean appear on screen: go to settings, scroll down to the bottom

  • of the list and press on 'About Tablet'. Now tap on the 'Android Version Number' several

  • times and a large jellybean will appear.

  • To make this jellybean transform into many tiny ones, long press on it. You can then

  • fling the jellybeans around the screen.

  • To enable developer options on your tablet: Go to settings and again choose the 'About

  • Tablet' option. This time you want to tap the 'Build Number' several times. You will

  • start to see a countdown and when you press 'Build Number' enough times the developer

  • mode will be unlocked. To access it, go back to the main settings screen, this will now

  • appear above 'About Tablet'.

  • You can't uninstall system applications, but you can disable them. To do this go to settings

  • and then choose 'Apps'. Swipe right-to-left twice to reach the all column. This will list

  • every application installed on your tablet including the system apps. If you press on

  • a system application you will have the option to disable it. Do proceed with caution however

  • as disabling system apps might cause the tablet to be unstable.

  • From the same list you can also disable notifications you receive from applications. To do this,

  • select the application from the list that you wish to disable notifications for and

  • uncheck the 'Show Notifications' option. Bear in mind however that you might be able to

  • do this from options within the application itself.

  • If you make several changes like this to your applications there is a master reset switch

  • and this can be found by pressing the settings button in the top right of the applications

  • list screen.

  • To enable on screen zooming on your tablet: go to settings and choose the 'Accessibility'

  • option. On this screen choose 'Magnification Gestures' and toggle the on button in the

  • top right of the screen. Now, if you triple tap and hold your finger on the screen you

  • will zoom in, lift your finger off the screen to automatically zoom out. For more control,

  • triple tap the screen to enable the zoom mode and then use two finger gestures to move and

  • zoom in or out of the screen. Triple tap again to turn off zoom.

  • To copy and paste text from one application to another: long press on a piece of text

  • to bring up two sliders that will highlight selected text. You can drag the two sliders

  • to select the text you want. Then press the copy button - note that it might be in different

  • places depending on which application you are using. Next, go to the application you

  • want to paste the text to, long press and then press the paste option - again this may

  • vary depending which application you are using.

  • To install applications that are not downloaded from the Googleplay store: go to settings

  • and then choose Security. Check the option marked 'Unknown sources'. This will allow

  • your tablet to open and install APK files.

  • To install and enable flash on you Nexus 7: do a Google search for 'Archived Flash player'

  • or use the link in the description to get to Adobe's Flash player download page. Scroll

  • down to the Android Flash players and download the most up to date version.

  • Once the download has finished swipe, down from the top of the screen and press on the

  • downloaded file to install. Note that to install Flash in this fashion you will need to have

  • unknown sources ticked in your security settings as previously illustrated.

  • Next, download an internet browser that supports Flash such as Boat Browser. Once you have

  • the browser installed, go to the settings and look for an option called page content

  • settings. There should be an option enable Flash plugins (or similar). Turn that on and

  • Flash should now work within that browser.

  • To install an application from a PC onto your tablet: go to the Googleplay website and log

  • into your account. Locate an application you want and click on install, you will then be

  • given the option to push the application to Android devices you own. Select the appropriate

  • device and within seconds the application should automatically download and install

  • itself onto the tablet.

  • To connect a Bluetooth device to the Nexus 7: ensure that the Bluetooth device is available

  • for scan, then on your Nexus 7 swipe down on the right portion of the screen and choose

  • Bluetooth. Turn Bluetooth on and press 'Scan for Devices'. Your Bluetooth device should

  • be detected. Press on it to pair the device with the Nexus 7. On some occasions you may

  • need to type in a passkey which is usually 0000 and do bear in mind that not all Bluetooth

  • devices will work on your tablet so test it and see what happens.

  • To connect USB devices you need a USB on the go or OTG cable. This cable has a micro usb

  • port to plug into the Nexus and a regular USB plug on the other end. These cables are

  • readily available from Amazon for couple of pounds or dollars. Again do bear in mind that

  • not all devices will work so it's a case of trial and error.

  • To plug the Nexus 7 into a computer: use the USB cable that came with tablet. When you

  • connect the tablet to a computer a notification will appear. If you press this option you

  • can choose to define the tablet as a camera so you only get access to pictures or as a

  • hard-drive so you can delete and transfer files.

  • You can transfer files like any other hard drive by simply dragging and dropping files

  • from one location to another.

  • In order to view and access these files on the Nexus 7 it is recommended that you download

  • a file browser such as ES File Explorer which is free from the Googleplay market. This will

  • allow you view the folder and file structure of the Nexus 7 and play files you have transferred

  • from your PC.

  • To change the default homescreen launcher: go to settings and then choose apps. You will

  • need to locate the current application that is you launcher. The original app is called

  • launcher but if you have downloaded a new launcher you may need to locate that application.

  • In this example Nova Launcher is set as my default so if I go to the application info

  • I can choose to 'clear defaults'. This means that when I next press the home button to

  • return to the homscreen I will be prompted with which launcher to use.

  • You can either select to use that launcher once or always. Once always is selected your

  • will need to clear the default again as demonstrated. Note that this technique can be used for all

  • sorts of defaults such as watching media, listening to music, reading books and working

  • on documents.

  • When looking at pictures through the gallery application you can change the style by pressing

  • the name of the album in the top left hand corner and choosing filmstrip or grid view.

  • To quickly delete any of these pictures simply fling the picture to the edge of the screen.

  • You can quickly undo this if you need to at the bottom of the screen.

  • To check for system updates for the tablet: go to the settings screen and scroll to the

  • bottom option marked 'About Tablet'. The top option here is 'System Updates' press on that

  • and the following screen will tell you whether the tablet is up to date. It automatically

  • does this check on a regular basis but you can manually check by pressing the check now

  • button.

  • To get a refund from an application you have purchased from the Googleplay store you can

  • press the refund button. Note that this is not available on all applications and you

  • have around 15 minutes to do this after purchase.

  • To turn Wifi off when you put the tablet to sleep: go to settings and choose Wifi, there

  • are three dots in the top right hand corner of the screen. Press that and then choose

  • advanced. On this screen there is an option called 'Keep Wi-Fi on During Sleep'. If you

  • press this you have three options. Note that if you turn this function off your tablet

  • will only receive notifications when you bring the tablet out of sleep mode.

  • To put a widget on your homescreen: go the to the application drawer and then choose

  • widgets in the top left hand corner of the screen. Scroll to the widget you want to add

  • and then long press. As you can see if I drag the widget around the screen, other icons

  • will shuffle around to make the widget fit. Once you place the widget in position you

  • might be asked to set it up. Once that's completed, you can, if you wish, long press to pick it

  • up and move it. Note that some widgets can be resized. If a border appears around a widget

  • you can pull the sides of it to make it larger and smaller.

  • If you download any files they will appear in your notification tray. Once they have

  • disappeared from the tray you can find them again by going to the application drawer and

  • pressing on downloads.