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My Samsung Galaxy S6 for Seniors

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The perfect book to help anyone 50+ learn the Samsung Galaxy S6 — in full color!

My Samsung Galaxy S6 for Seniors helps you quickly and easily get started with the new smartphone and use its features to look up information and perform day-to-day activities from anywhere, any time.

Veteran author Michael Miller has written more than 100 nonfiction books and is known for his ability to explain complex topics to everyday readers. Michael wrote this book from the 50+ point of view, using relevant examples and covering all the most popular tasks.

• Set up contacts, accounts, and voicemail
• Make and receive voice and video calls
• Turn your phone into an alarm clock
• Explore the Web with Google Chrome
• Connect with family and friends on Facebook, Pinterest, and other social networks
• Customize your phone’s settings
• Master the arts of texting and emailing
• Take and share great photos and videos
• Get driving directions
• Watch TV and movies in the palm of your hand
• Use your phone to monitor your health
• Learn all the exclusive features of the Galaxy S6 Edge
• Keep your phone safe and secure

Register your book to download more than a dozen bonus tasks and a Glossary.

Table of Contents

  1. About This eBook
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents at a Glance
  5. Table of Contents
  6. About the Author
  7. About AARP and AARP TEK
  8. Dedication
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. We Want to Hear from You!
  11. Reader Services
  12. 1. Getting Started with Your Samsung Galaxy S6
    1. Unboxing and Charging Your New Phone
      1. Take Your New Phone Out of the Box
      2. Connect and Recharge Your Phone
    2. Getting to Know the Galaxy S6
    3. Turning Your Phone On and Off
      1. Power On Your Phone
      2. Lock Your Phone
      3. Unlock Your Phone
      4. Turn Off Your Phone
      5. Restart Your Phone
    4. Using the Galaxy S6
      1. Learn Essential Touch Gestures
      2. Navigate the Lock Screen
      3. Navigate the Home Screen
      4. Understand the Status Bar
      5. Navigate the Apps Screen
      6. View the Notification Panel
      7. Move from Screen to Screen
      8. View and Close Open Apps
    5. Performing Basic Operations
      1. Change the Volume Level
      2. Put the Phone on Vibrate or Mute
      3. Adjust the Brightness Level
      4. Rotate the Phone
      5. Enter Text with the Onscreen Keyboard
      6. Copy and Paste Text
      7. Set an Alarm
      8. Set a Timer
    6. Managing Your Phone’s Power
      1. Monitor Battery Usage
      2. Deal with a Low Battery
      3. Turn On Power Saving Modes
  13. 2. Using the Galaxy S6 Edge
    1. Getting to Know the Galaxy S6 Edge
      1. Configure Edge Screen Position
    2. Using Edge Lighting and People Edge
      1. Configure Edge Lighting and People Edge
      2. Use Edge Lighting and People Edge
    3. Using the Information Stream
      1. Activate and Configure the Information Stream
      2. View the Information Stream
    4. Using the Night Clock
      1. Activate the Night Clock
      2. View the Night Clock
  14. 3. Personalizing the Way Your S6 Looks and Works
    1. Personalizing the Screen Background
      1. Change the Lock Screen Wallpaper
      2. Change the Home Screen Wallpaper
      3. Change Your Phone’s Theme
    2. Personalizing Screen Settings
      1. Screen Mode Options
      2. Set the Screen Mode
      3. Set Screen Timeout
      4. Configure Smart Stay
      5. Display a Screen Saver While Charging
    3. Personalizing Sounds and Notifications
      1. Configure Sounds and Ringtones
      2. Configure Vibrations
      3. Configure Notifications
  15. 4. Making the Galaxy S6 More Accessible
    1. Working with Easy Mode
      1. Switch to Easy Mode
      2. Use Easy Mode
    2. Changing Screen Fonts and Sizes
      1. Select Screen Fonts and Sizes
    3. Using Voice Feedback
      1. Enable Galaxy TalkBack
      2. Use Galaxy TalkBack
    4. Configuring Visibility Options
      1. Enable Visibility Options
    5. Configuring Hearing Options
      1. Enable Hearing Options
    6. Configuring Dexterity and Interaction Options
      1. Enable Dexterity and Interaction Options
    7. Working with the Assistant Menu
      1. Enable the Assistant Menu
      2. Use the Assistant Menu
  16. 5. Connecting to the Internet (and Other Networks)
    1. How Your Galaxy S6 Connects
      1. Cellular Networks
      2. Wi-Fi Networks
    2. Connecting to the Internet via Wi-Fi
      1. Disable and Re-Enable Wi-Fi
      2. Connect to a New Wi-Fi Network
      3. Connect to a Wi-Fi Network You’ve Used Before
      4. Connect Directly to Other Devices with Wi-Fi Direct
    3. Connecting to the Internet via Cellular
      1. Manually Connect to a Data Network
      2. Enable Smart Network Switching
    4. Monitoring and Managing Your Data Usage
      1. Monitor How Much Data You’ve Used
      2. Set Data Usage Alerts
      3. Limit Data Usage
    5. Turning Your Phone into a Mobile Hotspot
      1. Enable a Mobile Hotspot
      2. Connect Another Device to Your Phone via Wi-Fi
      3. Tether Another Device to Your Phone
  17. 6. Installing and Using Apps
    1. Using Apps
      1. View All Your Apps on the Apps Screen
      2. Open an App
      3. Close an App
      4. Switch Between Open Apps
      5. Use Multi Window
    2. Managing Installed Apps
      1. Add App Shortcuts to the Home Screen
      2. Rearrange Apps on the Home Screens
      3. Remove an App Shortcut from the Home Screen
      4. Uninstall an App
      5. Manage the Screens on the Home Screen
      6. Add a Widget to the Home Screen
      7. Remove a Widget from the Home Screen
      8. Organize Apps into Folders
      9. Open and Close a Folder
      10. Remove a Folder from the Home Screen
      11. Set Default Applications
      12. Use the Application Manager
    3. Downloading New Apps from the Google Play Store
      1. Browse and Search the Google Play Store
      2. Purchase and Download Apps
  18. 7. Making Phone Calls
    1. Calling on Your Galaxy S6
      1. Dial a Number
      2. Quick-Dial from Your Contacts List
      3. Dial a Favorite Contact
      4. Dial a Recent Number
      5. Answer a Call
      6. Options During a Call
    2. Using Speed Dial
      1. Create a Speed Dial Entry
      2. Remove a Person from Speed Dial
      3. Make a Call with Speed Dial
    3. Handling Multiple Calls and Activities
      1. Make a New Call While on Another
      2. Receive a New Call While on Another
    4. Managing Your Call Log
      1. View Recent Calls
      2. Save a Recent Call to Your Contact List
      3. Delete a Call from Your Call Log
      4. Reject Future Calls from a Given Number
    5. Using Voice Mail
      1. Set Up Your Voice Mail
      2. Check Voice Mail Messages
    6. Configuring Call Settings
      1. Set Your Default Ringtone
      2. Assign a Unique Ringtone for a Specific Contact
      3. Configure Other Call Settings
    7. Connecting via Headset or Car Speaker
      1. Connect a Wired Headset
      2. Connect a Bluetooth Headset
      3. Connect to Your Car via Bluetooth
      4. Call from Your Car
  19. 8. Managing Your Contacts List
    1. Adding and Editing Contacts
      1. Add a New Contact
      2. Add a New Contact from a Call
      3. Edit Contact Information
      4. Star Favorite Contacts
      5. Assign a Unique Ringtone to a Contact
      6. Add a Photo to a Contact
      7. Delete a Contact
    2. Using the Contacts App
      1. Sort Contacts
      2. Change the Display Format
      3. Search for Contacts
      4. Contact a Contact
    3. Linking to Other Contacts
      1. Add a New Account
      2. Merge Contacts from Different Accounts
      3. Delete Accounts
    4. Working with Groups
      1. Create a Group
      2. Add Contacts to a Group
      3. Send a Text Message to a Group
      4. Send an Email to a Group
  20. 9. Texting Friends and Family
    1. Choosing a Messaging App
      1. Examining Messaging Apps
      2. Set a Default Messaging App
    2. Sending and Receiving Messages
      1. Send a Text Message
      2. Read and Reply to a Message
      3. Use Emoji
      4. Delete Conversations
    3. Sending and Receiving Multimedia Messages
      1. Attach a Photo or Video File
      2. Shoot and Send a Photo
      3. Shoot and Send a Video
      4. Send a Map of Your Current Location
      5. View Photos and Videos You Receive
    4. Working with Priority Senders
      1. Set Priority Senders
      2. Text to Priority Senders
    5. Configuring the Messages App
      1. Personalize the Display
      2. Change Font Size
  21. 10. Sending and Receiving Email
    1. Using Samsung’s Email App
      1. Add a New Account
      2. Switch Between Accounts
      3. Read and Reply to Messages
      4. Create a New Message
      5. Send Photos and Other Attachments
    2. Using Gmail
      1. Configure Your Google Account
      2. Read and Reply to Messages
      3. Create a New Message
      4. Send Photos and Other Attachments
  22. 11. Browsing and Searching the Web
    1. Browsing the Web with Google Chrome
      1. Launch Google Chrome
      2. Enter a Web Address
      3. Use Web Links
      4. Revisit Past Pages
    2. Working with Your Home Page
      1. Set Your Home Page
      2. Go to Your Home Page
    3. Using Tabs
      1. Display Tabs as Tabs
      2. Open a New Tab
      3. Open a New Incognito Tab
      4. Switch Between Tabs
      5. Close a Tab
    4. Bookmarking Favorite Pages
      1. Create a Bookmark
      2. Revisit a Bookmark
    5. Making the Web More Readable
      1. Zoom Into a Page
      2. Rotate the Screen
    6. Searching the Web with Google
      1. Enter a Query
      2. Fine-Tune Your Search Results
  23. 12. Controlling Your Phone with Voice Commands
    1. Controlling Your Phone with Samsung’s S Voice
      1. Set Up S Voice for the First Time
      2. Configure S Voice Options
      3. Learn S Voice Commands
      4. Give S Voice a Command
    2. Doing More with Google Now and OK Google
      1. Set Up Google Now
      2. Learn OK Google Commands
      3. Give an OK Google Command
    3. Using Google Voice Typing
      1. Type with Voice Commands
  24. 13. Video Chatting on Your Phone
    1. Using Google Hangouts
      1. Make a Video Call
      2. Add People to a Group Call
      3. Participate in a Voice Call
      4. Participate in a Text Chat
    2. Using Skype
      1. Make a Video Call
      2. Participate in a Voice Call
      3. Participate in a Text Chat
  25. 14. Monitoring Your Health
    1. Using the S Health App
      1. Get Started with S Health
      2. Configure Your Profile
      3. Select Activities to Manage
      4. Monitor Your Pulse
      5. Track Your Blood Pressure
      6. Track Your Blood Glucose Level
      7. Track Your Food Intake and Calories Consumed
      8. Track the Steps You Take
  26. 15. Managing Your Calendar
    1. Viewing Your Calendar
      1. Change the Calendar View
      2. View Calendar Items
    2. Creating Appointments and Events
      1. Create a New Event
      2. Create a Repeating Event
      3. Invite Others to an Event
    3. Creating a To-Do List
      1. Create a New Task
      2. Manage Your Tasks
  27. 16. Viewing Maps and Driving Directions
    1. Viewing Maps
      1. Display Your Current Location
      2. Display Traffic Conditions
      3. Change the Map Display
    2. Finding Nearby Places
      1. Enter a New Location
      2. Find Nearby Businesses and Attractions
    3. Generating Directions
      1. Generate Driving Directions
      2. Generate Other Types of Directions
  28. 17. Shooting and Sharing Photos and Videos
    1. Shooting Photos with Your Smartphone’s Cameras
      1. Shoot a Photograph
      2. Shoot a Selfie
      3. Select a Shooting Mode
      4. Apply Special Effects
      5. Select Quick Settings
      6. Configure Other Camera Settings
    2. Viewing and Organizing Your Photos
      1. View Pictures in the Gallery
      2. Manage Your Photos
      3. Create a New Album
      4. Delete Photos
    3. Editing Your Photos
      1. Employ Auto Adjust
      2. Rotate an Image
      3. Crop a Photo
      4. Perform Detailed Adjustments
      5. Adjust Brightness, Contrast, and Color
      6. Apply Special Effects
      7. Fine-Tune Portraits—and Remove Red Eye
      8. Create a Photo Collage
    4. Recording and Playing Videos
      1. Record a Video
      2. Play a Video
    5. Sharing Your Photos and Videos
      1. Shoot and Share a Photo
      2. Share Items from the Gallery
  29. 18. Listening to Music
    1. Listening to Streaming Music Services
      1. Listen to Pandora Radio
      2. Listen to Spotify Music
    2. Listening to Music Stored on Your Phone
      1. Play Music with the Music App
      2. Play Music with the Google Play Music App
  30. 19. Watching TV Shows, Movies, and Other Videos
    1. Watching TV Shows and Movies on Netflix
      1. Watch a Movie or TV Show on Netflix
    2. Watching TV Shows on Hulu
    3. Watching Videos on YouTube
      1. Watch YouTube
  31. 20. Using Facebook, Pinterest, and Other Social Media
    1. Using Facebook
      1. Navigate the Facebook App
      2. Read and Respond to Posts
      3. Post a Status Update
    2. Using Pinterest
      1. View and Repin Pins
      2. Pin from a Website
  32. 21. Playing Games
    1. Downloading Games from the Google Play Store
      1. Download a Game
  33. 22. Doing Office Work on Your Phone
    1. Using Google Docs Apps
      1. Work with Google Docs Documents
      2. Work with Google Sheets Spreadsheets
      3. Work with Google Slides Presentations
  34. 23. Copying Files To and From Your Phone—And Backing Up Your Important Data
    1. Using the My Files App
      1. View and Manage Your Files
      2. Change the File Display
      3. Change the Sort Order
      4. View Downloaded Files
      5. View Files by Location
      6. Open a File
      7. Add a File Shortcut to the Home Screen
      8. View Your Storage Usage
      9. Delete Files
    2. Storing Files on Google Drive
      1. Use Google Drive from the My Files App
      2. Use the Google Drive App
      3. Download a File from Google Drive
      4. Upload a File to Google Drive
    3. Transferring Files Between Devices
      1. Connect Your Phone to Your Computer
      2. Copy Files from One Device to Another
    4. Backing Up Your Data
      1. Configure Data Backup
  35. 24. Making Your Phone More Secure
    1. Creating a Safer Lock Screen
      1. Add a PIN
      2. Unlock with a Password
      3. Unlock with a Gesture
      4. Use Fingerprint Recognition
    2. Locating a Lost or Stolen Phone
      1. Enable Find My Mobile
      2. Access Your Phone Remotely
  36. 25. Configuring Your Phone’s Settings
    1. Configuring Quick Settings
      1. Customize Notification Area Quick Settings
      2. Customize Settings Screen Quick Settings
    2. Examining Available Settings
      1. Access the Settings Screen
      2. Wireless and Networks Settings
      3. Device Settings
      4. Personal Settings
      5. System Settings
  37. 26. Fixing Common Problems
    1. Keeping Your Phone Up and Running
      1. Maximizing Battery Life
      2. Using a Performance-Enhancing App
      3. Freeing Up Space by Deleting Unused Apps
    2. Troubleshooting Minor Issues
      1. You’re Locked Out
      2. An Individual App Freezes
      3. Your Phone Freezes
      4. Your Phone Won’t Turn On
      5. Your Phone Is Running Slow
      6. Your Mobile Signal Is Weak
      7. You Have Trouble Connecting to Wi-Fi
    3. Rebooting and Resetting Your Phone
      1. Reboot Your Phone
      2. Reboot a Frozen Phone
      3. Reset Your Phone’s Settings
      4. Reset Your Phone to Factory Condition
  38. Index
  39. Glossary
  40. Discover Games
    1. Discovering Fun and Entertaining Games
      1. Puzzle and Matching Games
      2. Word Games
      3. Card Games
      4. Casino Games
      5. Board Games
      6. Trivia Games
      7. Arcade Games
      8. Sports Games
      9. Brain Training Games
  41. Download Music
    1. Downloading Music from Online Music Stores
      1. Purchase and Download from Google Play Music
      2. Purchase and Download from Amazon Digital Music
  42. Email Apps and Spam
    1. Choosing an Email App
  43. Health Fitness Apps
    1. Update Your Weight
    2. Discovering Other Health and Fitness Apps
      1. Health and Medical Apps
      2. Fitness Apps
      3. Personal Safety Apps
  44. Office Mobile App
    1. Using the Microsoft Office Mobile App
      1. Work with Microsoft Word Mobile
      2. Work with Microsoft Excel Mobile
      3. Work with Microsoft PowerPoint Mobile
  45. Other Social Networks
    1. Using Other Social Networks
      1. Twitter
      2. LinkedIn
      3. Instagram
  46. Personalize Calendar
    1. Personalizing Your Calendar
      1. Configure Calendar Settings
      2. Activate Gmail Calendars
  47. Phone and Other Apps
    1. Examining the Apps That Came with Your Phone
      1. Discover Samsung Apps
      2. Discover Google Apps
      3. Discover Apps from Your Mobile Carrier
    2. Discovering Other Fun and Useful Apps
      1. News
      2. Weather
      3. Sports
      4. Social Networking
      5. Online Shopping
      6. Simplified Operation
      7. Other Popular Apps
  48. Phone Security
    1. Other Ways to Make Your Phone More Secure
      1. Enabling Private Mode
      2. Encrypting Your Data
      3. Lock Your SIM Card
  49. Find Facebook Friends
  50. Find Pins Pinterest
    1. Find Pins and People to Follow
    2. Create a New Pinterest Board
  51. Shooting Modes
    1. Discover Shooting Modes
    2. Explore Special Effects
  52. View Contact Map
    1. View a Map of the Contact’s Location
  53. Watch Other Programs
    1. Watching Other Programming on Your Smartphone