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Old November 12th, 2010, 06:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Galaxy Tab Tips and Tricks

I can't find a hints and tips page for the Galaxy Tab so, er, starting one here if that's OK.

Only one tip so far:

Go to Menu > Display Settings > Power Save Mode and uncheck this to make white things on the screen white, not yellow.

With Power Save Mode enabled, there seems to be a yellow hue to everything. I don't like that as I'm used to the saturation from an AMOLED on my Desire.

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Oh, that's quite a difference! Thanks!

I'm just curious how much that more that will drain my battery life. Off to do some tests.
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Old November 12th, 2010, 07:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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1. If you want full web view, download Sky Fire web browser. It allows full web view instead of mobile.

2. If you want Engadget App to show full screen as well as others that do not scale properly, download Spare Parts from the market. Install and then open the app. Go to Compatibility mode and uncheck and re-check. Then re-boot. After that go back to Compatibility View and uncheck. Then re-boot. when it comes back up, you can open spare parts again and you will notice that it is running full screen. Open Engadget App and it will also run full screen now.

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To take a screen capture, press and hold the back button then press the power button. A screen capture is saved to your gallery.

You don't need root; it works in most apps depending on how they handle press & hold of the back button.
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It's good to have a tips and tricks section.
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I was looking for some email settings and can't seem to find them. Does anyone know where you can set the amout of email downloaded as in days? How about how many emails are in the Inbox... it appears they only show unread but not total count. Another email App would defeat the custom made App with the reading pane.
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Haven't seen this yet:

While on the home screen you can pinch and it will give you thumbnails of all your home pages.

Good to get around quick and you can change the "home" tab

Maybe this is normal but its nice on the big 7" screen!
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Haven't seen this yet:

While on the home screen you can pinch and it will give you thumbnails of all your home pages.

Good to get around quick and you can change the "home" tab

Maybe this is normal but its nice on the big 7" screen!
I'm wondering if HTC patented that function?
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found by chance, if watching videos press power button and locks the screen, ie if in landscape view it stops that way, hot keys and touchscreen locked as well

why is this any good, well if you have young ones watching vids they love to touch, move it around and you spend more time resetting than they do watching, this way you can leave them to it and pretty sure they wont be buying online, deleting files etc by mistake

small market appeal but thought worth posting
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found by chance, if watching videos press power button and locks the screen, ie if in landscape view it stops that way, hot keys and touchscreen locked as well

why is this any good, well if you have young ones watching vids they love to touch, move it around and you spend more time resetting than they do watching, this way you can leave them to it and pretty sure they wont be buying online, deleting files etc by mistake

small market appeal but thought worth posting
Thats a god tip for everyone IMO just holding the things you will touch the sides. I wish the lock icon would go away.
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cheers guys, only adding to a great forum
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found by chance, if watching videos press power button and locks the screen, ie if in landscape view it stops that way, hot keys and touchscreen locked as well

why is this any good, well if you have young ones watching vids they love to touch, move it around and you spend more time resetting than they do watching, this way you can leave them to it and pretty sure they wont be buying online, deleting files etc by mistake

small market appeal but thought worth posting
You can also lock the screen when in video recording mode. This disables all the touch button on your device to prevent from accidental touches.

BTW, kids these days... they are smarter than their parents. :O
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I have a wallpaper trick. If you are using one of the market apps for wallpaper, make sure you save the file to device and then navigate to the file and open it. Then choose set as wallpaper. This will make the wallpaper fit this device. If you use set as wallpaper within the app, sometimes it wont scale right.
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Just found something neat with the email app. If you are in Landscape or Portrait, go to the inbox and pinch your fingers together like you are trying to shrink the page. The list of emails in your inbox will go to day view allowing you to see how many emails you have by each day. really usefull if you have a large inbox full of emails. You can also pinch and zoom the reading pane in Lanscape.
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Awesome tips! Thx. I can recommend "upnp play" for all those who have problems streaming movies via AllShare. It's a free app and it works way better than allshare (also for loading big listings of videos / media files).

I use twonky media server to stream the videos from my PC.
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If you have rooted your Tab, there is a nice app in the market under reboot widget. It gives you one touch reboot and you wont have to hit the power button to get the device to reboot. Just add the widget to your homescreen and leave box checked for allow Superuser. To have one click root just download 4root in the market and activate usb debugging first before you click on 4root app. You can unroot using the same app but you need to remain rooted for root only apps to work.

Edit. . . As Beards mentioned below, its z4root not 4root. Thanks Beards.
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If you have rooted your Tab, there is a nice app in the market under reboot widget. It gives you one touch reboot and you wont have to hit the power button to get the device to reboot. Just add the widget to your homescreen and leave box checked for allow Superuser. To have one click root just download 4root in the market and activate usb debugging first before you click on 4root app. You can unroot using the same app but you need to remain rooted for root only apps to work.
4root..... I think you mean z4root.
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Get "Tiny Flashlight + LED" by Nikolay Ananiev.

It will allow you to add a widget icon to quickly turn the flash on the back of the tab for use as a Torch.
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Settings, Location ans security, screen Lock select patternselct next, shows you how to lock it without a password using a pattern instead don't forget the pattern though
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I just noticed this old thread, started prior to our creation of the sub-forums for Galaxy Tab, including the Tips and Tricks sub-forum where I've moved this to.

I'd like to encourage users with a tip for the Galaxy Tab to post it in a separate thread of your own in this sub-forum, though.

Also, be sure to post any issues you're having, or questions about the Galaxy Tab in the Support and Troubleshooting sub-forum: Galaxy Tab - Support and Troubleshooting - Android Forums rather than in this Tips and Tricks sub-forum.
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I will update all in this topic.

First need to learn:

List of all Samsung Galaxy Tab Icons meaning


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How to select a network for Samsung Galaxy Tab

Instructions:
  • From the Home screen, tap the Menu key and then select Settings.
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  • Tap Wireless & Networks.
  • Tap Mobile Networks.
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  • Verify data roaming is enabled, and then tap Network Operators.
  • The option to Search Networks will appear while roaming outside of the AT&T wireless network. Tap Search Networks.
    NOTE: Tap to choose desired network from list of networks found, tap OK.
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  • Tap the desired network, and then select OK.
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How to save a contact for Samsung Galaxy Tab

Instructions:
  • Step 1: From the Home screen, tap the Applications icon.
  • Step 2: Tap Contacts.
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  • Step 3: Tap the Create Contact icon.
  • Step 4: Enter contact information into all the desired fields, and then tap Done when complete.
    NOTE: To add additional fields, tap the plus sign (+). To remove a field, tap minus sign (-).
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How to edit a contact for Samsung Galaxy Tab

Instructions:
  • Step 1: From the Home screen, tap the Applications icon.
  • Step 2: Tap Contacts.
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  • Step 3: Tap to select the desired contact, and then tap Edit.
  • Step 4: Update contact information in all the desired fields, and then tap Done when complete.
    NOTE: To add additional fields, tap the plus sign (+). To remove a field, tap minus sign (-).
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How to delete a contact for Samsung Galaxy Tab

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  • Step 1: From the Home screen, tap the Applications icon.
  • Step 2: Tap Contacts.
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  • Step 3: Tap to select the desired contact, and then tap Delete.
  • Step 4: Tap OK.
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How to access the browser settings for Samsung Galaxy Tab

Symptom:
Error: Your Internet connection is not configured properly. Please verify your settings in Data Connections.
Advisory:
If you need assistance with specific APN settings, please contact your IT department. The standard AT&T preconfigured APN provides connectivity to all supported applications. If a 3rd party application requires a custom APN for connectivity, please contact the 3rd party application support. The Samsumg Galaxy Tab is supported with the LaptopConnect APN.
Instructions:
  • Step 1: From the Home screen, tap the Menu Key and then select Settings.
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  • Step 2: Tap Wireless & Networks.
  • Step 3: Tap Mobile Networks.
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  • Step 4: Tap Access Point Names.
  • Step 5: Tap the Menu key, and then select New APN.
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  • Step 6: Tap the desired fields to edit.
  • Step 7: Tap the Menu key, and then select Save.
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  • Step 8: Tap the desired APN radio button to connect with.
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How to sign into a google account using Samsung Galaxy Tab

Overview
Required for use of any Google-branded app such as GMail, YouTube, Android Marketplace and synchronization with Google Contacts and Calendars.
Prerequisite
A Gmail account. If needed, please register for a free account at http://google.com/gmail.
Procedure
  • Step 1: From the Home screen, tap the Applications icon.
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  • Step 2: Tap Gmail.
  • Step 3: Tap Next.
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  • Step 4: Tap Sign In.
    NOTE: To create a new Gmail account, tap Create.
  • Step 5: Enter the Username, Password, and then tap Sign in.
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  • Step 6: Tap Next.
  • Step 7: Tap Finish setup.
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How to access the calendar on Samsung Galaxy Tab

Prerequisite
For Gmail account synchronization, Sign into a Google Account.
Instructions:
  • Step 1: From the Home screen, tap the Applications icon. Samsung Galaxy Tab applications
  • Step 2: Tap Calendar.
  • Step 3: Default calendar view will be displayed. With Month view in focus, upcoming events will appear on the right panel. For a full list of events, tap List. Samsung Galaxy Tab calendar

    • To create a new event, tap the New icon.
    • Enter the desired event details, and then tap Done. Samsung Galaxy Tab calendar event
Note:
The following is a list of known issues when syncing the Samsung Galaxy with Calendar via Exchange 2007:
NOTE: These issues are dependent upon the Exchange Mail Server.
  • Meeting Request Acceptance
    • When a user receives a meeting request on the device the mail client will automatically accept it by default. This is an Android 2.2 limitation.
  • Meeting Request Creation
    • When creating a meeting request on the device, the user cannot access the GAL (Global Address List). User must manually enter the address or access the device’s contact list.
  • Editing Calendar Events
    • Once events are created either on the device or in Outlook and then synced to Exchange 2007, the user may not be able to edit the event.
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How to set time and date for Samsung Galaxy Tab

Instructions:
  • Step 1: From the Home screen, tap the Menu Key and then select Settings.
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  • Step 2: Scroll to and tap Date and Time.
  • Step 3: Verify “Automatic” is selected. If active, a green checkmark will be displayed next to it.
    NOTE: If manual setting is desired, tap Automatic to deselect and manually set by tapping date, time zone, and set time options as desired
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How to pair a Samsung Galaxy Tab with a bluetooth device

Instructions:
Now that you have your headset in pairing mode, proceed to pair it with your device.
  • Step 1: From the Home screen, tap the Menu key and then select Settings.
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  • Step 2: Tap Wireless & Networks.
  • Step 3: Tap Bluetooth Settings.
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  • Step 4: Tap Scan Devices.
    NOTE: If Bluetooth is not active, first tap Bluetooth to activate.
  • Step 5: Tap desired device.
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  • Step 6: Tap Accept. If prompted, enter the other device’s password in the Enter PIN field and tap Ok.
    NOTE: To find the headset’s password, refer to the manufacturer guide.
  • Step 7: The Samsung Galaxy Tab will connect to the device.
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How to access or change the text message center number with Samsung Galaxy Tab



Symptom:
Unable to Send Text Messages
Advisory:
NOTE: Text messaging is not available for customers on a DataConnect Pass. It is only available for customers on post-paid data rate plans.
Instructions:
  • Step 1: From the Home screen, tap Applications.
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  • Step 2: Tap Messaging.
  • Step 3: Tap the Menu Key and then select Settings.
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  • Step 4: Tap Message Center.
  • Step 5: Enter the appropriate Message Center Number, and then tap OK.
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How to change the language for Samsung Galaxy Tab

Advisory:
IMPORTANT: Changing the language only affects the time, date, and currency indicators. The menus will stay in English (United States) format.
Instructions:
  • Step 1: From the Home screen, tap the Menu key and then select Settings.
  • Step 2: Scroll to and tap Locale and Text.
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  • Step 3: Tap Select Locale.
  • Step 4: Tap the desired Locale.
    NOTE: The language and regional settings will change when the local is changed.
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Old June 4th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Haven't seen this yet:

While on the home screen you can pinch and it will give you thumbnails of all your home pages.

Good to get around quick and you can change the "home" tab

Maybe this is normal but its nice on the big 7" screen!
With the home screen thumbnails visable, you can remove unused home screens by tapping and dragging to the remove icon.
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I have a wallpaper trick. If you are using one of the market apps for wallpaper, make sure you save the file to device and then navigate to the file and open it. Then choose set as wallpaper. This will make the wallpaper fit this device. If you use set as wallpaper within the app, sometimes it wont scale right.
I have no luck with these wall papers. Seems every time I download one to try, it ends doing weird things to my Tab and crashing it. I'm giving up unless I specifically see that one was designed for the Tab
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great! as a newbie in about 3hrs long.. hihi this is a great thing!
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