How To Effectively Set Up Your Samsung Galaxy Tab

By Mark Zhang | May 19, 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Samsung Galaxy tablet is one of the most popular tablets of the year. Here are 5 must do steps to get you started:

1) Setup Android Market Place

In order to get access to some awesome apps you must first set up the Android Market Place. Launch the Market Place app and simply type in your Gmail account. If you don’t have one you can create one there. Once this is done, you can now access thousands of applications ranging from Facebook to Skype. Plus you are now able to download some of the most addictive games, including the ever popular Angry Birds. 


2) Master the Task Manager 

Here's an important battery saving tip that will save you a lot of hassle in the future. When you’re done playing an app and ‘exit’ it by returning to the home screen, the app is actually still running in the background. So if you open a lot of apps and leave them running in the background, then your Galaxy’s going to run out of juice pretty quickly.

It’s necessary to ‘kill’ the apps you aren’t using to maintain battery and performance. To do this, you have to launch Task Manager and click on end beside any active applications you’re not using.


3) Control Orientation Lock

There's nothing more irritating than having the screen change orientation when you are trying to watch a movie in bed. This can be easily fixed by swiping down the top task bar (in the home screen) and clicking on Orientation Lock.


4) Uploading Your Media

It is very important to safely get all of your music, pictures, and videos on to your Galaxy Tab. The most convenient way to do this is to connect your Galaxy Tab to your computer using the USB cable that was provided with your Tab. When the connection is made this screen will appear on your Galaxy Tab:

All you need to do is click on Mass Storage, and you’ll be presented with this screen:

Click on Mount, and your Galaxy Tab will show up as a drive in your computer. Create new folders and copy all of your media onto the Galaxy Tab. 


5) Securing the Galaxy Tab

Now that you have all this important information of your Galaxy Tab, the last thing you’d want is to have this information compromised. You need to secure the device to prevent unauthorized access. So this is what you must do. Navigate to Settings -> Location and Security -> Set screen lock and then you’ll see this:

Pattern allows you to unlock your device by drawing a specific pattern that you set on the screen. You can unlock your device by entering a series of numbers with Pin. Password allows you to unlock the Galaxy Tab by entering a password that can include both numbers and letters.

And with that last step you are now set up to have blast with your new Samsung Galaxy Tab. Have Fun!

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