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Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Tutorials, How Tos and Tips Part 1

Welcome to the very first tutorial post for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. We are looking forward to expanding this series so keep an eye on our posts about this device from time to time.


These are the topics of this tutorial:


Connecting Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 through Bluetooth

Bluetooth is one of the most common wireless communication standard employed in almost all electronic devices today. A wide variety of gadgets can be connected to each other using Bluetooth that learning how to use it on a Samsung Galaxy 3 7.0 has become a must. This guide is not intended for use by advanced Android or Samsung Galaxy Tab users so if you are new to Android or a first time user of a Galaxy 3 7.0, kindly read the simple instructions below to connect any Bluetooth-enabled gizmo to your tablet.

• On your Galaxy Tab 3, make sure that Bluetooth is on. Press the Home key>Apps>Settings>Tap Bluetooth to turn it on or off.
• Turn on Bluetooth on the device you are trying to link to your Tab. Remember that other devices have other ways of turning on their Bluetooth functionality. You may want to consult the device’s manual if you’re not familiar how to do it.
• Go back to your Galaxy Tab and press Apps menu on the Home screen.
• Tap Settings
• Go to Wireless and Networks
• Go to Bluetooth Settings
• Once the Bluetooth window appears, look for the device you are trying to connect to your tablet. Before doing this, make sure that the other gadget’s Bluetooth functionality to allow it to be detected by your Galaxy Tab or any other devices is on. This functionality varies by device so again, you want to be familiar with that gadget first. A manual is a good way to start.
• On your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, select the option Find Nearby Devices. If the gizmo is set to appear to other devices, you should be able to see its name in the window you are looking at now.
• Tap on the device you are trying to connect to your tablet.
• Remember, some devices may require that you enter a password before you can establish a connection while others do not require this at all.
• Once a connection has been established, you can start using the device.

Bluetooth connected devices will appear under the heading Paired Devices on the Bluetooth Settings window. If you want to disconnect any one of them, simply disable the Bluetooth radio on your Galaxy Tab 3 or on the other device itself. Because they have been paired, each one will automatically connect once their Bluetooth function will be turned on.
If you want to disconnect a device from your Galaxy Tab for good, you can unpair it by going back to Bluetooth Settings window and choosing the Unpair command. This will break the connection and forget the configuration of both devices. We suggest that you only unpair devices that you don’t plan on using in the future. Otherwise, just turn off the device’s Bluetooth to temporarily break the connection between your Tab and the other gizmo.
To conserve battery power, it is advisable that you turn off Bluetooth if you are not using the device. Bluetooth can use a lot of power, especially on your Galaxy Tab 3.


How to do Factory reset on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Also known as master reset, a factory reset is an Android troubleshooting step that wipes everything on a device in an attempt to bring it to its original manufacturer state. It is generally recommended that a user must create a backup of his or her data before doing this step because erase all device settings, third party apps, user data, and application data and settings stored in a device’s flash storage.
A user must only do a factory reset as a last resort so make sure to exhaust all available solutions first before deciding to delete everything on the device. These are the steps on how to do a factory reset:

• Turn off the device
• Press and hold Volume Up key
• While still holding Volume Up key, press the Power key and hold it
• Release both keys once Recovery Booting message shows up at the upper left corner
• Press Volume Down
• Scroll to Wipe data/factory reset
• Highlight Wipe data/factory reset and press the Power key
• Press Volume Down key
• Scroll to Yes –delete all user data
• Press the Power key again
• After the Tab wipes itself clean, reboot it by pressing the Power key
• Your device will restart to complete the master reset

Your tablet should now be like brand new and you can now begin to re-download and re-install your third party apps.


How to fix Bootloop problems on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Bootloop is a more common problem among Android users than other smartphone users. This is due to the fact that Android is designed for more third party modifications compared to, say, Apple’s iOS. Anyone with basic or advanced Linux coding skills can developing his or her own custom ROM. This “openness” to such mods creates a more exciting and richer experience among the entire spectrum of Android users. However, it also is a source of a few problems like bricked phones and bootloop cases.
Using incompatible file systems or usage of poorly-designed third party ROMs are the usual causes of a bootloop, which is usually manifested by a phone failing to boot normally, not allowing an Android device to complete the boot cycle. Running an incompatible game or app can cause an operating system to fail, resulting to bootloop as well. If you encounter bootloop, just remember what you did prior to getting the problem because the cause can be anything.
We offer two guides under this section on how to successfully fix a bootloop problem below–one for a stock or non-rooted device, and the other for a rooted device. Here’s how:
Fix bootloop on rooted Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

• Turn off Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and wait for a few minutes
• Bring your phone to Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home, and Power keys for a few seconds until you can see the Android System Recovery menu
• While still in Recovery Mode, select and do each of these options in this order:

Wipe data/Factory reset
Wipe cache partition
○ Go to Advance and Wipe dalvick cache

• Go back to Recovery mode and reboot the phone using the Reboot phone option.

Fix bootloop on stock/non-rooted Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

• Turn off Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and wait for a few minutes
• Bring your phone to Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home, and Power keys for a few seconds until you can see the Android System Recovery menu
• Select Wipe data/ Factory Reset option. Use Volume Up/Down to navigate between options.
• While under Recovery Mode, you also need to Wipe cache partition and Wipe dalvick cache under Advance tab
• Go back to Recovery menu and reboot the tablet using Reboot System Now

Your tablet should now boot up normally. However, if the above steps won’t resolve your issue, try reinstalling the previous ROM using Recovery Mode. You may also consider getting a replacement unit instead of ROM installation if you are not confident on what to do.


How to setup work/Exchange email on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Tired of checking emails first thing on Mondays? Why not setup you’re your work email on your Galaxy Tab 3? Most vacation guru would certainly be protesting against this but spending a few minutes of your rest days or vacation to checking some work emails will not hurt. We’re not saying that you work on your vacation but checking on some few emails while spending time on a beach with your kids can spare you precious minutes at work. Anyway, vacation or not, there will always come a time that you will have to check your email because of need or you need to do something important.
Before you begin the setup, make sure that you have all the accurate information such as email address, username, password, domain name, and server address. Remember, the options and steps may vary depending on how your work Exchange server may be configured so you also want to consult your IT department for some specific information related to this. Once you have the required information, setting up an Exchange email on a Galaxy Tab 3 is easy. Here’s how:

• Go to Apps menu in the Home screen
• Go to Settings
• Tap Add Account
• Select Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
• Provide accurate information for email address and password. If you have other email accounts setup on your tablet, make sure to mark Send email from this account by default to make your work email the default account when sending out a message
• Tap Next
• Provide more details as needed then tap Next
• Read/review the Activation message and uncheck the Always shop option if you don’t wish to see the same message in the future when setting up another ActiveSync account.
• Pick your desired additional account options.

Peak schedule refers to the frequency your tablet attempts to connect and download emails during peak business hours. Push option lets your phone download messages automatically as soon as an email arrives on the server.
Emails retrieval size is an option to allow you to limit your device to download emails beyond the restricted number. You will have an option to manually download the email once you read it.
Period to sync Calendar lets you select the time period your tablet will sync.
Send email from this account by default. Already mentioned above. This option is not available if you don’t have at least two email accounts setup on your device.
Notify me when email arrives. Enable this option if you want to let your device tell you if there’s an incoming message.
Sync Email lets you to synchronize your email on your tablet.
Sync Contacts lets you to synchronize your contacts on your tablet.
Sync Calendar lets you to synchronize your calendar on your tablet.
Sync Task lets you to synchronize your tasks on your tablet.
Automatically download attachments when connected to Wi-Fi tells your tablet to automatically download all email attachments when using Wi-Fi.

• Tap Next
• Provide a name for the new email account. This is a local identifier to help you recognize the email account and not the name that will be displayed on someone else’s screen upon receiving your message.
• Tap Done to finish the setup.


How to clear app cache on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

If you notice lag or delay when opening an app, chances are the app’s cache is causing it. Thankfully, resolving this issue is as easy as counting from 1 to 10. Just go over the sequence and your app will be back up and running again.
• On the Home screen, go to Menu key
• Tap Settings
• Go to Applications manager and tap it
• Tap All tab
• Look for the problematic app in the list and tap it
• Tap Clear cache. Note, this option may not be available on some apps by design.


Enable Multi Window in Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Ever wonder how to split your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 screen so you can view two apps at the same time? The answer is right at your fingertips and all you have to do is setup the Multi Window feature. Here’s how:

• Go to Home screen and tap the Menu button
• Tap Settings
• Go to Display and tap it
• Mark Multi window. This should enable Multi Window to allow multi tasking on your tablet. Once Multi Window appears on the left side of the screen, tap the Multi Window tab. If it’s missing, just tap the Back button to reveal it.
• If you want to relocate the menu, simply tap and hold the tab and drag it to the desired location.
• Select the desired app
• Tap and drag the second application you want to be displayed to the screen, then release it
• Re-sizing the windows can be done by dragging the re-size bar to the preferred area
• If you want to swap the locations of the apps, just tap the Swap icon
• If you want to view the app in full screen, tap the Window icon
• To close a window, just tap the X icon
• Editing the menu can be done by tapping the Edit button. Some apps may not support this feature though.
• If you want to remove an app from the menu, just tap and drag it from the tray
• If you want to add an app to the tray, just tap and drag it to the menu.
• Once satisfied with your apps, tap Done to finish the setup
• Closing the Multi window tab can be done by tapping and holding the Back key


How to uninstall from Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Not all apps are meant to be kept. If you are new user of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, you may not know how to remove an app.
Just follow this short guide on how to do it.

• Go to Home screen and tap Play Store icon
• Select My apps
• Tap All
• Select the desired application
• Select Uninstall
• Tap OK

The app should now be removed although it may not be deleted from the list of apps you have downloaded. If you paid for the app, uninstalling it after sometime may entitle you for a refund depending on the agreed refund policy. The refund policy timeframe may vary from a few minutes after installation to 24 hours. Also, you can always reinstall an app you paid for.
Some apps, especially those that were provided by Samsung, your carrier, and Google may not give you an option to uninstall them.


How to close background apps in a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Closing background applications is one of the useful tricks that you can do to save that much needed battery juice for your tablet in an emergency. Here’s how to do it:

• Go to Home screen and press and hold the Home key
• Once you see the recently accessed apps, you can remove one or all of them tapping and dragging a particular app to the left or right. To remove all of them at once, just tap the Remove All icon
• To close an app running in the background, tap the Task Manager icon
• Select End to close one app or End all to close all of them
• Read the warning message and touch OK

An app or apps should now be closed, giving your battery more life.


How to check for software updates for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Making sure that your phone runs the most updated operating system version is one of the responsibilities of a security-conscious user. Although carriers automatically sent notifications if a device can start downloading the update over-the-air, it still pays to know how to manually check if your tablet needs to be updated. Here’s how:

• Go to Home screen and tap the Menu button
• Tap Settings
• Scroll to and tap System Update
• Touch Update
• If you are prompted to read an update message, tap your desired action by choosing one from following:

○ Wi-Fi settings
○ OK

• If a system update is available, follow the instructions on what to do
• Tap OK if no updates are available


How to enable Smart Stay on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

If you want your tablet to keep the display on while reading something regardless of the screen timeout setting, using the Smart Stay feature is the answer. This is a great addition by Samsung to let your device detect if you are looking at the screen so it can keep it on. To activate Smart Stay, just follow the steps below:

• Go to Home screen
• Tap Settings
• Tap Display
• Tap Smart screen
• Tap OK

You’ll know if this feature is on because a green check mark will appear.
Remember, Smart Stay feature works best when you hold your tablet upright and steady, when the camera is not being used by another app, and when you are in a well-lit environment. Refrain from using Smart Stay when the screen is in direct light.


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