Learn how to quickly locate a contact in the address book, plus how to change the sort and presentation order for your contacts, send email or phone a contact, and display the contact's location on the Maps app.
- [Instructor] To view the address book, open the Contacts app. The app might be called People on some devices. If you don't find that icon on the home screen, look for it in a folder, or you can find the Contacts app in the apps drawer. Not all address book apps look like this one, but they have similar features. Contacts are pulled from your Google account, as well as any other accounts you've added to the device. Plus, you can create new contacts. Each one is presented in a scrolling list, sorted alphabetically by first name. Swipe your finger to scroll the list.
In this address book, an index appears while you scroll, helping you to locate entries. In some variations of the address book app, the index is always visible and you can tap a letter to instantly zoom to that part of the address book. To find a specific contact, tap the search icon. Use the onscreen keyboard to begin typing the name. As you type, matching contacts appear. Choose the contact from the list or tap the X icon to clear the search.
And tap the back navigation icon to dismiss the onscreen keyboard. To change the presentation order or sorting, tap the side menu icon to display the navigation drawer. Choose Settings. If the app lacks a navigation drawer, tap the action overflow and then choose Settings. Choose Sort By to select whether to order the list by first name or last name. Choose Name Format to choose whether the contacts appear first name first or last name first.
Tap the back navigation icon to return to the address book app, to view contacts sorted in the order you prefer. To view information for an individual contact, tap that contact's entry in the list. With the Samsung version of the contacts app, you must tap the details or info button and then you can view the contact details. The way information is presented differs for each variation of the address book app, but the basic information remains the same. The contact's name, a picture, if one is available, a phone number, an email address, plus other information.
The details available depend on how the contact was created and, of course, you can add or change information as it becomes known to you. The address book is most useful when it comes to communications. Entries in the address book are called contacts because you use the address book to contact the various entries, people, or businesses. For example, to send email to a contact, you can tap their email address. Or, if that doesn't work, tap the email icon next to the address.
In the email app, the To field is already filled in with the contact's email address. Type the subject and continue to create the message. Now, I'm going to discard this message and return to the contacts app. Similar actions take place when you tap a contact's phone number. The phone or dialer app appears ready to connect, but be careful, because some phones may instantly dial the number. On an Android tablet, the phone number doesn't link to the dialer app, but it may, instead, start the Skype app, Hangouts, or some other app from which you can place phone calls on a tablet.
When you tap the contact's address, if it's present, the map app starts displaying that location. You can potentially enter navigation mode at that point and wind your way over to meet with a contact. The only thing that doesn't happen with a contact in the address book is that when you tap their birthday, the device does not sing Happy Birthday. Then again, perhaps that's a good thing.
- Exploring basic Android operations
- Manipulating the touch screen
- Connecting with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Managing apps
- Creating contacts
- Receiving and sending email
- Handling phone calls and accessing voicemail
- Browsing the web
- Taking photos and videos
- Getting directions and finding locations
- Making appointments and setting alarms and timers
- Managing file storage
- Extending battery life
- Monitoring data usage