Google Nexus 6P Manual
Get to know your very own Google Nexus 6P with the help of Sydney CBD Repair Team. Read the manual to get the most out of your smartphone.
Welcome to Android
About Android 6.0, Marshmallow
Marshmallow is the latest version of Android, the operating system that powers phones, tablets, watches, TVs, cars, and more. This book introduces the Android 6.0 software on your Nexus or Android One phone or tablet. For hardware details, visit support.google.com/android. There, you can find comprehensive information about all types of Android phones and tablets, including more details about Nexus devices and other versions of Android.
Switching to Android from an iPhone or iPad (iOS)? See Switch to Android for useful tips on moving your apps and more and onto your Android device.
What’s new in 6.0
Marshmallow includes new features and updates to make your device work better:
• Search for anything in your photos & use free, unlimited photo storage
• Easier ways to manage interruptions
• Ability to increase storage space on some devices with an SD card
• Now on Tap: suggestions from Google Now related to what’s on your
screen (available only in some locales)
• Longer-lasting battery with Doze, App Standby, and other battery
When you first turn on your phone or tablet, you’ll see a Welcome screen. Choose the language you want and touch the arrow to continue.
IMPORTANT: To complete the setup process, it’s best to have a Wi-Fi connection.
Sign in to your account
When prompted, sign in with your Google Account or create one. Signing in lets you immediately access everything associated with your Google Account, like Gmail and Calendar.
TIP: If you have another Android device, Tap & Go lets you quickly set up a new device just by holding the two devices back to back and slowly sliding one up and down against the other. Google Accounts and apps that were already backed up will automatically be copied over to the new device.
An email address used for any of the following counts as a Google Account:
• Google Play
• Google Apps
• Any other Google product
When you sign in, you can easily get all the apps you’ve purchased on Google Play onto your new device. All the email, contacts, calendar events, and other data associated with that account are automatically
synced with your device.
For example, if you change a friend’s phone number on your phone, that change also appears on your tablet and on any computers where you’re signed in to your Google Account.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you remember the password you use to sign into your device or else you won’t be able to access it. Even if you do a factory reset, you will be required to enter the password you used to sign into this device.
Have multiple Google Accounts? You can add other accounts later from Settings > Personal > Accounts. You can also add guest users in Settings > Device > Users.
Send a text message (SMS)
To send an SMS from most Nexus phones:
1. Touch Messenger on your Home screen.
2. Touch to create a new message.
3. At the top of the screen, enter a phone number or a contact name, type your message, then touch.
If the Messenger app isn’t already on your device, you can get it on Google Play. You can also use the default SMS app that comes on the phone, which is Hangouts on most Nexus phones.
To change your default messaging app, open the app you want to use for messaging and change your preferences in the Settings for that app.
Make a phone call
Using a Nexus phone, you can place calls from the Phone app, the Contacts app, or other apps or widgets that display contact information. Wherever you see a phone number, you can usually touch it to dial.
To place a call to one of your contacts:
1. Touch Phone on a Home or All Apps screen.
2. To choose someone to call, scroll or search. If the keypad is in the way, touch the Back button to lower it.
3. To place a call, touch the contact’s name.
To view recent calls, touch the Recents tab. To use the keypad, touch the keypad button.
TIP: Caller ID by Google identifies inbound and outbound numbers, even for callers that you haven’t saved in the Contacts app.
To send or receive a video call, you can use the Hangouts app. To open it, touch Hangouts on a Home or All Apps screen.
Send an email
Use the Gmail app to read and write email from your Gmail account or other email addresses.
1. Touch Gmail on a Home or All Apps screen.
2. If you already signed into a Gmail account during setup, your email will be synced to your device. Otherwise, add your email address now.
Take a photo
To take a photo:
1. Open Camera .
2. Frame your picture.
3. Touch the capture icon below the image area to take the picture.
To see the photo you just took, swipe from right to left.
Use Quick Settings to easily change frequently used settings, like turning on Wi-Fi. To open Quick Settings, swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers. To change a setting, just touch the icon:
• Display brightness: Slide to lower or increase the brightness of your screen.
• Wi-Fi network: Turn Wi-Fi on or off or open the Wi-Fi settings menu.
• Bluetooth settings: Turn Bluetooth on or off or open the Bluetooth settings menu.
• Do not disturb: Turn Do Not Disturb on or off or open the corresponding settings. Do Not Disturb silences your device so it doesn’t make sound or vibrate when you don’t want it to.
• Cellular data: Touch to see cellular data usage and to turn it on or off.
• Airplane mode: Turn airplane mode on or off. Airplane mode means your phone won’t connect to Wi-Fi or a cell signal, even if one is available.
• Auto-rotate: Lock your device’s orientation in portrait or landscape mode.
• Flashlight: Turn the flashlight on or off.
To see all your apps, touch in the Favorites tray on any Home screen.
This is where you can see all your apps, including those that come with your phone or tablet and those you downloaded on Google Play. You can move app icons to any of your Home screens.
The apps you’ve used most recently appear in the first row.
From All Apps, you can:
Explore apps. Swipe up and down (on a phone) or left and right (on a tablet) from the All Apps screen
• Open an app. Touch its icon.
• Search apps. Enter the name of the app you’re looking for in the Search apps… bar.
• Place an app icon on a Home screen. Touch & hold the app icon, slide your finger, and lift your finger to drop the icon into your desired Home screen.
• Get more apps. Touch Google Play in the list of app icons. To view information about an app from an All Apps screen, touch & hold it, slide your finger toward the top of the screen, and drop the app over App Info.
TIP: Some apps can harm your data or your device. However, you don’t need to install or purchase anti-virus software for Nexus devices. Google continually checks your apps to identify and warn
you about harmful apps.
Your Home screens
After you finish setting up your device, the main Home screen appears for the first time. Here, you can add app icons and widgets (an “at-a-glance” view of an app’s most important information) to your Home screens.
• To move between Home screens, swipe left or right.
• To see notifications, swipe down from the top of the screen with one finger.
• To open Quick Settings—frequently used settings—swipe down from the top of the screen twice with one finger or once with two fingers.
• To open Settings , swipe down from the top of any screen with two fingers or swipe twice with one finger, then touch the Settings icon at the top right.
• From the Home screen, touch Google at the top of the screen, or say “Ok Google” to search, send messages, ask for directions, or give other instructions.
The status bar is at the very top of the screen. On the right, you can see the Wi-Fi and mobile signal strength, how much battery power is left, and the time. On the left, you can see which apps have sent you notifications.
At the bottom of your device’s screen, you’ll find a navigation bar with these three buttons:
Opens the previous screen you were working in, even if it was in a different app. Once you back up to the Home screen, you can’t go back any further.
Returns to the Home screen. To get suggestions based on the screen you’re currently viewing, touch & hold this button.
Opens a list of thumbnail images of screens you’ve worked with recently. To open one, touch it. To remove a screen from the list, swipe it left or right or touch the X.
Some apps hide these buttons temporarily, or fade them to small dots in the same position. To bring them back, touch the dots, touch the screen in the middle, or swipe up from the bottom.
Many screens in apps and Settings include a menu icon at the top right of the screen. Touch it to explore additional options, including Help & feedback.
Manage battery life
The status bar shows how much battery you have left, but you can also see the exact percentage and approximate time of battery life remaining. Swipe down from the top of the screen, touch the status bar, then touch Battery.
Your device’s battery is built to get you through your day. When you’re running low, Android’s battery saver conserves your battery power so you can still make calls and send SMS messages. To turn Battery saver on or set it up to turn on automatically, go to Settings > Device > Battery > menu > Battery saver.
Android Marshmallow includes several other automatic battery optimizations that are usually in effect. These include:
• Doze reduces battery usage when your device is not in use, not charging, and not moving.
• App Standby lets Android reduce battery-draining activities of apps that you haven’t used for a long period of time (when your device isn’t charging).
Doze and App Standby do not have separate settings. They are two of several battery optimizations that are in effect by default in most situations. However, you can stop all battery optimizations for an
individual app, for example to ensure that it’s always functioning at peak performance, even when you’re not using it.