Motorola Google Nexus 6 Manual

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  • About Android 5.0, Lollipop

    Android 5.0, Lollipop is the latest version of Android, the operating system that powers not just phones and tablets, but also wearables, TVs, and even cars.

    This guide introduces the Android 5.0 software available on Nexus and Google Play edition mobile devices. For hardware details for these devices, such as how to insert a SIM card, specs,
    and so on, visit      

    There you can find comprehensive information about all types of Android phones and tablets, including more details about Nexus and Google Play edition devices and other versions of Android.

    If you’re switching to Android from iOS, see for useful tips on moving your music and more onto your new device.

    Android 5.0 features a bold and bright new design, 3D graphics support that are as good as on a desktop computer, and great new features that make your phone work for you:
    • Add guest users and other users without providing them access to your email, contacts, and whatever else you don’t want to share.
    • Set priorities for notifications and see them when your phone is locked.
    • Easier ways to manage battery usage, including a battery saver feature to extend battery life.
    • More ways to secure your phone.

  • 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.

    When prompted, sign in with your Google Account or create one at that time. Signing in lets you immediately access everything associated with your Google Account, like Gmail. If you prefer, you can skip this step and create an account later.

    Tip: If you have another Android device, Tap & Go lets you quickly set up a new device just by tapping it to your other one. Any Google Accounts and apps that were already backed up will automatically be copied over the new device.

    An email address that you use for any of the following counts as a Google Account:
    • Gmail
    • YouTube
    • Google Play
    • Google Apps
    • AdWords
    • Any other Google product

    Signing in with a Google Account helps you get up and running quickly. 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.

    If you have multiple Google Accounts, you can add others later from Settings > Personal > Accounts. You can also add guest users in Settings > Device > Users.

  • To send an SMS from your Nexus 6 phone:

    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 select a contact, then touch . Type your message, then touch .

    For Nexus 4 and 5, you can get the Messenger app on Google Play. You can also use the default SMS app that comes on the phone—Hangouts on Nexus 5, the Messaging app on Nexus 4.

    To change your default messaging app, go to Settings > Wireless & networks > More > Default SMS app.

  • Using a Nexus or Google Play edition 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.

  • The Hangouts app lets you send and receive video calls. To open it, touch Hangouts on a Home or All Apps screen.

    To start a video call:
    1. Touch Add at the top of the main Hangouts screen and start typing a name, email address, or phone number. Matching names and numbers from your contacts appear as you type.
    2. Choose a name, then touch Video at the top of the screen.

    To adjust notification preferences and other settings, touch Menu > Settings.

  • Use the Gmail app to read and write email from your Gmail 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 an email address now.

  • 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.

  • Use Quick Settings to easily get to frequently used settings, like turning on airplane mode. To open Quick Settings, swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers or twice with one finger. To change a setting, just touch the icon:

    Wi-Fi network: Turn Wi-Fi on or off. To open Wi-Fi settings, touch the Wi-Fi network name.
    Bluetooth settings: Turn Bluetooth on or off. To open Bluetooth settings, touch the word “Bluetooth”.
    Cellular data: See cellular usage data and 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.
    Flashlight: Turn the flashlight on or off.
    Display brightness: Slide to lower or increase the brightness of your screen.
    Auto-rotate: Lock your device’s orientation in portrait or landscape mode.

  • 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, then touch Battery.

    Your Android 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 (text) messages. To turn it on, go to Settings > Battery > Battery saver.

  • Google Now is about getting you just the right information, at just the right time. It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, and even your favorite team’s score while they’re playing.

    After you start using Google Now, you don’t need to do anything else. If you like, you can fine-tune some settings, but Google Now doesn’t need any elaborate setup.

    How it works

    To know when to show information you’ll find useful, Google Now uses contextual data from your device and from other Google products, plus data from third-party products that you allow Google Now to access. For example, if you have an appointment in Google Calendar that includes an address, Google Now can check traffic and suggest when to leave.

    When you decide to use Google Now, you’re also turning on Location Reporting and Location History:

    • Location Reporting allows Google to periodically store and use your device’s most recent location data in connection with your Google Account. Location Reporting is a per-device setting.
    • Location History allows Google to store a history of your location data from all devices where you’re logged into your Google Account and have turned on Location Reporting.

    You can control how Google Now uses your current location. To view the relevant settings, go to Settings > Personal > Location. When location services are turned on for your account on a given device, certain apps can use them to give you more relevant information, such as nearby restaurants or commute traffic.

    Try it

    You have a chance to turn on Google Now when you first set up your device. You can also turn it on or off at any time:
    1. Touch & hold any empty space on your Home screen.
    2. Go to Settings > Google Now.

    To open Google Now on Nexus 5, 6, and 9, swipe up from the Home button. Updates appear in the form of Google Now cards. When you don’t need a card anymore, swipe it from left to right. Swiping from right to left returns you to the main Home screen.

    When you want to see more cards, touch More at the bottom of the screen.

    To adjust the way certain cards get updated:
    • Manage reminders: From the Menu at the top left of the screen, touch Reminders.
    • Request updates for your sports teams, stocks, and more: From the Menu, touch Customize.
    • Customize other updates: At the top right of each card, touch the three dots.

  • You can start a search or task by saying “Ok Google.” To turn it off or on, open Google Now or the Google app and touch Menu > Settings > Voice > OK Google detection.

  • To take a screenshot from Nexus or Google Play edition devices:

    1. Make sure the image you want to capture is displayed on the screen.
    2. Press the Power and Volume down buttons simultaneously.

    The screenshot is automatically saved in your Photos.

  • The Camera app lets you take photos, panoramic photos, videos, and immersive 360-degree photo sphere shots, including what’s above and below you.

    To open Camera:

    • From the the lock screen, swipe from right to left.
    • From the Home screen, touch Camera.

    The first time you open Camera, you may be asked if you want it to remember photo locations. This allows you, for example, to pinpoint the location of a particular photo with Google Maps.

    When you open Camera, you can choose from five different camera modes. To see the modes, swipe left to right.

    The Camera icon indicates Camera mode. To take a picture:

    1. Frame your subject and watch for the focus ring.
    To focus on a different part of the image, touch it. To zoom in, pinch two fingers inwards.
    2. When the focus ring brackets disappear, touch the shutter button, which is the camera button.
    3. To see the image you just took, swipe from right to left. To see stored photos, touch Photos in the top right. When viewing stored photos, touch to share, Edit to modify photos and to delete.

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