You have questions, we have the new Nexus 7. This is the device so many of us have been waiting for — the successor to the original Nexus 7. With a new design, improved internals and a serious bump in screen resolution, the new Nexus 7 seems to check all of the boxes on paper. In this page, we’d like to share some helpful tips and tricks for Google Nexus 7 (2013).
How to rotate your orientation
By default, your new Nexus 7 will be locked to portrait orientation. To switch to landscape, pull down the notification bar and then tap on the orientation icon next to the date. You can also unlock the orientation via Settings > Accessibility > Auto-rotate.
How to turn off system sounds
You’ll notice audio cues every time you tap on the screen of the Nexus 7, but you can turn them off. Go to Settings > Sound and uncheck the boxes next to Touch sounds and Screen lock sounds if desired.
Need more storage space?
The Nexus 7 has limited storage so you should take advantage of cloud services. Start with Google Music where you can store up to 20,000 songs and stream them to your device. You can also use cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox to store all kinds of files and share them easily and wirelessly between your laptop, smartphone, and other devices.
You could also invest in an OTG or USB Host cable which plugs into your Micro USB port and offers a full-size USB port at the other end. This will allow you to use a Flash drive as extra storage space for movies or other files.
How to watch video and stream via DLNA
The native Android video app is unlikely to support every video file or format that you want to play on your Nexus 7, especially if you have a movie collection on your computer that you want to play on your tablet. There are quite a few apps you might consider such as MX Player or DicePlayer. (Some apps, such as MX Player, have not yet been optimized for Android 4.3, so, if you encounter problems then keep an eye out for an update or go to download and install the app Brorsoft Video Converter or the ]Mac version, which help you convert any video files to the new Nexus 7 playable format.)
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You may also want to grab a DLNA app from the Google Play Store so you can wirelessly stream photos, audio, and video to and from your Nexus 7 to other DLNA devices such as your HDTV, PlayStation 3, or music system. We like Skifta because it’s super easy to use.
How to install Flash
Flash is not supported by default on the Nexus 7 or by the Chrome browser, but you can get it working.
First, you’ll want to install an alternative browser, Firefox or Dolphin is recommended. Then you’ll need to grab the Adobe Flash Player APK from outside of Google Play. Here’s a link to get it at the XDA Developer’s Forum. You will need the “install from unknown sources” option enabled as described above. Once Flash is installed, you should be able to play Flash content on your Nexus 7. (You may have to request the desktop version of websites; you can do this in Firefox by entering the menu then Settings > More and check the box next to Request Desktop Site.)
How to stream YouTube or Netflix to your HDTV
We brought you the news on Google’s new $35 device, Chromecast which plugs into an HDMI slot on your HDTV and allows you to stream content from apps like Netflix, Chrome, and YouTube on your Nexus 7. It’s definitely the easy way to stream content and use your Nexus 7 as a remote control. If you order the device then you’ll also need the Chromecast app.
You could also consider getting a SlimPort to HDMI adapter which plugs into the micro-USB port and allows you to plug your Nexus 7 directly into your HDTV.
If you have any more useful New Nexus 7 tricks or handy tips of your own to suggest then please post a comment and share them. Enjoy.