Nexus 4 How To: Screen, Wifi, Battery, Accounts, Reset tips

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LG Google Nexus 4 is one of the best smartphones of 2012, still in top 10 phones list. Nexus 4 specs and price was so amazing that entire stock was sold on the very first day of per-order opening.

Although Google Nexus 5 Release Date is expected in November 2013, with Android Key Lime Pie running on it, Google Nexus 4 is still very hot with market demand always ahead of its supply.

While you might have to wait for another few months to get your hand on new Nexus 5 in 2013, to get the most out of your Nexus4 device, we have brought some tutorials for you like how to make Nexus 4 WiFi hotspot, how to Factory Reset Nexus 4, how to increase Nexus 4 Battery Life and how to Add/Remove Accounts on Nexus 4.

Since, these Nexus 4 tutorials are based on latest version of Android smartphone operating system software, most of these Nexus 4 tricks will be relevant for other phone devices that are running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Google Nexus 4 How To: Screen, Wifi, Battery, Accounts, Reset tips
Here under are some useful how to tutorials for Google Nexus 4 users, which will enable you to get the most out of your quad-core smartphone device:

How to Factory Reset Google Nexus 4

Performing a factory reset on Nexus 4 is done when you purchased the tablet second-hand, wiping your apps and starting from scratch or when it’s basically not functioning at all. If you can still get to the tablet’s menu, make sure to back up all necessary documents before you perform hard reset on your device. Here’s how you can do factory reset of your Nexus 4.
  1. On your tablet, go to Settings.
  2. Under the Personal section, tap on Backup and Reset.
  3. Tap on Factory Data Reset and then press on Reset.
  4. If you've set up a password for your device, it will prompt you to enter the said password, pin or pattern. And lastly press Erase Everything to clean out your device.
But if you can’t even get to the menu screen or the device is not functioning at all, you need to do these steps before you can perform factory reset.
  1. Turn off the device first if it’s turned on and using a USB cable, connect it to your computer.
  2. Press and hold Volume Up, Volume Down and the Power button simultaneously for about 3-4 seconds. This will turn on the device and you’ll see an Android image lying on its back. Wait for your computer to install the drivers before you go to the next step.
  3. Using the volume buttons, navigate your device until you reach the Recovery Mode option. Press the Power Button for OK.
  4. Your device will restart and will boot to a screen showing an Android with a red triangle. Just press and hold for few seconds the Power Button and Volume up to make the menu screen appear.
  5. Now that you’re on the menu options, go to Settings and just follow the steps above to navigate to the Factory Data Reset page using the volume buttons. Use the Volume buttons for YES and the Power button to confirm.

How to Make Nexus 4 a WiFi Hotspot

Ever imagine how you can make your own Nexus 4 a WiFi hotspot? Well, sure you can. This feature allows for your other devices to pick up your mobile hotspot settings on your Nexus 4. This is more preferable when you’re in public trying to locate a WiFi connection. You can share your Nexus 4 connection with up to 8 computers or other devices. Check out these steps for easy, convenient and a money-saver internet experience.
  1. On your device, head on to Settings.
  2. Select Wireless and Networks. And tap on More options.
  3. Go to Tethering and portable hotspot.
  4. And finally check on Portable WiFi hotpost.
Wait for few seconds and your phone will start broadcasting its WiFi network name. Now you’re ready to connect your other device to your portable mobile wifi hotspot.

How to Extend Battery Life of Nexus 4

Battery Life depends on how you use your device. For Google Nexus 4 phone, if you want to save your battery to last longer hours, you may need to adjust your settings. Follow these suggestions:

If your Nexus 4 device has multiple users, each user can change the global Battery Settings. To control the Battery settings, go to Settings, select Device and tap Battery. To extend the battery life of your Google Nexus 4, you need to turn off the features that you are not using:
  • Turn off the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or GPS on settings if not in used so your device will stop searching for a network signal. You can use the Settings app to turn them off. The GPS is located in Settings > Personal > Location Access.
  • The Maps or Navigation apps should not be leaved open on the screen. Close the application if not in used.
  • Turn down your device volume with the volume keys.
  • Lessen the screen brightness and make the Sleep timeout to shorter time. You can adjust the brightness on Settings > Device > Display.
  • Turn off the automatic syncing of apps if you don't need it. You can go to Settings > Accounts > Google account-name.
  • If your not in range of a Wi-Fi network, switch your settings to Airplane mode. You can go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > More >Airplane mode, or press and hold the Power button.
  • You should use the latest version of the software update. Software updates improves some features and fixes some bugs on the previous software version.

How to Turn on Screen Magnification on Google Nexus 4

With the advance technology we have these days, there is indeed an improvement of how day-to-day devices are structured. These devices, like mobile phones, can now cater to people with physical challenges especially to blind and deaf ones.

Take for example the Google Nexus 4. It has lots of features that can be pretty useful to users with visual impairments. One of which is its screen magnification gestures which aides the readability of fonts and photos on a screen. Here's how to turn on the Screen Magnification feature on Nexus 4.
  1. On your Nexus 4 device, go to Settings.
  2. Then go to System and select Accessibility.
  3. And lastly go to Magnification Gestures to turn on screen magnification.
While you are in Magnification mode you can do these gestures:
  1. Pan - just drag two or more fingers across the screen.
  2. Adjust Zoom Level - pinch or expand using two or more fingers.
  3. Temporarily magnify - triple-tap and hold.
  4. Magnify and Pan - triple-tap and hold then drag your finger.
  5. Toggle Magnification mode in and out - triple-tap and release or simply enter and exit and app to get out of magnification mode.
Take note that the triple-tap magnification gesture will work everywhere on your device except for the keyboard and navigation buttons.

How to Add and Remove an Account on Nexus 4

Synchronizing an account on your Nexus 4 enables you to get quick access on those accounts right on your smartphone. Whether you're adding a Google account or another account like Facebook or Twitter, then you must read this.

Please note that in adding some accounts, you may need to obtain certain details from system administrator like the account's domain or server address. Here's how to add and remove an account on Nexus 4.

How to Add Account on Google Nexus 4

  1. On your device's screen, go to Settings.
  2. Then go to Accounts and select Add account.
  3. And tap on the kind of account you wish to add on your device. Just follow the on-screen instructions to complete. Most accounts require a username and password depending on the kind of account and the configuration of the service you're connecting to.
  4. You may also be asked to configure what kinds of data you want to sync, name the account and other pertinent details.
  5. Once you are done adding an account you can view them on Settings > Accounts.

How to Remove Account on Google Nexus 4

  1. To remove a Google account on your Nexus 4 touch its name under Settings > Accounts or Settings > Accounts > Google, then Menu > finally tap on Remove account.
  2. To remove other accounts on your Nexus 4 go to Settings > Accounts > Account-name and look for Remove option.
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