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Nexus Tablet Internet Tips and Tricks

By on 15th July, 2016 | 0 Comment(s)

Google's Nexus Tablets, both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, are among the top tablets out there for both performance and functionality, but there are ways to improve these devices further, particularly when using the internet.

 

Speeding Up Your Browser

 

The first thing you may notice is that the provided Google Chrome browser, which is the app you would normally access the internet with, can be a bit slow. This is usually due to the DNS setup that it creates with your internet connection.

 

The Google DNS settings are far better and will be filled in when no DNS information is available. If you find that your Chrome Browser is slow when other devices are faster on the same connection, then follow the steps below:

  • Swipe down on the top right of the screen to bring up your settings menu.

  • On this menu you will see your current Wireless connection.

  • Single click on this to get to the wireless settings on your device.

  • Hold down the currently connected setting (the first one on the list) to bring up a menu which will read 'Forget Network' and 'Modify Network'. We need the Modify option, so click on this.

  • In the next pop up screen you will see a few details, including the IP address, scroll down to the box that says Show advanced options and tick this if it's currently blank.

  • Another set of options will appear below this box, including Proxy Settings and IP Settings. Change IP Settings to static and scroll down further to where it says DNS1 and DNS2.

  • Delete the numbers in DNS1 and 2 boxes and they will be replaced by something similar to those below:

DNS 1 8.8.8.8

DNS 2 8.8.4.4

  • These are Google's default DNS settings.

  • Press Save, then reopen your browser and everything should run much faster.

 

Protecting Your Data

 

Android devices can sometimes (though rarely) receive Trojans and Malware  through internet usage and data can be compromised. As a portable device, they're also prone to theft.

 

To avoid this, you can use a free Anti-virus and general security app which runs in the background without slowing down your device.

 

Avast! Mobile Security is a free App on Google Play that scans your device for Malware and can lock down any data you want to keep secure, as well as protecting you from unauthorised installs.

You can install it from Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avast.android.mobilesecurity&hl=en) and it will give you full instructions on setup.

 

Ensure Your Device OS is Up-To-Date

 

The Nexus devices are pretty good at notifying you when an update to the latest Android version is available, but if you notice news of a new update and haven't seen a notification, then you can manually check.

  • Swipe down on the top right of the screen to bring up your settings menu.

  • Press Settings and the scroll to the bottom of this list.

  • Choose About Tablet.

  • Choose System Updates from the top of the list that pops up.

  • The device will then search for any new updates.

 
Other Browsers

 

While many find that Google's Chrome is a perfect partner to the Nexus device, there are other Browsers that can be used.

 

2 of the best browsers available on Google Play are Dolphin and Firefox, both are compatible with Flash (though this is not officially supported by the latest version of Android and needs to be installed separately) and have some interesting functions. Those who use Firefox on their desktop should find the sync option, where your history and bookmarks can be synced to the tablet, very useful.


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