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Ways to save battery

Usually, the screen on the tablet is the biggest consumer of battery power. For suggestions on extending battery life, see Extend battery life in the Nexus 7 Help Center.

Add a website shortcut to the Home screen

If you want to put a website shortcut (for example, your Google Site) on the Home screen:

  1. In Google Chrome, go to the website and click on the star icon in the menu at the top right of the screen. Change the name of the bookmark or accept the default, then click Save.
  2. Go to the Home screen and click the All Apps icon (circle with 6 squares in it).
  3. Select "Widgets" at the top of the screen, then touch and hold the Bookmark icon to drag it to your Home screen.
  4. Select your previously bookmarked website.

Remove an app or widget from the Home screen

Touch and hold the icon for the app or shortcut that you want to remove. Drag the icon to the top of the device where you will see "X Remove." Lift up your finger when the area turns red, and the app or shortcut will be removed from the Home screen.

Favorites Tray

As described in Get around on Nexus 7, this tray at the bottom of every Home screen provides quick access to your apps. You can change the apps in the tray anytime you like (except for the All Apps icon - it can’t be removed from the tray). Touch and hold the icon for an app to remove it from the tray. Once you have an open slot in the tray, touch and hold the icon for the app, widget, or folder that you want to add to the tray and drag it in.

Uninstall an app from the tablet

Go to Settings > Apps. Find the app you want to uninstall (under "Downloaded") and select it. On the next screen, click the "Uninstall" button, and the app will be removed from the tablet.

Re-install an app on a tablet

If an app is accidentally removed from a student’s tablet and you want to re-install it, you can go to Google Play for Education, select "Student Device Status" from the gear menu, and enter the student’s email address in the search box. You’ll see a list of apps that you’ve assigned to that student. On the right side, click the button to install or re-install an app on that student’s tablet.

Menu icon

Many apps have the 3 vertical dots menu icon in the top right corner of the screen. Touch it to find settings, help or other options for the app.

Substitutes and Nexus

Substitute teachers can use a tablet with students, if the classroom teacher allows, but only with apps already loaded on the tablet. Substitutes should have an account in your school’s G Suite and be part of the teachers group (for whitelisting).

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