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Module 9: Connecting with the outside world

 

Connecting with the outside world... Third-party apps, social media, Youtube, Netflix, and games
The forever fashionable subject ‘Apps' is the often conversation in the 21st century among the younger generation and why not be apart of it. Outside the classroom stay connected to friends and family on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter or catch up with the most recent movies and music on Netflix. The Braillenote Touch allows you to install many third-party applications from the Google Play store and is the first Google-certified Braille tablet so why not take advantage to help enhance learners social skills or use other apps like the concise Oxford dictionary.

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1. Setting up the Touch with a wireless network
2. Adding a new Google account
3. Working with the Google Play Store
4. Installing a new Android application
5. Managing and uninstalling your Android application
6. Resetting all app preferences to defaults
7. Using the YouTube app

1. Setting up the Touch with a wireless network

The Touch has inbuilt WiFi connectivity, so you can connect to wireless networks easily and efficiently. The Touch supports the Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g and n wireless standards / modes. As the Touch runs the powerful Android mobile operating system, you can also connect to a huge variety of networks with different encryption and authentication types.

The Touch can be set up with a wireless network during the initial setup of the Touch when using it for the first time.

You can also set up a wireless network connection at any point later. There are two main methods for setting up a wireless network connection:

  • Scan for the network and then configure the appropriate settings
  • Manually enter the network details and then configure the appropriate settings

The scan option is the most common and works fine for all wireless networks that are visible to a search. However, some networks (routers) are set to hidden and will not appear in a wireless network search. In this situation, you would need to obtain the full network name (SSID) details from the network’s administrator so that you can set up the connection manually. This guide describes both methods.

Scanning for a wireless network

This section is applicable to a wireless network that is visible to a network search.

To set up the Touch with a wireless network, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Enter with Q to open the Quick Settings menu. Then, press W to go to the WiFi option, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted “WiFi”, followed by the name of the first wireless connection found in your current vicinity. You are placed in the list of wireless connections that have been found. If you have turned WiFi off previously, you will instead be prompted “WiFi” – you will need to turn WiFi on, by pressing Space with dots 1,2 and 3, then Space with dot 4 to move to the Off switch, and then press Enter to turn WiFi on. You will then be placed in the list of available wireless connections. Note that when you move to a wireless network in the list, you will be given the name of the network (often referred to as the SSID), as well as the encryption type (WPA, WPA2 etc).

To select a wireless network to connect to, press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the desired network in the list, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted with some details about the network. The exact steps that you will take from this point depend on the specific wireless network connection and how it is set up. The general steps required for different network types are described below.

For a wireless network using WPA2, WPA or WEP encryption with wireless key entry (PSK – Pre Shared Key)

The majority of wireless networks require a wireless password (usually referred to as a wireless key) to be entered. When you have selected the desired wireless network from the list, you are placed in the wireless password field. You can now type the wireless key for the network / router, using computer Braille. When you have typed this, press Space with dot 4 twice.

You will be prompted “Show advanced options checkbox, not checked”. The advanced options are required if this network requires a static IP address to be entered, and / or if there are proxy server settings that are required for the network.

Note: You should verify the exact settings with the network or IT administrator.

If you do not need to specify advanced options

You can leave the “Show advanced options checkbox” as not checked (unchecked), and then press Space with dot 4 twice.

You will be prompted “Connect button”. Press Enter.

The Touch will then attempt to connect to the selected wireless network. If the connection is established successfully, you will be placed back in the wireless network list.

You can then return to the Main Menu by pressing and releasing the Home button, or by using the Braille shortcut Space with dots 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.

If you need to specify advanced options (static IP address and / or proxy server settings)

 If one or both of these are required, press Enter and you will be prompted “Show advanced options, checked”. Now, press Space with dot 4.

You will be prompted “Proxy”. Press Space with dot 4.

You will be prompted “None, none drop down list”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Showing two items. None checked”. You are placed in the list of two available proxy server options.

If the network you are connecting to does not use a proxy server, press Enter to select None.

OR

If the network you are connecting to does use a proxy server, press Space with dot 4 to move to the Manual option, and then press Enter.

If you select Manual for the proxy option, you will now need to specify the appropriate proxy server settings. Press Space with dot 4 three times.

You will be prompted “Proxy.example.com edit box”. Press Enter to go into edit mode. You will now need to type in the proxy server address, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted “8080 edit box, computer Braille is required”. You will now need to type in the proxy server port, using computer Braille, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted “Example.com, mycomp.test.com, localhost edit box”. If the proxy server for the network has a special proxy bypass address, you will now need to type it here, and then press Space with dot 4 twice. Otherwise, simply leave the field blank by pressing Space with dot 4 twice.

You will be prompted “DHCP, DHCP drop down list”. You now need to specify if the network uses a dynamic or a static IP address. This will depend on the specific network. Press Enter. You will be prompted “Showing two items. DHCP checked”. You are placed in the list of two available options.

If the network you are connecting to uses dynamic IP addressing (DHCP), press Enter to select DHCP.

OR

If the network requires you to use a specific static IP address, press Space with dot 4 to move to the Static option, and then press Enter.

If you select Static for the DHCP option, you will now need to specify the IP address settings. Press Space with dot 4 twice. You will be placed on the IP address edit box.

Press Enter to go into edit mode. Now, type in the static IP address you need to use, and then press Enter.

You are now placed in the Gateway edit box. Type in the default gateway address you need to use, and then press Enter.

You are now placed in the Network prefix length field. If the network requires a network prefix length number to be used, type the number and then press Enter. Otherwise, simply leave the field blank and press Enter.

You are now placed in the primary DNS address field. Type in the primary DNS address for the network, and then press Enter.

You are now placed in the secondary DNS address field. Type in the secondary DNS address for the network, and then press Space with dot 4 twice.

You will be prompted “Connect button”. Press Enter.

The Touch will then attempt to connect to the selected wireless network. If the connection is established successfully, you will be placed back in the wireless network list.

You can then return to the Main Menu by pressing and releasing the Home button, or by using the Braille shortcut Space with dots 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.

For a wireless network using WPA2 or WPA Enterprise authentication

Some wireless networks use a special form of authentication known as Enterprise authentication. This type of network doesn’t require a wireless key / password to be entered in order to connect to it. An Enterprise connection uses a special Enterprise server, and is most commonly used in corporate environments where there a large number of users.

For Enterprise connections, you can make the initial connection without having to enter a wireless key (similar to a hotel or library connection). After making the initial wireless connection, you will be presented with a login page when you first launch KeyWeb.

To connect to an Enterprise network, you will simply need to follow the general steps described earlier for selecting the network and connecting to it, and you will then be connected straight away.

After doing this, you can return to the Main Menu by pressing and releasing the Home button, or using the Braille shortcut Space with dots 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.

You can then launch the KeyWeb web browser application. You will presented with an Enterprise web login screen. This will usually contain username and password fields, and possibly other fields, depending on the individual network. Refer to “Navigating webpages” for guidance on how to work with login fields on a webpage.

For a wireless network with no encryption

Some wireless networks do not have any encryption set up (no wireless key / password needs to be entered). A prime example of this network type is at a hotel or library, where you can make the initial wireless connection without having to enter a wireless key. For some connections, you can then browse the web immediately. For other connections, you will be presented with a login page when you first launch KeyWeb after establishing the main wireless connection.

To connect to a network that requires no encryption, you will simply need to follow the general steps described earlier for selecting the network and connecting to it, and you will then be connected straight away.

After doing this, you can return to the Main Menu by pressing and releasing the Home button, or using the Braille shortcut Space with dots 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.

You can then launch the KeyWeb web browser application. If there is no login required, you will be able to browse the internet straight away.

If a login is required, you will be presented with a web login screen. This will usually contain username and password fields, and possibly other fields, depending on the individual network. Refer to “Navigating webpages” for guidance on how to work with login fields on a webpage.

For a wireless network with WPS encryption

Some wireless routers use a form of authentication called WPS (WiFi Protected Setup).

To connect the Touch to a WPS encrypted router, follow these steps:

On the Touch, follow the steps described earlier for opening the WiFi menu. Then, type a letter W as many times as required until you are prompted “WPS push button”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Alert, starting WPS”. On the wireless router, press the WPS button. This is usually labelled “WPS” or with an icon denoting the WPS symbol. Refer to the router’s documentation for specific guidance on this.

The wireless connection can take a few minutes to be established, and will be set up automatically from here.

Manually configuring a wireless network connection

This section is applicable to a wireless network that is set to hidden mode, where the network name (SSID) is not broadcast to a network search by wireless devices.

Note that you will need the full specific SSID of the network that you want to connect to, as well as any other relevant settings including the wireless encryption or authentication mode (WEP, WPA or WPA2, or Enterprise), and any proxy server or IP address settings required.

To set up the Touch with a wireless network, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Enter with Q to open the Quick Settings menu. Then, press W to go to the WiFi option, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted “WiFi”, followed by the name of the first wireless connection found in your current vicinity. You are placed in the list of wireless connections that have been found. If you have turned WiFi off previously, you will instead be prompted “WiFi” – you will need to turn WiFi on, by pressing Space with dots 1,2 and 3, then Space with dot 4 to move to the Off switch, and then press Enter to turn WiFi on. You will then be placed in the list of available wireless connections.

Type a letter A. You will be prompted “Add network”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Alert add network. Network SSID, enter the SSID”. Type in the SSID (network name) of the network you want to connect to, and then press Space with dot 4 twice.

You will be prompted “None, none drop down list”. You are placed on the Security item. Press Enter to open the list of options.

You will be prompted “Showing four items. None, ticked”. You will need to select the wireless authentication method used for the network you are connecting to at this point. The available options are None, WEP, WPA/WPA2 PSK, and 802.1x EAP. The None option should be used for a network that has no encryption. The WEP and WPA/WPA2 PSK options involve typing in a wireless key (password), whilst the 802.1x EAP option is an Enterprise type connection.

Press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the required encryption type, and then press Enter.

The next step depends on which encryption method you selected for this connection.

If you selected None for the encryption setting, there will be no wireless password field shown.

If you selected WEP or WPA/WPA2 PSK for the encryption setting, press Space with dot 4 twice to move to the Password field, and then press Enter. You will now need to type in the required wireless password (key) for the network you are connecting to, and then press Space with dot 4 to move forwards.

If you selected 802.1x EAP for the encryption setting, there will be no password field shown.

From this point, the next steps depend on whether the network uses a proxy server, and / or you have to enter a static IP address and associated details.

If you need to input proxy server and / or static IP address settings, press Space with dot 4 until you reach the Show Advanced Options tickbox, and press Enter to select it.

OR

If you do not need to input these settings, press Space with dot 4 until you reach the Save button, and then press Enter.

If you ticked the Show Advanced Options tickbox, press b twice and you will be prompted “None, none drop down list”. You are placed in the list of two available proxy server options.

If the network you are connecting to does not use a proxy server, press Enter to select None.

OR

If the network you are connecting to does use a proxy server, press Space with dot 4 to move to the Manual option, and then press Enter.

If you select Manual for the proxy option, you will now need to specify the appropriate proxy server settings. Press Space with dot 4 three times.

You will be prompted “Proxy.example.com edit box”. Press Enter to go into edit mode. You will now need to type in the proxy server address, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted “8080 edit box, computer Braille is required”. You will now need to type in the proxy server port, using computer Braille, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted “Example.com, mycomp.test.com, localhost edit box”. If the proxy server for the network has a special proxy bypass address, you will now need to type it here, and then press Space with dot 4 twice. Otherwise, simply leave the field blank by pressing Space with dot 4 twice.

You will be prompted “DHCP, DHCP drop down list”. You now need to specify if the network uses a dynamic or a static IP address. This will depend on the specific network. Press Enter. You will be prompted “Showing two items. DHCP checked”. You are placed in the list of two available options.

If the network you are connecting to uses dynamic IP addressing (DHCP), press Enter to select DHCP.

OR

If the network requires you to use a specific static IP address, press Space with dot 4 to move to the Static option, and then press Enter.

If you select Static for the DHCP option, you will now need to specify the IP address settings. Press Space with dot 4 twice. You will be placed on the IP address edit box.

Press Enter to go into edit mode. Now, type in the static IP address you need to use, and then press Enter.

You are now placed in the Gateway edit box. Type in the default gateway address you need to use, and then press Enter.

You are now placed in the Network prefix length field. If the network requires a network prefix length number to be used, type the number and then press Enter. Otherwise, simply leave the field blank and press Enter.

You are now placed in the primary DNS address field. Type in the primary DNS address for the network, and then press Enter.

You are now placed in the secondary DNS address field. Type in the secondary DNS address for the network, and then press Space with dot 4 twice.

You will be prompted “Save button”. Press Enter.

The new wireless network connection has now been saved. To attempt to establish a connection to it, press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the name of the network in the list, and then press Enter.

Now, press Space with dot 4 until you reach the Connect button, and then press Enter.

The Touch will attempt to establish a connection with the router. If successful, you will be connected to it and placed back in the list of available connections.

2. Adding a new Google account

You can add a new Google account onto your Touch at any time. This can be an existing Google account that you are newly adding to the Touch, or a brand new Google account that you can create and add to the Touch at the same time.

Note: You will need to have an active wireless internet connection in order to add a Google account onto your Touch.

To add a Google account onto your Touch at a later time, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Space with O to open the Options menu. You will be prompted “Options Menu”.

Type a letter A. You will be prompted “Android System settings”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Settings, wireless and networks”. Type a letter A as many times as is required until you are prompted “Add account”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Add an account”, followed by the first account type in the list. Type a letter G.

You will be prompted “Google”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Add an account, Google account”. You can now choose whether you want to add an existing Google account or create a brand new Google account on your Touch.

To add an existing Google account, type a letter E. You will be prompted “Existing button”. Now, press Enter.

OR

To create and add a brand new Google account, type a letter N. You will be prompted “New button”. Now, press Enter.

If you chose to add an existing Google account onto your Touch

You will now be prompted “Type email and password, computer Braille is required”. You are placed in the Email address edit box, in edit mode. Type the email address of your existing Google account, using computer Braille, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted “Edit box password, computer Braille is required”. You are placed in the Password edit box, in edit mode. Type the password for the account, using computer Braille, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted with some important information about the Google sign in process and the terms of service and conditions. To agree to this, type a letter O. You will be prompted “OK button”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Signing in”. Your Touch will now attempt to set up your Google account. Note that this can take a few minutes to complete.

You will then be placed on the Google services screen. There is an option which allows you to specify whether you want to kept up to date about news and offers from Google Play. This option is a tickbox, so can be toggled on or off. The default setting is ticked, which means that you will be informed about news and offers via email.

If you want to keep the default setting, type a letter N. You will be prompted “Next button”. Now, press Enter.

OR

If you do not want to receive news and offer information via email, press Space with dot 4 until you are prompted “Tickbox, ticked”. Press Enter to untick the box, and then type a letter N. You will be prompted “Next button”. Now, press Enter.

You will now be prompted “Set up payment info”. You now have the option to set up an option for payment on your Touch. This relates to third party Android applications that you may install and use from the Google Play Store. Some apps are payable and cost money to download and install, and some apps have features or items that you can pay for in order to use. You can configure a credit or debit card to use here, or you can set up your PayPal account to use. Alternatively, you can choose to skip this step with no payment information set up.

To skip the payment information step

Type a letter N. You will be prompted “No thanks”. Now, press Enter.

You will be given a choice of selection box as what to synchronise, if you are happy to resume synchronising all element type a letter N until you are prompted with the Next button. Press Enter to continue.

You will be placed back in the Android settings menu. Your Google account has now been set up for use on your Touch.

 

3. Working with the Google Play Store

The Google Play Store is the application you use to browse for third party Android applications on your Touch. In addition to apps, you can also find other content, such as music, films, TV programmes, books and news articles.

In the Google Play Store, you can find an app to download and install onto your Touch. Note that there are thousands of apps available on the Play Store – some are free and some are payable. You can set up payment information for your Google account when you initially set up the account. You will also need to have an active Google account set up on your Touch, as well as an active wireless internet connection, in order to download, install and use third party Android applications from the Google Play Store.

Accessing the Google Play Store

The Google Play Store comes preinstalled on your Touch. It is available in the Main Menu (as well as in the All Applications menu which lists all applications installed on your Touch).

To access the Google Play Store, follow these steps:

Press and release the Home button, or use the Braille shortcut Space with dots 1,2,3,4,5 and 6, to go to the Main Menu.

Type a letter P twice. You will be prompted “Play Store”. Now, press Enter.

After a few moments, you will be prompted “Play Store”. You are placed in the Google Play Store.

Overview of the Google Play Store

The Google Play Store contains a huge variety of content, including Android applications, music, films and TV programmes.

The Google Play Store application contains various information and elements, including text, buttons, headings, and edit boxes.

The Play Store is broken down into two main sections:

  • Apps and Games
  • Entertainment

The Apps and Games section contains a variety of applications (apps), including game apps.

The Entertainment section contains a variety of media content, including music, films, TV programmes, books and news articles.

You can select a main section by moving to the appropriate button, and then pressing Enter.

To select the Apps and Games section, type a letter A as many times as required until you reach the Apps and Games item, and then press Enter.

To select the Entertainment section, type a letter E as many times as required until you reach the Entertainment item, and then press Enter.

Once you have selected a section, you can then browse the various categories, lists and items for that section.

There is also a search feature, which you can use to search for anything using a specific name. Note that when you perform a search, the Touch will search the whole Google Play Store for any items that match the name. You will not be restricted to your current section – Apps and Games or Entertainment. The search results will be presented in categories, including Apps, Books, and so on.

You can quickly get to the Search function by typing a letter S as many times as required.

There is a feature called the Navigation Drawer. This is shown as the “Show navigation drawer button” in the Play Store. You can quickly get to this by typing a letter S as many times as required. Then, press Enter.

The Navigation Drawer menu will be displayed. This contains all the categories as described above – it is an alternative method of quickly selecting Music, for example.

The Google Play Store interacts with other Android applications on your Touch. For example, selecting a track in the Music category can launch the Google Play Music app.

Selecting a book in the Books category can launch the Google Play Books app.

Navigating the Google Play Store

You can navigate the Google Play Store using standard KeySoft navigation commands.

To move to the next item, press Space with dot 4.

To move to the previous item, press Space with dot 1.

You can also make use of first letter navigation to move to a specific item if desired.

For example, you are likely to make frequent use of the Search feature to search for a specific item by name. You can quickly get to the Search feature by typing a letter S as many times as required (depending on your current position within the application).

To select an item, move to the item, and then press Enter.

You can also use general KeySoft reading commands, as detailed in “Reading and navigating documents in speech and Braille”.

Furthermore, you can use navigation levels. You can change your level of navigation using Space with T. Once you have selected your desired navigation level, you can use Space with dots 4 and 6 to move forwards at the selected navigation level, or Space with dots 1 and 3 to move backwards at the selected navigation level.

Selecting an application to install from the Google Play Store

Refer to “Installing a new Android application” for guidance on downloading and installing Android applications from the Google Play Store.

 

4. Installing a new Android application

The Touch supports third party Android applications. You can download, install and use any Android application that is available on the Google Play Store (provided it is available for the version of Android installed on the Touch, which is Android version 4.4.2 – KitKat). Note that some Android applications are payable and cannot be downloaded without payment first being made. You can set up payment information for your Google account when you initially set up the account. You will also need to have an active Google account set up on your Touch, as well as an active wireless internet connection, in order to download, install and use third party Android applications from the Google Play Store.

This guide describes the main supported method for installing a new Android application, which is using the Google Play Store. Refer to “Working with the Google Play Store” for guidance on general use of the Play Store application. This contains information about using all aspects of the Play Store, including browsing items other than apps.

Note: The word “application” is often shortened to “app”.

Press and release the Home button, or use the Braille shortcut Space with dots 1,2,3,4,5 and 6, to go to the Main Menu.

Type a letter P twice. You will be prompted “Play Store”. Now, press Enter.

After a few moments, you will be prompted “Play Store”. You are placed in the Google Play Store.

There are essentially two ways you can find an app to download and install in the Play Store. You can search for the app by name, or you can browse app sections and lists if you are not looking for a specific app and want to browse various apps.

Searching for an app by name

To search for an app, type a letter S as many times as required until you are prompted “Search button”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Edit box, search Google Play”. Type in the name of the app you want to install, and then press Enter.

You will then be placed on a screen which contains a list of results for your search. You can now use Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 to move through the various search results. Each search result is a specific application. When you reach the app you are looking for, press Enter.

You will be prompted with the name of the selected app. Type a letter I three times.

You will be prompted “Install button”. Press Enter.

Note: If your Google account’s setup has not been fully completed on your Touch, you will be prompted “Alert complete account setup. Review your account to continue installing apps on Google Play”. Refer to “Adding a new Google account” for guidance on the available options here for setting up payment options.

If you want to skip this part for now, type a letter S. You will be prompted “Skip button”. Now, press Enter.

You will then be prompted “App permissions”. Type a letter A.

You will be prompted “Accept button”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Play Store”. The Touch will now download and install the selected application. Note that the download can take a while to complete, especially for larger applications.

When the application has been downloaded and installed, you will be prompted about this. You can now close the Play Store if desired, or you can open the new application directly from here if you wish – type a letter O to move to the Open button, and then press Enter.

Note: Some third party Android applications found on the Google Play Store may not be accessible to KeySoft on the Touch. The accessibility level of an application depends entirely on the extent to which the app’s developer has adhered to Google’s application accessibility guidelines. These guidelines detail how an application can be developed so it is accessible to devices such as the Touch.

Browsing apps by section

To browse for an app by category, type a letter A as many times as is required until you are prompted “Apps and games”. Now, press Enter. This ensures that apps are shown in the Play Store screen.

There are five overall sections:

  • Top charts
  • Games
  • Categories
  • Family
  • Editors’ choice

The Top charts section contains apps which are popular and have been downloaded by a large number of Android users.

The Games section contains gaming apps.

The Categories section contains a list of categories which themselves contain various apps relating to that specific category / theme.

The Family section contains family oriented apps.

The Editors’ choice section contains apps which are recommended and highly rated by Google’s team of editors.

To select a section, you can press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the section button, and then press Enter to select it.

You can also make use of first letter navigation to quickly move to a specific section, such as F for Family, and then press Enter to select it.

When you select a section, you are then placed in that section. There are usually various categories and lists for each section. For example, the Categories section contains a wide range of app categories to choose from. Selecting a category will then give you a screen showing various apps that fall into that category. All categories and lists can be selected by moving to them, using Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 or by using first letter navigation, and then pressing Enter to select it. You can then move through the various apps in that category / list by using Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1.

Note: If you have selected a section, category or list, and you want to move back a step, you can do so by pressing and releasing the Back button, or by using the Braille shortcut Space with E.

When you locate an app that you want to install, move to the desired app, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted with the name of the selected app. Type a letter I three times.

You will be prompted “Install button”. Press Enter.

Note: If your Google account’s setup has not been fully completed on your Touch, you will be prompted “Alert complete account setup. Review your account to continue installing apps on Google Play”. Refer to “Adding a new Google account” for guidance on the available options here for setting up payment options.

If you want to skip this part for now, type a letter S. You will be prompted “Skip button”. Now, press Enter.

You will then be prompted “App permissions”. Type a letter A.

You will be prompted “Accept button”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Play Store”. The Touch will now download and install the selected application. Note that the download can take a while to complete, especially for larger applications.

When the application has been downloaded and installed, you will be prompted about this. You can now close the Play Store if desired, or you can open the new application directly from here if you wish – type a letter O to move to the Open button, and then press Enter.

 

5. Managing and uninstalling your Android application

You can have various applications installed on your Touch, including the core KeySoft apps and other preinstalled apps such as the Google ones, as well as third party Android apps.

You can manage and uninstall your Android applications. Note that not all applications can be uninstalled from the Touch. The core KeySoft applications, as well as the preinstalled Google applications, cannot be uninstalled.

Managing your Android applications

Note: Some of the functions available when you manage your Android applications are dangerous and can cause unpredictable behaviour to your Touch. You should be careful and only perform an action if you are confident about what it will do.

The functions you can perform for an application are as follows:

  • Force stop – this function stops the application if it is already running. This function is useful in a situation where a particular application is taking a lot of system resources and draining the battery.
  • Disable – this function disables the application. It will not be available for use until you re-enable it. This function is not recommended as it can cause unpredictable behaviour on your Touch.
  • Uninstall updates – this function uninstalls any updates that have been installed for an application. This function applies to the preinstalled Google apps. Note that you cannot completely uninstall a preinstalled Google app, but you can uninstall updates for the app which will revert the app back to the version installed when you first used the Touch.
  • Show notifications – this function controls whether or not you will be given automatic notifications for important events that occur for the application. You can enable or disable notifications for the specific application. Refer to “Turning off notifications for a specific application ” below for guidance on this.
  • Clear data – this function clears the app’s cache, which contains any files that have been stored for the app as you’ve used it. In addition to clearing the cache, it will also delete app data such as your login details, preferences and settings, and current status for a game. If you use the Clear data function for an app, the app will then perform as it did the very first time you used it.

The Clear data function is essentially a “last resort” if an application is not performing correctly or as expected.

  • Clear cache – this function clears the app’s cache, which contains any files that have been stored for the app as you use it. For example, if you use the BBC News app, the cache will store images and parts of articles so that they do not need to be fully downloaded if used again. If you use the Clear cache function, all this stored data will be deleted. This function is useful if an application is performing correctly, or if you want to free up some storage space.
  • Clear defaults – this functions clears any defaults for the application, if the application has been set as the default app to use to open a particular type of file or item.

For example, you may set KeyWord as the default app to open text files. If you use the Clear defaults function on the KeyWord app, KeyWord will no longer be set as the default app to use for opening text files (as well as any other defaults that KeyWord has been set for). This means that the app launcher will be presented to you on the next occasion that you attempt to open that type of file.

This function is useful if you have set a specific application to use to open a particular type of file or item, and you decide later that you want to use a different application for this instead.

Note: There is a function you can perform which will reset all app preferences to their original defaults. Refer to “Resetting all app preferences to defaults” for guidance on this.

To manage one of your installed Android applications, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Space with O to open the Options Menu. You will be prompted “Options Menu”.

Type a letter A. You will be prompted “Android System settings”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Settings, wireless and networks”. Type a letter A once.

You will be prompted “Apps”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Apps, xx”, where “xx” is the first installed app in your list of Downloaded apps. You are first placed on the Downloaded apps page – this list contains only third party Android apps that you have downloaded and installed from the Google Play Store.

To get to your full list of all installed apps, press and release the Previous (far left) thumb key and Next (far right) thumb key together to switch to Explore by Touch mode – you will be prompted “TouchBraille off”. Now, use two fingers to swipe from right to left on the touchscreen to move to the next screen which is Running apps. Now, use two fingers to swipe from right to left on the touchscreen to move to the next screen which is All apps. You can now press and release the Previous (far left) thumb key and Next (far right) thumb key together to switch back to TouchBraille mode – you will be prompted “TouchBraille on”.

You are now in your list of all applications, including the core KeySoft apps, the preinstalled Google apps and any third party Android applications that you have downloaded and installed. Note that there are also various system services presented in the list – these are not applications as such but system components which you should not touch.

You can navigate the app list using standard KeySoft navigation commands, including first letter navigation, and the top / bottom of list actions.

To open the app management options for an application, press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the desired application, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted “App info”. You are now placed on the app management screen for the selected application. Depending on the type of app – whether it is a core KeySoft app / preinstalled Google app, or a third party Android app, you will have some or all of the options as discussed above:

  • Force stop
  • Disable
  • Uninstall
  • Show notifications
  • Clear data
  • Clear cache
  • Clear defaults

In addition to these functions, you will also be given various items of information about the application as you move through this screen. This includes information about the application’s storage, including the total disk space taken up by the application, as well as the size of the app cache. You will also be given information about the app’s permissions. App permissions relate to how an application is permitted to make use of the Touch’s hardware and software capabilities. For example, an application can be allowed to access your current WiFi network for internet related functions, such as receiving data from the internet, and viewing available network connections.

You can navigate to and select these options using standard KeySoft navigation commands. You can also make use of first letter navigation if desired to move directly to an option.

Uninstalling an Android application

Note: You can only uninstall third party Android applications from your Touch. You cannot uninstall any of the core KeySoft apps, or the preinstalled Google apps.

To uninstall an Android application, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Space with O to open the Options Menu. You will be prompted “Options Menu”.

Type a letter A. You will be prompted “Android System settings”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Settings, wireless and networks”. Type a letter A once.

You will be prompted “Apps”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Apps, xx”, where “xx” is the first installed app in your list of Downloaded apps. You are first placed on the Downloaded apps page – this list contains only third party Android apps that you have downloaded and installed from the Google Play Store.

You will now need to move to the specific application that you want to uninstall. Press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the desired app, and then press Enter. Note that you can also make use of first letter navigation to move directly to a specific app if desired.

You will be prompted “App info”. Type a letter U.

You will be prompted “Uninstall button”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Uninstall app”. Type a letter O.

You will be prompted “OK button”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Uninstall app”, followed by “Uninstall finished” when the application has been uninstalled from your Touch. You are then placed back in your list of Downloaded apps.

Turning off notifications for a specific application

To turn off notifications for a specific application, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Space with O to open the Options Menu. You will be prompted “Options Menu”.

Type a letter A. You will be prompted “Android System settings”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Settings, wireless and networks”. Type a letter A.

You will be prompted “Apps”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Apps, xx”, where “xx” is the name of the first application in the list. You are placed in a list of all third party Android applications that you have installed on your Touch. From here, you can select a third party Android application, or you can instead choose from a list of all applications, including the core KeySoft apps such as KeyMail.

To select a third party Android application

If you want to turn off notifications for a third party Android application, press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the desired application in the current list.

Note that you can make use of first letter navigation to jump to a specific application if desired.

When you reach the desired application, press Enter. You will be prompted “App info”.

Type a letter S. You will be prompted “Show notifications checkbox”, followed by “checked” if notifications are currently enabled for the selected app, or “unchecked” if notifications are disabled for the selected app. If the checkbox is checked, press Enter to uncheck it which will turn off notifications for this app.

You can then press and release the Back button, or use the Braille shortcut Space with E, to exit the app information screen and you will be returned to your list of applications.

To select a core KeySoft application

If you want to turn off notifications for a core KeySoft application, from the list of third party Android applications that you are first placed in, press and release the Previous (outer left) thumb key and the Next (outer right) thumb key together to turn TouchBraille mode off.

Now, use two fingers to swipe on the touchscreen from right to left to move to the list of running applications. Then, use two fingers to swipe on the touchscreen from right to left to move to the list of all applications.

You can now turn TouchBraille mode back on by pressing and releasing both the Previous (outer left) thumb key and the Next (outer right) thumb key.

You are now placed in the list of all applications installed on your Touch. Note that this includes the core KeySoft apps, as well as all other preinstalled Google apps, and all installed third party Android applications.

Press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the desired application in the list. Note that you can make use of first letter navigation to jump to a specific application if desired.

When you reach the desired application, press Enter. You will be prompted “App info”.

Type a letter S. You will be prompted “Show notifications checkbox”, followed by “checked” if notifications are currently enabled for the selected app, or “unchecked” if notifications are disabled for the selected app. If the checkbox is checked, press Enter to uncheck it which will turn off notifications for this app.

You can then press and release the Back button, or use the Braille shortcut Space with E, to exit the app information screen and you will be returned to your list of applications.

 

6. Resetting all app preferences to defaults

You can set various options and preferences for the applications (apps) which are installed on your Touch. Refer to “Managing and uninstalling your Android applications” for guidance on managing a specific Android application.

There is an option to reset all app preferences to their original defaults. This will perform the following actions:

  • Re-enable any apps that you have disabled
  • Re-enable app notifications for any apps that you have disabled them for
  • Restore default applications for all actions
  • Reset background data restrictions for all apps
  • Reset app permission restrictions back to their defaults

To reset all preferences to the original defaults, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Space with O to open the Options Menu. You will be prompted “Options Menu”.

Type a letter A. You will be prompted “Android System settings”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Settings, wireless and networks”. Type a letter A.

You will be prompted “Apps”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Apps, xx”, where “xx” is the first app in the list of your third party Android apps. Press Space with dot 1 three times.

You will be prompted “More options button”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Showing two items. Sort by size”. Press Space with dot 4.

You will be prompted “Reset app preferences”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Alert, reset app preferences”, followed by information about what this function will do. Type a letter R twice.

You will be prompted “Reset apps button”. Press Enter.

All app preferences will now be reset to their original defaults.

 

7. Using the YouTube app

You can set various options and preferences for the applications (apps) which are installed on your Touch. Refer to “Managing and uninstalling your Android applications” for guidance on managing a specific Android application.

There is an option to reset all app preferences to their original defaults. This will perform the following actions:

  • Re-enable any apps that you have disabled
  • Re-enable app notifications for any apps that you have disabled them for
  • Restore default applications for all actions
  • Reset background data restrictions for all apps
  • Reset app permission restrictions back to their defaults

To reset all preferences to the original defaults, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Space with O to open the Options Menu. You will be prompted “Options Menu”.

Type a letter A. You will be prompted “Android System settings”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Settings, wireless and networks”. Type a letter A.

You will be prompted “Apps”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Apps, xx”, where “xx” is the first app in the list of your third party Android apps. Press Space with dot 1 three times.

You will be prompted “More options button”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Showing two items. Sort by size”. Press Space with dot 4.

You will be prompted “Reset app preferences”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Alert, reset app preferences”, followed by information about what this function will do. Type a letter R twice.

You will be prompted “Reset apps button”. Press Enter.

All app preferences will now be reset to their original defaults.

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