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  • Page 1 User’s Manual...
  • Page 2 This revision: December 2014 Sign up for an Acer ID and enjoy great benefits Open the Acer Portal app from the Start screen to sign up for an Acer ID or sign in if you already have an Acer ID.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Assembling the power adapter ....8 Taking a photo ........36 Using your tablet Shooting a video ........36 Using the touchscreen......10 Acer Touch WakeApp The Home screen ........10 How to use Touch WakeApp ....38 The onscreen keyboard......17 Editing text..........18 Advanced settings Shutting down your tablet ......
  • Page 4: Getting Started With Your Tablet

    Your new tablet comes packed in a protective box. Carefully unpack the box and remove the contents. If any of the following items are missing or damaged, contact your dealer immediately: • Acer Iconia tablet • Product setup and safety information • USB cable •...
  • Page 5: Getting To Know Your Tablet

    Getting started with your tablet - 5 Getting to know your tablet Views No. Item Description 3.5 mm headphone Connects to stereo headphones. jack Connects to a computer via a USB cable. Micro USB port Also serves as the charging port for the (Slave) AC adapter.
  • Page 6: Turning On For The First Time

    Turning on for the first time To turn on your tablet, press and hold the power button until you see the Acer logo. Wait a moment for your tablet to boot up. You will then be asked some questions before you can use your tablet.
  • Page 7 Getting started with your tablet - 7 Sign in to or create a Google account If you have Internet access, your tablet allows you to synchronize information with a Google account. During the start-up process, you may create or sign in to an account, which will be used to synchronize your contact list, email, calendar and other information.
  • Page 8: Charging Your Tablet

    8 - Charging your tablet H A R G I N G Y O U R T A B L E T Assembling the power adapter Your tablet is bundled with one of two types of USB power adapters: a fixed-prong type or a removable-prong type.
  • Page 9 Connect the power connector to your tablet and plug the AC adapter into any AC outlet. Warning Only use an Acer-approved adapter to charge your device. Note It is normal for the tablet surface to become warm during charging or long...
  • Page 10: Using Your Tablet

    10 - Using your tablet S IN G Y O U R T A B L E T Using the touchscreen Your tablet uses a touchscreen for selecting items and entering information. Use your finger to tap the screen. Tap: Touch the screen once to open items and select options. Drag: Hold your finger on the screen and drag across the screen to select text and images.
  • Page 11 Using your tablet - 11 In order to search or browse the internet, you must be connected to a wireless network. See Going online on page You can also choose what Google Search searches for. Within search, tap the Hide button (replaces Back) to hide the keyboard. Then tap the Menu icon >...
  • Page 12 12 - Using your tablet The application menu To access the application menu, tap in the center of the application dock. The application menu displays APPs and widgets available on your tablet. APPs are displayed in alphabetical order. Swipe to the left to see more APPs.
  • Page 13 Using your tablet - 13 Status and notification area Status and notification icons are shown at the top of the screen. The top-right area displays a variety of information, such as time, battery status, and connectivity. The Signal Time Battery top-left area displays event icons, such as a strength charge...
  • Page 14 Auto rotate off. Tap to open the Float gadget in its own resizable window while keeping what you were doing Float gadget visible. Choose from calendar, map, calculator, or memo. Tap to open the Acer Touch WakeApp settings Touch WakeApp menu.
  • Page 15 Using your tablet - 15 Personalizing the Home screen Note If your device’s battery is getting too hot, you will be notified and advised to turn off the device. If you fail to turn it off, it will shut down automatically. You may personalize your Home screen by adding or removing application shortcuts or widgets, and by changing the wallpaper.
  • Page 16 16 - Using your tablet Changing the Home screen wallpaper Tap and hold any open space on the Home screen. Here you can choose from a variety of options to set as the background to your device.
  • Page 17: The Onscreen Keyboard

    Using your tablet - 17 The onscreen keyboard When you tap a text box to enter text, an onscreen keyboard will appear. Simply tap on keys to enter text. Note The layout of the keyboard varies slightly, depending on the application and information that is required.
  • Page 18: Editing Text

    18 - Using your tablet match allowing for errors. The word list changes after every key press. If the word you need is displayed, you can tap on it to insert it into your text. To turn predictive text on or off with the Google keyboard, tap the Gear icon, and then Google keyboard settings.
  • Page 19: Shutting Down Your Tablet

    Lock screen. To unlock the screen, press the lock button and follow the lock to the right side of the circle. Alternatively, to wake your tablet using gestures, see Acer Touch WakeApp on page Security Options For additional security, you may set a code or number that must be entered to access the tablet, such as an unlock pattern (a set of dots that must be tapped in the correct order).
  • Page 20: 20 - Connecting Devices To Your Tablet

    20 - Connecting devices to your tablet O N N E C T I N G D E V I C E S T O Y O U R T A B L E T Connecting to AC power See Charging your tablet on page 8 Inserting a microSD card You may install a microSD card to expand your device's storage space.
  • Page 21: Connecting A Bluetooth Device

    Bluetooth devices. For Bluetooth settings, tap APPs > Settings, then under WIRELESS & NETWORKS tap Bluetooth. Turn Bluetooth on and tap Search for devices to scan for nearby devices. Accessories For a complete list of accessories, visit
  • Page 22: Going Online

    22 - Going online O I N G O N L I N E Managing Wi-Fi connections If you did not connect to a Wi-Fi network when you first started your tablet, or want to connect to a new network, tap APPs > Settings > Wi-Fi to manage your connection settings.
  • Page 23: Setting Up The Email Application

    Going online - 23 button. Simply tap one of the open tabs across the top of the screen to switch pages. New tab Setting up the Email application The Email application enables you to access email from most popular email providers. Most accounts can be set up in two steps. Open the application menu and then tap Email to start setting up your email access.
  • Page 24 24 - Going online If you did not enter a Gmail account address and password when you first started your tablet, follow the instructions. Composing an email 1. Make sure your tablet is connected to the internet. 2. Open the application menu and tap Gmail.
  • Page 25 Going online - 25 Voice Search Note Voice Search is available only in selected regions. With voice actions, you can send emails, find directions to locations, search the internet and even send a note to yourself using your own voice. In Chrome, tap the microphone icon in the address bar for voice searches.
  • Page 26 26 - Going online You may keep track of the download progress from both the APP’s page and the tablet’s notification area. Important Some APPs may require payment before you can download them. You will need to have a Google Wallet account in order to pay for these APPs.
  • Page 27 Going online - 27 Using downloaded APPs Once you’ve downloaded and installed an application, you may find it in the APPs or WIDGETS sections of the application menu. Certain APPs provide both an APP and widget, or only provide a widget (with no application icon).
  • Page 28: Playing Music

    28 - Playing music L A Y I N G M U S I C Multimedia playback Your tablet comes supplied with a variety of programs that you can use to enjoy multimedia content. Note The available option of Google Play Music varies by region. For example, in some regions, Google Play Music can serve as cloud storage for your personal music collection and make it available on all your devices.
  • Page 29 Playing music - 29 service is available in your area). Selecting "On device" displays only the music you currently have on the tablet. General settings can also be accessed by swiping in from the left side and tapping Settings. Albums and invidividual tracks have their own Menu buttons as well, each with their own set of options.
  • Page 30: Managing People And Contacts

    30 - Managing people and contacts A N A G I N G P E O P L E A N D C O N T A C T S Your tablet features an address book that allows you to save contacts to the internal memory or your Google account.
  • Page 31 Managing people and contacts - 31 Adding a new contact to add a new contact. If you have multiple accounts, you will be asked which account you want to use to store the contact. The contact will be synchonized with that account. You may now edit the new contact entry.
  • Page 32 32 - Managing people and contacts Note Set each phone number to match the type of network as this can determine some functions, i.e. certain APPs only recognize ‘Mobile’ numbers as they require a function only available on a mobile network. Editing a contact on your computer If you have synchronized your Google account and contacts, you can use your computer to access and edit your contact list.
  • Page 33: Using The Camera And Camcorder

    Using the camera and camcorder - 33 S I N G T H E C A M E R A A N D C A M C O R D E R Your tablet features a front- and rear-facing camera. This section will take you through all the steps in taking photos and videos with your tablet.
  • Page 34 34 - Using the camera and camcorder In the camera window, tap the Settings tab to display Camera, Camcorder, and General settings. Tap the Record button and the camcorder immediately begins recording. While recording, you are unable to access camera/camcorder settings. Tap the red Stop recording button to stop filming.
  • Page 35 Using the camera and camcorder - 35 • Picture Collage: Create fun and unique memories using Acer’s picture collage. Mix and match picture effects, exposure values, and collage frames. • Capture Mode: Choose different modes to take pictures in particular situations.
  • Page 36: Taking A Photo

    36 - Using the camera and camcorder • Timer: Off, 2 seconds, 5 seconds or 10 seconds • EV (Exposure Value): Over- or under-exposes the image. • ISO: Set the ISO value. • Metering Modes: Choose how the camera handles expsosure. Options include Auto, Spot, or Center.
  • Page 37 Using the camera and camcorder - 37 Supported formats See Formats supported on page Viewing photos and videos After you have taken your photo or video, it is automatically saved, normally to internal memory. You can view it by tapping the thumbnail in the corner of the screen.
  • Page 38: Acer Touch Wakeapp

    1. Pull down the notification area from the right corner and tap the Settings icon. 2. Tap Acer Touch WakeApp to view GESTURE CONFIGURATION. 3. Slide ON to enable your desired item. 4. Tap and hold the item you have enabled to open a list of apps that can be automatically launched after the tablet is woken up.
  • Page 39 Acer Touch WakeApp - 39 Alternatively, you may also tap Apps > Settings > Acer Touch WakeApp. Note If there are multiple user accounts on your tablet, the "Application Shortcuts" function will only be available on the Administrator account. All other users will only be able to wake up the system to the Home screen.
  • Page 40: 40 - Advanced Settings

    40 - Advanced settings D V A N C E D S E T T I N G S To access Settings, open the application menu and tap Settings. Wireless & Networks Adjusting Wi-Fi settings Turn the ON/OFF button to enable Wi-Fi function. Tap Wi-Fi to display all your available wireless networks.
  • Page 41 Advanced settings - 41 To connect to a device, tap the device in the list of available devices. You may be asked to enter a PIN on both devices to establish the connection. Note Only A2DP stereo headsets (playback only, no microphone) are supported. Please check for updates to the tablet's software which may add support for additional Bluetooth devices.
  • Page 42: Device

    42 - Advanced settings You need to set a lock screen PIN or password before you can use credential storage. APPs Settings > More... > Mobile networks > Device Sound Adjust the volume of your tablet using the volume buttons on the side of the tablet.
  • Page 43: Personal

    Advanced settings - 43 Apps Closing an application To close an active application, go to Settings > Apps. Swipe over to the RUNNING tab, then tap the program you wish to close. Tap Stop to close the program. Uninstalling an application You can remove programs installed on your tablet to free up extra storage memory.
  • Page 44: System

    44 - Advanced settings Google Sync In Google, you can set synchronization for Browser, Calandar, Gmail and Google Photos. In your Google account’s synchronization settings menu, tap the checkmark next to the item you would like to have auto-sync. again uncheck manual synchronization.
  • Page 45: Updating Your Tablet's Operating System

    Advanced settings - 45 Setting alarms There are two predefined alarms on your tablet by default. To add or edit alarm settings, Clock application menu and tap . Tap the ON/OFF switch next to a preset alarm to turn it on or off or tap the to create a new alarm.
  • Page 46: Resetting Your Tablet

    46 - Advanced settings Resetting your tablet A clean boot restores your tablet to the factory settings. Important This will erase all your personal information, any contacts stored on your tablet and any programs you installed. To perform a clean boot, open Settings from the application menu, then tap Backup &...
  • Page 47: Faq And Troubleshooting

    FAQ and troubleshooting - 47 F A Q A N D T R O U B L E S H O O T I N G This section lists frequently asked questions that may arise during the use of your tablet, and gives easy answers and solutions to these questions.
  • Page 48 Google account username and password. I forgot my unlock You must have an active Google Unlock pattern pattern. account on the tablet and an Internet connection. If this option is not available, please contact your local Acer service center.
  • Page 49: Other Sources Of Help

    All Acer tablets are factory-tested before release. Other sources of help For information on: Refer to: Up-to-date information
  • Page 50: 50 - Specifications

    50 - Specifications P E C I F I C A T I O N S Performance ® ™ • Intel Atom processor 1.33 GHz processor • System memory: • 1 GB of RAM • 8, 16, or 32 GB of flash memory ™...
  • Page 51 Specifications - 51 Power • DC power-in (5.35 V, 2 A) Connectivity • Bluetooth 4.0 • 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN • GPS • GLONASS support Camera • Front camera • 0.3-megapixel • Rear camera • 5-megapixel • 1080p Full HD audio/video recording Expansion •...
  • Page 52 52 - Specifications Dimensions Height 215.3 mm (8.48 inches) Width 130.25 mm (5.13 inches) Thickness 8.5 mm (0.33 inches) Weight 340 g (0.75 lbs.) Environment Temperature ° ° Operating: 0 C to 35 ° ° Non-operating: -20 C to 60 Humidity (non-condensing) Operating: 20% to 80% Non-operating: 20% to 80%...
  • Page 53: End User License Agreement

    6. Sublicense or otherwise make the Software available to third parties, except that you may, after prior written notification to Acer, transfer the Software as a whole to a third party so long as you do not retain any copies of the Software and such third party accepts the terms of this Agreement.
  • Page 54 Title, ownership rights and intellectual property rights in and to the Software and all copies thereof shall remain with Acer or Acer's licensors or suppliers (as applicable). You do not have or shall not gain any proprietary interest in the Software (including any modifications or copies made by or for you) or any related intellectual property rights.
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