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Digital Buddies how-to videos

Posted May 27th 2021 by Leon

Digital Buddies how-to guides and videos

Digital Buddies how-to guides

Digital access and peer learning

Getting online and learning digital skills can be transformative – or frustrating. It can take ages to work out how to change accessibility settings on your phone, download a banking app, or listen to a podcast. In the Digital Buddies project, we’ve had the benefit of being a community of people figuring it out!

Peer-support and sharing our learning with one another really helped. Using new tech and building tech skills can be a slow and up-and-down process, so having a buddy in your corner to ask for help makes a big difference.

To share what Digital Buddies has learned, we’ve created how-to guides everyone can use. Whether you want to learn new smart phone or tablet skills, or support someone else, we hope you enjoy our new videos and step by step guides!

New Digital Buddies videos

Our new Digital Buddies videos are now up on a YouTube playlist!

We’ll be adding more videos to this playlist – you can subscribe to our channel to stay up to date.

We’re trying new things to make our videos as accessible as possible. If you have ideas or feedback, we would love to hear from you!

Step by step guides

Working with the Digital Buddies participants, we put together these guides. The guides break down the different things you need to do to set up a new tablet, connect to the internet, and use it for all sorts of things – from podcasts to video calls.

You can download and print these guides, or share them digitally with people you know.

Getting started with a Samsung tablet

This guide shows you how to get started when you first get a new tablet. Read the ‘Getting Started’ guide here. 

Setting up your Samsung tablet

This guide shows you how to set up your tablet for the first time. Read the ‘Setting up your tablet’ guide here. 

Charging your Samsung tablet

This guide shows you how to charge a tablet. Read the ‘Charging your tablet’ guide here.

Changing the Accessibility settings on your tablet

This guide helps you work out how to change the Accessibility settings. This lets you change some settings on your tablet, like the size of the text, to make it more accessible to use. Read the ‘Changing the accessibility settings’ guide here. 

Video calling with Facebook Messenger

This guide shows you how to do a video call on your tablet, using the Facebook Messenger app. Read the ‘Video calling with Facebook Messenger’ guide here. 

Listening to Podcasts on a Samsung tablet

This guide shows you how to download a Podcast app, to search and listen to Podcasts on your tablet. Read the ‘Listening to Podcasts’ guide here.

Sending an email using Gmail on a Samsung tablet

This guide shows you how to use Gmail to send an email on your tablet. It might be helpful, even if you use a different email host like Outlook or Yahoo. Read the ‘Sending an email using Gmail’ guide here. 

Replying to an email using Gmail on a Samsung tablet

This guide shows you how to reply to an email using Gmail. Read the ‘Replying to an email using Gmail’ guide here.

Get in touch

As always, we would love to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts these resources, and what else you would like to see.

Get in touch with us on Twitter, or email Christine@otbds.org (Borders) or Ruth.W@otbds.org (Perth and Kinross area) to find out more about Digital Buddies.

Digital Buddies has been made possible by funding from the Scottish Government and Independent Age. You can watch this short video to find out more about the project!

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