Googlie Booglie!

COMPLETELY REVISED with Google Play Services v4.0.33 and Google Play Store v4.4.21! Step-by-step instructions on how to install Google Apps on the nabi 2 and nabi JR Tablets running Android 4.0 OS (aka Ice Cream Sandwich). NOTE: The previous issue that was being experienced with the Google Play Store app has been resolved and can be fixed by following the steps in this post.

Access Denied!

APPLICATION PROTECTION - Step-by-step instructions on how to setup Application Protection on the nabi 2 Tablet. Add the Amazon Appstore to Application Protection to prevent your child from accidentally gaining any access to the Appstore when they click on the MORE GAMES button in their favorite game.

BlueStacks Attack!

Wanting to sideload Google Play Store apps onto the nabi 2 Tablet, but don't have an Android smartphone! Install BlueStacks on your PC or Mac and sideload away!

nabi 2, nabi JR and nabi XD OTA Updates

Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the latest Over-the-Air Updates nabi 2 (v2.1), nabi JR (v1.2) and the nabi XD (v1.4).

Installing and Configuring the Amazon Appstore

Step-by-step instructions on how to install and configure the Amazon Appstore on all nabi Tablets for any region.

Going to the Movies

Review some of the options for backing up your DVD collection for viewing on the nabi Tablet.

nabi Shop

Officially open for business! Purchase a variety of colored Bumpers, Screen Protectors, and KINABI Letter Packs, as well as, the nabi 2 Tablet directly from Fuhu, Inc. More accessories to be added soon!

nabi Labs

Link to the nabi Tablet YouTube channel and Professor Joe's famous nabi 2 Drop Tests.

2014/05/03

Comic Book Apps & Free Comic Book Day

Comic Books are an original American art form, finding their origins in the 1930s. They are fun to read and feature a wide range of diverse story lines that can capture the imagination of their readers.

Free Comic Book Day has been celebrated on the first Saturday of May every year, since 2002. On this day, participating comic book shops in North America and around the world give away a variety of publishers' comic books ABSOLUTELY FREE to everyone who visits.  Most shops also incorporate meet and greets with local creators, store wide sales and contests.  You may even see your favorite characters in person, as numerous fans take advantage of the day to cosplay.

Your local comic store(s) can be located by using your zip code to search on the Comic Shop Locator web-site.
Sampling of Free Comics available on May 3, 2014

Comic Book Publishers have been relatively slow in adapting to the digital age.  While each company has tried their own initiatives, it wasn't really until 2011 that a standardized method of delivery was implemented.  With tablets nearly matching the same form factor as a traditional comic leaflet there are now several apps and online options for reading and collecting comics digitally.  Though with my 20,000+ comic collection, I'm still personally fond of the printed format.

As with all media, be it books, magazines, movies, music or video games it is up to you the parent to do your due diligence and monitor what your child is consuming.  Comics are no exception.  With the vast variety of genres and 
wide range of age groups that the publishers are trying deliver content to, there are bound to be numerous titles that are too mature for your child to read or look at, even though they may feature their favorite character.  The three apps below provide a suggested rating for each comic, so that you can quickly determine if the book is age appropriate.



DC Entertainment is the largest North American comics publisher, featuring a wide variety of characters and genres. Renowned for the World's Greatest Super Heroes including Superman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash and many, many more; DC has thrilled readers from around the world with fantastic tales since 1935.  

With the official DC Comics App, you can download great comic books and graphic novels for your child to enjoy from DC's current weekly offerings plus a sampling of their ever growing classics library. Powered by ComiXology, this app enables your child to take advantage of the unique Guided View reading experience or enjoy the classic full page view. What's more, your child will be able to conveniently manage and read their entire collection anytime, whether they are using the nabi Tablet, a smartphone, a desktop or laptop computer. Once a comic is downloaded to the nabi Tablet, your child can experience the amazing world of DC Comics without a wireless connection.  This makes it a great option for your next family road trip or vacation!

While there are lots of free books to download, purchasing transactions are made in conjunction with the Google Play Store. It is highly recommended that the Require Password Setting for the Google Play Store be switched to For all purchases through Google Play on this device on your child's nabi tablet.  For tips and suggestions on setting up a Google Account on the nabi please review the I'm Gooin' Shopping blog post.

Recommended Digital Titles for ChildrenBatman AdventuresThe Batman Strikes!, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, Superman  Adventures, Teen Titans GO!, Tiny Titans, and Young Justice.

Recommended Print Titles for Children: Batman Gotham Adventures, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Cartoon Network Action Pack, Justice League Unlimited, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, Loony Toons, Scooby Doo, Super Friends, and Superman Family Adventures.


The official Marvel Comics App, allows you to download fantastic digital comics featuring some of your child`s favorite characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Wolverine and more. Your child will experience reading some of Marvel’s greatest stories, with their choice of Guided View or by using regular device controls to zoom and pan their way through the comic.

While there are lots of free books to download, purchasing transactions are made in conjunction with the Google Play Store. It is highly recommended that the Require Password Setting for the Google Play Store be switched to For all purchases through Google Play on this device on your child's nabi tablet.  For tips and suggestions on setting up a Google Account on the nabi please review the I'm Gooin' Shopping blog post.

As with the Distinguished Competition's app above, once a comic is downloaded to the nabi Tablet, your child can experience the astonishing world of Marvel Comics with or without a wireless connection, making this a great option for your next road trip or flight!

Recommended Digital Titles for ChildrenAvengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Marvel Adventures: Iron ManMarvel Adventures: Spider-ManSuper Hero Squad.

Recommended Print Title for Children: Avengers & Power Pack Assemble!, Hulk & Power Pack, Fantastic Four & Power Pack, Iron Man & Power Pack, Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four, Marvel Adventures: Hulk, Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes, Marvel Adventures: The Avengers, Power Pack, Power Pack: Day One, Skrulls vs. Power Pack, Spider-Man & Power Pack, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, Thor & the Warriors Four, Wolverine & Power Pack, and X-Men & Power Pack.    

Recommended Sites: Marvel ComicsMarvel Kids


Comixology is a cloud-based digital comic platform which is the backbone for the previously listed apps.  Comics, collected volumes and graphic novels can be purchased and read through the Comixology website or the Comixology app

While the DC and Marvel apps are focused strictly on the content provided by those specific publishers, Comixology is a platform open to all comic publishers providing an enormous variety of genres and titles for all ages.

Recommended Digital Titles for Children: Adventure Time, Annoying Orange, Archie, Archie & Friends, Ariol, Atomic Robo, The Baby-Sitters Club, Betty, The Croods, Dance Class, Detective Honey Bear, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Disney Princesses, Epic Mickey, FoxTrot, Garfield, G-Man, Goosebumps Graphix, Herobear and the Kid, Jughead, Kevin Keller, Knights of the Lunch Table, Life with Archie, Magic Pickle, Mega Man, Mickey Mouse, Monster on the Hill, Mouse Guard, My Little Pony, Nancy Drew, New Crusaders, Owly, Peanuts, Phineas and Ferb, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Smurfs, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, Strawberry Shortcake, Super Dinosaur, and Veronica.

2013/12/28

Christmas Hangover - FAQs & Solutions

The numerous server issues that were experienced over Christmas Day and through to the 27th have now been resolved, but some of the residual effects continue to linger and frustrate parents and kids alike.

Here's a short list of issues and the troubleshooting techniques you can use to get your tablet setup and running as expected.  You'll also find tips on making some after setup customizations and tweaks to enhance your child's experience with their tablet.

Tablet Setup:

* Parental Consent Code e-mail
Changing Wallpapers and Buttons
Finishing the Setup Process
Installing Latest OTA Updates - nabi 2
Installing Latest OTA Updates - nabi Jr, nabi 2 Special Editions, nabi XD
Multiple Credit Card Charges
Setting the Correct Time
Setting a different Language
Turning Off Keyboard Sound

nabi® ID Account:
Adding Multiple Kids
Changing e-Mail Address
Creating a new Account
Creating a Fooz Kids Avatar
Resetting Password
Unable to Sign In to Parent Mode
Verifying e-Mail Address

Apps:
* Resetting Apps with Error Messages & nabi® Mode  
Adding Apps to nabi® Mode
Configuring the Google Play Store
Customizing Fooz Kids App Content
Adobe Flash Player 11.1 for Android
Installing and Configuring the Amazon Appstore
Installing Netflix   
Madagascar Movie Bundle - MicroSD Reader
Moving Apps to SD Card
Time Controls - Good Morning Red Bird Song     
Using Maxthon Kid-Safe Browser   

TABLET SETUP:

COPPA Compliance Parental Consent Code
You're working through the steps outlined in the PLAY NOW or SET UP NOW blog posts to setup your child's tablet and have requested a Parental Consent Code.  However you have not received the expected e-mail or the code you have received doesn't work.  What now?

From time to time the high volume of requests being processed by the tasked server can cause it to develop a backlog extending the time it takes to send out the code e-mail.  Please give it a some time to respond to your request.  Patience can be a virtue.  Be sure to also check your SPAM folder in case the e-mail got caught there.  If you do not receive the e-mail then you have two options that you can proceed with.  First you can make a request for a new Parental Consent Code or decide to pay the $0.50 fee by supplying your credit card and billing information.

So you've received the Parental Consent Code e-mail (similar to the one below) and have entered it correctly into the field provided and it doesn't work.  There are two reasons this could have happened.  First while the server has sent out the e-mail, the actual code has yet to be activated on the server side.  Give it a few minutes and then try it again.  The other reason would be if you requested a code, didn't receive it in your e-mail, so you requested another one. Each request generates a different code, with the second request invalidating the first one.  So while you can try the first code you receive, it's most likely that only the second one that matches up with your second request will work.

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Multiple Credit Card Charges
If you went through the setup process and paid the $0.50 COPPA compliance fee with your credit card and you notice that you were charged numerous times, please wait 72 hours to see if the multiple charges clear.  You should only be charged once for each nabi ID account.  If you see multiple charges, it may be due to a temporary credit card bank hold, which should clear within 7-15 days.  If after that time the charges have not cleared please e-mail jason@nabicares.com with your full contact information and a screen capture of your credit card statement showing the charges still remaining on your account.

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Setting the Correct Time
While most younger kids probably haven't noticed the clock being off, I'm sure most parents have.  By default the tablet is set to the Pacific Time Zone.

1. In nabi® Mode, tap on the Menu soft key in the bottom left corner. 
2. Tap the nabi Parent Mode option.
3. Enter your nabi® ID account password and tap the Done key or Submit button.
4. Launch the Settings app which can be found by tapping the All Apps List icon (six white squares) and scrolling through the alphabetically listed apps available on the tablet.

TIP: When you find the Settings app hold down on the icon and position it on your home screen for easy access next time.

5. Scroll down and tap on the Date & Time option.

6. Tap on the Select Time Zone option and choose your time zone.

7. Tap on the Home soft key in the bottom left corner to exit Settings.

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Turning Off Keyboard Sounds
If the keyboard clicking noises are driving you batty, here's a quick way to turn them off.

CAUTION: 
Be sure your kids do not see you doing this as it is possible for them to make changes to the tablets interface language and keyboard settings, while in nabi®
 Mode.   If you end up with a different language or a weird looking keyboard, simply repeat these stepsand adjust back to your native language. 

1. In nabi® Mode, tap on the Menu soft key in the bottom left corner.
2. Tap the nabi® Parent Mode option.
3. Tap the Settings key located to the right of the ?123 toggle key.
4. Tap the Android Keyboard Settings option.
5. Uncheck the Sound on Keypress check box.


6. Tap the Back soft key to return to nabi Mode.

nabi® ID ACCOUNT:
Needing to confirm the e-mail address you used to create your nabi® ID account?  Have you forgotten your nabi® ID account password?  Looking for an alternative way to create a nabi® ID account?

There are a couple of ways to confirm the e-mail address associated with your nabi®
 ID account. This can be very important in the instances where parents have accidentally mistyped the  e-mail address when setting up the nabi® ID account and wonder why they never received their forgotten password requests or can't get passed the Fooz Kids website login.

Verify nabi®
 ID account e-mail Address
1. In nabi® Mode, tap on the Menu soft key in the bottom left corner. 
2. Tap the Settings options.
3. Tap on the About option at the bottom.
4. Look at the e-mail address listed beside Account to verify it is correct.


5. Tap the Home soft key in the bottom left corner to exit Settings.
If the e-mail address you saw is incorrectly typed then you can easily change it following these steps without having to create a new nabi® ID account.  If there is no e-mail address displayed then you haven't completed the setup process and should follow the steps in the PLAY NOW! SET UP LATER blog post to do so.
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Change Your nabi®
 ID Account e-Mail Address
If you would like to change the e-mail address associated with your existing nabi® ID account, without having to create a new account, please follow these steps which can be done on the tablet or by visiting the Fooz Kids website on your computer.
1. In nabi® Mode, tap on the Menu soft key in the bottom left corner.
2. Tap the nabi® Parent Mode option.
3. Enter your nabi® ID account password and tap the Done key or Submit button.
4. Tap on the Parental Dashboard app.
5. Select any of the devices associated with your account.  This demonstration will work with the nabi 2 option.

6. Tap on the green Account button.

7. Tap on the gray Edit button related to Parent Details.

8. Enter your new e-mail address. Verify it is typed correctly and tap the Save button.

9. Tap the Home soft key button in the bottom left corner to exit the Browser app.
10. Follow the steps necessary to reset nabi Mode and Sign In with your updated nabi ID account.
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Reset Your nabi® ID Acccount Password
1. In nabi® Mode, tap on the Menu soft key in the bottom left corner. 
2. Tap the nabi® Parent Mode option.
3. Tap the Down Arrow soft key  in the bottom left corner to hide the keyboard.
4. Tap the Forgot Password Link. 

5. Verify that the e-mail address shown is correctly typed.
6. Check your e-mail account for an e-mail from nabi cares, similar to the one below.


Alternatively, you can just tap on this Forgot Password link, enter your e-mail address and check for a similar e-mail, as above.

Finally, if you are simply wanting to change your nabi®
 ID account password, go the Manage Parental Account page, login with your e-mail address and current password and click the related Edit button to make the changes.
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Adding Multiple Kids

1. In nabi® Mode, tap on the Menu soft key in the bottom left corner. For a nabi Jr tap on the Menu tab.
2. Tap the Switch Kid option.
3. Login with your nabi® ID account password and tap the Submit button.
4. Tap the Add Kid profile picture.

5. Enter your child's information. 
6. To take a photo of your child for their profile, tap on the orange figure on the left side and choose Take Photo.  Alternatively you can have your child customize their own Fooz Kids avatar on your computer by following the steps in this blog post.
7. To switch the child account associated with a particular tablet at any time, simply follow steps 1-3 above, tap on the desired child profile to select them and tap the Exit button.

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Factory Reset from Parent Mode
CAUTION: A factory reset will return the tablet to its original factory settings and will systematically wipe all user data. 
1. In nabi® Mode, tap on the Menu soft key in the bottom left corner.
2. Tap the nabi® Parent Mode option.
3. Enter your nabi® ID account password and tap the Done key or Submit button.
4. Launch the Settings app which can be found by tapping the All Apps List icon (six white squares) and scrolling through the alphabetically listed apps available on the tablet.
5. Tap on Settings app to launch it.
6. Scroll from the bottom up until you see the Backup & Reset option.
7. Tap on the Backup & Reset option.
8. Tap on the Factory Data Reset option.
9. Tap on the Reset Tablet button.
10. Tap on the Erase Everything button.
11. It will take approximately 5 minutes to reboot your tablet. Once the initialization is complete you will see the Welcome screen. Follow the steps to Sign In with your existing nabi ID account or Sign Up to create a new account.

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Factory Reset without Access to Parent Mode
CAUTION: A factory reset will return the tablet to its original factory settings and will systematically wipe all user data. 
1. Ensure that the tablet is powered off.
2. Press the Volume + button first, then press the Power button and hold them both until the system menu appears on the upper left corner of the screen.
3. Use the Volume - button to highlight the Recovery Kernel option, then press the Volume + button to select it.
4. From the Android screen, press the Volume - button then the Volume + button.
5. Use the Volume - button to highlight the Wipe Data/ Factory Reset option, then press the Power button to select it. Use the Volume - button again to highlight Yes-delete all user data, then press the Power button to select it.
6. When the data wipe is complete, Reboot system now should be highlighted. Press the Power button to reboot the tablet.
7. It will take approximately 5 minutes to reboot your tablet. Once the initialization is complete you will see the Welcome screen. Follow the steps to Sign In with your existing nabi ID account or Sign Up to create a new account.
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APPS:
Even with the server issues dealt with some people are still running into issues where 
they are receiving annoying Sign In Pop-Ups constantly; App Zone has Stopped Working, Chore List hanging while loading,  Fooz Kids apps having problems processing your information and Spinlets+ TV giving an authentication error.

The first step should be to make sure that you have the latest OTA update installed on your particular device.  Click on the link, select your particular device and read through the step by step directions at the bottom of the page.

If you're device is up to date and you are still having these issues then the next step is to reset the specific app or apps, as well as, nabi Mode.  My suggestion is launch the App Zone, Chore List, Spinlets+ TV and all of the Fooz Kids apps to determine which app or apps are still having issues.  The ones that are having issues should be reset along with nabi Mode.



In the rare instance that performing these steps does not resolve your issues, then it would be suggested that you create a new nabi ID Account.

Clear Data and Force Stop Apps

1. In nabi® Mode, tap on the Menu soft key in the bottom left corner.
2. Tap the nabi® Parent Mode option.
3. Enter your nabi® ID account password and tap the Done key or Submit button.
4. Launch the Settings app which can be found by tapping the All Apps List icon (six white squares) and scrolling through the alphabetically listed apps available on the tablet.

TIP: When you find the Settings app hold down on the icon and position it on your home screen for easy access next time.

5. Scroll down and tap on the Apps option.
6. Swipe from left to right to select the All heading if using an Android 4.1 device.  Tap on the All heading if using an Android 4.0 device.
7. Tap on the first app that requires resetting.


Apps that might require resets: App Zone, Books, Chore List, Crafts, nabi
®  Cloud, Spinlets + Music, Spinlets+ TV, Treasure Box, University, Videos and Websites

8. Tap on the Clear Data button.

9. Tap the OK button to dismiss the pop-up message.
10. Tap the Force Stop button.

11. Tap on the OK button to dismiss the pop-up message.
12. Tap the Back soft key in the bottom left corner to return to the All app list.

13. Repeat Steps 7-12 for any other apps that are having issues and nabi® Mode.
14. Tap the Home soft key to exit Settings.
15. Tap the nabi Mode app to sign in with your nabi® ID account.

With the various product levels that devices can be at now there are two scenarios you may be presented with after resetting nabi
® Mode.

Scenario A

16a. Simply Sign In with your nabi
® ID account e-mail address and password.  Skip down to Step 21.


NOTE: If you are wanting to setup a new nabi® ID account then tap the Sign Up link and follow the steps outlined in the SET UP NOW! post.

Scenario B


Setup Options
16b. Tap the Set Up button.
Wi-Fi Setup
17. Tap the Set Up Wi-Fi button.
Choose a Network
18. Tap on your Network SSID.
Wi-Fi Setup
19. Tap the Sign In link.
Setup Options
20. Sign In with your nabi® ID account info.
21. Go through and test each app that had issues to see if they have been resolved.

NOTE: If this does not resolve your issues then it may be best to create a new nabi
® ID account using a different e-mail address. To do this first go through the above steps again in order to reset nabi Mode.  Then follow the steps in the SET UP NOW! post to work through avoiding the COPPA compliance fee, requesting a Parental Consent Code e-mail and creating a new nabi ID account.

After resetting the nab
 Mode app, all of the 3rd party apps that you'd previously made available to nabi Mode using the Add Apps app will be be unavailable for your child to use. Simply go into Parent Mode, launch Add Apps and recheck the apps to make them available again.  Also if you've customized your child's wallpaper and buttons you'll have to reset them, as well.
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Adobe Flash Player 
On September 10 2013, Adobe released Flash Player 11.1 for Android 2.x and 3.2 v11.1.111.73 (nabi 1) and Flash Player 11.1 for Android 4.0 v11.1.115.81 (nabi 2, nabi Jr and nabi XD) in keeping with statements made in Adobe's publicly available Flash Roadmap. This release is the final update release of Flash Player for the Android operating system.

If you're looking to install the last version of Flash Player 11.1 for Android on your nabi tablet, simply navigate to this page using the Browser app and tap on the appropriate link to begin the download process.  Once the download is complete tap on the apk file found in the Downloads app and install.

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Moving Apps to SD Card
How do I install apps onto a Micro SD card?  With some game apps now breaking the 1.2GB installation space requirement and the nabi 2 Special Edition tablets not currently allowing certain preloaded content to be removed  this is definitely a frequently asked and valid question from parents.

The entire nabi tablet product line supports any Micro SD card up to 32GB in the SDHC format. They are not compatible with SDXC format cards.

The unfortunate response is that the ability to move apps to the external SD card stopped with the release of Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich).  There are numerous reasons for this one is that app data is already separated into two different partitions.  Having a third parttition (on the external Micro SD Card) slowed down the apps execution, it also increased the battery consumption as the CPU had to work more in order to launch apps. Device manufacturer's also requested this change as troubleshooting this feature with consumers made up a large percentage of technical support related inquiries.  The feature when it was in place only move a small portion of the app data to a Micro SD card, if for some reason that card was not available because it was removed, could not be mounted, etc. then all apps that had partial data on the card would not be usable.  There were a ton of these scenarios back when supporting the original nabi tablet.  Because of some of the Android community backlash, manufacturer's like Samsung have made the feature available again on some of their devices, but this is a specific implementation on their devices.

If you have external Micro SD cards for your nabi tablets they can be used to store ebooks, movies, music, photos and videos.  Simply copy the media files you have on your computer onto the Micro SD card and insert the card into your tablet.  The default Gallery and Music apps should make them easily accessible to your child in nabi
®  Mode.
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2013/12/21

I'm Gooin' Shopping!


Now that you've upgraded to Android 4.1.1 and installed Google Mobile Services, you'll want to obviously adjust your settings for both.  This post will focus on setting up a Google Account and becoming familiar with the Google Play Store.  An upcoming post will highlight some of the cool new features and changes you'll come across with Android 4.1.1 (aka Jelly Bean).  On to shopping!

Though I'd encourage everyone to read through the entire post, these links will take you to the various sections covered, if you're looking for something specific.
Google Account Setup Recommendations
Store Guide
Google Play Store Settings
Installing a Free App
Installing a Paid App & Getting a Refund
Adding Apps to nabi® Mode

WHERE'S THE STORE:
1. From Parent Mode, tap on the All Apps List icon located now on the right of your screen.
2. Scroll through your list of apps and launch the Google Play Store.  

NOTE: To make this app available on your home screen or docked to the app bar on the right simply tap and hold it until your on the home screen, then drag and position it.

GOOGLE ACCOUNT SETUP:
I highly recommend creating a separate Google account for your child or a single shared account for our children. First this will help keep your personal Google account from being overrun with all the new apps and media content you'll be purchasing for the nabi tablet. Second the Google Play Books, Movies, Music and Newsstand apps do not have parental control mechanisms for filtering and displaying only the kid appropriate content linked to your account.  By having a separate account you can purchase books, movies and music that suit your child and ensure that those are the only media files they have access to while using the Google Apps in nabi Mode.

The Android OS allows for multiple Google accounts to be added to a device. So apps that you've already purchased through your personal account can be installed on the nabi tablet, as well as, any new apps and media content purchased using your child's account.  If purchased apps installed from your personal account require a Google Play License Check at launch then your personal account may need to remain added to the tablet, otherwise it can be removed.  The best way to test this requirement is to launch the installed apps with your account available, then remove your account and launch the apps again.  If they all work then your personal account can remain removed.  If not, then you'll need to decide to either repurchase the app(s) using your child's account or keep your account added to the tablet.  If you decide to keep two or more accounts, then account switching can be done by accessing the Settings options in each Google App.  Note that keeping your personal account on the tablet, introduces the slight possibility of your child figuring out how to switch accounts and access your personal library of books, movies and music while in nabi Mode.

The use of multiple accounts can also work if you have a split family situation.  Each parent or caregiver can have an account on the tablet which can then be used for making purchases only after correctly entering the password for the selected account.  Switching between accounts to make in-app purchases is a simple tap, select account and enter a password.  In these situations, please ensure that the Google Accounts are not utilized for personal e-mails, cloud storage, etc. as that information could potentially be accessed by the other parent or caregiver. 

NOTE: The Google Play Books app does not currently function as expected in nabi Mode.  While the app launches it does not allow children to read books.  Also the Google Play Music app does not appear in the Add Apps app in Parent Mode, so it cannot be made available to your child in nabi Mode.  Engineering has been made aware of these issues and will hopefully address them in the new year.

If you have an existing Google Account that you'd like to use follow Steps 3-6, otherwise create a new account by following Steps 7-19.

USING AN EXISTING ACCOUNT:
3. Tap the Existing button. 

4. Enter your Google account e-mail address and password, then tap the right pointing arrow.
NOTE: Uncheck the Keep me up to date ... option if you do not want e-mails from Google Play.

5. Tap on the links provided to read the Terms of Service and Privacy Policies for Google, Chrome and Google Play.  Did you read those?  Didn't think so!  Tap on the OK button, once you have. 

NOTE: Again uncheck the Keep me up to date... option if you do not want e-mails from Google Play.

6. Tap the right pointing arrow to accept backing up your tablets information to your Google account.  Skip down past Steps 7-19 to the next section.

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CREATING A NEW ACCOUNT:
7. Tap the New button.
8. Enter your name.
9. Enter a unique username for your account.

10. Enter a password to use with your account.

11. Select a security question, provide an answer and a secondary e-mail address to assist in the event you are unable to access your Google Account.
12. Tap the Not Now button.

13. Tap on the links provided to read the Terms of Service and Privacy Policies for Google, Chrome and Google Play.  Did you read those?  Didn't think so!  Tap on the right pointing arrow to proceed.
NOTE: Uncheck the Keep me up to date ... option if you do not want e-mails from Google Play.

14. Enter the appropriate response to authenticate the account creation process.

15. Wait while your new account is created.
16. Tap the Set up Credit Card button.
17. Enter your supported credit card number and tap the Save button.
18. Enter the billing address information that is associated with your credit card and tap the Save button.
19. Tap the right pointing arrow to accept backing up your tablets information to your Google account. 
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STORE GUIDE:
Since all of the Google Mobile Service apps that were provided in OTA update v2.3 were very outdated, you'll notice that the Google Play Store's interface will change and all of the other outdated apps will begin to automatically update.
20. To access this process tap on the top left corner beside the Play Store heading to access the Menu list.

21. Tap on the My Apps option.

Depending on what you had installed prior to the upgrade you could potentially see a huge list of apps upgrading.  If you do not have time for everything to update right now, simply tap the Stop button.  

You can then go through the list of apps under the Updates heading and choose individual apps to upgrade at this time.

Apps that you've updated will be displayed under the Recently Updated heading for about a week.

To see all of the Apps associated with your account tap on the ALL tab at the top of the screen. The apps in this list are shown in the order in which they were added to your account with the latest apps displaying at the top.  If an app is installed on your device it will say INSTALLED.  If the app is not installed on your device it will show FREE or PURCHASED.  If you see apps displayed that are only for your smartphone, television, work or own personal tablet, then you can tap the X to remove them from the listing for this particular nabi tablet.

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GOOGLE PLAY STORE SETTINGS:
22. Tap on the three stacked square icon in the top right corner and tap the Settings option.
23. Keep notifications checked, if you would like to be notified when there is a new app update.
24. Tap the Auto-Update Apps option and consider changing it to Do Not Auto-Update apps. 

NOTE: The reason is that some app updates make major changes to functionality and user interface.  This is not always desirable, especially with kids.  With Auto-Update unselected you'll be able to back up an app and app data first before committing to the update.  This will also allow you not to update until a certain level of achievement is obtained in a game or scenario played out, ie. Subway Surfers World Tour.  If you have an apk backup for an app you can always sideload it to return to the previous version, otherwise you're stuck with whatever changes the developer has made.25. Auto-add Widgets only applies to Parent Mode.  If you want newly installed apps populating your home screen then keep this checked, otherwise if you want to control the look and feel of your home screens uncheck this option.

26. Content filtering if used will only display apps that meet the rating option you've selected for your nabi tablet.  Tap the Everyone check box to begin editing the list, checking the next level down to allow slightly more mature rated apps to display.
Here's a recommendation screen with the Content Filter Set to Show All Apps (No Filter).
Here's the same screen with the Content Filter set to the Everyone rating.
27. Keep the Password option checked, so that anytime an in-app purchase for an app upgrade, more coins, energy, or lives is chosen by your child, you will need to enter your Google account password for the payment transaction to take place.
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INSTALLING FREE APPS:
If you search for an app that is not compatible with your nabi tablet, it will either not be appear in the search results or the incompatibility will be clearly highlighted.
NOTE: Angry Birds Go! can be easily sideloaded by downloading it from this blog post.


When you've selected an app, it will highlight the community 5 star rating system, number of downloads, installed files size and if In-App Purchases are part of the game.

28. Tap the Install button to launch the installation process.  Read through the App Permissions listed and tap See All for the permission not shown.
NOTE: Fuhu's Privacy Policy does not cover the apps you install from the Google Play Store.  It is your responsibility as a parent or caregiver to be aware of what you've installed and made available to your child.

29. Tapping the Accept button will begin the download and installing processes.
30. Tap the Open button to test the app before making it available in nabi Mode.

31. If you do not care for the app, return to the Google Play Store app, tap the left top corner and choose My Apps.  

32. Tap the All tab and select the app.  
33. Tap the Uninstall button. 
 34. Once the uninstalled you can tap the X shown in the app list and it will be removed.
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INSTALLING PAID APPS:
35. Tap the button showing the apps price to launch the purchase and installation process. 

36.  Read through the App Permissions listed and tap See All for the permission not shown. 
NOTE: Fuhu's Privacy Policy does not cover the apps you install from the Google Play Store.  It is your responsibility as a parent or caregiver to be aware of what you've installed and made available to your child.

 37. Tap the Buy Button.
 38. Enter your Password and tap the Confirm button to purchase the app.
NOTE: If there are multiple accounts on the device, the desired account can be chosen here.

 39. Tap the Open button to test the app before making it available in nabi Mode.
40. If you do not approve of the app, you have 15 minutes to request a refund.  Simply return to the Google Play Store and tap the Refund button to initiate the process.
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ADDING APPS TO nabi® MODE:
To make the newly installed apps available for your child in nabi Mode, perform the following steps.
41. Launch the Add Apps app in Parent Mode, located on the main home screen.
42. Check the apps that you'd like to make available in nabi Mode.
43. Uncheck the apps that you'd like to remove from nabi Mode.
44. Exit Add Apps by tapping the Home soft key.
45. Tap the nabi Mode app, to launch nabi Mode.

46. Tap the All Apps icon, the six squares in the top right corner, to access the full list of available apps in nabi Mode.
47. Tap and hold on the app to copy it onto a Home Screen.  Position it in an open spot.

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