With the release of the new Onyx Boox Nova Pro and Note Pro, I’ve been using the two devices a lot lately so I thought I’d put together a list of tips and tricks for getting started.
These type of Android ebook readers take a lot more time to setup and optimize than a basic ereader like a Kindle or Nook. Some things aren’t very obvious, especially if it’s your first Android ereader.
With the new models getting released, Onyx updated the software on their ereaders to version 2.1.1.
Some of these tips are specific to the features available in the new software.
Feel free to post some additional tips in the comments section if you want to share them.
Onyx Boox Tips
Enable Google Play Store – I posted about this earlier but they’ve since removed the video tutorial. Basically just go to Settings > Application > Enable Google Play > Tap GSF ID and sign in > Reboot.
Sideload Apps – If you don’t want to bother with Google Play, you can easily sideload Android apps and use alternate appstores like APKPure. Go to Settings > Application > and check the box for Unknown sources to sideload apps.
Power Off Settings – I’ve seen people complaining about how Onyx devices turn off automatically after 15 minutes of inactivity, but you can change the power off timeout in settings. The first thing I always do is set it to never; the impact on battery life is minuscule. Go to Settings > Power > Power off Timeout.
Navigation Ball – The new software added a navigation ball that is really handy. You can move it to any part of the screen and set it up to use 5 different shortcuts, like taking screenshots, accessing the frontlight, etc. It makes it much easier to optimize apps because you can see how the settings are changing things while using the app.
Optimize Apps – Using the Navigation Ball is the easiest way to optimize 3rd party apps, and you can also long-press an app icon from the app drawer to bring up the option to optimize it. Boosting the contrast can help a lot with reading apps to make the text bolder.
Share Notes – There’s a sharing option when using the Note app that lets you easily share your notes with other devices using a QR code. Just use your phone or tablet to scan the code and the option to view the note magically appears.
Wi-Fi Transfer – There are a number of ways to wirelessly transfer documents to Onyx devices. One option is to use the included Transfer app. All you have to do is enter a url into a web browser and then you can use the browser to upload files to the device as long as it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Additionally, you can use a QR scanner from your phone or tablet to quickly upload files.
Add Templates – You can add additional templates to the Note app by placing PDF files in the noteTemplate folder on the root directory.
Set Default Template – There’s a small checkbox at the bottom of the templates page that lets you set a default template.
Screensaver – You can change the sleep screen image by using the Screensaver app. Or you can use your own images simply by long-pressing a PNG image using the file manager.
Add Fonts – You can sideload fonts to use with the default Neo Reader app by placing the font files within a “Fonts” folder on the root directory.
Power Saver Mode – Tap the top menu bar to open quick settings, where you can turn Power Save Mode on and off. With power saver on 3rd party apps will be blocked from running in the background.
Lockscreen – For security you can set it up so that you have to enter a password to use the device. Go to Setting then tap the arrow at the top right to open the About Device page > Screen Lock Pin Code.
Turn Frontlight On/Off – It’s not entirely obvious, but you can hold down the back button to turn the frontlight on and off.
Download Manual – Go to Settings page and tap picture of the device at the top to download the user manual.
On a related note (pardon the pun), I just posted a video review for the new Onyx Boox Note Pro. I’ll get the written review posted early next week.