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Nokia Lumia 520 owners: Top 5 tips you need to do right now!

Published by Mike Browne April 30, 2013

Nokia Lumia 520 owners: Top 5 tips you need to do right now!

Published by Mike Browne April 30, 2013

nokia-lumia-520-tips-tricksThe Nokia Lumia 520 is a stunning smartphone that also happens to be the cheapest Windows Phone 8 device on the market, making it ideal for the first-time smartphone owner. If you’re wondering how to set it up then check out the top five things you need to do right now.

It’s easy to see why the Nokia Lumia 520 is proving a popular choice with those looking for a cost-effective but fully-featured Windows Phone 8. With pricing starting at less than £100 here in the UK but delivering a great user experience in the form of a 4-inch touchscreen, 5-Megapixel camera and an amazing choice of colours.

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If you’re thinking of buying a Nokia Lumia 520, or have just bought one, and are wondering how to make the most of it, then you’ve come to the right place. Here we look at the top five things you need to do right now with your Nokia Lumia 520.


How to Transfer Contacts on your Nokia Lumia 520

The Windows Phone 8 operating system makes it incredibly easy to transfer contacts. What’s more, Nokia has made the whole process even more simplified on the Nokia Lumia 520 via the Transfer My Data app that comes pre-installed. You’ll find this app on the second page, simply swipe left to find the list of installed apps. Tap on the app and make sure Bluetooth is switched on on your Nokia Lumia 520.

Once it’s switched on you’ll find any devices in your area that are using Bluetooth and visible. Select your old Nokia phone and accept the pairing. Once linked you’ll find that contacts are sent over automatically. You may find that you’ll be able to transfer messages and pictures in the same way. How easy is that?


How to add new Contacts on your Nokia Lumia 520

To add a new contact to your Nokia Lumia 520, just start by tapping on the People tile; you can find this at the top right of the Windows Phone Start screen on the Lumia’s main Start screen. This will open the People Hub, where you can fully manage all Contacts and Groups on your device.

From here, all you need to do is tap the ‘New’ button at the bottom of the screen – illustrated with a ‘+’ symbol – and then select New Contact. You will then see the New Windows Live Contact page, where you can enter all details of your new contact, including name, phone number and email address.


How to set up an Hotmail account on your Nokia Lumia 520

To set up a Hotmail account on the Nokia Lumia 520, just start by swiping to the left on the Windows Phone Start screen, or tap the right-facing arrow at the top right of the screen, to access the Windows Phone apps list. From here you can then scroll down the list and tap on the option labelled Settings.

Near the bottom of the screen that appears you will see an option labelled Email+Accounts, so tap on this and then tap to select Add an Account. You will then see a full list of the default accounts that you can add to your Nokia Lumia 520 and you’ll see the Windows Live option you need right at the top.

If you now tap on the Windows Live option, you will be able to enter your full Hotmail email address and password, using the Nokia Lumia 520’s great onscreen keyboard. Finally, you can then tap the Sign In button at the bottom of the screen and Windows Phone will complete your Hotmail setup.


How to setup a personal ringtone on your Nokia Lumia 520

To change ringtones on your Nokia Lumia 520, tap on the Settings option and go to Ringtones and Sounds. The first two options you can change let you choose whether to switch the Ringer and Vibrate features on or off, which you do by swiping the switches left or right.

Next you can set the default ringtones you want your Lumia 520 to sound when you receive a new call, text, instant message (IM), voicemail or email. Just tap the relevant option that you want to change and then you can choose from the vast list of available ringtones provided.

One of the new additions in Windows Phone 8 is the ability to use MP3 files you own as your default tune. The easiest way to do this is to download the Ringtone Maker app which is exclusive to Nokia Lumia owners. You’ll find this in the Nokia Collection on your Nokia Lumia 520.


How to manage the Battery on your Nokia Lumia 520

The Nokia Lumia 520 has a neat little battery saver tool that kicks in when you’re running out of juice, meaning only the basics run in the background and your battery lasts longer. To activate the Battery Saver tool, open the main System Settings and then scroll down the list and tap on Battery Saver.

The battery information it presents are the level of battery life you presently have, as well as the estimated time remaining. You can then either set the Battery Saver to activate when power is low, or you can start it immediately.

Need help setting up your Nokia Lumia 520? Ask us a question and we’ll look into getting the answer for you.

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