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Nokia Lumia 720 owners: Top 6 tips for getting started with Windows Phone 8

Published by Mike Browne May 03, 2013

Nokia Lumia 720 owners: Top 6 tips for getting started with Windows Phone 8

Published by Mike Browne May 03, 2013

nokia-lumia-720-tipsThe Nokia Lumia 720 is a fantastic mid-range smartphone that is based around a 4.3-inch display and super-slim unibody design – it’s the slimmest Nokia Lumia to-date. If you’re bought this Windows Phone 8 and looking to get started, we’ve pulled together our top 6 tips to get you started.

If you’ve been tempted by the seductive lines of the Nokia Lumia 720 and made this your first Windows Phone 8 smartphone you may be wondering where to start? Windows Phone is a great OS to get started with as it has a uniform look and feel so once you’ve mastered one move you can replicate it across all apps.

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Here we look at the six things we think you need to do to get up and running with your Nokia Lumia 720:

How to add Contacts to your Nokia Lumia 720

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So, you’ve bought a Nokia Lumia 720 and the first thing you want to do is add a few friends. To add a new contact to Windows Phone 8 is incredibly easy, simply tap the People tile; you can find this at the top right of the Windows Phone Start screen on the Lumia’s 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 Transfer Contacts on your Nokia Lumia 720

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If you’re looking to move all the contacts and messages over from your old phone, whether it’s an Android, BlackBerry or iPhone Windows Phone 8 makes it incredibly easy to do. What’s more, Nokia has made the whole process even easier on the Nokia Lumia 720 using 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 720.

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 set up Hotmail on your Nokia Lumia 720

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To set up a Hotmail account on the Nokia Lumia 720, 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 720 and you’ll see the Windows Live option you need right at the top.

If you tap on the Windows Live option, you will be able to enter your full Hotmail email address and password, using the Nokia Lumia 720’s great onscreen keyboard. Finally, you can and then tap the Sign In button at the bottom of the screen and Windows Phone will complete your Hotmail setup.

How to set up Twitter and Facebook on your Nokia Lumia 720

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To set up a Twitter or Facebook account on the Nokia Lumia 720, you can follow the same rules as above, as Windows Phone 8 makes the process exactly the same.

So, head on over to Settings and Email+Accounts. 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 720 and you’ll see the Twitter and Facebook options you need further down the list.

Select which social network you want to add and follow the onscreen instructions to setup and login.

How to setup a personal ringtone on your Nokia Lumia 720

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To change ringtones on your Nokia Lumia 720, 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 720 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 720.

How to manage Battery life on your Nokia Lumia 720

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The Nokia Lumia 720 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 720? Ask us a question and we’ll look into getting the answer for you.

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