Nokia N8 Ultimate User Guide!
The Nokia N8 stands out from other Nokia handsets by virtue of its Symbian ^3 operating system. Because it’s a completely new OS, we’re putting together this comprehensive guide to getting the best out of your Nokia N8. Join us after the cut to find out everything you need to know…
With an all-new Symbian ^3 operating system, the Nokia N8 can be a little intimidating to new smartphone users, which is why we’ve been working on the most comprehensive how-to guide.
From managing and improving battery life, to taking the best photographs, to looking after your contacts list, we’ll be bringing you everything you need to know. Check back here tomorrow for the first guide – where we’ll be explaining how to manage and get the best from your Nokia N8′s multiple home screens.
We’ll also be updating this page with full details of each tutorial, so make sure to bookmark it and check back here each week for updates on the Nokia N8.
Your Nokia N8 will already have a date/time widget set up on one of the multiple home screens. Tap the little clock icon to get going.
This brings up the clock app, to change the time simply press Options, Settings and then enter the new time/date. Click on Back once you’ve done this. You can change the clock from analogue to digital by tapping the clock icon on the left side of the screen.
To set up an alarm, again you want to be running the clock app, so if it’s gone back to your home screen tap the clock widget again. Then click New Alarm. Enter the time, and if you want it repeated – every day, for instance, or just at weekends, then enter that below. You’ll be able to set as many alarms as you want – either singular ones or repeated alarms – just press New Alarm to keep adding.
The Nokia N8 can take some getting used to, due to its brand new Symbian ^3 operating system. If you’ve just bought a Nokia N8, then join us after the break. We’ll be looking at how to copy phone numbers from your old telephone to your Nokia N8, and how to switch between the SIM card memory and the phone memory itself…Before you take your SIM card out of your old phone, make sure you copy all of the phone numbers and contact details to it. This will allow you to copy over all the information – even if your old phone isn’t a Nokia – to your new Nokia N8.
Plug in your old SIM card, and turn on the Nokia N8. Click on the menu button, and then press Contacts. Then press SIM numbers – you’ll be offered a large drop down menu with various different features.
Tap Copy All To Phone, and click Yes when you’re asked if you want to copy all SIM numbers to the phone memory. Your contact details will then all be swapped across to your Nokia N8.
If you’re using a new SIM card, simply take the old one out, and switch them over. If you want to view numbers on the SIM card, or on the phone itself, click Options, Settings, and pick whichever option suits you best.
This lets you add a widget to the homescreen, and you can add up to 20 contacts to it. You can also add photographs for your contacts – so it’s a simple case of tapping on the friend you want to call or send a text message to.
Nokia pre-installs a contact widget as standard, and it’s all ready to go straight out of the box. Simply tap the widget to get started, and pick the first contact you want to add. Press OK, and your first contact is added.
To the right, you’ll see Add and Remove – you can add up to 20 contacts using the same process. There’s only enough space to display four contacts – but to see more simply scroll to the right or left.
You can also add photographs to all of your contacts – and these pics will show up in the widget. Check back here on Thursday to find out how to add snapshots of all your mates.
Changing the wallpaper on your Nokia N8 has to be one of the easiest ways to personalise your handset, and you can also have different wallpapers for each of the three home screens.
To get started, open your photographs folder, and pick the photograph you want to use as a background. Open it up, and click Options.
Scroll down, and tap Use Image. It’s then just a simple case of clicking Set as wallpaper. Unlike previous versions of Symbian, Symbian ^3 lets you zoom into the imagine, so you’ll be able to choose the exact bit you want to use as a background.
You can zoom by pushing your fingers closer together or further apart on the screen. Once you’re happy, tap the screen, and press Set. Close the photograph, and you’re good to go. To change the photograph on one of your other home screens, simply flick to the next screen by swiping right or left, pick your photograph, and do the same again.
Flick your finger to the right or left on your Nokia N8′s home screen, and the first thing you’ll notice is that there’s more than one home screen. There’s three in fact – a feature new to Symbian ^3.
You can set up any kind of shortcut for these different home screens – from icons to launching apps, to shortcuts and bookmarks to the internet. There are also loads of widgets available for the Nokia N8, letting you carry out social networking, stream video clips and much more.
To get started, either tap and hold down the part of the screen that you want edit, or tap Options and Edit Home Screen. As soon as you do this, the screen will become darker, and you’ll be able to move icons around and add more.
To remove an existing widget, simply tap it and then click Remove. It’s just as easy to add a replacement, or a widget to any of the other home screens. Simply tap on an empty part of the screen (indicated by a + symbol), and you’ll be taken to the Widget Catalogue.
There are loads of different widgets to choose from – if you simply want to add icons to launch apps then click on Shortcuts. Once you’ve picked your widget, click Done, or add another. To choose which shortcut launches which application, tap the shortcut widget, and press Settings. Then assign the app you want.
You can do this for all three home screens – press the button in the middle at the bottom to switch between the home screens when editing. Using this method, you can assign different pages for different occasions – a work home page, for instance, or one for your social networking and gaming.
One of the great things about Symbian is that it’s really easy to change themes, with new colours, menus and icons making a world of difference if you fancy a change. To find out how to change the themes on your Nokia N8, read on after the cut…
Changing the theme on your Nokia N8 is a simple way of making your device look fresh and different. It’s easy to do, and takes seconds, letting you change the menus to match the colour of your Nokia N8.
To get started, click on the Menu button, and then press Settings. From here, it’s simply a case of pressing Themes, and General. You’ll see a list of themes for you to choose from – as soon as you try clicking on one, the Nokia N8 will change to that theme, with menu colours changing accordingly.
There are also a host of new themes available using the software update on your Nokia N8 – we’ll be telling you how to do this next week. The newer themes also update the icons in your Nokia N8′s menu, with some of the widget animations getting a refresh as well.
Ever since our Nokia N8 review sample arrived a few weeks back, we’ve been working on a comprehensive how-to guide. This week we’re looking at how to get Facebook and Twitter on your Nokia N8. Join us after the cut to find out more…
One of the great things about the Nokia N8 and its Symbian ^3 operating system, is the fact it’s really easy to set up Facebook and Twitter. You’ll be able to access status updates from your home page, see updates and go straight to the apps themselves.
There’s a widget built into the Nokia N8 for both Facebook and Twitter. It should be ready to go straight out of the box, but if you need to add it again simply click on Options, Edit Home Screen and select the social networking widget.
You can also select Nokia’s Facebook widget if you want to keep Facebook and Twitter completely seperate. Click on the Social widget to get started. You’ll need to enter your Ovi details first – if you don’t already have an account, it’s quick and easy to sign up.
Once you’ve signed into Ovi, you can then configure both Facebook and Twitter accounts. Thankfully, it’s a simple case of entering your usernames and passwords. As soon as you’ve entered the details, your accounts will show up in the homescreen widget.
From the widget, you’ll be able to view status updates, keep an eye on your accounts or launch dedicated Facebook and Twitter apps simply by tapping the widget.
So you’ve got your Nokia N8, and taken some snaps with that fantastic 12-Megapixel camera – you’ll be wanting to transfer your photographs to your computer to check them out then. Join us after the break to find the best ways to get your snaps from your Nokia N8 to your computer…
One of the bits we like the most about the Nokia N8 is that it offers loads of options. There are several different ways to get your photographs from the Nokia N8 to your computer, for instance – making it easy to find a way that suits you best.
Without a doubt, the easiest way of transferring your photographs in one go, is to plug your Nokia into your computer using the micro USB cable. If you’re running Windows 7, the Nokia N8 will be recognised automatically, with a pop up window letting you carry out different tasks.
Simply pick a program to transfer your photographs – we used Windows Live Photo Gallery – and click ‘Import Pictures and Videos. Job done!
If you want to share your snaps with other people, it may be worth copying your photographs to a memory stick instead of your computer, using Nokia’s new USB on the go technology. Plug the USB on the go cable (which should be in the box of your Nokia N8) into the micro USB port on the side of the device.
Then plug a USB memory stick into the cable – as soon as you do so Nokia’s file manager should pop up automatically.
As default, the photographs will be saved on the E: (Mass Memory). Click on this option, and your photographs should be in the Images folder.
If you only want to copy a couple of photographs, open the Images folder, followed by the Camera folder, and find the folder you want to copy – as with a regular compact camera, your Nokia N8 will create a new sub folder every time you start taking a new set of photos.
Tap the folder you want to copy (tap Images if you want to copy everything) and hold. After a second or two, another menu will pop up, letting you copy the folder. Simply select your memory stick, and wait for the photographs to copy.
If you’re just transferring a couple of photographs at a time, and your computer has Bluetooth, it’s also possible to send all of your photographs wirelessly. We’ll be bringing you a guide on setting up Bluetooth on your Nokia N8 next week – so make sure you bookmark this page, and let us know if there’s anything you’re confused about.
One of the great things about the Nokia N8 is the fact there’s a prominent calendar, making it easier than ever to keep up to date with all your appointments. Read on after the cut to find out how to get the best out of your Nokia N8′s calendar…
There should be a calendar widget shown as default on one of your Nokia N8′s home screens. If it’s missing, check further up to find out how to add a widget. You can also open the calendar by pressing the menu button, and clicking Calendar.
By default, the widget shows upcoming events, informing you what the next couple of entries are. If you click on it, it’ll take you to the day where you next have an event planned. It’s easy to change the view of the calendar – simply click the icon on the right (it has the number 12 on it) and you’ll be able to switch to Month, Week or To Do views.
Although you’ll always be met with a day view if you open the calendar from the widget, it’s possible to change the default view for the app itself. This means you can open it in month view, for instance, whenever you launch the app from the main menu. To change the default view, click on Options, Settings, and make the changes that suit your needs.
If you want the calendar to open in month view from the home screen, you’ll need to set up a shortcut. This is also easy to do – again have a look above to find out how.
Adding an entry to the calendar couldn’t be easier. Simply click the big icon on the left – it has a little rendering of a pencil on it, and you’ll be able to create an event. You can name it, set the time, location, you can even set an alarm days or months in advance.
If you want to create an event on another day, simply select month view and click the day, or tap the right or left arrows to navigate to another day, and enter a new event.
You can also update your calendar using your computer, and it’s possible to sync wirelessly using Ovi Suite. Check back here in the next few weeks, as we’ll be bringing you full updates on how to get the best out of Ovi Suite.
The Nokia N8 is an excellent smartphone, with loads of impressive features, but it’s the battery life that surprises the most. With a charge of several days, it outlasts all of its rivals. Better yet, it’s easy to make the battery last for even longer. Join us after the break to find out how…
There are lots of ways to make Nokia smartphones last for longer – from dimming the screen to turning off Bluetooth – but you usually have to change all the settings manually.
Things have changed a lot with the Nokia N8 and Symbian ^3, which includes its own Power Saving Mode. Simply click in the top right corner of the home screen, then press the battery icon, and click Power Saving Mode.
This automatically dims the screen on your Nokia N8, along with changing the network coverage from 3G to GSM. Using a 3G connection takes up lots of power, and unless you’re browsing the internet it’s not actually required.
This should make a huge difference to the battery life of your Nokia N8. It’s also worth checking that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned off. You can do this using the Connectivity screen – again click the top right corner of the screen, but this time select the two arrows rather than the battery.
The Nokia N8 is capable of great things, but you’ll need to download more apps to get the best out of it. If you’re confused about how to use the Ovi Store, then join us after the cut, where we’ll be explaining all you need to know…
As soon as you get your Nokia N8, there should be a link to the Ovi Store on one of the widgets on one of the three home pages. The icon is a little blue bag, with Ovi written on it. If it’s not there, and you want to add it, simply check out our guides above to find out how to configure your home page.
The Ovi Store can also be launched from the main menu, simply press the menu button, and then click on the little blue bag icon.
The first time you use Ovi, you’ll have to download the app. Click on the icon, and follow the instructions onscreen to get started. You’ll also have to register, but this is both free and easy to do.
Once you’re signed in, you’re ready to start browsing for apps and games to download. As default, the Ovi Store shows recommended apps, but it’s also possible to view by type – simply click Categories, and then pick from Applications, Games, Audio and Video and Personalisation.
If you get confused at any point, simply press the Back button on the bottom right of the screen. If you get really lost, click Store Menu, and then either Store Home or Store Categories – letting you start again.
To download an app, simply click on it, and then press Download. Once it’s downloaded, it’ll install automatically. You can then either launch from the Ovi Store, or continue browsing.
Whenever you download a title, the app will be saved in Account. You can head back there if there’s a paid for app you need to download again.
To find the app on your Nokia N8, simply press Menu, Applications, and scroll down to your newly installed app. If you want to add a shortcut to your Nokia N8′s homescreen, have a look at the guides above. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please leave a comment.
Although you may use your Nokia N8 to do the same things on a daily basis, the chances are you’ll want to assign different profiles depending on where you are. Turning the ring tone off for meetings, for example. Join us after the break to find out how to configure the profiles on your Nokia N8…
The Nokia N8 is a fantastic handset for daily use, but you’ll need to take advantage of the different profiles if you want to get the best out of it.
Nobody wants their ring tone to go off in the middle of the cinema, for instance, and it’s equally frustrating when you forget to turn the ring tone back on again afterwards. Thankfully, it’s easy to set up and use profiles on your Nokia N8, with a host of different ways to control them.
The most simple way of accessing your Nokia N8′s profile menu is to tap the Power button on the top. Instead of holding it down, just tap it once, and you’ll be offered a host of different profiles to choose from.
This lets you change the profile quickly, so is perfect if you’re heading into a meeting. The Nokia N8 also lets you edit profiles, however, which is more useful for long-term users.
There are two ways to edit a profile. One is to use the Time/Date widget on your Nokia N8′s homescreen, where the active profile is displayed under the date. Click on that, and again you’ll be offered a choice of profiles, but at the top you’ll also find ‘Edit active profile’.
Clicking this lets you edit every aspect of the profile – from call and message tones, to call vibration, to email alerts, to touchscreen vibration. You can even create an entirely new profile, combining your favourite settings.
If this doesn’t offer enough personalisation for you, you can also access profiles through the menu. Click the Menu button, and tap Settings. Then click on Profiles. Changing profiles this way offers a key benefit – the ability to time the profile.
Click the one you want to use, and then click Timed. Instead of swapping instantly to that profile, you’ll be able to time the profile so it expires at a particular hour/minute. This means you’ll be able to use your Nokia N8 on Silent – when in a meeting, for instance – with the device automatically switching back to General once you get to lunchtime.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been bringing you features on how to set up your Nokia N8, and how to get the best out of it. This week, we’re looking at how to set up an email account on your Nokia N8. Join us after the break to find out all you need to know…
The Symbian ^3 operating system on your Nokia N8 is incredibly versatile, but it can take a little time to get the hang of it. Handling emails is just one of the many features the Nokia N8 is capable of – read on to find out how to set up an email account.
To get started, click the menu button on your Nokia N8. Then click Applications, followed by Mail. Because you don’t already have any email account set up, you’ll be asked to define one – click on Yes.
You’ll then be taken to the email wizard – click Start to get going. Symbian ^3 supports a host of popular email providers as standard, including Ovi Mail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, Mail for Exchange and BT Internet. You can also define other email accounts.
Click on the email account that you have. It’s then just a simple case of entering your email address and password. Accept the terms and conditions, and you’re good to go.
The Symbian ^3 email application is a joy to use – it’s simple to navigate, has large buttons and it’s easy to read all of the text. It’s possible to access your email account by clicking on Applications, and Email, or you can also add an email widget to your home page.
A couple of years ago, it used to be annoying when people sent phone numbers in text messages, as there was no easy way of getting the number from your inbox to your phone book. With the Nokia N8 and its Symbian ^3 operating system, it couldn’t be easier. Join us after the break to find out how…
Getting a phone number from the message inbox to your Nokia N8′s phone book is one of the easier tasks. If you haven’t done it before, however, you may still be feeling confused, so read on.
The next time somebody sends you a phone number in a text message, you’ll need to open the message from the message inbox. Don’t open it using the new threaded messages feature, as the number won’t be highlighted. If you do open it using Conversations (the threaded messaging feature), then click on the individual message to take you through to your inbox.
When you have opened the message, the number will then be highlighted in blue. Simply tap the number, and a small menu will pop up – offering Call, Create Message and Save to Contacts.
In this case, we obviously want Save to Contacts. Once you tap it, you’ll be offered Create New and Update Existing. Both do exactly what they say, taking you to your phone book to let you add the number to a completely new contact, or letting up update existing contacts, either replacing the current number or adding it as a second or third number.
If you’re new to Nokia, you may find the Symbian ^3 operating system takes a little getting used to. Like your PC, there are different folders for different types of applications, and this makes it easy to organise everything. Some users prefer to have everything in one place, however.
As with older versions of Symbian, Symbian ^3 makes it easy to change the menu depending on what you prefer. Want everything to be located on the main menu page? Prefer to move apps between different folders? Thankfully both are easy to do.
To get started, click the menu button on your Nokia N8, and tap Options. Then press Organise. As soon as you do this, the icons will appear as individual tiles. You can move these tiles around – so you can have your favourite icons are the top, for instance.
Clicking on Applications takes you to the next menu. Again, you can move all your apps round, or to move one to the main menu, tap and hold it, and drag it to the ‘up’ folder at the top left of the screen.
You can do this for any of your apps, so they’ll all appear when you press the main menu button. You can also open other folders – such as Office – and move the apps from there into the Applications menu, or again into the main menu.
If you’ve got lots of apps, it can take a little while to organise everything, but once you do you’ll have a smartphone that’s ideally suited to your requirements.
If there’s anything else you want to know, leave a comment below and we’ll try and include a tutorial for you.
With a brand new operating system on the Nokia N8 – Symbian ^3 – getting the latest firmware is a must. It means you’ll always have the most stable software, along with the latest features. To find out how to update firmware over the air (OTA) on your Nokia N8, read on after the break…
Having the latest updates for your Nokia N8 is important. Not only does having the latest firmware ensure that you have the latest features, but it also helps to iron out any bugs that are present in the operating system.
Click on the menu button, and Settings. Then press Phone Management. Tap Device Updates, where you’ll be able to see what firmware you’re currently running on your Nokia N8. Click Options and Check For Updates to see if any more recent firmware has been released.
If there are any updates, make sure you back up all your contact details and files before updating. You can also update firmware using your PC, and Nokia Software Updater (NSU), but we’ll be bringing you details on how to use this later. Be sure to bookmark this page for updates. If there are any updates, click on them (after backing up your files) and install. You may have to restart your Nokia N8 for them to take effect.
We’ve already shown you how to use the calendar function on your Nokia N8, but it’s also possible to update entries using a computer, and sync them wirelessly. Join us after the break to find out how…
One of the great things about Nokia is that it offers a host of fantastic services – such as Ovi Suite – to make daily life easier. Ovi Calendar is one of the best bits, making it possible to update your calendar wherever you are – even if you don’t have your Nokia with you – and then sync wirelessly at a later date.
You’ll need an Ovi account to get started. Register for free at Ovi.com. Once you’ve done that, head over to calendar.ovi.com. It’s easier than ever to update entries using Ovi Calendar, but if you get confused check out our how to set up and manage Ovi Calendar guide.
Once you’ve entered upcoming into events into Ovi Calendar – or if you already have some in the calendar on your Nokia N8, you’ll be wanting to sync the two. Unlike a couple of years ago, there’s no need for cables – everything can be done over the air.
The easiest way to sync with Ovi is to create a widget for your Nokia N8′s home page. Check out our Nokia N8: Ultimate User Guide to see how to add widgets – you’ll need to add the one called Ovi Sync. Then, whenever you want to update your diary, simply click the Ovi Sync widget, and then press Synchronise.
If you don’t want to use widgets, you can also update via the menu. Click the menu button, followed by Settings and Connectivity. Then press Data Transfer, and finally Ovi Sync.
Once you’ve pressed Synchronise, the calendar in Ovi Suite and the one on your Nokia N8 should be the same. You can set it to update automatically, or simply carry out the sync process each time you update one of the calendars.
Any other questions? Leave a comment below and we’ll try and get back to you.
We’ve seen a load of great apps pop up for the Nokia N8 on the Ovi Store recently, but if you’ve downloaded one you want to get rid of you may be wondering how to delete it. Read on after the break to find out how to delete unwanted apps…
With thousands of apps to choose from on the Ovi Store, it’s inevitable that you’ll download a few that you don’t like. There’s no point in leaving them on your Nokia N8 if you don’t use them, as they’ll just fill up your storage space.
Thankfully, it’s easy to delete apps. Click on the Menu button, followed by Applications, and scroll down until you see the app you want to delete.
Click on Options, followed by Organise. Tap and hold down the app you want to delete – after a second or two you’ll be offered two options – Move to folder and Delete. Click the latter to uninstall the app.
The Nokia N8′s Symbian ^3 operating system is wonderfully versatile, offering the ability to make loads of changes. It’s possible to set the time as a screensaver, and also to easily switch between analogue and digital. Read on after the break to find out how…
Setting the clock as a screensaver on your Nokia N8 is an easy task, but if you’re new to Symbian, it can take a little getting used to.
Click the Menu button to get going. Then press Settings, followed by Themes. Tap Screen Saver, followed by Big Clock. This will automatically display the time on your Nokia N8, letting you use it as an oversized watch.
Need to save battery life? Turn power saving on, and the time will disappear again. Otherwise, it’ll appear every time your Nokia N8 is locked, also displaying the day and date below it.
You can also easily switch between an analogue and a digital clock on your Nokia N8. Click on the clock on the time widget of your Nokia N8, bringing up the Clock app. Then, simply tap on the clock itself, and it will swap between analogue and digital.
The change will also happen when the screensaver next pops up. You can also leave a comment below if there’s anything you’re confused about.
The Nokia N8 features the best camera we’ve ever seen on a smartphone, but even the best can sometimes use a little help. With Nokia’s integrated photo editor, you can get even more out of your photographs. Join us after the cut to find out how…
To get going, simply click on Menu, Applications and Photo Editor. If you use the app a lot, you can add it to your home screen or the main menu – check out our Nokia N8: Ultimate User Guide to find out how.
Once you’ve opened the app, you’ll be able to pick the photograph you want to edit. The menu for the photo editor is simple and self explanatory, you’ll be offered the following options: Rotate, Resize, Crop, Clipart, Fun, Draw, Bubble text, Frame, Red eye, Stamp, Effect, Tuning and Animation.
Although most are simple options, and pretty self explanatory, Tuning offers a little more customisation. You can adjust colours, highlights and shadows, sharpness, and there’s also an auto fix feature.
It’s likely you’ll want to adjust more than one aspect, so once you’re back to the photograph again, simply tap it to bring up different options, and click the little spanner icon to bring up the main menu again.
It’s easy to adjust brightness and contrast settings, and you can also add vibrancy and adjust individual hues – checking out before and after shots. Red eye does exactly what it says on the tin – we’ve found the Nokia N8 is excellent when it comes to avoiding red eye, but the software helps to reduce it if you’re snap does catch the odd reflection.
It’s also easy to play around with your photographs – from simple cropping, to adding silly animations, photo frames or clip art images to add a touch of fun and individuality to your pics.
Once you’re done, simply save and exit. We’ll be bringing you some in depth pointers on how to get the best out of your Nokia N8′s 12-Megapixel camera in the new year, so make sure you bookmark our Nokia N8: Ultimate User Guide. Any questions, leave a comment and we’ll try and incorporate it into our guide.
We love the Nokia N8, but with a brand new operating system, it can occasionally crash. You can’t take out the battery – as the Nokia N8 features a single-piece chassis – but it is easy to reset your phone. Join us after the cut to find out how to reset the Nokia N8…
If you ever had any trouble with an older Nokia handset, it was easy to whip out the battery and restart the phone. You won’t be able to do this with a Nokia N8 if it crashes – due to the anodised aluminium casing – but it’s still very easy to reset the phone without doing any damage.
If your Nokia N8 freezes, it’s just a case of knowing which buttons to press. Give it a minute or two to make sure your Nokia N8 definitely has frozen – if it has the screen will remain the same, whether you try tapping the screen, buttons or lock key.
If definitely frozen, click and hold down the menu button on your Nokia N8. While holding that, click the lower button on the volume switch. While holding the two of these, tap and hold the power button until your Nokia N8 turns off
You’ll be able to restart it straight away – without having to wait for your Nokia N8′s battery to die – and it should work without issues.
Once you’ve taken photographs using the excellent camera on the Nokia N8, the chances are you’ll want to share them. Nokia’s Ovi service makes it easy to share snaps with Facebook or Twitter – join us after the break to find out how…
To get started, open the photograph that you want to share on Facebook. Once you’ve cropped or edited it, and are happy with the way it looks, it’s time to click the share button. The button is on the bottom left of the photograph.
You’ll need to have an Ovi Account, and you’ll also have to enter details for your Facebook or Twitter account. Once you’ve logged in and stored the login details for your social networks, future uploading is a simple case of tapping the share button in any of your photographs – as you can see below they’ll then upload automatically, with the time and “via Ovi by Nokia” below them.
You can also add multiple photographs from the Facebook app itself – or even upload snaps straight from the camera. To do this, click on the little camera icon in the Facebook app.
You then be asked what you want to share, being able to choose from the following options: Photo(s) from the Gallery, Photo from the Camera and Video from the Gallery. All do exactly what they claim to, making it easy to upload your content.
Clicking on the Gallery option takes you straight to your snaps – you can click on up to six to upload – simply press OK once you’ve picked the right ones. Clicking the Camera option lets you take a photograph there and then, automatically uploading it straight away.
One of the easiest ways to transfer ringtones from your old Nokia to your new Nokia N8 is to use Bluetooth. You won’t need a computer, or wires, so you can even do it on the move. Join us after the break to find out how to copy your ring tone using Bluetooth
Transferring ringtones is an easy thing to do, as long as you know what you’re doing. To start with, make sure that Bluetooth is activated on both your old phone and your Nokia N8. Once Bluetooth is turned on, make sure both phones are set to visible, and on your old Nokia go to Paired Devices.
Click Options, and New paired device. Click on Phones, and then N8. This will then ‘pair’ your devices – letting you connect and send files between the two without having to authorise it every time. To make sure you have the right device, you’ll be shown a code on each handset – simply check it’s the same, and then click Yes.
Then go to the File Manager on your Nokia – if you haven’t added it as a shortcut then you should be able to find it under Menu, Applications, Office and File Manager. Find the music file you want to send as your ring tone – ours was stored on our memory card – and then click and hold it if your phone is a touchscreen model.
You’ll then be able to press Send, Via Bluetooth, and choose the Nokia N8 from the list of recipients. The file will then be transferred automatically. If your old Nokia isn’t a touchscreen, click Options, Mark/unmark, and then Send.
Once the file has been sent, it’ll appear under the Notifications section on your Nokia N8′s home screen. Tap it – and it’ll come up as a conversation. Tap this, and it’ll play the song. You’ll then be able to click Options, and then Set as Ringtone.
With 16GB of integrated storage, and more if you add a microSD card, keeping track of your files on a Nokia N8 can prove a little tricky. Thankfully, there’s an integrated file manager, and it’s also easy to search for photographs, videos and music. Join us after the cut for more…
If you’ve copied a file to your Nokia N8, you’ll be wanting to know how to find it once it’s on the phone. The easiest way is to add a file manager widget to your home screen.
Simply add a shortcuts bar to an empty section of one of your Nokia N8′s home screens – check aboveto find out how – and then select Application and File Manager from the settings.
File Manager appears as a little filing cabinet icon, and is easy to use. It shows you exactly how much space you have left on your Nokia N8, and there’s also a backup contacts option.
Tap one of the different types of memory – from Phone Memory, to Mass Memory, to Memory Card – and you’ll be able to see all the different folders and files. It makes sense to keep track of which folder you put files in when copying them across from your computer – as it’s a lot easier to find them later
If you’ve copied over photographs, music or videos, it’s easy to track them down using the Photo, Music and Video applications. You’ll find these on the main menu. Simply click Photos, and then All to search through all your photographs, and you can search through Captured, Last watched and Other video clips when looking for movies. Music Player is slightly different – automatically incorporating your music into an easy to use app.
Just like most other digital cameras, the 12-Megapixel snapper on the Nokia N8 is packed with features. To find out how to switch between close-up mode and normal, to turn the flash on and off, to play with colours and more, join us after the break…
While the first camera phones were simple point and shoot affairs, the Nokia N8 is a lot better when it comes to offering features.
One of the most simple changes you can make is to turn the flash on or off, depending on what you’re shooting and the conditions. To do this, run the camera and click the flash icon on the right. You’ll be able to choose from Automatic, Red-eye reduction, On and Off. Tap the one you want, and it’ll automatically take you straight back to the camera.
Clicking the little spanner on the right will have a bigger effect on lots of your shots, however. Tapping it brings up a menu of options, including: Scene mode, Face detect, Grid, Self timer, Colour tone, White balance, Exposure, Light sensitivity, Contrast, Sharpness and Photos.
Tapping Scene mode brings up a multitude of options usually seen on an independent dial on a regular camera – letting you pick between Automatic, User defined, Close-up, Portrait and Landscape. These modes let you pick the perfect composition, be it taking snaps of your mates, or photos of the great outdoors.
Face Detect comes in particularly handy for taking pics of people, making sure the camera focuses on their faces and helping you to minimise blurry shots.
Grid does exactly what it says on the tin, brining a grid up onscreen to help you compose your photographs better. With the grid in place, it’s easier to make sure everything lines up perfectly, so you won’t have to make any changes once you’ve taken the photograph.
Playing with light sensitivity is a good way of changing the quality of your photographs in different light conditions. You can up the ISO when it gets darker, so you may be able to get away without using the flash. You can also lower it for lighter compositions.
Using Colour tone, it’s easy to flit between colour, black and white and more, and White balance also lets you choose particular conditions, to help get the best out of your photographs.
If there’s anything else you want to know, check out our Nokia N8 Ultimate User Guide above. We’ll be bringing you everything you need to know about the Nokia N8, from the simplest tasks like setting the clock, to advice on reseting your handset, to getting the best out of the software.
The contacts widget on the home page of your Nokia N8 is a handy little tool, but it’s even better if you include photographs to go with your contacts. Join us after the break to find out how to add photographs to your contacts…
It easy to add photographs to your contacts, and better yet, they’ll even show up when you add a contact to your contacts widget on the home screen of your Nokia N8.
To get started, click on the contact you want to add a photograph to. Then click the right-hand tab at the top, followed by Options and Edit. Then scroll down and press ‘add image’ – it really is as simple as picking the photograph you want.
Another way to add an image is to use the integrated Facebook tool. You’ll need to set this up beforehand, but if you already have click on your contact, followed by Social Networks.
Enter the password for your Ovi account if asked, and then pick Facebook – contacts can also work with Twitter, but there’s more likely to be a lot more photographs on Facebook.
Once you find your friend, tap it and then press Link Profile to Contact – your Nokia N8 can use the same image found on their profile.
If you’re a proud owner of the Nokia N8, but struggle to read the text when using it, you’ll be wanting to change the font size. Thankfully, it’s easy to change the size of writing on the Symbian ^3 operating system. Join us after the break to find out how to change the font size on your Nokia N8…
Changing the size of text on your Nokia N8 can make a huge difference to the user experience. Make the text smaller, and everything looks pin sharp, with lots of space. Make it bigger, and it’s far easier to read if your eyesight isn’t so good.
Click Menu and Settings to get started. Then Click on Phone and Display. It’s then just a case of clicking on Font Size – you can choose from small, medium and large.
If you don’t like the new font size, simply click Font Size again – you’ll be able to change it straight back without having to go through any of the options again.
The AMOLED screen on the Nokia N8 is great for displaying your photographs, or watching movies on the move, but it’s also one of the biggest draws of power. Thankfully, it’s also easy to dim the screen to get better battery life. Join us after the break to find out how to dim the screen on your Nokia N8..
The Nokia N8 is one of the most capable smartphones we’ve seen, but all those features are useless if you’ve been out and about for a day or two and the battery is running down. One of the easiest ways to save power without turning the features off is to dim the display.
Click the Menu button, followed by Settings. Then click Phone, followed by Display. Click on Light Sensor, and slight the bar to the left to dim the display and improve your battery life.
While you have this screen open, you can also change the amount of time it takes before the screen turns off after you’ve last pressed anything. The less time it takes, the less power you’ll be using, and the better your battery life will be.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll have accumulated hundreds of text messages in the past few months. While it’s easy to delete one message at a time, you may be wondering how to delete all of them in one go. Thankfully, this is also a simple task. Join us after the break to find out how to delete all or several of your text messages on your Nokia N8…
Once you get hundreds – or even thousands – of text messages on your Nokia N8, you may start to notice your handset slow down a little. Deleting your messages is one option – even if it’s only those from the Sent folder that you no longer need.
Click on Menu, followed by Messaging, and then click on either Inbox or Sent, depending on which messages you want to delete. Then click on Options, Mark/Unmark, and click Mark All to tick all of your text messages.
If you want to unmark a message, so this one isn’t deleted, tap on it and hold, and then select Unmark when the menu pops up. Once the messages are marked, you’ll see a little tick appear next to the message.
To delete, simply tap on Options and Delete. Click Yes when asked whether you want to proceed, and your old messages will be deleted.
One of the best bits about the Nokia N8 is its capabilities as a satellite navigation device, thanks to an integrated GPS chip and Ovi Maps. Unlike rival phones, you don’t even need an internet connection to navigate, and can download all the maps to your Nokia N8 itself. Join us after the break to find out how…
Although it usually makes sense to use a phone connection when navigating with your Nokia N8 – with the ability to get the latest traffic updates and information on local services – there are times when offline mapping is a necessity. Even if you get a contract with unlimited data, you’ll usually pay a heavy price for downloading map information when you’re abroad, for instance.
With Ovi Maps 3.6 – the latest version of Nokia’s premium sat-nav service from the Ovi Store – you can now download full maps straight to your Nokia, whenever you’re near a Wi-Fi connection. You can choose maps by country, so if you’re going on holiday you can set yourself up before you head off.
To get started, make sure you’ve downloaded Ovi Maps 3.06 from the Ovi Store. Earlier versions of Ovi Maps don’t let you download full mapping from your Nokia N8 itself – you’ll have to download them to a computer instead, and then install them separately.
Start Ovi Maps 3.06, and click the Update icon. You’ll then be taken to a screen that lets you click ‘Add new maps’. You can select maps by regions, and then choose from specific countries.
The maps are large in size – downloading maps for the UK as a whole takes up 245MB, for instance – so you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection to download. Even so, with a fast internet connection, you can expect your chosen country to download in a couple of minutes. Once your map has downloaded, you’ll have to wait a while for the map to install. Once that’s happened, you can either download more maps, or carry on. Click Menu to carry on.
Now you’ve downloaded a map for your area, you can select offline mode. Click the Settings icon at the bottom left of the menu. Then click Internet, followed by Connection, and Offline. Click Back, and Menu, and Ovi Maps should now work without the need to download map details as you drive.
We’ll be bringing you more tutorials on getting the best out of Ovi Maps on your Nokia N8 in the future.
Along with being a great smartphone when it comes to photography, the Nokia N8 also excels when it comes to being a music player. Copying music across couldn’t be easier, and accessing your favourite albums from the music player is also a simple task. Join us after the break to find out everything you need to know…
Using your Nokia N8 as a music player is one of the easiest things you can do. Simply plug it into your PC using the USB cable, select Mass Storage and copy all of your albums across to the mass memory or your memory card. If you’ve got a microSD card adapter, it’s also easy to copy music by taking the card out and copying your files across straight onto that.
There’s no complicated menu system to use – all of your songs will automatically be added to the Music Player’s library. To get started, click on Menu, and Music Player. Your albums will all show up in a list – using album art if you copied across the right details as well.
You can view the albums by album art rather than details – simply tilt your Nokia N8 on its side, and the covers will get a lot bigger. Flick a finger to the right or left to browse through the albums
Once you’ve opened a song you like, you’ll see pause and skip buttons taking up the bottom of the screen (or the right-hand side in landscape mode). If you’re playing an album, simply click on skip to go through the different songs.
Clicking Back takes you back to the album list – and if you go to the top you’ll also see a Shuffle option. Click on Options and you’ll be able to create playlists, or pick music by genres. You can even go straight to the Ovi Store, to buy and download the latest tracks.
Your Nokia N8 is packed with features. While some of them lead the way – like the 12-Megapixel camera, other features – like the FM transmitter – have been appearing on Nokia smartphones for years. With the FM transmitter, you’ll be able to play back your music on a radio. To find out how to use the FM transmitter in your Nokia N8, join us after the cut…
The FM transmitter in phones like the Nokia N8 is a feature that often sets the Finnish company apart from its rivals. It may not be one of the latest features, but judging by the emails we get it’s definitely one you guys like, and it makes it easy to get the best out of your music.
Using the transmitter, you’ll be able to pick up your music wirelessly on an FM radio. Simply play it on your Nokia N8, turn on the transmitter and find the correct station, and your music will be played out for all the world (within earshot!) to hear.
Once you’ve picked your playlist, and decided which album or music you want to play over the radio, it’s time to turn on the transmitter. Click the menu button, followed by Tools, and then FM Transmit.
Click On, and you’re good to go. Underneath, you can select the frequency you want to transmit at. Turn on your radio, and to 90.00MHz – you should hear your music playing when you get to that frequency.
If the music isn’t very clear – with other radio stations overlapping – then you can change the frequency. Simply search manually on your radio for a frequency where there’s no station – and then enter that number into your Nokia N8.
If you’ve got hundreds of contacts in your Nokia N8′s phonebook, it’s always a worry that you may lose your handset, and struggle to get in touch with your friends. There’s no need to worry, however, as it’s easy to back up your Nokia N8′s phonebook wirelessly using Nokia’s Ovi service. Join us after the break to find out how…
To sync your phonebook with Nokia’s Ovi service, you’ll need to set up an Ovi Account. You’ll need this for the Ovi Store anyway, and to use Nokia’s social networking widget, but once you’ve set up an account you’re good to go with all the different features.
Head over to contacts.ovi.com once you’ve set up an account. From here, you’ll be able to manage all your contact details – from adding new contacts, to editing existing ones, to deleting unwanted numbers.
It’s easy to manage all your contacts once you’ve logged in, as everything is displayed in a big simple grid – complete with photographs if you’ve already added them.
To sync the numbers from your Nokia N8′s phonebook to Ovi.com, the best way is to add a Sync shortcut to your home screen. Check out our Nokia N8 Ultimate User Guide to find out how to edit your home screen. You can also open the Sync app by clicking the Menu button, pressing Connectivity, Data Transfer and then pressing Synchronise.Click Options and Sync Settings to adjust your username and password details. You can also adjust the settings to change what items are synced – make sure that Contacts is ticked before you start. You can set the Sync function to work automatically every month, or manually.
Once you’ve pressed Synchronise, head back to contacts.ovi.com, where you’ll see all your newly synchronised data. You can synchronise more than one Nokia handset at a time – so it’s also easy to keep multiple phonebooks up to date.