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

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.

  • Mikey_Bee

    May be worth checking out the new Nokia Car App:

    Let us know how you get on

  • jeff

    Hi, When I am in my car and am connected to its audio via Bluetooth I try to voicedial a contact. After waiting for a connection for too long I look at my phone screen to find that I am on that contacts facebook page or searching for them on the internet??????wtf, how do I make a simple phone call?
    I have a nokia lumia 520

  • Mikey_Bee

    See below :)
    Let us know how you get on

  • Mikey_Bee

    Ringtone Maker is a free app you’ll find in the Nokia Collection on your phone – go to Store>Nokia Collection.

    Check out how the app works:

  • Rockmeister1

    I’ve just posted a similar message then have seen this one and your answer. Can you explain please where I find the Nokia Ringtone Maker? I thought it would just be a matter of possibly going into settings and seeing if there is a facility to set the ring for longer.

  • Rockmeister1

    Hi, anyone any ideas please, my phone rings and if I’m in another room it doesn’t give me long to reach it before it goes off. Is there a way to extend the ring time on the phone? Nokia Lumia 520

  • Mikey_Bee

    This latest version does not, that we’re aware of, but have a look on the Windows Phone Store as there are a number of apps that add the feature.

  • Mikey_Bee

    If you use Nokia Ringtone Maker then you can create a ringtone up to 60 seconds in length. Give it a go and let us know how you get on!

  • Mary Poulson

    Does the 520 have message templates ?

  • Angie Hugo

    How do you lengthen the ringtone, I never manage to answer the phone before it stops ringing!

  • Mikey_Bee

    If you go to Xbox Music (green square) you’ll be able to access you music from there. Within Nokia MixRadio you need to tap on My Music. Hope that helps?

  • Mikey_Bee

    First step is to switch off your phone and turn it back on again. If it’s a minor bug that should sort it.

    You can do a factory reset but it will wipe all your apps and contacts. However, if you’re backed those up to your Microsoft account, as you as you log back in you’ll get your Contacts. An app called Reinstaller will allow you to easily get all you old apps.

    Have a read of this for more info:

  • Vaderdog

    I get what you mean, but being my first smart phone, you have to take into consideration you’re talking to an idiot. I don’t know how to do that. If I reset everything to factory settings, I assume this would just mean I would have to re-conf preferences I’ve made, but would I lose things like the contacts I’ve entered?

  • Mikey_Bee

    Sounds like a software bug that is unlikely to be linked with it being a previously locked phone. Old trick but have you tried rebooting or resetting the phone to factory settings and reloading?

  • Mikey_Bee

    Sorry, which old number are you referring to?

  • Sue

    Hi, my husband has a new 520 and although he has saved all his contacts from his old phone he cant seem to save the old number, can you help please?

  • Mahesh

    If its Airtel..Settings/Mobile Network//Sim Applications/

    scroll to Airtel Now! and click on STOP Service

  • sureena

    how do i stop whatsapp auto saving images in lumia 520?

  • Mikey_Bee

    Sorry, we’re not even sure what that is. best to check with

  • bhumi sunil

    how to stop popping of sim applications in Nokia lumia 520…? it’s disturbing me a lot and lot pls help me

  • Mikey_Bee

    Sounds like an issue for the community as it’s not something we’ve come across before.

  • jock

    When I try to transfer data from the 920 it keeps coming up with a history screen saying contacts previously a month ago, I am unable to proceed from this screen?

  • Mikey_Bee

    All Contacts you’ve backed up to your Windows Phone account will be there once you log back in to your account

  • jock

    How do I transfer contacts from lumia 925 to 520 for a second time after having to do a master reset on 520?

  • Mikey_Bee

    The answer is yes, once you have the Lumia Black update.

  • Mikey_Bee
  • Bobbi Nicholson-Burgess

    And how do I find that? Where do I go? Do you mean the account on my carrier’s website?

  • Mikey_Bee

    That’s an interesting one and not something we’ve come across. Open this to the floor – anyone able to help?

  • Mikey_Bee

    You’ll need to go to the Windows Phone account online and not on the phone to change any of these settings.

  • Bobbi Nicholson-Burgess

    I set up a phone for my father and I spelled his name wrong during the initial set up. How can I change it now? I cannot find it anywhere in the settings.

  • Mikey_Bee

    You need to set up Linked Accounts, which you can do from the Settings in either your TalkTalk or Gmail account. You can then choose which account to reply from. Hope that helps?

  • John Roy

    how can I reply to an email using a different email account, Lumia 520. Talktalk account in and reply on google. Thanks.

  • Mikey_Bee

    You can tap and share contact details from the People hub

  • gangdhar moghe

    We are stuck friend, Neither business card, nor template. This appears to be a only ‘entertainment’ phone.

  • gangdhar moghe

    Cant store and export templates. Cant send business card from my Nokia lumia 520

  • Mikey_Bee

    Sounds like you’ve switched on the High Contrast in Ease of Access. Nip back into that and switch it off and you’ll revert back to the standard look

  • will

    I turned on some battery saving option and now my home screen is just black and white how do I fix it

  • Mikey_Bee

    Sounds like an issue the guys over at should be able to help with. If you get a good reply please let us know and we’ll share with NokNok readers

  • Viki

    I Keep getting Sim Applications Pop-Up on my windows phone, how to turn them off ??

  • Mikey_Bee

    You’d need to make sure that the files you download are supported by Windows Phone otherwise they won’t show up.