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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

  • Santhosh Kumar

    I am getting “Gmail account info is incorrect” after configuring my gmail account by ading new account in email+account in Nokia Lumia 720.

  • Mikey_Bee

    Best to take it to a Nokia Care centre as you’ll need someone to take a proper look at it in order to see what the problem is. How to get help and support for your Nokia Lumia:

  • deepthi suthari

    my nokia lumia 720 display is not working ,im very tensed abt it .all my apps and my dairy stuff eveythng is in it .help me plz

  • sonu

    hii mike in my L720 no apps are installing using bluetooth…….what to do??

  • Mikey_Bee

    That sounds like an issue with the app itself. Have you cleared the Temp cache and also tried switching phone off and on again? May help reboot the app so they don’t show? Let us know how you get on

  • akash vidhyan

    Hii mike i have downloaded a youtube downloader in my L720 and videos downloaded from that ,are still showing after deleting the file

  • Abhishek Bisht

    Hope you got the fix till now … Got to mail settings > advance settings (uncheck Require SSL for incoming and outgoing email).
    It should work for next emails you send or receive.

  • Mikey_Bee

    Videos that you’ve recorded on the NL720 will show up on the Camera Roll along with your photos.

  • pintu

    i have nokia lumia 720 in tat am unable to find the location of videos n audios recorded …plzzz help me whr wil i find recorded audios n videos…

  • Mikey_Bee

    Thanks for letting us know, always happy to hear a happy outcome!

  • Mahesh Kailas

    Thank you so much !! That video never worked !! I deleted that video !! when i recorded another video it is playing !! Thanks again for your advice

  • Mikey_Bee

    It sounds like something has gone wrong with the install. Best to delete and try again. If it persists, a quick turn off and on often solves issues.

  • Mikey_Bee

    You should be able to view all content on your Lumia that has been recorded using it, you don’t need a third-party app. We’d suggest a soft reset or try switching off and on again as there may be a slight glitch someplace.

  • Mahesh Kailas

    Hi, Recently i recorded a video using my Lumia 720 and when i tried playing the video it says “Unable to play this file on your phone”. Why is it not possible to play a video recorded on the same phone in the same phone? Do i have to use an external app for playing videos as well

  • Mikey_Bee

    If this issue is still persisting best to get in touch with Nokia Care in your area and have someone check it out.

  • Chasiimu

    With my lumia.. i cant open my word files on the skye drive… i can see them .. but when i select them, its says “file downloaded.. ” i can open it and edit

    what can i do guys..

  • cp

    how to send audio in lumia 720 thru whatsapp ?? plz help…

  • Mikey_Bee
  • srikanth reddy

    add ur fb account in EMAIL+ACCOUNTS in SETTING
    then u get option in share

  • Mikey_Bee

    You’ll need to set this up manually as an IMAP account. A quick Bing search throws up quick a few walkthroughs. Let us know how you get on :)

  • Aswin

    I am not able to add my yahoo rocketmail account in lumia 720 . . . Any suggestions ??

  • Mikey_Bee

    Presently you need to do this from within the Facebook app, or so we believe

  • Mikey_Bee

    If you’re having trouble doing it on the phone we’d suggest manually downloading from WP Store using a PC and installing it that way

  • Muhammad Bilal

    showing error when trying to download whatsapp.. always showing pending and then error.. what do i do…

  • simran

    how to send audio in lumia 720 thru whatsapp ?? :/

  • Mikey_Bee

    Tap and hold the attachment and you’ll be offered the option to download. You can than view it on your Lumia, as long as it’s supported by the Window Phone OS

  • balanp1982

    I purchased lumia 720 I can read email but i cannot open attachment
    file please let me know the solution


    Brilliant answer BRAVO claps……………

  • puneet khare

    how to get emails instantly on my lumia 720 as the mais comes to my inbox. i receive my emails late.

  • Mikey_Bee

    Tap and hold down the £ sign and a range of currency signs will appear for you to choose from. Hope that helps?

  • Tanu

    Hi, Can any one tell me how to transfer wats app application chat messages from android phone to new lumia 920 phone

  • Aarush Kumar

    want to make different ring tone for group and personal messages for whats app

  • ramamurthy

    how to transfer my contacts to pc & Some time phone ask for pin

  • mia

    Its a bug in windows version.You may not be able to scroll up to read the old messages.Lets hope that they fix it in the new update

  • mia

    You can add profile pic in whatsapp just go the settings and tap left to find the profile option,where can add pic and also the display name

  • shravya

    how to turn on call waiting???!!!!!!!!