Nokia Lumia 520: Ultimate user guide to Windows Phone 8

nokia-lumia-520-02The Nokia Lumia 520 is proving to be one of the most popular budget smartphones around. If you’ve bought one and are looking to make the most of it then you’ve come to the right place and we bring you our ultimate user guide to Windows Phone 8 and all things Nokia Lumia.

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 prices 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, it’s the most cost-effective and powerful budget number out there.

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If you’ve bought a Nokia Lumia 520 and are looking for ways to improve your user experience even more, then check out our Windows Phone 8 ultimate user guide to making the most of Windows Phone 8.

Nokia Lumia 520: Top 5 tips to get you started

If you’ve just bought a Nokia Lumia 520 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 to get started with your Windows Phone 8 smartphone.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to personalise Windows Phone 8

The Nokia Lumia 520 is a great looking smartphone but if you want to take it one step further and make it truly your own there are a host of ways to personalise your Windows Phone 8 smartphone. You can make the start screen fit your personality and get quick access to all of your favourite apps.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to add and change ringtones

Windows Phone 8 comes with a large array of ringtones built into the device for you to choose from, there are even a few exclusive Lumia tones. However, nothing says more about you than a personalised ringtone. Here we show you how to create and add ringtones to your Nokia Lumia 520.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to set up Facebook and Twitter

Social media is at the heart of the Nokia Lumia 520 and Windows Phone 8 in general, allowing you to stay in touch with friends, as well as check and update your status no matter where you are. Here we take a look at how you can simply integrate them into your life without having to install any extra apps.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to set up and manage WiFi

Setting up and managing your WiFi networks on the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone is easy and if you’re on a budget data plan is a great way of saving money. Here we show you how to set up and manage WiFi with Windows Phone 8
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to get the perfect battery life

The Nokia Lumia 520 has a pretty good battery life for such a budget smartphone. However, as with any smartphone it’s only as useful as the battery life it delivers but there are things you can do to help get the perfect battery life. Here we look at ways you can get the perfect battery life.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to find your lost smartphone

Did you know that if you’ve misplaced, lost or had your Nokia Lumia smartphone stolen you can use Windows Phone to help track it down? Find My Phone is a feature of Windows Phone 8 that allows you to locate your phone, and lock or delete all data from it remotely.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to create a bigger Spacebar

If you’ve switched from Windows Phone 7 up to Windows Phone 8 you may have found the messaging keyboard comes with a shorter Space bar. This is because Windows Phone 8 ships with two different language keyboards pre-loaded – British and American. There is a simple trick to getting a larger Spacebar – here we show you how.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to edit photos with Windows Phone 8

If you’ve taken a host of photos using your Nokia Lumia running Windows Phone 8 and are now wondering how to make them even better, then editing them is a surefire way of getting the best results. Here we show you how to edit photos with Windows Phone 8
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to save on Data Roaming

If you want to save money when roaming abroad then you can do so by changing mobile data settings. When abroad, data costs may pile up quickly. Using a WiFi connection is generally faster and more cost effective. Here we show you how to save on Data Roaming with Windows Phone 8
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Nokia Lumia 520: Keyboard typing tips and tricks

The Nokia Lumia 520 is powered by Windows Phone 8, which comes with one of the fastest and most intuitive keyboards of any smartphone on the market today. Here we take a look at the latest tips and tricks to improve your Windows Phone 8 typing skills.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to use Office hub

Microsoft Office is pretty much ubiquitous, whether you’re talking about business, education, or personal PC use. One of the big advantages of the Nokia Lumia 520 with its Windows Phone 8 OS is strong support for Microsoft Office. Check out our advice on how to use the Office hub productively on your new phone.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to set up parental controls

The Nokia Lumia 520 is the kind of affordable, rugged, capable and cool device that will appeal to kids. With such a powerful device, though, how do you keep your kids away from unsuitable apps and games? By following our advice on parental controls, that’s how.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to back up your phone

We’d venture to say that you’ll grow so attached to your Nokia Lumia 520 that you’ll soon be using it to pretty much run your life, which makes the prospect of losing or irreparably damaging it almost unthinkable. If you follow our guidance on how to back up your phone, you’ll be able to sleep easily at night.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to sync photos and videos from your computer

Syncing your photos to your Nokia Lumia 520 is extremely easy, with a variety of ways to share your images and videos across multiple devices through apps and cloud services. Sometimes, though, you need to plug in and get to your media the old fashioned way.
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Nokia Lumia 520: How to transfer your iTunes music

Switching to an exciting new smartphone platform can be daunting, even when it’s as advanced and intuitive as the Nokia Lumia 520with Windows Phone 8. In particular, many of you will likely have music stored through iTunes, but never fear – here’s how to transfer it quickly and painlessly.
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How to make text bigger on your Nokia Lumia 520

One of the problems levelled at the original Windows Phone 7 was that text in messages and onscreen was a fixed size. Thankfully that has been changed in Windows Phone 8 so if you’re looking to make use of bigger text – ideal if you’re eye-sight isn’t what it once was, it’s a simple process to make things more legible.
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How to personalise the Lock screen on your Nokia Lumia 520

There are plenty of ways you can personalise and tweak the Lock screen on your Nokia Lumia 520 so it works the way you want it to. One of the great things about Window Phone 8 is how versatile it is, allowing you to get live updates directly onto your lock screen (so you don’t have to go rooting about like on rival platforms).
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We’ll be adding to the Nokia Lumia 520 ultimate user guide over time. If you have a query let us know in the Comments below and we’ll do out best to help.

  • Mikey_Bee

    When the phone rings hit the Slide Up button and then press Answer. Hope that helps?

  • Barbara Gardiner

    Which button do I press to receive an incoming phone call? I know it’s seems a silly question but I am an elderly lady trying to work this gadget.

  • Mikey_Bee

    Favourite list where?

  • Sandra G Ecker

    HOW DO I GET MY DATA PLAN TO WORK WITH STRAIGHT TALK…I CALLED NOKIA, STRAIGHT TALK AND BOTH TRIED AND FAILED AS TO HOW TO GET IT TO WORK…………ANY SUGGESTIONS?

  • Mikey_Bee

    Try this neat little guide and let us know how you get on: http://www.nokia.com/gb-en/support/faq/?action=singleTopic&topic=FA139282

  • Arunav Chakrabarty

    In my 520, the display is off while I call or attend a call, so it’s very difficult
    to dial another number or cut the phone call as the display is off. You
    can press the power switch for cut the phone call but it’s going dark
    within a second. Need a solution

  • Mikey_Bee

    Windows Phone 8 doesn’t support Windows XP but you can manually move most files using Explorer when the two are connected. Check out this guide: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/how-to/wp8/music/sync-music-ringtones-and-podcasts-using-my-computer

  • Mikey_Bee

    Images and video will always be in the PHOTO folder.

  • Mikey_Bee

    With Nokia Amber update you will find the CALL + SMS FILTER in SETTINGS. Use this.

  • jean

    how do I block a number

  • Mikey_Bee

    You can connect it and move files but you can’t sync: check out this article from Microsoft: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/how-to/wp8/music/sync-music-ringtones-and-podcasts-using-my-computer

  • Rasik Patel

    CAN I CONNECT LUMIA520 TO MY PC WITH WINDOWSXP ?