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February 3, 2012

Nokia Lumia: tips & tricks

Today while I was hard at work tweeting on Twitter and all of the other things I’m famous for at Nokia Connects, a bundle of colourful, laminated Nokia cards suddenly dropped out of the sky and a voice said to me from above ‘Nokia Lumia tips & tricks!’

Enough of the divine prologue! Let’s get on with it shall we?

Sky + Plane
via GasPanic (Nokia N8)

You can see what some of these tips are because the photos were taken with my N8, thus I won’t bother going into detail about those. There are a few that are not shown in the pictures though, so I’ll cover them instead. The first is Fun Facts – these I will share throughout the post – the second is Language Translate:

  1. Tap the vision icon
  2. Position the device over the copy below
  3. Scan the copy
  4. Hit the Translate button

¿Cómo estás?

Bonne journée

Gute Nacht

Obviously this one is a little tricky to do without the cards in your possession but you get the idea. If you need to translate some text from a map, brochure, magazine or signpost, try using the vision icon on your phone to translate it.

Fun Fact: Slide your finger from the top of the screen to display battery and signal icons

Fun Fact: Select the Bing search button and tap the floating square to see the fact of the day

Pocket to Facebook in Seconds:

  1. Press the camera button on a locked device
  2. Take a photo
  3. Pull the image back onto the screen
  4. Tap the three dots in the right hand corner
  5. Tap share on Facebook
  6. Tap ‘add tag‘ if auto face-detect/tag does not appear
  7. Upload

Good tip, so there’s no fuss taking a snapshot with your locked phone and instantly sharing it with everyone on Facebook. Have you tried it yet?

Fun Fact: Manually amend spelling in texts – press and hold to see cursor appear

Fun Fact: When searching within people hub, select the letter in the box to see the whole alphabet and quickly search

Free Music:

  1. Tap Nokia Music
  2. Tap Mix Radio
  3. Select a genre that interests you
  4. Select a channel and press play*
  5. Press the windows key to navigate out of Nokia Music, lock the screen
  6. Tap the unlock the screen and you can see the music control keys on the start screen

A great tip for the music heads out there, I’ve seen a lot of love from people about the mix radio so no doubt this one will be valuable. Make sure you’re connecting through WiFi for free access, or data charges may apply!

Fun Fact: If you need silence your ringer quickly, hit the power button and your phone will be silenced

Fun Fact: Change your email signature from your phone

Well that about concludes this post on Lumia tips. I hope you’ve learned something new and if not, maybe you have something to teach us? Leave us a comment or share with everyone on Twitter.