Top 67 Nokia N8 tips and tricks

Hi, and welcome to my MEGA tips-and-tricks post about the first Symbian^3 phone – the Nokia N8!

You may remember my hands-on preview post about this fine device. This time, I’ll take an in-depth look at software capabilities, and how to use them properly. This post is an extensive list of How Tos , and I hope you’ll find them useful! Sit back, take your N8 (or any other mobile phone from the new Symbian family – E7, C7 and C6-01), one cup of your favorite drink, and enjoy! Actually, one cup won’t do the job, but hey, you can come back anytime 🙂

Tips are organized into 4 groups: Home screen (1-18), Menu (19-26), Settings (27-51) and Miscellaneous (52-67). Feel free to use search in your PC browser (Ctrl + F), it’ll help you get the answers you need.

1. Add most used apps/contacts to the home screen. The N8 has three, fully customizable, active home screens. You can switch between them by swiping left or right, or by pressing the button with 3 dots, in the bottom-center of the screen.

There are two ways to change the content of your home screen:  you can simply tap and hold the screen for a couple of seconds, OR you can press ‘Options’ and then ‘Edit Home screen‘, as shown below.

In both cases, you’ll be at the screen that is similar to the one below:

Now, you can add new shortcuts by pressing the ‘plus’ sign and selecting the desired widget/shortcut from the given list (officially called “Widget catalogue”).

2. Remove unwanted home screen shortcuts. When you turn on your N8 for the first time, you’ll see a few things on the home screens you may not like. The easiest way to remove them is to do a similar procedure as shown in the tip number 1. Once you get to the screen for editing home screens, just tap the undesired shortcut once, and you’ll see a “Remove” message that pops-up. Click on it, and the shortcut is gone!

3. Rearrange home screen shortcuts. If you’re a neat person, you’re going to want to tweak each home screen ’till it’s perfect! Rearranging the stuff that is on the home screen is super-easy – as you’ve seen above, click ‘Options’, then ‘Edit Home screen’, and then just drag-and-drop the shortcut you want to move to the desired position.

4. Change the home screen wallpaper. One of the great features of the new Symbian (other than 3 home screens) is the ability to have a different wallpaper on every home screen. Repeat the steps from the first tip (“Options -> Edit home screen”), and then click “Options -> Change wallpaper“. You will be given a choice: “Default” and “Image”. Select “Default” if you want to keep the picture that is set as wallpaper by the current theme of your phone, or “Image”, if you want to select your own. Select the image you like from your phone’s gallery, and you’ll see a new wallpaper picture. Note: this is even easier on the C7: click “Options -> Change wallpaper” (don’t ask me why it’s different).

The transition between screens won’t be slower because of this, so feel free to add different pictures to different home screens. It’s easier to tell them apart this way…

5. Add and change favorite applications on the home screen. Having most-frequently-used apps on the home screen is very useful, so enter the home screen editing mode, and add the “Shortcuts” widget from the Widget catalogue.

You will see the shortcuts bar, with 4 apps, on the screen. Tap on it, and click “Settings”, in order to choose which 4 apps will be here.

Once there, select the app you want for each field.

6. Add favorite contacts to the home screen. You can add your loved ones and colleagues to your home screen in a pictured, contacts bar. To do so, you need to repeat the steps from tip no.1, and click the ‘plus’ sign. You will see a widget catalogue, and you need to select a widget called “Favorites”.

When you do so, you should notice a new widget on the home screen. Click “Add” (in the widget), and select up to 20 contacts! You do that by marking the desired contacts and pressing “OK”. The widget displays 4 contacts at a time, so scroll left-right to see other people, or to add more people. Important note: if you add a second Contacts bar to some other home screen, and modify it, the Contacts bar on the first screen gets modified too, so you cannot add 60 favorite contacts.

7. Remove unwanted contacts from the home screen. If you add a contact by accident, or you’re just not fond of that person anymore, you can remove his/hers shortcut by pressing the “Remove” button, in the Contacts bar, followed by marking the person you want to expel from your Favorites. If you cannot see the “Remove” button, scroll left-right through the Contacts bar until you locate it.

8. Assign a local picture to a contact. Contacts bar looks much better if you add pictures to your favorite contacts. By doing so, you’ll also see a picture of a contact during a call, so this is another good reason to assign pics to several contacts. Assigning a picture that is located on your phone is a breeze – get to the contact card by pressing the icon of the desired contact in the Favorites widget, or locate the contact in your contact list. When you do so, simply click on the green statue icon, and you’ll see the “Add image” pop-up.

All you need to do now, is to select the pic you want from your local gallery.

9. Assign a Facebook/Twitter picture to a contact. In order to do this, you need to have a Facebook or Twitter account, and you need to log in to at least one of those services on your N8 (in the app called Social Networks, naturally). As in the previous step, open the contact card, and now click on the “Social Networks” button. You will be taken to the mentioned app, and asked to link the online contact with the “real” contact in your phone. If these names don’t match, you can easily search for the online name, and assign it to the contact in the phone. When you locate the contact you need, click “More”, and then “Use this picture in Contact card“.

Great little tool if you ask me. 🙂 The only thing that I don’t like is that these images are downloaded in very low quality.

10. Add a mailbox to the home screen. This is one of the features I just adore – you can see multiple mailboxes at a glance! As usually, go to the home screen editing mode, click ‘+’ sign, and select “Mail” from the widget list.

Now, you can add the email account that you’ve already made (simply by clicking on it), or create a new one. If you choose the create a new mailbox, click “Create new mailbox”, and follow the creation process. More about creating a new mailbox later.

11. Download more widgets from the OVI Store. If you need more widgets, you can very easily download them from the OVI Store. When in Widget catalogue, click the blue shopping bag icon that has written “OVI” all over it, and download or buy the stuff you want. As the time goes, there will be more great widgets, so be patient.

12. Make all widgets on a home screen offline. Some widgets require network connection in order to display news, updates, etc… This is very handy, but sometimes (when abroad, for example), you will need to put them offline. This is done very simply: press “Options -> Widgets to offline mode“, and they will remain offline until you click “Widgets to online mode”. This affects all 3 home screens!

13. Access various shortcuts from the home screen. Press the right-top corner of any home screen (near the battery life indicator), and you’ll see a useful pop-up window with several shortcuts.

Depending on your active connections, this window can be different, but there will always be 3 shortcuts: Connectivity, Clock and Battery. Additionally, you can access various options, as shown on the pic above. More on these options later, this is only a preview 🙂

14. Set up an alarm. It is very easy to set up an alarm from the home screen. Just tap the clock, and you’ll see the new screen with the “New alarm” button. Press it, and set the time you need to get up. (More on clock and alarms later.)

15. Switch to another profile. If you need to change the way your N8 reacts to incoming calls and messages, click on the “General” button on the Home screen (this button shows the name of the active profile, it will not always show General). When you do so, you’ll be able to select the profile you want from the scrollable list. Detailed tips about profiles later.

16. Open Calendar. You can open the inbuilt calendar by pressing the date on the home screen.

17. Delete a home screen. If you, for some reason, think that three home screens is too much, you can delete one (or two) in just a few clicks. On the unwanted screen, click “Options”, and then “Delete home screen“. Click “Yes”, and you’ll be down to two homescreens.

18. Add a new home screen. If you have less than 3 home screens, you can add new one (or two) by doing this: click “Options -> New Home screen“. The new screen is added to the right of the current home screen, so keep that in mind when adding a new screen.

OK, we’re covered the tips regarding the home screens, now to the Menu customization 🙂 When you press the button located under the 3,5″ capacitive touch screen, you will launch the N8’s Menu.

19. Rearrange icons any way you like. In order to maximize your productivity, it’s good to put every icon in the place you like. All you need to do is: press “Options” and then “Organise“.

When you do so, you’ll see the menu in editing mode:

Now, just drag and drop any icon to the position you want. Once finished, press “Done”.

20. Move an icon to a different folder. I really think this is one of the most neglected functions of Symbian operating system (not just the new version). You can really put some order in your menu by moving and categorizing the icons. As in the previous tip, click “Options -> Organise”, and then tap and hold the icon you want to move. You’ll see a following pop-up:

Tap “Move to folder” , navigate to the destination folder, and click on it. Voila! The never-used icon is out of the way and buried deep in some folder. You can also drag and drop the icon the the desired folder.

21. Access various shortcuts from the menu. Similar to the tip no. 13, you can get to some useful places by a single press! If the phone is oriented horizontally, click on the middle-bottom part of the screen – it’s the position of the clock, in case you haven’t noticed. 🙂 If the screen is vertical, this tip is the same as no. 13.

As before, there are 3 permanent shortcuts: Connectivity, Clock and Battery, and some additional, depending on your active connections.

22. Change the menu layout. If you prefer a “list” menu layout over the “grid”, you can switch to it very fast. When in menu, press “Options” and then “List view“. You’ll see a list of your icons – not easy to navigate if you ask me. If you wish to switch back, do the same for the “Grid view”.

23. Minimize an open app. As you know, Symbian is the king of multitasking, so make sure you exploit this absolutely great option. All you need to do, in order to send any currently open app to the background, is to press the Menu key briefly. Now, you can open some other apps, get the data you need, and return to the minimized application. More in the following tip.

24. Show running applications. In order to return to the app you’ve just minimized, you can do one of the following things: (where ever you are in the menu or home screen), press “Options”, followed by “Show open applications“, or with more style, press and hold the menu key for approximately one second.

Either way, Task manager will pop up, and you will see a scrollable list of thumbnails of your running applications, as pictured below. Navigate to the app you want to bring to front (a.k.a. maximize), and click on it.

25. Quickly close an open app. I would recommend to close an app as soon as you’ve finished using it. This way, you’ll save the battery life and you’ll have more RAM memory to work with. Instead of bringing that application to the front (as described in the previous tip) and then clicking “Options -> Exit”, you can simply press the “Close” button (marked with an “X”) in the Task manager, as shown in the picture above.

26. Close multiple apps at once. If you have several apps running, and you don’t need them anymore, you can close them all with a single click. Just launch the Task manager by holding the Menu key, and then press and hold any displayed thumbnail. You’ll see a following screen:

Just tap “Close all“, and all running applications will be closed. Great time saver. I would like to have another option in this list: “Close all except this one“, so Nokia if you’re listening, please add this in future firmware update.

Now you know some practical stuff about the Symbian^3 menu and home screens. It is time to go through settings that will help you personalize and tweak the N8 the way you want.

27. Use Profiles. Your mobile phone comes with 6 fully modifiable profiles, and it is very wise to use them. Profile is a group of various settings, that include the ringtone selection, vibration options, etc.. Instead of turning the phone off during the meeting or while sleeping, you can simply put it in the corresponding profile. Open the Menu, go to “Settings” and open “Profiles“.

You will see a list of phone’s profiles. If you’re going to bed, select the “Silent” profile, and your phone will not make a sound! In the “Meeting” profile, your N8 will beep once when there’s an incoming call, etc… Profile named “Offline” is a bit different than the rest – you will not be able to use your phone for calls and texting. This profile is meant to be used in planes, and other places that forbid the use of GSM communication. To activate a profile, simply click on it, and select “Activate”.

28. Edit a profile. Symbian^3 profiles have a great level of customization. You can change almost anything you like, so let’s begin. Go to Profiles, as described in the previous tip, tap on the profile you want to modify, and then press “Personalise“. You will see a huge list of changeable fields. All fields are pretty much self-explanatory, so you shouldn’t have problems customizing.

29. Limit a profile’s duration. This is an extremely useful option. You can set the exact time you want the profile to expire. For example, I like to switch from “Silent” to “General” when I get up. This is done by opening profiles as we did in the tip 26, clicking on the desired profile, and then pressing “Timed“. You will see the following screen, so set the preferred time and click “OK”. Note: after timed profile expires, phone will return to the previously active profile.

30. Change a theme. As you already know, Symbian is absolutely great for customization, so you can change the entire look and feel of the phone. I like elegant, black themes with simple icons, as the one you see in the screenshots above. These themes are easy to use, and they also save battery life, when compared to white (bright) themes! Go to “Settings”, and then “Themes“, and you’ll be at the following screen.

Select “General“, and choose the theme you like. Here’s a different theme, for your reference. You can download more themes from OVI Store.

31. Change a screensaver. To be honest, I don’t use screen savers, but the one on the N8 might change that. Go to “Settings -> Themes -> Screen saver“, and you’ll see a list of installed screen savers.

Try all of them to find the one you prefer. My friendly advice is to select the one named “Big Clock“. It’s very simple and elegant, and it gives you the info you need… Note: depending on your time settings, this clock can be digital or analogue.

32. Change time and date related settings. Relative to your culture and geographical location, you will want to change the time and date format. Simply navigate to “Settings -> Phone -> Time and Date“.

Click on it, and you’ll have a wide variety of options.

Make sure that the correct time and time zone are set (this will change when you travel to a different time zone), as well time and date formats. My advice is to change the clock type to “Digital“, because it takes less time to acknowledge the precise time (Get it? Never mind… 🙂 ). You can also set your the default snooze time, if you want to sleep longer in the morning.

33. Manage motion sensor settings. N8 has a motion sensor for display rotation, and for some other cool options. We’re still at “Settings -> Phone”. Go to “Sensor settings“, make sure that “Sensors” field displays “On”, click on the “Turning control“, and you’ll see this screen:

First option is very handy, for example: you’re in a meeting, and you’ve forgotten to put your cell into the Meeting profile. The phone rings, and instead of rejecting the call, you can simply flip the phone screen-down, and it will stop producing sound. I like to have all 3 fields marked, but if you, for some reason, don’t want to have screen rotation, uncheck that.

34. Set a phone lock code. This options is very useful (use it carefully – make sure you don’t forget this code!!!) in case you want to protect your N8. Go to “Settings -> Phone -> Phone management”, then to “Security settings“, and then to “Phone and SIM card“. Find the “Lock code” field, and type in a numerical password (and verify it).

You can lock your phone, by pressing the Power button, and then “Lock phone”.

If you now try to unlock the N8, you will see the lock screen, followed by the screen that requires you to enter the lock code.

35. Remotely lock your phone! One of the best additions to the new Symbian is the ability to lock a lost phone by a single SMS! In case you lose your precious phone, this option is a phone-saver! You need to enable this, by going to “Settings -> Phone -> Phone management”, then to “Security settings“, and then to “Phone and SIM card“. Now, locate the “Remote phone locking” field, and enable it.

You will be prompted to enter the remote locking message (the password). Now you can lock your phone, even if you’re not near the device, by sending an SMS (from any other phone) that contains the remote locking message.

36. Manage the menu button blinking. Another handy tip – the N8’s menu key can blink for selected amount of time if there’s an event (missed call and/or new message). To change the duration of the blinking and the events notified, go to “Settings -> Phone -> Notification lights” and select “Notification light“.

Now, select how long you want this button to blink, and the events that trigger this blinking. I think 30 minutes is just fine, and that both the missed call and new message should be notified.

Great, we’ve finished with the “Phone” section of the Settings.

37. Uninstall an app or theme. If you’ve installed an application that you do not fancy any more, you can uninstall it by going to the Application Manager (open Settings -> Application Manager). You will be at the following screen, so tap the “Installed apps” field:

The list of all installed applications will be shown, so you need to locate the unwanted application/theme, tap and hold that app, and click the “Uninstall” button in the pop-up window. Now click “Yes”, and the app is no more!

Your N8 is a multimedia beast, but it is a phone, after all. We’re now going to change some settings regarding the phone calls.

38. Activate call waiting. This option is superb for conference calls, so make sure you enable it. You’ll be able to talk to several persons at once, if you go to “Settings -> Calling -> Call”, and click on the “Call waiting” field.

Just tap “Activate“, and you’re good to go!

39. See call duration during the call. If you want to track the duration of your calls while talking, this option will come practical. Go to “Settings -> Calling -> Call”, and enable “Show call duration” field.

40. Display call summary when the call is over. I like this feature, because it shows the duration of the call as soon as you hang up. Go to “Settings -> Calling -> Call”, and enable “Summary after call” field.

Now, off to connectivity!

41. Change the type of USB connection. When you connect your N8 to the PC, it will automatically use “Nokia OVI Suite” mode. This mode comes handy for synchronization, but sometimes you just want to transfer files to/from PC. In order to change this mode, go to “Settings -> Connectivity” and select “USB“. You will see 4 available USB modes:

You can change the default type of connection simply by clicking on it, and you can also change the type while you’re connected!

42. Save data connection costs. If you have a limited dataplan you can save some KB’s by setting the phone to automatically switch from GPRS/3G to WiFi connection, when available. Go to “Settings -> Connectivity”, and then choose “Settings“. In the first field select “Known WLANs only“, as pictured.

43. Change the priority of the Internet access points. When there are several WiFi networks available, the best way to choose the one you want is to prioritize. Visit “Settings -> Connectivity -> Settings”, and click “Destinations“.

Select “Internet“, and you will see a list of saved APs. Tap and hold the access point you want to move up/down, and you’ll see the following screen:

Simply tap “Change priority“, and then tap on the position you want to place that AP.

44. Create a new access point manually. There will be situations when you need to fill in some advanced data for certain WLAN networks (hidden and proxy-based networks come to my mind). In order to achieve this, go to “Settings -> Connectivity -> Settings -> Destinations”, and click on the “Access Point” field. You will be asked if you would like to search for available WiFi hotspots. This won’t work for hidden networks, so click “No” in that case. Otherwise, click “Yes” and select desired WiFi network. If you choose to manually add all data, you will need to choose the type of new access point (WLAN or Packet data). After that, just follow the creation process, and fill in the data needed.

45. Manage active connections. If you want to have full control of active data or WiFi connections, go to “Settings -> Connectivity” and then open “Connection manager“. If there are zero active connections, you’ll see a “no active connections” message, and if you’re, for example, connected to WiFi, you’ll see the name of access point that connects your Symbian^3 phone to network, as well the duration of that connection:

If you tap on that AP, you will be given detailed info about that network connection. If you tap and hold AP, you will be able to disconnect that AP. Very useful in some cases!

46. Hide unwanted WiFi networks. I was really pleased when I saw this option. It allows you to skip unwelcome WLAN hotspots during your WiFi scanning process – very convenient in places with many WLANs! As in several previous tips, go to “Settings -> Connectivity”, but now tap “WLAN“. When you do that, you will see a list of all available WiFi networks in your surroundings. In order to display only the one(s) you use/like, do the following: click “Options”, and then “Filter WLANs”.

Now, mark the ones you want to put out of sight, and click “OK”. (I had to blur the first WLAN, it’s name was obscene)… That’s it, you will only see the WLANs you want in the future searches.

47. Scan Bluetooth device by type. This feature is also new, and I find it quite nifty! When pairing with a new Bluetooth device, you need to scan nearby devices. In order to be more productive, the N8 can search devices by their type (audio devices, phones, PCs and input devices). Simply visit “Settings -> Connectivity -> Bluetooth“, and select the second tab, “Paired devices“.

Now just tap “Options”, and then “New paired device“. You will be given a choice:

Choose the category you need, and pair your device!

48. Transfer important data from your old phone. You’ve bought the shiny new N8, but you need all your contacts, bookmarks and calendar entries from your previous Nokia. No need to worry, this is super-simple, just follow my lead. Open “Settings -> Connectivity”, and then “Data transfer“. Select “Phone switch” and then read one of my previous tutorials: How to transfer contacts to your new Nokia? .

49. Use USB-on-the-go! This is one of my favorite Symbian^3 features, because it allows me to transfer files from USB stick to my mobile phone (and vice versa) without the use of PC! The N8 comes with the micro USB to USB cable that you use for this type of connection (unfortunately, C7 doesn’t) . Simply plug the USB memory (or even external hard disk!) to the cable, and then plug the other end of the cable to micro USB port on the phone. File Manager will be launched automatically, and you will see your flash memory in the list:

If you tap and hold the name of your USB device, you’ll have some quite handy options available. Among others, you will be able to format the drive and to rename it.

If you just click on your USB in the list, you will see a list of files and folders that are currently on it. Tap and hold any file to copy it to phone’s memory, to rename it or delete it. It’s the same for other direction (if you want to copy something from the phone to the USB) – locate the desired file/folder using File Manager, tap and hold it, and after pressing “Copy to folder“, select the destination.

50. Always safely remove USB sticks. This is not a must, but it is advisable. In order to prevent data loss, do the following: tap on the up-right corner if in the home screen (or in the Menu, holding the phone vertically), or the bottom-center key, if in Menu, holding the phone horizontally. You will see a pop-up, and just press “Remove USB device“.

51. Connect USB mouse to the phone. This feature is great, not only for showing off, but for productivity, too! 🙂 Simply, plug in the mouse via mentioned USB cable, and you’re good to go. The mouse pointer (arrow) will be shown on the phone’s display. Check out the pic below. Cool, right? 🙂

Instead of touching the screen, press the left mouse button, and the tap will be simulated! Press the right key to minimize an app, or to open the menu. Press and hold the right key to open task manager. You can even use the scroll wheel to navigate through gallery with more speed! Truly, an amazing feature!

Great, we’ve finished Connectivity. This pretty much covers the settings you will need, so now, short tricks. 😀

52. Receive reports for sent text messages. This fundamental option is disabled by default, and I really don’t know why. To correct this mistake, go to “Messaging”, and then Options -> Settings -> Text message”. Find the field called “Receive report“, and select “Yes”.

53. Find the Log icon. At first, I almost though Symbian^3 ditched the log of all your communication data.  Yes, it was THAT hard to find. The Log is well hidden in “Applications -> Tools” – not that deep down in the menu, but it was the last place I looked. That’s why I moved it to the main (Root) folder of the Menu.

54. Send a SMS from the call log. This is another handy time saver. For example, imagine you have one missed call, and you want to send a text to the person who tried to reach you. Instead of opening the Messaging app, just tap and hold that entry in the call log (this also works for dialed and received calls), and you’ll see a pop up window, that will allow you to quickly send the message (among other things). Click “Create message“, and start typing! Hat tip to Darko for this one! 🙂

55. Send or share multiple photos at once. This is truly a time saver, so pay attention. Tap the Photos icon, and choose, for example, “All”. Now, click on the tick (check mark) icon, and you’ll be in the mode for multiple selection. Check the pics you want to send, then click “Options -> Send” and select the desired method.

56. Download applications from OVI Store. Your N8 comes with preinstalled OVI Store client, so getting new apps is effortless. The number of Symbian^3 apps is still not massive, but we won’t have to wait too long for more great content.

57. Use WiFi when possible. WiFi connection has several advantages over data connection: it’s free, it’s (usually) faster and it consumes less battery, so you should have this tip on mind all the time.

58. Add bookmarks to the browser. This may seem as a nuisance at first, but you need to think ahead, because it will make your browsing easier. When you land on a certain (frequently used) page, adding a bookmark can’t be easier. Click on the bidirectional arrow in the right-bottom of the screen to show the hidden buttons, and then click on the 3 horizontal stripes (more options). You will see a pop-up window with several icons.

Tap “Save bookmark” icon, name the bookmark, and it’s done!

59. Download additional language(s) for the dictionary. When you launch the inbuilt “Dictionary” app (located in Applications -> Office), you will be prompted to download another language (English is preinstalled). Do that, and you’ll have a decent, offline, bilingual translations! Works very well with Serbian-English translations.

60. Set the audio recording quality to high. The N8 has a fine preinstalled audio recording software called Recorder (located in Applications -> Office). You can run the app during the phone call and record it, and in order to get the best quality of sound, you need to take the following action. Launch the Recorder, tap “Options -> Settings”, and select “High“, in the “recording quality” field.

61. Set up an email account. Creating a new mailbox couldn’t be more convenient. Just launch the app called Mail (located in the Applications folder), and tap on the “New” icon. If you’re using one of the popular email providers (Yahoo!, Google, Hotmail, OVI), all you need to fill in is your email address, and the corresponding password. Everything else takes place automatically!

62. Update phone software regularly. Nokia will publish various firmware updates for your phone, so make sure you always have the newest version. Because all Symbian^3 phones support OTA (Over The Air) updates, you can easily update software without the PC. Just type in *#0000# (these are zeros), and you’ll see firmware details.

Tap “Options -> Check for updates“, and see if there’s an update from Nokia!

63. Launch the camera by pressing the Camera button! Please don’t go through the menu and search for the camera icon, this is WAY faster.

64. Set the camera resolution to maximum. In order to have full screen images, the default resolution on my N8 was set to 9MP. If you want to have the best quality, launch the camera, and tap “Options – > Settings“. Change the the first field (Image quality) to the greatest value.

65. Enable video stabilisation. The N8 can record great 720p video, and this tip will make your video creation a little less shaky. Open the camera, switch to video mode by pressing the camcorder icon, and then tap “Options – > Settings”. Find the field called “Video stabilisation” and click on it to display “On”.

66. Activate the “power saving mode”. When the battery is down to one (or two) bar(s), it’s very smart to activate this mode – it will dim the display, disconnect Bluetooth, disable the screensaver and switch to GSM from 3G network (that means: no fast data traffic and no video calls)…, and by doing so, you’ll will significantly prolong the operating time of the phone. Just press the power button, and scroll down till you see “Activate power saving“. Click on it, and the economic mode is on. I also switch to power saving mode at night, and that way, I get more from my battery!

67. Remove memory card without turning the phone off. You can hot-swap memory cards quite easily. As in the previous tip, push the Power button, and then tap “Remove F: memory“. This will close all running apps that are installed on this memory, and you will be able to safely remove the memory card. Note: This tip doesn’t include the C7 because, unfortunately, it’s microSD slot is located under the battery.

Bonus tip: enable WiFi tethering on your N8. Sharing your GPRS/3G connection with other devices via WiFi is absolutely a must! This tip actually requires you to download a free, extremely practical, app called JoikuSpot Light. It’s very easy to use, and you can read about it in one of my previous posts.

Congratulations, if you’ve made it this far!!!

There’s a part two of this post, 20 more tips – read it here!

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    • shivaram
    • November 15th, 2010

    here the topic covered nicely and most of these tips or help are known to me, except for the 66th, turning on the power saving mode. great!!!

    • Aidan
    • November 15th, 2010

    hi vuk,

    not a tip but a question! do you know if you can change the icon of new folders you create? for example i have made a music folder with music, radio, podcatcher and ovi music in it. but it would be good to have a suitable icon for the folder, like you can in windows.

      • SymbianSimian
      • November 15th, 2010

      Short answer: NO,
      On 5800 you had media folder but N8 has musicplayer in the top layer of the menu.

    • krisq
    • November 15th, 2010

    Quick tip: you can turn bluetooth on/off with ‘*’ and change profile from ‘General’ to ‘Silent’ with ‘#’

    • Ergonpandilus
    • November 15th, 2010

    Very nice list.

    Here’s few handy shortcuts as well.

    Keypad shortcuts (Select “Call” from homescreen)
    – Bluetooth ON/OFF: longpress on ‘*’-key
    – Call log: press call key
    – Contacts: press on contacts icon
    – Open browser: longpress on ‘0’-key
    – Silent profile: longpress on ‘#’-key

    Keypad codes (Select “Call” from homescreen and type…)
    – *#7370# does hard reset
    – *#7780# does soft reset
    – *#06# shows your IMEI
    – *#0000# shows info about phone software
    – *#92702689# (*#war anty#) shows lifetimer
    – *#2820# (*#BTA0#) displays the Bluetooth device address of your phone
    – *#62209526# (*#MAC0WLAN) displays the MAC address of the WLAN adapter

    Clock and Profile -widget
    – Active and edit profile: press on profile name on the widget
    – Calendar: press on date on the widget
    – Clock: press on clock on widget

    Notifications popup (press on battery icon)
    – Clock: press on time on the popup
    – Connectivity settings: press on connectivity icon on the popup
    – Powersave mode ON/OFF: press on battery icon on the popup
    – USB mode: press on USB icon on the popup (when connected) to switch USB mode without unplugging
    – WLAN-manager: press on WLAN connection on the popup (when connected)

    – Alarm Enable/Disable: Set alarm to repeat, then you can disable and enable it
    – Animated Themes: Nokia default themes (not Midnight pack) have animated backgrounds, just active it from theme settings
    – Data Counter: Open call log and tap on right tab to view data transfer log.
    – Disconnect all networks: longpress with red call key
    – Edit Homescreen: longpress on anywhere on the homscreen changes to edit mode
    – Faster Homescreen: turn of theme effects from Themes settings to make switching between homescreens instant
    – Favorites Widget: you can scroll the favorites widget horisontally and add more than four contacts, unlike in N97 homescreen
    – Forced Reboot: press power key for eight seconds simulating “battery removal”
    – “Full” Reset: hold “Volume Down + Camera Key + Menu Key” and press power button until your phone shake (Warning! Will remove some apps permanently like Ovi Store and Qt!)
    – Predictive QWERTY: predictive text and word auto-completion are also supported on QWERTY, not only in keypad
    – Screen Saver Notification: Use ‘Music Player’ screen saver to show new sms and missed calls icon on screen. Time, Date, Profile and Music being played will also be shown if enabled.
    – Silence Calls/Snooze Alarms: turn around your phone upside down to silence calls or snooze alarms (set it on from Settings > Sensor settings)
    – Special Characters: longpress on ‘1*’-character on QWERTY keyboard to input special characters like õ, ü, etc.
    – Torch (n/a in N8): hold down keylock to use LED flash as a torch
    – Two way Charge: Both USB and regular thin-pin adapters can be used for charging
    – Two way Keylock: open keylock by sliding keylock button on side OR by pressing menu key and then press on the screen where it says “Unlock”
    – Two way TV-OUT: use HDMI cable to get digital TV Out (only N8/E7) with HD resolution or use 3.5mm cable for composite TV out
    – Voice Command: hold Call button in homescreen (setup voice command first)
    – USB OTG: you can directly connect almost any USB device to the phone (including USB mouse, -keyboard, -pendrive and -external HDD)
    – Widget settings: in homescreen edit mode, press on widget (Notifications, Mail, Search and Shortcuts)
    – Widgets Online/Offline: select Options > “Widget to Offline mode” from homescreen

    – Calendar: browse through days by swiping through screen from left to right or vice versa to browse back
    – Camera: use Pinch zoom to switch between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios (9Mpix vs 12Mpix on N8)
    – Camera: double press on screen to zoom (like with browser)
    – Camera: you can also zoom by using volume keys
    – Clock: switch between analog and digital clock by tapping the big clock shown on screen
    – File Manager: connect to a network drive by choosing the setting from options menu (instead of Settings)
    – File Manager: jump down on folder tree by pressing on one of the folder icons on top of the screen
    – File Manager: open search bar by lightly pressing on camera key
    – Gallery: Three ways to zoom pictures; by making a double press, a pinch zoom or by using volume keys
    – Mail: Collapse and expand all days by doing longpress on a day
    – Menu (App. Grid): instead of leaving it to background, choose Options > Exit
    – Profiles: set profile (except general and offline) to change based on time of the day from profile settings
    – Ovi Maps: share current (or favorite) location via MMS or E-Mail to any other Nokia device with Maps
    – Task Manager: open Task Manager by doing longpress on (physical) menukey on the phone
    – Task Manager: longpress on any of the apps to bring out option to close invidual or all running apps
    – Lost Application (general): in case you accidently delete some of Nokia applications, like Communities or Midnight theme pack, use Software Update re-install it

    • offtopic
    • November 15th, 2010

    thanks for this tip and tricks

    what i really dont know of is the close all open apps in multitasking view. Glad that nokia adds this feature, no need for third party apps like handy taskman, best taskman etc,

    i am looing forward to next firmware uodate, hope there is multitouch keyboard,

    • AD
    • November 15th, 2010

    Hey.. for the power saving mode.. u don need to press the power button all the time..

    Refer Pic of Tip 21: just click on the battery there. It gives us status and option to Activate/deactivate Power Saver

    This option can be made to display/hide through the power saver option accessed thru settings..

  1. The 67 tips are great. Especially number 66 – Activate the “power saving mode”. I didn’t know you can do that!

    • Suresh Kumar
    • November 15th, 2010

    thankx for valuable inframation

  2. thanks for the writeup. i found it very helpful.

    • Torgrim
    • November 15th, 2010

    My experience with the Video Stabilizstion set to ON is use only when your not panning/moving focus a lot, because video gets jagged with lots of movement and stabilization set to ON. (ON = good for slowly moving camera/pans, OFF = good for fast moving/panning). Others?

  3. Tip 38: just an FYI, this feature has been around since S60v3 – it was on my Nokia E61 and E71

    • You’re right! But, I didn’t say it’s new, only it’s useful 🙂

    • skipper
    • November 16th, 2010

    Hello hd, sorry for my english. Very compliments for all your site! I see that you have installed COMINGNEXT 1.29 in N8. I’ve got it in N97 and ok, but in N8 it doesn’t run. Can you help me?

    Thank you very much

    skipper italy

    • Ciao Skipper,

      come stai?

      Just restart your N8 and you should see it in the widget list. That worked for me. 🙂

    • Emmanuel
    • November 16th, 2010


    Very nice list and very useful THANK YOU for this…

    One comment and one question :

    – On tip 57. “Use WiFi when possible”. WiFi connection is free and (usually) faster than 3G connection but it consume MORE battery.

    – On tip 30 . “Change Theme” Do you know how to change the screen background color ? I don’t like very much that black thing that we have by default

    Thanks again and best regards

  4. Wow! Good job on this comprehensive list! I had the same thing, but just a few and summarized ones.

    • GordonH
    • November 17th, 2010

    Nice list. If you could keep updating this article it would be useful for everyone. I’m sure tips given in comments could be added to the article without any complaints.

    • Colm
    • November 17th, 2010

    Great list, a few things I hadn’t realised there.
    I especially like the call waiting and USB on the go tips.

    I’ve a question.
    My last phone (N95 8gb) had a feature with it’s video centre app where if I watched a video, the next time I went to play it, it could take me straight to where I stopped.
    Is there any way to do this on the N8? Or an app to download to do the same thing? I don’t mind paying extra for the feature, it’s one I really would like.

    • N8dragon
    • November 18th, 2010

    If you don’t want certain pictures to show up in the photos ‘All’ gallery, put them in a zip folder. You can still get to the pictures from the regular file manager, but can not swipe from one picture to the next. To do this, you would have to unzip them first. You can do this with videos as well, as they also show up in the ‘All’ gallery. Unfortunately, if you try to play a video in a zip folder, the video is extracted first to the C: drive, so it only works if the video is less than +/-180mb, depending on how much space you have remaining. So in most cases you would have to extract the video before watching it.

    • Jo
    • November 18th, 2010

    great tips. Love the phone. just have a serious issue with the proximity sensor and it is causing phone calls to drop out. Any soulutions besides hands free greatly appreciated.

    • Jo
    • November 18th, 2010

    as above just forgot to subscribe 🙂

    • Sharan
    • November 19th, 2010

    Most of the things explained i had found with trial and error as the case with anybody esle too. But i was not known to the fact that i can share the net with another device. thats cool now.

    I liked this phone. Its better than many of the previous Nokia phones. But i am missing the IM Chat and i have to rely on Nimbuz / ebuddy etc. I have checked the Nokia site too its not compatible with the Model. Any other way to get the IM Chat in N8. thats the only thing i am missing in this one now.


    • ken
    • November 20th, 2010

    can i lock key the key pad when i’m making a phone call?

    • Ken, during a call, the screen will be automatically switched off if it’s near your head, so no need to lock it.

        • Blonde Panther
        • January 17th, 2011

        Heehee… Sooo funny…!!!

        • evg
        • February 6th, 2011

        Hey HD,

        Thanks for the write up.
        Had few queries, on my N8

        1. My outgoing/ incoming calls are dropped automatically, y do you think this is happening?

        2. My out going calls are not going tru at times, inspite of my prepaid accnt having suffiecient fund.Any idea why this is happening?

    • Ungas
    • November 21st, 2010

    When receiving or placing calls, my N8’s screen would just turn off, plain black. Can even see who’s calling. Do you guys know if there’s a way for the N8 NOT to turn off screen while ringing? Btw, I was testing it numerous times even when phone is just on top of my desk.

      • juliet
      • October 25th, 2011

      Did you ever receive a reply for this because i am having the same problem

      • Unfortunately, no reply ever since. I think it’s Nokia’s feature to avoid accidentally pressing the screen. And I kinda hate that feature.

      • calin
      • November 29th, 2011

      Not normal behavior, have the prox sensor replaced for the same defect.

      • paul h
      • December 29th, 2011

      I was having the exact problem i was pulling my hair it was so frustrating, i had searched everywhere for a answer to this problem no help anywhere. but i managed to find what the problem was with my N8 it was not a software problem i had bought a mirror screen protector for my phone and it was this that was stopping light getting into the proximity sensor causing the screen to go black i removed this and it completly solved this issue, not sure if it may be the same for you guys hope this helps.

    • asad
    • November 22nd, 2010

    A brilliant piece of work. Great job mate. I’m sure thousand of people got benefited by your list.
    Keep it up

    • Jimster
    • November 22nd, 2010

    Cheers for the tips. I love the phone, it’s a shame Nokia’s OVI Suite software is so bad – no way of viewing/organising the calendar or bookmarks via the software. It really does make you want to throw the thing at a wall as hard as possible.

    • Eduardo
    • November 23rd, 2010

    Hi, thanks for the great tips.

    Do you or anyone passing by know how to type during a voice call, e.g. typing your account number in a call to the bank helpdesk?

    • Hi Eduardo,

      You’re welcome. 🙂

      That’s quite easy, just press the Menu key, and you’ll minimize the call. Then, you’ll be able to open anything, including the dialer.

    • Sergio
    • November 25th, 2010

    Juts purchased it 2 days ago. It’s a nice upgrade from an N82.

    The only thing I miss is “auto hang-up” app, allowed me to limit the duration of outgoing/incoming calls.

    • Anil
    • November 26th, 2010

    Thanks for the info.

    I have some problem I dont know if it is just my handset or in all the n8’s. When ever I am on the call i have to lock the screen if not it touchs ‘end call’ on the screen and hangs up. ITs so annoying people phoning me got annoyed as well thinking that I am hanging up on them.

    Another problem is Sensor setting, I put the sensor on so when I rotate the phone I can view in the landscape view. It will be ok for a while and on it own it will stop working. If I go check the sensor setting it will be off. Dont know why this happens.

    Please help me if this is the case with all N8’s or just my handset.

    • sabah123
    • November 26th, 2010

    can u plz tell me where is the cell info display on my n8 cause i cant fing it and my sim card is not working because of that.

    • Hi,

      Go to Menu -> Settings -> Connectivity -> Network and set the third field to ‘On’.

    • November 26th, 2010

    Still having issues with touch scrreem not deactivating during call.. waste of $700.00

    • mezcal
    • November 26th, 2010

    Awesome tips highdiver (and some of the commenters.)
    Very helpful for a recent e71>N8 convert like myself.
    Bit of an overwhelming swap but so far it’s an awesome gizmo.

    • Totte
    • November 26th, 2010

    On the 5800 u could save pics in differnt folders if u didnt want to show them all. is this possible on the N8 to?

    • Brian
    • December 1st, 2010

    Anyone know how to change the alarm clock tone?

    • Hi Brian,

      Just tap on the clock on the home screen, then Options -> Settings. Scroll down till you see the ‘Clock alarm tone’ field and set the desired melody.

      • Abhijeet
      • March 30th, 2011

      just go in alarm setting there is option change alarm tone
      then open it there is list of all song and music of your phone

    • aeonian
    • December 2nd, 2010

    Fantastic post!!! Great job.

  5. i tried the remote lock with SMS but it didn’t work….when i send the message from another phone it just gets delivered the normal way.

      • Gauthamy
      • December 8th, 2010

      hi Malailamkuu.., may be you forgot to set a phone lock code.First you need to set your phone lock code.,and then enable the remote lock …!!

      its working terrific on my phone!

        • malaikamkuu
        • December 15th, 2010

        Hello Gauthamy, i did set the phone lock, because when i swich off the phone, it asks me for the code whenever i switch it back on…but when i send an SMS it gets delivered the normal way and the phone is not locked. When i look at thr settings, the remote lock is enabled.

        Could it be because I’m using another application called advanced blocker?

    • Jacqueline R
    • December 5th, 2010

    Why is it that I do not get a notification and buzz from facebook when using N8. Do I need to install any software? Please help…

  6. my nokia n8 side lock key is broken,now how do i open & lock again my phone without using side key anymore

    • Hi Siraj,
      That’s very easy. Just press the power button, and then “Lock screen and keys” to lock the N8, and when you want to unlock it, press the Menu button, and then “Unlock” on the screen.

    • KS
    • December 10th, 2010

    my nokia N8 cant read chinese character..can any1 help me?i bought the phone in india.thanks

    • Steve
    • December 12th, 2010

    Fantastic guide, Thanks heaps !!
    I found this guide via Google, I was looking for “Timed profiles”.
    When I set a different profile to General (eg SILENT), I do NOT get the option of timing it …….
    It just goes straight to the selected profile.
    Any clues ??
    Thanks again !

    • Hi Steve, thanks! 🙂

      You need to do that from “Settings -> Profiles”, not from the main screen.

        • Steve
        • December 12th, 2010

        Thanks !!

        Of course you’re right….But how awkward is that !!

        Why do they make you jump through so many hoops just to do that /face-palm/



    • richs
    • December 12th, 2010


    help me in getting the chat widget which was lost after resetting N8

    • Bonitan
    • December 15th, 2010

    Odlicno! Hvala Ti prijatelju.
    Ljubo iz Floride

    • Jaideep Malhotra
    • December 16th, 2010

    any idea to switch wi fi off?

    • Jaideep Malhotra
    • December 16th, 2010

    it keeps on connecting to the home network, and drains battery. i keep disconnecting it and every few seconds it reconnects. Widgets are in offline mode, mail is not open, and still it keeps connecting. all settings under connectivity and wlan are off.

    Only option is to delete the access point and re configure it everytime i want to use it.

      • NH Choy
      • January 14th, 2011

      This is a trick by the phone company to make user pay more for data. But we are smarter
      * First find out the name of the access point that always on from “connection manager”
      * Go to connectivity setting to set “Data use in home network” to “WLAN only” so you are able to edit the access point. Some just stop here because the phone will not connect to data anymore. But whenever u need 3G, u will hv to come back here to set to “Automatic” or “Always ask”. So read on.
      * Go to “Destinations” and rename each and every access point with the name you found earlier.
      * Set “Data use in home netowork” back to “Automatic” or “Always ask”.

      Hope that’s help.

        • Scott
        • February 1st, 2011

        lol ive been deleting and re adding my wlan connection up until now haha

    • Indy Singh
    • December 16th, 2010

    Many thanks for your Tips and tricks.I love this phone even more now.
    Kind Regards

    • Anders
    • December 17th, 2010

    Super list…

    But I have an additional question:
    It is possible to remove or deactivate the “Hold Call” button on the call screen. My manager has a large beard that keeps activating the button during calls.


      • Joyce
      • December 19th, 2010

      When I answer or make a phone call the first I do when I have a connection is lock the screen with the slide lock. That way I do not accidentily activate the ‘Hold Call’ button.

    • Leo
    • December 18th, 2010

    Nice tips, very helpful. that one 66 nightsaving mode at night. connect USB flahs drives (the best one and never expected that on a phone) etc…
    I saw about the mouse and keyboard to connect on N8 but dindt see the meaning, but when I saw the picture in num51 with the mouse on the screen, COOL and nice one, now I see the point to connect them.
    each day I like more my N8
    Thanks very much.

    • Serban
    • December 18th, 2010

    Thank you very much for the tips, huge help !!!

    Could you please help me with the following:
    – Certain contacts have 2 or 3 numbers: one no as Voice call, 2 as Message and the same 2 no. as Video call.
    Is there any way to have all 3 nos. under Voice call and to remove Message & Video call ?

    – One home screen includes 4 Favorite contacts. When trying to call one of them, I have to select Voice call.
    Is there any shortcut by wich I can call one of the contacts just by pressing the name (either in the Home Screen or in the Contacts list) ?

    • Hi Serban,

      You’re welcome! 🙂

      – You can set the “Defaults” – the default number for voice call, message, etc… Open the desired contact, click “Options -> Defaults” and select the number you want in each field.

      – In the contact list, you can tap and hold the contact name and you will see the list, where you’re going to be able to call the contact.

    • Praveen Pillai
    • December 19th, 2010

    Power Saving Mode:

    If you tap in the notification area (near the battery icon on any screen), it will show you what connections you have active, alarms, new messages, missed calls, etc.

    Notice there is also a battery icon there (right side). Tap on it and you will get a flyout with the remaining battery power and the Power Saving Mode prompt as a link that you can tap to activate Power Saving.

    • Raja
    • December 19th, 2010

    Thanx for all the info, luv this gadget more than ever.

    • Raja
    • December 20th, 2010

    Whenever i connect the USB on the go cable the phone gives a message ‘error in USB connection. disconnect cable’. Pls help, also how do you chk if pen drive is FAT 32?

    • Gaurav
    • December 22nd, 2010

    My N8 has stopped displaying the caller names (for all the contacts that I have in my phone). Based on some inputs from discussions on Nokia site, I tried removing SIM and again powering on the phone. But it does not show the caller name (only number is displayed). I have verified that there is no duplicate entry. Please help, otherwise this is un-bearable

      • Scott
      • February 1st, 2011

      its because when someone calls you their area code is in fron of the number…and when you add contacts to your phonebook you type it differently without the + and the area code….mine started doing the same thing randomly too..

    • Try changing the theme, it worked for me. One of the themes were messing with my contacts..

    • Tanel (EST)
    • December 22nd, 2010

    What app does the screenshot in nokia N8?

    • Tanel, the app is called Best ScreenSnap and it’s free. At the moment, it is not available in the OVI Store, so go to and download it.

    • Crystal
    • December 24th, 2010

    I have had my N8 for about 5 days now, and i love it but yesterday it just started to run extremely slow, like my texts couldnt even keep up with me and i wasnt even going fast, i switched it off and had trouble switching it back on again until about 5mins later. Is this an issues Nokia has brought along with their new services or??
    Its fine now but I mean its only been 5days and its doing this!?

      • sewan
      • January 19th, 2011

      go to web icon…(internet browser)…click Option..try to find ‘clear privasy data’ and click All…or delete some message in inbox…don’t save any media files in drive C:…gud luck….

    • Mandar
    • December 24th, 2010

    Thank you for your valuable information. Can you please tell me if there is a better music player available for N8?

      • fawler
      • December 26th, 2010

      i have a problem with transferring files from my PC to N8 and vice-versa via bluetooth; they can see each other but do not connect.
      Any one has similar problem or a solution?
      thank you

    • confused dot com
    • December 26th, 2010

    Is it just my handset or not? The dictionary doesn’t seem to save new words [espcially swear words] and so I have to keep entering them when using predictive text. Really, really annoying. Ideas please? Thanks

    • Okey
    • December 29th, 2010

    Hi. My n8 loses all pictures in the photos gallery whenever I try to transfer photos from my laptop. And then refuses to save pictures after when I transfer from another phone via Bluetooth. It doesn’t show the remove USB when I tap on the top right corner. Only shows USB. Any help.

    • Dan F.
    • December 29th, 2010

    Your information is very useful, thank you.

    My problem is the Calendar feature. It usually takes around 15 seconds or more to process/enter the data I typed. Even trying to delete an entry, the N8 takes sometime to respond accordingly.

    Any suggestions to speed up the process?

    • singh
    • December 30th, 2010

    hey frnds,any know that what file extension i gave to a video to make it unplayable in nokia n8,such as in old nokia phones file extension ‘xyz.ota’ used to prevent from others to view? Reply me plz email

      • sewan
      • January 19th, 2011

      Hi Singh..if you try to hide the videos from being watched by others.. no need to change file extension….
      Ok…first go to “File manager… mass memory or E: drive”….click Option…click Organise and then New Folder….Rename it as _PAlbTN
      (use underscore _) (P for plane,A for Abba, l for lemon,b for bus,T for Time,N for Nokia)…save the videos in _PAlbTN folder that you just create…and now you can only watch the videos from the folder and not be shown in’s works for me….!!!..thanx…sorry for the bad English…hahaha

    • dante calva
    • December 30th, 2010

    perchè non fate nulla x i N8 che sono difettosi????
    io ancora non ho fatto una telefonata con il mio dopo 3 mesi dall’acquisto.
    lo fate perche la nokia è una casa poco seria? o perchè in italia, vige la legge del più paraculo x dirla pulitamente???

    • bart
    • December 31st, 2010

    but (!) why I cannot simply add an IMAP email account ? Why must I go throught accepting terms and conditions from Nokia and their messaging stuff while I only want to setup an IMAP account ? and why is there no option to select IMAP email, but must I enter an invalid domain for my email to be able to setup an IMAP email account ? WHY IS NOKIA SENDING THE SETUP DATA TO THEIR SERVERS AND I MUST ACCEPT IT OTHERWISE I CANNOT SETUP EMAIL AT ALL ??????

    PRIVACY BREAKING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Vino
      • January 15th, 2011

      Yes you can… just “decline” the agreement, and you will be able to set up an IMAP account as you see fit.

    • kit
    • January 1st, 2011

    how do i get off from the message Connect USB cable to device. i don’t remember how this started but for the past 24hrs it pops up every minute

    • Asad
    • January 1st, 2011

    Very valuable tips thanks and much appricated.

    • Steve
    • January 2nd, 2011

    I’ve been able (using MfM) to connect my N8 to my Google calendar.

    Making / editing an entry on my Google calendar syncs (at the next sync) fine with my N8 calendar.

    However, making an edit on my N8 calendar is NOT synced back to my Google calendar.

    Seems it’s a one-way thing, has anyone been able to sync their Google calendar *FROM* their N8 calendar ?


  7. Hello highdiver,
    Great post, full of very useful tricks.
    What I enjoy the most about my N8 is the great quality of photos and videos, which I download to my Mac using Nokia Multimedia Transfer – iPhoto and then edit with Aperture.
    The way the N8 stores the images files on the phone is, though, a very organized mess: folders and series of sub-folders named by year/month/day and, above all, by the SIM language I use (I travel quite extensively to English, Italian, Spanish speaking countries, and I use different SIMs). I looked through the phone for a way to manually manage where to save images/videos, like only two simple folders I’d name Photo / Video, but unsuccessfully. Do you have any clue?
    Best and happy 2011.

    • neil
    • January 2nd, 2011

    hi , when i use to recieve a text message it automaticly displayed the text on my home screen, i have changed something but dont know what, now it doesnt appear, how could i get that back.

    • hgbear
    • January 2nd, 2011

    Thanks for all your tips! Awesome!

    I have been using an E71 for 2 years,great phone, and got a C6 which I sold after one week; will get a N8 soon.

    Two questions to all of you who are lucky to be the ownwer of a N8 yet:

    1. Is it possible to place only shortcuts on one of the 3 homepages, without the contacts and other widgets?? So I would have up to 24 icons on one page in order to access all important features. On the C6 (S 60 / 5th) that’s not possible, because though I can delete the favourite – and social networks – widgets, I cannot replace them by shortcuts; I can only place 8 shortcuts on the screen in two rows, that’s it. I hope the N8 offers more flexibility.

    2. On the C6 I could take a picture not only by pressing the camera key, but also by pressing an icon on the touch screen, much more convenient to me. Does this option exist on the N8 too? I could not find any mention of that in the manual I downloaded.

    Thank you, and enjoy these great devices!

    • hello hgbear:
      1) yes and no: you can place only shortcuts on page 1, in 5 lines, 4 per line – on page 2 and 3 you can place shortcuts but only 1 per line, 6 of them
      2) yes

        • hgbear
        • January 3rd, 2011

        Hello micmol, many thanks, that sounds good! 🙂

        I am really looking forward to getting that phone, should receive it on Wednesday.

    • marko
    • January 3rd, 2011

    Can someone tell me how to transfer music files from PC to N8 manually? I transfered a lot of music with USB cable in created folder Music (in mass memory) and when I tried to find it with Music Player in N8 I didn’t succeed to find any music file. so, phone doesn’t recognize music files manually added in mass memory?

      • Nani
      • January 4th, 2011

      Hi Marko
      When you’re in the Music Player press “Options” > “Update Library” (or so, my N8 is in Spanish language) and it will find the new music added.

      PS: Thankyou Highdiver for this tremendous post, and for the help you gave me via Twitter!!!

        • sewan
        • January 19th, 2011

        When you’re in the Music Player press “Options” > “Refresh Library”

    • abadi
    • January 6th, 2011

    hi guys thanks a lot for all the tips just one qs how i can add arabic language to n8

    • jingo
    • January 6th, 2011


    My N8 is just abt 3 weeks but it keeps freezing almost evry other hr? Do u know what might be causing this. Am sick & tired of restating all the time. Please help!

    • Blonde Panther
    • January 17th, 2011

    Hi, Just one question. When sending a txt msg from pc with ovi, can a pic be inserted? I’ve looked and looked, but can’t see a way…!!!

    • Ani
    • January 17th, 2011

    how to activate socials on N 8 ? Everytime i tried it says no gateway reply or unable to connect…
    I tried it with my vodafone live and wifi too…
    And also from some time ovi store is not respoding,..when i tried to download something, it says download error…? Plz help me out…

      • kennyb
      • April 1st, 2011

      i had this problem. it started when i updated to the latest version. i had to do a soft reset then all was fine again

    • gaye
    • January 25th, 2011

    I just purchase this nokia N8 and I’m having trouble on the voice command..every time I’m using the headset to listen to a music or watch a movie the voice command always pops up asking me to talk or do voice command..its so annoying because I can’t hear music and watch movie every time I used a headset..can you please help me where to stop the voice command?
    thanks a lot

      • Nani
      • January 26th, 2011

      Sorry Gaye, I’ve posted my reply as a new comment. My fault!!

    • Nani
    • January 26th, 2011

    Hi Gaye,
    Seems to me that you’re having an issue with your headset, not with the phone, because if you long-press the upper button (in the left of the headset), you activate the voice command. I would try with another headset.

    • MSK
    • January 27th, 2011

    Esta buenos los consejos, solo me gustaria saber si el N8 púede grabar video con luz y como poder utilizar la luz como lampara

  8. crees que habra un truco para ver tv abierta en este nokia n8
    O habra otro truco para ver cine.-a traves de internet……….Saludos Gracias.-

  9. habra algun truco para el nokia n8, en que se pueda ver tv abierta o cine a traves de internet.
    Saludos gracias.—————-

    • Junnet
    • January 27th, 2011

    my phone hangs every time i open music player and photos, i didn’t put any music or photos yet, i wasn’t able to listen to pre installed songs and see pre installed photos yet… anybody here who has the same issue? do i need to return my 3days old N8 and ask for a replacement or is this one of the many issues N8 is experiencing at the moment? please help :((

      • sam
      • March 14th, 2011

      -hi, i had some problem but after factory resetting this problem was solved with the grace of god.
      plz try it.

    • rhinofire
    • January 31st, 2011

    Thank you very much for the tips: particularly for the time you took to build a so nice pack of information. terrific help !!!

    Could you please help me with the following:

    I have a problem with sending one message to multiple phone numbers (I am using the OVI). With the 5800 I would put the number and “;” between each new number and so I could send bulk messages to 500 phone numbers (I have my phone numbers in a word pad file). But now I can not do it. Any idea?

    tks a lot

    • gr43me
    • February 1st, 2011

    Have had a N8 for a couple of weeks, can anyone tell me how to stop the music player starting itself up? I am getting what I call lousy battery life, I can have all applications turned off, and yet will unlock the phone to find the music player on, I go to open applications and turn it off, and go back later and it is on again. I don’t use the music player i use my ipod in my car, as it mates seamlessly, I use the N8 seamlessly thriugh the cars bluetooth connection.

  10. Great info. Many thanks. Maybe you can make an instruction for the GPS also. That would be great.

    • Jodie
    • February 4th, 2011

    Some Jpg pictures are not previewing, however if I open them from Applications/Office/File Manager – I can use them.
    They just don’t preview in the photo gallery

    • Josienne Vella Azzopardi
    • February 7th, 2011

    Can you please help me to find the games which are already installed on the N8?
    I cannot find them!

    • Marc
    • February 12th, 2011

    I am a new Proud owner of N8,
    Can anyone please answer my following Queries,

    1)How to lock a folder with password?(being a new mobile, is always in friends and relatives hand rather than mine”for confidentiality purpose”, in short, for important notes,images and Videos to be hidden)

    2)Isn’t there anything called as current playlist for the media player?(Everytime its tiresome to create a new playlist for particular songs)

    3)On connecting to the PC,unable to download applications from “Ovi Suite site”, why so? (when one of my Peers who has a Samsung Wave 2 can directly download applications from the internet when connected to the PC)

    4)Unable to play .avi files? is there any application to play videos of any format?

  11. I have a very serious question. This is a phone bought overseas which they unlocked and gave for me to use it here until i return. However, by default its trying to access the Vodafone network. I have set the priority to the local one. In addition, i can remove/delete all the other unwanted connections except this vodafone it gives an error inidicating protected settings. Any chance you can help me please.

    • Wellerson
    • March 6th, 2011

    One thing I couldn’t find and I miss it a lot it is a way to let Calendar using more than one box. Each shortcut or Widget is limited by a rectangular box. This makes calendar shows only three appointments. With such screen size and three Start Screens It is very poor.

    Anyone knows how to have Calendar like N85 or N95 that shows several lines.


    • gary
    • March 17th, 2011

    hi, an you help i transferd music from my pc to the phone but some of the albums play but i cant hear them.

    • the device doesn’t have the problem. it might be the songs you’d downloaded to the phone. you should try to turn the volume on the highest in pc before trying to transfer, because sometimes its the problem. though some songs are just malfunctioning when transferred.

    • Rudhach
    • March 19th, 2011

    Great tips and I may have miised this one.

    How do I remove the “Sent from my Nokia” comment at the end of emails and replace with a omment of my own.

    • Hi Rudhach,

      Open one of your email accounts, then click “Options -> Settings”, and then click on your email account. In “Mailbox settings”, find the field “Signature text” and write anything you like. (Of course, field “Include signature” must be set to “On”)

  12. can you please help me with this? I have download and installed the fingerprint scanner free edition but it doesn’t work. I know it works on beeps and vibrations but it just doesn’t work. Do I need to have the pro version to be able to use it well? if so can anyone tell me where to download the full pro version?

    Please help me…

    • alex
    • March 23rd, 2011

    Great tips, I just bought my n8 a week ago. I would like to ask about the battery drain issues of n8. fully charged it but it last only for 8 hours. wifi is turned off, packet data, 3g, bluetooth is off, widget to offline,activate power saving mode,theme to none, didnt make any calls or send sms and still the baterry only last for 8 hours. I also noticed that the n8 is getting warm even if its not in use. Maybe you can give me an advice on what to do or check with regards to other settings that might help in solving this problem. Thanks so much.

    • Junnet
    • March 23rd, 2011

    Hi Alex,
    I had the same issue when i bought my first N8, it drains after 6-8 hours, so I decided to return it, (i got 1 week replacement warranty) and the replacement is far far better than the first one.. I charge my N8 every 2 or 3 days i think 😉 i hope this helps..

    • ManojXLNC
    • March 26th, 2011

    My mobiledialer to make internet calls don’t have a call button. How can i make internetcalls in n8?

    • jens2sig
    • March 29th, 2011

    Hi hi, how can I send my location from my Nokia N8 to friend of mine who has Nokia N8 as wel.

    So he can simple open the text message and chose walk to or drive to (my location) ?

    • Mark
    • March 31st, 2011

    Thank you so much! Having just received my shiny new N8, I was totally overwhelmed as to how to set it up properly and by all the amazing things it can do. Having read your tips and tricks, I’m now a lot more aware of the capabilities of the N8 and feel that I’m actually getting the most out of my phone.

    Much appreciated!

    • neil
    • April 2nd, 2011

    how do iget image and caller name to show when someone is calling me. only shows the number at the moment even though i have added images and names.

    • Gerry
    • April 8th, 2011

    Hello all,
    just a quick one, I downloaded a message alert tone ( not from Ovi ) and I am only given the option to use it as a ring tone. Is it possible I can use it for message alerts?
    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Gerry,

      Just go to Settings -> Profiles, select the profile you want to personalize, and then select your tone in “Message alert tone” field.

        • Gerry
        • April 8th, 2011

        Thanks Highdiver, I now have it sorted thanks.
        I tried what you mentioned but it only lets you have what Nokia offer. I did however, find it under “songs” (by mistake) in the same menu.
        Thanks for your help.
        All the best

    • ram
    • April 22nd, 2011

    i have a new nokia n8. when i press on screen it seems sthng happening in phone. what is this???

    thanx in advance

    • Sam
    • April 22nd, 2011

    I am facing a problem with the incoming message; the number is displayed instead of the contact name. Knowing that there are no duplications in the contact list and all contact is saved on the phone memory, anyone have any idea how to solve this problem.

    • Vignesh
    • April 27th, 2011

    If there are really no duplications in the Contacts list, the only possibility is that you might have installed some sms app (like java sms app) which is causing this problem or it could be some bug in your particular version of phone software. The cellphone software is different for different regions.
    You could try doing a soft reset by going Menu-> Settings->Phone-> Phone Management-> Factory Settings->Restore. This restores all initial start up files WITHOUT deleting any thing from the phone.
    As a last resort, uninstall all apps, do a delete and restore and then install all apps.

    • Mojo
    • May 6th, 2011


    Just want to know what the icon “white colored full cup or glass” meant or referred to in the installed apps screen, the one that shown on the right of the app list..some have ..some don’t.


    • Mojo
    • May 6th, 2011


    Tq for your quick response..pls refer yr tip no.37..

    On the print screen no 2 u can see icon or picture which look like a glass or a cup full of liquid..on the right hand of the screen…what does the icon means…just wondering..


    ps: u have done a wonderful job..and with the updated Symbian Anna, N8 is really a good machine tool..tq

    • Oh that, that icon (it’s hard disk icon) indicates that app is installed on mass memory, instead of phone memory. 🙂

      Thanks, I agree!

        • Blonde Panther
        • May 14th, 2011

        Thx from me too, I was wondering what that was too… 🙂

    • Nani
    • May 6th, 2011

    Do you guys already have the Anna released and installed or am I misunderstanding something?

    • Blonde Panther
    • May 9th, 2011

    Hi there,
    When adding home screen shortcuts, it comes up with 4 shortcuts already there, so then you need to edit and replace with the ones you want.
    Is there any way you can have those come up blank, so therefore only having 1-3 shortcuts and not 4?
    Hope this makes sence…

    • No, unfortunately, that is not available.

        • Blonde Panther
        • May 9th, 2011

        Oh, Thx highdiver for ur reply so quickly.
        Much appreciated…

    • Amy
    • May 10th, 2011

    I need help. I tried to transfer my photos off my phone onto my PC while doing that it transferred ALL my photos off my PC to my phone. I need to know how do I get them back on to my PC and off my phone.

    Thanks in advance,


    • Mrs B
    • May 13th, 2011

    Thank you soooo much, lost a home screen a while ago and have been google crazy trying to find a solution, this is fantastic.

    • skaterboy
    • May 14th, 2011

    is dere a ”move to folder” option besides the copy in file manager??

  13. Nice Post,,

    BTW,, just share

    Womencipation Theme Pack for N8

    • Sam
    • May 18th, 2011

    when receiving a call is there anyway to have the phone return to the previous locked state as soon as the call is answered?? I land up answering and then manually locking the phone with the side switch whilst I talk so that I dont accidently disconnect the caller (as I generally have done with my ear! lOL). Just hoping there is a more automated method which I may have overlooked. To me this should just be the way it works!


    • Julieta Pérez
    • May 21st, 2011

    I love you, lol. Just got this thing a few days ago, and this blog has been SO useful. New Phone for Dummies sort of thing 🙂
    One question, though… I can’t delete songs that I put on the phone through Bluetooth, there are songs that are repeated 3 or 4 times. Please tell me how to delete them, if you have time 🙂

    • Hi Julieta, thank you for your kind words! 🙂

      When you transfer songs to your phone via Bluetooth, you will see these songs in inbox (next to text messages), but these files are located in mass memory (or memory card), in folder Received files. Go to File Manager, and delete these files from that folder.

    • Julieta Pérez
    • May 21st, 2011

    Highdiver, thank you so much for your reply:) I had manage to find the songs in the mass memory archive, but as soon as I touch the song to select it, it automatically starts playing, without giving me the option to delete it… either my finger is magic, or I’m doing something wrong 😦 Sorry to bother you again.

    • When (in File Manager) you find the song you want to delete, tap-and-hold that song, and then click “delete” 🙂

    • Julieta Pérez
    • May 21st, 2011

    Julieta kneels down and adores Highdiver 😀 From across the room, so people won’t get the wrong idea!

    • Ron Palmer
    • May 26th, 2011

    My Nokia N8 makes a noise quite regularly day and night. It’s kinda like a sort of “reminder ” call but very annoying. Can this be turned off, all help would be greatly appreciated.

      • Blonde Panther
      • May 26th, 2011

      U may have ur email active, and it’s letting u know each time u get one…

        • Ron Palmer
        • May 26th, 2011

        Thanks BP, well worth a try

    • Blonde Panther
    • May 26th, 2011

    No Worries, Fingers crossed… 🙂

    • Julieta Pérez
    • June 8th, 2011

    Highdiver, Hi, again!
    I was wondering how I can hide a folder, I see someone else asked the same thing but I didn’t find the answer, if there was one… how can I hide my dirty secrets??

    • I think you cannot hide it…

    • Julieta: You can’t hide those “dirty” folders” by default, but there are some third party apps available in Ovi store specifically to do that!! Saludos!!

      • Sewan
      • October 31st, 2011

      Hi Julieta Perez..i have a better way to hide the images or videos in my phone and anybody cannot see it when they open the library/gallery…its works for me!!!!!OK…First, go to File the E:Mass Memory….click Options…New Folder…name your folder as _PAlbTN …. ok to make it more clear (underscore,P for Pump,A for Ass, l for lemon, b for butt, T for Toe and N for Name..)clear??be carefull with capital letter and small letter…just type as i showed to you… _ PAlbTN … and then you can save/move all your secret images or videos in this Folder…that’s all…go to gallery/library and your most dirty secret will disappear…!!!!please reply if it help you…TQ.

    • Susan
    • June 28th, 2011

    Hi, Great site…
    I have been on the phone for 4hours to Nokia/Virgin/Tech support, (grrrr!)

    I’m wondering if anyone else is getting this error msg, When TRYING to send an MMS today, I have a msg coming up “”to close all applications before sending”” then my MMS goes to ‘outbox’ and there it stays … Tech support has checked all my settings (twice) and Virgin tells me it’s a Nokia fault. SMS is working fine.

    Any ideas??

      • manje23
      • July 22nd, 2011

      i had a problem similair with text mess your mess age along with message centre number incorrect. i had to get a new sim card with 3.

    • Jacqui
    • June 30th, 2011

    How do you get the number pad to appear on the phone while you are making a call

    • Hi Jacqui,

      Just press the Menu key during a call, and then launch the number pad the usual way (by pressing the Call key).

    • sarah
    • July 3rd, 2011

    Tip20! could yew tell me which folder do dey end up in!? coz i have mistakenly pressd dat! Nd nowh i dont have a ‘web’ icon in my clfns menu =(

    • SazzyB
    • July 15th, 2011

    Hi Great tips very helpful, I have quick question, When i receive a song via bluetooth it goes into my inbox how do i get it to save in my music so i can play it on the music player.

      • Sewan
      • October 31st, 2011

      Hi dear…actually,its always goes to your inbox when you got the files via Bluetooth…don’t worry. it automatically saved in your phone…ok…go to File Manager…click E:Mass Memory….find Received Files and click…and it there my dear….you can move it to any folder that you want to,for examples move it to MUSIC folder…ok, now open your music player…click OPTION…find Refresh Library and click…wait while it refreshing your library…and now you can play the song in your Music Player…that’s all….

  14. Hey, just got one! Is there a way to download the full keyboard for this one? It s sort of tiresome for me to use the phone interface to write messages, text and all that… By the way, awesome job on the manual! Thanx a bunch!

  15. Thanks for the great list, highdiver!

    Question: I had an N82 and loved it, now I love the N8 even more. I use the camera a LOT. I used my PC and transferred all my pictures (about 1500) to the new phone and now they’re in one big file on the SD card. Is there a way to create different galleries when the phone is hooked to my PC, or at least SEE existing galleries on my PC screen, and then move pictures to those galleries? I’d rather not have to do it one at a time from the phone itself.


    • Julieta Pérez
    • July 22nd, 2011

    Highdiver, hello again 🙂 Your adoring fan from far away has new question.
    I downloaded some books in pdf format to my N8, but in one, after page 14 there is only blank pages, and in the other it’s after page six. I can open both books normally on my lap, so I don’t think the problem is the download…
    Do you have any idea why this is happening?

    • Julieta Pérez
    • July 22nd, 2011


    • Annelies
    • August 9th, 2011

    First of all, thanks for the great tips. The N8 is even more fun now than ot already was!!!

    Ik have a question: I tried to record a phonecall as sugested in tip 60, but when I recieve a call the recorder stops automatically, the same happens when I make the call.

    Have you got any advice?

    In a few months I recieve a phonecall with good news and it would be fun to save the call.

    Greeting, Annelies.

    • Lisa
    • August 11th, 2011

    Hi. I’m really new at this whole N8 thing. I’m trying to restore my phone to its original default settings, in the hopes that i will get back everything that came with the phone, for instance, need for speed and i’m not sure which programme it was that enabled me to watch full length movies on my phone.I have tried switching it off, letting it vibrate three times. I’ve even tried the hard reset. When i go into settings, phone, phone management, factory settings,and then either restor or delete data and restore, the phone sends a message saying End all active calls and connections first. I have tried ending every possible connection known to me. Please can someone help – perhaps draw some pictures (lol) afterall, I am blonde.Any other assistance with learning to love my new N8 would be greatly appreciated.Thanks

  16. Thanks a lot for the very useful information.
    Any tip, how can we delete any temp files, if any, to reduce data in phone memory.

      • Sewan
      • October 31st, 2011

      Hi Ikram… try to uninstall the application that don’t need anymore and that was installed in your phone memory…also, clear all privacy data in your web browser…(in your web browser click Setting,..Privacy..,Clear Privacy data…click All…and its done!..or delete the messages that you don’t need anymore…also you can clear your Log like missed call,received call or data,and call out….that’s all…sorry for my bad English…hehe

    • silvi
    • August 17th, 2011

    hi,i removed y memory card,while pnone was i can’t c the database in d phone,after inserting d memory card back!hepl!!!

    • hgbear
    • August 18th, 2011

    Annelies :First of all, thanks for the great tips. The N8 is even more fun now than ot already was!!!
    Ik have a question: I tried to record a phonecall as sugested in tip 60, but when I recieve a call the recorder stops automatically, the same happens when I make the call.
    Have you got any advice?
    In a few months I recieve a phonecall with good news and it would be fun to save the call.
    Greeting, Annelies.

    Hi, may be I can help with this one.
    There is a brand new software available for recording phone calls on Nokia phones, especially those running on Symbian ^3. Calls can be recorded automatically in the background, without any annoying beeps.
    It’s the only call recorder that can accomplish that feat so far, somewhat expensive, but worth every penny. It’s called “Boldbeast Recorder”
    Just go to:
    You can download and install it and use it for free for 7 days in order to test it before purchase.
    I got mine on Tuesday and purchased it right away, it’s just awesome!

    • August 29th, 2011

    my ovi store does not work . what can i do …?

      • Sewan
      • October 31st, 2011

      Uninstall it and get the new one… Go to Setting..Application Manager..Installed Application…press and hold on your Ovi Store software and it will appear uninstall….uninstall it and download new ovi store by your web browser….that’s all….TQ

    • Bharath
    • August 31st, 2011

    can anybody tell me how do i copy the text from the web and paste it to the note pad or my msgs

  17. hello sir im using nokia e7 with os symbian anna …in that web browser i couldn’t get a full html site for facebook site …..i’m geting only mobil site …..pls help me ……

    • maketblue
    • September 8th, 2011

    i have a question,how can i transfer files (,songs etc) sent via b-tooth in my fon library?!thanks..

    • kagrun
    • September 16th, 2011

    gr43me :
    Have had a N8 for a couple of weeks, can anyone tell me how to stop the music player starting itself up? I am getting what I call lousy battery life, I can have all applications turned off, and yet will unlock the phone to find the music player on, I go to open applications and turn it off, and go back later and it is on again. I don’t use the music player i use my ipod in my car, as it mates seamlessly, I use the N8 seamlessly thriugh the cars bluetooth connection.

    I have the same problem. Driving me up the wall. Help !!!!!

      • Sewan
      • October 31st, 2011

      Hi kagrun…did you update your device or phone software?try to update it….or you can download Best Taskman in ovi store and through this software it will close all background application and also increase your phone memory…the risk is on your own…TQ…but it works for me…

    • Petur
    • September 18th, 2011

    Great list. Thank you very much.
    At first glance I don’t see a tip on how I can rename the 32Gb memory card I just bought. It’s currently called NO NAME and I want to change it to something more personal. Is that possible?

      • Petur
      • September 18th, 2011

      Never mind. I found a way to do it. Now I need to know how I can move all my pictures from the “Mass memory” to my memory card and still have the N8 find them. Somehow it only seems to look for photos in the “Images” folder on the “Mass memory”.

      • ira
      • October 14th, 2011

      Yes it is. Just tap and hold it and options will appear there you can change the name of your memory card! Hope this helps.

    • Hedley Pougnet
    • September 20th, 2011

    i have just done the recommended software upgrade, and all my stuff is as it was EXCEPT the style of the icons on home screen. how do i get back the original style (not under theme or profile)?

    • September 20th, 2011


      • Sewan
      • October 31st, 2011

      Hi RaJRLs..i have a better way to hide the images or videos in my phone and anybody cannot see it when they open the library/gallery…First, go to File Manager…go to E:Mass Memory….click Options…New Folder…name your folder as _PAlbTN …. ok to make it more clear (underscore,P for Pump,A for Ass, l for lemon, b for butt, T for Toe and N for Name..)clear??be carefull with capital letter and small letter…just type as i show to you… _ PAlbTN … and then you can save/move all your secret images or videos in this Folder…that’s all…go to gallery/library and it’s disappear…!!!!please reply if it help you…TQ.

    • September 22nd, 2011

    somebody tell me how to bar calls and sms from a particular number in my nokia E7?

  18. You we need to download blacklist software to bar call

    • wongyal
    • October 10th, 2011

    my phone N8 calls ends automatically after one hour…help me find solution ,i had recently updated with symbian anna

      • ira
      • October 14th, 2011

      Its on your call settings dear.

    • October 11th, 2011

    Dear all

    plz help me out…my ph contacts will get hide when ever i rec a call….again i have to change the memory ….then the contacts will appear…is any solution for this …that the contacts should appear ..permenantly…in my phone

      • Rajesh Babu
      • November 3rd, 2011

      Hi Sandhya,
      where do u want the contacts to be appear, while recording ur calls or what?

    • ira
    • October 14th, 2011

    This is great! A very BIG help! Thanks! Keep it up!

    • chagan
    • October 18th, 2011

    n8 stays plain black while incoming calls, Cant even see who’s calling, any helpful tip please

    • Prakash
    • October 18th, 2011

    Hello Masters,
    Pls. Give some Suggestion…
    How to change folder name in Application>Tools>Folder ?

    Thank You

    • Chantelle
    • October 20th, 2011

    how do you zipp a video so that you can email it?

    • Nino
    • October 21st, 2011

    Does nokia N8 have SMS counter?

    • tadikanth
    • October 29th, 2011

    i love it
    very great inforation

    • Karthik
    • October 30th, 2011

    Hi thats a great list 🙂 came in handy with ur help. Now that i’ve been searching for a way to convert my inbox messages into .txt format to have them saved on my pc and mobile… couldnt find it. can u please gimme a solution for this? and the ovi suite syncs and saves the messages but m not able to get take it out as text format as i was able to do in my sony ericsson with a software called “My Phone Explorer” please help me in this one asap cuz i cant delete all those precious messages. 🙂 thanks in advance 🙂 🙂

  19. hi people! a question, while downloading themes from the OVI Suite, my N8 gave me the message of having a low memory.. I don’t own a memory card but I have 10 more gigs on the massive memory.. Can please someone tell me how can I tranfer things from one memory to the other? thank you in advance!

      • Sewan
      • October 31st, 2011

      hi Effie… ok, first you go to Ovi Store…and then you click to Store Menu in your screen…its a pop-up will appear…click Account…scroll your screen down and try to find Installation Preference…click and set all/both to E:Mass memory…remember to click Save button at the bottom…now all applications,games,themes,videos and whatever will be saved to Mass memory…i think you got the message of having a low memory because the stuff that you want to download will saved in C:Phone memory and the space is not enough for that stuff…hope it will help you….sorry for my bad English…

    • Santhosh S V
    • November 6th, 2011

    My N8 displays only the Number of the incoming call. How do I get it to display the associated Name and Photo ??

    • Cassie
    • November 10th, 2011

    Hi there,

    I hope you can help me on this one? Sorry if this was a topic discussed before.

    I want to add a shortcut on my homescreen, but only 1 not 4 at a time… If I add “Shortcuts” to my homescreen, it can only be 4…

    For eg. I only want to add “New Message” as 1 shortcut. Then maybe have an option to make the other shortcuts “None”… in the shortcuts widget.

    Maybe there is another way? Please help.



    • Xing
    • November 16th, 2011

    How to delete a single entry from communications log?

    • katy
    • November 17th, 2011

    hi,thanx 4 the tips.btw,i just got the n8 for about 2 months now and I don’t know why my airtime is going like water.i also put widgets to offline mode and I don’t have wifi as yet. Please help me,as I don’t know whats the

  20. 10 out of 10 explanation.!!!
    I take my hat off man!!
    most useful and explanatory information on n8.
    Thank You heaps…

    • Nikhila
    • November 22nd, 2011

    Hi, I was just wondering if N* has a data counter option? I wanted to check the amount of data being transferred..a few comments say to check in the call log>right tab. But I dont seem to be finding the same on the phone..can anybody help? Also the phone hangs frequently…like once in a day or 2..why is that so?


  21. Hey,

    Shameless plug I know, but if you’re looking for an idea for a future post, then check out my site. It not only lists tips for the N8 but all of the latest smartphones.

    I would love to send you a press release with some background info if you would like to make the blog more in-depth.


    • Sathya Narayanaa
    • December 12th, 2011


    By mistake I assigned one photo as call image. Problem is it displays the photo for the calls I receive. How to remove that call image now?

    FYI – I am using Nokia C6-01.


    • nuwan Darshana
    • December 12th, 2011


    Please Help Me!

    i Have a Nokia C7-00 Phone. i Need To Install Nokia C6-00 Music Player install to Nokia C7-00.


    • Ikram
    • December 29th, 2011

    Can I activate notification sound for IM chat. I have checked the sound button but still do not gett the notification sound or popup in sleeping mode. please help

  22. Great blog… but couldnt find answer for my question,, My N8 have a known connection Wlan and the code for this connection is inside my phone,, how can I see/find this code so that I can copy it to my computer, Im staying with friends and they cant find the code anywere.

    Thanks René

    • sr
    • January 20th, 2012

    how to lock messages?

  23. Thank you for all this great info and set out so beautifully. I am still having a problem with my c7 as it WILL NOT connect to the internet unless I use twitter or U tube etc.. It worked at first untill I connected the phone to wifi which it did perfectly but now when I try to search the web it allways stops the connection and I get a notice from 3 mobile,(my SP)and get told to disconnect wifi and try again, tried that and still no internet… Im going CRAZY. any tips for me??

    • RosS
    • February 10th, 2012

    hey buddy just help me,

    ma n8 screen is not rotates while call..
    whats the problem dude, can u fix it…………

  24. good job, and i have a problem with my n8 mobile when i turn it on blue screen comes and vibrates with out stop. how do i maintain it?

    • Joey
    • March 5th, 2012

    i would like to blog a certain phone number for incoming calls as messages. please help.

    • Grandmother666
    • March 18th, 2012

    My make call button has disappeared and unless they are already saved as a contact I can’t find an option to inut a phone number. No green handset anywhere!

    • dillip
    • April 5th, 2012

    i have no web tv in my n8 to put the webtv thumbnell and now a days if i open my screen does not in sleep mode it still same untill i press unlock key.what is the was lucked automatically but now a days it stock where i left

    • dillip
    • April 5th, 2012

    i m not able to find out my web tv can i put

    • Salwa
    • April 8th, 2012

    Nice site. Its of great help. Thanks guys!
    My question is.. I am Unable to login to nokia suite.. username n pw works well with the web but unable to login in nokia suite.. please help! since I want to upgrade to belle. Also I want to know more about belle in n8

    • crayola daniels
    • June 29th, 2012

    where can i find the SIS application on the drive c cos after scanning the drive c it seems to have taken more space with which the phone keeps prompting me of low memory on the drive…

  25. Thanks your tips. It’s very useful.

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