Kit Guide: Alcatel OneTouch Pixi3 - using it


Now that your Pixi3 is set up, we'll take you through some of the core features, like making calls, sending texts, and setting alarms.

1. Making phone calls


Here's how to make calls on your OneTouch Pixi3.

Pixi3 Calls

The phone app will open to the phone dialler keypad. Tap the green button to bring up the number pad, or tap in the search box at the top to bring up the keyboard.


Your keypad can also be used to spell out the name of a contact. Use the numbers that correspond to the letters shown to spell the name and the Pixi3 will find them in your contact list, just tap their name to call them.


Whenever you have the contact you'd like to call on screen, tap on their name and the Pixi3 will dial them.


From the dial screen, press the picture of a clock in the bottom-left corner to see your call history. From here you can see who called you, and when.

2. Sending texts & multimedia messages (MMS)


These steps will show you how to send text messages from your Pixi3 phone, and also how to add attachments to your messages.

Pixi3 Texts

To write a new message, open the Messaging app, and tap on the compose button (which looks like a quotation mark ") in the bottom-left of the screen.


Pick the recipient by tapping in the To box at the top.


You can enter a mobile number directly using the numeric keyboard, or you can type a contact's name. If you're entering text, matching contacts will appear below as you type. Tap on the contact you want to text to choose them.


Tap into the Type text message box and type your message.


If you're just sending a text message, tap the Send button to the right of the text box (this looks like an arrow). If you want to add an attachment, like a picture, video or sound recording, tap the plus sign to the left of the text box.


Choose the type of file you want to attach by tapping it.


When you've attached your item, it'll be shown in the body of the message, letting you to add more text before you send it by tapping the Send arrow.

Deleting a message thread

If you'd like to delete a thread of messages from your phone, open the Messaging app and find the conversation you want to delete by finding the other person's name in the message list.

Touch and hold on their name, and a tickbox will appear beside it. When you see this, look in the top right-hand corner of the screen and tap the bin icon to delete the thread.

3. Sending emails


Emails are useful if you need to send a bit more information than you can fit in a text, or if you need to send a lot of attachments. Here's how to send emails on your OneTouch Pixi3.

Sending an email

Pixi3 Send Email 1

From your Home screen, go to Apps > Gmail. Tap the compose button - it looks like a white pen on a red circle.


Tap into the To line to choose a recipient.


Type a subject for your email by tapping the Subject line.


Type your message by tapping into the white portion of the window in the middle of the screen. Send your email by tapping the arrow icon on the title bar.

Adding an attachment

Pixi3 Send Email 2

Follow steps 1 - 4 above to get your message ready, then tap the paperclip icon, and Attach file.


Navigate through your files by using the menu to find the item you want, and tap it to choose it. When you've made your selections, tap Done.


When sending images, you may be asked whether to resize them - handy if you're using mobile internet, as large images and video can use a lot of data.


Add more attachments if you want and write your message. To send it, tap the arrow at the top.

4. Setting alarms


Alarms can be useful for getting you up in the morning and also as general reminders. Here's how to set alarms on your Pixi3.

Pixi3 Alarms

Alarms are managed using the Clock app on your Pixi3. From the home screen, tap Apps and then Clock, or tap directly on the clock on your home screen.


The first time you open the app, you'll see buttons across the bottom that let you pick World Clock, Stopwatch and Timer functions. Tap the + at the top of the screen to set an alarm.


Drag your finger up and down the hours and minutes columns to change the time and tap OK to save. You can choose to repeat the alarm on specific days by pressing repeat.


Repeat lets you set the same alarm time on multiple days (like every weekday) by ticking the boxes, and tapping OK.


To turn an alarm off, tap the blue switch to the right of it. This will dim the alarm line, indicating it's not active. To set an alarm that's greyed out, just tap the switch again.

5. Tips


Now that you've got to grips with the basics, here are some things you can do with your phone to get a bit more out of it.

Monitor your data usage

The Alcatel Pixi3 comes with a data monitor to help you keep an eye on your data usage. This should help prevent you from running up a large bill by using more data than your allowance.

To set this up go to Settings > Data Usage then click on the tab with your Network name.

With the settings page open, you can set your billing cycle with a drop-down menu to make sure the counter resets when your mobile bill is produced every month, and there's a tickbox to stop you from going over the limit you set.

There are two coloured sliders to help you, a red one to show your data limit and an orange one to give you a warning that you're getting close to your limit.

The only thing to bear in mind is that this shows the data usage as your phone interprets it, not as your mobile network calculates it. This means that you might benefit from setting the sliders a little below your actual allowance to avoid going over.

Check what's draining your battery

If you think your battery isn't lasting as long as it should, then there's a battery monitor built into the Pixi3 to show you what's using all the power.

Open the app by going to Settings > Battery management > Battery and you'll see an estimate of how long the available power will last (based on how you're using your phone at the time of checking).

Below this you'll see a list of hardware and apps showing you exactly how much of the used power each element of the phone has taken. You can turn off any apps or services you're not using to help conserve power.

If you're running low on power and you're not sure if your battery will last, then you can switch on power saving by going to Settings > Battery management and turning on the Saving mode switch. You can even tap that line to choose which services are turned off when you activate Saving mode, like Bluetooth, GPS, synchronisation services and more.

Hopefully that's everything you need to know to get going with your Alcatel OneTouch Pixi3. If you need help with anything else, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.

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