Kit Guide: Huawei Honour 6X - setting it up

In this guide we'll show you how to set up the Huawei Honor 6X, from putting the SIM and memory cards in, to keeping it safe with a lock screen.

Huawei Honor 6X user manual

This is the official user manual for the Huawei Honor 6X

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1. Box contents


Inside the box you should find:

  • Huawei Honor 6X
  • Mains power adapter
  • USB C lead
  • Earphones
  • Information pack
  • SIM tool


2. Inserting your SIM & memory cards


The SIM and memory cards go in a tray which slots into the left-hand edge of the Phone, near the top. Push the pin end of the SIM tool into the hole in the tray to eject it. Pull the tray out of the phone and put it on a flat surface.

putting in a SIM and memory card

Put the SIM card in the small cut-out with the contacts facing down, and the cut corner of the card near at the end that goes into the phone. If you're adding a memory card, put this in the larger cut-out with the metal contacts facing down, and the narrow end nearest the SIM card.

Slide the tray carefully back into the phone, and push it into place.

3. Completing the Honor 6X Setup Wizard


Now you've got the SIM card in the phone, press the power button on the right-hand edge of the phone for a couple of seconds until it vibrates and the screen comes to life.

Setting it up

The first time you turn on the Honor 6X you'll see the 'Setup Wizard' which helps you get the phone ready to use. While you're doing this you might see a SIM settings screen. If you do, pick your mobile network and tap OK to close it and go back to the Setup.

Choose the language
Choose the region
Wi-Fi settings
Wi-Fi network

Choose the language to use on your phone and tap Next.


Pick your region (or country) and tap Next.


Make sure the Wi-Fi switch is on (showing blue) then pick your Wi-Fi network. You can Skip this and use mobile data to set the phone up, but using Wi-Fi (if it's available) will save your data allowance.


Type the Wi-Fi password and tap Connect. If you don't know the password, you'll usually find it on a sticker on your router.

Wi-Fi connection
Terms and conditions
Internet and location services
Restore a backup

When you're connected to Wi-Fi, tap Next.


You must accept the 'Terms and Conditions' to use the phone. Tap view it to inspect them, then tap Agree to carry on.


'Wi-Fi+' switches between mobile data and Wi-Fi automatically to keep the best connection. Tap Allow to use this feature, or Do not allow to keep control of this yourself.


To transfer information from an old phone tap Copy Google accounts..., or tap No, thanks then tap Next.

Add a Google account
Sign into Google
Type in your Google password
Accept the Terms and Conditions

A Google account is used to download apps and games. If you haven't got one, tap create a new account to sign up for free.


If you already have a Google account, type your Gmail address and tap Next.


Type your Gmail password and tap Next.


Tap the links to look at Google's 'Terms of Service' and 'Privacy Policy', and tap Accept to finish adding the Google account.

Account added
Google services
More Google Services
Set up payment information

If all went well you'll see the 'Account added' screen. Tap Next to move on.


Google services run in the background to help with things like mapping, and to send information about problems back to Google. Tap the down arrow to read through them all.


Untick any of them you don't want to use, then tap Next.


Choose a payment method for your Google account (some apps and games aren't free) or pick No, thanks to skip this for now, then tap Continue.

Set up a lock screen
Choose a screen lock
Set the screen lock
Finish screen lock setup

Protect your phone and its contents with a screen lock by tapping Set screen lock style. If you'd rather leave this until you've finished setting your phone up (we cover it in detail later in the guide) tap Skip.


Choose which type of screen lock to set, or tap Skip if you've changed your mind:

  • Pattern - draw a pattern on a grid of dots
  • PIN - a short code made of numbers
  • Password - a longer code of letters, numbers and symbols.

Type your chosen code in both boxes and tap Done. If you're setting a pattern, you'll need to draw it twice.


If both codes or patterns matched, you'll see you were successful. Tap Next to move on.

Restore default settings
Huawei ID sign in
Sign into Huawei ID
Skip confirmation

Tap Allow to make sure the phone is using its default settings.


The Huawei ID needs permission to access the Phone app to work correctly. Tap Allow.


A Huawei ID is optional and can back up your handset, you'll also get some bonus features. Log in if you've used one before, sign up with your Google account, or Skip this step.


If you skipped, you'll need to confirm that on the next screen.

Set up a fingerprint
Setup successful
Home screen settings
Home screen

Your fingerprint can be used to unlock your phone and authorise apps. Tap Enrol to add a fingerprint now, or Skip for now (we'll cover this later, along with the lock screen).


That's the Setup Wizard complete, tap Begin to close it.


The pop-up explains that the Home screen needs to access parts of your phone to work correctly. Tap Enable to allow them all.

Touchscreen buttons

You'll now be looking at the Honor 6X's Home screen. Along the bottom is the navigation bar with symbols acting as 'virtual buttons' to help you move around your phone.

Touchscreen buttons

'Home' (circle): always brings you back to the Home screen.

'Back' (triangle): takes you back one step in menus and settings.

'Recent apps' (square): shows the apps you've used recently so you can move between them quickly.

4. Connecting to the Internet


The Honor 6X works best when it's connected to the internet, so this section of the guide we'll show you how to get online using Wi-Fi and mobile data.

Connecting the Honor 6X to a Wi-Fi network

Connect to Wi-Fi 1
Connect to Wi-Fi 2
Connect to Wi-Fi 3
Connect to Wi-Fi 4

On the Home screen, tap Settings followed by Wi-Fi.


If you can't see any network names check that the Wi-Fi switch is turned on (blue).


Tap your Wi-Fi network.


Type the Wi-Fi password. If you're not sure what it is, you'll usually find it on your router.


When you see the network name in blue with 'Connected' below it, it's working.

Turning mobile data on or off

A mobile data connection is shown by letters next to the signal bars at the top of the screen. You might see GE3GH or 4G, but as long as one of them is there, mobile data should be working.

Home screen
Setting list
Connect to mobile data
Turn data on/off

Swipe across the Home screen and tap Settings.


You'll need to turn Wi-Fi off to see if mobile data is working. Tap Wi-Fi, and if the switch is blue, tap it to turn it off. Tap the Back button at the bottom.


On the Settings menu, tap More then Mobile network.


Look at the Mobile data switch, it'll be blue if it's on. If not, tap the switch then check for a data indicator letter.

Mobile data settings
APN settings
Reset to default

If you're not connected, tap Access Point Names.


Look for your mobile network name, and if the circle beside it isn't blue, tap to choose it. Check for the indicator again.


If your network name isn't there, tap Menu at the bottom then tap Reset to default. You might have to pick your network from a list and tap the circle to make it work.

If you mobile data still isn't working, you might need some manual settings. We've got a guide to help you with that here.


5. Setting up new email accounts


The Huawei Honor 6X is great for email. You can add all of your accounts to keep you up to date, wherever you are.

Add a new account
Add account
Choose account type
Sign into your account

Swipe across the Home screen and tap Settings, then scroll down and tap Accounts.


You'll see the accounts that are already set up. Tap Add account.


Choose the type of email account you want to add:

  • Corporate - used for most work and school accounts
  • Google - pick this to add a Gmail account
  • Email - most other accounts use this option

Type your email address and password, and tap Next.

Sign into your account 2

If all goes well you'll see options for things like how often to check for new email, and getting notifications. Choose how you want the account to work, than tap Next.


Your new account will how show in the Accounts list. Add another account, or tap the Home button to quit.


If your account didn't add automatically, tap Manual Setup to put the settings in yourself.

If your account doesn't set up automatically, you might need to put some manual settings in. We've got a guide to help you with this here.


6. Setting up a lock screen


Protecting your phone with a lock screen is always a good idea to keep your pictures, messages, and accounts safe.

Setting up a lock screen

Set up a lock screen
Set a screen lock
Choose a screen lock
Type in your screen lock

Swipe across the Home screen and tap Settings > Screen lock & passwords Password.


Choose what type of unlock method you'd like to use:

  • None - this is the standard 'swipe to unlock'
  • Pattern - draw a pattern on a grid of dots
  • PIN - a short code of 4-8 numbers
  • Password - a longer code using letters, numbers and symbols

Type your code in both boxes, and tap Done. If you're drawing a pattern you'll have to do it twice, and set a PIN as a backup.


If all went well you'll be asked about fingerprint unlocking, which we cover in the next section. If you don't want to set it up, tap Cancel.

Adding fingerprint unlocking

Add a fingerprint
Add a fingerprint 2
Add a fingerprint 3
Fingerprint added

Swipe across the Home screen and tap Settings > Fingerprint ID > Enrol.


The sensor is on the back of the 6X, below the camera. Put your finger on the sensor, and when the phone vibrates lift your finger and put it back in a slightly different position.


The screen will show when your print is fully scanned, tap OK.

Managing fingerprints

Managing fingerprints
Managing fingerprints 2
Managing fingerprints 3
Managing fingerprints 4

Go to Settings > Fingerprint ID > Fingerprint management.


Use the switches to control how your fingerprint can be used on the phone.


Tap a fingerprint to edit it.


Tap Rename to name your fingerprint, or Delete to remove it.

The Honor 6X is now set up and ready to use. If you need some help with the basics like making a call, or sending messages, take a look at our Honor 6X User Guide. Or, if you'd like speak to a Team Knowhow Expert, contact us here.

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