Kit Guide: Huawei Y6 II Compact - setting it up


This guide will help you get your Huawei Y6 ii Compact set up, so you'll be ready to use it in no time. We cover everything, from the initial Setup to securing your private information with a lock screen.

1. Box contents


Inside the box you'll find the following items:

  • Huawei Y6 II Compact
  • Mains power adapter
  • USB lead
  • In-line earphones
  • Information pack
  • Screen protector

3. Completing the Y6 II Compact Setup Wizard


The phone will show the 'Setup Wizard' when it's turned on for the first time. This is a series of steps that helps set up the main features of the phone.

Turn your phone on by holding in the power button on the right side. It'll vibrate, then the screen will turn on. At some point during Setup, you might be asked to choose your network from a list. If you see this, tap the network name.

Setting it up

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Choose your language from the list, and tap Next.


Make sure the Wi-Fi switch is on (lit blue). Tap your Wi-Fi network name, or Skip if you can't access Wi-Fi right now.


Type your wireless password, which should be on a sticker on your router. Tap the eye if you want to check your typing. Tap Connect.


Read the 'Terms of Service' and 'Privacy Policy', then tap Agree.  

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You'll be asked to add a Google account, which we always recommend. Without one you can't download apps or use Google services. If you don't have one, tap create a new account and complete the form to create one for free. Or, type your email address. Tap Next.


Type your password and tap Next.


You'll be asked to add a payment method to your Google account if you want to make purchases on the Play Store. Choose your method, or tap No, thanks to skip (you can always do it later). Tap Continue.


Read the Google 'Terms of Service', and tap Accept.  

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You'll be asked to set a screen lock, to protect the information on your phone. As we cover this later, tap Skip.


The next few pages are about the different Google services you can use. You can back up your settings to your Google account, turn on location which helps with maps and internet searches, and send anonymous data to Google to improve its service. Untick any you want to opt out of, then tap Next.


Tap Begin.

Touchscreen buttons

At the bottom of the screen is the navigation bar, with three buttons that help you go through the phone. 

  • The Triangle is a back button when pointing left, or when pointing down it will drop the keyboard out of the way.
  • The Circle is the Home button, which will take you to the Home screen.
  • The Square is the recent apps button which lets you quickly switch between open apps.

4. Connecting to the Internet


Read through these steps to learn how to connect to the internet through Wi-Fi and mobile data.

Connecting the Y6 II Compact to a Wi-Fi network

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Tap Apps (the grid of dots on your Home screen), then Settings (the gear).


Tap Wi-Fi, and check the switch it on. Tap your Wi-Fi network name.


Type your password, then tap Connect.


You'll see the word 'Connected' under the network name, and a fan-shaped Wi-Fi symbol at the top.

Turning mobile data on or off

Mobile data is shown by a letter indicator at the top. You could see 4G, H, 3G, E, or G. You'll need to turn off Wi-Fi to check the connection.


Go to Apps > Settings.


Tap More under the 'Wireless & networks' section.


Tap Mobile network.


Make sure the mobile data switch is on (showing blue).


Tap Access Point Names.


Tap the blue circle next to your network name.


If you're still not connected, tap the Menu (three dots), and tap Reset to default.

5. Setting up new email accounts


Your Y6 ii Compact can handle both personal ('IMAP' and 'POP') and work and education ('Exchange') email account types. Here's how to get this all set up.

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Go to Apps > Settings.


Tap Accounts.


Tap Add account.


Choose your account type. If you tap a red M, email will go to the Gmail app instead.

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Type your email address and password. Tap Next.


You'll be able to change some account options, like how often your phone checks for new email, and downloading attachments. Tap Next.


Name your account if you like, then tap Done.

If you can't get your email set up, you'll need to type in the settings manually. We've written a guide to email server settings to help you.

6. Setting up a lock screen


We always suggest setting a lock screen, to protect the information on your phone. This is especially helpful if your phone's been stolen or lost.

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Go to Apps > Settings.


Scroll down and tap Screen lock & passwords.


Tap Password.


Choose the unlock type you want to use:

  • None: Swipe to unlock, but offers no security.
  • Pattern: A pattern on a grid of dots.
  • PIN: A code of numbers.
  • Password: A code made up of letters, numbers, and symbols.


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Enter your chosen code and tap Continue.


Enter it again, and tap Done.


Tap OK to set the alarm, and see other options.

You can change the time needed for the lock to be activated after the display times out by tapping Secure lock settings and then Lock automatically.

Now that you're all set up, you're ready to start using it. If you need any help, we've written a Use it guide that covers the basics.

If you want to speak to a TeamKnowhow Expert, get in touch with us here.

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