Kit Guide: Alcatel Idol 3 - using it


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

Making phone calls


Read these steps to learn how to make phone calls on your Alcatel Idol 3.

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When you open the phone app you'll see the Speed Dial screen, which gives you shortcuts to call your favourite contacts. You can set a contact as a favourite by opening their details and tapping the star.


Swipe across the screen or tap Recent to see a list of all your incoming and outgoing calls. Swipe again or tap Contacts to see your contact list. From here you can scroll through the list, or use the search box to find a contact to call.


To call a number directly, tap the blue keypad icon at the bottom of the screen (it has 10 dots representing a phone keypad on it).


The keypad can also be used to spell out the name of a contact, using the letters beside each number. Matching contacts will show at the top. Tap their name to call them.

Sending texts & multimedia messages (MMS)


Tap to open the Messaging app on the Home screen, which is a white speech bubble with three dots on it. If you have unread messages, you'll see a red badge in the corner showing you have unread items.

Sending texts

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To reply to a message, tap the conversation thread to open it. To start a new message, tap the + in the orange circle at the bottom of the screen.


Pick the recipient by tapping in the Type name or number box. Enter a mobile number directly, or type a contact's name to see matching contacts. Tap on a suggested contact to pick them as the recipient.


Tap in the Send message box and type your message. To send the message, tap the arrow on the right of the message box.

Sending attachments & multimedia messages (MMS)

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To add an attachment like a picture or video, tap the paper clip on the left of the text box then choose what to attach.


If you're adding a picture or other item from your phone, navigate through your folders using the menu icon (three bars) at the top.


When you've found the item to attach, tap to select it and you'll see it previewed on the message screen. Tap the arrow to send it.

Deleting a message thread

To delete a message thread, touch and hold on the conversation to select it. Choose any other threads to delete (when selected, you'll see a tick in a blue circle beside the name) then tap the dustbin at the top of the screen to delete them. You'll be asked to confirm on the following screen.

Sending emails


To send an email, you must have already set up an email account on the Alcatel Idol 3. If you haven't added your account yet, our setup guide will help. Tap Apps > Email to open the email inbox.

Sending an email

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Tap the compose button (a + in a red circle) to create a new email.


Tap the To line and type the recipient's name or email address. Matching contacts will appear as you type, tap to add them to the recipient list. Tap the down arrow to add more recipients, and to send copies to yourself.


Enter a Subject, then tap into the main window to write your email. Tap the arrow on the menu bar to send it.

Adding an attachment

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Tap the paper clip on the title bar and choose what you'd like to attach from the menu.


Navigate through your files to find the item(s) you want, and tap to select them.


Add as many attachments as you like and you'll see them under your email. To send, tap the arrow on the menu bar.

Setting alarms


Alarms are set and changed through the Time app on the Idol 3. Tap the clock on the Home screen, or tap Apps > Time.

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There are icons across the top of the app for the Alarm, Clock, Timer and Stopwatch functions. Tap the alarm clock.


Set a new alarm by tapping the + icon at the bottom of the screen.


Tap the desired hour and tap OK, then the minute you'd like to set and tap OK again.


The new alarm has been set (shown by the red switch) but you can change other options before closing the panel.

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Tick the box to Repeat the alarm on multiple days by highlighting them.


Edit the melody (sound) and vibration setting for each alarm, and give it a custom Label.


When you're happy with the settings, close the detail panel by tapping on the upward-pointing arrowhead. To delete an alarm, tap the dustbin icon.


Tap the switches to control which alarms will sound - red means set, grey means unset.

Tips & tricks


Monitoring data usage

The Alcatel Idol 3 has a built-in data monitor to track how much data you use - tap Apps > Settings > Data usage. You can set your billing date (to measure data from when your allowance resets), a warning to let you know you're getting close to your limit, and there's even an option to stop you from going over it. There is also a breakdown of data usage by app, so if you find your usage increasing you can discover which apps are causing it.

The data usage shown is measured by the phone, which might be slightly different to your mobile network's figure. It's a good idea to set the sliders slightly below your allowance to avoid going over it - at least until you see how they compare.

Checking battery usage

The Alcatel Idol 3 comes with a toolkit to help you get the most from your battery, which you can access through Apps > Settings > Battery. You'll see an estimate of how long the battery should last, and a list of hardware and apps showing you what is using the most power.

If you're running low on charge, tap the menu icon in the top corner (three dots) and tap Battery saver. You can save power by turning off things like GPS, but this will limit the phone's usability too. Don't forget to turn this off when you've charged the battery.

Hopefully, everything's working absoloutely as it should be. If you're having any problems at all though - get in touch with one of our Team Knowhow experts here

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