Kit Guide: Huawei Ascend Mate 7 - setting it up


Get your Huawei Ascend Mate 7 set up and ready to use with the steps we've written here.

Box contents


This is the stuff you'll get in the box.

  • Huawei Ascend Mate 7
  • Mains power adapter
  • USB lead
  • In-line earphones
  • Information pack

Inserting your SIM & memory cards


The first job is getting your SIM card (and memory card if you've got one) into the phone. You'll need the SIM tool from the information pack for this bit. Have a look down the left-hand edge of the phone and you should see two pinholes.

The SIM card goes in the slot nearest the top. Using the SIM tool, push the pin into the hole. Slide the tray out, and put the SIM on it, gold contacts first. There should be an outline for you to match up with. Once it's in, you can put the tray back into the slot.

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Memory cards are put in the same way, except in the lower slot. Use the SIM tool in the pinhole to get the tray out, and line up the memory card so it sits in the tray. Now you can slide the tray back into the phone.

Completing the Ascend Mate 7 Setup Wizard


To get the phone to the point where you can use it, you'll need to complete some steps to set it up. This is known as the 'Setup Wizard' and even though it might seem complicated, don't worry, we've explained all the steps.

Setting it up

At some point while you're doing the steps, a box might pop-up asking you what your mobile network is. Tap your network in the list and then OK- then you'll be back to the steps.

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Choose the language you want and press Next.


Connect to Wi-Fi by tapping the name of your network. You can skip this step, but we don't recommend it because there's some stuff the phone needs to download.


Type in the wireless password. If you haven't got it memorised, it's written on a sticker on your router.


Press Connect and Wi-Fi will set up.

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The 'Terms and Conditions' that you're given have to be accepted. If you want to read more about them, press About this project.


Tap Agree and then Next.


Next, you'll be asked if you've got a Google Account. Press Yes if you've got an email address that ends with '' or ''. Press No if you haven't, and you'll be able to get one for free.


Signing in to Google is important because, without it, you won't be able to download apps and games. Type in your Google email address and password, then press the right arrow.

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A box will pop-up letting you know that, by signing in, you're accepting Google's Terms of Service. You can read more about each by tapping the links, and then press OK when you're ready.


The phone will set the account up automatically.


Google+ is offered next. To use it, press Get started and follow the instructions, or if you don't want to use it, press Not now.


There's some services that Google uses in the background to help them make sure everything works as it should. Tap the ticks you want to remove (no tick means the service is off) and then press the down arrow to see more options.

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Again, read through the options and leave any ticked that you want to use. Press the right arrow when you're done.


You'll be asked to set up some payment information. It's because some of the apps in the PlayStore aren't free. Choose the option you want. If you choose to skip, you'll be reminded to pay each time instead.


The phone will then start to download all the things it needs. When it's done, you'll see 'Configuration successful'. Press Begin.


That's it, you're done. The phone is set up, and you're through to the Home screen.

Touchscreen buttons

Under the main screen are some touch buttons that are quite handy for getting around the phone. Here's what they are and what they do.

'Home' (circle): gets you back to the Home screen from any screen.

'Back' (triangle): goes back one screen.

'Recent apps' (square): shows the apps that've been used recently.

Connecting to the Internet


Lots of our apps and games depend on an internet connection to work properly. These super-helpful steps will keep you connected.

Connecting to Wi-Fi

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Swipe your Home screen to the left and tap Settings. At the top of the settings screen, press All.


Press Wi-Fi, and make sure the switch is on. Tap the name of your network in the list.


Type in your wireless password. Don't worry if you haven't got it memorised, it's on a sticker on your router. Press Connect once you've typed it in.


Your network name will show in blue and it'll say 'Connected'.

Turning mobile data on or off

Knowing how to turn mobile data on and off is important because it makes sure your data isn't used up in the background when you're not using it.

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Swipe the Home screen to the left and tap Settings > More.


Press Mobile networks.


Tap the switch next to 'Data enabled' to turn it on or off (blue means on, grey means off).

If you've got any problems with connecting to mobile data, we've got some information here that'll help you get it connected manually.

Setting up new email accounts


Keep all your emails in one place by learning how to set up email with the steps below.

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Swipe your Home screen to the left to see your apps.


Tap Settings.


Make sure 'All' is chosen at the top, then scroll down and press Add account.


Choose the type of account you're setting up. Corporate will be for work or education accounts. Most other accounts will be set up using 'Email'.


Type in the email address and password of the account you're setting up.


Press Next and the account will set up automatically. It might take a minute or so for the settings to come through. You'll go back to the settings page once it's finished.

If you have any trouble getting the account to set up automatically, we've got a guide to email server settings that will help you set it up manually.

Setting up a lock screen


Having a lock screen is one of the simplest ways you can protect your phone. It's a great way to stop anyone else from being able to see your information, so we've explained how to get it set up.

Setting up security on your Huawei Ascend Mate 7

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Swipe your screen down from the top and then press Shortcuts > Settings.    


Make sure 'All' is chosen at the top, and then scroll down and tap Security.   


Tap PIN or Password to choose which one you're setting up.


Type in the PIN or Password you want to use and then press Continue. Type it in again to confirm it and press Done, and your lock screen will be set up.

That's the Mate 7 set up and ready for you to use. If you'd like to speak to someone, give our Team Knowhow Experts a call.

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