Kit Guide: Setting up a Huawei Nova


In this guide, we'll show you everything you need to know to get your Huawei Nova set up and ready to use.


Box contents


In the box, you'll find:

  • Huawei Nova
  • Mains power adapter
  • USB C lead
  • Earphones
  • Information pack
  • SIM tool


Inserting your SIM & memory cards


Before turning your phone on, you'll need to get the SIM card put in it. Your Nova uses a NanoSIM, and you can add some more storage to it by using a MicroSD card. Both go onto a tray that pops out of the side of the phone.

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Push the SIM tool into the pinhole on the left-hand edge of the phone, until the tray starts to pop out.


Pull the tray out the rest of the way.


Put the NanoSIM card onto the smaller cut-out in the tray, with the metal contacts facing down and the cut-off corner facing inwards.


If you're using a MicroSD card, put this onto the larger cut-out, again with the metal contacts facing down.


Push the SIM tray back into the phone.

Completing the Nova Setup Wizard


The first time you turn on the Nova, it will show the 'Setup Wizard', which is a series of steps that will help you to get the phone ready to use.

Setting it up

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On the first screen, choose your language, and press Next.



Choose your region, and tap Next.


Tap the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to, or tap Skip if you don't need Wi-Fi.


Type the password for the Wi-Fi, and press Connect. If you're not sure what the password is, have a look on your router.

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Once connected, tap Next.


You'll have to agree to the 'End User License Agreement' - read through it, then tap Agree.


To use 'Wi-Fi+', which will automatically swap between Wi-Fi and mobile data to get the best connection, tap Allow. Or if it's not something you want to use, tap Do not allow.

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If you've had another Android phone before, and it has 'NFC', you can transfer some data from it to your Nova. Tap Copy Google accounts... to get started, or tap No, thanks to continue with the setup.


If you have a Google account - which is needed if you want to download new apps or games - type it in and press Next. If you want to get a new one, tap Or create a new account, or if you don't want to use one, tap Skip.


If you're signing in, type your password and press Next.

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You'll have to agree to Google's 'Terms of Service' and 'Privacy Policy'. Tap them to read them, then tap Accept at the bottom.


Read through the Google services, which include things like backing up your phone, and using your phone's location for maps.


Keep the boxes ticked for the ones you want to use, then tap Next.

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You might be asked to add some payment info to your account, so you can buy things from the Play Store. To add some, choose a payment method, then tap Next and fill in the details for it. To skip adding anything, tap No, thanks, then tap Next.


To set up a screen lock on your phone, tap Set screen lock style, or tap Skip.

  1. If you're setting up a screen lock, choose the type:
    • Pattern: draw a unique pattern on a grid of squares.
    • PIN: a code of numbers.
    • Password: a code made up of numbers and letters.

Type in and confirm your screen lock, then tap Save.

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Once it is set up, tap Next.


Tap Do not allow on the 'Restore' page.


To use a Huawei ID, tap Allow, or tap Deny to skip it.


If you tapped allow, either sign into an existing account, of if you haven't got one, tap Continue with G. Or if you don't need one, tap Skip.

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If you're skipping it, tap OK to confirm.


If you want to add a fingerprint, tap Enrol, or tap Skip to move past it.


If you're setting it up, type in your password, and press Next.


To get started, put your finger on the sensor on the back of the phone. Lift your finger when you feel a vibration, and then put it down again.

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Once the phone has a complete scan of your print, tap OK.


Tap Begin.


You'll need to allow access to some features of your phone so that it can work properly - tap Enable.

You've finished the Setup Wizard, and you'll now be looking at the Home screen. The bottom row of icons is for some of the most used apps: Phone, Contacts, Chrome and Camera.


Touchscreen buttons

Along the bottom of the screen are the touchscreen buttons, which can be used get around the phone.

'Back' (triangle): takes you back a screen, or closes apps.

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

'Recent apps' (square): shows you apps you've had open, and lets you swap between them.


Connecting to the Internet


You'll need to get your phone connected to the internet if you want to download apps, connect to email or go on websites.

Connecting the Nova to a Wi-Fi network

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Open Settings from the Home screen.


Tap on Wi-Fi, and check that it is turned on using the switch at the top of the screen.


Tap the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.


Type in the password for the Wi-Fi network, and press Connect. If you're not too sure what this is, have a look on your router.

If it works, you'll see the word 'Connected' under your Wi-Fi, and get the Wi-Fi signal bars at the top of the screen.

Turning mobile data on or off

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Open Settings from the Home screen.


Tap on More.


Tap Mobile network.


Check that the switch for 'Mobile data' is turned on.

If you have any problems connecting to mobile data, you might need to put in the 'APN settings' for your network. Don't worry if you're not sure about what these are, we have dedicated guides for each network, and how to put them in here.


Setting up your email accounts


When you set up your account, you'll be able to read all your emails, send new ones, and your phone will alert you whenever any new ones come in.

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From the Home screen, tap on Settings.


Scroll down, and tap Accounts.


Tap + Add account.



Choose the type of account you want to add. For work or school accounts, tap Exchange, or for personal accounts, tap Email.

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Type your email address and password, and tap Next.


The email app will need access to some other bits of the phone to work fully - tap Enable.


Give the phone a minute to download your email settings.


You might be given some account options, such as how often to check for new messages. Choose the options you want to use, and then tap Next.

If you have any problems setting up your email account, you might need to type in the settings for it. Don't worry if you don't know what these are, check our guide to email server settings to find them.


Setting up a lock screen


Adding a screen lock to your phone will help you to keep your photos, messages and other data safe. There are some different options to choose from for your lock screen on the Nova, and we'll go through them all now.

Adding a screen lock

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Open Settings.


Scroll down and tap Screen lock & passwords.


Tap Password.

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Choose the type of screen lock you want to use:

  • Pattern: draw a unique pattern on a grid of dots.
  • PIN: a code of numbers.
  • Password: a code that can be numbers or letters.

Type in your code, then confirm it.


Tap Done.


You'll be asked if you want to set up your fingerprint too - tap Enrol to start it, or Cancel if you don't want to add it.

Setting up your fingerprint

If you've just set up the screen lock, and tapped Enrol, you'll be ready to start the fingerprint set up. If not, go to Settings Fingerprint ID > Fingerprint Management > New fingerprint.

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Put your finger on the sensor on the back of the phone to start it scanning.


Lift your finger away when you feel a vibration, then put it down again.


Repeat this a few more times until your phone has a full scan of your fingerprint.


Tap OK once it's finished.

Your fingerprint is set up, and you can use it to unlock the phone, and some apps can use it to authorise you.


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