Kit Guide: Using a Huawei Nova


In this guide, we'll take you through some of the basic phone essentials you need to know when starting out with your Huawei Nova.


Making phone calls


Although you can do a lot of fancy things on your Nova, making phone calls is one of its essential features that you'll need to know about. Here, we'll take you through the different options you have when wanting to call somebody.

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Open the Phone app from the Home screen.


Once it opens you'll have three tabs to choose from:

  • Dialler: shows a keypad so you can dial a number.
  • Contacts: shows you all the numbers saved to your phone.
  • Favourites: can show your most used contacts.

When you've got a number onscreen, tap the green phone icon to call it.

Sending texts & multimedia messages (MMS)


In this part of the guide, we'll show you how to send texts, and attachments like pictures.

Sending texts

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Open the Messages app from the Home screen.


Tap the + New message button at the bottom, or tap a person's name to reply to them.


If you're writing a new text, tap the To box, and start typing a person's number or name. Suggestions might show from your contacts as you're typing - tap one to choose them.


Tap the message box and write your text.


Tap the arrow on the right to get the message on its way.

Sending attachments & multimedia messages (MMS)

To add an attachment - like a picture - to a text, follow steps 1-4 above, then go through these steps.

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Tap the + button on the left of the message box.


Choose the type of thing you want to attach - a picture, video etc.


Go through the phone to find the item you want to attach, and tap it.


With it attached, tap the arrow to send it.

Deleting a message thread

A 'Message thread' is all the messages sent between you and a contact. To delete one:


Open the Messages app.


Press and hold the thread until a tick box shows next to it.


Tap the bin icon to delete it.

Sending emails


Before you can send emails, you'll need to have added an account to your phone. If you haven't, read through our Huawei Nova set up guide to see how.

Sending an email

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Open the Email app from the Home screen.


Tap the new email button in the bottom-left.


Tap the To box, and start typing a person's email address or name. Suggestions might show from your contacts as you're typing - tap one to choose them.


Type a subject for your email.


Type your message into the box at the bottom.


Tap the arrow in the top-right to send the email on its way.

Adding an attachment

To send an attachment with your email, follow steps 1-5 above to get it ready, then go through these steps.

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Tap the chain link icon on the right, above the keyboard.


Choose the type of thing you want to send - a picture or video etc.


Go through the phone to find the item you want to send, and tap on it. If you're sending pictures, you might be asked to resize them - smaller ones will send faster, but might not look as good.


With your items attached, press the arrow in the top-right to get them on their way.

Setting alarms


You can add many alarms to your Nova, so you can have one for work, school or just general reminders. Here we'll show you how to set them and change their settings.

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Open the Clock app from the Home screen.


Open the Clock app from the Home screen.


Use the hour and minute sliders to set the time you want the alarm to sound.


Tap Repeat to choose the days you want the alarm to go off.

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Tap Label to give the alarm a name, like 'work' or 'school'.


Tap Ring tone to choose the sound for the alarm.


Tap the tick at the top to save the alarm.

The alarm is set, and will go off at the time you've chosen. You can use the switches next to the alarms to turn them on or off, or press and hold one to delete it.



Now that you know about the basics of your phone, here are some tips to help you get a bit more out of it.

Search your phone

Your Nova has a shortcut to help you find things on your phone. This means quickly find things like apps, games and contacts in seconds.

To use the quick search, go to your Home screen and swipe down in the middle of the screen. This will bring up the search box and keyboard, and you can start searching your phone.

As you type, the list of suggestions will appear and you can tap on any item to open it up. You can also 'pin' items that you use often so that they always show on the search screen. To do this, tap the pin icon on the right of the item in the search results.

Speed up your phone

You can use the phone manager to help clear up junk, and keep your phone running as fast as possible.

  • From the Home screen, find and tap on Phone Manager.
  • Tap Scan in the middle to check your phone. The app will now check the phone for any ways to speed it up and keep it running at its best.
  • When the scan has finished, tap Touch to optimise, and the app will optimise your phone.


Hopefully that's all the help you need to make the most of your phone, but if you do need any more help, you can get in touch with our super-helpful Team Knowhow Experts here.

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