Kit Guide: Huawei P8 Lite (2017) - setting it up


There are a few things you'll need to do before you can get started using your P8 Lite. This guide will help with everything from inserting the SIM card, to finishing up with a lock screen.


Box contents


Here's what you get in the box:

  • Huawei P8 Lite
  • Mains power adapter
  • USB C lead
  • In-line earphones
  • Information pack


Inserting your SIM & memory cards


Before turning your phone on, the first thing you need to do is insert the SIM card. You can also add a MicroSD (memory) card if you want, and here's how to do both.

You'll need to use the SIM removal tool to slide the tray out on the top left edge of the phone. Push the thin end of the tool into the tray until it pops out. The SIM and memory card both go in the same tray.

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Slot the NanoSIM into the recess that's closest to the phone, with the metal contacts facing down. If you're also using a MicroSD card, that goes into the recess furthest from the phone, again with the metal contacts facing down.

Slide the tray back into the side of the phone, making sure it's securely in place.


Completing the P8 Lite Setup Wizard


Now that the SIM card is in the phone, it's time to turn it on and get started. But before you can start making calls and downloading apps, you'll need to get through the Setup Wizard. There are quite a few steps, but don't worry, we'll guide you through it and explain anything that might not make sense.

Setting it up

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Pick your language and tap Next.


You'll need to agree to the 'End User Licence Agreement'. You can read it in detail by tapping view, then tap Agree.


Tap Agree again to confirm.


You'll be asked to agree to service permissions, like 'Wi-Fi+', and 'Weather'. Choose whether you want to Agree or Disagree to these services, then tap Next.

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Make sure the Wi-Fi switch is on, and tap the name of your network.


Type your Wi-Fi password (if you're not sure what it is, it should be printed on your router).


If it's successful, you'll see the word 'Connected' below your network. Tap Next.


If you don't already have one, you'll need to set up a Google account to be able to download apps and games from the Play Store. To set up a new account, tap create new account. If you already have one, type your Gmail address, and tap Next.

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Enter your Gmail password, and tap Next.


Read through the 'Terms of service' and 'Privacy Policy' if you want, by tapping the links. Then tap Accept.


You'll be asked about using various 'Google services'. Tap the switch to turn off any you don't want to use, then tap Next.


You can set up a lock screen here if you want, but we cover that in more detail in a later chapter, so we recommend tapping Skip.

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If you've used Android before and backed up your data, you can restore it to your P8 Lite by tapping Keep your apps & data. If you don't want to restore any information, just tap Set up as new.


Huawei offer their own backup service, and you can sign up here if you want. Tap Register to set it up, or tap Skip if you'd rather not.


If you're skipping it, you'll need to tap Ok to confirm it.


Huawei's 'Phone Clone' service helps you transfer information from an old phone. Tap Set up as new phone, or choose From old phone if you want to use Phone Clone.

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If you chose to set it up as a new phone, you'll need to tap Ok to confirm your choice.


The fingerprint sensor on your P8 Lite can be used for more than just unlocking your phone. This screen explains all the different ways your fingerprint can be used. When you're ready to move on, tap Next.


If you want to add your fingerprint here, tap Enrol. We cover it in our section on adding a lock screen, so you can also tap Skip to come back to it later.


To finish the Setup Wizard and start using your phone, tap Get Started.

Touchscreen buttons

When you're on the Home screen, you'll see three icons at the bottom. These are the navigation buttons, and here's what they do.

'Home' (circle): pressing this takes you back to the Home screen from any screen or app.

'Back' (triangle): takes you back one screen.

'Menu' (square): shows previously used apps.


Connecting to the Internet


Most of the features of your P8 Lite need the internet to work properly. This section shows you how to connect to a Wi-Fi network (if you haven't already done it), and also how to turn mobile data on and off.

Connecting the P8 Lite to a Wi-Fi network

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Swipe your finger down from the top of the screen to open the 'Quick settings' menu, and tap the cog icon to open the main Settings screen.


Go to Wi-Fi and make sure Wi-Fi is switched on (it should be blue).


Tap on the name of the network you're connecting to.


Type the password (it's usually printed on the router if you're not sure what it is). Tap Connect.

Turning mobile data on or off

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From your Home screen, go to Settings > More > Mobile network.


You can turn your mobile internet on and off by tapping the Mobile data switch.

If you're having problems connecting your phone to mobile internet, we've written some dedicated guides to help you get connected here.


Setting up new email accounts


You probably added a Gmail account to your phone when you did the main Setup, but you can add lots of different email accounts, and here's how.

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From your Home screen, go to Settings > Accounts > Add account.


If you have an 'Exchange' account (used by employers, or education providers) choose Corporate. For all other account types, tap Email.

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You'll need to give the phone permission to access your email account. Tap Enable.


Type your email address and password, then tap Sign in.


You'll see some account options, like whether you want to be notified when new emails arrive. Tap the tick boxes to turn these on or off, then tap Next.

Your account should set up automatically, but if it didn't work, our detailed guide to email server settings will help.


Setting up a lock screen


We always recommend protecting your phone with a lock screen, so if you didn't do it as part of the initial setup, these steps will get you set up.

Adding a lock screen

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From your Home screen, go to Settings > Screen lock & passwords > Passwords.


Choose the type of lock you want to add:

  • Pattern: draw a pattern on a grid of dots
  • PIN: a code of numbers
  • Password: a combination of numbers and letters
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Enter your unlock code, and tap Continue.


Confirm the code by typing it again, and tap Ok to finish setting up your lock screen.

Setting up fingerprint unlocking

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After setting up a lock screen, you'll see a pop-up asking you to add a fingerprint. Tap Enrol.


Put your finger on the sensor and follow the steps to register your print.


When your print's been scanned, you'll see a 'Success' screen. Tap Ok.

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In the 'Fingerprint ID' menu, you'll see some settings for using your fingerprint. You can use it for taking photos, answering calls and stopping alarms. Turn these on or off by tapping the switches.


If you want to change the name of a fingerprint, or delete it, tap and hold the one you want. Pick Delete or Rename.

Now that your phone's set up, you're ready to start using it. For help with some of the basics, like making calls, sending texts, and setting alarms, have a look at our Huawei P8 Lite User Guide.


Or, if you want to speak to one of our Team Knowhow Experts, you can contact us here.

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