Huawei P8 Lite (2017) - using it


Now that you've set up your P8 Lite, let's get to grips with some of the basics, like making calls, sending texts, and setting alarms.


Making phone calls


Making calls is one of the main features of your phone. Here's how it's done.

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Tap the Phone icon at the bottom of your Home screen to open the Phone app.


The app will open on the 'Dialler' screen, from here, you can enter a number manually, then tap the green call button to dial the number.


If you want to search for a contact that's stored in your phone, tap the Contacts tab, then tap on the contact you want to call.


You can mark a contact as a 'Favourite', making them easier to find by tapping on the Favourites tab. Just open the contact, and tap the star to set someone as a Favourite.

Sending texts & multimedia messages (MMS)


Another easy way to stay in touch with people is using text messaging. We'll show you how to send text messages, and also how to add attachments (like pictures) to your messages.

Sending texts

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From your Home screen, tap the Messaging icon (it looks like a blue speech bubble).


Tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen to start writing your message.


Tap the recipient box at the top of the screen to choose who to send your message to. You can also enter a mobile number here if you want.


Type your message and when you're ready to send it, tap the green arrow.

Sending attachments & multimedia messages (MMS)

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Follow steps 1 to 4 above to get your message ready, but don't send it yet.


Tap the paperclip icon and find the item you want to attach using the icons.


When you've found the item you want to add, just tap it.


To send your message, tap the green arrow.

Deleting a message thread

A message thread is a series of messages between you and a contact. Your phone can store thousands of messages, but it's a good idea to delete them every so often.

To delete a message thread, touch and hold the contact's name, then tap the bin icon.


Sending emails


Emails are great if you need to send a bit more than you would in a text, they're also handy for sending lots of attachments. We'll walk you through sending emails here.

Sending an email

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From your Apps list, tap the Gmail icon.


Tap the compose button - it's a red circle with a white pen on it.


Tap into the To box and type a recipient for your email.


Enter a subject for your email by tapping the Subject line.


Type your message in the blank space.


When you're ready to send your email, tap the white arrow at the top of the screen.

Adding an attachment

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First, get your message ready by following steps 1 to 5 above.


Tap the paperclip icon, and find the file(s) you want to attach.


Tap on the item(s) you want to attach, and when you're ready to send your email, tap the white arrow.

Setting alarms


Alarms can be a really useful feature, use them as your morning wake up call, or as reminders. Here's how to set alarms on your P8 Lite.

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From your Home screen, go to Apps > Clock.


Tap the + button to add a new alarm.


Set the time by sliding your finger up or down on the screen.


Tapping Repeat lets you set the alarm for certain days.


You can also set the Ringtone and Vibrate settings from here.


When you're happy with the settings, tap the tick at the top of the screen to save your alarm.



Now that you're up to speed with the basics, let's go through a couple of features that'll help you get a bit more out of your P8 Lite.

Adjusting the display settings

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Brightly lit smartphone screens aren't always great for your eyes, especially if they're being used in a dimly lit room. Huawei have added a setting to the P8 Lite, called 'Eye comfort' that helps you manage this a bit better.

To change these settings, go to Settings > Display, and tap the Eye comfort switch to turn it on. This will reduce the amount of blue light that the screen generates, making it more comfortable to look at in low light situations.

You can adjust the colour settings in more detail if you want, by going to Settings > Display > Colour temperature, and dragging your finger around the colour spectrum until you find a setting you like. Tap Ok to confirm your choice.


Optimising and cleaning your phone

The P8 Lite comes with a useful 'Phone Manager' app, to help you keep your phone running at its best.

  • From your Home screen, swipe across and tap Phone Manager.
  • Tap Scan and the phone will run a diagnostic to check what tweaks can be made to improve the performance.
  • When the scan has completed, the circle will be either orange, or blue. If it's blue, no maintenance is required, but orange means your phone has found some fixes. Just tap the circle to make the improvements.

You'll see a few more options below the circle, these help you further improve the performance of the phone. You can adjust the power settings by tapping the battery icon, this can be useful if your battery is running low. You can also manage your notifications from here, and stop annoying calls by tapping the Harassment filter. 

That should be everything you need to know to get started with your phone. If you do need some extra help with anything, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow Experts here.

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