This is an update to my previous blog post since now Symbian Anna is released. The previous tips and tips still remain valid while some new ones are added.
I have found some cool tips & tricks from my own usage or over the internet. Here are some of them which I will update as I find more.
Keypad shortcuts (Select "Call" from home screen)
- Bluetooth ON/OFF: Long press on ‘*’ key.
- Call log: Press call key
- Open browser: Long press on ‘0’ key
- Silent profile: Long press on ‘#’ key
Keypad codes (Select "Call" from home screen and type)
- Hard reset: *#7370#
- Soft Reset: *#7780#
- Show IMEI: *#06#
- Info about phone software: *#0000#
- Display Bluetooth MAC address: *#2820#
- Display the WLAN MAC address: *#62209526#
Usability improvement tips -
- Edit Home screen – Long press on anywhere on the home screen changes to edit mode.
- Faster Home screen – turn of theme effects from Themes settings to make switching between home screens instant.
- Forced Reboot – press power key for eight seconds simulating battery removal.
- Screen Saver Notification – Use ‘Music Player’ screen saver to show new SMS and missed calls icon on screen. Time, Date, Profile and Music being played will also be shown if enabled.
- Silence Calls/Snooze Alarms – Turn around your phone upside down to silence calls or snooze alarms (set it on from Settings > Sensor settings).
- Widgets Online/Offline: select Options > "Widget to Offline mode" from home screen.
- When in the file manager and when in the mass storage/phone memory/memory card, simply tap on the camera button (Autofocus) and it will bring up a search box.
- Camera: use Pinch zoom to switch between 9 MP or 12 MP resolution for photos.
USB On the Go – Nokia N8 supports connecting pen drives, external hard disks with there own power source and even Wireless Keyboard & Mouse to connect via the supplied USB adapter. I have myself tested successfully this by connecting my Microsoft Wireless Desktop 6000 to my Nokia N8. You will get a full cursor & you can type using a wireless keyboard too.
You can very well connect your N8 to a HDTV with the supplied HDMI cable & use a small wireless keyboard & mouse & can use it as a computer too.
Here is a video of me using my wireless mouse & keyboard in the N8.
Using my Microsoft Wireless Desktop 6000 with my Nokia N8 with USB OTG
Nokia Battery Monitor – The battery monitor on default Symbian^3 doesn’t give detailed information. That is because it is not required to have detailed information in most cases for a casual user. However, if you still want detailed information then you can use Nokia Battery monitor.
Nokia Battery Monitor consists of a home screen widget and a full screen application. The widget is used for visualization of remaining battery capacity and activity estimates. The full screen application provides more details and statistics of energy usage.
Change interface font to Nokia Pure –
Nokia has now retired the Nokia Sans font in favour of a new font called Nokia Pure. This will be the new font used in all Nokia phones now in future.
However, if you want to use the font right now then you can download Nokia Pure from here then follow these instructions…
- Go to Ovi Store and install "Font zoomer lite" and "Xplore".
- Rename any font in the archive you downloaded to font_temp.ttf and copy it somewhere in your phone.
- Switch to any sample font supplied by font zoomer in the app (other than default).
- Accept all dialogs after apply. Don’t reboot just yet.
- The zip you downloaded above has Nokia Pure font, renamed to font_temp.ttf. In C:\FontZoomer folder a font is now present with font_temp.ttf. Replace this, with the one available in the zip you just downloaded. To do this, you can use Xplore, as it will show you fontzoomer folder, inside C:\.
- Now Reboot.
- You can switch back anytime using FontZoomer app to the default font and after a reboot you will get Nokia Sans back.
If you have a memory card installed in your Nokia N8, then you can use this steps instead of the above.
- Attached your phone in Memory card mode to your PC.
- Extract the archive you download above and copy “resource” folder to x:\ where x is the name of your memory card drive in Windows Explorer.
This is how the font looks in my phone, a comparison of old and new font in my Nokia N8.
This is how the SMS view looks like, now with Nokia Pure.
My thanks to Yogeshwar Padhyegurjar for this method of changing font to Nokia Pure, which also works with upcoming Symbian Anna update.
I have made a basic theme with only custom icons for some 3rd party apps and nothing else. You can download it from here. You will need to sign it with your own certificate though.
I hope you find these tips useful. If you have any of yours, then you can also mention it in the comments.