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Nokia N8 Using widgets to your advantage

The Nokia N8 comes with a really cool and useful tool, the ability to use and utilise widgets to make your life as a Nokia phone user a little easier and more intuitive. A lot of people unfortunately don’t know what advantages they can gain from the use of widgets, especially those who are new to the Nokia N8 and those who are yet to explore all of its features – for those people, this article should be quite useful.

Widgets allow you to make certain applications and information readily available on one of your home screens, such as the ability to watch TV programs straight from the press of a button on your home screen or even enable and disable WiFi at a touch of a button.

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We’ve listed a few of the useful widgets and how to enable them below, but you can obviously use the methods below to enable any of the other widgets in the widget catalogue that you desire. To remove the widgets simply tap on the home screen until you feel a vibration, then tap the widget you want to remove and then tap uninstall – simple.


WiFi / WLAN

Let’s take for example when you want to disconnect or search for new WiFi connections, you have to either use the Settings menu or the notifications bar at the top of the page, which then takes you to another page which is rather annoying and time consuming. With the WLAN widget, you can enable, disable and search for a new WLAN, without ever having to leave your home screen.

To enable the WLAN widget: Go to your home screen and do the following; Tap Options > Edit Home screen > Options > Widget catalogue > WLAN Wizard. You’ve now got a WLAN widget on your desired home screen, enabling you to connect, disconnect and search for WLAN’s.

Notifications

You can even add a notification widget so you can see your missed calls, texts and other notifications at a glance, which saves a little time and is another option rather than having to tap the notifications icon at the top of the Nokia N8 home screen. Being able to check these notifications at glance on the widget is also better for people who have trouble seeing the tiny little icons in the normal notifications menu, which is of course a great addition to the phone.

To enable the Notifications widget: Go to your home screen and do the following; Tap Options > Edit Home screen > Options > Widget catalogue > Notifications. You’ve now got a Notifications widget on your desired home screen, enabling you to see missed calls, text messages and other notifications at a glance.

Search

Another really awesome and useful feature is the ability to search your phone and the whole web from your home screen, saving you time and making searching a lot easier. For web searches, you can choose between either the Google or Bing search engine, but the most useful of the two is definitely Google.

To enable the Search widget: Go to your home screen and do the following; Tap Options > Edit Home screen > Options > Widget catalogue > Search widget. You’ve now got a Search widget on your desired home screen, enabling you to search your phone or the web at a touch of a button.

Mail

The mail widget offers the user the ability to see previews of new emails on their home screen, along with the total number of emails in their inbox and the date in which the received email was sent. If you tap on the mail widget, you will be taken to your inbox where you can see all of your inbox messages at the touch of a button – time saving and convenient.

To enable the Email widget: Go to your home screen and do the following; Tap Options > Edit Home screen > Options > Widget catalogue > Email. You’ve now got an Email widget on your desired home screen, enabling you to see previews of new emails at a glance.

Hopefully, this article has outlined some of the useful widgets for you and how to enable them, but it’s worth remembering that there’s lots of other widgets that you can enable – not to mention that you can download more widgets from the Ovi Store, such as a news widget and other cool stuff.

If you could have your own customised widget, what would it be and why?