June 6, 2014

Nokia Asha 501: Tips and Tricks

Previously I had mentioned the drawbacks of Nokia’s flagship Asha device, the 501. This post will highlight a few cool features that really could have made it to top end phones.

Edit your Videos

Many users wanted this feature, and now its here. If you have videos on your phone, open it, swipe up from the bottom and scroll down. Tap on the Edit video option.

Edit Video

The Video Editor opens. The interface is similar to what can be seen during video playback. It has a very simple layout. The editor allows changing the start and end points of any video. Tap and drag the slider from the left side to change the starting point. Do the same on the right to change the end point.

Nokia 501

To save the video, simply press the back key and you will be prompted or click on the save icon on the top right.

Easily shuffle songs on Music Player

Open Music Player and click on Songs. Above the first song is the Shuffle option. Just one tap and the phone does the rest. Note that the repeat option is turned on when you use this method.

Search songs using the Scroll bar

Have you ever faced that agonising problem when you are mid-way through your Music list and want to look for a particular song? Thanks to the Search option being present right at the top, you have to scroll all the way up, or go back from the list and enter the Songs list again.

Nokia 501

This tip will show you how to avoid that, and find what you want more easily – particularly in the Artists and Albums list. One the right side of the list, the scroll bar is visible. Tap and drag the scroll bar. The phone will display the initials of all your songs. All songs are sorted in alphabetical order so if you stop at ‘G’ you will get all songs that start with ‘G’.

Personalise Social Network Notifications

This is for those people who think that the number of app notifications are overwhelming. Go to Settings>Background Apps. Here you can select/deselect apps to chose which ones notify you. For example if you what to stop getting notifications from WhatsApp, go to WhatsAppBG and put the slider left (Blue for on; Black for off).

Nokia 501

You can even choose how your apps get updated. Scroll right to the bottom and select Other apps>No updates/Wi-Fi Only/Wi-Fi and Mobile data. Do the same for you your Contacts and Mail clients.

Personalise Notification Style

Go to Settings>Notifications>Full/Sender Only/Icon. This lets you select how the notification bar looks on you lock screen. Full shows the app icon, sender’s name and a portion of the message. Sender Only shows the sender’s name and the last one will only show a generic icon.

Power Saving

This is particularly helpful when you are running low on battery and need only to make urgent calls. Go to Settings>Power Saving. There are two options Power Saving and When Battery is below. Tap Power Saving and select Automatic. Then go to When Battery is Below and specify when you want the feature to be turned on.

Nokia 501

Warning: Enabling this feature stops all Push Notifications (WhatsApp messages, Facebook etc.) once the battery reaches the specified threshold. So if you set the Power Saver to be active when battery is below 50%, all Push Notifications will be disabled the moment the battery meter hits 50%.

Follow your Facebook Contacts on Fastlane

If you have Facebook installed on your Asha 501, this will be easy. All you have to do is create a Nokia account and link Facebook to it. You can do this in Accounts>Nokia Mail. Next go to Contacts, swipe up the menu and click Accounts. You will find your Facebook account listed along with other social apps (if applicable). Tap on it and select Sync with Existing Contacts.
Next, go back to your contact list and refresh your list. This is easy; just scroll to the top,  pull down and release; you must have an active internet plan. Select the contact you’d like to follow. When the Contact opens, swipe up and click Link Contact. This allows the phone contact to link with your Facebook contact. Most of the times this is done automatically but if there are multiple entries with same name or there is a spelling mismatch, you have to link it manually or recheck the spelling of your phone contact.

Nokia 501

Once you’ve linked your Contact (btw its best if you link all Contacts with their Facebook equivalents) open it. Again swipe from bottom and click on Show Updates on Fastlane. Now go to Fastlane and refresh it. That's it, you’re done!

Nokia 501

PS- It doesn’t always work!! If you have managed it, let me know in the comments…I’ll be very grateful.

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June 6, 2014

Nokia Asha 501: Tips and Tricks

Previously I had mentioned the drawbacks of Nokia’s flagship Asha device, the 501. This post will highlight a few cool features that really could have made it to top end phones.

Edit your Videos

Many users wanted this feature, and now its here. If you have videos on your phone, open it, swipe up from the bottom and scroll down. Tap on the Edit video option.

Edit Video

The Video Editor opens. The interface is similar to what can be seen during video playback. It has a very simple layout. The editor allows changing the start and end points of any video. Tap and drag the slider from the left side to change the starting point. Do the same on the right to change the end point.

Nokia 501

To save the video, simply press the back key and you will be prompted or click on the save icon on the top right.

Easily shuffle songs on Music Player

Open Music Player and click on Songs. Above the first song is the Shuffle option. Just one tap and the phone does the rest. Note that the repeat option is turned on when you use this method.

Search songs using the Scroll bar

Have you ever faced that agonising problem when you are mid-way through your Music list and want to look for a particular song? Thanks to the Search option being present right at the top, you have to scroll all the way up, or go back from the list and enter the Songs list again.

Nokia 501

This tip will show you how to avoid that, and find what you want more easily – particularly in the Artists and Albums list. One the right side of the list, the scroll bar is visible. Tap and drag the scroll bar. The phone will display the initials of all your songs. All songs are sorted in alphabetical order so if you stop at ‘G’ you will get all songs that start with ‘G’.

Personalise Social Network Notifications

This is for those people who think that the number of app notifications are overwhelming. Go to Settings>Background Apps. Here you can select/deselect apps to chose which ones notify you. For example if you what to stop getting notifications from WhatsApp, go to WhatsAppBG and put the slider left (Blue for on; Black for off).

Nokia 501

You can even choose how your apps get updated. Scroll right to the bottom and select Other apps>No updates/Wi-Fi Only/Wi-Fi and Mobile data. Do the same for you your Contacts and Mail clients.

Personalise Notification Style

Go to Settings>Notifications>Full/Sender Only/Icon. This lets you select how the notification bar looks on you lock screen. Full shows the app icon, sender’s name and a portion of the message. Sender Only shows the sender’s name and the last one will only show a generic icon.

Power Saving

This is particularly helpful when you are running low on battery and need only to make urgent calls. Go to Settings>Power Saving. There are two options Power Saving and When Battery is below. Tap Power Saving and select Automatic. Then go to When Battery is Below and specify when you want the feature to be turned on.

Nokia 501

Warning: Enabling this feature stops all Push Notifications (WhatsApp messages, Facebook etc.) once the battery reaches the specified threshold. So if you set the Power Saver to be active when battery is below 50%, all Push Notifications will be disabled the moment the battery meter hits 50%.

Follow your Facebook Contacts on Fastlane

If you have Facebook installed on your Asha 501, this will be easy. All you have to do is create a Nokia account and link Facebook to it. You can do this in Accounts>Nokia Mail. Next go to Contacts, swipe up the menu and click Accounts. You will find your Facebook account listed along with other social apps (if applicable). Tap on it and select Sync with Existing Contacts.
Next, go back to your contact list and refresh your list. This is easy; just scroll to the top,  pull down and release; you must have an active internet plan. Select the contact you’d like to follow. When the Contact opens, swipe up and click Link Contact. This allows the phone contact to link with your Facebook contact. Most of the times this is done automatically but if there are multiple entries with same name or there is a spelling mismatch, you have to link it manually or recheck the spelling of your phone contact.

Nokia 501

Once you’ve linked your Contact (btw its best if you link all Contacts with their Facebook equivalents) open it. Again swipe from bottom and click on Show Updates on Fastlane. Now go to Fastlane and refresh it. That's it, you’re done!

Nokia 501

PS- It doesn’t always work!! If you have managed it, let me know in the comments…I’ll be very grateful.

Have anything more to add? Let me know through the comments.

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