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Vodafone Smart First 7 User Manual & Setup Guide

If you need a manual or help with the setup of your Vodafone Smart First 7, check out our user guide to start using your handset, connect to the internet and more!

  1. Unboxing and assembling your Vodafone Smart First 7
  2. Set up your phone for the first time
  3. Connecting to Wi-Fi and mobile networks
  4. Find out how to add your email accounts
  5. How to add and import contacts to your Vodafone Smart First 7
  6. Using the Play Store to find new apps
  7. Securing your Vodafone Smart First 7 with a lock screen
  8. How to make phone calls on your Vodafone Smart First 7
  9. Send text & picture messages
  10. Sending emails and attachments on your Vodafone handset
  11. How to set alarms on the Vodafone Smart First 7
  12. Read our tips to learn more about your phone

Click here for Vodafone's Smart First 7 user manual

Unboxing and assembling your Vodafone Smart First 7

Inside the box* you should find:

  • 1 x Vodafone Smart First 7
  • 1 x Battery
  • 1 x Mains charger
  • 1 x USB lead
  • 1 x Wired Headphones
  • 1 x Information pack
  • 1 x SIM card pack

*some box contents may vary

The Smart First 7 takes a micro-SIM card, which needs to be installed beneath the back cover. If you wish to expand the storage space available by adding a microSD (memory) card, you'll need to have that to hand as well.

Insert the SIM and Memory Cards

In order to insert the SIM and memory cards into your new Smart First 7, you'll need to take the back cover off. With the back cover of the phone facing you, look at the right-hand edge, near the bottom, and you should see a small notch cut into the edge of the cover. Use your thumbnail in this notch to prise the back cover away from the phone, remove the battery if it has already been inserted, then place the phone screen side down on a soft, non-scratching surface

There are two metal housings set into the back of the phone in the bottom of the battery compartment. The SIM card should be inserted into the housing on the left of the phone, with the contacts facing down and the cut-off corner inserted first, as shown in the picture. Slide the SIM card all the way into the housing until it stops.

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If you are installing a microSD (memory) card, this goes into the right-hand housing. Place the memory card into position with the contacts facing down and towards the edge of the phone, with the end of the card inserted underneath the metal housing. Slide the card towards the edge of the phone until it clicks into place.

Finally, insert the battery into the phone, ensuring the electrical contacts line up with those in the compartment. Replace the back cover, pressing it down gently around the edge until it is secure.

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Set up your phone for the first time

Before you turn on the Smart First 7, please ensure that the SIM card has been installed as shown in the previous chapter. Press the power button on the left-hand edge of the handset for a few seconds and you will see the screen illuminate as the handset starts to power up.

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  1. The first screen of the setup wizard allows you to choose the language to use on your new phone. English is pre-selected, but to change this tap on it then scroll through the list of languages to choose an alternative. When you're ready to start, tap the arrow in the yellow circle.
  2. The next screen prompts you to connect to a Wi-Fi (wireless) network. In the list shown, tap the name of the Wi-Fi network you wish to connect to. If you don't wish to connect to Wi-Fi at this time, you can tap Skip.
  3. To connect, enter the password for the Wi-Fi network when prompted. This is usually shown on a sticker on your router, and may be referred to as a WEP key, WPA key or wireless passphrase. Passwords are case-sensitive, and you can check your typing by ticking the Show password box. When you're ready to proceed, tap Connect.
  4. On the next page you will be invited to set up your Google account (an email address ending in or As the Smart First 7 is an Android handset, having a Google account unlocks some great features of the phone; Without one you can't browse the Play Store or back up your contacts, for starters! If you haven't already got a Google account, tap create a new account and fill in the form to set up a Google account for free.

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  1. If you already have a Google account, enter your Google email address in the space provided and tap Next.
  2. Enter your password in the box provided, then tap Next. If you're creating a new account, complete the form.
  3. You will have to accept the Terms of Service and other legal agreements in order to sign in to your Google account. Inspect them if you wish by tapping on the links, and when you're happy to agree, tap Accept.
  4. If you haven't got any payment details set up on your Google account you may be asked to enter some, in order to make purchases in the Google Play Store. Tap your chosen payment method, or to so skip this step choose No, thanks then tap Continue.

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  1. You can protect your phone with a lock screen, which stops people from accessing your private information on your smartphone. You can use a PIN, pattern or password to give a secure method of protection, tap Set screen lock now to set one up. As we cover the lock screen in a later chapter, and it can be frustrating having to keep unlocking the screen while you're getting things set up, we'd suggest coming back to this later by tapping Next.
  2. If you've chosen to skip setting a screen lock, you will be asked to confirm that by tapping Skip anyway. If you'd like to set a screen lock, tap Don't skip.
  3. On the next screen you will be asked to confirm which Google services you'd like to take advantage of. Read the information shown to guide you, then tap More or scroll down the screen to see details of the services offered.
  4. The first option is whether to Backup your data to your Google account. This helps keep your information safe if you should lose your new handset. Scroll down to see the other services options. The second and third options are about Location services, which help tailor internet searches to match your location, as well as providing feedback for apps which need to know where you are.

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  1. Finally you'll be asked about improving Android by sending feedback to Google. We recommend leaving all these boxes ticked, but they aren't necessary in order to continue. When you're ready, tap Next.
  2. The Simple Home screen offers a more uncluttered view, and may be easier for some users to navigate around the phone. To enable this tap the switch (you can always change this in the settings menu later on) then tap Next.
  3. The Smart First 7 can offer you tips when using some of its features for the first time. To prevent this tap the switch to turn it off (You can always re-enable it through Settings later) and tap Next to complete the phone's setup.
  4. That's the setup wizard completed, and you'll now be looking at the Smart First 7's home screen.

The icon on the front screen that you will probably use most of all is the Apps icon. This gives you access to all the apps on your new phone, as well as the settings menus. It looks like a white circle with a grid of small squares, and is in the centre of the bottom row of icons on the screen.

Below the screen you will find three touch-sensitive symbols which act as buttons. In the middle is a circle which is the Home button, and touching this always brings you back to the Home screen. The triangle to the left is the Back button which will takes you back one screen in apps or menus, and the square on the right is the Recent Apps button, which allows quick access to apps that are still running in the background.

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Connecting to Wi-Fi and mobile networks

Your new Vodafone Smart First 7 is a great piece of kit, but if you don't have an internet connection many of its finest features are redundant! Fresh apps can't be downloaded, existing apps can't be updated, even your social networks and email accounts can't retrieve new data! Make sure your phone is working to its fullest by using our short guide below.

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  1. From the home screen tap the Apps icon, then tap the Settings icon (it looks like a cog or gear).
  2. In the Wireless and networks section of the settings, tap Wi-Fi.
  3. If you don't see any network names displayed, check the switch at the top. To turn it on, tap the switch (it will display blue when it's on). With Wi-Fi on, find and tap on the name of the network you want to connect to.
  4. Enter your wireless password when prompted. Remember, passwords are case sensitive, so ensure you enter it correctly! Wireless passwords are usually found on a sticker on the underside of your router, and may also be called a WEP key, WPA key, or wireless passphrase. If you wish to check your typing, tick the Show password box to verify you've entered the password correctly, then press Connect.
  5. If the password was entered successfully, you will now see the word Connected below your network's name, and a Wi-fi symbol on the status bar at the top of the Smart First 7's screen.

Connecting to Mobile Internet

An active mobile internet connection is indicated by a letter (or letters) next to the signal bars, on vodafone Smart First 7the top row of the display. The letters you could see are G, E, 3G or H, which denote the various speeds of data connection. This will vary depending on your mobile network and where you are at the time, but the key thing to remember is that if a letter is there, your data connection is configured correctly.

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  1. From the home screen, swipe down from the top, or tap the Apps icon in the bottom right corner.
  2. Tap on the Settings icon.
  3. To check the data connection settings, you will need to turn of the Wi-Fi connection. Tap Wi-Fi.
  4. Tap the switch at the top of the Wi-Fi settings page to turn it off (don't forget to turn it back on later!).

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  1. Tap the Left arrow at the top of the screen to go back to the main settings menu.
  2. In the Wireless & networks section, tap More.
  3. Next, tap Mobile Networks.
  4. On the Mobile network settings screen, tap Access Point Names. These are the settings that configure the internet connection on your Smart First 7.

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  1. If you see the network name and there is an empty circle beside it, tap the circle to enable the correct setting. Once enabled you will see a blue dot in the circle.
  2. If the network name isn't listed, you can reset the settings. Tap the Menu button at the top of the handset (three dots in the top right corner).
  3. In the pop-up menu, tap Reset to default.
  4. You will then see a list of all the network settings that the Smart First 7 can pull from the SIM card. Choose the correct network from the list by tapping on the circle, then tap OK to select that network.
  5. Once you've got the correct settings, check again for the data indicator at the top of the screen.

If these options still don't work, then you can enter new APN settings manually by tapping the + symbol at the top of the screen, and then completing the form. We have produced a guide to help you with adding Vodafone APN settings but if your'e still having trouble you may need to contact them directly for further assistance and troubleshooting.

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Find out how to add your email accounts

Your new Vodafone Smart First 7 can manage multiple POP, IMAP and Exchange email accounts with a minimum of fuss. Follow our guide below to start receiving your emails on your new smartphone!

Gmail Account Setup

We covered setting up a Google account in the initial setup, but if you didn't complete it then you can add one now.

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  1. From the home screen, tap the Apps icon to open the Apps tray.
  2. Find and tap on the Settings icon.
  3. In the Personal section, tap on Accounts. This will show any accounts already set up on your Smart First 7.
  4. Tap Add account.

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  1. On the list of account types, tap Google.
  2. A Google account is an email address ending in or If you haven't already got a Google account, tap create a new account and fill in the form to set up a Google account for free.
  3. If you already have a Google account, enter it in the space provided then tap Next.
  4. Enter your Password where required then tap Next.

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  1. You must agree to the Terms of service and Privacy Policy in order to use the Google account on your new Smart First 7. Tap a link to inspect any which you would like to look at, then tap Accept to proceed.
  2. The Google account can be used to back up your apps and settings. If you'd like to opt out of this untick the box, then tap Next.
  3. You may be asked to set up some payment details in order to purchase premium content, including chargeable apps and other media, from the Play Store. This is optional, as many apps are free. Select your billing option or choose No, thanks to leave this for later, then tap Continue.
  4. The newly-added Google account should now show in the Accounts list, and your emails will start to arrive in the Gmail app very shortly (it's in the Google folder on the home screen).

Email Setup

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  1. From the home screen, tap the Apps icon then tap on the Settings icon.
  2. In the Personal section, tap Accounts, then tap Add account.
  3. If you have an Exchange email account (often used by employers, or education providers) choose Exchange.
    To have your email delivered into the separate Email app, choose the yellow Personal icon with the white envelope on it.
    If you'd prefer your email to be shown in the same Gmail app as your Google mail, choose Personal (IMAP) or Personal (POP3) depending on your account type.
  4. Choose your email account provider from the list, if your provider isn't listed tap Others.

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  1. On the next screen, enter the password for your email account and tap Next.
  2. If all goes well and the account sets up, you will be able to alter the account options to choose how often your handset checks for new mail, and other options. When you are happy with the settings, tap Next.
  3. You will then be asked to give the account a name (your email address will show by default, but you can edit this). You will also be asked to enter your name, which will appear on outgoing emails. Enter this, then tap Next to finish the setup.
  4. You should now see your newly-added account listed in the Accounts section.

If your account failed to set up automatically, you will be returned to the main email setup page with your email address and password in the boxes. In order to add your email account to the Smart First 7 you will have to do a Manual Setup. In order to do this, you will need to know the type of account you have (POP3, IMAP or Exchange) and additional, account specific information.

This additional information will include the account Username, Password, and also incoming & outgoing mail server settings, all of which will have to be entered onto the form. If your account is an Exchange account, you will need to know domain and Exchange server information.

We have written a guide to email server settings for most of the popular UK email providers to help you complete these, but if your mail provider is not listed, or your Exchange email account is provided by your company, you may need to contact them directly for detailed assistance.

If you are still having difficulty adding your email account, why don't you check out our support options and give us a call at any time 24/7 on 0800 049 3040

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How to add and import contacts to your Vodafone smart first 7

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Get help moving your contacts across from your previous phone to the Vodafone Smart First 7 with our guide to transferring your data on a smartphone. We've got step-by-step instructions on getting your phonebook safely onto your new handset, with screenshots to help you along the way. Click the link to find out more!

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Using the Play Store to find new apps

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The Google Play Store is the marketplace for new apps, games and media to enjoy on your smartphone. For help browsing the store and finding what you want, check out our guide to downloading apps on Android, where we'll show you how to search for and download apps, as well as rediscovering apps you've enjoyed in the past. Click the link to find out more.

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Securing your Vodafone Smart First 7 with a lock screen

Your Vodafone Smart First 7 has a lot of valuable information on it, and will likely be signed into accounts inside various apps to give you quick access to your data; Email, social media and file sharing apps to name but a few. The best way to keep all of this data from prying eyes is to secure your Smart First 7 with a PIN or password. Read on to discover how!

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  1. From the home screen on your phone, tap the Apps icon, then the Settings icon.
  2. Scroll down the settings menu and in the Personal section, tap on Security.
  3. To set up lock screen security, tap screen lock.
  4. Choose what type of unlock method you'd like to use; Swipe is the default method which is quite insecure, Pattern allows you to draw a pattern on a grid of dots, PIN is a numerical code and Password. is a longer, more complex security code. To proceed, tap your chosen method.

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  1. In our example we're entering a PIN, but a password is set in much the same manner. Enter your chosen code via the keyboard, then tap Continue (a pattern requires you to set a PIN as a backup).
  2. Confirm your unlock PIN or Password by entering it again, then tap OK.
  3. When the screen is locked, notifications show you when you've received emails, messages and more. You can choose to Show all notification content, Hide sensitive content (you'll see you've received a message for example, but not the message itself) or Don't show notifications. Tap to select your preference, then tap Next.
  4. To change how soon the PIN or Password you've just set is required, tap Automatically lock and choose the security time-out you'd like to set.

Agent tip

The security time-out is a compromise between security and usability. To keep your information secure, try to keep the time-out as short as possible!

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How to make phone calls on your Smart First 7

Making a phone call is one of the most important functions of any smartphone, but it's easy to get distracted with everything else your Smart First 7 is capable of! Find out how to make and receive calls on your new Vodafone handset with these short steps.

The first step to making a phone call is to open the Phone icon from the home screen by tapping on it. This is usually in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

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  1. The phone app will open to the Speed Dial screen, which provides buttons to dial your favourite contacts quickly and easily. To mark a contact as a favourite, tap the star when you have that contact's details open.
  2. If you prefer, you can search your contacts directly from the Phone app by tapping Contacts at the top. Whenever you have the contact you'd like to call on the screen, tap the phone icon on their contact to make the call.
  3. To use the phone dialler keypad, tap the blue keypad icon at the bottom of the screen (which has 10 dots representing the phone digits on it). Enter the number, then tap the green phone icon to make the call.
  4. The keypad can also be used to spell out the name of a contact. Use the numbers which correspond to the letters shown to spell the name (in our example we're spelling out Danny by tapping "32669") and any matching contacts will be displayed. If you see the contact you're looking for, tap their name to place the call.

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Send text & picture messages

With so many ways of getting in touch with people, it's easy to forget that texts are a big part of any smartphone. To find out how to send text and picture messages from your Vodafone Smart First 7, check out the following steps.

How to Send an SMS Text Message

Find and tap the Messaging app from your home screen. The icon is a white speech bubble with three dots on it. If you have unread messages, you will see a red badge in the corner showing you have unread items.

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  1. To compose a new message, tap on the compose button (which is a red circle with a white + in it) at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Two further icons will now be displayed. Tap the upper icon (pencil) to send a message to a single person, or tap the lower icon (contact silhouettes) to start a group chat with multiple contacts.
  3. Pick the recipient by tapping in the Type name or number box. You can enter a mobile number directly using the numeric keyboard, or you can start to type a contact's name. If you're entering text, matching contacts will appear below as you type. Tap on the contact you're trying to text to select them as the recipient. You can add further recipients if you wish to send the same message to multiple people.
  4. Now you've chosen who you're messaging, it's time to type out the content. Tap into the SMS box and type your message. If you're just sending a plain text message, tap the green Send arrow to the right f the text box to send it on its way.

How to send an MMS message

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To send a picture, sound or video message, the text entry box must be empty. this is because the Smart First 7 doesn't send it as a traditional MMS message, but instead uploads the item, and then sends a link to the recipient in a standard SMS text message.

  1. Start by choosing the recipient as normal, then tap the paper clip icon on the menu bar at the top.
  2. Choose what you'd like to send by tapping the correct icon.
  3. If you're adding a file from your phone, you will need to find your file, using the menu to navigate through your folders.
  4. When you've found the item you wish to send, tap to Select it.
  5. Once you've added your item, it will display in the text box. Tap the X to remove it, or tap the green Send button.

How to Delete a Message Thread

If you'd like to delete a thread of messages from your handset, open the Messaging app and find the thread you'd like to delete by finding the other person's name in the message list.

Touch and hold on their name and a menu will open at the bottom of the screen, giving several options including one to delete the conversation.

Tap this, then confirm the deletion on the following screen to complete the action.

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Sending emails and attachments on your Vodafone Smart First

To send an email, you must have already set up an email account on your Vodafone Smart First 7. If you haven't added your account yet, please check our chapter on adding an email account for more information. To see your emails, tap the Apps icon followed by the Email icon.

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  1. When you can see your email inbox, tap the compose button. This is an red icon with a white + at the bottom of the email inbox screen.
  2. Tap into the To line to select the intended recipient. Start to type their name or email address and any matching contacts will be shown. Tap on the correct contact to add them to the recipient list. You can add further recipients or send copies to yourself or others by tapping the down arrow.
  3. Enter a Subject for your email by tapping on that line and entering it via the keyboard.
  4. Now that you've set it up, type your message by tapping into the main portion of the window in the middle of the screen. If you just want to send a text email, then you can send it by tapping the arrow icon on the title bar.

Add an Attachment

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  1. To add an attachment, tap the menu button (three dots) on the title bar, then tap Attach file.
  2. Navigate through your files by using the menu to find the item(s) you want, and tap to select them.
  3. When sending images, you may be asked whether to resize them - handy if you're using mobile internet, as large images and video can use a lot of data!
  4. Add further attachments if you wish, and compose your message. To send, tap the arrow.

Agent tip

Connect to Wi-Fi if you're adding lots of attachments. Sending video and audio files and high-resolution pictures can use a lot of mobile data!

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How to set alarms on the Vodafone Smart First 7

Alarms are set and amended through the Time app on your Smart First 7. If your phone is showing the time on the front screen, tap it to see the app itself, If not, tap Apps and then Time.

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  1. When you open the app, you'll see icons across the top of the app allow you to select Alarm, Clock, Timer and Stopwatch functions. Tap the alarm clock to access the alarm settings.
  2. Set a new alarm by tapping the new alarm (+) icon at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the desired hour, and tap OK.
  4. Tap the chosen minute you'd like to set, and again tap OK.
  5. Now that the new alarm time has been set (the switch is red, meaning that it's ready to go!), you can edit some other options before closing the panel.

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  1. If you want the alarm to repeat on multiple days (such as every weekday) tap the Repeat box and highlight the days you'd like the alarm to sound.
  2. You can also edit the melody and vibration setting for each alarm, and change the Label to a more informative name.
  3. When you're happy with the settings, close the detail panel by tapping on the upward-pointing arrowhead.
  4. To prevent an alarm from sounding, tap the switch on the alarm. This will grey out, indicating it is not set. To set an alarm that is greyed out, tap the switch again.
  5. To delete an alarm completely, tap the down arrow on it then tap the bin icon.

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Read our tips to learn more about your phone

You should now be a little more familiar with your Vodafone Smart First 7, so let's take a moment to run through a couple of tips to help you get the most out of your new phone.


If you have a question about your phone and can't find the answer here, why not post a comment at the bottom of the page and share it with us!

Monitor Your Data Usage

smart first 7 tips 01The Vodafone Smart First 7 comes with a really useful monitor to help you keep an eye on your data usage. This should hopefully help prevent you from running up a large bill through using more data than your allowance. To set this up go to Settings > Data Usage.

Wth the settings page open, you can set your billing cycle with a drop-down menu to ensure the counter resets when your mobile bill is produces every month, and there is a tickbox to stop you from going over the limit you set.

You can alter the grey slider to act as a warning showing when you approaching your data usage limit, and if you have enabled the switch to activate the limit, a red slider will be shown to set it.

The key thing to remember is that this shows the data usage as your phone interprets it, not as your mobile network calculates it. This means that you might benefit from setting the sliders a little below your actual allowance to avoid going over - at least until you see how they compare!

Check Your Battery Usage

smart first 7 tips 02If you think your battery isn't lasting as long as it should, then there is a battery monitor built into the Smart First 7 to show you just what part of your phone has used the power.

Accessing the monitor couldn't be easier. Tap on Settings > Battery and you will see an estimate of how long the available power will last (based on how you're using your phone at the time of checking).

Below the projected time of use left you will see a list of hardware and apps showing you exactly how much of the used power each element of the phone has taken. For example, if you don't connect to Wi-Fi very often but it uses a lot of power, then this could help you to decide to turn Wi-Fi off when you don't use it, saving you power, which will extend the time your phone will last before it needs charging again.

If you're running low on power and you're not sure if your battery will last, then you can switch on power saving by going to Settings > Battery and tap the Menu icon (3 dots). With the Battery saver page open, tap the switch to enable it.

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