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Microsoft Lumia 550 was announced along with Lumia 950 and 950XL in the month of October. Microsoft claims this device as the most affordable Windows 10 smartphone. Coming with a 4.7-inch touch screen 720p display, the device is powered by 1.1 GHz Cortex A7 processor coupled with Adreno 304 GPU coupled with 1 GB or RAM. This device also comes with the company’s own browser called as Microsoft Edge. Lumia 550 got launched in India for Rs. 9399 and also supports 4G LTE connectivity.

Here are the tips and tricks of the device that will be helpful in case if you consider buying this phone.

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How to insert the SIM card on your device?

To insert the SIM on the device, you need to remove the back cover and just above the battery you can see the SIM slot. Now place the SIM accordingly as instructed and place the back cover to switch on the device. Now the device is ready to use with the SIM.

What is the type of SIM supported on this device?

The device is a single SIM variant and will be supporting a nano SIM card. Microsoft should have provided dual SIM option as most of the devices in the market come with this feature and also helps its user to access two different numbers from one device.

How to share your Data network via Mobile hotspot on the device?

To share data network via a mobile hotspot, go to the settings of the device and tap on the option Wireless and networks. Now scroll down to Mobile hotspot and toggle it on or off accordingly. You can share your network via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with the selected device. To share through Bluetooth, both the devices should have Bluetooth turned on and should be paired initially.

How to take a Screenshot on my Microsoft Lumia 550?

To take a screenshot on Lumia 550, the user needs to hold the power/lock button along with the volume up button simultaneously for few seconds so that the screenshot is captured. This screenshot can be viewed immediately by swiping from the top and can be viewed later from the file manager app on the device that can be shared via any application.

How to check for the Updates on the device?

To check if there is any update available on the device, go to the settings of the device and tap on the option Update and security. Here the user can see if there is any update available and if it is available, you need to download the update and install it. New update will bring bug fixes and many new features to the device that will help its users. Before installing the update, make sure the battery on the device is more than 50 percent. If there is no new update available, the device shows a message stating that the device is up to date.

How to Enable Battery saver mode on the Lumia 550?

To save battery consumption on your Lumia 550, go to the settings of the device and select the option System. Here you can find the Battery Saver that has to be toggled to switch off or on. This ensures that the unnecessary battery consumption of the device is reduced, and the device can be used for longer period. Also, make sure that all the un-used apps are closed by pressing the back button to exist it completely instead of tapping the windows button. You can customize the battery saving option from battery saver settings. Here you have the option of automatically turn on the battery saver when the battery falls to a certain limit that you set and also let few important apps to run in the background even after the battery saver is turned on.

How much is the internal storage on the Lumia 550?

Lumia 550 comes with an internal storage of 8 GB out of which around 7.2 GB is user available and the rest is occupied by the system OS and other preinstalled applications. The memory can be extended up to a maximum of 200 GB via microSD card slot that is available beside the SIM slot.

How much free RAM is available on the device if no apps are running?

The device comes with 1 GB of RAM out of which 600 MB is user available, and the rest is occupied by the pre-installed applications and the operating system.

How to transfer data from old phone to your device?

It is always a struggle to transfer our old data to the new phone, but with Lumia 550 it is going to be very easy as Microsoft has added a new feature called Transfer my data app that will easily import all the contacts. All you need is to have a Bluetooth connection on both the device. For this go to the settings of the device and tap on the option Transfer my data. Switch on Bluetooth on both the devices and pair them to transfer the data.

How to set up lock screen on Lumia 550?

Setting up a lock screen is vital to keep your data safe and also from the hands of kids who knowingly or unknowingly make calls and send messages. To setup lock screen on the Lumia 550, go to the settings of the device by swiping the home screen or from the quick settings available on the device. Now tap on the option Personalization and then select Lock screen. The user will be asked to enter the Microsoft account details and one you enter the require things tap the save button. Now you can setup the four digits PIN to secure the device.

How to connect to mobile data on Lumia 550?

To use the internet on the device via mobile data, make sure that you have activated data plan. Now go to the settings of the device and select the option Wireless and networks from the list. Now tap Mobile and SIM and switch on the data connection. Now you are ready to use data via Mobile network and follow the same steps to switch it off.

How much battery is given to the device?

There is a Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery on the back of the device under the removable cover. This battery gives a standby of up to 672 h on 2G (Up to 670 on 3G) and talk time of 16 h on 2G and 14 h on 3G. This is a decent battery considering it is as a mid-range device.

What is Glance screen and how to turn it on the device?

In Glance mode, the device shows the time and other lock screen content in standby for the selected period. To turn on Glance screen, go to the settings of the device and tap on the option Extras. Here you can set up the glance screen. You can manage the time of the glance screen and also the content that had to be shown on it. There is also option to turn on the glance screen when ever the device is on charge.

What is Lumia motion data?

Lumia motion data will collect all the data about how its user moves or collects information about the places and routes the user takes and provides it to all the apps that are installed. To turn on this feature on Lumia 550, go to the settings of the device and select the option Lumia motion. Here, you will have two different modes, Basic and Detailed wherein the user can select it accordingly. You can also select the app that you want to read the data and limit the others from using it by option provided.

How to turn on the magnifier option on 550?

Turning on Magnify option on the device will let its user magnify things on the screen to view it clearly. To turn on this feature, go to the settings and select the Magnifier option and turn it on by toggling the option. To magnify, double tap in the screen with two fingers and to pan it while its magnified, you can use two fingers to change the zoom levels and then you can pan up and down accordingly.

How to set-up ringtone on the device?

To set-up ringtone on your device, go to the settings and tap on Personalisation and select the option sound. Now go to sounds and you can select your ringtone from the given options accordingly. From here you also have the option to turn on the vibration and also turn off and on sound for various functions like the key press, lock and unlock camera shutter and system alerts.

What is the SAR value of the device?

The Max SAR India value is 0.77 W/kg in 1g tissue mass. This compiles with Indian national SAR limit. Lesser the SAR value the better for the user as the harmful signal levels will be affecting the user’s health.

What is the Model number of the device?

The model number mentioned in the device is Microsoft Lumia 550. The model number of a device differs with the region of the mobile manufactured.

What is the operating system installed on the device?

The device currently runs on Windows 10 mobile operating system out of the box that is the latest from Microsoft. Since this is a Windows mobile, it comes pre-installed with apps like, Here Maps, Office, Lumia Help, Microsoft Edge, OneDrive, One Note, Outlook, Word, wallet and other Microsoft applications.

How to sync settings on your device?

To sync all the settings you need to have a Microsoft account and to turn on this, go to the settings of the device and tap on Accounts and then select sync your settings. Now turn on this feature and sync all the settings to your account and you also have the option to sync individually settings like theme and passwords.

How to reduce or increase the text size in Lumia 550?

To change the text size on your device, go to the settings and tap on Ease of Access, wherein you have to tap on the option text size. Now you can select the size of the text from the given options accordingly.

How to reset your device?

To reset your device go to the settings of the device by swiping from the top from the quick settings or swipe to the left from the home screen to find the settings option. Now select the option about phone wherein you have the option to reset the device t factory image. Before this is done make sure that all the data is backed up and the battery on the device is more than 50%.

How to add language on the device?

To add a language, the user needs to go to the settings of the device and tap on the option time and language. Here you can setup the date and time of the device and then add the language by tapping on to the language option. Apart from these, there are options like Region – to select the region of the user, Keyboard, and Speech.

What are the languages available on the keyboard?

The keyboard language options those are available on the device English (India), Hindi Devanagari and Hinglish. You can select from any of the options accordingly. There are many other options in the more keyboard section, where you can also send Microsoft information about how you write and improve typing and writing. Apart from this, there are options like, show dictation button, switch back to letters after I type an emoticon and language switching key.

How much camera is provided with the device?

Microsoft Lumia 550 comes with a 5MP auto-focus camera on the rear with LED flash and 1/4” sensor size. It is capable of recording 720p videos at 30fps and also has the features like touch to focus and geo-tagging. There is also a 2 MP front facing the camera for video calling and selfies.

These are the tips and tricks of the Microsoft Lumia 550 and if you have any queries about the same do drop a comment in our PhoneRadar forum page.

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