Personalizing Nokia XL the way you want



With the introduction of Nokia XL in Kenya, users can now have their devices looking and sounding the way they want on no time.

All the pre-installed apps, functions and future apps you download appear in just one place; your home screen. They’ll manifest as tiles, much like on Nokia Lumia.

The colors of the tiles are predetermined, however you can position them anywhere on the home screen in either small or large tile format. Just hold down on a tile to drag and drop it to your preferred slot.

Some of the color coding that certain types of app or feature belong together. For example, the People, Messaging and Phone tiles are all green. To make a tile larger, or smaller, tap and hold the app, and tap the arrow to expand or shrink accordingly.

To delete (and uninstall) an app from the home screen, tap and hold again, then hit the x icon. You’ll be asked to confirm if you want to delete, so double check your sanity first.


The arrangement of your home screen is entirely up to your preferences. However, grouping items together can make apps easier to locate – photo or fitness apps, for example.

When it comes to dragging and dropping your items around the screen, pay close attention to how they interact with other apps.

By dragging an item close to an existing app, you’ll notice that it appears to integrate into the group. If you pull it away, it’ll break free from a cluster and allow you to put it into another group, or start a new one.


App folders

While grouping is one way to keep certain items together, creating an app folder is another, more organized way.

Tapping and holding on an item on the screen will again activate the customization mode; it’s also where you find the app folders icon – at the bottom.

Create a folder, give it a name, and it’ll appear on your home screen. All that’s left to do now is to drag and drop items into the folder.


As well as tiles, you can also have widgets displayed on the home screen.

Widgets provide up-to-date information from services such as Facebook, BBM, Twitter and other apps downloadable from Nokia Store and third-party stores.

The sounds of X

The classic Nokia ringtone is set as your default. As iconic and melodious as this is, you might want to change it to be able to distinguish your phone from a room full of others.

It’s under the ‘Sounds and Vibra’ section of the phone settings that you can pick from a selection of pre-installed ringtones, or any of the songs stored on your phone.