A Quick Tour

This guide aims to help you get started with your Librem 5 phone by giving you a quick tour of the phone software.

The first thing you need to do after switching on your phone is to unlock it.

Unlocking the Screen

When you power on your phone it will be locked, displaying the lock screen.

The lock screen

The first two icons shows the state of the cellular and wireless networks. If these icons are missing then the switches on the side of the phone have been set to disable the modem and WLAN card.

The lock screen icons

The third icon shows the state of the battery, providing information about its charge level and whether or not it is being charged.

To unlock the screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the passcode entry screen.

The passcode entry screen

Enter your six digit passcode using the numeric keypad. When you have entered your code, the phone will unlock and display the home screen.

If you have not already entered some basic information about your preferred language, the Using the Phone for the First Time application will start. When you have completed the setup process, return here.

App Drawer

The app drawer is used to access the built-in and installed applications on the phone. It is automatically opened when you switch on the phone and unlock it, giving you the option to launch an app straight away.

The app drawer is open when you unlock the phone

The built-in apps are shown in the top row. Installed apps are shown beneath the line. You can launch an app by tapping its icon.

To close the app drawer, press the down arrow under the time at the top of the screen. This will reveal the background wallpaper.

The default background

To open the app drawer again, press the up arrow at the bottom of the screen.

Status Line

At the top of the screen is a status line showing the current time, battery level and network status.

The status line at the top of the screen

This line is also used to access the system settings.

Settings Panel

Tap the status bar at the top of the screen to open the settings panel.

The settings panel

The two slider controls at the top allow you to change the sound volume and screen brightness.

The orientation of the screen display can also be changed by toggling the Rotation switch, overriding the default orientation.

The three buttons provide shortcuts for common tasks.

  • The tools button opens the settings application.
  • The lock button locks the screen.
  • The power button switches the phone off.

To close the panel, tap the status bar again.

Virtual Keyboard

When you need to input text into an application, the virtual keyboard will open automatically. You can also open it manually by pressing the keyboard (keyboard) symbol in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

The keyboard provides different views that you can switch between: one with the alphabet, another with digits, and a third view with symbols.

The virtual keyboard with US alphabet layout The virtual keyboard with US numbers layout The virtual keyboard with US symbols layout

Switch between the views by pressing these special keys:

  • Press the 123 key to show a view with digits and common symbols.
  • Press the */= key to show less common symbols.
  • Press the ABC key to return to the alphabet view for your language.

More specialized keyboard layouts will be shown when certain kinds of input are required by applications. The keyboard handles this automatically.

You can press the keyboard (keyboard) symbol to close the keyboard if you need to see more of the screen.

More information about using the keyboard can be found in the Virtual Keyboard guide.

Next Steps

The next thing you should do is to change the default passcode. This is described in Changing your Passcode.

Then, you can set up your phone’s connection to the mobile network. This is described in the Mobile Networks guide.