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. If the screen has switched off, press the power button briefly to switch it on again.

The location of the power button

The screen should now show 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 passcode using the numeric keypad. When you have unlocked the screen the phone will display the home screen.

If you have not already entered some basic information about your preferred language, the Initial Setup 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.

When one or more applications are running, thumbnail images of them will appear in the top half of the screen, above the icons in the app drawer.

Thumbnails of running apps appear above the icons in the app drawer

Select a running application to switch to it, making it full-screen again. If you want to close a running application, swipe its thumbnail up towards the top 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.

See Status Line for a guide to the icons that may appear.

Settings Panel

Tap the status bar at the top of the screen to open the settings panel. This provides access to common settings and notifications.

The settings panel

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

A series of icons provide shortcuts for common tasks:

  • The Cellular icon shows the state of the phone’s connection to the cellular network. Tapping this icon opens the appropriate section of the Settings application.
  • The Wi-Fi icon shows the state of the phone’s connection to any local wireless hotspots.
  • The Bluetooth icon shows whether Bluetooth is active or disabled.
  • The power indicator shows the battery’s current charge and charging state. Tapping this opens the Power section of the settings application.
  • The screen orientation indicator shows the current screen orientation and can be used to switch between Portrait and Landscape modes.
  • The bell indicator is used to enable and disable sound notifications.
  • The Torch indicator is used to switch the camera flash LED on and off, using it as a flashlight.
  • The docking indicator shows whether the phone is Docked or Undocked. When docked, the phone can display applications on an external monitor.

To close the panel, tap the region above the icons, where the status line is usually located.

Locking the Screen

At the top-right corner of the settings panel is the power button. Tap this to access menu items that let you lock the screen, restart the phone, and switch off the power.

The settings panel

You can also lock the screen by briefly pressing the power button on the side of the phone.

Notification Area

Certain notifications from applications are presented in the area below the settings panel. These are typically notifications that you may have missed and need to be reminded about.

The notification area of the settings panel

The notifications that appear here will usually be displayed briefly at the top of the screen before they are placed in the area. These include notifications about software updates, like the one shown in the image above. It is important to keep up-to-date with updates and fixes to software.

See Notifications for information about how notifications are delivered from applications and the system.

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.

After you have done that, you can set up your phone’s connection to the mobile network. This is described in the Mobile Networks section of this guide.