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W800i Tips / Tricks / Shortcuts / FAQ and Resources

Sony Ericsson W800i Mobile tips, tricks, shortcuts and FAQ complete collection

Sony Ericsson W800i Walkman PhoneI’ve been using Sony Ericsson W800i for more than month’s time. Initially I was not able to make use of my phone complete without the required tips and guidelines. I’d to do manually search a lot and try out a few. So I thought of getting this page up so that other W800i users would be benefited. If you’re a W800i or similar model user definitely you will find this useful unless you a more advanced user.

Tips / Trick / Shortcuts
1. Quick activation of camera
Open the back capping strip of camera’s lens. Works even keypad is locked 🙂

2. In messages by pressing “*” you can turn on/off T9.

3. In themes, sounds, videos… use easy searching by typing letters as in contacts.

4. Turn off the ringing without decline incoming calls… Just press some side button of volume or “#”.

5. By right side double-button you can show status of your phone. In sleep mode you can light clock.

6. In main menu you can move faster with shortcuts on keyboard which comes up to dislocation of menu icons. In next sub menus, numbers belongs to number of lines from the top.

7. Service menu (firmware): >*<<*<* where <> is right joystick

8. IMEI number: *#06#

9. Shutdown camera sound: hold button “#”

10. In horizontal viewing mode you can use the “+” and “–” volume keys to zoom in and out of the picture. You can also use the 1 and 3 keys to zoom.

11. At active camera:

1 – change size of photo
4 – turn on/off macro mode
7 – turn on/off night mode
* – turn on/off lightning diodes

Change of zoom: with right side buttons you can zoom in/out
Change of photo brightness: by moving joystick up/down.

12. At active video:

1 – change video size
4 – turn on/off macro mode
7 – turn on/off night mode
* – turn on/off lightning diodes

Change of zoom: with right side buttons you can zoom in/out
Change of video brightness: by moving joystick up/down

13. Reading of text files: send txt file to your phone, file will be saved in “Web pages” and you can open it. Bold and commas don’t work.

14. By holding buttons 2-9 you will get to phone book in telephone on given first letter of given button.

15. By holding “c” at calling you will turn off microphone.

16. By pressing button 1-220 and pressing “#” will be displayed number on SIM card on given position 1-220. Option “Calling from SIM card” will appear.

17. You can move in calendar with these shortcuts:

1 and 3 – week
4 and 6 – month
7 and 9 – year

18. At minimized or locked MP3 player you can change volume by right side buttons, or you can jump to next song by holding one of this buttons.

19. By pressing “*” and “lock” you can lock keyboard in menu of MP3 player or Video recorder.

20. Some special secret-smiles (Any where you can type in the phone even phone book)

big-smile :-] or 😀
sad-smile :-[
chick-smile [:]
kiss-smile 😡 or :-*
lazy-smile |-l
neutral-smile :-l
surprise-smile 😮

21. If you are using Dictionary (T9) to write SMS, you can press the 1 key (3 times in line), than slide the joystick down to choose your smile.

22. Want to see your notes on the main standby screen? Simply access the Main Menu -> Organizer -> Notes -> Add a New Note. Once you’ve added the note, save it. Highlight the new Note, press the right button for the More option, and choose Show on Standby.

23. To capture a video frame as an image file, first Pause the Video, then select More -> Capture frame. The image will be stored in your phone memory’s Pictures folder.

24. Slide the joystick down during video playback and the video will be in slow-motion.

25. Press > for next track, <>

26. Press and hold > or <>

27. While player Minimized mode, press and hold the “-” volume button for next song. Conversely, press and hold “+” for previous song.

28. Behind the battery, on the white sticker inside the phone, you will see a code (4th line above the barcode), for example 03W21. This means your phone was manufactured in week 21, 2003

29. This code will lead you to the network-lock menu Code:
< * *< (<> means left or right with your joystick).

30. Instead of the joystick, you can press the 1 or 3 key to navigate between tracks. Press 2 to pause/play, and 4 or 6 can be used to fast forward or rewind a track.

31. Pressing # during radio play and you’ll be able to type in the radio station frequency.

32. While in Radio Minimized mode, press and hold the “-” volume button for next available station (note: not next preset station). The “+” volume button will tune to the previous available station.



1. How much SMS I can store the max in W800i?

You can save 200 SMS on your mobile. There are several methods to unlock the phone feature to store unlimited SMS by editing the SE FS.

2. How to check the status of number of messages stored in inbox?

Go to the file manager, press more-> memory status->scroll down to messages. You will see the message count there.


1. Pictures taken in daylight are awesome, but in artificial light I get some dots in the images, not that good clarity?

Off course night needs higher brightness, just night mode isn’t sufficient. With flash and adjustment in joystick (brightness) level clarity can be increased to certain level. But it would be injustice to expect more from a camera phone and not a high mega pixel digital camera 🙂

2. What is auto focus? How do I use that?

The camera automatically focuses on a subject or object at which it is pointed. The focus helps to achieve best image quality. It exactly the same technology used in Digital Cameras. To make use of Auto focus feature in W800i, make sure that you hear a peep sound and a green indicator not blinking point and frame. Once you get this go for the shot 🙂

3. How do I record videos longer than 10 seconds?

You’ll need to switch the Shoot Mode to High Quality. Press 0 when in video mode.

4. How to snap photos while in Flight Mode?

The w800i’s Flight Mode allows you to access the WALKMAN Player function without turning on the phone’s transmitting functions (ideal for use during flights). You can actually also access the Camera function while in Flight Mode. Simply lock the keypad, open the camera lens and snap away! (This function works only with the initial firmware release. Reportedly in most of the latest firmware release this option doesn’t work)

5. Can you use the camera without SIM?

Well it can be done. But needed some research to figure out this option. Thanks Sailesh for sharing this tip. He is running r1bc002 firmware. Here is the tip; Switch on the mobile and in the Main menu (where it asks to select Flight mode or Phone) lock the keypad. After locking the keypad, open up the camera. You’re snap all the way (don’t miss to check Sailesh snaps done this way, here)


1. Does W800i support mp4 files?

Yes, the walkman phone support mp4 files to be plays. But make sure you give correct parameters while you convert the video into mp4 file. Check out the Rockstar sample video for correct parameter.

2. Does W800i support Bluetooth stereo headset to play song?

Unfortunately No, W800i does not support A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). Hence we will not be able to listen to music using Bluetooth stereo headset. 🙁

3. Can W800i play AVI files?

Sorry no, it does not support AVI files to be played. Current firmware supports Video Support: mpeg-4, 3gpp, h.263, xmf, svgt and Audio Support: midi, midi40, amr, aac, wav, mp3, mp4.

4. What is RDS and how do I use it?

RDS stands for Radio Data Service. If a particular radio station supports this, then info like the name of the station will be automatically shown. Not all stations support this, so it does not work for all stations.


1. What do those 3 overlapping squares at the top left denote?

It signifies that you are using a profile other than the default “normal” profile.

2. How do I read text files with the phone?

You can create *.txt files and then send the file to the Web Pages/Save Pages folder. You can also create text files with MS Word and save them as a web page (*.htm). This is useful especially if you are using foreign characters, as they will sometimes not appear if saved as a *.txt file.

3. What is the maximum storage supported?

According to the official specifications, w800i supports Memory Stick PRO Duo of up to 2GB.

4. Is it possible to use the phone as a remote control for the television, music system, etc?

Yes, it can be done if your system support Bluetooth interface. Unfortunately IR remote control doesn’t work in W800i since the IR features works well only with Symbian phones.

5. Can I set different ring tones for different profiles?

No, you can’t. Only one ring tone can be set for all profiles.

6. Is it required to drain the battery before every recharge?

With Lithium batteries there is no advantage to draining the battery. The battery will in fact last longer with partial rather than full discharges. There is no battery memory effect with a lithium battery – you can charge the battery whenever you like without fear of reducing its charge capacity, and you do not need to drain a lithium battery completely before recharging it. Please refer for more information.

7. How to update my firmware?

If you are updating your firmware for the 1st time, follow the Step by Step Instructions available in SE official site. Your firmware can be updated through the Sony Ericsson Update Service II (SEUS II). In order to use SEUS you will need to have internet access (preferably Broadband) and attach your phone to your PC via the supplied USB cable.

Finally at Last, the cool, gorgeous, sexy W800i was discontinued by Sony Ericsson to promote its successor W810i. W800i is no more in production. Still W800i rockz!!!

At last but not the least thanks for the Sony Ericsson India community members in Orkut from where I’ve formulate the FAQ page and collate few good tips from

Most of tips mentioned here works well with Sony Ericsson K750 / W810i / W850i / W700i / W900i / W950i / W880i / W200i / W300i / W550i and most other Walkman models.

W800i Resources (Ring tones, Themes, JAVA apps, Screensavers, Wallpapers, Games)

Sony Ericsson Developer Tools:-

Exclusive W800i Site:-


Games/ JAVA application :-

Other Resource:-


If you think something is missing out here; Please add them as comments.

Update:- Read my review about W800i at

Reducing memory usage in FireFox

Learn how you can tweak your Firefox application to consume less memory and work little faster.

FireFox LogoI’m crazy about this browser right from the day of release. Firefox bought me in a change of browsing style. I really love this tool. But only concern I’ve about Firefox is its memory usage. Hope this would be the concern for other users as well as the Firefox developers. It sucks most of the memory space. I’d say Firefox is memory ravenous compared with IE.

Firefox has lot of memory leaks and that has been fixed the most in the latest release. Anyway that’s not our part Mozilla developers will take of that  If you think you can contribute better then join their team. Visit Mozilla today to find out more ways to contribute.

Now let’s optimize Firefox to use less memory and to work faster. This is the smarter way too.

Type about:config in the address bar.

  • Create a new Boolean entry config.trim_on_minimize and set it to true (This one works gr8 when ever you reduce the FireFox window. It almost saves 20 MB – 30 MB+)
  • Set browser.cache.memory.capacity to a fixed size (the default values are: for 256 MB RAM – 14336, 512 MB RAM – 22528, 1 GB RAM – 32768). This is free 22MB max.
  • Set browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers to 0. It can reduce around 20 MB of usage
  • Change image.animation_mode to none. It has little impact on performance.

Now go to Tools/Options.

  • Set the disk cache memory to a low value (less than 50 MB).
  • Turn off Java (If you really don’t use it).
  • Try to avoid memory hungry extension. If you decide to use some; don’t use more that 5.
  • Clear the download history now and then. Don’t let the list to accumulate. This will have impact on the performance.

Using these tips, I was able to reduce around 40 – 50 MB of memory usage. So why to wait try it today. Happy Browsing.

Try Firefox today if you didn’t had a chance yet.
Get Firefox!

Tips to increase blog traffic


“Write what your readers would like to read”.

— a mantra all bloggers should follow

Hmm.. it’s very very true. If you like to write something don’t write just for your shake make that readers like to read it too!! But how do you know what a reader likes to read? Besides different people have different tastes. What I have to say is that- whatever content you write, pay attention to your writing style.


Here are some more tips on increasing your blog traffic by improving your style on writing contents:

  1. Use Attractive Titles

    Using attractive titles is one way of getting readers to visit your blog from Search Engines and Feeds. Also, use keywords in your title that relate to the post. Use attractive title and description while you submit to blog directories.


    Use numbers / buzzwords in your title. Using titles like ‘‘10 best pratices’, ‘100 ways to’’, ‘Top 5’, etc can help you to grab readers attention and visit your blog.

  2. Be Unique

    Readers come to your blog to read something different. They will not come just to read what they have read on other blogs. Making your blog stand out from other blogs both in content and design is important if you want to have repeat visitors.


  3. Link to the source

    If you post about some interesting news that you just read on your favorite News site, link to it (the source). Chances are there for readers from that news blog will visit your blog from the pingback on the site. Also, it helps make your content look informative.

  4. Write your content using lists

    I’ve seen blogs that make up to the top place will use lists for this contents. Use appropriate list, ordered (numbered) or unordered (bullet) list dependingp upon the content structure. Using lists can make your post both visually appealing and interesting to read. It helps readers who are just scanning your text to see if your posts fits what they are looking for. The content must not bescattered; it should be in well organized and managed manner.

  5. Write Tutorials

    Write handy tutorials that will make your readers walk through a process that teaches them how to achieve a goal. Tutorials have more chance of getting bookmarked in Bookmarking sites or other blogs which will get you plenty of readers and links. Write down unique tutorial which are more specific which will get you top position in the search engine results.

  6. Don’’t change your blogs topic

    Once you choose what you blog about on your blog, don’’t change it. Your readers come to read posts on that topic. Writing posts on a different topic will not look good for your blog. And if done thfrustratedusturate the reader.

  7. Write on Technological stuff

    Write more about latest technological happening. Most of the readers are tech savy. Also chance of hits from search engine is high.

  8. Link to your older posts

    Don’’t expect your readers to have been reading your posts from the time you started your blog. So next time, when you write about things you have written previously, link to them.

Now your blog will start getting as much decent traffic 🙂

Tips to speed up bittorrent download


Tips to tweak the torrent client to speed up the torrent download rate.

The new file sharing protocol bittorrent has changed everything when it comes to file sharing. It is a great platform for downloading large files. Sharing of files is so simple and file types are not restricted which include movies, iso images and MP3. Even illegal file sharing is getting popular because of this.

The Bittorrent system can be slow at times so let us tweak bittorrent sharing program a little bit.

There are a bunch of different bittorrent clients that you can download. I personally prefer BitCommet and uTorrent.

Here I’ll explain how to speed up uTorrent Client. Similar can be implemented on any other torrent clients of you’re favorite.

Step 1: (For Windows XP only)

You need to increase the number of TCP connections that are allowed at max.Windows XP Service Pack 2 came with the number of allowed open connections to 10. This is to stop any piece of spyware(inour case bittorent client even) from totally taking over your internet connection. TCP connection allowed should be 50 for optimal performance. The best way to increase the maximum number of connections is to apply patch that is available at This step has to be redone whenever new service pack is installed to your computer.

Step 2:

The little tweak to the torrent client works great in certain times. If you’re using uTorrent go to Options menu then Preferences. In the Preferences go the Advanced Options. In the advanced options change the net.max_halfopen connections to 80. In the same section change the max half open tcp connections to 80. Once your done click on OK and you are all set. This tweak will let the maximum TCP connection available for the bittorrent client. Now start downloading you’ll realize a little difference in the download speed.

You can also use port forwarding technique which is more effective that this.

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