How do I use my Portal's new home screen?

This article applies to Portal

Watch this video to see basic tips for your new home screen.

When your Portal is idle, it will display photos. To start using your Portal, tap your touch screen to access apps, make calls and explore tips.

View your apps

  • Tap your Apps to view all your Portal apps.

Learn how to manage your Portal apps.

Make a call

Recent and favourite contacts will display on your home screen.

  • Tap your home screen to view your recent and favourite contacts in the top right-hand corner.
  • Swipe right and left to scroll through your recent and favourite contacts.
  • Tap to see more contacts.

Manage your tip and recommendation cards

  • Tap your home screen to view tip and recommendation cards.
  • Swipe up to see more cards.
  • Swipe right to remove the tip or recommendation card from your screen. Your last tip or recommendation card can't be removed.

Access controls

  • Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to adjust brightness and volume, turn Bluetooth on and off and access more controls.

Switch accounts

  • Tap the profile picture in the top left-hand corner.

Return to home screen

  • Tap at the top of your screen.

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Last updated 19 July 2021
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