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Glance Text

Nokia adds personalized notes in latest Glance screen update

Nokia has today pushed out an update for its Glance screen. This Lumia exclusive feature enables consumers to add images and display the clock while the Windows Phone screen is locked. It's possible to configure the Glance screen to display at intervals, as well as setting night modes, but Nokia is extending functionality even further.

This latest system app release introduces a new feature for consumers, making it possible for custom messages to be created for display when the screen is locked.

Glance has been bumped to version, which introduces new functionality in the settings area. A new drop down box is available, allowing consumers to select between notifications, custom text or nothing at all regarding the Glance screen. Selecting notifications will mirror the lower notification bar on the Glance screen, while 'my text' lets you create custom messages (see above).

Glance Text Update
We strongly recommend a cheeky reboot before configuring the Glance settings

Hitting 'my text' will take you through to a simple configuration screen, letting you enter custom text and select the size of the text. You can also pin this screen to your Start screen, just in case you wish to frequently change what's displayed on your device when it's locked. 

Please note that we were prompted to reboot our Windows Phones after installing the latest Glance update. Extras + Info has also been bumped to a new version (version, but we assume this update is connected to the new Glance features.

You can download both Extras + info and Glance from the Nokia Collection on the Windows Phone Store. Scan the QR codes below on your Lumia Windows Phone (Extras + Info is the first code, Glance the second code). We've also had reports that Lumia 620 owners can now use Glance. Let us know in the comments if you're now able to configure Glance screen on your Windows Phone after this update.

QR: Extras + Info

QR: Glance



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irsyadhhs says:

And 620 can use this. Even without black. But why, when? When black for 620 coming?:(((

doeboiO says:

Ikr, i use a 620 and I'm not changing my fake touch screen till 620 gets black

Edwardlb20 says:

I hope it should be soon, in the uk it is the only device without black.
Btw, the new glance update lowers the glance resolution to how it was in amber :(

mbmanohars says:

Even in India, it is the only phone that has not recieved the Lumia Black update yet. I really think they are ignoring Lumia 620. :(

IlkkaV says:

Same thing in Finland, 620 is the only one without Black.

irsyadhhs says:

I think most of countries. Only 620 that's still running on amber. Maybe, beside hating the number 4, nokia now hates number 6:((

conansaga says:

Same in SA. It is the only freakin' device without Black here, 520,720,820,etc they all got it. Not sure what is going on.

Sicka Altaar says:

my 920 runs on amber plus gdr3 and runs this app fine infact, all black apps works fine on the amber firmware

Nabkawe5 says:

The extras + info update is to fix a small bug concerning Nokia Camera where you couldn't reedit smart sequence shots.

milfermon21 says:

Maybe it's because Black won't come to the 620 and this is a consolation

Do u got notifications on glance? Coz even i m also using the same.I updated touch but no change

milfermon21 says:

Yes I did, even different colors for glance screen came along

Jupast says:

Yeah pretty shameful that (according to some numbers) it's the third most popular Lumia after the 520 and 920, and yet checking the charts sees it sitting in 'Waiting for Approval' for Black. It's not even 'Coming soon..'...sheesh..what's going on?



leokime94 says:

LOL the sentence in the photo!!

sectime says:

Looks great on my new Icon... oh wait

FeedTheShark says:

Will look better on my 930, unless I get a 1030.

rodneyej says:

I bet it does❕ I saw that phone yesterday, and wow!!!! That's got to be the best designed phone since the 925.. I have to admit that it does resemble a iPhone, but that's not a bad thing at all... As a matter of fact, it resembles the iPhone so much that it seems almost intentional on Nokias part.. And that tapered glass looks, and feels, just amazing.. We should've had this device in November❕

LucasLumia says:

Please tell me that was sarcasm. The 925 was the best designed unquestionably but the 920 and 1520 are WAY better than the Icon. That thing is just plainlly boring and like a brick with a stuffed back. The front is great, though.

rodneyej says:

That's what I thought until I actually saw one in person.. Have you actually held this device?...
BTW I have a 1520, and a 920, so my opinion is super unbiased, and worthy..

gravage says:

I see what you did there!

mrllano says:

Text doesnt work on my 820

mrllano says:

Works only when not on Night Mode.

OscarMaDi says:

It works fine on my unlocked 820! (Spain)

Jared Hayes says:

How do you add a picture to glance?

Glance Background beta.

deathdemon89 says:

This Glance Background thing is looking awesome on my 925! :D

Via a separate app called as glance background. Still in beta

user928 says:

Jared Hayes asked "How do you add a picture to glance?"

Search for and install Glance Background app.

FrankEpr says:

Could you guys share a link? Can't find it on the store...

Barry Allott says:

When you have glance background goto for lots of backgrounds to use. App is almost finished and will be in store soon

Selfie13 says:

I love, and to know there is an app coming is just great. I have quite a few I've created myself that I plan to upload tonight.

Ultimateone says:

I cant update yet, maybe because I am not on Black on my 925

I don't have black on my 925 and it works.

EDIT: Might be because I have GDR3 preview

Ultimateone says:

I have the preview as well

chad08er says:

GRD3 preview bricked my Samsung Ativ S.Won't be doing that anymore,now a have a 600 dollar paper weight.

Jack Larson1 says:

Sell that $600 paper weight on eBay!

Cormango says:

Bring it to a Samsung Service Center and they will fix it on the spot...

J2DS says:

Worked on my 925 after downloading Lumia updater and updating it that way took four try's but worked eventually

penumbrae says:

I've installed in my 620 and work nice

No change in my 620 :'(

nanddeep333 says:

But how its not working on my Lumia 620 on Amber :'(:-\

bitfarm says:

You gotta restart your phone after installing glance and extras+info.

Oris says:

time display on glance screen getting smaller after update on my lumia 620. Text display is working fine.

Shane says:

Extras+info updated as well. Noticing better screen response on 1520.

silverbladex says:

The screen isn't overly sensitive?

Shane says:

When scrolling, many 1520 owner get an unwanted press. After these updates, I haven't had the issue.

I restarted,I can see text/personal message option but no notifications option on my 620.Why?? :(

penumbrae says:

I think this is Black dependency

Cryio says:

Because you beed Black for the Glance notifications

eroselim says:

Its okay. I think it is automatically turned on when you turn text on :;) tried and tested.

eroselim says:

GDR3 prev for dev works fine even though no notifications option.

Yup,Eroselim,you were right!even though there is no notification option in glance settings,I still get notifications AND personalized msgs.Thanks alot :D

eroselim says:

You're much welcome! :)

Chef316 says:

I have the GDR3 dev preview with NO Black update...and I have notifications :)

untitled007 says:

i have my L620 with amber dev preview, and nitification is showing in glance, you should restart your phone twice

Ticomfreak says:

I'm on black and I get the same problem... Lumia 1020.

wynandvs says:

Same with my 1020. Don't see any section on Glance where I can add text after updating and restarting.

Why not do both Nokia, notifications AND custom texts???

EXACTLY,same as I was thinking. :D

wtma says:

Both custom texts and notifications are showing on my 1020.

wtma says:

I set it to custom text, and put some words to the text box. Then one moment later I got a missed call. Both are showing on the glance screen.

I Unquello says:

I've got my calendar details set for showing on my lock screen. Guess what shows on my glance screen now too: my calendar details. They are on top and my notifications are on the bottom. Way to go Nokia; homerun!

Matt Parker1 says:

This is pretty awesome...but is there anyway I can configure this to show the date on glance?

Localhorst86 says:

WPCs reporting on this is a bit hard to understand. notification icons will always show. the setting only applies an additional text. selecting "notifications" will enable the information that is defined as "detailed notification", in my case i got a missed call and the text said "<Name here> missed call"

So fucking awesome!

Hector Cantu says:

i really dont see this feature on my phone that youre talking about, please explain more. 

Localhorst86 says:

1. Glance Screen Info set to "off":

2. Glance Screen Info set to "custom tex"t:

3. Glance Screen Info set to "notifications":

as you can see, the notification for the whatsapp message is in all three photos. But the last image actually shows me that someone has called me, ON THE GLANCE SCREEN! :D. The setting will show you whatever the app set for "detailed status" displays.

krishna T says:

I think that's what happening, when you set to "Text". My understanding is as follows:

'Off" is Off. "Notifications" is only notifications and "Text" Is notifications + Text.



rodneyej says:

I hate that the messages turn off after awhile..

rodneyej says:

I hate that the messages turn off after a while..

unnatixlr8 says:

Glance notifications are now working after this update. My phone is Lumia 620 without Black.
Although the clock resolution has distorted.

pankaj981 says:

So you are saying that you can see notifications on the glance screen without the Black update?

rain620 says:

Same as my case. No black but with Glance notifications :)

bitfarm says:

Yeah, notifications are showing up on glance on 620 without black.

When will black update be available for Lumia 620 users!!! :( ;(

Kaushik Dash says:

Oh what's with the part saying Lumia 620 users can use glance? We can already use it... Oh wait.... You meant --glance--, that's right - we still don't have black damn!

Anyway, great to see Nokia suddenly providing new stuff.... If only us 620 users had black..............

Chef316 says:

Is glance not available for the 620? Because I have an L925 with no black and can see notifications on my glance screen

Chef316 says:

You don't have to have Black to do this!!!

Ultimateone says:

Can anyone else confirm we need Black for these updates?

angy ortiz says:

nop, you dont need black.

Ultimateone says:

I have no updates on either app

Same here, no update shows up for me... with Black/Update 3.

ortizang says:

You have to wait till they send you the update. They do it by country.

Chef316 says:

I do not have Black...i got the update notification this morning. If you don't use the notification, use the link on this page to get to it. Glance updated and now can see notifications on my Glance screen

mesamit says:

updated glance screen and restarted phone too...but its same as before nothing changed in mine Lumia 620

eroselim says:

Update extras and info too .. Might help.

mesamit says:

ya updated that too.....still nothing.... :(

astroboy#WP says:

I'm having same problem. Updated both extras and glance (though in updates it really didn't even show them downloading...really fast otherwise) and my glance options on my Lumia 920 with the Black updates applied doesn't change.

rahul.sharma says:

Same here...i dont see any change in glance, no option for adding text at all.

sudakoma says:

You need to go to glance settings in settings page, not the glance app

rahul.sharma says:

Which glance app? Is there a Glance app as well? I dont think so.

We are talking about settings page only....

Same here too in my 925 with Black update

patrickwee says:

Same here on my L720

wps81 says:

Tested. Not very useful.

dalydose says:

This comment sure is useful, though.

Localhorst86 says:

the "notification" setting is damn usefull. you can now see the information from the app defined as "detailed notification" on the glance screen.

Hector Cantu says:

can you please tell me how did u enable the "detailed notification" feature? 

untitled007 says:

go to settings , glance, glance screen info, show my text

Ouzzi says:

For some reasons there aren't any updates showing for neither extras nor glance on my Lumia 820. I've got the Black update, but I'm not enrolled in the preview program at the moment though.

eroselim says:

You did try going directly to the store though? Update might be just delayed.

Ouzzi says:

Yeap, scanned the code using bing vision and will check in a few.

sharek77 says:

same here though i am enrolled

reprod3 says:

Please bring back Glance to the Lumia Icon... I can care less about the pictures and text on my glance screen. All I care about is the time and notifications.

wulf Alpha says:

Agreed! Icon would be better off with glance!

Mike Asfaw says:

+++ Icon without Glance put a real damper on my purchase decision.

moc426 says:

It also shows the lockscreen text on top when set to lockscreen notifications

paulomalley says:

I have the latest version of Glance installed on my 1520 and the text option doesn't show...

Lipe13 says:

My 920 did not show it either, so I restarted the phone a couple times and tried to update the app and it worked. :)

dailynail says:

I've had Glance on my 620 (Amber) for ages but there's no new update for it today that I can see.

Petr Dolik says:

Glance settings not working after this update on my Lumia 620

Sir Switch says:

Very nice, useful for when I need to remember something important

extras+info,nokia treasure tag also got updated!!

colinkiama says:

Yes, glance notifications are working on my 620. On GDR3. Does this mean... No Black!?

Im wondering if they did this for people not getting black. Makes sense. I got it on my L925 but I am getting black soon. Proof they are pushing it out regardless of black.

Nazir Taib says:

Nice. Love love love love...

Shredcow says:

The Nokia Motion Monitor Beta can display on Glance screen info. Pretty cool.

SirMinstral says:

have you got this to work i did the settings but it wasnt showing anything


LucasLumia says:

I know right! I think they will fix that in an update.

jgbstetson says:

Try reinstalling Motion monitor and enabling Glance info through the Motion Monitor app.

Lipe13 says:

Link to the app please :3

jgbstetson says:

Download SysApp pusher.  This will take you a lot further than a single link.  Not being snarky, just the truth. 

Lipe13 says:

Yeah, I found the app later, thought it was a different one from the app made to the 1520. Thanks though!

sfberlingeri says:

I have updated and have no text option in Glance. L925

Update both Glance and extras+info. Open both apps and when it says restart... Restart. Should work now.

sfberlingeri says:

Well, I updated both and got no message about restarting. I restarted the Phone by myself but nothing yet

astroboy#WP says:

Same problem here. Didn't get a restart message. I do have the glance screen beta....not sure if that is interfering perhaps?

Uhhhhhhhhh not sure. Do you have Update 3?

sfberlingeri says:

I got it now. For some reason I had two updates for glance, the second one supplied the text option

LadyRocki says:

Tested, and it's working beautifully on my Nokia Lumia 920. It now says "Live Long and Prosper" which has been my greeting text on all my cell phones for as long as I could remember.

wunnle says:

Here, 1000 internet points.

meathead88 says:

How can you post anything on this when the Icon lacks Glance.
WPCentral should bitch along with us in every article !

M_Mike says:

Won't work on mine.


Sent you guys a Tip like 4 hours ago that L925 without Black now has Glance Notifications as well as everything else mentioned in article... Now I could care less about TMO slow ass with black. This is what I wanted.

pankaj981 says:

Nice, I hope this works on the 810 as well, cant wait to try this when I go home!

baron1996 says:

On setting it to show text, i have both text as well as notifications,surprising but awesm..

Oxymoron428 says:

Hey you're right! Notifications will still show even if I select text on my phone. If you have "notifications" selected, it'll show your calendar events on the top of the screen. Pretty cool

busyman96 says:

Ah, cool. I hated that huge calendar text. So empty textfield it is!

nb100 says:

Is it now available for lumia 625

kinaton says:

Looks good. Just need network+ to allow call divert on CV920

S Vaibhav says:

When is Black coming out for 620?

busyman96 says:

Why does this need to replace glance notifications? Can't they both be on screen at the same time?

Jack Janik says:

Yeah that's a deal breaker for me. :c

Chef316 says:

It doesn't replace them

Lipe13 says:

It will not replace the notifications! You will have both those small notifications at the bottom of your glance and the main notification (like whose calls you missed) on the top of the screen! It is awesome, give it a try :)

Weird! On my 620 I have could glance since always, so it's rare when I read comment like "I can now use it on my 620". So, glance doesn't allow notifications, or my glance doesn't show notifications. Anyway, I just want black now :/

bitfarm says:

It's showing notifications now on 620 :)

Me not :(

how do you that?

what is "glance pin board app agent" it got updated with update of extras+info on L520.. even though it doesnt support glance...

"Don't touch my phone"

No change on my 620

Yeah me required gdr3 I think..and I don't have it on my L620... :(

black update gonna hit 620 on 24th feb

-Local nokia care center

crise says:

This is good for adding lost/found information to your Glance screen. Some information, or a phone number to call when the phone is found.

Lipe13 says:

You can set this new personalization to show you your main notification, so it can also display your missed calls, Facebook status or Tweets. I liked it a lot.

Does this feature require gdr3?? ..bcoz I don't have gdr3 nor black update on my Lumia 620..

Jack Janik says:

We love you Nokia!!

AV2RY says:

I deleted Glance when it started messing up with my screen. After unlock (screen) sometimes it would change colors to Very High Contrast. L928 btw

wtma says:

Same here on L1020, it just happens occasionally. Still using it though.

AV2RY says:

Nah, I decide not mess up with my screen, if something happens can't return phone (lost its box and receipt with it))

bitfarm says:

Dude, it's software issue!

jmerrey says:

Yuck. The text appears at the top, and disappears after a few moments even when "always on" is selected. Only the time and 5 icon notifications remain. Seems like a poorly designed 3rd party app now.

Lipe13 says:

If you hover your hand over the front sensor, the top text reappears. Anyways I agree that the top text or notification should be present no matter what height the clock + small notifications are. I am bummed by this aspect.

jmerrey says:

Yes it does, thanks for the tip!
I still wish it was as before, between the clock and notifications and always visible.

abhishake620 says:

Now all we 620 users require is double tap to awake and i will stop bitching....

Abhishek have u got notifications aftr update?

abhishake620 says:

Yeah... But there is also a bug... When the time keeps moving up and down the custom text seems to disappear....Fyi have dev preview ...EDIT: they appear on the glance screen... But no explicit setting.... All notifications that show up on lock screen also show up in glance screen that is all that is new for us 620 users

Dex Da Rex says:

No available updates on my 920 running Black. I even restarted phone.

S h a n e says:

L620 with GDR3 DEV PREV installed.... still waiting for BLACK !!!  Nokia has no love for the L620 wordlwide!

 I now have the option to add custom text to the lock screen, but the text only appears outside night mode hours or when night mode is turned off. 


kvsanal78 says:

Oh fuck my l520

Anyone plz help me.I have no change even aftr updating on 620 :(

Please give gdr3 and black update for Lumia 620... Plzzz its a humble request..

After so many improvements in glance, now what is the diff between the lock screen and glance ? Wat is the added adv with glance ?

rikycaldeira says:

On amoled I guess it saves battery. And it's also pretty cool :P

Oxymoron428 says:

The main thing is the options. The glance screen shows the information that you want to always have readily available (like the time and missed calls and texts). You don't have to have all the information enabled on the glance screen. Or, if you want, you can put all the information on the glance screen and make the lockscreen show your favorite app's information (like wpcentral!). Nokia is just giving you the options. You can do with them what you want. :)

beamhardbc says:

Damn it, I have black onmy Lumia 625. Updated the new extras+info still glance aint available.

Darren Walsh says:

The custom text will be great for a reminder for something you have to do that day !!

Dafter says:

But no official Glance background yet??

bromoid says:

Installed and restarted but new options still not available on my L620.

untitled007 says:

restart your phone again, i restarted mine twice

rikycaldeira says:

Wish I could have glance and double tap to wake on my 920, but dust is covering the sensors making it useless :( gotta get this to nokia support...

Rich - "This Lumia exclusive feature enables consumers to add images..."  Are images part of Glance?  I thought that was "Glance Background Beta"?

fo2ad01 says:

notifications works fine on my L620 ( with gdr3 dev preview )

louisoneal says:

I'm still in shock that the Lumia Icon is missing this feature. The Glance option not being available is literally the only thing I don't like about the new Icon, I love that feature.

ZaidiMoetaz says:

not working on my ''black'' L920 :(

zaidgkhan says:

Where is "lock screen notification"?? There is no option for that in my L925.. (Black)

AV2RY says:

Settings > lock screen

Alex Gomes says:

In my Lumia 1020 when I choose "lock screen notifications", Glance is showing the remaining battery time too! I'm using the app Battery Performance to show the detail status on lock screen.

Alex Gomes says:

Now I get it... Glance is showing the information from any app configured to show the detailed status on lock screen (when "lock screen notifications")!!!

AV2RY says:

I just wrote two comments here, but this thread doesn't appear in "participated" (using wpc app). This isn't first time happening, how to fix it?

abhishake620 says:

Commenting here wont appear in participated... Only posting or commenting in forums those things appear in the participated part...

sayonical says:

Might be a good idea to put contact info in case your phone is lost