Getting Started with UC Browser [Mobile]

If you are using web on your mobile, chances are high that you are using a third party browser like Opera Mini, Bolt or UC Browser. While all are good, UC Browser seems to fulfill most of my needs. But it may feel awkward for those who were using Opera Mini for a long time and are new to the browser.  So I would like to give a brief guide to use it.

#1. Grab the App

PC Download –

WAP Download –


iPhone Download – iTunes link

Install it as any other app. To change application permissions, in Nokia s40, highlight UC Browser, then go to your phone settings by:

  • Options>Communication>Network Access>Always Allowed,
  • Options>Data Access>Read Data>Always Allowed,
  • Options>Data Access>Add and Edit Data>Always Allowed.

UC Browser is available for different platforms including Java, Symbian, Windows Mobile, iPhone etc.


In jailbroken iPhones, to add UC Browser in Cydia(The unofficial AppStore), goto

  • Manage>Sources>Edit>Add>

For Java Platform, a standard version, as well as a low memory version is available. The low memory version is for lower end phones that don’t doesn’t support the standard version. It doesn’tn’t have some features of the standard version.

This article is primarily intended for the Standard Java Version.

#2. Let it Initialize


After installing, open UC Browser. It will first check your network to set up an more fluent connection with the server for browsing.

After network test, it will update the  startpage and other data. If initialization fails, then try restarting the browser, or check your network settings.

#3. Choose a Theme


Choose a theme for the browser as you like to make it unique from the others  that suits you . Go to Menu>Preference>Themes>Manage Themes and select a theme. You can download more themes from

Menu>Preference>Themes>Download Themes. After download, it will ask you to install the theme. Or you can later install it from

Menu>File>Download Manager and then press “1” at the theme and choose “Install”.


#4. Add Some Bookmarks


Add your bookmarks from Menu>Open>Bookmark and then Menu>Management>New Bookmark. You can also create folders to  arrange

your bookmarks. While in a page, you can add it to your bookmarks from Menu>Navigation>Add Bookmark, or else just tap button “1” to get the Context menu for adding bookmarks and other function.

#5. Configure Shortcuts


UC Browser comes with predefined shortcuts and you can change them  as per your convenience. To change the shortcut keys, go to Menu>Preference>Shortcuts. After changes, click “Save”. You can restore default shortcuts by clicking “Restore”.

#6. Customize Settings


You can change the default settings from Menu>Preference>General Settings,. which includes the detail settings for changes as you wish to make your browsing more smooth, fast and pleasure  To have an idea about what each setting does, go to

Menu>Help>Help Contents.

#7. Understand the Startpage


The Startpage of UC Browser is very intuitive. At the top, you have the “Bookmarks” and “Home” icons to switch (press “left soft key” or “3” button on your phone) between the start page and bookmarks. Next is the Search bar which lets you search the web. Below it you’ll find the Address bar which lets you enter web addresses.


Below the Address bar, there are drop down tabs with recommended and sorted links for you to get the site through a few clicks instead of typing the long addresslinks. The lowermost drop down tab shows your History. You can expand a tab by clicking on it. The last part shows some sponsored links.

#8. Browse the Web


After the customizations and understanding the startpagestart page, now you are ready to surf the web. To go to a website, just enter the URL in the Address bar. e.g. – and press Ok. The page will load in few seconds. You can use the navigation keys or your phone’s keypad to navigate through the page.


You can save the page for later viewing from

Menu>File>Save Page.


To refresh/reload the page, go to


And it provides a auto refresh function to keep your update with the news you don’t want to miss.

#9. Search the Web

It is easy with the inbuilt search function. Click on the Search bar and enter your query. You can select from predefined search engines given. Then click “Search” to get the resultssearch the web.

#10. Use the Context Menu

The Context menu lets you access the most used functions easily. The default Shortcut is “1”.

In normal, it gives option to open new window, copy text, share etc.

You can also search from the highlighted text.

When you highlight an image, you can use the context menu to Zoom or Save the image.

While you highlight a link, you can copy the link, open it in a new tab, or save the linked file.

#11. Download Files


When you click on any download, you’ll be prompted with generally three options, “Open”, “Save” and “Cancel”. The options provide by the browser change as different file types. For Zip and PDF files, you will have an option “Preview” to directly view the contents. For apps, you’ll have a “Install” option. To download the file with your default browser, select open. Select save to download the file with UC Browser download manager. And you’ll find the speed is much faster than the built-in browser.

#12. Upload Files

When you are on a site with the upload dialog box, click “Browse”.

Then you’ll be presented with two options. You can either upload from your phone or take a photo instantly to upload.

#13. Install Apps Downloaded with UC Browser

If you use a s40 phone, the apps you download with UC Browser are marked as unsupported format. To install them, lets take an example:.

Suppose you tried to download app.jar. UC will automatically rename it to app_jar as it cannot save it as app.jar due to phone limitations.

So to install the app, just rename it to app.jar from app_jar with your default file manager.

#14. Protect Your Privacy

You can easily delete the browsing and search history, cookies, cache and traffic to protect your privacy. Go to Menu>Tools>Clear History.

#15.Go Advanced

Now, when you are ready to surf the web in a new way, feel free to explore the advanced functions in UC Browser. UC Browser gives much more flexibility and more control over your browser.


Though UC Browser is designed to be easy, it may feel less user friendly for new users. Hope this guide will help. You may want to check out my post 15 reasons to fall in love with UC Browser. Also don’t forget to share your experience with us by dropping a comment here.

Published by Satya

Satya is a blogger and web designer. He likes to promote Free and Open Source software and also likes to write tutorials and articles related to tech.

71 replies on “Getting Started with UC Browser [Mobile]”

    1. I am using uc browser for a year or more in my nokia 5310 xm. But for the last 3 weeks I cant use uc browser on my cell. I have deleted all versons, downloaded each and every verson of uc browser but all shows:
      it’s seems error…


      error code 8.
      While i can use other browser like opera, bolt, nokia etc without difficulty.

      Can anyone give some solution pls?

  1. when i open uc browser network test is displayed on the screen and it continues,the browser does not open it always say network test for long time

    1. Well megh i m also a ucweb user so i would like to help you. megh when network test appears just keep pressing the ok button.

  2. I have been using uc browser for quite sumtime.I have d’loaded sum really big files smoothly. But today I was trying 2 d’load a file of size over 1 gb and almost 95% of it has been when it is saying download failed error [-40]. Plz hlp if u hv a soln.

  3. How can i see and read bangla pdf files in my uc browser? I can read english pdf files but uc browser cant read bangla pdf files. Please help me.

  4. Hi,im using uc brwsr in my nokia helps me a lot bt now a days it become heated.what’s the problem,give me the soln.

  5. I m using uc browser in my nokia c3110. I tried to download files but i failes and error occurs ! I can download at least 10 kb file. Not above it ! So how to download heavy files ?

  6. when i open uc browser 7.4, network test is displayed on the screen and it continues,the browser does not open it always say network test for long time and after a long time it disconnect from server..
    ………..please help……………

  7. Am using uc browser on my nokia E63 and its very good & issues with downloads.if u av any issues, do a fone fiirmware upgrade,it should solve some issues.
    However, can i make it my default browser? So dat anytime i try a link thru a 3rd party app it shuld use UC?

  8. Help me pls. Whenever I try using UC browser,it displays error 8 even wen d network configuration is not altered. Im using Nokia 2700c.

  9. I downloaded the new version of the browser on my 2700classic nokia phone but it as not being working ever since.pls kindly guide me and put me through on how to really enjoy ucbrowser on my phone.Thanks

  10. I have uc browser 7.7 installed on my samsung gt b7722 whenever i try to save or download any file it never saves and error occurs…so i have to use my default brwseR

  11. I am using nokia x3-02 my uc browser keep saying instaling plz wait i waited for like 6 hrs stil it is not ins

  12. initializing problem i am trying to use uc browser on my nokia x2-01. The prob is it initializes for a long time and then connection error appears.. I can access net through opera but uc browser is not initializing.

  13. Hello,
    im using nokia n73 and already installed uc browser 7.08v but it seems doesn’t work. Please anyone help.

  14. hi sir ,
    i m using uc browser for a long time on my samsung gt b7722 phone it browses exceptionally but d only nd major problem is dat it doesnot downl. or save file……when i open dwnld .mgr it says dwnldng failed error……same prob. is wid opera mini too……both dont dwnld any file……

  15. how do i copy bookmarks which are stored in my native nokia e5 into this. Also i want to set this browser as default browser.

  16. How can I configure the new UC Browser 7.8 with my blackberry bold 2 so that I do not incur charges except through My Blackberry Internet Service(

  17. I just downloaded UC browser for ♍¥ blackberry Storm2…D only thing I can press ȋ̝̊̅§ ♍¥ menu key Ãπϑ ♍¥ back arrow key…D Interface ȋ̝̊̅§ not responding atall…pls any help? Thanks in Advance

  18. i have downloaded uc browser 7.7. i am using nokia e65, how to use uc browser and what access point to be used.

  19. Glad to heard all this usefulness about it. But the interesting mater is I’m using UCB from a year ago.
    Its really workey. I think everyone will support me to this point.

    But main think is, I’m here to request to add some Asian local language, like Bangla, Hindi.. That we can brows our local websites like News Papers, Blogs… in our local Balgla Languale.
    U know better that Google chrome, Opera Mini, FaceBook…supports Bangla easily.

    my main problem is I use to UCB. But now a days I need to use Bangladeshi Local Newspapers a lot. That’s why I have had to use Opera Mini.
    but my love is to UCB. and I don’t wanna change UC browser.
    Beg most respectfully to state that,
    Summary: I want to use Bangladeshi Language in my favorite UC web.

    Tuhin Younger

  20. I cant initialize uc browser.When i downloaded it and tried to install it went on installing for akmost 10 minutes and then it wrote that connection failed.I can acces internet through opera mini in my nokia x2 01.Someone please help me.

  21. I’ve tried 2 dwnload files larger than 2gb on my bb curve 8520 bt in the download manager it gts a lower value. Is it that uc browser has a 2gb dload limit?

  22. my phone is nokia7610, i download uc browser and i used it about 2 years succusfully , now i hav uc7.9, when downloading the file it wil strucked.then i switch off the mobile after switch on uc browser is disappears frm phöone but my phone app. Manager shows the existence of UC then i trying to download the same version but when installing it shows file corrupted! Pls help me to recover my uc.

  23. initializing problem i am trying to use uc browser on my nokia 2700 classic. The prob is it initializes for a long time and then connection error appears.. I can access net through opera but uc browser is not initializing.
    pls. guide me…

  24. iam using nokia c2-01 handset. I downloaded the new version of uc browser but it cannot initialize.i have another browser is in my phone, opera mini that is work properly. Please help me

  25. Whenever i used to open the ucbrowser it always used to show loading langauge files,
    and thereafter it do not start,pls. Tell me the solution.
    My handpiece is nokia X2 01 mobile

  26. When i try to open any site using ucbrowser,it doesn’t open and says wrong address,wrong network connection and the site is temporarily unavailable.please give me a solution.

  27. I am using UC browser for my nokia X2-01 but whenever i open it,it takes a lot of time to intialize.Can anybody help me

  28. I cant access net in my nokia x3-00 through uc browser…it shows initializing but after some time it doesnt connect….pls tell me the solution

  29. When i try to open any site using ucbrowser,it doesn’t open and says wrong address,wrong network connection and the site is temporarily unavailable.please give me a solution

  30. Hi i cant install Uc browser 8 & 8.2, whenever i installed i got error for HOME DATA FAILED, give me right solution plz..

  31. Hi I’m using Nokia X2-00 (Java) i cant install Uc browser 8 & 8.2, whenever i installed i got error for HOME DATA FAILED, give me right solution plz..

  32. Hi. Iam surya iam using ucbrouser8.2 in my nokia c1-01.why it shows HOME DATA FAIL please help me

  33. hi.
    i’m using nokia c2-00,i can’t download videos using uc browser
    after 15-20% it gives error and downloading stops.
    i tried to resume but no gain
    plz help

  34. This source dosent work on my iphone
    This error: the request times out
    Please give me a new address to install it

  35. guys can you help me please? UC browser run to Galaxy pocket?if can please teach me how..coz i download it already but cant run on my mobile..please help im just a newbie for UCbrowser..thanks ahead

  36. anyone can help me to configure my UCbrowser?my phone is galaxy pocket..please help me thanks ahead,…

  37. i m using nokia asha 305, i used to download videos by using uc, but from 1 week when i m clicking on ‘open’ for downloading…its not downloading…its not showing anything, except downloading other things are fine…now reply me how to download.

  38. I’m using nokia x2 phone. Uc browser is very good. Frm 2 days i get network configuration error.wt to do? Pls reply

  39. After d initialise takes soo long it says connection failed wereas ma phone ntwrk is perfectly fine..its uc 8.1 and I use a bb 9800..pls help.10ks

  40. I am using Nokia lumia 520 phone.ucbroswer was problem people you me know and recommend page status up down.i am expecting the setting of left right.plz help

  41. Hi..I’m using gioneem2 and my google search engine which I set as default for uc browser changed to ask search..?how can I change it…I uninstalled.. Cleared cache..did everything.. Plz help get google back for search

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