In one way or another, manufacturers always personalize their devices. And at EMUI it’s easy to see Huawei’s touch, as the interface offers a user experience that is noticeably different from standard Android. In this article I will show you some features that are worth checking out so that you can make the most of your Huawei smartphone, whatever the model.
If you want to get to know the P30 Pro and P30 Lite better, see the articles and videos below:
Customizing the interface
One of the advantages of EMUI is the level of customization it offers. Put your favorite photo as wallpaper, store apps in a dedicated drawer, use physical or virtual keys to browse, reorder apps on screens. It only takes a few steps to make the interface your own.
- Change the wallpaper: Settings> Home screen and wallpaper> Background> Set wallpaper> Gallery.
- Activate the app drawer: Settings> Home screen and wallpaper> Home screen style> Compartment.
- Choose how to navigate the system: Settings> Smart Assistance> System Navigation; here you can tell the device to activate a single Navigation Dock to access the home screen, lock screen and list of recent apps, activate a virtual Navigation Bar (and customize the button combination) or choose Gestures.
- Modify the Quick Settings: lower the panel at the top of the screen and touch the pencil icon.
- Change layouts and rearrange apps: tap and hold your finger on a space on the home screen and click Settings. In this section you can organize your apps.
- Show the percentage of battery remaining: Settings> Battery> Battery percentage: Do not show / Next to the battery icon / Inside the battery icon.
- Add contact information to the home screen: Settings> Home screen and wallpaper> Signature on the lock screen.
Immerse yourself in the screen settings
We usually underestimate the importance of the screen and the adjustments associated with it. I speak not only of the brightness level, but also of the option to adjust the tonality of the images and the font size.
- Font size: Settings> Screen> Text size.
- Change the size of the interface elements: Settings> Display settings> Text and display size.
- Screen resolution: Settings> Display settings> Screen resolution.
- Screen brightness: Settings> Display settings> Brightness.
- Color temperature: Settings> Display settings> Temperature and Color mode> Standard / Warm / Cold.
- Color mode: Settings> Display settings> Color mode: Normal / Vivid.
- Activate the blue light filter: Settings> Display settings> Eye comfort.
- Automatic screen shutdown: Configuration> Display settings> Standby mode. 30 seconds is the best option to reduce energy consumption.
- View apps in full screen: Settings> Display settings> More display settings> Full screen display.
- Increase screen sensitivity (useful during winter): Settings> Smart Assistance> Glove mode.
Speed up interaction with your device
There are some EMUI features that I recommend activating, as they will optimize the interaction with your smartphone and allow you to complete actions with fewer gestures or steps.
- Find files quickly: slide your finger down on the home screen and the search bar will appear.
- Activate voice commands: Settings> Smart Assistance> Voice control.
- Call a contact with the screen off: press and hold a volume button and say the contact’s name after the beep.
- Call the Google Assistant: hold the Home button and use the voice command “OK Google”. (Remember to enable it on the Google app).
- Split the screen into two: Settings> Smart Assistance> Shortcuts and gestures> Split screen.
- Access quick shortcuts: on the lock screen, slide your finger up and down to access the recorder, flashlight, calculator, timer and camera.
- Use two WhatsApp or Facebook accounts: Settings> Applications> Twin application.
- Enable face recognition unlock: Settings> Security and privacy> Face recognition.
- Activate one-way use: Settings> Smart Assistance> One-hand mode.
- Take a screenshot: instead of the classic combination of Volume Down + Power Button, tap the screen once with your knuckle, as if you were knocking on a door. To record the screen, tap the screen twice with two knuckles.
Protecting your device with a code, password, pattern, fingerprint or facial recognition will help you protect your data. If you want to keep your information out of the eyes of onlookers, you will surely find some resource here made for you.
- Register one or more fingerprints: Settings> Security and privacy> Fingerprint ID.
- Create a private space on your smartphone: Settings> Security and privacy> PrivateSpace.
- Encrypt photos, audio, video and other files: Settings> Security and privacy> Vault> Enable.
- Block access to some apps: Settings> Security & privacy> App lock.
- Locate the device if it is lost or stolen: Settings> Security and privacy> Find my device> Activate.
- Install applications from unknown sources: Settings> Security and privacy> Additional settings> Install applications from external sources.
Master the camera
This is one of the most used features and is full of surprises, especially now that artificial intelligence is dominating smartphones. Available on devices with the Kirin 970 processor, the AI features help to optimize your photos, choosing the best modes and settings according to your needs.
- Enable Professional mode: open the camera app. Slide your finger from left to right and click on Pro in either photo or video.
- Take a picture with the screen off: press the volume down button twice.
- Quickly look at your photos in the gallery: open a photo in the gallery and close two fingers on the screen to zoom out and see the other photos.
- Select multiple photos at once: open the folder with the photos, tap and hold your finger for a few seconds on the first photo you want to select and drag your finger over the others to select them.
- Create a Bokeh effect. Open the camera and select Aperture mode on the mode wheel. There, click on the icon that looks like a camera shutter and adjust the focus. Now touch the object you want to focus on and take the photo.
- Adjust the beauty effect: Open the camera and select Portrait mode on the mode wheel. Click on the face icon and slide your finger on the beauty level indicator to control the intensity.
- Have fun with augmented reality: activate AR lenses in the camera menu by selecting More mode wheel and tap AR at the bottom of the screen and select the effects you want to see applied in real time on your face.
- Apply filters like those on Instagram before shooting: activate the Filters item between camera modes and touch the three circles to show in real time the nine available filters.
- Take a picture with a smile: in the camera app, slide your finger to the side to access the settings and activate the option “Capture smiles”.
- Scan a document: open the camera and select More on the mode wheel by clicking Documents. Frame the document and take the photo.
- Enable or disable the AI: open the camera app and on the screen itself click on the AI icon, disabling the function.
- Activate the composition “grid”: open the camera and go to Settings> Camera grid> Grid.
- Set a timer before shooting: open the camera, go to Settings> Stopwatch and choose between 2, 5 or 10 seconds.
Unfortunately, there are no miracles here, and you won’t be able to make your smartphone’s battery last more than two days. You can, however, monitor and manage energy usage in a variety of ways and, if available on your device, activate features with the quick charge to quickly recover energy.
- Turn on power saving mode to limit the use of apps in the background, disable automatic email sync and system sounds. Go to Setup> Battery> Power save mode.
- Choose the “Ultra Energy Saving” mode in emergency situations. But keep in mind that this mode allows the use of only a few apps, and greatly limits the user experience. Activate in the shortcut bar or in Go to Configuration> Battery> Ultra energy saving.
- Understand what is consuming energy: go to Settings> Battery> Battery usage.
- Optimize consumption: Settings> Battery> Optimize and choose which tips you want to put into practice.
- Activate dark mode to save energy: Settings> Battery> Fade the interface colors.
- Enable reverse wireless charging (if available on your device): Settings> Battery> Wireless reverse charging.
Other useful tips
Here are some additional tricks for those who want complete control of the system:
- Activate Developer Options: Settings> System> About phone. Touch Version number 7 times until a message of congratulations appears on the screen.
- Reset your smartphone: Settings> System> Reset> Reset phone.
- Update the system: Settings> System> System Update> Check for updates.
- Handle two SIM Cards at the same time: Settings> Wireless and Networks> Config. Double SIM.
- Schedule your smartphone to turn on yourself or sound an alarm: Settings> Smart Assistance> Programmed activation and shutdown. Set the time when the smartphone will turn on and the alarm time.
- Transfer data from your old smartphone: download the Phone Clone on both devices and select the data you want to transfer.
* Rafael Rigues (Translation) and Stella Dauer (Images) collaborated on this article.
Do you have a Huawei smartphone? Do you have any other tricks you would like to add to the list? Leave your tips in the comments.