One way or another, manufacturers always customize their handsets. And at EMUI it's easy to see the touch of Huawei, as the interface offers a user experience that is noticeably different from the standard Android. In this article I will show you some features worth checking out so you can get the most out of your Huawei smartphone, whatever the model.
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How to customize 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 navigate, rearrange apps on screen. A few steps are enough to make the interface to your liking.
- Change the wallpaper: Settings> Home Screen & Wallpaper> Background> Set Wallpaper> Gallery.
- Turn on 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 recent app list, activate a virtual Navigation Bar (and customize the button combination) or choose Gestures.
- Modify Quick Settings: Lower the panel at the top of the screen and tap the pencil icon.
- Change layouts and rearrange apps: Touch and hold a space on the home screen, then click Settings. In this section you can organize your apps.
- Show percentage of battery remaining: Settings> Battery> Battery Percentage: Not showing / Near Battery Icon / Inside Battery Icon.
- Add contact information home screen: Settings> Home screen and wallpaper> Lock screen signature.
Immerse yourself in screen adjustments
We often 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 tone of the images and the size of the fonts.
- Font Size: Settings> Screen> Text Size.
- Change the size of 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 / Hot / Cold.
- Color Mode: Settings> Display Settings> Color Mode: Normal / Vivid.
- Turn on the blue light filter: Settings> Display Settings> Eye Comfort.
- Auto screen off: Setup> Display Settings> Standby. 30 seconds is the best option to reduce power 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 interaction with your device
There are some EMUI features that I recommend turning on, because it will optimize the interaction with your smartphone and allow you to complete actions with fewer gestures or steps.
- Find files quickly: Swipe 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 Google Assistant: Hold down the Home button and use the OK Google voice command. (Remember to enable it in the Google app.)
- Split screen into two: Settings> Smart Assistance> Shortcuts and gestures> Split screen.
- Access quick shortcuts: On the lock screen, swipe up and down to access the recorder, flashlight, calculator, timer and camera.
- Use two WhatsApp or Facebook accounts: Settings> Apps> Twin app.
- Enable Face Recognition Unlock: Settings> Security & Privacy> Face Recognition.
- Activate one-handed mode: Settings> Smart Assistance> One-handed mode.
- Take a screenshot: instead of the classic Volume Down + On / Off button combination, tap the screen once with your finger, as if 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 face recognition will help you protect your data. If you want to keep your information away from prying eyes, surely find here some resource made for you.
- Register one or more fingerprints: Settings> Security & Privacy> Fingerprint ID.
- Create a private space on your smartphone: Settings> Security & Privacy> PrivateSpace.
- Encrypt photos, audio, video and other files: Settings> Security and privacy> Safe> Enable.
- Block access to some apps: Settings> Security & privacy> App lock.
- Find your device if it's lost or stolen: Settings> Security & privacy> Find my device> Activate.
- Install apps from unknown sources: Settings> Security & Privacy> Additional Settings> Install apps from external sources.
Master the camera
This is one of the most used features and full of surprises, especially now that artificial intelligence is dominating smartphones. Available on devices with the Kirin 970 processor, AI features help you optimize your photos by choosing the best modes and adjustments to suit your needs.
- Enable Professional mode: Open the camera app. Swipe from left to right and click Pro whether it's 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 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. Click on the icon that looks like a camera shutter and adjust the focus. Now tap the object you want to focus on and make 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 modes wheel and tap AR in the bottom of the screen and select the effects you want to see them applied in real time to your face.
- Apply filters like Instagram before shooting: Activate Filters between camera modes and tap the three circles to show the nine available filters in real time.
- Take a photo with a smile: In the camera app, swipe sideways to access settings and enable Capture smiles.
- Scan a document: Open the camera and select More from the mode wheel by clicking Documents. Frame the document and take the picture.
- Enable or disable AI: Open the camera app and on the screen itself click on the AI icon, disabling the function.
- Turn on the composition grid: Open the camera and go to Settings> Camera Grid> Grid.
- Set a timer before shooting: Open the camera, go to Settings> Timer, and choose from 2, 5, or 10 seconds.
Unfortunately, there are no miracles here, and you won't be able to make your smartphone battery last longer than two days. You can, however, monitor and manage power usage in a variety of ways and, if available on your device, activate fast-charging features to quickly recover power.
- Turn on power save mode to limit background app usage, disable automatic email sync and system sounds. Go to Setup> Battery> Power Saver Mode.
- Choose the Ultra Energy Saving mode in emergency situations. But remember that this mode allows the use of only a few apps, and greatly limits the experience of use. Enable on the shortcut bar or V under Setup> Battery> Ultra Power.
- Understand what is consuming power: v under Settings> Battery> Battery Usage.
- Optimize consumption: Settings> Battery> Optimize and choose which tips to put into practice.
- Turn on dark mode to save power: Settings> Battery> Dim 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:
- Enable Developer Options: Settings> System> About Phone. Tap Version number 7 times until a congratulatory message appears on the screen.
- Reset the smartphone: Settings> System> Reset> Restore Phone.
- Update the system: Settings> System> System Update> Check for Updates.
- Handle two SIM Cards at the same time: Settings> Wireless and Networks> Settings. YES Double.
- Schedule your smartphone to turn itself on or sound an alarm: Settings> Smart Assistance> Scheduled Activation and Shutdown. Set the time the smartphone will turn on and the alarm time.
- Transfer data from your old smartphone: Download Phone Clone on both phones and select the data you want to transfer.
* Contributed to this article Rafael Rigues (Traduo) and Stella Dauer (Images)
Do you have a Huawei smartphone? Are there any other tricks you would like to add to list? Leave your tips in the comments.
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