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Huawei Mate 8 – 25 Tips & Tricks

by Nicole on January 27, 2016

The Huawei Mate 8 is a beast of a phone, it features a 6-inch Full HD screen, an octa-core 2.3GHz Kirin 950 64-bit processor, 3GB of RAM, a massive 4000mAh battery. If you’ve never used a Huawei device before it’s running a modified version of Android 6.0 called EMUI 4.0. It is the style of operating system that doesn’t have an app drawer, which usually isn’t something that I like. I find it hard to find apps if there isn’t a location where they all appear in an alphabetical order. But Huawei has got a few tricks up their sleeve and I’m going to show you my favorites!

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1. To Take a Screen Shot – Knock the display twice.

Settings – Smart Assistance – Motion control – Smart Screenshot

2. There is a quick launch bar hidden at the bottom of the lock screen.

3. To extend battery life check in on what apps might be using up power. I found a few that I didn’t expect.

Settings – Battery – Optimize (for suggestions) – Protected Apps (to see what can use power when the screen is off) Adjust accordingly. If you don’t need the app to be doing anything when you’re not looking at your phone, you should probably un-select it.

4. Dual Window mode, just knock the display and drag a line across the display and you’ll be able to run two apps at the same time. Settings – Smart Assistance – Motion control – Dual Windows Gesture

5. Make the interface smaller so you can use it with just one hand!

Settings – Smart Assistance – One Handed UI

Having trouble getting it to work? You need to drag across the navigation bar to activate it.

6. Magnify the UI, if you have poor eyesight you’ll love this one.

Settings – Advanced Settings – Accessibility – Magnification Gestures

7. Search for anything on your phone, simply pull down anywhere on the display. A search bar will appear at the top of the display

8. Speak your passwords!

Settings – Advanced Settings – Accessibility – Speak Passwords

(because privacy is over rated!)

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9. Home Screen Loop: Press any blank display area of the UI to access Wallpaper, Widgets & Transitions – More Settings – home screen loop

10. Shake to realign home screen icons: Press any blank display area of the UI to access Wallpaper, Widgets & Transitions – More Settings – Shake

11. Auto align icons on any screen: Press any blank display area of the UI to access Wallpaper, Widgets & Transitions – More Settings – Auto-align

12. Change home screen layout ie number of rows: Press any blank display area of the UI to access Wallpaper, Widgets & Transitions – More Settings – Home layout

13. Customize navigation bar with a notification bar button. This comes in handy since the Mate 8 has a large 6 inch display. Settings – Notification panel & status bar – smart assistance – navigation bar. The bottom 2 options allow you to pull down the notification bar without having to reach to the top.

14. Flip to Mute sound from calls, alarms & timers.

Settings – Smart Assistance – Motion control – Flip

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15. Picking up the phone reduces ring volume.

Settings – Smart Assistance – Motion control – Pick Up

16. Raising the phone to your ear when ringing answers it.

Settings – Smart Assistance – Motion control – Raise to Ear

17. Raise your phone to make a phone call – when you’re in your contacts if you’ve selected a person, no need to initiate a call, just raise the phone to your ear.

18. Tilt to move icons – If you’ve ever had trouble moving icons to different screens, you’ll love tilt, which lets you hold an icon and tilt your phone to the right or left to move it to another screen.

Settings – Smart Assistance – Motion control – Tilt

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19. Open any app by drawing a letter on the display. Settings – Smart Assistance – Motion control – Draw and customize what each letter does. (Personally I never use this, but some people swear by it!)

20. Use your phone while using gloves:

Settings – Smart Assistance – Glove Mode

21. Floating Dock is on screen navigation in a single button your can position anywhere:

Settings – Smart Assistance – Floating dock

22. Use the finger print sensor to take photos.

Open the Camera app – three lines in the corner – Settings – touch to capture

23. Take photos automatically when smiles are detected.

Open the Camera app – three lines in the corner – Settings – Capture smiles

24. Open camera by double pressing the volume button.

Open the Camera app – three lines in the corner – Settings – Ultra Snapshot

You can also have it take a photo automatically when you do this as well

25. Don’t forget you can do light painting, select it from the camera UI and be sure to use a tripod or rest it against something stable. I have a whole post with light painting and nighttime photography tips and tricks here.

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Bonus!! The final setting I’m going to suggest, is if you just can’t stand EMUI, that’s the beauty of Android, you can just change the launcher. Settings – Apps – Advanced – Default App Settings – Launcher

There are a ton that I left out, I picked these ones because they are my personal favorites. If you have one that you think that I should really start using, please leave us a comment!