Despite the restrictions for newer devices, Huawei smartphones usually use the Google Android operating system and the in-house user interface EMUI. There are a number of features hidden behind this that you may not be familiar with. We will show you which useful functions are hidden in your Huawei mobile phone and where you can find them.
With or without Google services: The EMUI user interface is still installed on all Huawei smartphones and brings the user some useful features that are somewhat hidden. In this article, we will show you five tips and tricks that you as a Huawei user should definitely know. The hdg makes everything perfect on that.
Operate the Huawei Smartphone with One Hand
Current flagships in particular have grown larger and larger in recent years. Often, one-handed operation of the smartphone is hardly possible thanks to the large screen. However, Huawei has integrated a one-handed mode into its operating system, which also enables one-handed operation in hopeless situations. The area of the screen that shows content is reduced while the full content can still be seen.
To activate it for the first time, open the system settings and navigate to the item “Intelligent assistance”. Here you will find the “One-handed mode” function that you have to activate. In order to be able to activate the one-handed mode at any time afterwards, there are two possibilities, based on the type of system navigation of your Huawei:
If you use the classic system navigation with the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, a swipe to the right or left along the navigation bar is sufficient. Depending on which direction you swipe, the screen shrinks to the lower left or right corner.
If you are using gesture navigation, a swipe from the bottom right or left corner of the screen will take you to one-handed mode. Depending on the direction of the swipe, the screen is also reduced to the left or right.
Activate a New Type of System Navigation
If the traditional navigation bar is too boring for you and you simply can’t do anything with the gesture control , then the third function integrated by Huawei helps to interact with the system navigation: The so-called “NaviDot” is visually very similar to the assistive touch function of the Apple iPhones and can be placed anywhere on the screen.
To activate the NaviDot, open the system settings, scroll down to the point “System” and then select the option “System navigation”. Here you activate the gesture control to get rid of the navigation bar and then switch on “NaviDot”. The NaviDot can be seen as a kind of home button on older iPhones and takes over all tasks of classic navigation control or gesture control:
With a short tap on the virtual button, you trigger the back function. So to fold the keyboard, go back a screen, or go to the previous website, a simple tip is enough. A short press always takes you back to your home screen. Hold down the virtual button briefly until you feel it vibrate, then you can release the button and return to the home screen. To call up your recently used apps, press and hold the NaviDot briefly and then swipe to the left or right.
EMUI: Take Screenshots and Screen Recordings with the Ankle
With EMUI, Huawei not only integrates its own screen recorder, but also the ability to take screenshots and screen videos with the ankle. This eliminates the previously known combination of holding down two hardware buttons. To activate it for the first time, navigate to the “Intelligent Assistance” item in the system settings, then select the “Linkage and Gestures” item and open the “Take a screenshot” and “Screen capture” option. Both functions can be activated here.