Get to know your Lenovo Tab3 8. Learn the tips and tricks to get the most out of your device.
1. Take a screenshot
Screenshots from your tablet are great for sharing almost anything and everything you see on your screen. Simply press the Power button and the Volume down button at the same time for 1 or 2 seconds to capture a screenshot. The generated PNG image will be saved to the Pictures/Screenshots/ folder.
2. Enable Developer options
Developer Options, as the name suggests, is built in for the benefit of developers. But if you want your device’s screen to turn on for as long as you want while charging and speed up the animations on your device, there are options in there that let you do so. The good news is that you don’t need to be an Android developer and there’s no cost to turn on this hidden menu. To enable Developer Options, go to About phone in the device’s Settings, then tap Build number seven times. Now, you can see and access the Developer options menu from the device’s Settings.
3. Enter and exit safe mode (to identify problem apps)
You can use safe mode to start your device with only the pre-installed apps. Some apps that you can download can make your device keep restarting itself, freezing, crashing, or be slow. If the problems go away in safe mode, an app downloaded on your device probably caused them.
You can try uninstalling the recently downloaded apps one by one by going to the device’s Settings > Apps > tap the app you want to uninstall > Uninstall. After each uninstallation, reboot your phone to normal mode to check whether uninstalling that app solved the problem.
Follow these steps to boot your device into safe mode:
- Press and hold Power button for about 2 seconds. You’ll now see a pop up menu with the Power off, Reboot and Airplane mode options.
- Long tap Power off.
- On the Reboot to safe mode window, tap OK.
- When you see ‘Safe mode’ at the lower left corner of the screen, it shows that you’ve successfully entered safe mode.
- Simply reboot to exit safe mode.
Alternatively, you can enter safe mode using the following steps:
- Power off your device.
- Power on your device again.
- When you see the Lenovo logo (the one with a picture background) that comes with the startup music, press and hold the Volume down button until the see the lock screen.
4. Use Do not disturb to silence your device
With Do not disturb, you can silence calls and notifications that you get while your device is locked. You can also schedule Do not disturb and customize the priority notifications (what should disturb and shouldn’t disturb you).
To manually turn on Do not disturb, you can tap the Do not disturb tile from the Quick Settings panel (open from the top of the screen), then choose a mode (Total silence, Alarms only or Priority only) and whether the Do not disturb will last as long as until your manually turn it off or for a specific number of hours.
For more settings (scheduling and customizing the priority notifications) of this function, you can go to the device’s Settings > Sound & notification > Do not disturb.
5. Double tap to turn on and off screen
Protect the power button by double tapping the screen to turn it on and off. To use this feature, you’ll need to enable it with the following steps:
- From the device’s Settings, tap Gestures.
- Turn on the Double Tap to turn screen on and Double Tap to turn screen off options.
6. Draw letters to open apps quickly
By drawing letters on screen in sleep mode, you can simultaneously wake up the phone and activate appointed apps instantly. If this is something you fancy trying, follow the steps below to set them up.
- From the device’s Setting, tap Gesture.
- Here, you can link the gestures to your preferred apps and turn them on.
7. Download a file manager/explorer
Your device doesn’t come with a file explorer, an app that lets you browse and move folders and files around, so you have to download one from the Google Play store. Which one would you choose? Well, simply choose one that’s highly rated in the Google Play store. Personally, I’ll go for File Manager by ASUS Computer Inc. This is because it’s highly rated, feature rich and doesn’t come with ads.
8. Turn on and off your device automatically
Switch your device off at night and switch it back on in the morning automatically with the Schedule power on & off option. Here’s how:
- From the device’s Settings, tap Schedule power on & off.
- Here, you can set the power on and off time. Remember to turn on these options to take effect.
9. Place more icons in the favorite tray
Favorite tray, the line of icons at the bottom, have the space for 6 apps. If you want to have more than 6 apps, you can create a folder and store some of them together. Simply drag an app to another app to create a folder.
10. Read QR codes
Unlike other brands, the Camera app that comes with your Lenovo Tab3 8 doesn’t read QR codes. If you need to decode QR codes, you’ll need to download a QR code reader from the Google Play store. There’s no shortage of QR code readers out there. Just start trying a few highly rated ones and pick one from there.
11. Use Kid’s mode
Before you hand your device to your kids, enable Kid’s Mode first! You don’t want them to access your photos or work emails without your supervision. To enable Kid’s Mode, go to the device’s Settings > Kid’s Mode, tap Add a Kid’s Mode user and follow the prompts to select the allowed apps, allowed websites and set the time limit. Once you’re done, you can access that particular Kid’s Mode space from the lock screen.
12. Listen to radio
Lenovo Tab 3 8 has a built-in FM receiver which means you could have free and easy access to radio. Just plug in your headphones, open the FM radio app you can start enjoying some free music. In addition to listening, you can record by tapping the three-vertical-dots Menu button > Start recording in the app.
13. Download a calculator app with unit conversions
The pre-installed calculator is good for mathematical calculation. But if you often convert from one measurement to another, you’ll need a calculator that offers unit conversions. There are plenty of such apps out there. I would recommend that you give Mi Calculator from Xiaomi Inc. a try. It offers regular, scientific, and mortgage calculations, as well as currency and unit conversions all in a single app.
1. Set a song as your alarm tone
The stock alarm clock in the Clock app is just what we need: it looks good and works great. But if you are tired of being waken up to the default sound, you will be happy to know that you can add your own music as the alarm sound. Here’s how:
- Download/copy/transfer your music file to the Alarms folder on your device storage. Tip: You can transfer the music file from your computer to your device by connecting the two devices using the USB data cable.
- Open the Clock app, go to the Alarms tab.
- Tap the three-vertical-dots Menu button (in the lower right corner) > Settings > Set default ringtone.
- Here, you can select your song as the default alarm sound.
2. Add your own ringtone and notification sound
One of the most common ways to add personal flair to your device is to use your favorite music as your ringtone and notification sound. Get started by downloading/transferring, your music file, usually in MP3 format, to the Ringtones or Notifications folder on your device storage. You can then go to the device’s Settings > Sound & notification > Phone ringtone or Default notification sound to select your music from the list.
3. Add a live wallpaper
Live wallpapers aren’t quite the draw that they used to be. But if you fancy animation background and you find the given ones are too dull for you. There are a ton of live wallpapers on the Google Play store. Download the one you like and then go to the device’s Settings > Display > Wallpaper > Live wallpapers to set it as your home screen wallpaper.
1. Take a photo by pressing the Volume +/- button
Do you know you can use the volume keys to take a photo with both front and rear cameras? This can be very useful in a situation where you have a hard time touching the central shutter button. This feature is enabled by default.
2. Take a photo with a hand gesture
You can take a photo by showing a V sign, index and middle fingers raised with palm facing outward, with both the front and back cameras. To use this feature, tap the V sign button on the camera preview screen. Then, if you show a V sign to the camera, the device will take a photo after two seconds after recognizing your hand gesture.
3. Take a photo automatically when the camera detects a smiling face
Taking a picture has never been so easy and fun – just smile and the camera will automatically snap a picture of you standing in front of a cool graffiti wall or whatever you wish to take your photo with. To use this feature, tap the Smiley button on the camera preview screen.
1. Use your work SIM and personal SIM on the same device
Lenovo TAB 3 8 supports two micro SIM cards. If you have a separate SIM for work and play you can use them on the same device. Just note that the device supports dual Standby mode, meaning the 2 SIM cards are active when none of them are in used. But when one is on a call, the other one will be inactive.
2. Place direct dial shortcuts for frequently called contacts
No speed dial no problem. You can add direct dial shortcuts to the home screen for contacts you called frequently.
- To add a direct dial shortcut:
- Tap an empty space on a home screen.
- Tap Widgets.
- Tap and drag the Direct dial 1×1 widget to a home screen.
- Pick a contact.
- Now, you can quickly call this contact by tapping the shortcut.
3. Use the Power button to end calls
When you turn on the Power button ends call option in the Accessibility settings, you can quickly press the Power button to end a call which makes it faster and easier to hang up.
4. Send all calls from a contact directly to voicemail
Getting tired of someone calling over and over again? You might want to consider sending these calls to voicemail directly. Here’s how:
- Open the Contacts app.
- Tap a contact.
- Tap the Pencil button in the upper right corner to enter edit mode.
- Tap the three-vertical-dots Menu button, and then check All calls to voicemail.
5. Talk to more than one party at the same time (conference call)
Before you follow the steps below, make sure your SIM card supports the conference call feature. If you’re not sure about this, contact your carrier to find out.
To make a conference call:
- Make a call to the first participant as normal. Either dial his/her number or select his/her number from your contacts.
- Once you have the 1st participant on the line, tap the Add Call button , then start dialling up the 2nd participant – again you can either manually dial his/her number or select his/her number from your contacts.
- When the 2nd participant accepts the call, you can tap the Merge calls button to create a conference call.
- To add more participants, you can continue to tap the Add Call button , dial their numbers or select them from your contacts, and tap the Merge calls button when they are on the line.
To learn how to separate a participant from a conference call, read this tutorial.