Here we’re going to talk you through some of the key tips and tricks you need to learn to make the most of your new Huawei Mate 10/Mate 10 Pro.
1. Locate the preloaded theme folders
Your phone comes with a few preloaded themes that have some really nice wallpapers. If, for some reason, you would like to extract these wallpapers, below is the location where the theme folders are stored. The wallpapers are stored in the wallpaper folder found in each theme’s folder.
2. Enable blue light filter
Avoid eye strain caused by the blue light from your phone with the built-in blue light filter.
- From the device’s Settings, go to Display > Eye comfort.
- Slide the Eye comfort switch to the on position.
- Here, you can also schedule the times to turn on and off the blue light filter automatically.
Note: A quicker way to turn on the blue light filter is by tapping the Eye Comfort button on the shortcuts panel.
3. Check the battery level and temperature
You can see check your phone’s battery percentage and temperature with the following method:
- On your phone dialer, dial *#*#2846579#*#*
- Tap Battery Charge, and you should get a similar screen.
4. Switch between basic and scientific calculator
Simply rotate your phone to landscape screen orientation to switch from basic to scientific calculator.
5. The Mirror app to check your appearance
Use the Mirror app to check your appearance and make some touch ups. Tap the screen once to pause the image. You can also long tap on the screen for a surprise.
6. Show network speed in the status bar
You can make the network connection speed visible at all times in the status bar. Here’s how:
- From the device’s Settings, tap Apps & Notifications > Notifications & status bar > turn on Display network speed.
7. Open Sound recorder, Calculator, Torch, Timer and QR/Bar code scanner without unlocking your phone
On the Lock screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to get the buttons to open Sound recorder, Calculator, Torch. Timer/Clock and QR/Bar code scanner directly.
If you’re using the Magazine styled lock screen, you’ll see additional controls for the wallpaper slideshow.
8. Use your knuckles to take screenshots, start video recording and launch apps
Mate10 is packed with smart features including knuckle gesture controls. If these options are turned on in Smart assistance, you can do the following with your knuckles.
- Tap the screen using your knuckles to capture screen, start & stop video recording.
- Draw letters using your knuckles to launch apps.
Go to your device’s Settings > Smart assistance > Motion control to turn on the knuckle gesture controls.
9. To screenshot a specific area
You can screenshot a specific area on your phone screen with no extra apps involved. With the Smart screenshot turned on in the Settings > Motion control > Smart screenshot, you can draw an enclosed region with your knuckle to capture part of the screen.
10. Use fingerprint to unlock App Lock and Safe
Make your Fingerprint scanner more useful, and use it to unlock App Lock and Safe.
Here’s how to set your App Lock to use fingerprint:
- From the device’s Settings, tap Security & privacy > Fingerprint ID > Fingerprint management.
- Turn on Access safe and Access app lock.
12. Prevent pocket-dialling
Stop being the person who accidentally calls your friends. Enable Touch-disable mode to stop accidental placement of phone calls while your phone is in your pocket.
- Open the Settings app, tap Smart assistance.
- Turn on Touch-disable mode.
13. Turn off screenshot sound
Your phone creates a shutter sound whenever you take a screenshot which can create a distraction or draw unnecessary attention. To stop this sound, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app, tap Sound > More sound settings > turn off Screenshot sound.
14. Schedule power on and off automatically
Turning off your phone when you sleep and turning it back on when you wake up is easier with the Scheduled power on and off function. Head to your device’s Settings > Smart assistance > Schedule power on and off to set the times to have your phone does it automatically for you.
15. Use any of these ways to start a screen recording
- Press the Power button + Volume Up button at the same time. Press the same buttons again to stop the recording.
- Tap the Recording button on the Shortcuts panel. There’s also a Stop button in the Notification panel that you can use to stop the recording.
- Knock you screen 2 times with 2 knuckles. Do the same gesture to stop the recording.
16. Use gloves mode
If you want to control your phone without exposing your hands to extreme temperatures, turn on the Gloves mode.
- Open the Settings app, tap Smart assistance > turn on Gloves mode.
17. Use Fingerprint to turn on and unlock the lock screen
No “double tap to wake”? No problem. You can use Fingerprint to turn on and unlock the lock screen at the same time. Go to your device’s Settings > Fingerprint ID > Fingerprint management to enrol your fingerprint.
18. Dial *#*#6130#*#*
Just dial *#*#6130#*#* for fun and some phone information.
19. Display an app’s App Info screen quickly
Here’s a common method in Android to quickly display an app’s App Info screen. If the app is currently running or opened previously, tap the Recent button, (If necessary) scroll through the list of app thumbnails to look for the app you want, then long tap its app icon in the upper right corner of the app thumbnail.
20. Use these hidden codes
You can enter these codes on the dialer to find out more information about your phone and test the hardware.
*#06# – This code displays your phone’s IMEI numbers.
*#0000# – This code opens the About phone screen that shows the following information: Model number, Build number, Hardware version, IMEI information, etc.
*#*#2846579#*#* – This code opens the ProjectMenu screen that shows the following information: Background settings, Veneer Informations, Network Information Query, Software Upgrade, Restore Factory, Battery information
*#*#1357946#*#* – This code opens the Settings screen that shows the following information: EMUI version, Serial number, Product ID.
*#*#6130#*#* – This code displays the phone SIM card information, app usage statistics and Wi-Fi information.
*#2846# – This code will start a series of hardware tests such as touch screen, colours, hardware buttons, speaker, etc. Press the Volume – button to go the next test after completing the current test by following the on-screen instructions. Press Volume + to get back to the previous test. After a few tests, you should see a Home button that lets you to exit the test anytime.
21. Pick a way to control your phone
If you’re using the regular version of Mate 10, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to phone navigation. You have the physical button navigation, virtual navigation bar and navigation dock. Go to the device’s Settings > Smart assistance > System navigation to pick your choice. Personally, I haven’t got used to using the navigation dock to switch between apps and I find it hard to use the hardware button for more than a home button. My choice is the virtual navigation bar.
22. Use Simple mode
Make the phone best for grandparents and seniors by using the Simple mode. This mode offers minimalistic and clean home screen with large icons. To turn this on, go to the Settings > System > Simple mode > Tap the Apply button.
23. Browse your apps in landscape mode
Want to browse your apps and settings screen in landscape? Turn the Auto-rotate feature on.
- Pinch a home screen using 2 fingers, and then tap Settings.
- Turn on Auto-rotate.
24. Read QR codes
There are lots of free QR code apps to download, but your Mate 10 will be able to read QR codes without any of these. Here are the 2 ways to do that:
i. Method 1. Using the Camera app
- Open the Camera app.
- Take a photo of a QR code.
- Then, view it on the Camera or Gallery and tap More > Scan QR code in image.
ii. Method 2: Using the built-in Scan tool
- On the lock screen, swipe up from the bottom of screen.
- Tap the Scan tool on the far right side.
- Start scanning a QR code.
26. Show time and weather of two different cities
The weather widget has the feature to show the time and weather of two different cities/timezones: One clock for your home city, and another one for the city you’re currently in.
- Tap the weather widget on the Home screen.
- Tap ‘Building’ icon in the upper left corner > Weather widget.
- Turn on Current location, and select a different city under home city.
27. Multitask on your phone
In our busy world, multitasking is required. Besides offering a way to easily switch between recently opened apps, Mate10 lets you open two apps at the same time. Yes, you can now watch YouTube and browse the Internet or watch a video and communicate with friends on whatsapp at the same time using the split-screen feature.
You can get into the split-screen mode with the following steps:
- Open the first app.
- Long tap Recent apps (Square) button to split screen into half. Tip: Here, you can also use your knuckle to draw a horizontal line across the screen to enter split-screen mode.
- In the lower half of the screen, open another app.
- To exit the split-screen mode, you can long tap the Recent apps button.
28. Pick any of these methods to enter the split-screen mode
The above point talks about multitasking on your phone using the split-screen mode. Do you know there’s more than one way you can enter the split-screen mode? In an app that supports split-screen mode, you can do any of these methods to enter the split-screen mode:
- Long tap the Recent apps (or Overview) button.
- Draw a line across the screen horizontally using your knuckle.
- Swipe up from the navigation bar using two fingers.
29. Use the screen lock button
If you’re worried that using the Power button too frequently may damage it, add a Screen Lock button on the home screen. You can then touch this button to turn off and lock screen.
30. Check time without turning on the phone
Quickly check the time and date without even turning on your phone screen thanks to the Always display information feature (which is only available on Mate 10 Pro). Simply follow the steps below to turn on this feature:
- From the device’s Settings, tap Screen lock & passwords > Always display information.
- Turn on the Enable now switch. Tip: If you wish to use this feature only for a specific duration, the can set the start time and end time here.
31. 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 downloaded apps can make your device keep restarting itself, freezing, crashing, or be slow. If the problems go away in safe mode, a downloaded app 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 solves the problem.
To boot into safe mode, following these steps:
- Power off your phone.
- Power on your phone.
- Short press the volume down continuously until the lock screen. Tip: If it doesn’t work for you, you can keep trying, and increasing the speed of pressing the Volume Down button.
- You should see the word Safe mode in lower left corner of the screen.
Tip: Just reboot the phone to exit the safe mode.
32. Sign in two different accounts to Facebook and WhatsApp
Your phone comes with App twin feature letting you use two different accounts for some popular social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and etc. That means you can keep your accounts for work and personal separate, but on the same phone.
- From the device’s Settings, go to Apps & Notifications > App twin, and turn on the switch next to the social media app that you want to use 2 accounts.
- An additional app icon (for this particular social media) will be added to the home for your second log in. To differentiate from the original icon, the new one has a little badge with no. 2 in the lower right corner of the app icon.
1. Add your photos to the Magazine style lock screen
Wish to add your photos to the Magazine style lock screen? Here’s how:
- On the lock screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the Covers button .
- Tap Added by me.
- Select the photos you want to add.
2. Customize the navigation bar
If you’re still using the navigation bar despite having other options such navigation button and dock, you can easily personalize the positions of the navigation buttons. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Smart assistance > System navigation
- Tap Settings under Virtual navigation bar, then pick a combination that you like.
Here, you can also enable a hide button which lets you hide the navigation bar temporary while you need to have full screen.
3. Automate the task to fill the empty space on Home screen
If you find it painful to drag and drop apps around to fill the empty space, below are the two options in the Home screen settings that can help you. You can open the Home screen settings by pinching a Home screen, and then tap Settings.
- Auto-align. With this option turned on, your phone will automatically fill the empty space when you uninstall apps.
- Shake – With this option turned on, your rearrange the apps to fill the empty space on a home screen by shaking your phone.
4. Rotate the Home screen wallpaper automatically
You can change the wallpaper image automatically by setting an interval. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app, tap Display > Wallpaper.
- Turn on Randomly change home screen.
- Tap Interval, to select a time interval.
- You can also specify the folder/album that contains the wallpapers for the rotation.
5. Get back the app drawer
Whether you’re missing the app drawer or you just don’t like having all the apps on the home screens, you can have it back now. Here’s how:
- From your device’s Settings, tap Display > Home screen style > select the Drawer option.
6. Use a live wallpaper from external sources
You can download live wallpapers from the Themes app. If whatever you see here aren’t what you want, you can get it from the Google Play store, Huawei app store and other sources.
After downloading the live wallpaper, you can apply it directly, or go find it in the following path: Go to device’s Settings > Display > Wallpaper > Set wallpaper > More > Live wallpapers > Local tab.
7. Automate deletion of the magazine style lock screen wallpapers
If you’re using the Magazine style lock screen, odds are you have enabled to download new wallpapers automatically. If you find these wallpapers taking too much of your storage after some time, you can set it to delete the old wallpapers automatically. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app
- Tap Screen lock & passwords > Magazine unlock
- Turn on Auto-delete covers older than 3 months.
1. 5 ways to take a photo
Besides tapping the Shutter button to take pictures, here are some other methods:
- Take photos automatically when detect a smile. To enable this feature, go to the Camera settings, and turn on the Capture smiles switch.
- Take photos by saying “cheese”. To enable this feature, go to the Camera settings, tap Audio control, then turn on Audio control and select Say cheese to take photos.
- Take photos by tapping on the screen. Turn on Touch to capture in the Camera settings to enable this feature.
- Use the self-timer. You have the options of 2s, 5s and 10s delay.
- Use the volume buttons. You can set the Volume button as the camera shutter.
2. Quickly snap a photo when your phone display is off
If you want to capture a fleeting moment with your phone’s camera, there is actually a way to do it without turning on your phone’s display. Just double-press the Volume button, and you’ve snapped a photo. For this to work, you must turn on the Ultra snapshot option in the Camera settings.
3. Use Object tracking for taking pictures of moving objects
Enable object tracking when taking photos of moving subjects such as people and animals. The camera will automatically maintain focus on the moving subject.
- Open the Camera app.
- Swipe left and turn on Object tracking.
1. Set an alarm, then turn off your phone
Did you know the alarm clock will still work when you power off your phone? Just make sure the Keep alarm active option is checked when turn off your phone to avoid wasting battery during the night.
2. Set the alarm ringing duration
Are you a sound sleeper that needs the alarm to ring long enough to wake you up? On your Honor 8, you can set the alarm to ring as long as 30 mins.
- Open the Clock app.
- Go to the Alarm tab.
- Tap Settings > Ring duration.
- Select an option between 1 minute to 30 minutes.
1. Share contacts using QR codes
Sharing a contact is easy, especially using a QR code. View the contact you want to share, and then tap the QR code in the upper right corner to show the QR code. Your friends can then scan this QR code using their phones to add this contact.
2. Auto-group your contacts
You have many contacts. And, your phone will help you to group them according to their companies automatically.
- Open the Contacts app.
- Tap Groups.
- Tap Companies under Smart groups.
3. Scan business cards into the Contacts app
If you want to turn your business cards into contacts instantly, use the Scan option (at the bottom of the screen) in the Contacts app
– File Explorer
1. Hide pictures, files, songs and videos
There are always some personal photos or videos that you don’t want anyone to see. You want to keep them hidden and safe on your phone. The good news is that Safe in the Files app lets you do so easily.
- Open the Files app.
- Go to Local tab > Safe > Enable
- Follow the on-screen instructions to select a storage (phone or SD memory) and setup your password.
- When you’re done, tap either Images, Audio, Videos or Files to select the files you want to hide.
1. Hide photo albums
If you have any albums that you don’t want to show in the Albums tab of the Gallery app, you can hide them. Here’s how:
- Open the Gallery app
- Go to the Albums tab.
- Tap the Menu button > Hide albums.
- Turn on the switch next to the albums you want to hide from the Album tabs.
1. Cancel send
With Cancel send, a message that you sent by accident can be stopped/cancelled. To enable this feature, follow these steps:
Open the Messaging app.
- Tap the Menu button > Settings > Turn on the Cancel send switch.
- To stop a message from sending out, double tap the message bubble within 6 secs.
2. Add a message signature
The Messaging app can help to add your signature to every message automatically. You first need to create a signature with the following steps:
- Open the Messaging app.
- Tap the Menu button > Settings > Advanced > Signature.
- Turn on the Attach signature switch, and then tap Edit signature to enter your signature.
3. Pin a conversation
If you want a conversation (with your favorite friend) to always appear at the top of the message conversation list, just pin it. Here’s how:
- Open the Messaging app.
- Long tap the conversation you want to pin, and then tap the Pin button at the bottom of the screen.
4. Lock a message
Want to make sure you don’t delete an important message accidentally? You can lock it to prevent such an accident.
- Open the Messaging app.
- Open a conversation.
- Long tap a message you want to lock.
- Tap Menu > Lock.
1. Answer calls with your voice
Did you know that you can answer calls without touching the screen or even the phone? Follow the steps below to turn on the Answer calls with voice control option.
- Open Settings app, tap Smart assistance > Voice control.
- Turn on Answer calls with voice control.
2. Combine call log entries from/to the same caller
Follow the steps below to combine all calls, either incoming or outgoing for the same person under one record in your call log :
- Open the Phone app.
- Tap the Menu button > Settings > Merge call log.
- Select By contact.
3. Mute an incoming call quickly
You’re in an important meeting and your phone suddenly ring aloud. Here are 2 ways you can quickly silence the ringer.
- Flip your phone face-down. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Smart assistance > Motion control > Flip > Turn on Mute incoming calls.
- Press either Volume or Power button once.
4. Enable Pocket mode
To help avoid missing incoming calls when your phone is in your pocket or bag, the Pocket mode option gradually increases the ring volume and vibration intensity when you receive a call
- Open the Phone app.
- Tap Menu button > Settings.
- Turn on the Pocket mode switch.
– Phone Manager
1. Create frequently used function shortcuts
The Phone Manager app comes with functions to make your phone run faster and more secure. And, you can create shortcuts for any of the often-used functions. Here’s how:
- Open the Phone Manager app.
- Tap the Settings button in the upper right corner.
- Tap Shortcuts.
- Turn on the switches next to the functions you want to the shortcuts to be on the Home screen.
Do you have more tips and tricks to add? Share them in the comments.