Congrats on your brand new P20! You’ve gotten yourself a fantastic phone. And once you’ve it up and running, you’re going to want to know how to get the most out of your new phone. And for that, you’ve come to the right place.
1. Find wallpapers of the preloaded themes
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 and save your eyes from strain
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 > Colour & Eye comfort > 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 to tap the Eye Comfort button on the shortcuts panel
3. Check the battery level and temperature
You can 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. Use your phone 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. Open Sound recorder, Calculator, Torch, Timer and QR/Barcode scanner without unlocking your phone
On the Lock screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to get the buttons to quickly open 5 built-in apps: Sound recorder, Calculator, Torch. Timer/Clock and QR/Barcode scanner.
If you’re using the Magazine unlock style, you’ll see additional controls for the wallpaper slideshow.
7. Use your knuckles to take screenshots, start video recordings and launch apps
Huawei P20 is packed with smart features including knuckle gesture controls. If these options – Smart screenshot, Draw and Split-screen gesture – are turned on in Smart assistance, you can do the following with your knuckles.
- Smart screenshot: Tap the screen twice using your knuckle to capture a screenshot, use your knuckle to draw an enclosed region to capture part of the screen, tap the screen twice using two knuckles to start and stop a screen recording, and lastly you can draw an S using your knuckle to start a scrolling screenshot.
- Draw: Draw an alphabet using your knuckle to open a specific app.
- Split-screen gesture: Draw a horizontal line across the screen to enter split-screen mode.
8. Capture screenshots
Here are the different ways to take a screenshot on P20:
- Press the Power and Volume down button at the same time.
- Knock twice firmly on the screen with your knuckle. You’ll need to turn on the Smart screenshot feature in the device’s Settings > Smart assistance > Motion control in order for this gesture to work.
- Tap the Screenshot button from the shortcuts panel.
- Draw on the screen using your knuckle to capture a partial screenshot.
9. To capture a screenshot of a specific area
As mentioned in point 8.4 above, you can capture a screenshot of a specific area on your phone screen without the need to download a third party app. With 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. Take scrolling screenshots
If you want to take a scrolling screenshot or long screenshot on P20, you can use one of these methods:
- Capture a screenshot using one of the methods listed in point 8. Then, tap Scrollshot on the screenshot preview.
- Using your knuckle, draw a letter S on the screen.
11. Turn off screenshot sound
Your phone produces a fake shutter sound when you take a screenshot. This sound can be loud and annoying to you and others. To stop this sound, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app, tap Sound > More sound settings > turn off Screenshot sound.
12. Start a screen recording
The built-in screen recording feature could be handy if you wanted to make a how-to video to share with a friend.
Here are the different ways to start a screen recording on P20:
- 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 action to stop the recording.
13. 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.
14. 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 previously opened, tap the Recent apps 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 thumbnail.
15. 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 and serial number.
- *#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 and Product ID.
- *#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.
16. Pick a way to navigate your phone
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to phone navigation. You have the physical button navigation, on Screen navigation key, virtual navigation bar and navigation dock.
Go to the device’s Settings > System > 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. I’ll stick to the virtual navigation bar.
17. 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.
18. Read QR codes
There are lots of free QR code readers to download from the Play store, but your P20 will be able to read QR codes without any of these. Here are the 3 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.
iii. Method 3: From the phone search
- On a home screen, swipe down to get the search box.
- Tap the eye icon next to it.
- Select QR code, and point the camera at a QR code.
19. Switch between the two apps quickly
Android has a secret shortcut for quickly switching between the two most recently-used apps, and it’s also available on P20. Simply double-press the Recent apps (square) button on the virtual navigation bar to switch between the last two used apps interchangeably.
20. Multitask on your phone
In our busy world, multitasking is required. Besides offering a way to easily switch between recently opened apps, P20 lets you open two apps at the same time. Yes, you can now watch YouTube and browse the Internet or watch a video while communicating 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 the Recent apps (Square) button to split the 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.
21. Pick a method to split screen
The above point talks about multitasking on your phone using split-screen. Do you know there’s more than one way that let you split the screen into half for two apps? In an app that supports this feature, you can do any of these methods to enter the split-screen mode:
- Long tap the Recent apps (square) button.
- Draw a line across the screen horizontally using your knuckle.
- Swipe up from the navigation bar using two fingers.
22. Use the Screen Lock button
If you’re worried that using the Power button too frequently may damage it, add a Screen Lock button to your home screen. You can then touch this button to lock your screen in the future.
23. Check current time without turning on the screen
Quickly find out the time and date without even turning on your phone screen thanks to the Always display information feature (only available on P20 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, then you can set the start time and end time here.
24. 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.
25. Find an app effortlessly
You’re sure you have the app buried in one of your home screens, and this simple trick helps you to locate it quickly.
- Swipe down a home screen.
- Enter the app that you want to search in the search box.
- As the app appears in the search result, tap the pointing icon next it to locate the app quickly.
26. Enter and exit safe mode (to identify a problem app)
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 uninstalling each app, reboot your phone to normal mode and check whether the the problem is resolved.
To boot into safe mode, follow 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 try increasing the speed of pressing the Volume down button.
- You should see the word Safe mode in the lower left corner of the screen.
Tip: Just reboot the phone to exit the safe mode.
27. Sign in two different accounts to Facebook, WhatsApp and more
Your phone comes with the 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 sign in two different accounts.
- An additional app icon (for this particular social media) will be added to the home for your second sign 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.
28. Prevent face unlock from going straight to home screen
Face unlock is interesting and fast. If you have a habit of checking all your notifications on the lock screen, you might not like the idea of your phone unlocking and jumping straight to home screen as soon as it sees your face. But, the good news is that it can be fixed. You can turn on Slide to unlock in the face unlock settings to stop the phone from going directly to home screen. Instead, it goes to the lock screen. Now, you can continue to check all your notifications.
29. Identify the products display on screen quickly (It doesn’t work as well as I expected)
While browsing, you’ll probably come across pictures showing the products that you wish to know more about (price, description and probably reviews). With the HiTouch feature, you can tap and hold two fingers on the screen that is showing the product to quickly identify them though Amazon assistant. Does it work flawlessly all the time? I will let you find that out yourself.
30. Wake up screen when receiving notifications
Tired of having to press the power button to see the lock screen notifications? Then, Notifications turn on screen is the option you should turn on in the device’s Settings > Apps & notifications > Notification & status bar.
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. Add 3D pictures to your lock screen
Tired of the same boring wallpaper on your phone? If you wish to bring new life to your lock screen, you can add 3D pictures to it. Here’s how:
- Make sure you’re using the Magazine unlock style.
- On the lock screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the Covers button .
- Tap Added by me.
- Here, you can pick the 3D photos (taken by your phone) that you want.
If you prefer to just show the 3D photo without rotation, you can pause the slideshow
3. Personalize the navigation bar
If you’re still using the navigation bar despite having many other navigation options, you might be interested to customize the positions of the navigation buttons. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap System > System navigation
- Tap Settings under Virtual navigation bar, then pick an arrangement that you like.
Here, you can also enable the hide button which lets you hide the navigation bar temporary while you need to have full screen.
4. 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, you can rearrange the apps to fill the empty space on a home screen by shaking your phone.
5. 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.
6. 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 the app drawer back now. Here’s how:
- From your device’s Settings, tap Display > Home screen style > select the Drawer option.
7. 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.
8. Enable home screen to continuously loop
When you swipe through the screen on your home screen, at some point of time the screen will come to an end and can’t swipe in the same direction to reach the first screen.
So to experience the continous home screen scrolling, the EMUI has introduced the Home screen loop feature which lets you loop back to the first screen after the last screen. The only problem is that if this feature is enabled, the HiBoard screen has to be disabled.
If the continous Home screen scrolling is what you want, follow the steps here to enable it:
- Pinch a home screen using two fingers.
- Select Settings, and then turn on Home screen loop.
9. Turn off the notch
Not a big fan of the notch as it kind of looks annoying? That’s okay, you can turn it off by going to the device’s Settings > Display > Notch, and then select Hide notch.
10. Remove carrier name
Save a little more space in the notification bar by hiding the carrier name. Go to the device’s Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications & status bar and turn off Display carrier name.
1. 5 ways to take a photo
Besides tapping the Shutter button to take pictures, here are some other methods:
- Take a photo automatically when the camera detects 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 self-timer. You have the options of 2s, 5s and 10s delay.
- Use the volume buttons. You can set the Volume button to work 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. Make use of the photo modes
P20 offers a stunning camera, so make sure you knows all the modes at your disposal to help you take better photos. Besides the more popular modes (Aperture, Night, Portrait and Pro) shown on the slider above the shutter button, you can the swipe left on the slider until you find the More option, which gives you access to modes like slow-mo, monochrome, HDR, light painting, filter, and even the more practical document scan.
4. Turn off AI
P20’s AI-powered camera can detect over 500 scenarios in 19 categories and change the mode to help you capture photos with better colors, contrast, and sharpness. For instance, it can recognize whether you’re taking colourful flowers or greenery of trees in the photo, it can detect blue sky, or text and adjust settings accordingly. Sometimes, you may not always wish to utilize this intelligent feature. In this case, a quick tap of the “x” by the scenario displayed in the camera can deactivate it.
You can also go the camera settings to turn off Master AI to disable the AI feature permanently.
5. Make the food photos on your social media more enticing
Make your food look more appealing with richer colour and finer details by using the Good Food mode setting on your phone.
6. Take photos during video recording
Do you know you can take photos even while you’re recording a video on your phone? You don’t have to switch mode. Just tap the Shutter button in the corner of the screen to take still images, which gets saved directly to the camera album in gallery.
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 turning off your phone to avoid unnecessary distractions during the night.
2. Make the alarm ring longer
Are you a sound sleeper that needs the alarm to ring long enough to wake you up? On your P20, 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.
3. Silence your phone but not the alarm
When an alarm is set with the stock Clock app, it will sound even if the ringer is off. Just make sure you have the Alarm in silent mode option turned on in the Clock settings and have the alarm volume adjusted to an appropriate loudness in the Sound settings.
4. Show clocks of two different cities on your lock screen
If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ll wish that your phone can tell you the times of both home and the city you’re in currently in one quick glance. Simply turn the Dual clocks option on and set the Home city field accordingly (in the device’s Settings > System > Date & time), and when you travel, you should 2 clocks on the lock screen and the Always on display screen.
5. Show time and weather info. of two different cities on the home screen
The weather widget has the feature to show the time and weather of two different cities/time zones: 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 the ‘Building’ icon in the upper left corner > Weather widget.
- Turn on Current location, and select a different city under home city.
1. 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.
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
- Follow the on-screen instructions to 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.
2. Change the thumbnail size in the Photos tab
Under the Photos tab, if you wish to view more thumbnails on a screen, you can pinch the gallery using 2 fingers to make the thumbnails smaller so that you can fit more thumbnails in a row.
3. Scroll through the photos quickly
While viewing a photo in Gallery, you can swipe left to view the photos one by one. If you need a faster method, you can pinch the photo using 2 fingers to change it to scrolling mode.
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, and turn on Mute incoming calls.
- Press either Volume or Power button once.
4. Initiate a call even when the screen is off
Quick calling (in Phone’s settings > Voice control) lets you quickly initiate calls when the screen is turned off by pressing and holding the volume down button and say the name of the contact you want to call.
5. Use speed dial to call a number with a single tap
Go to the Phone’s settings > Speed dial to assign the contacts you frequently called to the speed dial keys (2 – 9). To use speed dial, press and hold the speed dial number (2 – 9) you want to call on the dialpad.
– 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.
1. Use fingerprint to turn on and unlock the 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 > Security & privacy > Fingerprint ID > New Fingerprint to enrol your fingerprint.
2. 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.
3. Unlock your phone with your face
P20 gives you the ability to unlock the phone with your face quickly without any input. To set it up, go to the Settings > Security & privacy > Face unlock and follow the on-screen instructions to enrol your face. Once the phone have captured your face data, you’ll have the options to choose whether you want to go directly to the home screen or stay at the lock screen (mainly for reading notifications) after your phone successfully recognizes you.
4. Keep your private information hidden in a separate space
PrivateSpace is a feature that allows you to create an independent space on your P20 to store your private information. Files and apps stored in PrivateSpace cannot be accessed from the MainSpace. Switching between the two is as simple as locking the screen, then using the relevant PIN/fingerprint to log back in.
Go to the device’s Settings > Security & Privacy > PrivateSpace and follow the on-screen instructions to set up a second PIN and different fingerprint login.
5. Lock your phone to one app using screen pinning
Screen pinning allows you to lock your phone to one app which comes in handy when you just want your child to watch Youtube Kids videos but not messing with other apps.To enable this, go to the device’s Settings > Security & privacy > More, and turn on Screen pinning. You should also turn on Verify lock screen password before unpinning.
To pin a screen (or lock an app to the screen), tap the Recent apps button, and tap the pin button in the lower right corner of the app thumbnail. To unpin, long tap the Back button and then enter your lock screen password.
Do you have more tips and tricks to add? Share them in the comments.