Get more out of your Honor Play than just playing your favorite games with it: Unlock the full potential of this fantastic phone with these how-tos, tips and tricks.
1. Ease eye strain by turning on the blue light filter
Avoid eye strain caused by the blue light from your phone by using the built-in blue light filter. This may help you fall asleep more easily, especially if you’ve the habit of reading on your phone in bed.
- 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 time to turn on and off the feature automatically.
2. Check the battery level and temperature
You can see 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.
3. Switch between basic and scientific calculator
The Calculator app on the Honor Play is really two calculators: basic calculator and scientific calculator. To switch to the scientific calculator, simply turn your phone to landscape view.
4. Convert your phone into a high quality mirror
Your phone can be a mirror with the built-in Mirror app. Open the Mirror app, and you can start checking your teeth or make some touch ups. And, if you ever need a closer look, adjust the slider at the bottom of the screen to zoom in.
Tip: If you believe that breaking a mirror brings bad luck, please don’t long tap the screen in the Mirror app!
5. 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 Display > More display settings > turn on Display network speed.
6. Access voice recorder, calculator, flashlight, timer and code scanner from the lock screen
On the Lock screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to get the buttons to open Voice recorder, Calculator, Flashlight. Timer/Clock and QR/Barcode scanner directly.
If you’re using the Magazine styled lock screen, you’ll see additional controls for the wallpaper slideshow.
7. Capture screenshots
Here are the different methods to take a screenshot on the Honor Play:
- Press the Power and Volume down button at the same time.
- Tap the Screenshot button from the shortcuts panel (Open from the top of the screen).
- Swipe three fingers downwards to take a screenshot. For this to work, you’ll need to turn on the Three-finger screenshot option in Settings > Smart assistance > Motion control.
8. Capture long screenshots
Your phone can capture long screenshots that extend beyond the length of your screen. To do this, take a normal screen shot and then swipe down the generated thumbnail.
9. Turn off screenshot sound
Want to turn off the screenshot sound without silencing the whole phone? Tap Sounds > More sound settings > turn off Screenshot.
10. Create video recordings of your screen
Want to start sharing videos of you playing mobile games? If yes, then this is how to do that: Open the notification panel from the top of the screen, tap Screen recorder and your screen recording begins right there. Please note that you might be prompted to allow some permissions for the first time. Just tap Allow.
Alternatively, you can also press the Volume Up and Power buttons at the same time to start a screen recording.
11. Prevent pocket-dialling
Stop being the person who accidentally calls your friends. Enable the Mistouch prevention mode to stop accidental placement of phone calls while your phone is in your pocket. Go to Settings > Smart assistance, and turn on Mistouch prevention.
12. Use gloves mode
If you want to control your phone without exposing your hands to extreme temperatures, turn on the Gloves mode. Go to Settings > Smart assistance and turn on Gloves mode.
13. 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, go to the recent apps view, (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.
14. 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.
15. Use Simple mode
Simple mode offers minimalistic and clean home screen with large icons. To turn this on, go to the Settings > System > Simple mode > Tap the Enable button.
16. Scan QR codes
The Honor Play allows us to scan QR codes using the native Camera app directly. Here’s how:
- Open Camera.
- Tap the HiVison button in the upper left corner.
- Select QR code, and start scanning a QR code.
17. Read QR codes from images
You know you can scan QR codes (The tip above mentioned that) using the built-in Camera app. But, do you know your phone can read QR code images that are downloaded to your phone too? Here’s how:
- With the QR code image on your phone, open the Gallery app.
- Find and tap to view the QR code image.
- Tap More > Scan QR code in image.
18. Balance your phone usage with Digital balance
The Honor Play has a fantastic tool called Screen Time Management which offers a wealth of data about your phone usage, showing you the usage duration of each individual app. It also helps you to set usage limits for apps.
To turn on Screen Time management, go to Settings > Digital balance and turn on Screen time management. You should then select ‘This is my phone’.
You’ll now have access to three separate modules:
Screen time: This lets you set a daily limit on how much you can use your phone.
App limits: This lets you set usage limits for your apps.
Bedtime: Once you set your bedtime, the feature automatically greys the screen and restricts access to certain apps as your time to sleep approaches.
19. Turn off step count display on lock screen
By default, the Honor Play will show your daily step count on the lock screen. In the lower left corner of the screen to be exact. If you’re using a fitness band or simply not interested with this number, you can disable this feature. Go to Settings > Home screen & wallpaper, and turn off Show step count.
20. Use the fingerprint sensor gestures
Apart from using the fingerprint sensor to unlock the device, you can touch and hold or slide on the sensor to take photos, answer calls, stop alarms, open the notification panel or browse photos. To turn on these features, go to Settings > Security & privacy > Fingerprint ID.
21. Schedule Power on & off
If you want to turn off your phone every night to save battery, you can go to Settings > Smart assistance > Schedule power on/off to set a specified time to power off your phone, and you can also turn it back on at a specified time every day.
22- Make calls and locate your phone with your voice
The Honor Play offers a selection of voice control features. you can wake it up using your voice and tell it to call someone. Also, if you’ve misplaced your phone somewhere around the house, you call out loud “Where are you” to make it plays loud music and flashes light.
To turn on the voice features, you can go to Settings > Smart assistance > Voice control > Voice wakeup and turn on this feature, and train your phone to recognize your voice.
If you want to initiate calls with your voice, tap Quick Calling (in the Voice control settings) and turn on the option here. After that, you can say “Dear Honor, Call [contact name]” to call a contact when your phone is in standby mode.
23. Create two instances of an app
If you have multiple social media accounts, App Twin may be a godsend. The App Twin feature lets you use two different accounts for some popular social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and etc. on your phone.
Once you’ve the social media apps downloaded on your phone, go to Settings > Apps & Notifications > App twin, and turn on the switch next to the social media apps that you want to sign in with two different accounts. Once enabled, you’ll see two icons for each app on the home screen or app drawer.
24. Multitask on your phone
Sometimes you want to do two things on your phone at the same time. The Split-screen mode delivers just that. Yes, with this mode, you can watch a video and text your friend at the same time.
- 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.
- In the lower half of the screen, open another app.
- To exit the split-screen mode, you can long tap the Recent apps button.
Tip: If you’re using full screen gestures, you can tap the Split screen button on the app thumbnails in the recent apps view to split-screen.
25. 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.
26. Change the screen resolution
You can change the screen resolution to HD+ to save a bit of battery. But, that will lower the screen clarity. Conversely, you can use a higher screen resolution to get sharper display, but it would use more battery. It’s your own choice, and you can go to Settings > Display > Screen Resolution to select the option you want. You can also select Smart resolution, which would automatically lower the screen resolution to help save battery.
27. Locate an app quickly
Instead of searching through screen after screen for an app icon, you can search and locate it using the universal search. Access the universal search function by sliding down on a home screen. Then, type the app’s name into the search box, and when it shows up in the search results, simply tap the pointer icon next to it to find it.
28. Enable one-handed mode
For those who have small hands, the Honor Play has the one-handed mode to reduce the display size for you. Here’s how:
- Go to Settings > Smart assistance > One-handed mode, and turn on this feature, and learn the two methods to transform your phone to have a smaller virtual screen.
29. Use and add app icon shortcuts
You can long tap the app icons on the home screen to access their frequently used features. And, you can also add these features as shortcuts by just dragging them to your home screen.
For example, when you long tap the Camera icon, you’ll see a pop-up menu to quickly launch Selfie, Video and etc. If you take three selfies per day on average, you might consider adding the Selfie mode shortcut by dragging it from the menu to your home screen.
30. Better gaming experience with AppGallery Assistant
GPU Turbo on the Honor Play energizes gaming performance. If you want to improve your gaming experience further on this phone, you can make use of the AppGallery Assistant function (aka Game suite). When you open games from AppAssistant, your phone will optimize the settings for gaming, block all notifications, except call, alarm and low battery notifications and lock the on-screen and off-screen navigation buttons. You can access the AppAssistant function by going to Settings > Apps > AppGallery Assistant
31.Optimize your phone with one touch
When you found your Honor Play has slowed down, you can go to the Optimiser app, and tap Optimize to perform overall performance optimization, security optimization, battery performance optimization, and device management optimization.
32. Optimize battery usage
The Honor Play comes with a big battery of 3,750 mAh and a way to optimize it to make it last longer too. Go to Settings > Battery, tap Optimise Battery Usage to let it optimizes for you automatically. At the same time, it will offer you suggestions to turn off GPS, auto-sync and auto-rotate, change the screen timeout and etc.
Also, if your battery is at a very minimal level and you wish to extend it a bit longer, you can turn on the Ultra Power Saving mode here. In this mode, you can have a maximum of 6 apps with the screen background change to black. Services such as Bluetooth and GPS will automatically turn off, saving a significant amount of battery power.
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 Settings button .
- Tap Added by me.
- Select the photos you want to add.
2. Customize the navigation bar
You’re still using the navigation bar, and you like it. Then, you should know that the Honor Play comes with the option to personalize the positions of the navigation buttons. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap System > System navigation
- Tap Settings under Three-key navigation, then pick a combination that you like.
Here, you can also enable the Hide navigation keys option to hide the navigation bar temporary while you need to have full screen.
3. Align apps automatically
When you uninstall apps, gaps may appear between home screen icons. Use the Auto-align feature in the Settings > Home screen & wallpaper > Home screen settings to fill the empty space automatically.
4. Have more apps on your home screen
The Honor Play has a 6.3″ screen which can afford to accommodate more apps in a row for you to use more of the screen. Long tap an empty area of a home screen and followed by selecting Home screen settings. You can then choose 5×6 for the Layout field to have more apps in the rows and columns.
5. Hide the notch
If you don’t like the massive and unaesthetic notch, you can hide it. Go to Settings > Display > More Display Settings > Notch and choose Hide notch to block off the notch with a black bar.
6. Add the app drawer
You can put the app drawer back to your phone. Go to Settings > Home screen & wallpaper > Home screen style and select the Drawer option.
7. Hide carrier name
The notch is living little space for the notification bar at the top of your display. Therefore, you might want to consider hiding the carrier name from the notification bar. Go to Settings > Display > More display settings and turn off Display carrier name.
8. Disable the navigation bar
If you’re looking for a complete full-screen experience, the Honor Play lets you remove the Android navigation bar from your phone and use gestures. With Gestures navigation, you can navigate around using upward swipe for returning home, a swipe from the side of the screen for back, and a swipe up and hold to open recent app screen.
To use gestures to navigate your phone, head over to Settings > System > System navigation and select Gestures.
The honor Play packs a 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 dual-camera setup at the back with AI features. And, there’s also a 16MP f/2.0 selfie shooter up front with 3D lighting effects. Let’s explore some of the tips and tricks on using these cameras.
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. Now, 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 button.
2. Snap a quick photo
Most phones allow you to snap a quick photo from the lock screen. The Honor Play is no exception. Just make sure you have the Ultra snapshot option turned on in the Camera settings, then you can just double-press the Volume down button when your phone’s screen is off to quickly snap a photo.
3. Record 4K videos
4K is four times the resolution of the full HD 1080p and offers fantastic video clarity, and yes, you can record 4K videos using your Honor Play. Here’s how:
- Open the Camera app.
- Tap the Video mode > Settings > Resolution and select the (16:9) 4K option
- Next, get back to the viewfinder and start recording.
4. Record slow motion videos
The Slow-mo option helps you to record fast-paced events in a slower motion to create stylish and greater detail shots. The Honor Play can record videos that are played 4 times and 16 times slower than normal ones. Here’s how:
- Open the Camera app.
- Using the rear camera, tap More > Slow-mo
- You can then tap on the 16x or 4x on the viewfinder to toggle between 4x or 16x slow motion mode.
- Tap the Record button to start recording.
5. Mute camera shutter sound
Turning off the camera sound on your phone is something many people want to do. And the good news is that the Honor Play offers an option to completely mute the camera shutter sound.
6. Capture square images
The Honor Play lets you capture Instagram-ready square images. You can follow the steps below to do that.
In the Camera, turn off AI.
- Go to Settings, tap Resolution and select [1:1] 12MP.
- Now, snap a photo of the food that’s just delivered to your table, and share it to Instagram without the need to crop.
7. Add a Watermark
Want others to know that the amazing photos are taken with your Honor Play? Then, you can add a watermark to all the photos you shoot with your phone. To do that, simply turn on the Add Watermark option in the camera settings.
8. Decorate your photos with AR filters
Decorate your selfies with a range of fun overlays. To use the AR filter, tap the AR Lens mode > AR on the right side of the screen to see the list of facial filters.
If you’re using the front camera, you can also see the Background tab which allows you to use AR filters to change the background of your selfies.
9. Use aperture mode
The aperture mode makes your subject stands out by keeping the foreground in focus while blurring the background. To use the aperture mode, simply select the Aperture mode in the camera. You can then touch the x icon and swipe left or right on the slider to adjust the aperture level. The lower the aperture level, the greater the background blur.
10. Night Shot
If you don’t even know much about the pro settings, the Night Shot mode would help you to capture better low light shots without you having to adjust the camera settings manually. To enter this mode, open the Camera app, tap More > Night Shot.
11. Un-mirror your selfies
Don’t wish that your selfies come as mirrored? Go to the front Camera settings and turn off the Mirror reflection option then.
12. Explore other shooting modes
Besides the popular modes (Aperture, Night, Slow-mo and Portrait) mentioned before this, the Honor Play is preloaded with other modes such as Panorama, Light painting, Time-lapse, Moving pictures, 3D panorama and HDR that you can access from the More option in the viewfinder.
13. Turn off AI
When taking pictures, the camera uses AI to identify different scenes or objects and automatically adjust the camera settings based on them to bring out the colors in your photos. But, the AI mode can sometimes make a photo look unnatural. In that case, you can tap the AI option found at the top of the viewfinder to toggle it off.
1. Set an alarm, then turn off your phone
Did you know that 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.
2. 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 reading on the weather widget on your home screen.
- Tap three-vertical-dot Menu button > Weather widget.
- Turn on Current location, and tap Add city to select your home city.
- After that, the weather widget should show the clocks and weather information of your home city and the city you’re currently in.
– Phone and Messages
1. Press the power button to end calls
Using your device’s power button to end calls can be quicker and easier than using the on-screen buttons. It will come in handy if you receive a lot of calls. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Smart assistance > Accessibility and turn on the Power button ends call option.
2. Flip to mute incoming calls
The flip gesture allows you to silence alarms and incoming calls by just turning your phone over. To turn this feature on, go to Settings > Smart Assistance > Motion Control > Flip and turn on the Mute incoming calls and Mute timers and alarms options.
3. Scan business cards
Rest your tired fingers, use the built-in business card scanner to help you extracting the details from business cards and create new contacts for you. To access this feature, go to the Contacts app, and tap the Menu button > Scan.
4. Answer calls automatically by lifting your phone to you ear
With the Honor Play, you can simply raise the phone to your ear to answer calls, call someone while in the contact details screen, switch to the from speaker mode, and more with the Raise to ear gesture. To turn on this gesture, go to Settings > Smart assistance > Motion Control > Raise to ear, and select the options that you want to turn on.
5. Speed dial frequently call contacts
Save time with the contacts you frequently call by assigning each of them a speed dial number. There are 9 speed dial numbers from 1 to 9 on this phone.
- Open the Phone app.
- Tap the Menu button in the upper right corner, and then select Settings.
- Tap Speed dial.
- Tap a number and select the contact you want to assign to it.
- To speed dial the assigned contact, simply long the number on the dialer.
1. Secure your phone with your fingerprint
Keep your files and data safe on your phone with your fingerprint. If you didn’t set up the fingerprint sensor when you first set up the phone, go to Settings > Security & privacy > Fingerprint ID > Fingerprint management > New fingerprint and follow the on-screen instructions to register your fingerprint.
The good thing about the fingerprint unlock is that you can unlock your phone directly without the need to turn on the screen.
2. Set up Face Unlock
A lot of Android phones offer the facial authentication feature nowadays, and the Honor Play is no exception. With Face Unlock, you can quickly unlock your phone without using a lock screen password or pattern. Settings up Face Unlock is simple too. Go to Settings > Security & privacy > Face recognition and follow the onscreen instructions to enroll your face.
You’ll then be presented with the options to pick an unlock method: Directly unlock or Slide to unlock, show notifications and use face unlock to unlock apps.
3. Block apps with a password
Your phone could be used by many different people. If you have some apps that you don’t want them to use, you can lock them with a password. Here’s how:
- Go to Settings > Security & Privacy > App lock and tap Enable.
- You can now choose whether to create a custom PIN or use your lock screen password. (Note: Whichever you choose, try not to forget your password)
- Next, you can turn on the switch next to the apps that you want to lock.
4. Create a PrivateSpace
If you find yourself frequently sharing your phone, the Honor Play comes with an excellent privacy feature called PrivateSpace. It’s a feature that allows you to create an independent space on your phone to store your private information that can only be accessed with a unique password or fingerprint.
Go to the device’s Settings > Security & Privacy > PrivateSpace, tap Enable and follow the on-screen instructions to set up a second PIN and different fingerprint login.
Once you’ve setup the PrivateSpace, you can access it via the Settings > Security & privacy > PrivateSpace from the main space.
If both the PrivateSpace and main space are using the same unlock method, you can then enter either the private space or main space password on the lock screen to access the respective space directly.