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Huawei EMUI 5.0 tips and tricks: Best hidden features in the Huawei Mate 9

The Huawei Mate 9 comes packing Huawei’s latest version of Emotion UI, EMUI 5.0, which is absolutely stuffed with great features. Here’s our in-depth look at EMUI 5.0 on the Huawei Mate 9, including tips and tricks to get the most out of your Huawei mobile and the best hidden features you might not know about.

While we love the Mate 9’s hardware, it’s Huawei’s Emotion UI (EMUI) software that really surprised us. In the past we’ve not exactly been fans, but EMUI 5.0 delivers some features that we’ve been crying out for, as well as adding some very useful tools that help you get the best from your Huawei mobile.

Check out our full Huawei EMUI 5.0 review for an overview of why it’s so great. Else, read on for our EMUI 5.0 tips and tricks guide, so you can find all of the hidden features on your shiny new Mate 9. Here’s how to turn on Huawei’s apps drawer, comfortably use your Huawei mobile with one hand, manage your memory and storage and activate multi-screen mode in EMUI 5.0, plus plenty more essential tips.

Check out our Huawei Mate 9 hub for all you need to know about Huawei’s first phone to rock Emotion UI 5.0, including our in-depth Mate 9 review.

EMUI 5.0 tips, tricks and best hidden features: How to activate the apps drawer feature

At long, merciful last, Huawei has added an apps tray into EMUI. That means you can tidy away your little-used-but-still-nice-to-have apps away into a drawer, rather than having them scattered all across your desktops.

However, the apps drawer doesn’t come activated by default. To turn on the apps tray, you need to head to the EMUI 5.0 settings menu and then tap Home Screen Style. In here you’re presented with two options: Standard and Drawer. If you poke the Drawer option, this will add the apps tray to your desktops.

Now OCD neat freaks like ourselves can breathe a sigh of relief.

EMUI 5.0 tips, tricks and best hidden features: How to manage your data use and prevent shocking fees

If you have a limited amount of data to burn through each month, EMUI 5.0 can help you to stick to that limit in a few different ways.

Head to your Huawei phone’s settings menu and tap on Mobile Data. In here see a graph that shows exactly how much data you’ve used up in recent times. If you’re worried about going over your allowance, just tap the option to set a data limit and change this to your monthly maximum. You can also set up alerts to poke you when you’re nearing your limit, and even publish how much data you’ve used on your lock screen.

Find yourself hitting your data limit quite often? Well, tap the Data Usage Ranking option and you can see exactly what apps have been burning through your precious megabytes, over the past day, week or month. If you spot anything unexpected, poke the offending app and you’ll have the option to deactivate their mobile data privileges (so they can only use WiFi connections), or prevent them from sneakily downloading data in the background.

EMUI 5.0 tips, tricks and best hidden features: One-handed modes and features

The likes of the Huawei Mate 9 are truly enormous, but thankfully Huawei has packed plenty of features and tools into EMUI 5.0 to help with one-handed use.

For instance, head to the settings menu and then Navigation. In here you’ll see the option to add a notifications pull-down button to the EMUI 5.0 toolbar at the bottom of your screen. A quick tap of that will drag down your notifications tab, saving you from reaching to the top of your phone’s display.

Head to the Fingerprint ID section of the settings and you can also set up Huawei’s Slide Gestures feature. This allows you to drag down your phone’s notifications tab by swiping your fingertip down the rear-mounted sensor, and hide it away again with a swipe up. You can even clear your notifications with a quick double-tap.

Also, you can jump to the Smart Assistance menu in the EMUI 5.0 settings and find a ‘One-Hand UI’ option. In here you can activate the Mini Screen View feature, which shrinks the entire display down to the bottom of the phone when you swipe your thumb across the virtual toolbar. You can also switch on the Shifting Keyboard feature, which bumps the virtual board towards the left or right edges of the screen when needed.

EMUI 5.0 tips, tricks and best hidden features: How to turn on Eye Comfort mode for night use

Most phones now come with some kind of night screen mode, which filters out blue light in the evenings for easy-on-the-eye late-night browsing. On Huawei phones with EMUI 5,0, this feature is called Eye Comfort.

Head to the Display menu in the mobile settings and then tap Eye Comfort. You can turn on this feature at any time by tapping the first slider, or else schedule the mode to self-activate with the Schedule function. You can set the start and end times and even the degree of screen warmth, so it’s just how you like it.

EMUI 5.0 tips, tricks and best hidden features: How to set up a lock screen message in case you lose your phone and someone finds it

If you lose your precious Huawei mobile, there’s still a chance that some helpful member of society will find it and attempt to reunite you. Of course, you can make this much easier to accomplish by fixing a permanent message to the home screen, with some contact info.

To do this, head to the EMUI 5.0 settings and then Screen Lock & Passwords. In here there’s a ‘Lock Screen Signature’ feature, which allows you to scrawl a quick message which appears on the display every time you push the power button.

Obviously be careful not to reveal any private info here, but a home phone number or some other contact details will increase the chances that your mobile makes it back safe.

EMUI 5.0 tips, tricks and best hidden features: How to activate multi-screen mode to run two apps side-by-side

In EMUI 5.0 there are two main ways to activate the multi-screen mode, which splits your Huawei phone’s display in two for running a pair of apps at the same time. One of these methods sucks, but the other is nice and simple.

The sucky method is using Huawei’s still-rubbish Knuckle Mode. Basically, drag your knuckle quickly from one edge of the screen to the next and it should split the panel at that point. However, these knuckle gestures are so inaccurate that they’re next to useless.

Instead, bring up one of the apps you wish to multi-task with and then long-press the Recent Apps button at the bottom of the screen. This splits your desktop and gives you a list of other open apps, which you can display on the bottom half. If you can’t find the app you desire here, try hunting it down and opening it up and then give it another go.

Note that not all apps can be used in split-screen mode.

EMUI 5.0 tips, tricks and best hidden features: How to free up storage space

Resource management is a key feature of Huawei’s EMUI 5.0 launcher, so freeing up storage space is a piece of pie.

Just head to your phone’s settings and then Memory & Storage. At the bottom of this menu you’ll find the Storage Cleaner tool. Give this a tap and your Mate 9 or other Huawei phone will gather together all of the junk files resting on your handset, which can then be deleted with a single poke. Easy.

EMUI 5.0 tips, tricks and best hidden features: How to quickly boost your Huawei phone’s performance

Continuing the theme of resource management, you can free up memory easily in EMUI 5.0 also. So if your Huawei phone is starting to chug a bit, just a couple of taps will provide a much-needed performance boost.

Of course, with the likes of the mighty Mate 9, this shouldn’t be a problem for quite some time.

Tap the Recent Apps button at the bottom of your desktops and you’ll be presented with a scrollable list of every open app. In addition to this, there’s a counter telling you how much of your phone’s memory is in use. If you’re nearing the limits, then it’s time to close down some open apps and free up some space.

To do this, scroll through that list and hit the padlock icon on every app that you wish to remain open. The padlock will close, to show that the app is locked. With that done, tap the bin button at the bottom of the screen. This closes all apps that aren’t locked, and tells you how much memory has been emptied.

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