Top tips to make the Huawei Mate 20 Pro your best friend

huawei mate 20 pro - Top tips to make the Huawei Mate 20 Pro your best friend

The new Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of the most feature-packed smartphones available today, which makes it ultra-desirable, and likely to ensure it finds its way into a lot of hands. If that’s you, and a new Mate 20 Pro is nestling in your palm now, then read on, because we’ve got some great tips to help you know your phone just that little bit better. The more you know it, the more you’ll get from it.

How to activate gesture controls

Huawei has included gesture controls in EMUI 9.0, the user interface over Android 9.0, on the Mate 20 Pro; but they are not active by default. To try them out, open Settings, System, and System Navigation. From here, there are three choices: Gestures, Three-key Navigation, and Navigation Dock.

Select Gestures for Huawei’s own gesture system. The traditional Android buttons will disappear from the bottom of the screen, and you’ll navigate around using an upward swipe for returning home, a swipe at the side of the screen for back, and a swipe up and hold for the open app menu.

The Navigation Dock is a small onscreen dot, where taps and presses also navigate around the phone. It can be used in conjunction with either main control method. To return to the familiar Android keys, follow the same method above and select Three-Key Navigation. However, Huawei’s gesture controls work well on the Mate 20 Pro.

How to get an app tray

This is a common request for Huawei phone users: How do you change the home screen layout from having app icons spread across multiple screens, to a traditional app tray? It’s easy. Open Settings, then Home Screen & Wallpaper, and finally Home Screen Style. Here there are two options, either the standard Huawei setting for apps across Home screens, or the Drawer option. Tap either one to activate.

How to use Digital Balance

This is a new feature for EMUI 9.0, and operates like Google’s Digital Wellbeing system that’s only available on Pixel phones at the moment. It’s a great way to monitor your app and phone usage, and a benefit of Huawei’s app is that it collects data over a longer period of time than Google’s.

Go to Settings and find the Digital Balance option. Open it, and if it’s for the first time you may have to grant it some permissions. From here, you can set up usage limits for apps, set a daily screen time limit, and a bed time mode to grey out the screen after a certain time.

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