16 things you didn't know you could do with your Huawei P10 or P10 Plus

Bagged yourself a new Huawei flagship phone? Then you’ll need these tips and tricks

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are Huawei’s best phones to date - super-fast, sleek smartphones with stellar cameras and scores of tricks.

They run Android 7.0 Nougat, with Huawei’s EMEI 5.1 skin on top of it - and it’s here that you might need some help.

Y’see, EMEI is a complex bit of software, with its own way of doing things, so knowing how to get to the good stuff isn’t always obvious. Read on, and we’ll show you the shortcuts.

1) Turn on one-button navigation

Definitely the first thing you should do is to switch on the P10’s genius one-button navigation.

Head to ‘Settings’ > ‘Navigation key’ and select ‘Off-screen navigation button’. This removes the standard Android three-button onscreen nav and instead puts all three shortcuts on the fingerprint sensor, freeing up screen space. Tap to go back, hold to go home and swipe to see your recent apps.

It’ll seem odd at first, but give it a day or two and trust me, you’ll be loving the speed and simplicity of it.

2) Turn on apps drawer

The P10 ships with EMUI’s take on the apps locker, which is decidedly iOS-like. By which I mean that it’s non-existent: all of your apps will be displayed on multiple homescreens.

Maybe that’s how you want it, especially if you’ve just moved from an iPhone, but personally I’d far rather keep my regularly used apps on one or two homescreens and store the rest in a locker. To change it, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Home screen style’ and select ‘Drawer’. You know it makes sense.

3) Search for anything on your phone

Huawei’s EMEI 5.1 software lets you easily search through your apps, contacts, messages, calendar and more with a single press. Just hold you finger down on a homescreen - anywhere will work, even on an app - and drag down. This will open up the search screen. Start typing and you’ll results appear below, grouped into Contacts, Messaging, Calendar etc.

One extra tip: to the left of the search bar itself there’s a little symbol that looks like a box with a line through it. Tap this to open a combined QR code / barcode scanner.

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