Huawei and Honor smartphones are becoming increasingly popular among buyers. What is not surprising. recently the company for the first time outperformed Apple in terms of product deliveries and came out on the second place in the world in this indicator.
But today we are not talking about financial results, but about software. Indeed, together with new smartphones, users get at their disposal a proprietary shell EMUI (the current current version 10 is equivalent in numbers to the Android version), which, for all its seemingly simplicity, has a number of fine-tuning tools that you need to know about.
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Understanding how to use all these functions, you can fully and comfortably use Huawei smartphones. In this series of articles, I will talk about the system settings and customization techniques that are present in EMUI 8, 9, 10. Go!
I will describe all the functions on the example of the flagship Huawei P20 Pro, but this should not confuse users of other smartphones. Indeed, in fact. the EMUI shell is the same for all current models. Of course, you may not have some specific settings, but we will consider typical tools that most likely everyone has.
Why notifications come to EMUI
I’ll start my first release with a relevant topic, one might even say. the problems faced by users of Huawei smartphones, especially inexperienced and who bought a device from this manufacturer for the first time.
By default, the application policy in EMUI is configured to maximize power saving. On the one hand, this is good. the system monitors the work of all installed programs and limits their background activity, and roughly speaking. when the screen is off, it closes applications that you do not use. Based on machine learning, after a while the smartphone determines the programs that you use more actively and gives them priority. speeds up startup and does not unload from RAM.
However, such an intelligent method does not always work correctly. For example, applications from Google and Huawei initially have a higher priority than third-party services. Therefore, especially on devices with a small amount of RAM, situations often happen when the user simply does not receive notifications from programs that are important to him. Trite. because these applications are closed and do not work in the background.
But it’s worth opening the right application, as all accumulated notifications begin to pour in batches. And for some time after launch, the application is working properly. Most likely, until you turn off the screen again or activate the Do Not Disturb mode manually or automatically. In general, this situation is annoying for many users.
Of course, it is possible that over time the intelligent system will understand that you launch the same application too often and add it to some list of exceptions hidden from the user, but for this to happen, a certain amount of time has to pass and guarantees that it will work 100%, there are none. It may be such that instant notifications from a particular service are important to you, but they do not come often and you do not open this application manually regularly.
Is the problem familiar to you? It turns out that in EMUI the behavior of the system can be adjusted manually!
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Autostart, indirect start, work in the background
Go to the settings of the smartphone (gear top right in the curtain) in the menu Settings / Battery / Launch applications. Initially, you will see an active “Manage everything automatically” switch there. Find the application you need and click on it. A window with three switches will appear at the bottom, with which you can configure individual control of the application.
- Autostart. automatically start the application when you turn on the smartphone.
- Indirect launch. automatic launch by another application, relevant for related services, for example, starting Messenger will launch Facebook. Or if you have a separate key application for a paid version of a program, you can configure it to run indirectly and when the key is needed, the main application will launch it.
- Working in the background is the main point that will prevent the closing of an important application when the screen turns off and the device enters sleep mode.
After you manually configure at least one application, the “Manage everything automatically” switch will be deactivated. But the “Group management manually” link will appear at the top. here you can quickly manage all the parameters of the selected applications using the checkboxes.
Another small nuance on this topic. If there are problems with notifications from applications, you should go to the menu Settings / Battery. Perhaps you accidentally activated the energy saving mode, in which background applications are “hacked” by the system especially aggressively.
And there is another small life hack that applies not only to the EMUI shell, but to the entire Android OS. In some applications, you can find in the settings an option with the approximate name “notification in the status bar”, which puts a permanent notification card in the blind with a quick transition to the application. this is another way to fix the service in RAM and ensure its operation in the background.
Set up notifications
Here we set up the application in the background, but there are still no notifications. I recommend to look in the section Settings / Applications and Notifications / Notification Manager. There is a global setting for displaying notifications for each application. And you can also fine-tune various types of notifications and the places where they will appear. in the curtain, pop-up banner, on the lock screen. In addition, you can control the signal and vibration of the notification from a specific application. And to define notifications as priority. they will arrive even in the “do not disturb” mode.
For some applications, it is also possible to enable (or disable) notifications for certain types of events, for example, messages from selected users, private messages, etc.
Multitasking and memory sticking
Another life hack that is not obvious to inexperienced users is fixing the application in RAM. This option is especially important if the amount of RAM in the smartphone is small and you periodically clean it from the multitasking menu (click on the basket below).
Naturally, when you do this, then all active applications are unloaded from RAM. And, even if you allowed some application to work in the background, then it simply may not start automatically.
To prevent the closing of a critical application, you can fix it in RAM by clicking on the lock at the top of the card. Everything is simple! Now, when you click on the clear button, this application will not be closed and will remain in memory, which means it will continue to work and send notifications. Most importantly, this setting is saved even after rebooting the smartphone.
The operation of any smartphone is a compromise between functionality and energy saving. Of course, you can trust in this issue a smart operating system. I must note that in recent years there has been steady progress in this area, and gadgets on Android and specifically EMUI require less and less gestures from the end user.
But for those who are used to keeping everything under control. the functions described by me above should help. Just go through the places of the menu that I talked about, and customize the shell according to your preferences. Grant the appropriate rights to critical services and programs and secure them in your memory. And secondary and unnecessary applications. it is better to completely delete or disable (if possible. this is done through the menu Settings / Applications and notifications / Applications) or limit their work in the background and deactivate notifications for them.
UPDATE 12/13/2019. Battery Optimization. New Feature in EMUI 10
Perhaps this function appeared earlier, but I did not notice. In general, its essence is that the system automatically adjusts the operation of applications in the background and in sleep mode to increase the device’s operating time. That is, it limits activity, notifications, and probably closes programs after some time of background activity. If you have any problems with a particular application, I recommend checking these settings.
We do a swipe down on the desktop and call the global search. We type in the input field the word “Optimization”, go to the function settings. Here we select the necessary application and set the necessary parameters. Please note. it is the “Deny” option that disables all restrictions in the program.