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Huawei has recently forced its way into the U.S. market, a market that has been elusive to the Chinese tech company for quite some time.

To be ranked among the top three smartphone sellers in the world without access to the largest smartphone market in the world is quite a huge achievement for this company. Now that it has access to this market, it remains to be seen how players like Samsung and Apple will react to this development. While they are still pondering on the devices to bring out for the people, Huawei already did that and this device’s name is Huawei Mate 8.

Boasting one of the best smartphone designs yet, the Mate 8 also has plenty to offer in terms of performance and features. As far as the latter is concerned, finding and working around with these features might be a bit tricky for some users. As a result, we have lined up for you the best 5 tips you can make use of to get the best experience when using the Huawei Mate 8.

Taking a screenshot

Usually, taking a screenshot requires one to simultaneously press the power + volume buttons. But usually, this ends up in a tragedy where the phone is switched off. If this hasn’t been the case, then you have definitely had the volume interfaces showing up in some of your screenshots.

Say goodbye to this with the Mate 8’s ability to grab a screenshot by simply knocking on the screen twice.

Change default launcher

Huawei, just like other Android smartphone manufacturers, comes with its default Home launcher preloaded on the phone. If this application doesn’t suit your preferences, there is room to change it into something much better, say Google Now launcher.

Just go to your device’s Settings>Apps>Advanced>Default app settings and while in there, choose the Google app so as to activate the OS’s own launcher.

Smart assistance

You will for sure enjoy the Huawei Mate 8 experience if you get to master this Smart assistance feature. There are lots of smart tricks accessible via the Smart assistance option in the phone’s Settings. You can customize the floating dock, navigation bar, voice control options and more.

The Mate 8 also allows users to run two apps at a time, but this is not enabled by default. To use the feature, you’ll have to enable the dual window gesture by knocking on the screen once. After this, trace a flat line using your knuckle to use two apps simultaneously.

Improve your battery life

Battery life is a very crucial part of a smartphone. Even though the Huawei Mate 8 comes with a massive 4,000mAh unit and is also packed with fast charging technology, there are a few things you can do to even better this phone’s battery life.

One such move is to access the Advanced power settings where you will be able to choose from a number of power saving options. You can also select the apps to shield from the actions of the power plans you choose (they’ll keep on running in the background regardless of what) as well as monitor how apps are using power.

Search for an app

Unlike many Android smartphones that are equipped with an app drawer, you won’t find such a thing on the Huawei Mate 8. Instead, these apps are found on the home screens available.

Well, it might at time be difficult to find an app you are looking for maybe due to a crowded home screen. To get around this problem, just swipe upwards on the current display and a search bar will show up. Here, you can enter the name of the app you want and find it in seconds.

Do you know of any other useful Huawei Mate 8 tips? Feel free to drop them in the comments section.