While it’s true that Honor is a Huawei sub-brand, the latest 8 Series flagships from the young Chinese manufacturer has already been extremely successful. With hardware specs comparable to the big names at a much lower price, we thought it would be a good idea to explore some tips and tricks that you might not be aware of and illustrate how much potential these devices have to unlock.
- Take scrolling screenshots
- Use screen recorder to teach friends and family how to use the Honor 8
- Use search to find your settings way faster
- Quickly return a call from your lock screen
- Use your knuckle to take a full or partial screenshot
- Scan business cards to quickly add contacts
- Make calls with the screen off
- Prevent missed calls with pocket mode
- Use the Honor 8 as a spy camera
- Take awesome time-lapse video with ease
- Take pictures and record video at the same time
- Answer or reject calls using voice commands
- Find your lost phone by calling its name
- Use Gloves mode to make life easier when covering your hands
- Access frequently-used options and features with the floating dock
- Auto arrange home screen icons by shaking your phone
- Prevent unintended operations with Touch-disable
Take scrolling screenshots
Have you ever wanted to capture an entire web page or message thread in a single screenshot? Scrolling screenshots allow you to take screenshots much longer than the traditional single screen.
To take a scrolling screenshot on the Honor 8, knock the screen twice using your knuckle, then touch Scrollshot in the bottom right of the screen. The screen will scroll down automatically. Touch the screen with your finger at any time to stop scrolling and take a screenshot of the previous content.
Bonus Tip: You can also simply draw an “S” on the screen using your knuckle to take a scrolling screen shot.
Use screen recorder to teach friends and family how to use the Honor 8
The Honor 8 is equipped with a screen recorder function that lets you create videos of anything on your phone screen such as video game footage. This feature is particularly useful for making short tutorials for friends and family.
Start recording the screen by either knocking the screen twice using two knuckles or pressing the volume up and power buttons simultaneously. You can choose from HD mode or Mini mode. Mini mode records in a lower resolution, giving you a smaller file size and faster upload speeds for sending videos over text or email.
To stop screen recording on the Honor 8 you can either knock the screen twice using two knuckles, press the volume up and power buttons simultaneously, or touch the screen recording icon in the upper left corner of the status bar. Screen recordings are stored in the Gallery within the Screen recordings folder by default.
Use search to find your settings way faster
Save time endlessly mazing through the Honor 8 phone settings and use the search feature instead by opening the Settings menu and touching the search box at the top of the screen. Enter any search term (such as wallpaper) and your phone will instantly display the results. Touch the results to access the corresponding setting.
Quickly return a call from your lock screen
With the Honor 8 there is no need to unlock your phone first when returning missed calls. Instead, simply swipe right on a missed call notification and then unlock the screen. The dialer screen will be be displayed where you can touch the corresponding number and return the call.
Use your knuckle to take a full or partial screenshot
The Honor 8 has an awesome feature that lets you capture just part of the screen. Enable this feature by opening your settings and searching for Smart Assistance. From here, touch Motion Control > Smart screenshot and turn on the corresponding switch.
With the feature enabled, knock the screen with your knuckle and keep it held on the screen. Drag your knuckle around the area you want to capture and then return to the starting point. Your selection is displayed on screen; the area inside the blue line will be captured.
You can also select the screenshot box at the top of the screen for different screenshot shapes. Touch the disk icon save a screenshot. Want to capture the entire screen? knock it twice with your knuckle to take a screenshot of the whole display.
Scan business cards to quickly add contacts
You can use the Honor 8 camera to take a photos of a business card. The phone will automatically recognize the contact details and add them to your address book automatically. To enable this feature from Contacts, touch Business cards > Scan.
Take a photo of one card by placing the business card on a flat surface and holding the phone in a landscape orientation. Adjust the viewfinder frame so that the card fits the guidelines, then touch the camera shutter icon.
Take photos of multiple cards by switching to Burst mode and then follow the on-screen instructions to photograph the various cards. After you have finished scanning or taking photos, contact information will automatically be saved to Business cards.
Bonus Tip: You can also share your QR card with your associates so that they can add you to their contacts quickly by touching the QR code at the top of the contacts screen to display your personal QR code.
Make calls with the screen off
Did you know that with the Huawei Honor 8 you can call your contacts without unlocking your phone? With the screen is off, press and hold the volume down button. After You hear the alert sound, say the name of the contact you want to call. Your phone will automatically call the contact. Give it a try!
Prevent missed calls with pocket mode
With pocket mode on the Honor 8, the call ringtone and vibration intensity will gradually increase when you receive an incoming call. This is particularly useful when your phone is inside of a bag or desk where the sound level will be dramatically reduced.
Enable this feature by opening the Dialer app, then touch the menu icon to access the dialer settings where you can find the switch to turn on pocket mode.
Use the Honor 8 as a spy camera
Most users might not know that You can take rapid snapshots with the Honor 8 even when the screen is off. Give it a try by pointing your phone at a subject with the screen off and press the volume down button twice. The Honor 8 will take a photo and display how fast it was captured.
Take awesome time-lapse video with ease
Have you ever wanted to capture and accelerate subtle changes in scenery, such as a sunrise, sunset or the movement of clouds? With the Honor 8 its super easy to take awesome time-lapse videos right from the camera screen by swiping right to switch to Time-lapse mode. Hold your phone steady and touch to start capturing video. For best results, You might want to invest in a small tripod.
Take pictures and record video at the same time
From the camera app, swipe right and select video to start a video recording. Tap the camera icon to take a photo at anytime without the need to stop recording. A very simple, but cool feature.
Answer or reject calls using voice commands
No need to waste time picking up your Honor 8 to answer or reject a call, just say “Answer call” or “Reject call” to pick up or ignore a call. Enable this feature by navigating to Settings > touch Smart assistance > Voice control and then turn on the Answer calls with voice control switch.
Bonus Tip: You can change the voice command language by touching Speech command language from the settings menu.
Find your lost phone by calling its name
One really cool feature that comes with the Huawei Honor 8 is the ability to find your phone and make calls using only your voice. To enable this feature, navigate to Settings > Smart assistance > Voice control > Voice wakeup. Turn on the Voice wakeup switch and follow the on-screen instructions to enter your voice wakeup commands.
For example, you can say “Dear Honor, where are you?” to have Your phone ring to reveal its location. You can also say “Dear Honor, call [contact]” to make calls without the need to even touch your phone.
Use Gloves mode to make life easier when covering your hands
This trick is pretty self-explanatory. Open Settings and then touch Smart assistance > Gloves mode to increase the touch sensitivity when wearing gloves.
Access frequently-used options and features with the floating dock
The floating dock gives you access to your most-used options and features. You can move the floating dock around the screen for easy one-hand use. Enable the floating dock by going to Settings > Smart assistance > Floating dock and then turn on the Floating dock switch.
Auto arrange home screen icons by shaking your phone
This is kind of an odd feature but it can be useful if you have OCD. Sometimes gaps may appear on the home screen after you uninstall applications or move them into folders. The automatic align feature will arrange applications neatly on the home screen.
Enable this feature by pinching two fingers together to open the home screen editor. Tap More settings and then turn on the Shake switch. Next, touch and hold the home screen to open the home screen editor. Shake your phone to realign application icons.
Prevent unintended operations with Touch-disable
This mode is useful if you find yourself butt-dialing people a lot. By enabling touch-disable you will prevent accidentally operating your phone and maybe saving yourself some embarassment. Screen gestures will not work in touch-disable mode, even when the screen is on.
Enable this mode by going to your Settings > Smart assistance and then turn on the Touch-disable mode switch. Press the power and volume up buttons simultaneously to turn off touch-disable mode.