Huawei EMUI: Display Counters Instead of Notification Dots on App Icons

Notification counters Huawei

Do you remember how happy we were when Google rolled out those dots for apps? It seemed so exciting to see dots right on the icons on new message, discussion reply or other event. Some time later the badges appeared and began to compete with dots. There is no doubt that the notification with counters look more informative because they can tell you the exact number of notifications the apps has for you. Personally I prefer to know how many calls I missed or how many messages I received when I gaze at my Huawei phone’s screen. Otherwise, I will need to open each app to find that out. Today I will explain how to display badges with counters instead of dots on Huawei phones running EMUI 8.2. All screenshots taken on my Nova 3i. But the guide is also applicable to other models, such as P20, P20 Pro/Lite, Honor 8X, etc. I will add extra steps as soon as new EMUI version comes out with changes. Continue reading

How to Activate Power Button Ends Call on Huawei EMUI

end call with power button Huawei

You can configure your Huawei phone to end the phone call by pressing the Power button. However, this option is deactivated by default because the manufacturer wants its phone to be as predictable and as intuitively easy to use for the customer as possible. The thing is that the majority of people who are not geeks won’t be happy if their gadget would do something different than turning the screen on and off when they press the power button.  In this guide we will explain how to configure your Huawei phone to end call by pressing the Power button. This option works on P20 Pro, P20 lite, Nova 3i, P9 and any other phone running EMUI.  Continue reading

How to Switch to Unlock Pattern Instead of Password on Huawei EMUI 8

unlock Huawei phone using pattern

Huawei phones running EMUI 8 have unlock password option selected by default. But many of you don’t like to enter 6 digits every time you want to access your phone. The majority of users prefer to use a pattern instead because it is much faster to draw a pattern then target digits on the keyboard. Password, PIN or pattern are used when you don’t use the fingerprint reader to unlock – for example, when it is not convenient for you. Besides that, you must type password or draw your security pattern after you turn on or reboot your device. Here is how to switch the security mode from password to pattern on Huawei running EMUI 8. This guide will be updating as new EMUI versions come out. Continue reading

Wi-Fi Not Working on Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – No Wi-Fi Networks Available

no wi-fi networks available xiaomi

I faced a rare glitch on my Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. Everything was fine that day. I took the phone to check the email, dropped a few lines in WhatsApp and put it aside. In about two hours I found out that some videos recorded on Xiaomi are still not in Google Photos, so I took the phone and wanted to upload the videos. I turned on Wi-Fi and saw that phone was not connecting to Wi-Fi. Surprised, I toggled Wi-Fi off and on again but nothing happened. Then I put my phone into Offline (Flight) mode for 10 seconds the problem persisted – any Wi-Fi hotspot despite I have plenty in my surrounding. After that I entered the Wi-Fi settings and tapped “Refresh” manually to see if Redmi Note 5 saw the network of my home wireless router Archer C7, but it did not show me any network:  Continue reading

Portable Hotspot Works in 2.4 Ghz Instead of 5 GHz on Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, 6

Wi-Fi hotspot 2.4 GHz

802.11n Instead of 802.11ac

Our reader asks: the problem is the following. I have set up a mobile hotspot on my Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and selected the 5 GHz band in its advanced options. I just want it to be visible to as little people as possible. As you might know, not everyone has a device supporting 802.11ac standard and another reason is that 5 GHz Wi-Fi signal covers a way smaller spot. But when I activated the hotspot I found out that my phone is nevertheless distributing 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. Why does it ignore the settings?  Continue reading