Tips & Tricks
11 Camera modes and features to try on your Huawei P30 and P30 Pro
Huawei P30 series offers a versatile camera system that comes with many new features and camera technologies that you can explore and use in every aspect of photography.
Huawei officially announced Android Q/EMUI 10 update for P30 series, Mate 20 series, Honor V20 and Magic 2 devices
Compared to its predecessor P20 series, P30 series comes with upgraded camera hardware, for an instance, P30 Pro features Quad camera setup of 40 MP wide-angle lens, a 20 MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens with f/2.2 aperture, an 8 MP Periscope Telephoto lens with f/3.4 aperture and a Time-of-Flight(TOF) Camera.
P30 series has also introduced its new RYYB (Red, Yellow, Yellow, Blue) color matrix replacing the green pixels from its primary three color layout RGGB. The company has also increased the ISO level by 40% as high as 204,800 and 409,600 respectively. that help users to shoot bright clear photos even in the darkest environments.
Another revolutionary camera feature of P30 series is its Zooming capability, the P30 Pro has 5X optical zoom, 10X hybrid zoom, and 50X digital zoom. And the P30 has 3X Optical zoom, 5X hybrid zoom, and 30X digital zoom.
The P30 Pro also supports dual OIS (Optical Images Stabilization) AI-powered smart Stabilization for steady video capturing.
And today we’ll be going to find out the most interesting camera modes and features that can help you to get the most out of these flagship camera smartphones.
1. Dual View Video:
Thanks to the wide angle main and a telephoto lens, Huawei P30 and P30 Pro can record both the details of a subject and the context around, displaying the close-up and wide-angle views at the same time.
How to use:
Open Camera > More > Dual-View. Focus your Phone on the scene you want to record and tap on the record button.
2. Super Zoom:
Want to take a distant view with your camera? You can use the telephoto function of your phone to bring you closer to the view.
How to use:
Open Camera > Photo mode, then point towards the subject you to want to shoot from a distance, slide the digital zoom ring upwards or zoom manually via finger to adjust the focus. After the adjustment click on the subject to focus. and click on the shutter button to take the photo.
3. Super Macro:
You can shoot pictures of your subject with more close and personal angles. With AI-powered Super macro feature users can easily take close-up shots of anything.
How to use:
Open Camera > Photo, then gradually move your camera close to the subject under Photo mode while holding your device steady. When your camera is close enough, it will automatically trigger Super macro mode.
4. Silky Water:
The silky water feature lets you capture silky smooth pictures of waterfalls and rivers.
How to use it:
Open Camera > More > Light Painting > Silky water, then hold your phone steady, tap on the shutter button to start shooting. A preview of the image will be displayed in the viewfinder.
5. Black and White Photo:
Sometimes it’s good to take black and white pictures, the monochrome mode filters out the color of P30 series, helps you to bring out light and shadow and give photos a more realistic feeling.
How to use:
Open Camera > More > Monochrome, and then tap the shutter button to take photos in black and white.
6. Wide Aperture Mode:
Wide aperture mode produces photographs with a shallow depth of field. This creates a blurred background that lends greater emphasis to the photo’s subject.
How to use:
Go to Camera > select Aperture and touch the screen on the viewfinder to select the focal point, focal length and aperture level and then touch the shutter button to capture the image.
7. Portrait Mode:
To use Portrait mode to add extra beauty to your photographs, including beauty effect and background blur, so the subject in your photos looks more beautiful.
How to use:
Open Camera > Portrait, from here you can select Blurred effect and Beauty Effect.
8. HDR mode:
HDR mode can help you improve the effects of light and shadows in your photos, giving your photos sharper details. When HDR mode is enabled, the camera will use different exposure settings to quickly take several shots and combine them. The result is a photo with sharper details in bright and mid-tone areas.
How to use:
Open Camera > More > HDR, hold your phone still and touch the shutter button capture an image.
9. Selfie Mode:
Both P30 and P30 Pro comes with the same 32MP, f/2.0 aperture front-facing camera that can shoot amazing selfies.
How to use:
Open Camera and touch the small camera icon on the right side of the shutter button and adjust the selfie modes according to your requirements.
10. Night Shot:
Compared to standard photography modes, Night shot mode resolves the limitations created by low light and night shooting to give your photos sharp details with improved brightness and colors.
How to use:
Open Camera > select Night, Touch the shutter button, the camera will take multiple shots and combine them.
11. Moon Mode:
Moon mode can be accessible in P30 pro and helps to adequately capture the beauty of the moon along with fine details like moonbeams and shadows.
Note: To identify the scene correctly, you need to enable the Master AI from the top toolbar.
How to use:
Open Camera > Photo, spread two fingers apart in the viewfinder to zoom in to 10x or more, then aim your camera at the moon. After identifying the moon, your camera will automatically recommend the Moon mode to help you get a clear shot.
Do you know that Huawei EMUI 12 comes with app security feature?
Huawei phones come with a lot of applications and there are some malicious apps that could compromise user experience. However, there’s also an EMUI 12 feature that provides better app security.
The new app safety features bring you a security check for all of installing and running an app on your EMUI 12 smartphone. It’s enabled by default and scans each app using AppGallery.
To keep your smartphone safe, the feature makes a stronghold on your phone’s app installation section. You will receive a security notification, whenever you download and install an app from external sources, such as a browser.
There are various checks and actions this invisible app guard will trigger during app installations including the followings:
- If the app has passed the Huawei AppGallery security inspection, you’ll need to enter the lock screen password to install it.
- If the app has not passed the Huawei AppGallery security inspection and may feature unknown risks, you’ll need to enter the lock screen password to install it, after acknowledging the risks.
- If an app is determined to be virus-laden or risky, it means that the app features unacceptable risks. If you would still like to install the app, the app will be added to the App security center by default. When you use the app, certain risky behaviors will be restricted.
- If a high-risk app is detected, App Guard will prevent the app from being.
- If you wish to strengthen the level of protection, you can enable Enhanced protection. Once enabled, you’ll only be able to install apps on your phone that have passed the Huawei AppGallery security inspection.
- Apps that have been inspected Apps that have not been inspected by Huawei AppGallery are prevented from being installed.
- If you installed an app that had not been inspected before enabling Enhanced protection, your phone will inspect the app after Enhanced protection is enabled.
- If the app is determined to have a virus or is risky (fraud, malicious behavior, privacy issues, and more), it will not be able to run, and you will be reminded to uninstall it.
Tips & Tricks
Here’s how to activate app drawer in EMUI 12
The app drawer feature is quite useful but Huawei EMUI 12 phones don’t enable it out of the box. That’s why we’ll explore ways to enable an app drawer on your Huawei smartphone.
App drawer allows you to put all of your apps on a different screen while putting all of your frequently used applications on the home screen. This helps you to manage your phone’s app in a separate space for a clean interaction.
The app drawer is consist of the app search bar and the most used app suggestions. There’s also a letter-wise sorting of apps followed by an “All” apps section.
How to enable App drawer on EMUI 12:
First, open Settings, then Home screen & wallpaper and Home screen style, and tap on “Drawer” to show all apps in the drawer.
In drawer mode, you can swipe up on the home screen to display the App Drawer. Tap and hold the app you want to add until your EMUI device vibrates, and drag the app to the position your want it to be on the home screen.
Reposition your apps:
Tap and hold an app icon as your device vibrates, and select Remove from the on-screen options. This will eliminate the app icon from the screen but it won’t be uninstalled.
To disable the navigation drawer, follow Settings > Home screen & wallpaper > Home screen style, and select “Standard” to show all of your apps on the home screen.
App Drawer is an amazing functionality and its use could simplify the way we interact with Huawei smartphones. It also helps us to organize apps and sort them out in a better way.
Tips & Tricks
Install Google apps on your Huawei phone [EMUI 10, 11, 12, 13]
Since the very beginning of Huawei HMS smartphones, users are trying to find a way to install Google apps such as Play Store on their devices. With time, there are a number of solutions appeared and eventually, fade away. However, there’s one called, Gbox that got our attention and may work out to “some extent” to serve your Google apps requirements.
Note – The installation procedure is at the bottom.
Before we begin to install Google apps on your Huawei phone via GBox. You need to understand important things about how this article will navigate:
- What is Gbox
- How it works
- Supported Apps
- Tested on
- Installation instructions
- Our take
What is GBox:
According to the official website, Gbox was founded in 2018 in Singapore. Born from VIRTUAL CUBE PTE. LTD. It’s described as a multi-platform instrumented application focused on Android.
This app comes with a pre-built, out-of-the-box suite of Google app services. In that case, you won’t need to install GMS services plugins or any other kind of APK files on your phone separately. To be mentioned, there’s no version rollback required as well.
- HMS powered phone
- Gbox app
According to the app, Gbox has virtualized into a random Android device. It creates a virtual Google apps space in your Huawei phone parallel to the EMUI apps.
Also, the app installed remains within Gbox and once you uninstall Gbox, all of these Google apps vanish as well.
Furthermore, every time you launch an app, it’s solely powered by the Gbox in virtual mode. Interestingly, the app retains your last usage and could be resumed from the taskbar.
Gbox support all of the Google apps and you can install them on your Huawei smartphone but only a few (including the third party) will work well. These are
- Google app
- Google maps
Still, there are a bunch of other apps that are supported with Gbox but we’ve not tested them.
Games: You can access all of the apps on Play Store but other than those mentioned above won’t work or crash Gbox itself. So, we suggest you get them via APKMirror, AppGallery, or any other third-party website.
Privacy and Precautions:
Gbox promises to protect your privacy and not to collect data. But there are a few things that we suggest you do if you want to use Gbox or any similar application on your Huawei phone.
- Use a Gmail account to log in that you don’t use to share any personal, private, or official email use cases. Create a new one if you want to.
- Gbox for permission to access sensitive data such as storage and files. These are required to install a new app.
- Gbox will take a part of your phone’s battery life but we have not found it draining or consuming too much of cells.
- The instructions to install Gbox are easy but we suggest you read them carefully.
Here are the tips that need to apply for the best use cases:
- Install apps one by one
- Wait until an app installation finishes
- Create an app shortcut, once it is installed from the Play Store
- Do not open apps from Gbox
- Launch an app from the home screen icon
- Open an app, and let it sync the data
- Repeat the 6th step at least four to five times
- We won’t suggest you keep your expectation high on all GMS apps.
You can force stop Gbox from running in the background via the “Force stop” option from Apps settings.
We testing Gbox running on EMUI 10, EMUI 11, EMUI 12, EMUI 13. The solution is running on all of the devices including Mate 50 Pro.
Let’s see how to install Google apps using Gbox on your Huawei phone.
Visit the Gboxlab website and download the latest version on your device.
Note: Download only the stable version.
Install Google Apps:
These are divided into two parts, the first will show you to set up Gbox, and the second half will show to install Google apps.
1st – Navigate to Gbox app on your phone and install it.
2nd – Open the Gbox app
3rd – Agree app’s terms and disable battery optimizations (will be prompted automatically).
4th – Tap on the “Check” button in the top right corner.
5th – Enable – “Require permission” and “Battery optimization whitelist”. Once enabled, press back.
Install Google Apps
6th – Tap on any “Recommended Apps” and allow required permissions.
7th – Sign in to your Google account
8th – Tap Install to install that app.
9th – Once installed, “Add” app icon to the home screen.
10th – You can download other apps in the same way.
How to update, create icons and delete the app:
You can tap and hold any app and tap on Upgrade to update the app or create an app icon.
You can also take on Settings and change app suggestions according to region.
Using Gbox is simple but we suggest you follow our precaution notes. It surely works in limits but it surely installs some apps. Yet we surely want to hear from you tag us on Twitter and carefully follow the instructions to use it.