Gionee Elife S5.1 Tips, Tricks, FAQs and Useful Options

by Vishal Toshiwal 10

Gionee Elife S5.1

These days it seems like companies are into the race to build the slimmest smartphone in the world. There have been many contenders in this race this year, but only few have managed to make a mark, and Gionee Elife S5.1 is one of them. It has a thickness of only 5.1mm and is certainly the lightest with just 97.7 gram weight. The device comes with a 4.8-inch display and is powered by Mediatek MT6592 processor. The other specs of the device are 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS, which is layered with Amigo 2.0. In the camera department, it sports an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera for selfies. The device comes with a decent 2050mAh battery for such a slim phone.

For the Gionee Elife S5.1 users, we wanted to share how you can improve your experience by using the tiniest of the tricks that your smartphone is capable of doing. Here are few FAQ, tips and tricks to get you started in improving the user experience on the device.

Check – Gionee Elife S5.1 Review 

What is the Guest Mode on my Gionee Elife S5.1?

Gionee Elife S5.1 - Guest Mode

First up is the Guest Mode on Elife S5.1. This mode allows you to hide some options like logs, messages, albums, desktop edit and many more things. This is helpful in case you want to give your handset to your family members or even colleague. With this feature, you can easily give your device to others without worrying that they might accidentally damage or misuse the phone.

Can I use the Gionee Elife S5.1 when wearing gloves?

Now talking about the Glove mode. This feature will you to use the touchscreen even with Gloves ON. And that too very effectively. It is quite helpful feature in the cold regions like Europe, where people have to necessarily wear the gloves all the time.

What is the Smart Dial feature on my Gionee Elife S5.1?

Coming to the smart gesture features, first is the Smart Dial, it will allow you to directly dial the number of the sender when you open a message content or contacts details or call history page. So, enable this feature from the smart gestures section from settings if you want to use this feature on your S5.1.

What is the Smart answer feature on the Gionee Elife S5.1?

The Smart Answer feature, when enabled, would allow you to pick up the phone when it is put close to your ear. Now whenever call comes on the device, you just have to put device closer to the ear, and the call will be answered automatically.

What is the Pause alarm feature on the Gionee Elife S5.1?

Gionee Elife S5.1 - Pause Alarm

Just like the Smart answer, there is smart gesture that allows you to pause the alarm just by flipping back the phone. So, now onwards no worries when your alarm accidentally turns on when you are in a meeting. Convenient isn’t it.

What is the Double click wake feature on the Gionee Elife S5.1?

While it is not the most premium feature these days, however, the tap to wake functionality still counts. With this feature enabled, you can easily double-tap on device when idle, and it will wake up the screen. It is quite handy feature when the device is lying on the desk, and you don’t want to pick it up, or just want to check the time.

How to use the Quick operating features on the Gionee Elife S5.1?

Gionee Elife S5.1 - Quick Operating

Coming to some more interesting gesture-based functions, the Quick operating mode is quite incredible. It allows you to do quick operation while in a sleeping mode. Like opening the camera by drawing “C” on-screen when the screen is idle or typing U when you want to open music app. Wait, it gets more interesting, you can also customize these symbols. You can either set it for different apps or a speed dial contact. Note that there are only four such symbols is there to perform the Quick operating tasks.

What is the Smart rewind feature on the Gionee Elife S5.1?

Now the last in the list is Smart Rewind feature, it will remind you that you have missed some calls or have unread messages. It will do that by vibrating whenever you pick it up to put it in the pocket, it will vibrate, which would mean that you have unseen notifications.

How to insert the SIM card on my Gionee Elife S5.1?

Gionee Elife S5.1 - Insert SIM card

It is fairly easy to insert SIM card on Gionee’s slimmest smartphone. Company has given an SIM card tray on the right edge of the device, which can be slide out once you use the SIM card tray ejector given in the box with the device. Now carefully place the SIM card on the tray and slide in with a slight push. There you go, you have successfully inserted the SIM card on your device. Note that you have to switch off the device first, before you open the SIM card tray.

How to take a screenshot on my Gionee Elife S5.1?

It is just exactly the same like it is on most of the Android smartphones. You can take the screenshot of the home screen or any app or settings, just by pressing the power button and volume down key simultaneously. The save screenshot then can be accessed through the notification panel or you can go to the File Explorer, there you will find a folder named “Screenshots”. All of the screenshots taken on the device will be saving into this folder.

How to share the Data network via tethering on the Gionee Elife S5.1?

Gionee Elife S5.1 allows you to share the data connection on the device with other Wi-Fi enabled devices. Meaning any Wi-Fi enabled devices can connect to the internet using S5.1’s data connection. First the S5.1 user would have to enable the data connection and then later, the Wi-Fi hotspot feature on the device, which is quite easy to do. To enable this feature, you have to jump to the settings and then to the more option in the wireless & network options. There you will find an option named, Tethering & portable hotspot, tapping on it will open new options, now enable the portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

How to customize the Quick settings in the notification panel?

It is quite similar like most of the Gionee smartphones; you just have to slide out the notification panel, and then jump to the settings tab there. Now tap on the more option that you will find at the bottom corner in the grid. A list of functions will open now; drag the options that you want them to appear in the quick settings tab.

Will the Gionee Elife S5.1 get the Android Lollipop 5.0 update?

Even, though Gionee has given a priority for OS updates on its slim line-up consisting of Elife S5.5 and S5.1, over the Elife E7 flagship model. We have not heard any announcement regarding the major upgrade to the Android lollipop version. But stay tuned to this post, as whenever the news arrives, we would be updating here soon.

Vishal Toshiwal

Born in West India, raised in the North and currently chasing dreams in the southern part of India- Vishal is an entrepreneurial spirit, a tech enthusiast and a writer by profession, who is busy taking pictures when he is not writing. He would love to talk to you about the latest movies, TV shows and DC/Marvel comics. As a personal rule, he doesn't let a day get by without at least one dessert. Because, why not?

  • ABSOLUTELY, great coverage of this phone! I’m a big fan of the elife 5.1 and with excellent tips lime this, owners should have an easier time upon first use if their devices. You guys have covered everything and looked at so many feature and this phone has some really cool features. The tricks you can do on this device sound like ones that would be on a flashable ROM. Like the double tap screen to wake and smart answer. I feel like tricks like that are what really shape the personality of the phone and the elife has a great set to offer to the table. My favorite thing is the glove mode. Innovations like this can help ease of access and usability for people a around the world. This Like you said is especially helpful for colder regions that need gloves all the time so the elife 5.1 is doing wonders. Great work and keep it up!

    • arshad

      Are you update the software

  • Shanky Yadav

    The best features I like the most is
    1. Its worlds 1st slimmest smartphone and the winner of Guinness award
    2. Its Gestures which are used during sleep mode by making ‘C’ for camera and ‘U’ for music etc go on..
    3. Not official but its get the option for update to android lollipop
    4. Amoled display which just boom the screen by its pixels
    5. Octacore processor which just provide the excellent gaming experience .
    6. The glove features which increase the instant touch responce and its specially for Europe as mentioned above .
    ACCORDING TO ME ITS THE SEXIEST SMARTPHONE EVER MADE ..

  • Suraj Racharla

    Great article!! I like some of the quick actions like the customised swipe to activate a camera or an app and I also love the gloves mode. This phone not only provides a slim profile but also provides a vast capacity of features and tricks. I also love the UI and it extremely good looking looking at the fact that Gionee isn’t as big of a company yet. Gionee has infused innovation into this phone both software and hardware with that ultra thin profile!! Way to go Gionee

  • Jugal Mudoi

    The good thing with Gionee is they always added some handy and cool features. I specially like in this phone that smart answer and smart rewind features. This is a good looking slim device with nice design and a mild ui and making this device Gionee has shown that they are having a whim to produce something interesting, which are usually get focused in the crowd. This is a good post specially for me, I already recommend this to my sister as she using this device since few days.

    • OH man lucky her how is it for her? I hope its an awesome experience and the best part is the fact that there is a cleared path for Gionee can make an even slimmer device with even better features if they can avoid Vivo’s mistakes and price accordingly. I shouldn’t be hard for Gionee to excel!

      • Jugal Mudoi

        She had two choices to pick up between this one and Vibe x2. But finally went with Gionee and it was the right decision.. She got a beautiful phone and without exceeding her budget. The display is fantastic for such a price point and you can’t imagine how it extremely slim and lightweight, the ui is fast too. Perfect phone for female hands. Other experiences are same as PhoneRadar already explained about this phone. All we can say it was a worth buy. I agree as oem theres much more has to be done by Gionee and hope we’ll get better devices including more handy features in forthcoming days.

  • Well thorough the phone compare tool the Vibe X2 comes out on top in a lot of ways. But as a more casual buyer I’m sure the 5.1 is a great buy too as all that matters is the more speculative options like size form factor price and camera. And the 5.1 is much cheaper and has a better form factor so will feel much more comfortable. A great choice!

  • Vaishnavi Ayyappan

    very good phone..i love it..but can anybody tell me how to view the image that has been encrpted :(pleasseeeee

  • arshad

    Dear sir
    I am using gionee s5.1.two days back I update the software.from then apps consumes more system memory.with this I am facing lot of problems.please help me