Gionee Marathon M3 Tips, Tricks, FAQs and Useful Options

by Vishal Toshiwal 10

Gionee Marathon M3

Gionee is slowly increasing its market in various countries, and India is a big market for them. It might be one of the reasons that the company is announcing a series of handsets more focused to Indian consumers.

Coming to the specifications of Marathon M3, which has seen quite an upgrade regarding the battery rating of 5000mAh. While there are some significant improvements like the Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS and a 720p display on the new Marathon M3. The other specs sheet includes Quad-core Mediatek SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera with flash and 2MP front camera.

For the Gionee Marathon M3 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.

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How to use Smart Gestures on the Gionee Marathon M3?

Gionee Marathon M3 - Smart Gestures

Smart gestures have always been cool, but now manufacturers are trending up this feature on their smartphone. Gionee has included three options under this section. First one allows you to pause an ongoing alarm by just flipping the phone. Second option is quite convenient as it allows you to wake up the screen from sleep mode with double tap. It has been gaining preference among high-end smartphone users. While the last one is an interesting option. You can open the apps on M3 by drawing the select shapes, when it is in sleep mode. The features like this were previously present on the high-end devices that are now coming up on mid-range smartphones. And Marathon M3 is one of the examples.

What is Hotknot feature on the Gionee Marathon M3?

This is something that Mediatek smartphones have been coming up. Hotknot technology is a cheaper alternative to the NFC technology. As it allows content exchange between two Hotknots enabled handsets. Though, the transmission speed is not as good as on NFC. But it is good enough for the exchange of small size contents, like photos, contact info, and more. The technology uses the touch sensors for communication, G –sensor for confirming contact and proximity sensors to detect an object in range. Therefore, the exchange is done by holding the handsets screen against each other.

How to Uninstall the Bloatware Apps on the Gionee Marathon M3?

On Marathon M3, Gionee has included a ton of Bloatware apps. While some consumers like it and some don’t. The company doesn’t allow the pre-installed apps to uninstall. Though, there is a simple solution to this issue. You just need to get root folder access to your device by rooting. It’s that simple.

How to use Magnification Gestures on my Gionee Marathon M3?

The gesture input is a very popular format on smartphones, and magnification gesture is one of them. While it is not for the input purpose, but it will allow you to zoom in and out on the screen by triple-tapping on the screen. It would prove useful mostly during the browsing on the device. As you would be easily able to adjust zoom level and pan. To adjust zoom level, you need to pinch two or more fingers together like this. And panning is easy as you need to drag two or more fingers across screen, while zoomed-in. This triple-tapping for magnification works almost everywhere, except the obvious keyboard and navigation bar.

What is the function of Start app pre-installed on the Gionee Marathon M3?

Gionee Marathon M3 - Start App

There is a pre-installed app called Start, which is basically a personalized lock screen app. You can access few bunch of apps like Facebook and Twitter from this lock screen. There is an option to create a photo album from the gallery and check out the weather as well. The app allows you to customize the look as well by changing background and theme. It is quite interesting lock screen app that we have come across so far.

How to use Data Network via Tethering on my Marathon M3?

Tethering is one of the basic connectivity needs of the smartphones these days. This feature makes your smartphone a Wi-Fi hotspot. Meaning the smartphone will be acting as a wireless router that is used to connect to the internet. You can find this feature in the Wireless & Networks section in the settings. There select the “Tethering and hotspot” option and enable the portable hotspot. You can configure the hotspot by naming and setting up a password. If you want to share the internet connection of your mobile device. Then, there are three options for you, USB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth tethering.

How to Manage App Drawer on the Gionee Marathon M3?

Generally, the Amigo UI on Gionee handset doesn’t provide the app drawer functionality. But then, Marathon M3 doesn’t run Amigo UI that is found on the S5.5 and E7 handsets. Though, still many options are missing from the app drawer. While the options available are limited to searching apps, creating folders and switching of the menu loop. That is one of the reasons I’m not the biggest fan of Gionee’s custom interface. It would be easy to manage app drawer, if the company had included the missing functionalities like sorting, widgets, and more. While company did provide the dedicated apps like Color and system manager to access some features easily.

How to Install External apps on the Gionee Marathon M3?

Sometimes if you want to try out the apps that are not yet available on Google Play Store. Then, you have to install the apks directly on your smartphone. But by default the smartphone doesn’t allow these apps to install. To install apks on Marathon M3, it is fairly easy. Just go to settings and enter into security option, there find the option named Unknown Source. Checking against the option will allow you to install those apks. But do remember that, installing those apps from unknown sources might damage your Marathon M3.

How to Customize Quick Settings panel on Marathon M3?

It is something of a basic feature that we see on an Android smartphone. It can be accessed from the notification bar present at the top of the screen. For instance, you can control the brightness of the screen directly from the notification panel. As well as functions like memory booster, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and much more. You can also edit options that you want to appear in the quick settings. For that, go to more option and drag the functions in the list that you want. It’s that simple.

How to add Widgets and Apps to Home Screen on Marathon M3?

Gionee Marathon M3 - Widgets

The feature that is generally accessed from the app drawer is present on the home screen itself. Tap and hold on the home screen anywhere to open this functionality. There are three sections on it, widgets, apps and shortcuts. You can easily manage all these things from here, as well as the number of home screens.

What are the Set Schedule Power On/Off and Schedule Airplane Mode features on Marathon M3?

Gionee has also included the scheduling features on Marathon M3, which are slowly becoming available on all mid-range smartphones of the company. With this feature, you can easily plan whenever you want to switch on/off the device. Or either you can put your device on a timer for airplane mode. It will keep quite when you’re trying to catch up on sleep. And don’t want to get disturbed at all. The feature allows you to repeat the timer daily. It is quite convenient feature if you ask me.

How to insert the SIM card on the Gionee Marathon M3?

It is fairly an easy task to perform. First you need to switch off the device. Now carefully remove the back cover of the device. You will find two SIM slot; one placed at the top while other is located on the right side. Insert the SIM cards according to the symbol mentioned, don’t insert the SIM upside down. Now put the back cover on Marathon M3 and turn on the device. There you go, the SIM has been successfully inserted in the device.

Will the Gionee Marathon M3 phone get Android 5.0 Lollipop update?

Since, Gionee has done no announcement for their flagship smartphones E7 and S5.5, regarding the Lollipop upgrade. We cannot be sure whether, the mid-range smartphone such as Marathon M3 will be receiving the Android 5.0 Lollipop updates anytime soon or in the future. But let’s be optimistic and wait for the announcement by company.

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?

  • Shanky Yadav

    This is a chinese product but still it is getting a space in the hearts of people through its massive battery and features but the most important face is does it will receive its lolipop update
    . according to me yes as i said its a chinese product and i am sure it will. But it makes no sense as it has 5000mah battery which ends up within 2 days of use which is same as. 3000mah of samsung ..so seeing this disappoloints a lot

    • Samsung technology is better served for battery consumption as it is one of the best out there. Gionees not there yet but but hopes for great results by sticking a massive battery into a device. Naturally without the battery optimization and power saving Samsung has, the battery wont necessarily preform as good as samsungs. It’s a lot of one thing versus something else that’s really good. What you do with it will decide the better choice.

  • optimism is always good to have. It definitely should get lollipop. And removing bloatware might be necessarily because it can put a drain on its best feature. So people should make the jump to root. Otherwise great tips for Gionee users. Very useful, this phone is still great, keep up the good work!

  • Android

    Looking at all the tips, i know for sure that Vishal has spent alot of time actaully interacting with the device and finding new things he didn’t know. the HOTNOT feature is something i didnt know and i actually found out today. It was because it actually exchange the files you had to touch the other persons screen with your phone’s screen, it is different and innovative and the same time. The other tips and tricks also looks pretty cool and someone planning or owning this phone should defintely check this article out. In my opinion the Gionee smartphone might not get the update because it is a mid ranger phone and im not sure if they really want it. The best thing you should do is if you know your not getting Android 5.0 then you should root it and get 5.0 and see how it is on your device. I bet it would look pretty good

  • Jugal Mudoi

    I love the functionality of that Start app feature..it’s something different and unique… and I like one thing that you’re describing each and every feature of both high end to low end products in the same way, and that is the goodness of Phoneradar.keep it up

    • Yeah I love it too. It’s real dedication to go IN DEPTH. I always salute the people that make one hour videos to explain the features of the phone and the Phoneradar team really does it in their articles. Of course since not everyone can afford a high end product, they understand and go in depth for all phones in between!!

  • Suraj Racharla

    Thats extaclty what i mentioned in one of my comments. Its nice to see phone radar really go in depth for phones even though they are not flagship phones. This attracts a bigger audience and makes the website more friendly. I really like this about Phone radar and i hope they continue it !!!

  • Suraj Racharla

    Samsung has quality. Its hard to compare the battery because Samsung may be using better materials and better technology. Its up to you if you want quantity or quality. This is why Apple devices last a longer time. It because of their high end materials

  • puchasanyasi

    Right now, with only 250MB free RAM is shown on my Gionee M3. I really need to junk all those bloatware. I am worried whether rooting to remove junk files will affect warranty (means service centre will find out or not?). Though, I’ve android phones, never tried to play with rooting or custom ROM. I wonder, which folders needs to be removed for purging unwanted apps and other things.

  • Bineesh Baboo

    Iafter i update gionee m3 firmware, my camera app disappears. Any one can help me please