The Asus ZenFone 5 is the latest smartphone from Asus. The interface of the phone, i.e. the Zen UI is quite intuitive and good, thus the user can do quite a lot with the settings and apps provided by the company. Here’s a list of the most frequently asked questions and the basic tips and tricks for someone using Asus ZenFone 5.
The back cover of the Asus ZenFone 5 is removable, i.e. you can easily pull the back cover out to expose the back tray for inserting the MicroSD card as well as the SIM cards. For the battery, you cannot remove it because it is embedded and fixed, just like was the case with Motorola’s recent smartphones, where you pull out the back cover but the battery is inaccessible.
To pull out the back cover, you need to place the fingernail into the groove located on the left side bottom, and push it out towards the back and the back cover easily comes out. There would be a few gentle click noises but that shouldn’t be worrying you.
Insert SIM & MicroSD Card in Asus ZenFone 5
You can insert two MicroSIM cards and a MicroSD card in the smartphone. To insert the MicroSD card, the slot for that is on the right top corner, where you see the picture of MicroSD card, and check the picture below for the angle in which the card has to be inserted. Do keep in mind that you need to push the card in until it fits in and a jerk is noticed.
For the SIM cards, its two SIMs and the slots are in the center, opposite to each other. And the picture of shape of the SIM card is given just beside the slot, but you may check the picture below to understand it in a better way.
What are the variants of Asus ZenFone 5
The Asus ZenFone 5 is available in three variants, based on the processor, storage and RAM. The two variants are:
Variant 1: 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, Intel Atom Z2560 processor (1.6 GHz)
Variant 2: 8GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, Intel Atom Z2560 processor (1.6 GHz)
Variant 2: 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, Intel Atom Z2580 processor (2.0 GHz)
Will the Asus ZenFone 5 get the Android KitKat update?
While being shipped, the ZenFone 5 would be running the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, topped by the Zen UI. But that should soon get better, because Asus has promised the update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS version very soon.
How to add items (Apps, Widgets, etc.) to home screen?
Although Asus has made quite a lot of changes to the interface of the ZenFone 5 to make it look different and interesting, you won’t have to dig much into it for the basic changes. To do that, tap and hold on any empty area on the home screen, and you would see four options – Apps, Widgets, Wallpapers, Edit page. Using the Edit page option, you could easily make changes to that particular home screen, and for adding apps or widgets on the home screen, just tap on that option and it would be just like any Android phone where you are placing the widgets.
How to change the transparency of wallpaper on Asus ZenFone 5
One good thing about the wallpaper of the ZenFone 5 is that you could change the transparency of it. Based on the wallpaper you are using, you can change the way it looks and how strong it is. To change the transparency of the wallpaper, you will first have to set the wallpaper, by tapping and holding on the empty area on the screen and select “Wallpapers”, and once the picture is selected, you will find the option of “Transparency” which you can change based on how you want it. And apart from that, you will choose whether to have the background tint or not.
What are the special apps from Asus in the ZenFone 5
Asus has done all the efforts to give the user a good experience, and thus, apart from the effects and settings, there are quite a lot of apps pre-loaded in the ZenFone 5, which enhance the functionality. Here are a few very useful and important apps provided by Asus – What’s Next, Setup Wizard, Mirror, Party Camera, PC Link, AudioWizard, Do It Later, Power Saver, FM Radio, MyASUS, Movie Studio, Quick Memo, Remote Link, Share Link, Socialife News, TrackID, WebStorage, Smart Connect, Splendid, SuperNote.
Remove quick settings in Asus ZenFone 5
What I liked in the interface, is the notification panel which is the home for quick settings section. The quick settings look beautiful, with the large icons easily recognizable and the changed color when toggled, makes it easy to check which settings are off / on at a particular time. But who would always be happy with the same options? we always want to customize them and place them the way we want to use.
To change or remove the quick settings, drag down the notification panel and you would see three options, and in that, the center one is for editing the quick settings list. You can choose whether to remove any setting from the list, and based on that, the quick settings are changed.
What is Time Rewind Feature
Time Rewind is a feature using which the camera would automatically keep a record of the events happening 2 seconds before you capture the photo, thus it would be a rewind of every 0.1 second till the previous 2 seconds, and 1 second after you hit the capture button. It would show a set of pictures in which you can select the best click and save it. This is one of the modes available in the photo capturing modes in Camera app of Zenfone 5.
How to Backup and Reset ZenFone 5
While resetting the phone and removing all the content is the thing one would do when selling off a phone, there is a lot of data which has to be backed up. This includes the contacts, personal files and settings and this can all be backed up to your Google account. To do that, go to Settings > Personal > Backup & Reset and here, there is an option called “Backup account” which has to be set up first. If that is not done, you won’t be able to backup any data and doing a reset would just erase everything.
Capturing Selfie Pics with Front Camera
Capturing yourself with the front camera is not that hard, while it is not easy at the same time because the camera does not do the job of recognizing faces usually. But with the Selfie mode in the ZenFone 5’s camera app, it is quite good and easy. You just have to select that mode and then would be asked to tell the number of faces, so that the camera tries to recognize and focus on them, before capturing a perfect selfie.
How to Activate Easy Mode on Asus ZenFone 5
Easy mode is something one would prefer to use if they are not happy with the intuitive-yet-not-easy interface that is already present in the ZenFone 5. The easy mode gives an easy way of accessing the important apps and shortcuts, and a screen with the basic notifications, the time widget and important apps is shown rather than the current screen.
To activate Easy mode, you need to go to Settings > Device > Easy Mode and you can activate it.
How to use Party Link to Share Photos
Party Link is a special app provided by Asus in the ZenFone 5, and this feature is something that would give the phone users to share the photos you capture from this phone. Party Link would set this phone as a hotspot and you can set a password for it. Then, the user can create a group or join one and the photos are shared between the members of the group. This cannot be shared to people who are not using the Party Link app. Once you tap on “Create a group”, the link is started and someone who is around you, using the app, can just select you and start sending photos. If you wanted to share your photos too, you can do that by tapping on the notification which takes you to the camera app.
Using Power Saving Mode and options to save battery
While there are several ways by which you can try to save the battery in the phone, Asus has included an app called “Power Saver” using which you can try to extend the battery life of the smartphone. There are two types of power saving modes: Ultra-saving mode, Optimized mode. The ultra saving mode would maximize the battery life and disconnect the Internet connection when the device is suspended. The Optimized mode would extend the battery life and keep the network connection on, thus there are changes made in the other settings and apps. There is also a Customized mode where you can choose what to activate and what to stop, to save the battery.
How to check for Software Update on ZenFone 5
Checking for system updates is what one would usually do, when there is a news around that the smartphone is going to receive a software update. Same is the case with Asus ZenFone 5 which is going to get the Android KitKat update any time soon, and you can check for the update by going to the Settings > About > System update and tap on “Check Update” to check manually.
Do let us know if you wanted any other tips or wanted to know anything in specific about the Asus ZenFone 5 smartphone.
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