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Huawei P9 Lite Tips, Tricks, FAQs and Useful Options



After the rumors of launching four devices in the P9 series, Huawei announced P9, P9 Plus, and P9 Lite. This handset sports a 5.2-inch FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with 76.4% screen-to-body ratio and will be powered by a 16nm HiSilion Kirin 650 SoC. There is 2GB as well as a 3GB variant and also comes with a fingerprint sensor on the rear. The pricing of the device has not been revealed yet, but the device will be coming in Gold, Black and White color variants.

Followed are tips and tricks of the device that will be helping in guiding to know more about the device.

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How to insert the SIM card on your device?

P9 Lite is a dual SIM smartphone that supports dual standby. The back of the device is sealed hence the SIM card port is on the left edge of the device. To insert an SIM card, open the tray by inserting the using the SIM ejector pin and place the SIM card(s) on the tray. Now put the tray back in the respective port and boot your device. You have successfully inserted SIM card on your handset.

What is the type of SIM supported on this device?

P9 Lite is dual SIM smartphone and supports dual Standby. The device supports Nano SIM giving its user to use two different numbers on a single device.

How to share your Data network via Tethering on the device?

To share your data, go to the settings of the device and tap on the option more. Now select the Tethering and portable hotspot, wherein you can set-up the Wi-Fi hotspot and the security levels on the device to start sharing your data. Make sure you have and activated internet package before proceeding with the above instructions.

How to take a Screenshot on my P9 Lite?

To take a screenshot on P9 Lite, hold on the power/lock button along with the volume down button simultaneously until you feel the vibration or hear a sound. This screenshot will be saved in the gallery, and the user can view it and send it as a message via any application.

How to check for the Android Updates on the device?

To check if any Android update is available for P9 Lite, go to the settings and scroll down to find About phone. Now select this option and tap on System update, wherein you have the option to check for the update. If you have an update, then download it, and it can be installed whenever needed.

What are the sensors available on the phone?

The device comes with sensors like Fingerprint, Proximity, accelerometer, gyro, and compass. These will be useful daily for various reasons like counting your steps, location for maps and fingerprint sensor for security.

Are there LED notification lights on the device?

Yes, LED notification light is present on P9 Lite that will be blinking whenever there is a missed notification like a call or message. Once the notifications are read or seen this light stops blinking. You need to activate the LED notification lights from the settings of the device to use this feature.

How much the internal storage on the P9 Lite?

The device comes with 16 GB of internal storage out of which around 7.6 GB is available for the user, and the rest of it is utilized by the system OS and other pre-installed applications on the device. You can also increase the memory up to a maximum of 128 GB via microSD card. The device is available in both 2 GB and 3 GB RAM variants.

Does the device support OTG?

Huawei P9 Lite does support OTG (On The Go) drive. This helps the user to transfer data from phone to the drive or vice versa without having to connect it to a system every time. This makes sure that the user need not worry of space and can also carry the OTG drive along as it is easier to carry compared to a system.

Will the P9 Lite get Android Marshmallow 6.0 Update?

The P9 Lite runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box with Emotion UI 4.1 on top, and there is no information about the further updates yet. We would love to see the device getting the update soon, as this mid-range packs some useful features in it.

Does the device have a fingerprint sensor?

Yes, the device comes with an advanced fingerprint sensor. In the Huawei P9 Lite, the fingerprint sensor is located at the back and apart from giving security to your device. To set these functions, go to the settings of the device and select the option Fingerprint ID. From here the user can assign a function to every gesture accordingly. This is an interesting feature that Huawei has pushed on to its device and also gives the users the required security. The fingerprint sensor on the back can also be used to capture a selfie when tapped on it, after opening the camera application. This keeps away blurred snaps and makes it easier to take selfies. There are also other features like touch and hold the sensor to answer an incoming call, stop an ongoing alarm.

What are the on-screen gestures available on the device?

The users can double-tap to wake the P9 Lite or open apps of your choice, even when the screen is locked. The device supports tracing of four characters (c, e, m and w) that can be assigned to open a selected application directly from the lock screen. The user just needs to draw the alphabet on the lock screen, and the device is ready with the application assigned to that letter. We have seen this feature on many previous devices from Huawei.

What is speech recognition? How to activate it?

Speech recognition is a feature that we have seen in the company’s earlier devices also. With this feature, the user can send text messages and make voice calls over voice commands without having to touch the phone. Although it cannot launch any application, this is a useful feature that will make the usage of the device easier.

Will the handset support NFC connectivity?

The device does not support NFC connectivity on all the models except for L31 and L21, but it does feature all other options, including 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

Will P9 Lite Feature Quick Charging?

Yes, the device supports Quick charging, and will be powering up the device by 50% in 30 minutes. This will be an excellent feature which in not found on many of the devices.

Can the device capture 4K videos?

No, the device does not support 4K recording on it. The handset can only capture 1080p videos at 30fps, with its 13 MP camera on the rear.

Will the device support 4G LTE?

Yes. The device will be supporting 4G LTE connectivity on both the SIM’s and it has become an important feature in the phone as everyone is looking to be updated and have the 4G connectivity in their device. Although all the network operators still do not provide 4G connectivity yet, everyone is eager to get a device that supports LTE so then they can use it when their network operator provides it.

What is the resolution of the rear camera?

P9 Lite comes with a 13 MP camera on the rear with SONY IMX214 image sensor and f/2.0 aperture. It also comes with an LED flash on the rear, and this autofocus camera is capable of taking 1080p videos at 30fps. There is a 8 MP camera on the front and comes with features like HDR, panorama, face detection, Geo-tagging, and touch focus.

How much battery is available on the device?

The device comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery on the back that will last a day with normal usage.

How can you customize the Wallpapers on the Huawei P9 Lite?

To change wallpaper on this device as Huawei has advanced it with some extra features as you can shake to change the wallpaper, as well as you could also select to change the wallpaper randomly on the basis of time. You can select the time interval, as well as choose to display the pictures from gallery. To use this feature, go to the settings of the device and select a display option.

What is Flip to Mute motion gesture and how to use it??

To avoid those annoying alarms and the unwanted calls between meetings this feature is best. To do that you have to launch the settings app, and then go to Motion Control option, there you will find a bunch of smart motion & gestures options, now tap on Flip. There you would have to toggle the two options to ON if you want to silence incoming calls as well as timers and alarms with just a flip.

What is Shake your phone feature and how to use it on the device?

This EMUI from Huawei has been eye-catching but does not provide the app drawer that will make it easy to use the device. Even though the app drawer is absent, you can still rearrange the apps by enabling the rearrange icons option from motion & gestures section in the settings of the phone. After that you need to go to the home screen and pinch zoom on it with two fingers. The edit home option will be opened, where you have to shake the phone and it will re-arrange the applications.

How to turn on the Double touch to turn it ON the screen feature on the Huawei P9 Lite?

To turn on the double touch feature on the P9 Lite, you have to launch the Settings app first and then tap on the motion gestures feature. Now tap on the Motion Control option and open the Double Touch option to enable the toggle button to ON. Now you are you are ready to wake up the sleeping device just by double tapping on the screen.

How to use the one hand operation on the device?

This is a fact that some people likes to purchase a phablet but are uncomfortable when they have to dial the number or text someone using one hand. Because it is not a task for single-handed usage. Though, Huawei has done some changes and have added a One-Hand UI. You can enable the option from either quick settings or go to more option in the smart assistance section. Then tap on the One-Hand UI option and toggle the button to enable it.

What is the Suspend Button on the Huawei P9 Lite?

It is a floating button which houses up to five functions, and it can be enabled from Settings app or the quick settings area. This button will appear on most of the screen and is easy to drag around the screen. But remember, it would only stick on the right or left edges. Those five functions include Back, Home, Recent Apps, Screen lock and One-touch.

What are the Smart Controls available for headset on the Huawei P9 Lite?

The smart headset control option on P9 Lite allows it to control the music playback via the headset buttons. This would allow you to share a song, download it or favorite it, as well as do basic functions like forward, backward or pause the playlist. It’s pretty useful when the device is in your pocket you don’t have to reach it, just operate music player via the headset buttons.

How to enable the Touch-disable mode on the Huawei P9 Lite?

This feature would allow you to prevent the device from being mistakenly turn ON when you have so many smart gestures turned ON. It would detect whether your phone is inside a pocket or not. To enable this feature, you have to go to the Settings app and then tap on the more option in the smart assistance section. Then you would have to toggle the button in front of touch-disable mode to ON.

How can you restrict the background data usage by Networked Apps?

Huawei tried to provide as much of features as it can on its latest mid-ranger, the P9 Lite. You can restrict the background data usage by networked apps from using mobile data as well as Wi-Fi. Giving you a full control on which should be allowed to use the mobile data & Wi-Fi on your device and which should not.

How to Change the Default app settings on the Huawei P9 Lite?

Most of the users do not know how to change the default apps settings for the functions like music, launcher, etc. Well, there’s an easy way to customize them. You can assign different default apps, like Google Play Music as your default music player or Google Now launcher as your default launcher. Just go to the Settings app and tap on manage apps section, and then further tap on default app setting. There you’ll see seven options where you change the default app setting.

How to Edit Quick Settings on the Huawei P9 Lite?

The quick settings panel is one of the most used parts of a UI; it is important that mobile vendors should provide an easy way to customize it. Huawei has done just that; they have not just offered an easy way to edit and arrange the place of quick settings by dragging it. But they also placed important functions like one-hand UI, suspend button and multi-screen.

How to access notification panel from unlock screen on the Huawei P9 Lite?

To get direct access to the notification panel on P9 Lite without unlocking the screen by opening Settings app and toggling the button of notification panel to ON, which is present in the security section. Make a note that if you have enabled pattern, password or face lock then you won’t be able to access the notification panel from unlock screen.

What are the power saving modes on the Huawei P9 Lite?

The P9 Lite comes with a 3000mAh battery, but every smartphone needs power saving modes. Therefore, it offers three modes, Ultra, smart and normal modes. In Ultra modes, you would be getting the maximum battery life as only basic functions like calling and texting would be available. While the smart mode would try to balance the between performance and power usage by the CPU. But if you’re looking for a better gaming and online video experience then you should go with normal mode. All these modes are available in the battery section of the Settings app. You can also set a reminder for you to turn on the ultra power saving modes, once the battery is below 30%, 20% or 8% so that you need not remember or worry about turning it on each and every time.

These were the tips and tricks of Huawei P9 Lite and will be updating the article as soon as we get more information about the same. Do drop a comment in our PhoneRadar forum page for more details and other queries.


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