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  • edited October 4

    Hidden shortcuts

    In Android, there is something called App Actions. Many of you have probably already seen this feature but you don’t use it since it’s a pain to access if you want to use it often. But with this trick, you don’t need to long press your favorite app icon to access your favorite action. What most people don’t know is that you can make shortcuts of these app action by simply long press the app icon, then do the same for the app action that pops up in the list and drag it to your homescreen. Now you have instant access to your favorite app action without the need to long press and choose from a list of actions every time.



    The same useful shortcut can be added for a system setting that you might use often. We have buttons for a lot of settings in the quick menu but there are still settings that we do not cover in that menu so for these less used settings, you can create your own shortcut.

    Let’s say you want to easily turn one of your SIM cards on/off.  To do this, long press on the background of your home screen and press Widgets, scroll down to settings, hold and drag the shortcut to your home screen. You will now be presented with a list where you should scroll down to SIM card. This shortcut will save you two presses which is a lot if you use this setting every day.



  • edited October 4

    Organize App drawer

    Did you know that you manage the apps in your app drawer just like you can at the home screen? Well you can! All you have to do is to press the three dots in the top right corner and pick manage apps. This will change your view mode to the Customized view where you may group apps and change their order. If you ever want to view your apps in alphabetical order again, all you need is to switch you View mode to All. The Smart group option is another smart feature that will automatically group apps that share the same category for a faster overview.


  • edited October 7

    Wireless file transfer

    The easiest way to transfer files to your computer is always using a USB cable but sometimes you may not have one at hand. This is where ASUS “Pc file transfer” feature comes in handy. It’s located in the bottom left corner of ASUS File Manager app and lets you drag and drop files via a virtual file manager using your Wi-Fi. When you click start in Pc file transfer, you will be given an IP number that you input in the address field of your computer's web browser. Both devices have to be on the same network for it to work. If you’re not on Wi-Fi, then you can create a direct connection by using your phone as a hotspot. EDIT: Only works with Chrome, Firefox, Edge & Internet Explorer.




  • edited October 4

    Smart Volume

    Adjust the volume of ringtone and video playback based on the ambient noise level in your surrounding. You can find this feature in Settings -> Sounds & vibration -> Smart Volume. Press on the text to specify when you want to use this feature.


  • Private listening

    Do you like using Google Assistant but maybe not so much in public? With Private listening which you can find in Settings -> Advanced, you can hold your phone to your ear like in a normal call and all the sound will come through the earpiece.


  • Twin Apps

    This handy feature located in Settings -> Advanced, lets you run two instances of the same app with support for most standard messaging apps like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, LINE, WhatsApp, Telegram, Twitter and Viber. Very useful if you use a different account for work and you don’t need to switch between users since both apps will work simultaneously. If one account if more confidential, you easily lock it using AppLock.


  • Gestures

    There are custom gestures for easier navigation in ZenFone 6 that are not standard in Android. Some of these gestures are always active, such as swiping down anywhere (not only from the top) on the homescreen to access the notification overview. Then there are optional custom gestures that will let you access a lot of cool features. To find them, go to Settings -> Advanced -> Gestures. Here are 13 useful features & gestures that can make your day easier.

    Do have in mind though that some of these features will have a small impact on your battery life as they keep some sensors active even when the screen is off.

    The list of features that are available is 1. Lift your phone to wake it up 2. Pull down on the fingerprint reader to see the notification overview 3. Face your phone down on a table to mute a call 4. Answer calls by lifting the phone to your ear 5. Double tap the home screen background or lock screen to turn the display off 6. Double tap the screen to wake the phone 7. Swipe up on the screen to wake it 8-13. You have six predefined letters that can be customized to launch your desired app when drawn on a dark screen.


  • AppLock

    With this feature, you can deny others to get access to pretty much anything while they still have access to the rest of your phone. By going to App drawer -> Preferences -> AppLock, you will find several options to unlock your locked apps but first you need to set a PIN or pattern lock as standard. Exactly how to do this is explained in the link below but the nice thing with this feature is that it uses a different password from the one used to unlock your phone. So it’s a second layer of protection so you can still share your phone with our family without sharing everything.

    https://zentalk.asus.com/en/discussion/7807/how-do-i-use-the-applock-feature 


  • Apps & notifications

    Google LOVES notifications, which is good but also stressful to many people. This is why this tip is more of a reminder that you should manage them.

    The easiest way to manage notifications that you find annoying or unnecessary is to long press them in the notifications overview. This will make a small “i” appear that takes you to the app info. When you have pressed notifications, you can decide which ones that should be silent or not appear at all.

    It’s also a good time investment to visit Settings -> Apps & notifications and look over more notifications that you don’t need. An app like Facebook will have 19 different kinds of notifications so maybe you don’t need all of them? It’s also good to know that Android will ask if you want to mute a notification for all future whenever you constantly dismiss the same notification. Don’t be afraid to say yes because if you change your mind, it’s very easy to turn it back on in apps & notifications.

    Apps & notifications is also where you control the default app for different functions such as calling, sms, opening links and different file formats. To change the default app for a specific file format, you first have to find the associated app for that format. It will show up in Recently opened apps if you just used it. Press it to enter its app info -> Open by default -> Clear defaults OR go back and Disable if the former doesn’t work. Next time you open the same file again, it will ask you to pick your default app.

    By familiarizing yourself with all these options will definitely lead to less stress and annoyance. 


  • ShivendraShivendra Level 1
    edited October 10

    Being to the point of notification ,can we change the notification led to change on based of app as whatsapp notification be green ,mail be blue or any other colour and if ,you have multiple notification of different apps it changing colour or be still. is it available? can we do it .i tried to find the function but i could nt maybe a future update !

  • The LED can only do Red, Green, Orange and yellow. Currently there is no way for you to control the LED notification yourself but we do know that this is something some users want and there is always a possibility that we might implement it in the future.

  • Get better sound

    Better headphone sound - A nice feature in ZenFone 6 that isn’t mentioned enough is AudioWizard and DTS Headphone X which works remarkably well if used in the right way. AudioWizard is located as a button in the quick menu or it can be found in Settings -> Sounds & vibrations. In AudioWizard you can create a sound signal tailored to your headphones to make the sound more defined and crisp. Just press the headphones icon in the top right corner and pick a headphone profile that matches your headphones. If you can’t find your modell, then try them one by one until you find one that sounds good. After this you press Listening profile where you customize the current profile to your hearing for even better results. When you have done this, there are three different modes in DTS sound stage to choose from. The headphone effect Traditional is the default selection which will work best for most stereo recordings like music. But when watching movies you can experience a bigger more dynamic sound by selecting the Wide option.

    DTS Headphone X will even work with bluetooth headphones and when activated, you can actually get a sense of surround sound when playing videos and movies that have a DTS 5.1 surround track or higher. 


    Better external speaker / car stereo sound - AudioWizard can apply unique settings to its three different audio outputs (3.5mm, USB C & Bluetooth). So if you normally use 3.5mm headphones and connect to your car stereo or external speaker via bluetooth, then you can optimize the sound without having to manually switch settings every time you connect.

    By switching the EQ to custom and press in the middle you will be presented with an advanced (side scrollable) 10 band EQ or an easier to use 6 band EQ with individual bass and treble boost. Listen to songs that you know well from an app that can play in the background and make small EQ adjustments. You can always jump back and forth between an untouched EQ and your new settings to hear the improvement. AudioWizard is great since it will apply this EQ to almost any app compared to having to use in app EQ´s.


  • sidukesiduke Level 1

    Good day, i have some problem : my device after update google services lost security certificate.. please help

  • AveranAveran Level 2
    edited October 14

    Try clearing play store app data and cache

    That should help I guess

  • edited October 17

    Change your icons and fonts

    We wanted a clean ZenUI that reminds you of the stock Android look. This is what most people want but we are also aware that there are those who like a more personalized look and Android is all about making your own choices. This is why we offer the possibility to change your icons and fonts.

    This is how you do it 1. Icons - Open your app drawer, press the three dots in the top right corner and pick Preferences OR long press on the background of your home screen and pick Preferences. Now pick Home screen -> Icon packs -> three dots in the top right corner -> Get more icon packs. Download what you like from Play Store and go back to the Icon packs list to change your icons. 2. Fonts - Go to Settings -> Display -> Font Style. You can pick between three stylish alternatives which we think is more than enough, but for everyone who disagrees, there is the possibility to download more via 3rd party font installer apps like ifont.

    It’s not impossible that a custom font or icon pack can create bugs that no one else has but do keep it in mind.


  • KroyKroy Level 1

    Hi,

    I have an old Bluetooth speaker (I presume this is the reason for my issue) which will not connect automatically with the phone despite being paired.

    I therefore have to manually go into: Settings>Connected devices>Bluetooth in order to connect to the specific speaker.

    How can I create a link on my home screen to take me straight to the Bluetooth paired devices screen so I can avoid going through the other key presses?!

    I tried the suggestion above using the Settings widget but this doesn't offer the connected devices element.

  • Sticking with the point of changing icon and fonts, i think a update in font area ,as when we go to icon packs there is a option to get more icon packs which directly lead to play store giving suggestions of the apps which i think have less bugs, a option giving for font as well which lead to play store will be nice which apps have less bugs

  • I've asked our devs if we can add bluetooth to this list. Until then, the fastest way to access your BT devices is by pulling down the notification overview and longpress the BT icon

  • Improve ZenFone 6 stereo speaker separation

    It is not unusual that a phones main speaker is bigger and much more powerful than the earpiece. This does of course impact the stereo separation unless the earpiece holds the main speaker back in volume output. But there’s something you as a user can do to boost the earpiece. A very simple trick that not everybody will think about. All you have to do is to cup your hand behind the earpiece. This will reflect and beam the sound from that speaker to make it louder. Try it yourself and see what you think.


  • Navigation bar customization

    Maybe you don’t like the button layout of the navigation bar, or maybe you don’t like buttons at all. Choose between a visual or two hidden navigation bars by going to Settings -> Display -> Navigation bar -> Navigation bar types.


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