Loving the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and to keep things rolling, I am going to share with you guys 20 Plus tips and tricks for your new Redmi Note 5 Pro.
BEST REDMI NOTE 5 PRO TIPS & TRICKS
Starting with the first tip, if you don’t want to reach for the power button, every time you want to just glance at the time of check in on notifications, you can just double-tap the display to wake it up. This feature is not on by default, so to turn this on, go to settings > display settings, and turn on the option that says double tap to wake.
Next up we have Face unlock. This is not the fastest or most secure way to unlock your phone, but it is so cool to just look at your phone, and have it unlocked. To set up face unlock, go to settings > lock screen and password > tap on Add face data. You can then let the camera scan your face, and just like that, you can now unlock your phone with your face.
As you unlock the phone, you are greeted with this big tall 5.99-inch display. Since it is a taller display, it can be a bit difficult for some, to reach the top for pulling down the quick settings menu or checking notifications. With the Redmi Note 5 Pro, you can swipe down anywhere on one of the home screens, and the notifications panel just drops down. Making navigating on this big screen a bit easier.
This is definitely a two-handed device, but it also has a one-handed mode, if you ever need to use it. Go to settings > Additional settings > then One-handed mode. Once turned on, tap and swipe from the home button to either side, and the display shrinks to a size which is much more manageable with one hand. You can move the smaller screen to either side and just tap outside this space, whenever you want to get out of this mode.
If you want to use up every bit of screen real state on the Note 5 Pro, you >can do that by hiding the navigation buttons. To do this, go to settings > scroll down to additional settings > click on button and gesture shortcuts, and select the toggle which says hide soft buttons. And just like that, the navigation buttons are gone. Swipe up from bottom of the display if you want to bring them back, and after a few seconds these buttons will hide again.
While we are in the Button and Gesture shortcuts menu, you can even swap the position of the recent and back buttons. From this menu, you can even assign secondary functions to the navigation, power, and volume buttons, so they perform various actions when you double press or long press them. For example, I have the power button set to open the camera app, when I double press it. I can just slide 3 fingers down on the screento take a screenshoot, or long press the home button to turn off the display, and so on. You can assign these functions, to any buttons of your choice.
Since the shift from 16:9 displays to 18:9 displays happened a lot faster than expected, many of the apps are still not optimised, to utilize the full display on these newer devices. The apps which support the full-screen mode look good on these large displays, but there are black bars at the top and bottom of the apps that are not yet optimised. With this setting in the Button and Gesture shortcut menu, you can force these apps to utilize the fullscreen mode, and get the most out of all of the pixels on your screen.
A few months past, I have started using the splits screen mode a lot more on all of my android devices. I like to watch or listen to youtube videos, while I scroll through my twitter feed. To use the split-screen mode, just hit the recent apps button, and you see the splits screen mode on the top left of the screen. Tap on that, and drag any of the open windows to top of the screen, and then select the second app that you want to use simultaneously. You can even resize any of these windows according to your liking. If you want to return to your last open app, or switch between two recent open apps, instead of pressing the recent apps button and then selecting the previous app, you can just double-tap on the recent apps button, and just like that, you jump to the last opened app. This comes in very handy if you need to switch between two open apps.
While we are in the app switcher, you might have noticed the available RAM being shown at the bottom. This is not on by default, and if you want to turn this option on. Tap and hold for a couple of seconds, anywhere on the screen where there are no app icons, to bring up these options. Now go to settings from here, select more, and there you have the option to show memory status, turn it on, and now you can see the amount of RAM being used and available.
I like to organize my apps in a certain way, where games are on one page, social media apps are one page, all apps related to a camera on one page, and so on. Moving one app at a time can take a long time. You can move multiple apps at the same time on this phone. Just pinch with 2 fingers like this on any of the screens, and select all the apps that you want to move to another page. Once you select the apps, just tap on one of them and all apps are now ready to be moved at the same time. Now let’s take a look at some of the tips for the camera. As said above, I just have to press the Power button twice to open the camera, even if the phone is locked. While taking selfies, it might not always be possible to reach for the shutter button, when your hand is extended out, or if you try to use the volume buttons as a shutter, you might end up with blurry images. The easiest way is to use fingerprint sensors for the shutter. Tap on these 3 bars at the top right, then go to settings > swipe down, turn on the fingerprint shutter option, and start clicking selfies by just taping the fingerprint sensor. To take portrait mode images via the rear camera, you have to ship to the left and enter the portrait mode. But if you want to take portrait selfies, you cant just swipe to the left, you have to select this option at the top of the screen. It would have been nice to have a consistent way to get to the portrait mode while shooting with front and rear cameras.
I personally shoot a lot of videos with my phones, so I would prefer if the camera went straight to video mode, as I tap on the camera app. You can do that, by again tapping on these three lines on the top right, then going to settings, and turn on the option that says Save Previous Mode. Now the camera app will open in the mode thatyou last used it in. Its a small thing, but it can come in veryhandy, if you use particular camera mode too often. You get manual mode in the native camera app of the Note 5 Pro, but the settings are only limited to white balance and ISO. If you want a much better control over theimages that you take, you should a 3rd party camera app like Camera FV-5.
Similarly, the native camera app on the RedmiNote 5 Pro, doesn’t allow you to shoot 4k videos as of now. You can download another 3rd party app like Open Camera, which lets you shoot videos in 4K resolution and at a higher bit rate.
By default, the battery indicator is set to just Graphical, but I like to get more precise information about the battery that is remaining on my smartphones. So to get the Battery percent indicator at the top, Go to settings > scroll down to Notifications and Status Bar, and there you have the option to choose your battery indicator. You can even have a battery bar at the top of the screen. It’s nice to have these options built into the Operating system of your phone.
In the same Notifications and Status Bar menu,you have these various options, so you can show or hide the carrier name or even edit the carrier name if you want. I also like to have the show connection speed option turned on. This shows me the speed of my network, right on the status bar.
If you are using a Dual SIM smartphone, you might want to use services like WhatsApp on both your numbers, or you might want to login on multiple Facebook accounts at once. You can do that very easily, by creating Dual apps. Go to Settings, and scroll down to dual apps. Here you can select any of the installed apps, and just like that, it creates a new parallel app for you, and you can now use it with a different account.
Fingerprint sensor and Face unlock is a good way to secure your phone, but sometimes you might also want to lock certain applications to get an added layer of security, for say your gallery or social media accounts. Redmi Note 5 Pro makes it very simple. Just swipe down to App Lock at the bottom of the settings page, create or enter your password, and select the apps that you want to add a lock on. So the next time you or someone else tries to get in your gallery app, they will have to authenticate with their fingerprint or put in a pattern or passcode, in order to gain access to your personal images and video.
MIUI has a built-in call recorder. If you want to record all calls automatically, just go to the dialler, hit the 3 bars that are on the left of the call button, and go to settings. From there you can go to call recording and set all calls to be recorded automatically. If you only wish to record calls to or from a certain number, just use the selected numbers option at the bottom and then add that number to the custom list. Now only the calls from this specific number will be recorded automatically.
Some of these tips and features are not specific to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, so try these on your phone and you might be able to unlock a feature or two, that you were not using before. If you know about any of the tips or features that I missed to include let me know in the comments section.