Monday, 10 February 2014

Best Gionee Elife E6 Tips & Tricks – Useful & Important Options

The Gionee Elife E6 was one of the best moderately priced Android smartphones, with a Full HD display and the Quad-core Mediatek processor, as well as a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. The display is brilliant, and that showcases the Amigo interface that Gionee has for it’s flagship Android phones. The Gionee Elife E6 runs the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and there are many things in the interface of it which people won’t normally use, mostly because they don’t know get to explore all that easily.

Below are the best tips and tricks of the Gionee Elife E6 Android phone.

Scheduling Airplane Mode and Power Off/On

Scheduling the Airplane Mode or the Power turning off/on is something which would keep your phone fast, as well as keep all the disturbance away while you are asleep at night. The best part is that you don’t have to always set these up, because there are options where you can schedule this to happen every day at a particular time. Go to Settings > All Settings > System and there you would see the two options:
  • Scheduled power on & off
  • Scheduled airplane on/off
Both these options will have the time for powering off/on and the time for airplane mode on/off.

System Power Saving Mode

Power saving mode is almost a necessity now in most of the smartphones, especially because of the power drain although there is a high capacity battery but the E6 has just a 2000 mAh battery which does need the power saving mode quite a lot when the battery is draining a lot on playing movies, browsing the internet or using the camera. To use the Power saving mode, you need to go to Settings > Common Settings > Power Saving where you see the System Power saving which would automatically optimize the power parameters, and if you wish you can do the custom setting to particular options through Custom Power saving.

LED Light for Notification / Low Power

The LED light does a bit in notifying you of any unread messages, unattended calls and other app notifications, or even would let you know when the phone is running on low battery. You can set these LED lights ON/off by going to Settings > All settings > Device > LED light and you would get to see the three options:
  • Low power remind – Flashed red light when on low power
  • Charging remind – Keep LED on when charging
  • Notification remind – Flash when having missed calls, missed SMS or other app notifications

Download Static Wallpapers from Gionee’s Collection

The wallpapers available in the smartphone are already good, but if you wanted more options, you won’t need to Google them or search somewhere else, as there is a big directory of wallpapers in the Gionee’s collection which you can browse by clicking on “More choices” under the current available wallpapers.

Change Transition Effects

The Elife E6 doesn’t have any app drawer, and thus you would see all the apps directly on the home screens. While browsing through the different home screens, you may notice the transition effect like Wave, Cylinder, Shutter etc. and you can choose any one of those or make it happen randomly whenever you switch between the desktop home screens. Press the Menu button when you are on the home screen, and open “Desktop setting”. In that, you would notice “Desktop Switch Effect”, in which you will have to select one of the effects or select Random to see different effect each time you switch.

Security tip – Set Pattern Screen Lock

Setting up a pattern screen lock is one of the very basic and important security tip for those who don’t want someone to always have the access to the home screen and interface. To set it up in the Gionee Elife E6, you need to go to Settings > Common Settings > Screen password where you get to see three options – Slide, Pattern and Pin. Select “Pattern” and you would need to draw the same pattern twice to confirm and save it.

Smart Pause movie when you turn away from screen

The smart features such as smart pausing a video when you turn away from the screen etc. are seen quite a lot now, especially in the high-end devices from Samsung, LG and other brands, but Gionee hasn’t ignored it and there is Smart Pause control available in the Smart gesture settings, where a smiley would show up to indicate while you look away from the screen when the video is being played.

Multitasking & Closing Background Running Apps

Multitasking is a part of being “smart” and the Gionee Elife E6 has got the multitasking just like you see in the iOS 7, with the vertical multiple app screens which can be pulled up to close that particular running application. This is no different from the iOS multitasking, and it looks pretty cool too, for the fact that you get to see the full screen view of the running app.

Enable USB Storage Mode on Connection

The USB connection with the computer would open up several options for the users to select from, but for the phone to get into the USB storage mode, you will have to select the option “Turn on USB storage” on the notification panel when the device is connected with the USB cable. There, you would see two options – USB storage, USB debugging. Activating the first one would enable the USB storage mode and you would be able to transfer files from the storage of the device to the computer and vice-versa.

Organize Apps in Folders

The Elife E6 comes with the home screens having the app icons, and no app drawer, thus it becomes quite necessary to organize them in folders if you have loads of apps, ending you up in a confusion when searching for particular apps. To organize, you need to long press the app icon and it can then be dragged under any app, and the name can be set to the folder that is just created.

Rooting the Gionee Elife E6

The rooting as always in a discussion for its advantages and disadvantages, can be done quite easily in the Gionee Elife E6. Thanks to the Mediatek chipset included in this one, there is a single Framaroot app needed for the rooting to be done. Check out the Gionee Elife E6 rooting guide to learn how to do it.

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