We have to say that Asus has radically overhauled its smartphone approach in 2018. This year, the technology giant seems willing to let go of some traditions and to give consumers precisely what they are convinced of and asking for.
The recently launched Zenfone Max Pro M1 (Review) is the testimony to this new Asus philosophy and also the first phone from the brand to run almost stock Android ROM. The software is still Zen UI but it retains the stock look and feel, and has been stripped down to the basics. Asus has, however, still added some extras that people often ask for.
So if you already own one, here are a few things you can do on Zenfone Max Pro M1:
1. Portrait Mode
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 Portrait mode in the camera app is a bit confusing. Actually, the portrait mode option in the sidebar menu is not the background blur or bokeh mode.
You will find the portrait mode icon in the top strip next to the settings wheel as shown in the image above. Just tap it and the depth-sensing second camera will get in action. It must be noted that actual portrait shots on the phone turn out better than what you see on the viewfinder screen before pressing the shutter key.
2. Change Font size
Some of the accessibility options like changing Font Size are also present in display settings. So, if you prefer bigger fonts that are lighter on your eyes, you can go to Settings>>Display>>Advanced>> Font Size and increase or decrease them using a slider.
3. Show battery percentage in the Status bar
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a 5000mAh power unit, big enough to drive all battery anxieties. However, it’s still convenient to check exactly how much you have remaining in the tank.
To turn on battery percentage on Zenfone Max Pro M1, just go to Settings>> battery, and toggle on Battery percentage listed under power management. You can also check other battery-related stats in the same menu
4. Use Two 4G VoLTE SIM cards
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the only phone available under Rs. 15,000 that supports two VoLTE SIM cards simultaneously. So, you have the option to use Jio SIM for calling and another SIM for data without turning the Jio SIM off.
To manage two VoLTE SIM cards, go to Settings>> Network & Internet. Now, you can navigate to “Mobile Network” option and select preferred network as 2G/3G/4G for both SIM 1 and SIM 2.
You can also go to “SIM card” option to set def which SIM will be automatically used for data, calling or texts.
5. Access Zenmotion Gestures (double tap to wake, sleep, etc.)
In spite of the switch to a near-pure Android experience, Asus has retained its Zenmotion gestures on the Zenfone Max Pro M1.
To access these gestures, go to Settings and scroll down to ‘System’ settings. You will find gestures within System settings.
6. Turn on Battery Saver Automatically
You can set Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 to automatically turn on battery saver mode automatically when you are running out of battery juice.
To do so, go to Settings>> Battery. Tap on Battery saver option (without toggling it On). Now tap on Turn on Automatically and choose when you’d like the power saver mode to kick in (at 5%, 15%, or never).
7. Change display color temperature
Unlike most stock Android devices, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 lets you adjust color temperature to an extent. A slider under display settings lets you shift towards warmers tones that are lighter on your eyes or towards colder tones if you’d rather have bluish whites. We, for one, like a little warmer tones than the default settings on the Zenfone Max Pro.
8. Remove Vibration in Keyboard and on Navigation buttons
If you don’t want your phone to return haptic feedback every time you press a navigation button or whenever you type using the keyboard, you can turn the vibration off. To do so, go to Settings > Sound > advanced and toggle off ‘Vibrate on Press’.
If you want to remove vibration feedback only from Keyboard, you can do so from Preferences under Gboard settings.
9. Change default apps
To change default apps on Zenfone Max Pro M1, go to Settings>> Apps & Notification>> Advanced and select default apps.
From here, you can change already set default app preferences. From the same menu, you can also decide which app you’d want to open links that you encounter within other apps.
10. Turn on Home screen Rotation
If you often use your phone in landscape and find it easier to navigate home screen in landscape position, you can turn on the option to rotate Home screen as phone rotates.
Just long press anywhere on the home screen, go to home settings and turn on “Allow home screen rotation”. You can also change icon shape from here.
11. Turn off Cell Broadcast messages
If you are getting annoying cell broadcast messages on your Zenfone Max Pro M1, that’s because somehow Emergency Broadcasts have been turned on.
To turn these off, go to Settings>> Apps & Notifications >> Advanced and select “Emergency Broadcast”. Turn off alerts on the next screen and you are done.
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These are some of the things that you should try on the Zenfone Max Pro M1. Since the software is close to pure Android, the interface isn’t stuffed with features left and right, but all basics are nevertheless covered.