The Honor 8 has a very unique fingerprint scanner. Not only is it one of the fastest fingerprint scanners around but you’ll also have a feature called Smart Key, which turns this fingerprint scanner into a physical button that can be programmed to launch various tasks or apps with a single press, double press, and press-and-hold. Here are some of the best ways you could setup your Smart Key, based on the kind of phone user you are. Before we get into it, be sure you read about the partnership we have with Honor, and also check out the Honor 8 forums on XDA.
Double Press: Gallery
Press and Hold: Instagram
Once your camera app is open, the smart key functions are taken over by the camera app. You’ll have to go back to your homescreen so that you can use double press and hold.
The Email Power User-
Double Press: Launch Email
Press and Hold: Contacts
If you use email a lot, then you’ll find this setup will save you a lot of time. Sharing screenshots is one of the more common things done through email. One press will capture your screen then go right into your email with two presses to attach the screenshot. You can also launch right into your contacts with a press and hold.
Google Docs Maven-
Press: Google Docs
Double Press: Google Sheets
Press and Hold: Google Drive
For those of you that use Google Docs for all of your work-related files, you’ll find setting shortcuts to docs, sheets and drive will make things a bit easier.
Double Press: Facebook Messenger
Press and Hold: SMS
Map your favorite chat apps to the Smart Key and easily get to Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, and also your SMS app. Boom!
Press: Voice Search
Double Press: Google Maps
Press and Hold: Camera
When driving, keep your eyes on the road. One press will activate Google voice search, two will launch Google Maps and hold will launch your camera. The camera shortcut is ideal because you never know when you’ll need to take a photo of someone’s licence plate.
Tweak your smart key settings until you find a setup that is perfect for you. After a while you’ll be wondering how you ever get along without it. Let us know in the comments how you would set up your Smart Key.