How to enable Lock Screen notifications on Huawei P9

Huawei P9, the successor of the highly acclaimed P8, is one of the most popular flagships on the market. Even though Huawei already introduced the P10, the P9 is still a viable option for all Android enthusiasts. Great features, brilliant EMUI, and remarkable hardware make this handset the worthy acquisition.

Now, if you’re new to the Huawei interface, it may take some time to get used to its features. Namely, Huawei’s native Emotion User Interface differs a bit from the stock Android. But, once you’ve got into details, this is an amazing and clean UI that packs everything you’ll ever need.

One of the features that baffled some users are notifications on the lock screen. Today, we’ll give you a few hints how to utilize lock screen notifications in the best way.

Make sure you’ve enabled notifications

The first step you should take is to enable notifications in the settings. Due to security/privacy measures, this feature may be disabled by default. This is how to enable screen lock notifications.

  1.  Open Settings.
  2. Tap Notifications & status bar.
  3. Open Notifications management.
  4. Enter the preferred apps and enable the ‘Display on the lock screen’ feature.

After that, you should be able to receive preset notifications from certain apps. Some users reported that they were unable to see notifications while the fingerprint unlock was enabled. You can disable it quite easily by following these instructions:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Choose Fingerprint ID.
  3. Tap Fingerprint management.
  4. Enter your PIN and tap Next.
  5. Disable Unlock screen.

On the other hand, this is not a norm, so your notifications may work even with the fingerprint scanner enabled.

Use Magazine Lock screen

For no apparent reason, notifications can only be showed on Magazine Lock Screen style. So, you’ll need to use it instead of other themes. Later on, you can change the wallpaper to improve the transparency of certain notifications. This is how to change Lock screen style:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Open Screen lock & passwords.
  3. Tap Screen lock style.
  4. Select Magazine unlock and apply changes.

That should enable your notifications. However, since the default cover is dark, you may want to change it for any other. You can change to any other wallpaper in Settings > Display > Wallpaper > Lock Screen.

Use the third-party app to tweak notifications

However, if you’re unable to tweak the Lock Screen notifications to your liking, you can as well use a third-party app. There’s a large variety of apps that let you customize Lock Screen but we tried and enjoyed NiLS Lock Screen Notifications the most. With this app, you are able to personalize almost everything related to notifications, from standard notification to lock screen widgets. The only downside is a mild increase in battery consumption.

You can obtain NiLS Lock Screen Notifications app for free here.

With that, we’ll wrap it up. We hope that these tips were useful and that they’ll let you improve your P9 accessibility and all-around experience.

In addition, we are open for suggestions and questions, so don’t forget to address those in the comments section below.

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ali ashmawy
ali ashmawy
December 21, 2018 9:14 am
Terri Purkis
Terri Purkis
March 21, 2018 1:33 am

How do you make lock screen notifications expandable so you can read the entire message ?

July 3, 2019 10:26 pm
Reply to  Terri Purkis

When the lock screen turns on, tap the notification drop-down arrow.