Realme C3 and Realme UI Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials

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Last week, I was able to finally have my hands on the latest Realme C3 and post my unboxing and initial thoughts on the device (see link below). I was very excited about this phone largely because of its brand new user interface and mobile OS. The Realme C3 is powered by the latest Android 10 with the brand new Realme UI on top. So brand new that it is actually the very first smartphone from Realme to come pre-installed with the new UI right out of the box. My initial impressions? I super like it.

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So since I unboxed the phone, I have been using it as my main smartphone up to this date. It has been a few days now and as I expected, I am enjoying the new Realme UI so far. It's so fast, smooth, the overall design is clean and very pleasing to the eyes. In addition to that, I have also noticed brand new changes and new features that come with it. That being said, I decided to write some of those new features down and share with you through this blog post in case you have not seen them yet or if you are planning to buy the Realme C3 or any phones from the brand that run on the Realme UI.


1. Settings >> Display and Brightness >> Dark Mode.

The Dark Mode is now an official feature in the Realme UI. It is available system-wide and it also switches some apps to Dark Mode provided that they support it. Actually, even if some that don't, the UI will try to "dark mode" them, and if you don't like how it's rendered you can switch the apps back to Light Mode individually. Cool right?

Not only that, you can also schedule when you would like the Dark Mode to be auto-turned on and off within the day. If you would like it switched on all the time, simply toggle the Dark Mode button on.

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2. Settings >> Split Screen 

Another useful feature on any Android smartphone is the Split Screen feature. As long as the apps you have on your device support this feature such as Facebook, Google Chrome, Viber, and YouTube to name a few, you can definitely take advantage of it. I personally use it most of the time watching YouTube videos and scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed altogether.

By default, the Split Screen function is activated on the Realme UI. You can disable (or re-enable) it by following the path above.

How to enter Split Screen mode? There are a few ways to do it. But before that, you have to open one of the apps you would like to use in this mode. Then simply do "press and hold" on the Multi-task button (the three lines icon to the right of Home button) below the screen. After doing that, the lower half of the screen will open and show you apps that support split screen functionality. Simply select which one to launch, and enjoy. You can also adjust the screen sizes by using the line in the middle of the screen. 

Other methods of entering Split Screen

  • Swipe up the screen using your three fingers. 
  • Tap Multi-task button once to enter multitasking mode, then tap the Menu (two dots) located at the upper right corner of the app and select Split-Screen.
  • Drag the app that supports Split Screen mode from the Smart Sidebar to the screen.
To exit Split Screen, just long press the Multi-task button again.


3. Settings >> Additional Settings >> Screenshot

Taking a screenshot on a smartphone is pretty standard for all Android devices. But with Realme UI, they added functional features and gestures to it. In addition to simultaneously long pressing the volume down and power keys for taking a screenshot,  you can also simply swipe down on the screen with your three fingers. 

Now, apart from the standard screenshot, you can also do a long screenshot say for example if you are capturing an article or a long post. This is very convenient as you will not need to take multiple screenshots. There are two ways to do it with the Realme UI. First after taking the standard screenshot, there will be a preview of it (a mini pop-up window) on the left side of the screen, drag it up the screen to capture long screenshot. Second way, is long press the screen with your three fingers and then swipe it down to the bottom of the screen. 

If you can do long screenshot, you can also do a partial screenshot. It's like cropping the screenshot right before you capture it. Yes, pretty neat as well. So how to do this one? Long press the screen with your three fingers as well, but instead of going all the way down to the bottom, just swipe it down within the screen. Once activated, you can now select (or crop) which part of the screen you would like captured in the screenshot. Then hit Save. 


4. Settings >> Additional Settings >> Screen Recording

The Realme C3 and most Realme smartphones to date are all targeted at mobile gamers and content creators as well, not just mobile photography enthusiasts. That being said, it makes much more sense if there is a way to "screen record" on the Realme C3. And while this feature is also present with other Realme smartphones, Realme UI has an added capability - you can now record the the system sound or the internal audio. 

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You can still record with the microphone, but not simultaneously with the internal audio. To start screen recording, you just need to launch the Screen Recording app from the Smart Sidebar or manually add it to the Quick Access Settings. 


5. Settings >> Home & Lock Screen >> Icon Style

Icon styles and shapes can also be customized depending on your preferences. Aside from the Default, Material Style, and Pebble pre-set styles that you can choose from, you can also customize it even further by selecting the Custom option. 


6. Settings >> Additional Settings > OTG Connection 

With the new Realme C3 and the Realme UI is the ability to double this phone's massive 5000mAh battery as a powerbank. That means, you can now share this smartphone's battery life with other devices that you have such as wireless earphones and smart bands. 

To do this, you will need a USB OTG dongle, which is sold separately, to connect other devices to this phone. By default, this feature is not enabled. So you will need to manually turn on the OTG Connection in the Settings first. 

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USB OTG dongle


7. Settings >> Convenience Tools >> Smart Sidebar / Assistive Ball

You can use Smart Sidebar when you want to launch another app without closing down the one you are on. This is also pretty useful when you want to switch to Split Screen as I mentioned above, quick access to your frequently used apps, activating the Screen recording, or capturing a screenshot to name a few. By default, Screenshot, Record Screen, File Manager, and Calculator are set in the Sidebar. You can edit it to change or add more apps. 

The Assistive Ball on the other hand works like the one on iPhone. You can move it around and customize it. By default, it is operated via tap gestures. Tap once to go back to previous page, Double tap to go multitasking mode, Touch and hold to go home. 

You can also adjust transparency of both of them. 


I am not sure if its coming in the next software update or depending on the Realme model, but there are some other features that were revealed during the launch of the Realme UI and the Realme C3 that are missing here. I am not sure if I just could not find it, but these are the Dual Earphone Connection where users can use wired and wireless earphones at the same time and listen to the same audio, Screen-Off Display (similar to Always-On Display on Samsung devices), Animated Wallpapers that changes looks and lighting depending on the actual time of the day, and the Edge Lighting

Those are exciting features actually and perhaps they will only be available with midrange and flagship Realme devices such as the upcoming Realme 6 and 6 Pro devices. We will soon find out once these smartphones are released in the Philippines as both will run on the Realme UI right off the bat like the C3. 
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