How To Set Up ‘Smart Key’ On The ASUS ZenFone 9

The latest flagship from the company is the ASUS ZenFone 9. There are a number of reasons why this is interesting, but the most important one is that it is compact. It is not too large, which is a rarity in theAndroid world, and it is an immensely compelling flagship-grade phone, which is not too large. Compared to its predecessor, it does not cut any major corners, and is an improvement. In our full review, you can read more about that. We are going to show you how to set up a smart key on the new ASUS ZenFone 9.

The smart key is one of the unique features of the phone. The key on the side is referred to as the power/lock key. That also includes a power/lock key, a touch panel, and a fingerprint sensor. You can assign functions like double-tap and long-press to it. If you want, you can become more productive on the ZenFone 9 if you use its smart key. We will give you a full picture after talking more about it below.

Setup ‘Smart Key’ on the ASUS ZenFone 9

We are going to show you how to do this step by step. We want you to be able to follow along on your phone, so we are going to show you how to do each of those steps. Let’s start by showing you one of the most unique features of ZenFone 9.

The first thing you need to do is open the settings on your phone. You can open your app drawer, track down the settings app, or lower your notification shade if you tap on the gear icon. It is up to you to make the decision. The app drawer route is what we are going to do in the picture below.

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There are two ways to access the ‘Smart Key’, once you’re in the ZenFone 9 settings. You can either use the search bar at the top and type in the smart key, or do it the manual way. For the sake of this lesson, we will show you how to do it manually. The way to find the Advanced menu is through the settings.


Once you enter the ‘Advanced’ menu, you’ll see the ‘Smart key’ submenu in there. Tap it.

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The ‘Smart key’ is very versatile

We are going to the fun part. This feature can be used in many different ways. The menu has different sections such as ‘Press twice’, ‘Press and hold’ and ‘Swipe’. We will talk about all three at once.

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If it is not enabled already, the first thing you need to do is enable the Press twice switch. The double-tap action for the power key will be enabled with this. There are a number of things that you can set it to, including opening the app of your choice, voice input, or a quick access action. I have set it to open the Camera app on the phone. That allows me to access the camera at all times even when the display is off.

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You can set an action to pressing and holding the power key to allow you to perform another function.

To make this work, you just need to say, “Hey Google” when you want to turn on your device, and if you have an issue,

This light has five brightness settings that are accessible using the touch-sensitive controls located on the side of the bulb itself.

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The ‘Swipe’ 0ption stands apart

This button is kind of unique due to the fact that it has the most interesting option. Something similar has been seen on the S10e and the 4a. Since this button has a touch panel on the inside, you can use a top-to-down gesture to initiate an action. There are a number of options to choose from. It can be used to refresh a page, fast scroll to the beginning or end of a website, scroll through your media content, or play/pause media. Lowering the notification shade is one of the last options that I use. It is possible to access the notification shade regardless of what you are doing on your phone at the time. Needless to say, this is useful, and it reduces hand gymnastics.

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There you have it. The ‘Smart Key’ truly is an interesting feature, and one of the most interesting ones on the device itself. I got so used to it on this phone, that I constantly swipe across power keys on other devices, to no avail. So, be warned, the same may happen to you.

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