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Old May 3rd, 2010, 03:11 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Also you are missing the GPS satellite icon.

Not on mine (Orange UKsupplied and branded (for now))

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Only "gripes" with Desire so far . . .

1 - I can not seem to save an address i find interesting while in Google Maps . . .

2 - IMAP Folder of Google Mail, i can not set my Desire to do so, that when i delete an email it sends it to the "imap\Deleted" Folder instead of creating a new Folder for Deleted Emails. It also seems, it just checks the "INBOX" folder for new emails, wont autocheck news email on the other imap folders . . .
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great information resource, thank you very much!

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If you have both WiFi and data connections turned on, your phone will default to using the WiFi connection as long as you are connected to a WiFi network. So no need to turn mobile data off using home WiFi.
Unfortunately for my HTC Desire supplied by Three this is not the case. Their technical support dept has told me that I need to manually switch off the Mobile Internet in order to use WiFi. I wish you were correct here!
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great information resource, thank you very much!



Unfortunately for my HTC Desire supplied by Three this is not the case. Their technical support dept has told me that I need to manually switch off the Mobile Internet in order to use WiFi. I wish you were correct here!
Your must be different to my Orange one - when I turn on wi-fi it auto drops mobile internet. At least, that's what the icons report in the top bar.
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great information resource, thank you very much!



Unfortunately for my HTC Desire supplied by Three this is not the case. Their technical support dept has told me that I need to manually switch off the Mobile Internet in order to use WiFi. I wish you were correct here!
Are you absolutely certain? This seems very strange as its a phone feature, and I really wouldn't have expected any custom 3 firmware to change this.
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great information resource, thank you very much!



Unfortunately for my HTC Desire supplied by Three this is not the case. Their technical support dept has told me that I need to manually switch off the Mobile Internet in order to use WiFi. I wish you were correct here!
Hi, im with Three and have the Desire, it automatically enables Wi-Fi and then automatically switches back to moblie internet when i leave the area. Has worked out of the box.

Only issue is that Skype can not run over Wi-Fi and will disconnect when you connect to a Wi-Fi network.

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Are you absolutely certain? This seems very strange as its a phone feature, and I really wouldn't have expected any custom 3 firmware to change this.
Very strange, I wouldn't believe me either
I'll have a play once my invoice month is over as I've only 10mb of my "unlimited" allowance left and they can't extend it, just give me a credit! in the meantime I'm going to careful and frugal!
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Hi, do you know how to switch 2G/3G manually on desire?
I found a problem that my desire use 2G even when I am on the 3G coverage area, in which cause my internet connection to be slow.. It sometimes switch to 3G automatically and then often back to use 2G again.
I have a big problem with this too.
Is it a common issue?
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Hi, do you know how to switch 2G/3G manually on desire?
I found a problem that my desire use 2G even when I am on the 3G coverage area, in which cause my internet connection to be slow.. It sometimes switch to 3G automatically and then often back to use 2G again.
I have a big problem with this too.
Is it a common issue?
Sorry for double post---internet dropped out!
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If you sometimes get 2G and sometimes 3G in an area with 3G coverage. I'd say that the 3G signal just isn't very strong and it's cutting out. There's nothing you can do except complain to your network and let's face it, you're not going to get far with that.
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Very strange, I wouldn't believe me either
I'll have a play once my invoice month is over as I've only 10mb of my "unlimited" allowance left and they can't extend it, just give me a credit! in the meantime I'm going to careful and frugal!

Is this a Three branded version? Again i have a stock HTC on Three and have no issues with this functionality. It might be that they have disabled this on Three branded versions, but i did not think they had shipped any yet.
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Is this a Three branded version? Again i have a stock HTC on Three and have no issues with this functionality. It might be that they have disabled this on Three branded versions, but i did not think they had shipped any yet.
Hi, I have the standard Three model (Purchased just over a week ago from a store). It doesn't have any branding (So, just stock AFAIK) and it 100% switches between Wi-Fi and Mobile Internet quite happily. I walk into my house and it switches to Wireless, I come to work and it's on HSDPA. I go to the inlaws and it's back on Wifi.

No issues and that was standard functionality for me.
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I've got an Orange branded desire. When I turn WiFi on it seems to override the data connection as the 3g icon disappears. When I turn it off it goes the other way.
Not sure I'd want to leave WiFi on all the time though as it would probably kill the battery!
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Here's my hint: When I first got my Desire, I spent a lot of time researching the apps I wanted. Then, I'd go to my Desire and type them in and search for them via the Market. Took a bit of time.

A better way, I eventually found, was to go to Cyrket.com which uses barcodes to identify the app. I'd open a bunch that I was interested in separate tabs and then use Barcode Scanner to simply scan and hit the Market for me. Takes a lot less effort and I can get through them relatively quick. Perfect for massive reinstalls of apps.

Hope that helps.

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Another "hint" is that I use a cheap plastic business card holder as a base for my phone at night. It becomes my sideways alarm clock. Not so great a hint, but I had some left over from work.

Oh, and another one that I always do... In order to know which earphone "L" or "R" belongs in which ear, I put a simple knot in the left cord under the earpiece. That way, I can feel which one belongs in which ear or take a quick look (and not have to search for the tiny letter).

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Here's my hint: When I first got my Desire, I spent a lot of time researching the apps I wanted. Then, I'd go to my Desire and type them in and search for them via the Market. Took a bit of time.

A better way, I eventually found, was to go to Cyrket.com which uses barcodes to identify the app. I'd open a bunch that I was interested in separate tabs and then use Barcode Scanner to simply scan and hit the Market for me. Takes a lot less effort and I can get through them relatively quick. Perfect for massive reinstalls of apps.

Hope that helps.

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Did you open the website on a pc then? Does the scanner pick up barcodes on the sixteen ok?

Or did you open the site on the phone and "copy" the barcode?
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I opened the site on my laptop and used my Desire to scan the image of the barcode using the Barcode Scanner app. The app analyzes it and gives me the option to follow it. Works like a charm.

In fact, what you could do is create a folder on your browser called "Android Apps" and have all the Cyrket pages off your apps bookmarked in case you need to restore. Use "open all in tabs" to get then all at once.
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Another hint: Power browsing on the Desire. I really dislike browsing on small devices - using the iPhone was a pain. However, with the Desire and Dolphin HD browser, I can zip through a bunch of sites in no time. For example, we'll use Android Forums.

I bookmark the HTC Desire thread page. Once it loads, if I find the thread titles interesting, I'll click on the "first new" square and hold. Then, the menu pops up for me to open in background or foreground - set to background (default). Then, I move down the thread page and do the same for all the threads I want. Once I'm at the bottom, I tap on "Next Page".

While that is loading, I check out my other tabs that I opened in the background. I don't have to wait for loading because they're all ready done. Once I'm done reading or responding, I go back to the thread page and check out other threads. Rinse and repeat until I'm done.

What would take about ten minutes to browse normally is cut down to less than half the time. Try it!

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Download 3G Watchdog by scanning the following barcode:

You said SCANNING THE FOLLOWING BARCODE, my question is what's APP that I must use to scan this BARCODE? Did I need download this from Android Market or this barcode is default installation on HTC Desire?
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It's just call "Barcode Scanner", it's by ZXing and on the App Market for free:
Barcode Scanner v3.3 Application for Android | Shopping
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Nah, its not obvious, just download an app called barcode scanner
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It's just call "Barcode Scanner", it's by ZXing and on the App Market for free
For those who have Goggles already installed...you can use it as a barcode scanner too
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Yesterday I needed to dial two phone numbers which I copied from a mail and I found no easy way to do it.

I ended up pasting it into Search box where I got dial option, but only for the fist number. I could not successfully repeat the action for the second number.

What I expected was that I'll be able to paste the number at the dial screen (tap and hold at "Enter name or number"). Any easier way to do it in the future?
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Power saving tips:

Dont use a live theme
Use a dark wallpaper
Turn off wi-fi & bluetooth when not in use
Stop friendstream, facebook & peep updating every 5mins. Set mine to manual.
Set email app to manual
Set screen brightness to auto or 40% (lower if you can put up with it).
Actually you save power by leaving wifi on all the time... I know it sounds counter intuitive, but once you are on a wifi, it sticks with it and stops looking for 'other ways' to find the internet... this uses less power

Also, go on ebay and buy a few usb cables for computers you use at work/school/home, make sure you have a charger in your car, and by your bed.... then just plug the bloody thing in... its amazing how many people leave posts complaining how much power their phone used overnight... unless you are camping in a tent over night how can your phone battery go down??
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Yup, I have a USB charger next to my bed, one in the car and one in the office, whenever I am by a lead, I plug it in - Also left on charge all night - Never run short to date, have done this since my N95 8gb days, and then N96, I8910hd etc...

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Another "hint" - put your Desire face out in your pocket. I've made the mistake of putting it face in and had reminders and calls and all sorts of things go on. The reason is that the pocket material is relatively thing - so your thigh acts an equivalent to a palm mash.

Is there any way around that? A different lock screen or some such?

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If you go into settings then security you can activate the pattern lock. That will then require slide-to-unlock and then you have to draw a specific pattern on a grid of 9 dots to unlock the phone. It gets a bit tedious sometimes but choose something simple with a direction change and it should solve your problem.
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Just installed the Gallery app & the camera now works fine.

Only problem is I can't delete or merge photos into folders?
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Hi there, all the above very informative but I'm trying to find an answer to this question......

Does the track ball on the HTC Desire light up like it does on the HTC Hero? If so, where is the setting because I can't find it?

Hopefully someone out there will have the answer.....

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Hi there, all the above very informative but I'm trying to find an answer to this question......

Does the track ball on the HTC Desire light up like it does on the HTC Hero? If so, where is the setting because I can't find it?

Hopefully someone out there will have the answer.....

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The HTC Desire does not use a trackball but an optical trackpad so you won't have light notification.
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Hi all. I have a standard Desire and like it alot, the tips here are great.

Does anybody know of a quick way to go from an Exchange appointment in mail to the Calendar. As there is no indication if there is a conflict with an existing accepted meeting at the same time as the new invite.

I also note it does not adjust the meeting time to my timezone in the email so makes it complex to work it out or find the tentitive meeting. Which is also shown as the same color as accepted.

This sounds like a rant but but get alot of meetings set up from the US in the UK.

Any ideas would be great....
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Wait for the 2.2 update. It has better support for exchange I believe.
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Wait for the 2.2 update. It has better support for exchange I believe.
What he said, exchange support looks to be extremely tight.
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Sorry to post this here but it's been bothering me. Do i have to install an app to be able to do Google voice search? everyone says you just long hold the search button and speak but absolutely nothing happens when I do it. Thanks in advance.
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Sorry to post this here but it's been bothering me. Do i have to install an app to be able to do Google voice search? everyone says you just long hold the search button and speak but absolutely nothing happens when I do it. Thanks in advance.
It's in the first post on this thread mate. Working well.
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It's only taken me a few weeks to realise that if you hold down the home key for a few seconds and it brings up a list of 6 most recently visited apps/menus

Also I've started to use the search button when in my apps list as the number of apps I have has grown and it really is useful.
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Just found out you can use google voice search for navigation, just hold down the search key then say "Navigate to *Destination*" and it automatically loads navigation and calculates your route. You can even tell it e.g. if there is a local concert on "Navigate to Oasis Concert" and it will look and find where this is and navigate to it.
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Just found out you can use google voice search for navigation, just hold down the search key then say "Navigate to *Destination*" and it automatically loads navigation and calculates your route. You can even tell it e.g. if there is a local concert on "Navigate to Oasis Concert" and it will look and find where this is and navigate to it.
I have been playing around with this today - great fun!
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It's in the first post on this thread mate. Working well.
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One of the things I always wanted to do with my Desire was to use the flashlight as a torch and now I've found how:

Download an app called "beamwidgets", stick it onto your SD card then install it from the file explorer programme of your choice.

It makes your phone into a bright torch

and it works much better than simply using the screen
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One of the things I always wanted to do with my Desire was to use the flashlight as a torch and now I've found how:

Download an app called "beamwidgets", stick it onto your SD card then install it from the file explorer programme of your choice.

It makes your phone into a bright torch

and it works much better than simply using the screen
Or FlashApp which is good too
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LED Desire Light - wins better than all the others like FlashApp (which i been using previously)
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Just found out you can use google voice search for navigation, just hold down the search key then say "Navigate to *Destination*" and it automatically loads navigation and calculates your route. You can even tell it e.g. if there is a local concert on "Navigate to Oasis Concert" and it will look and find where this is and navigate to it.

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Another "hint" - put your Desire face out in your pocket. I've made the mistake of putting it face in and had reminders and calls and all sorts of things go on. The reason is that the pocket material is relatively thing - so your thigh acts an equivalent to a palm mash.

Is there any way around that? A different lock screen or some such?

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With the screen locked how are you possibly interacting with the phone at all?

I just tried now and unless I unlock it which isn't easy.. it doesn't do anything

Having the phone face OUT seriously risks banging the screen against objects. My thigh seems like a softer alternative!
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hey ppl.this is my first droid as well and i got the desire.wonderful fon but my fb app is messing up.initially was working but later some null message came up.any fixes?
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Download an app called "beamwidgets", stick it onto your SD card then install it from the file explorer programme of your choice.
with comments like this, i keep thinking that when i download an app does the installation file stay on the phone memory too (thus 'wasting' space)?. when i choose to download from the marketplace, it automatically installs straight away without asking me. i assume this is the case for everyone else?

is the quoted file size in the marketplace inclusive of the installation files or just the installer etc?

sorry if i sound confusing!
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whenb you download an app not via the market, then once its installed you can delete the file you downloaded, same as how windows works.

The market app size is the size once installed
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Here's a tip about charging your Desire using the in-car cigarette lighter socket together with a USB lead. If you find that your Desire isn't charging correctly and even worse losing charge whilst plugged in, check out this thread Charging: USB and AC differences

You may be using a USB socket that will only allow up to 5v 500mh output. You need a USB socket that can provide 5v 1000ma (1amp). The above thread will reveal all you need to know, bottom line, the two data pins on the car USB socket need to be shorted out, for the Desire to believe it has an AC charge and therefore draw 1Amp.
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With the screen locked how are you possibly interacting with the phone at all?

I just tried now and unless I unlock it which isn't easy.. it doesn't do anything

Having the phone face OUT seriously risks banging the screen against objects. My thigh seems like a softer alternative!
Late reply, sorry. OFI, the issue is when you get a phone call or an alarm goes off. That "wakes" the phone. That brings up the lock screen with the option to dismiss or snooze (or reject).

So, test it out by setting an alarm, calendar reminder or having someone call you. Or simply just turn it on to the lock screen. Then, do an actual palm mash on it - put your hand on the face and then move just a little to simulate it being in your pocket. You'll find that it does unlock rather easily.

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Adding New Ringtones/SMS Notifications/Alarms

To add new ringtones or SMS alerts, connect your Desire to USB and mount the device on your PC. Browser to the following folders:

Ringtones: /sdcard/media/audio/ringtones
SMS Alerts: /sdcard/media/audio/notifications
Alarm Alerts: /sdcard/media/audio/alarms

Copy your mp3 files into either of the folders above. Then go to:

Ringtone:Settings > sound and display > phone ringtone
SMS: Settings > sound and display > notification sound
Alarms: Set the sound when adding a new alarm.

Then select the ringtone you put in the above folder(s).
Maybe its already known, but I thought I'd point out that the filepaths aren't that important, its the naming and existence of the folder.

Doesn't matter where the Notifications folder sits, as long as there is one, the SMS app will look at it.
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