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Source: Droid Den - Phone Guide: HTC Desire - Droid Den


Ok fella's, the Desire is a fantastic phone, probably the best on the market at time of writing, a truly desirable device!

This guide will be split up into the different logical segments of the phone, offering hints, tips and general know-how to ensure you get the most out of your new phone.

As always please either message me here, Rachid (le3ky) on Twitter or leave a comment at the source if you have a tip to add or wish to clarify something I have written here.

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  • Android is a multitasking operating system. It is very smart at self-managing its memory and applications. You may hear talk of using a task killer, or another memory management tool, but this is NOT necesarry. Android will manage this task itself. You may have the question "How do I close this app?". With android this question does not need to be asked as android will take care of it in the background.
  • Turn off WiFi and GPS if you are not using them. They can cause the battery to drain much quicker than if you turned them off. Toggling between these settings is easy via the default HTC widgets.
  • To add a new photo album, just mount the phone via USB to a PC, create a new folder and give it a name. Add your pictures to this folder. Now browse to the “Albums” in your phone and it will automatically create an album with the folder name you specified containing the pictures you added.
  • Calibrate your keyboard!!! You will find using the keyboard waaay better. Do this via:

Settings > Language and Keyboard > Touch Input > Text Input > Calibration Tool

  • There are 3 types of keyboard available for the Desire built in “full QWERTY”, “Phone keypad” and Compact QWERTY”. Give them a try, one may suit you better. To change do the following:

Settings > Language and Keyboard > Touch Input > Keyboard Type

  • A Class 6 micro sd card is preffered.
  • 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.


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just something to add while iv been working with android from day 1, and work with it everyday, if you are setting up email account(s) and the screen gets stuck on "trying to locate google server" and after 5 mins it fails, there is only one way this can be fixed, and you have to factory reset, because when you get the phone brand new, its supposed to be made that you set up your accounts there and then, but some people dont, then realise they cant access the market, then create a gmail account, and cant get any further, this is the reason. i hope this helps people out.
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sorry being thick no doubt but the barcode you scan , how do you do that ? i assume through the phone somehow.....
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sorry being thick no doubt but the barcode you scan , how do you do that ? i assume through the phone somehow.....
Nah, its not obvious, just download an app called barcode scanner, full instructions here:

How To Use Android Barcodes (QR Codes) Nimbu
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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).
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Running applications tip:

Press and hold the home button. You will see the six last active applications for you to easily switch back to. Can be handy if you have to go through to another home screen just to go back to what you were doing before.
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lekky you mention the ability to add your own mp3's to the alerts notifications
but when i attach my Desire to my pc it just shows as any other external drive

you say "browser" to the following folders

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

... but I can't see any of these in the directory structure

I'm sure I'm being thick here but can you explain again

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lekky you mention the ability to add your own mp3's to the alerts notifications
but when i attach my Desire to my pc it just shows as any other external drive

you say "browser" to the following folders

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

... but I can't see any of these in the directory structure

I'm sure I'm being thick here but can you explain again

cheers eske
Typo lol, should be browse. If they don't exist then just create them

So you atach it, it becomes like a normal Drive, lets say drive E.

So you would create:

E:\media\audio\ringtones
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Hi Lekky, thanks for the tips.

Quick question relating to the Navigation, well, 2 actually.

I can't find the 'modified maps' to download, so downloaded from the above link. I then placed this on to the SD card. First question, have I done this right?

Next question, after downloadong & installing astro, I can browse to new folder called mapsbrut on the SD card, but can't open the app manager. I presume this is because I don't seem to have the apk file it talks about?

Sorry for the dumb questions, but I'm new to Android & am struggling with it some what still.

Hang on, found the answer to that I think...

Windows seems to rename the file as .zip file. Remaned the .zip to .apk & it seems to have installed it.

I'll let you know how it goes..... need to download a text to speech or something now.......

EDIT

Now working. Thank you very much.
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Hi Lekky, thanks for the tips.

Quick question relating to the Navigation, well, 2 actually.

I can't find the 'modified maps' to download, so downloaded from the above link. I then placed this on to the SD card. First question, have I done this right?

Next question, after downloadong & installing astro, I can browse to new folder called mapsbrut on the SD card, but can't open the app manager. I presume this is because I don't seem to have the apk file it talks about?

Sorry for the dumb questions, but I'm new to Android & am struggling with it some what still.

Hang on, found the answer to that I think...

Windows seems to rename the file as .zip file. Remaned the .zip to .apk & it seems to have installed it.

I'll let you know how it goes..... need to download a text to speech or something now.......

EDIT

Now working. Thank you very much.
I guess you are using internet explorer? It does this, and adds one more reason as to why I hate it. Use a real browser like Chrome or Firefox!!!
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Old & stuck in my ways. I should try chrome, everything else is google these days!

Thanks again for the help by the way, you're a star.
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Here's a tip, "phone" this "number" (enter this on the phone screen):
*#*#4636#*#*

It will bring up a testing menu with a few interesting bits and pieces about what's using the CPU and the battery.
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Change the primary phone number for a contact:

If a contact has more than one phone number, you can change which one of them should act as the primary phone number by holding down your finger on the one you'd like to set as the primary one.


If the facebook link button isn't available:

If there is no facebook link button in the upper right corner of your friends contact info, then you need to import all your contacts from your SIM card into your phone. The facebook link functionality is not available for SIM card contacts.
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Finally, a way for me to add my Tron light cycle start up mp3 as my notification. I almost cried when I found there wasn't an option in the Desire settings for custom notification sounds.

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My favourite widget is the "Power Control" one

This gives you a simple bar with 5 buttons that allow you to toggle on or off your Wireless / Bluetooth / GPS / Synch / Brightness - Brightness one has 3 settings that you achieve by simply pressing the button - DIM (Great at night for me) / Medium / Bright - Love it.

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My favourite widget is the "Power Control" one

This gives you a simple bar with 5 buttons that allow you to toggle on or off your Wireless / Bluetooth / GPS / Synch / Brightness - Brightness one has 3 settings that you achieve by simply pressing the button - DIM (Great at night for me) / Medium / Bright - Love it.

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  • When I reach my home my WIFI is turned on automatically (it's based around cell phone location rather than GPS).
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It may be worth adding to your initial post that on an Orange branded handset it shows the legend '3G+' when connected to HSPA, not the H - I assume purely to tie it in with the way Orange refer to it in all their literature etc.

If someone can tell me how to take a screenshot I'd gladly oblige if you feel it's needed, although it is pretty self explanatory!
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Please can you tell me where I can find this Power Control Widget
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Its on your phone already - Just hit + at the bottom right of any of your screens and then choose widget and then scroll down to Power Control (Android).

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It may be worth adding to your initial post that on an Orange branded handset it shows the legend '3G+' when connected to HSPA, not the H - I assume purely to tie it in with the way Orange refer to it in all their literature etc.

If someone can tell me how to take a screenshot I'd gladly oblige if you feel it's needed, although it is pretty self explanatory!
Really? They didn't do this on the Hero. Why do they insist on doing these things!!
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Really? They didn't do this on the Hero. Why do they insist on doing these things!!
thats one of the reasons why i flashed to a generic rom

btw thanks for this thread great idea

alternative to 3g watchdong - net senty
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Freudian slip much? :P
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Holding down the search key doesn't work for me, it brings up voice search but for google not for voice dialling
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Ok, gotta make this clear.

Voice Search for Google IS what you use for voice calling.
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Ok, gotta make this clear.

Voice Search for Google IS what you use for voice calling.
It does work as Lekky says, but it can be hit and miss. Sometimes it works for me perfectly and calls but others it does an internet search instead.
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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.
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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.
settings>wireless & networks>mobile networks>networks mode


GSM= 2G wcdma=3G
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Hi all
Just joined up, as I recently bought a Desire, my first Android phone.

Anyway, two applications relating to extending battery life that I've found to be very useful:

1) JuiceDefender (+ UltimateJuice)
This allows you to control when 3G/Wifi is turned on, based on rules such as:
- schedule (eg 3 mins every 15 mins, 5 mins every hour, etc etc)
- night-time window (turn off 3g/wifi during a time period of your choice)
- battery - turn disable 3g/wifi if battery below a certain %age
- traffic - leave 3g/wifi enabled if data traffic is above a certain rate (eg during a download)
- charger connection - you can turn on 3g/wifi automatically if charger is connected
- screen on - turn on 3g/wifi whenever screen is on (ie you're using the phone)
- location - disable wifi if you're not near a known wifi network
- timeout - turn off screen after a period of inactivity, lock phone after further period
Also includes a 1x1 widget that estimates how much your current settings will extend your battery life by (mine currently reckons by 3.7x).

All works really well, has extended my battery life considerably.
Some of the options require you to pay a small amount for UltimateJuice, which you download after the free JuiceDefender. It's only roughly 2 (€3 / $4) and IMO well worth the money.

2) JuicePlotter
A free app from the same company as JuiceDefender.
It plots your battery life over time, and annotates the graph with different colours to show when 3g, wifi, screen etc was active - so you can see what's causing your battery usage and when. Also monitors battery temperature.
I find it really really useful, helps to work out your best settings for JuiceDefender. I've found wifi is the biggest killer by a long way (until I got it under control with JuiceDefender!).
Also includes a 1x1 widget that estimates your remaining battery life (along with %age accuracy indication).
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oh thanks dude! it works...
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one more question about desire, wonder if anybody knows the answer.
This morning when I was trying to download an application via market, I got a message that said that my phone memory is getting low. Is it means that everytime I install applications, it always install in phone memory?
How can I configure so that I can install it in my micro sd card?

Because I want to keep many applications, and usually good game/applications required a lot of space.
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one more question about desire, wonder if anybody knows the answer.
This morning when I was trying to download an application via market, I got a message that said that my phone memory is getting low. Is it means that everytime I install applications, it always install in phone memory?
How can I configure so that I can install it in my micro sd card?

Because I want to keep many applications, and usually good game/applications required a lot of space.
You can only make it store apps to sdcard by rooting your phone, otherwise it only installs to phone mmeory.
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Ok, gotta make this clear.

Voice Search for Google IS what you use for voice calling.
Won't work on mine, it always goes to google search rather than calling someone.

So I say "Call Home" & it opens google up & searches the internet for Call Home.

I'll keep trying, like Hippy says it could be a bit hit & miss & I've only had misses so far lol.
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I only get hits, I should probably have a look into why this happens.

It can't have been something I did, because it still worked after rooting (which wiped my phone to default) :/
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Tried it another 4-5 times, only google search no dialing. Myabe it's something orange have done.
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Are the contacts in the phone as google contacts? That's what made it work when I was on the Orange ROM (now rooted and debranded). It DOES work on Orange though, provided your contacts are google contacts.

Also, try 'dial <person's name>' that should work too!
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It makes sense that voice dialing only works when the contacts are stored as Google contacts. I had considered starting to use voice dialing, but won't be storing my contacts as Google contacts until Google gets around to replacing the "name" field with "first name" and "surname" fields like Yahoo! and Hotmail do.
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alright, first post, first droid, go easy ta

please, what and how do you mean by this?
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please, what and how do you mean by this?
No worries, check the Desire rooting subsection first, if you need any clarification on things just make a new thread in there and we an help
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right ill try to find that, didnt even know such a thing existed!!!

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