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Old November 7th, 2009, 11:38 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Very cool thread. I don't have a Droid yet, but I'm still able to come away with some really, really useful advice for when I get.

I think one of the most useful things to know is the tap and hold if you think of it as the equivalent of a mouse's left click right click. It's the exact same thing. Tap = left click, and hold = right click for a menu. When you think of it like that, it seems much of the phone will easily become second nature.

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If any one is having problems changing text message ring tones, go through messaging, then settings and change the ring tone. Rather than going through settings, sounds and display then changing notification tone.
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If any one is having problems changing text message ring tones, go through messaging, then settings and change the ring tone. Rather than going through settings, sounds and display then changing notification tone.

That works well, however so far it looks like there are additional steps required to use custom/mp3 ringtones. Looking into that right now, as I've got some rather dorky Star Trek ones that I've used for a few years now and I'd like to keep on using them.
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To use an MP3 as a ringtone, just play the song in the android media player and while it's playing tap the menu key and select "Use as Ringtone".
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That works well, however so far it looks like there are additional steps required to use custom/mp3 ringtones. Looking into that right now, as I've got some rather dorky Star Trek ones that I've used for a few years now and I'd like to keep on using them.
It's not very hard at all; Go to the app store and download RingDroid. It's a free app and will allow you to crop any song that is on your phone and turn it into an alarm, notification, or ring tone.

What I was referring to was that I assigned a tone to my notifications (for text messages) but when I tried to go back through settings>sounds and display> change notification tone, it wouldn't change my tone when receiving text messages. What you need to do is go through the messaging screen> hit the button that gives more options (second from the left, next to the back button) hit settings there, and then change the ring tone from that screen.
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If someone sends you a phone # or email address in an SMS, you can click and hold on the email or phone # to get options like "add to contacts," "email", "sms" etc etc.

Nice little feature.
i seen that. The facebook app automatically added all my facebook friends to my contacts, but for some reason wont let me update that contact listing with their cell numbers. kinda annoying.
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It looks to me like it only syncs contacts in your phone to people who have their cell number listed on facebook.
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After tethering DROID to Netbook with PDA Net software, ran Google Earth on Netbook. Amazing! The tethered DROID provided both a GPS 'postion' icon and streaming real time Google Earth Satellite maps on Netbook.
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In the Android Market, Rings Extended is an app. that will provide simple functionality that'll let you set custom ringtones per person via text (I believe) as well as simple integration for using MP3's as ringtones. I just found it after doing some more research. There's no indication in the page that lists icons for all your downloaded apps, however if you go into App Management it will show that it's installed.

Again it's one of those things where you have to go to Messaging, and pull up the Settings once there and Slide down to Select Ringtone, at that point the Droid will prompt you if you want to use the Android System or the "Rings Extended" system to "Complete the action" Also it'll give you the option to always use the Rings Extended instead of the Android System.
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this is how i organized my sound files, all of which are MP3s.

i found out that dumping mp3s into the root directory of the phone after mounting will allow the included music player to read the mp3 files and play them all with no problems. but i also wanted to have ringtones, which are also mp3s. i didn't want the music player to be playing these because they are short music files. so i took a shot in the dark and just organized my mp3s by making 2 folders in the root directory, one named "MP3s" and the other one named "Ringtones".

and it worked! the music player only read the mp3s in the "MP3s" folder and not the "Ringtones" folder. so i went into settings to get to the menu where you can change your ringtones and lo and behold my ringtone files were among the selections. awesome! i think you can also do this for notification mp3s by creating a folder called "notifications" as someone already mentioned it i think.
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Go to Home Screen
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= 1 touch dialing or messaging to who you want.

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It looks to me like it only syncs contacts in your phone to people who have their cell number listed on facebook.
Looks like during the first sync it "Join"s your contacts with your Facebook friends. If it misses any or you add someone new you can Join them manually from the Facebook contact. Menu > edit > Menu > Join [edit - you can also find separate the same way - if any contacts get inappropriately joined]

Also from the main contacts Menu you can toggle friends with no phone numbers on and off.

K, back to it - enjoy
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Looks like during the first sync it "Join"s your contacts with your Facebook friends. If it misses any or you add someone new you can Join them manually from the Facebook contact. Menu > edit > Menu > Join [edit - you can also find separate the same way - if any contacts get inappropriately joined]

Also from the main contacts Menu you can toggle friends with no phone numbers on and off.

K, back to it - enjoy

Great tip. But you need to make sure facebook is set to sync all contact first.
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Need to change that camera button to a voice search!
hold down the search button (magnifying glass) for a second and it brings up voice search.
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I found it annoying that you had to go through the settings in order to change your ringer from loud/vibrate/silent. I downloaded this great free widget called Ringer Toggle Widget which can sit on your home page and switches between loud/vibrate/silent with a hit of a button.
You can adjust the ringer level and set to vibrate with the volume button on the (r) side.
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2 What is the best way to explore files saved on your phone? I downloaded the guide (mentioned earlier) to the phone but closed it... now I can't find it.
You need to download a file manager from the market.

Based on a recommendation I saw in another thread, I downloaded one called Astro and it has been working fine.
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I just tried a voice for US Bank, click the pincusion and it showed me the address. HOLD on the address and the menu will give you the navigate option!
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I just tried a voice for US Bank, click the pincusion and it showed me the address. HOLD on the address and the menu will give you the navigate option!
Okay, i finally got it. After i chose the destination, all I have to do is tap on the name, let's say "In n out" and then I get that amazing list of features.


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While checking this, I did find it a little odd that if I hold down the search soft key while in maps and do a voice search, it brings up the regular google search results. But, if I'm in maps, and tap the soft key, then tap the microphone, it will do a maps voice search and show the results on the map.
I've noticed this too and am quite annoyed by it. If I'm already in google maps, I should be able to just hold down the search button to do a voice search IN google maps and not google. Instead, I have to tap the search key and then tap the microphone key to do a map voice search. I'd love to see a quicker route.

Still, I can't stress enough how much I love this phone.
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Probably obvious to everyone else but I'm new to smarphones (last one I had was a Windows Mobile one about 6 years ago) so this to me is fantastic.

I did a search on Google for Best Buy with my zipcode using my voice. The phone found the nearest Best Buy, I clicked on the map and held down over the phone number and the phone automatically just called.

Sorry if that's no big deal to everyone else but to me that is badass. It wasn't that long ago I would have had to look up Electronics shops in the yellow pages, find Best Buy under the listings and then try to figure out which was the nearest store and then go to the phone and dial manually.
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Don't know if this has been posted yet, but in the browser if there is a phone number, you can tap and hold it and take you to the dialer with that number ready to call. Very nice!

Does everyone have the 54 page user guide PDF file for the Droid? Judging from some of the posts, many haven't found this yet. There was a story posted here for it.

http://phandroid.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/droidguide.pdf
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You can sync music and videos using Windows Media via the USB cable, mounting as described in previous posts in this thread. I have not done it yet with pictures, but I'll bet it will work just fine.
Videos MUST be sized and formatted properly or it will crash the phone. I have Windows 7 and have connected almost instantly with both 32 & 64 bit computers.
I have also played songs on my PC that were stored on my Motodroid and you can sync mp3's you buy with the included Amazon MP3 app back to the PC.

The pdf manual says the Motodroid does NOT do Digital Rights Management (DRM) so this my be a problem for some people but I'll bet there's some way to get around it.
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If someone sends you a phone # or email address in an SMS, you can click and hold on the email or phone # to get options like "add to contacts," "email", "sms" etc etc.

Nice little feature.

ALSO, just found this out by accident:

if you're reading an email and the person's signature has a number, obviously you can click and add it to your contacts. However, if the signature also contains an address, you can long click on it and it will automatically launch google maps, and pinpoint the location. SO cool!!!
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It's a little crazy I know, but it is a mystery that obsesses me. I copied a couple of photos off my flickr account to use as wallpaper and set them. Then, having decided that I actually liked the original wallpapers that came with the phone, I went to change back and they were gone! All I can see are the photos that I downloaded in the "gallery."

It is not life-threatening, but it is driving me crazy! I didn't delete them (that I know of) but where did they go?

Sorry! found it. Press and hold on the background in the home screen and there you can find the "wallpaper gallery." It helps to read the getting started pamphlet!
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You can also get there from pressing the menu button (four lines) when you are on the home screen. That menu button in numerous programs including individual contacts really answers a lot of questions (so I've found).
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The only thing i don't like about this phone is the notifications. I wish it were set up like my blackberry (i cant believe i am saying something on a blackberry is better). I want to set up different profiles with a different option for each event. I cant believe this was left out. I dont really know how to set it up for class and church and work.

But don't get me wrong...this is an awesome phone!

App called locale. Can set that all up
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Don't know if this has been posted yet, but in the browser if there is a phone number, you can tap and hold it and take you to the dialer with that number ready to call. Very nice!
This is also the case in the email applications as well. All you have to do is touch the screen where the phone number is listed (i.e. in their signature line) and it brings up the phone dialer with the appropriate number pre-filled.
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I have the same issue with the phone. I want to hear a notification for my texts but I don't need my phone to beep everytime I get an email. Hopefully there is a way to fix this.

Yep, there is. You just need to set the notification, ringtone in the app itself. Go to the phone app or messaging/sms app or email/gmail app, click the "menu" button. Go to Settings. You can do all your notification/ringtone settings here. If you want it to just show up in notification bar with no sound, just set the ringtone to "silent"

Viola!
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I just learned that there already is a task killer built in to 2.0! Go to Home Screen>Settings>Applications>Running services.

From there you can stop any app/task.

Actually the native task killer is under: Settings>Applications>Manage applications>Menu button>Filter>Running.

From there you can select a running app and it will give you an option to "Force stop". I just tested it with WeatherBug and the little temp icon at the top left promptly disappeared after doing that.

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For those that don't like the slider thing every time you want to wake the phone, get this APP. Set it to "awake stay" mode, and just like that......slider gone. I love this feature cause it's annoying to me that I have to press the lock button AND the slider to unlock the home screen.

When you want to lock the screen again, just hit the top button.
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The only thing i don't like about this phone is the notifications. I wish it were set up like my blackberry (i cant believe i am saying something on a blackberry is better). I want to set up different profiles with a different option for each event. I cant believe this was left out. I dont really know how to set it up for class and church and work.

But don't get me wrong...this is an awesome phone!
As others have pointed out, but it seems to be getting overlooked. Under Sound and Display, that is the default universal notification tone. To change notifications for different events, you must go into the app that creates the notification and change it there.

As far as I know, no way to setup profiles without a 3rd party app. I don't recommend Locale because it can be confusing and flaky. I would try an app called Power Manager. I think it's 99 cents, but worth it. You can set up profiles based on your phone being on AC power or battery or just set up profiles and switch b/w them manually. Once you create the profiles, you can make shortcuts for them to place on the homescreen. Everything from ringer to screen brightness can be set or each profile.
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I don't want to have to re-crop mp3's that are already edited/cropped. I have perused the options that let you change the messaging notification sounds since my last post. I'll look into RingDroid, but I'm not overwhelmed about having to get another app (even if free) just to import an MP3 as a ringtone. That functionality should be default. I've been able to do that shit since my v3 RAZR like 5 years ago... 5 years and millions of dollars later I had hopes that phones would have passed this point in functionality.

All you have to do is copy the MP3 to your SD card, go to the music player, play the mp3 and hit menu...hit "select as ringtone" or something close to that. The mp3 will now appear as a ringtone choice.
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i seen that. The facebook app automatically added all my facebook friends to my contacts, but for some reason wont let me update that contact listing with their cell numbers. kinda annoying.
That's because you are trying to edit information that is being supplied by Facebook. If you want to add to that, you would need to create a contact with the number you want to add, then join it to the Facebook contact. Once they are joined, the info you supplied and the Facebook info will appear as one.
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You can save yourself some time and button pushes by storing your voicemail password along with the voicemail number. Then when you press the voicemail shortcut in the Phone Dialer, it will go straight through.

Go under Menu > Settings > Call Settings > Voicemail Settings, and set the number to: *86,,XXXX#
where each "," represents a pause
XXXX = your pin code

I sorta winged it since on my last phone I used "P" for pause, but Android won't allow me to enter letters no matter what I try. So I could be wrong about using "," but I tried it and it works!
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Home screen rotation not working is not a bug. In stock Android form, it isn't supposed to rotate. When I rooted my G1, it was possible, but until the Droid is rooted..probably not gonna change.
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All you have to do is copy the MP3 to your SD card, go to the music player, play the mp3 and hit menu...hit "select as ringtone" or something close to that. The mp3 will now appear as a ringtone choice.
Adding Custom Ringtones to Contacts
You can also go to your contacts, tap the contact you want to add a ringtone to, hit the "menu" key, and then tap "options". From here you can simply change the contact's ringtone. For the life of me, I can't figure out why this is in the "options" menu all by itself instead of in the "edit contact" menu, but at least I was able to find it.
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There have been allot of questions on how to save favorites for navigation. I found a solution, while not perfect, it will get the job done.

Long press on the home screen > "Shortcut" > "Directions"

From there you can put in an address, and select car, bus, or walk, and there is a check box for Turn-by-Turn Directions. If that is checked, when you click on the shortcut, boom, it takes you strait to Navigator and calculates your route. You can label the shortcut, and choose a few different icons too.

Too avoid "favorite destination" clutter on your home screen, you can easily add a folder and stick them all in that.

Hope that helps!

Having said that, has anyone found a way to re-name a folder
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There have been allot of questions on how to save favorites for navigation. I found a solution, while not perfect, it will get the job done.

Long press on the home screen > "Shortcut" > "Directions"

From there you can put in an address, and select car, bus, or walk, and there is a check box for Turn-by-Turn Directions. If that is checked, when you click on the shortcut, boom, it takes you strait to Navigator and calculates your route. You can label the shortcut, and choose a few different icons too.

Too avoid "favorite destination" clutter on your home screen, you can easily add a folder and stick them all in that.

Hope that helps!

Having said that, has anyone found a way to re-name a folder
Yes. With the folder open, press on the word "folder" at the top of the window. A box will come up with Rename.
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How do you Copy / Paste text from email?

Edit: I should have searched first, but here's the answer. http://androidforums.com/motorola-droid/14944-cant-copy-paste-email.html

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Slide open the keyboard, hold shift and slide your finger across the text you want copied to the clipboard.

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don't think anyone mentioned this yet, but you can add a folder of just your facebook contacts, it will keep all them together and puts in any number for them, i like this so i have access to those numbers but they are not in my contact list. Just long press on home and add folder, facebook is one of the options.
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not sure as i elected not to do this right off the bat, but if you unsync facebook i would imagine you can remove contact info.

I got it. You just have to go to your contacts and hit the list button on the phone (next to the home button on the face) and then it will say options I think its called. Unmark your facebook username.
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I dont know if anyone noticed but there is an awsome widget that came with the phone to turn on and off wi-fi, Bluetooth, GPS, sync and change brightens. No need for the third party ones, just long press on a home screen, add Widget Power Control. This phone is awesome!
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"Password" to unlock

I don't know how useful this is to anyone else, but my office wanted me to have a password on the phone since I get work emails on it that sometimes contain sensitive information.

From the home screen, select Menu > Settings > Location & Security > Change unlock pattern

You can set it so that someone needs to know your specific pattern in order to unlock your phone. It's not much, but it is better than nothing. It's also very easy to setup and easy to use.
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Found this out and thought it might help:
To set specific ringtones for contacts touch contact the menu key -> options -> set ringtone.

To set specific notification sounds:
Open activity (i.e. messages, gmail, etc) -> menu key -> settings -> scroll down until you see select ringtone.

You can even set different notifications for different gmail accounts. Just follow the above in each account separately.

I currently have my wife under a different ring tone, messages under one, and all of my emails under separate rings so I can tell what's up without looking.
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Not specific only to Droid but a great trick if you use Google Calendar. Open Google Calendar on your computer and go into settings and then mobile setup. Put in the phone number for your Droid and complete the setup. This will send a sms to your Droid from short code 48368. Now whenever you want to set a new calendar item you can simply send a sms to that Google short code and it will appear in your calendar. For example, text to 48368 “Wednesday Dr. Appointment @ 12:30pm @ UCLA” or “November 29 Meeting @ 4:00pm @ Office”. These will appear in your calendar on your computer and Droid in Google Calendar.

I use this all of the time.
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Did you try the trial version? I ran that for about 12 hours over the weekend. You can't modify the profiles in the trial version, and I found that in battery mode, my screen was staying on, which of course sucked the life out of the battery. Just wondering if you saw the same issues in the trial.

I have Locale installed, but the major shortcoming of that is that it uses GPS to determine your location. Getting reception in your house is unreliable depending on where the satellites are and your phone having a clear shot to them.

I just downloaded a free app called "profiles" as I have been looking for something like this also.. It seems it will be able to do all that!
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Hold down the camera button on the right hand side of the phone (gold button)(on the side, not on the front). If you hold it down for a few seconds, it will pull you up to the camera. Then, use the same button to take a picture, rather than the soft keys. Thus, all this taking a picture can be down without any touchscreen
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Not much on this tip, but it may be more than a person had before. If you go into Settings > About phone > System tutorial

Gives you some information you may not know.
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I found it annoying that you had to go through the settings in order to change your ringer from loud/vibrate/silent. I downloaded this great free widget called Ringer Toggle Widget which can sit on your home page and switches between loud/vibrate/silent with a hit of a button.
You can also use the volume buttons on the top right side. When you go down, it will eventually get to vibrate then no ringer at all.
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I save pics by touching and holding the pic it pulls up a menu with option save to sd it worked for me. hope this helps. o and the question mark is in the symbols on the screen keyboard and on the slide out it's under the P no alt required. My location keeps pulling up at will while it is surprisingly accurate it is also annoying any ideas thanks
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Turn Off Droid:

To completely shut-down the Droid (without removing the battery) press and hold the top power button. This brings up a menu that gives 3 options. Silent Mode, Airplane Mode, and Power Off.

Hold down the same power button to turn it back on.


(my first smart phone...I am very happy I took the plunge)
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