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  1. MoPhoMan

    MoPhoMan Well-Known Member

    So here we are with our new phones in hand. Please post any tips, tricks or AH-HA's you discover you think others will appreciate.

    To get started, here is mine:

    Pressing the search button on the face of the phone opens a search dialog box but did you also know that pressing and holding the search button opens the voice search dialog box? And saying "navigate to" followed by an address, business or landmark opens the navigator and gets you on your way.

    Sweet stuff.

    More sweetness ported up from the posts below (for as long as I can keep up with everyone)

    From NKT
    Working version of Swype:
    Swype beta closed? Official beta APK in here!!! - Page 10 - xda-developers

    switch keyboards
    you have to touch+hold the input text field and choose swype.

    NYC Coyote
    If anyone needs tutorials on it there is a youtube channel here: YouTube - MySwype's Channel

    Buckwild / Ender11 / NKT
    But holding down the Home button, a pop-up will show you all of your current applications that are open. Click on the app to jump to it.

    Holding down the Home button shows you the last 6 programs you used, not which programs are open.

    Menu>Settings>Sound & Display>Animation
    Set it to Animations Off. There are 3 settings: Show All Animations, Show Some Animations, and Turn Off Animations, the off options is the best for overall performance.

    Heres another tip to bypass the lockscreen swipe. Just hit the menu button and you don't need to swipe your finger to unlock the phone.

    Disable Mobile Web Pages
    Open Internet Browser
    Hit Menu
    Untick "Mobile View"

    For Google Picasa
    Try this app:
    Gallery3D Apk - xda-developers
    You'll need to check off 'unknown sources' in your settings to run the installation:
    Menu > Settings > Applications > Unknown Sources

    Pressing and holding the menu key on a screen hides or reopens the keyboard

    I am learning long press is a big player. It usually brings up a separate menu and when you long press on an email or a contact one of the menu options is delete which i prefer to opening the list and needing to select the X to delete.

    This is a nice touch... I've got 4 email accounts set up using IMAP. When I bring up the mail app, the Incredible automatically checks for new mail. If I switch to a different account, it then checks that account. I've got all the accounts set to check at either 30 or 60 minute intervals, but it's nice that it checks it just by bringing up the mail app. It's not push mail, but coming from the WinMo world where I had to manually hit "Send/Receive" if I wanted to see if anything came in since the last auto-check, it's refreshing.

    dibs ODDJOB
    I believe the wallpaper resolution of 960x800 is still correct.

    When you pick a photo from your phone, the green crop box will show over 80% of your photo. Put your finger on the edge of the green square and arrows should appear. Pull the arrows to the edge of the photo. This should allow you to use the WHOLE picture, provided it is the correct aspect ratio of 1.2:1 (960:800). You can resize or move the box around any part of the picture as well.

    How to list contacts by last name:

    Changing the preferred method for contacting people
    So up under each favorite's picture (or icon) is a small box that has their name in it. If you have already established a default contact type (small phone, envelope, message or contact card should appear in the bottom right hand corner of the icon) and want to change it, click on that small name button and it brings up the list of all possible contact methods. You can pick another contact mehod just for that one instance, but the contact type you set up originally will remain. Once in that same list screen you can click Menu>More>Set Widget Action and choose the new contact type. It even has an option to view the contact which is what I like so that I can pick from the list every time without accidentally calling them if I don't hit the little button just right.

    A set of special characters (including > and <) can be found by clicking the "12#" key to the right of the space, then the "1/2" to the left of the space.

    Where to find POP and POP3 infor for setting up non GMAIL accounts
    Call your provider up and ask them. Also go to their website under FAQs and they may have an answer for you.

    Additionally, your provider may block their outgoing mail server (Port 25). If that is the case you can try either port 587 or 465.

    When using the pre-installed alarm clock, for some reason, the default is to vibrate. Be sure to scroll down and un-check Vibrate so that it will actually ring for you. I learned the hard way - all three available alarms were defaulted to vibrate.

    To get to alarm clock, tap your clock, then use the scroll bar at the bottom to get to the alarm clock.

    Choose the alarm you plan to set. Underneath "Repeat", is where it's defaulted to vibrate.

    THIS IS INCORRECT! That small checkmark is for whether to vibrate in ADDITION to ringing. I just tried it right now. The checkmark next to vibrate was checked and it still rang.

    Hit the menu key when you are on the Alarm clock slide and you will see an option to change ringer volume and whether to play alarm if in silent mode. You probably had one of these off and thats why it did not work for you.

    You can also select "Alarm Sound" when you are setting an alarm and use the volume bar to adjust it in there.

    Lay your phone down on a table or desk, when it rings (incoming call) and you don't want to answer it, or talk to an individual, TURN THE PHONE OVER AND IT STOPS RINGING.

    You can manually refresh updates on the (larger) Friendstream widget by pressing on the bar at the bottom of the widget that shows the refresh icon and time.

    From any webpage, if you tap and hold the back button (long press), it will take you to your browser history, Most Visited sites, and your bookmarks!

    Assigning mp3 as a ringtone/alert
    I connected the phone to my computer as a disk drive. Two volumes showed up; one for the phone internal memory and one for the SD card. On the internal memory drive is a folder called MP3. Under this folder I created a Ringtones folder and put my mp3 ringtones in there. Once I disconnected the phone from the computer, the rintones were automatically listed in the ringtone list. Works great with not problems to far!

    As far as assigning individual ringtones, each app typically has a setup to assign ringtones. For example, under the stock messages app, set to view all messages, tap menu and go to setup and you'll find setting for both incoming and outgoing sounds.

    dibs ODDJOB
    How to remove a contact from the Favorites widget

    Accidentally added a person to your Favorites widget?

    Go to People> Groups. Long press on Favorites>Edit group. Press the 'X' to remove the person from favorites.

    This can work with other groups as well.

    Ok, been fighting with notifications all day...

    To add custom ringtones you need to load them in a folder named "ringtones" on the device (or SD card) to add custom notifications ...this is where i was getting lost ... the files should be loaded on the device in a folder named "notifications" now i can rest =)

    Jigoku San
    When you plug-in the phone to a PC and set it to disk drive, you can rename the 2 drives and it will stay when you reconnect it again. (The microsd card will have to be renamed for each card)

    I named mine DI INTERNAL and DI SD just to tell the difference without remembering the drive letter.

    Amin Sabet
    I just figured out that if you tap for focus with the camera and hold the tap for a couple seconds, it takes the picture without having to press the optical mouse button. Much better stability this way. It's even less prone to camera shake than the double tap method on the iPhone.

    If anyone's having issues with their phone not accurately or slowly switch back and forth between LANDSCAPE and PORTRAIT mode you may want to try this:

    Go to: Menu -> Settings -> Sound & Display -> G-sensor Calibration (all the way at the bottom)

    Calibrating the sensor on a flat surface should help

    If you are in the music tabs and you scroll down, a scroll bar appears on the right. Holding down on the scroll bar and moving it lets you skip down by letter. Its a quicker way to get to the bottom of the list.

    dibbs ODDJOB
    While using Voice-to-text, if you want to add a period, say the word period at the end.

    To text:
    "This is a sentence."

    "This is a sentence period"

    This works for other punctuation, like ! ? : ,

    You can also say "point' for a decimal.

    "One point two five" will be 1.25

    Deleting saved scenes:
    The way scenes currently works is that it asks you to create a new scene every time you edit a current scene. Before long you end up with tons of unwanted "Custom" scenes.
    To delete these unwanted scenes, go to Settings > Personalize > Scenes
    long-press the scene to get options to edit or delete.

    Folders on home screen:
    Click Add or + to add a Folder.

    Once it shows up on the home screen select it to open up then long press the folder to rename it what you will.

    I currently have a Social Sites Folder and a Mail folder to organize things better....

    To add files to a folder on the homescreen add the files to the homescreen then drag and drop them into the folder

    Want to know exactly what program or component is using your precious battery? From the home screen, press the Menu button and select "Settings". Click on "About Phone", then click "Battery" and "Battery use". A graphical display of what is using how much power is displayed.

    Two step process for downloading and installing apps
    This might be a tip aimed more at newbies like myself, but I was really inefficient with downloading then accessing an app. I was downloading the app, then exiting to home screen, then accessing app drawer, find the newly downloaded app and then launching it.

    I realized that it is much quicker to download the app, wait for the notice at the top of the screen to tell you that the download is complete, then just pull down the notification tray and tap the notification for the newly downloaded app. It only works the first time of course, but it takes the process of accessing a newly downloaded app from a 4 step process to a 2 step process.

    browser text
    While browsing, a long tap will bring up a window to copy / share /etc. whatever it is you clicked. To include more text to be quoted, simply drag and reposition the highlighted frame around your selection.

    ALARM CLOCK (pre-installed)
    If you like to sleep in a little longer you can change the Snooze duration on the pre-installed alarm clock. Click on the clock then go to the alarm. At these point where it shows the different alarms that you have, press the menu pointing then settings. Right there you'll find the snooze durations. Time are 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 minutes snooze times. You can also change the way the alarm works when the phone is locked. You can set the slider to either stop the alarm and make it snooze.

    *IMPORTANT* If you have Advance Task Killer make sure you have it ignore closing the clock because this will cause the alarm clock NOT to go off. (I was late to work because i did this.

    If you mistaking link someone to the wrong facebook account you can just go to the contact then click the little link icon at the top next to the person's name. Where it has "Linked Contracts" you can just click the link icon again and it will break the link and remove the link between your contact and facebook.

    Also when when you link an account the phone automatically pull the facebook picture as your contact image. If you click on the picture you can change it from Facebook, phone, camera, gmail, or photo. This is good if you don't like the picture the person has on their facebook.

    From the People (contacts) if you click on hold on the person's picture you get a option to call them, send a text, or lookup their address on google maps.

    Instead of deleting a widget, app or file from one screen and then adding it to another, long tap the item you want to move to a different screen, then place that item over the top of another widget, app, etc. so that it can't drop into place. Instead the item is held suspended until you place it properly. At this point just swipe to the appropriate screen and your "suspended" item will stay suspended in the forefront. Then just drag the item to an open space on the new screen and presto you have quickly and easily rearranged your home screen.

    Quicker and Easier: drag the widget to the left or right edge of the screen. The view will automatically switch to the next screen.

    Quickest and easiest way of all (at least imo): While you are pressing (continuously long-tapping) the widget, just use the trackball to swipe from page to page; then release the widget when you get to the page you want!

    To change the name of a folder: Open the folder and click on the name.

    Search Voice commands: Try this thread:
    Voice Command List

    I followed the tips on this thread and have tripled my battery life the last three days (6-8 hours a charge to over 20 hours a charge with the same use habits). There is apparently a bug on the syncing of some HTC apps (facebook, flickr) that causes the phone to never sleep. Check it out and follow the tip to turn off the syncing.

    Sonny200 and Lars
    Speed up access to your voicemail
    Speed-Dial #1 is reserved for VM & for Verizon, it's *86.

    You can modify this via --> Settings/Call/VM Settings/VM Number.

    If you add a "p" after "*86", it'll pause for 3 seconds. Add your VM password followed by "#" allows you to long-press 1 from the dialer & it'll dial your VM, pause for 3 seconds, dial your VM password & start playing your VM without you having to input the pswd & "#".

    Eg: *86p1234#

    If you set it to *86p1234#1 it will start playing your new voicemail automatically.

    Not sure if this contact shortcut is new in froYo or I just missed it before, but if you press on a contact image in the header of an email or text message (even works in the widgets) it brings up a slider to call the person, send a message or look up their contact info.

    Calibrate your keyboard and it can make a large improvement in typing accuracy.

    Settings - Language & Keyboard - Touch Input - Text Input - Calibration Tool

    It has you type the old "quick brown fox" test phrase and learns your finger impact points.

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  2. mixwell

    mixwell Well-Known Member

    Excellent thread topic. looking forward to my contributions tomorrow, maybe?
  3. gbenj

    gbenj Well-Known Member

    Would be great if you are willing to keep on top of this thread and update a list on the top with what people post

    edit: NVM maybe, mod just posted this in Incredible thread

  4. veccster

    veccster Well-Known Member

    Yes, a master list of cool little tips is a great idea. Although this entire forum is filled with them. That's mostly why I'm here in the first place.
  5. Jarpee

    Jarpee Well-Known Member

    Will this thread more than likely get moved?
  6. MoPhoMan

    MoPhoMan Well-Known Member

    yes...Anon just PMed me to say he was moving all these to a sub-folder
  7. Jodiuh

    Jodiuh Well-Known Member

    Since you started this, I fully expect the 1st post to be updated w/ all our tricks as I've no intention of going through 50 pages looking for tips! ;):rolleyes::p
  8. Cobra5

    Cobra5 Well-Known Member

    Tips & Tricks sub-folder!
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  9. NKT

    NKT Well-Known Member

  10. whitenoiz

    whitenoiz Well-Known Member

  11. NKT

    NKT Well-Known Member

    Did you set it up as your default input method?
  12. whitenoiz

    whitenoiz Well-Known Member

    Nope, how do I do that? :eek:

    under settings :)

    nvm, its still not working... even after i chose swype...
  13. Jarpee

    Jarpee Well-Known Member

    Messaging settings? and is it easy to turn off as well?
  14. whitenoiz

    whitenoiz Well-Known Member

    i got it. you have to touch+hold the input text field and choose swype.
  15. NKT

    NKT Well-Known Member

    Open your messaging app and start a new message. Then push and hold on the text field. A box will pop up and select Input method and choose Swype.
  16. Jarpee

    Jarpee Well-Known Member

    how do you turn it off?
  17. NKT

    NKT Well-Known Member

    Just push and hold the text field, select input method and choose Touch input. That should return it to the stock kb.
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  18. Buckwild

    Buckwild Well-Known Member

    This is a shortcut from Android:

    But holding down the Home button, a pop-up will show you all of your current applications that are open. Click on the app to jump to it.
  19. wannainc

    wannainc Well-Known Member

    I cant WAIT to get my DInc and start playing with it and discovering really cool stuff and come on this thread to get tips and give some!! Count me IN!!:D
  20. GNS1310

    GNS1310 Well-Known Member

    I will have my DI in about 15 hours...for the next few days after that...I will be living on these forums!!! Speed dial #1...Pizza Guy! can't wait to get it up and running with all the latest tips and tricks!
  21. jwm2

    jwm2 Well-Known Member

    Heres a speed tip that i posted for the eris, it'll work on the incredible also.

    Basically you turn off animations and it makes the phone feel much quicker.

    Menu>Settings>Sound & Display>Animation

    Set it to Animations Off. There are 3 settings: Show All Animations, Show Some Animations, and Turn Off Animations, the off options is the best for overall performance.
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  22. slumpey

    slumpey Well-Known Member

    this is great, thanks...
  23. melojames25

    melojames25 Member

    Great post.. I have a question after i download the swype .apk file off of that website what do i do. Do i just open the folder and drag the .apk thing onto my media card and thats it, or is there more to it. Any help would be appreciated thanks guys.
  24. Trooper

    Trooper Well-Known Member

    What exactly does Swype do? I Googled it and am looking at their website. Some sort of advanced keyboard?
  25. gbenj

    gbenj Well-Known Member

    When people post I'll try to keep a master list thats continually updated.

    Unless a MOD thinks someone else should and will handle it, I would love to help out
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