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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by kraze0g, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. kraze0g

    kraze0g Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    anyone know if there is a reason why at times the bottom row of buttons (home/back/menu/search) are lit up and other times they aren't? i looked for an adjustment to this but i couldn't find anything.. was a lil bothersome when i was messing with the phone in the dark and had to guess where they were. is this common?
     


  2. pmmartin

    pmmartin Newbie

    Common with mine. I hope you get a good answer as I could use it too.
     
  3. mully

    mully Member

    I think they are tied into the issue with the keyboard lights. lock your screen then unlock it again and they should light up. Started happening after the 2.0.1 update.
     
  4. kraze0g

    kraze0g Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    k :p thank you!
     
  5. ohvzwguy

    ohvzwguy Member

    if you set your backlight to AUTO dim, they should always stay on in the dark ;)
     
  6. N2Stooges

    N2Stooges Newbie

    I am having the same problem. I noticed a couple of times that the buttons were not illuminated after unlocking the phone then would mysteriously turn on after about 30 seconds. Now, the buttons won't light up at all.

    I tried to set the display brightness to Auto and Manual...no help.

    Any other ideas?
     
  7. obutto

    obutto Android Enthusiast

    They are off when your in light and on when your in darkness. Its a feature.
     
  8. skunkpbguy

    skunkpbguy Android Enthusiast

    +1 it IS a feature to save your battery. If you are in a well lit room, you don't need the soft keys to light up. :)
     
  9. kokiangel

    kokiangel Android Expert

    Bugged me with my seriously bad eyesight but with rooted phone I can use LEDs hack and make the stupid lights come on at will and STAY ON! My life is good again.
     
  10. itsHumble

    itsHumble Newbie

    Pretty sure it's tied to the same feature that turns off your screen when your phone is close to you face. That same sensor picks up on light. I've noticed this when at work at night, outside smoking, going in and out of light.
     
  11. N2Stooges

    N2Stooges Newbie

    OK, so this does appear to be a design feature of the phone... turn on bottom button backlight only when in low-light conditions. Does anyone know of a way to disable this "feature" so that the buttons are always illuminated as long as the phone is unlocked?
     
  12. qwery53

    qwery53 Newbie

    Forget the light conditions. In the same great light conditions in my office. I put the phone in my hand flat so it does not cover the light sensors in the front then gently press the button some times the lights will go on and sometimes they won't until like 30 sec pass. SAME light conditions. It is not a feature it is a BUG!
    Any ideas. And NO I will not root my phone to fix htc's stupid bug.
    If I wanted to do that I would get an iphone and jailbreak it. WAY more stable then the "Incredible" and with it jailbroken I will not be in "paded cell" anymore. But I want THIS phone to work.
     
  13. (G)

    (G) Android Expert

    As I understand it, it uses both the light sensor in front and the camera in back to determine light conditions.
     

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