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How do I change default action in favorite contacts?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ggp, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. ggp

    ggp Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I'm using an Eris at the moment, and favorites that were populated by default shows a card and prompts me for the desired action. I realize that selecting the name below the icon allows me to choose different actions, but I have very poor accuracy in trying to tap on just the name, so for contacts that I've added that I'm forced to choose a default action, it's very difficult for me to choose an alternate action.

    The instruction manual says to "press and hold" the contact to change the default action, but that selects the entire widget to move or discard.

    Does anyone know how to change the default action to prompt me each time I open a specific favorite contact?

    I've seen this question for the Hero too, but with no answers. Posted on the HTC forum, but that's looking rather un-promising.

  2. dg370

    dg370 Newbie

    Tap the gray bar containing the contact name. This opens the contact information. Then hold the entry line (email, phone, etc) you want to change to be a default.

    Tapping the picture area launches the default action for the favorite. Tapping the bar containing the contact name opens the contact information screen.
  3. bjf88

    bjf88 Android Enthusiast

    If you are having trouble actually being able to tap the contact's name, here is another way to change the default action.

    Tap the list icon at the bottom of the widget to go to your contact list. Go to Favorites (person with a heart), tap and hold the person you want to change. From there you can change the default action. Hope that is what you were going for!
  4. ggp

    ggp Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I feel like a big dummy... I have no clue if I'm doing this wrong, or if there's something wrong with this phone. I'm looking at the details for a particular contact, and it says default next to call mobile. I want the default to be to prompt me which to choose, but nonetheless, even if I just wanted to change it from call to text, I can't even figure that out. Long pressing on anything on the screen does nothing, other than bringing up the phone, text or email application, and I can't find anything in the menu.

    So, what is it that you do... "from there"? :thinking:
  5. dg370

    dg370 Newbie

    I see the problem.
    The op wants to create a favorite and be able to select that favorite and be presented with a display of the contact information.

    The only way I have been able to do this is to add a shortcut to a page. Choose 'person' as the shortcut type. It will ask you to select the default action. View contact is one of the default actions.

    The people widget (app that displays favorite contacts) will not allow you to choose a default action to display the contact information. It forces you to associate a default action to call, email or text.

  6. bobbygalaxy

    bobbygalaxy Lurker

    Seems when you merge a duplicate contact in Gmail who is also on your Eris' favorites list, the favorite's default action is removed and the phone brings up the contact details (choose call, message, or email) whenever you tap the favorite.

    I'd like to figure out how to do this without the merge, of course. However, this demonstrates that it's not outside the phone's capabilities to prompt for action on a favorite.
  7. stellvilla

    stellvilla Lurker

    Launch the People App and then click on a contact thats in your people widget. Click Menu - More - Set Widget Action

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The HTC Droid Eris release date was November 2009. Features and Specs include a 3.2" inch screen, 5MP camera, 288GB RAM, MSM7600 processor, and 1300mAh battery.

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