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HTC One Tips, Tricks and Secrets

It’s me again, writing about the HTC One.  Since purchasing this phone I continue to be amazed by it’s overall performance, and also find little tricks from time to time that make life even easier.  Although some of the tricks might be found on other devices, it doesn’t hurt to go over them.

Disclosure: I would not be surprised if I mess up on some of the technical terms but you should get the general point.  That being said, I am not going to tell you silly things like “How to install an app” or “How to turn on your HTC One.”  If you don’t know how to those things by now, you should probably not have a smartphone.

How to take a screenshot on the HTC One

There are two ways to take a screenshot on the HTC One and they’re both easy:

  1. Hold down the Power button (top left) and the capacitive Home key (bottom right) until you hear the camera shutter sound and see an animation onscreen.
  2. Hold down the Power button and the Volume down button (right spine) until you hear the camera shutter sound and see the screenshot capture animation.

You’ll see your screenshot in the Notifications bar and you can also find it in a Screenshots album in Gallery > My Photos.

How to take HDR photos with your HTC One

I’ve been very impressed so far with the great images the HTC One camera takes, and was extremely surprised at the quality of it’s HDR photos, although it wasn’t the most intuitive feature to find.  Once you find it, you will also see there are lots of other nice formats and styles of photos you can take.

You can open up the filter menu by tapping the colorful icon at the bottom right when you’re in the camera app. There are lots of filters to choose from. You’ll also find editing tools and options to tweak settings – try the HDR mode for best quality results.

To start snapping high-quality, HDR photos on your HTC One, just follow the easy steps below:

  1. From the HTC One home screen, open the camera app.
  2. On the viewfinder screen tap the settings symbol on the left.
  3. Tap HDR in the camera mode list that pops up.
  4. When you’re ready to take the first shot, tap the camera icon. The HTC One will take three shots extremely quickly.
  5. These images will the be merged into a single, high-quality HDR photo, giving a more dynamic captured image.

How to use your HTC One as a TV Remote Control

Between my little boy, my cat, and my laziness – getting my hands on the remote control is not always the easiest thing for me.  Although, I usually have my phone in arms reach no matter what room.  So having an Infrared controller built into the HTC One has actually been very helpful.

The Power button hides an IR (infrared) blaster. You can use your HTC One as a remote control for your TV, home theater, and cable box. All you need to do is click on the app/icon called TV and follow the instructions, then choose Start on the Set up HTC remote page. It will work with devices from most major manufacturers and the set up process is simple.

You’ll get recommended content when you open the app, based on the preferences you chose, and you can tap on where it says Recommended to get a drop down menu to specify that you’re looking for movies, TV shows, sports, a TV guide, or social. You’ll also see a remote icon at the top, a search function, and the options menu.

How to multitask on the HTC One

To multitask on your HTC One, double click the home button. You will now see your nine most recently used apps. You can tap the app to go back to it, or swipe it up to close it.

How to manage your data on the HTC One

The One might be great for surfing and watching videos, but don’t forget you have a data cap. To set up limit notifications, go into Settings, tap Data usage and then check the box that says “Set mobile data limit.” Here you have full control over your data. This can come in handy if you have just a 2GB data cap.

How to switch on Wi-Fi Direct on the HTC One

Wi-Fi Direct lets you send pictures, images, and really any file to to other Wi-Fi Direct devices without Wi-Fi. The feature is pretty awesome. To turn on Wi-Fi direct on your HTC One, go into Settings, more Settings, scroll down to the Wi-Fi Direct column and then slide it on. You can now sync up with another smartphone.

How to set up Android Beam on the HTC One

The HTC One is an NFC-enabled smartphone that lets you quickly transfer content to other NFC Android devices with Android Beam. To turn on NFC, go into Settings, more Settings and then tap Android Beam. You’ll be given instructions on how to use it and it will be active once you slide it to on.

Google Now on your HTC One

I really like how Google works, so when Google Now began showing up on devices, I was extremely excited. You can have lots of things delivered to you via a dashboard, and tends to know what I am looking for even before I know.  Once I activated Google Now, I told Google Now what sports teams I liked, what stocks I wanted to follow, and that was about it.  Then I went on a trip, and before I knew it, it was recommending how I could learn to speak words in Spanish, since I was in a Spanish speaking location.  I’ve also tested out some of the features by verbally asking Google questions, and have had lots of luck.

To activate it, simply tap on the Google icon in the app drawer. If you’re not familiar with Google Now, you should know that it came with the Android Jelly Bean update and it tries to deliver information to you before you need to search for it. It utilizes the data you’ve given it to make context and location-centric alerts.

How to speed up your phone

Smooth and speedy performance is certainly one of the big draws of the HTC One, but you can speed it up slightly and reduce battery drain in a couple of ways.

Go to Settings > Developer options > Advanced and turn off some of the animations in the Animation section. If you don’t see Developer options then go to Settings > About >Software information and tap on Android version several times to unlock it.  (Photos can be found on a new article I posted here…)

In order to make sure there’s nothing running in the background that you don’t need, and get rid of some bloatware that you can’t uninstall, go into Settings > Apps and swipe to All. Now scan down the list and select each app you don’t want and then tap Disable.

How to factory reset your HTC One

Within the Android Software

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Backup & reset.
  3. Select Reset phone.
  4. You will see a warning – read it and tap Erase all data.
  5. Phone will now reboot.

Outside of Software (using phone buttons):

  1. Turn off your HTC One
  2. With the device turned off, press and hold the Volume Down key.
  3. While both the Volume Down key held down, press the Power button.
  4. As soon as the phone boots up, release all buttons.
  5. Scroll and select wipe data/factory reset by pressing the Volume Down key. Then press the Power button.
  6. Next, select Yes – delete all user data by pressing the Volume Down key. Then press the Power button.
  7. As soon as the wipe has been completed, press the Volume Down key to scroll to and select wipe cache.
  8. Next, press the Power button to select reboot system now.
  9. Your device will reboot into factory condition.
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