It’s well-established that the HTC One M8 is a good looking phone. It’s slick and sleek and totally ogle-worthy. But for as pleasant as it may be to look at the One M8, it’s just as much of a joy to use. If you’ve been hypnotized by the good looks of the device and you blanked out while watching tutorials or reading the manual, then we’ve got you covered with the best tips and tricks for putting your HTC One M8 to good use.
1. HTC ONE DOT VIEW CASE
The HTC One Dot View Case is a $45 accessory that attaches to the HTC One M8 and allows the owner to protect the phone while still seeing notifications.
Once the HTC One M8 case is attached there is no need to turn anything on. A double tap on the screen will show the time and weather and a swipe down will activate voice dial. The small holes in the display let users see incoming calls, texts and other notifications.
2. CHANGE THE FONT ON HTC SENSE 6
If the text on the HTC One M8 is too small to read you can increase it all the way up to a “huge” setting. The largest font size only works in HTC apps, but the other large sizes work in most Android apps.
Go to Settings -> Display & gestures -> Font size -> Pick the size you need.
3. CUSTOMIZE THE LED NOTIFICATION
The HTC One M8 features a small LED in the top speaker grille. This is a nice way to know when you have a new email or text without turning the display on, but sometimes the flashing light can be a hassle.
Go to Settings -> Display & gestures -> Notification light -> Pick the items you want it to flash for
This makes it easy to to turnoff email LED notifications and avoid blasting the bedroom ceiling with light while you try to sleep.
4. USE GESTURES TO CONTROL YOUR PHONE
The HTC One M8 is all about gestures, and it comes with a series of quick swipe gestures – branded “Motion Launch” by HTC – which can be used to open certain applications even when your phone’s display is powered down and it’s sitting on your coffee table.
A double-tap wakes or locks the phone, while swipes from the left and right open BlinkFeed or your home screen respectively. You can wake the phone in the state it was when it locked by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, and swiping downwards fires up the dialer so you can make a call quickly.
5. TAKE A PHOTO IN JUST TWO BUTTON PRESSES
Sometimes the art of taking a good photo is being quick enough to capture the moment before it passes, and in the case of smartphones it can sometimes take a few seconds for your camera application to even load – by which time the opportunity to be the next David Bailey has long since passed.
HTC has bestowed a quick-snap feature on the One M8 – simply long-press the Volume Up button to activate the camera when your phone is in sleep mode, and then press Volume Down to take the shot.
6. CHANGE CHANNELS WITH YOUR PHONE
The HTC One M8 boasts an IR blaster, which means you can use it as a conventional remote control to change channels, toggle the volume and generally perform other tasks. You’ll need to tell the phone which brand of TV you own for it to work properly, but once you’ve done this you’ll never have to fumble around the living room for your remote ever again. You’ll find this feature in the TV app.
7. TRANSFER DATA FROM YOUR OLD PHONE
While moving from one Android phone to another is fairly easy thanks to the fact that much of your data is tied to your Google account, it’s less straightforward to move from another phone maker, such as Apple. HTC has your back though and has included a transfer option which allows you to port a surprisingly large amount of content and data over from your previous device.
8. CUSTOMIZE YOUR SETTINGS QUICK TOGGLES
If you swipe down through your notification bar with two fingers, you will open your quick toggles menu. Quick toggles offer you shortcuts for system settings like WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Auto Rotate, GPS, NFC, etc. On the One (M8), you can customize which toggles show in this menu and how they are arranged. Say, you don’t feel you need a toggle for NFC, but you do want a WiFi toggle setup in the first position (top-left corner), you can do that through a simple quick toggle editor. The editor can be accessed by pressing the button that looks like a pencil writing on paper.
9. CUSTOMIZE BLINK FEED
BlinkFeed is one of the signature marks of the HTC One M8′s Sense 6.0 user interface. It curates content for you from your social network accounts, local television listings, restaurant suggestions, and more. It’s a single stream customized for you, and you should be able to customize it a bit, too.
To drop BlinkFeed’s default theme and choose one of your own preference, head into the Settings tab. Find the Personalize menu and select Theme. Here, you’ll be able to switch between four themes – primary color options being green, purple, orange, and black — that will alter the BlinkFeed and top navigation bar colors along with accenting highlights
10. USE KID MODE
You’re likely the primary user of your HTC One M8 but if you have kids around, it can easily be turned into a quick and simple means of distraction. The One M8 comes with a feature designed specifically for the
parent and babysitter segment of the population called Kid Mode.
To enter Kid Mode, hold down the Power Button on the phone and select the Kid Mode option
This will disable the features that you don’t want kids having access to, including making calls or browsing files on the device. To exit Kid Mode, you will have to enter the PIN number.
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