9 Great Tips to make you love that HTC 10 a little more - Sprint Product Ambassadors
So, right out of the gate the HTC 10 has a few pet peeves (for me) but I never stress out with such things and you shouldn’t either. Most times, these are settings and settings alone. Easily adjustable and easily customizable. In no particular order, here are 9 things I adjusted to make me love my HTC 10 (every bit as much as my most favorite smart phone).
#1 Turn off “Prediction”
In a world full of acronyms and abbreviations, I simply find word prediction to be a hindrance rather than an enhancement. If you find yourself having to correct things over and over again, you’ll be better off turning the feature off like l did. Simply go to a text message window and hold down the comma button until the “prediction” toggle shows up. Slide to the right to turn off.
#2 Navigation Button Backlight
Not all phones are created equal and when you hop from phone to phone as frequently as I do you need every obvious label you can get. If you want those Navigation buttons to stay visible (when not in use). Go to Settings, “Display, gestures & buttons”, scroll down to “Buttons” and make sure “Navigation button backlight” is set “Always on when screen is on”
#3 Add a Couple Spare Fingerprints
Sure you already set up a thumbprint but what happens when you are trying to unlock the phone with your other hand. I always like to have about 2 or 3 fingerprints encoded just in case. Go to “Settings”, “Personal>Fingerprint Scanner” and “Add Fingerprint”. You can add up to five finger prints. I like adding a couple of mine and one of my wife’s fingerprints (just in case she needs to use my phone).
#4 Boost+ Clear Junk
After installing a bunch of programs, I would recommend using HTC’s Boost+ app to clear off some space left over during initial installations. Open Boost Plus and click “Clear Junk” to reclaim some of that space back to storage.
#5 Mirrored Selfies
You’ll find the HTC’s front selfie camera is truly excellent but if you aren’t a fan of seeing backwards print on T-Shirts, you can easily make that mirror image normalized by going to “Settings”, “Camera options” and Turn off “Save Mirrored Selfies”. It’s not always visible, you’ll need to scroll up and down in the list but I promise the options are there.
#6 make sure you don’t have a MR (Maintenance Release) waiting for you.
When I got my phone, there was one MR update already waiting for me. To check and make sure you are up to date got to “Settings” scroll down and click on “About” and choose “Software Updates”. It will either state “No Updates Available” or guide you to most recent software update for installation.
#7 Embrace HTC Themes (They’re fun!)
If you want to add some style without having to think too deeply or create a whole system of sound and icons, I recommend checking out some of the free HTC Themes. Go to “Settings”, “Personal”, “Personalize”, “Change Theme”. With your HTC account you can download a nice selection of themes for FREE and again, it’s fun to try new things.
#8 Add A Big Micro SD Card and Load It Up.
By default your HTC 10 comes with 32GB of internal storage but since micro SD cards are trivially inexpensive lately, I would recommend adding a large capacity one just in case. The HTC 10 will accept up to a 2TB Micro SD Card.
Just don’t forget your HTC key to install the card be careful not to drop your card or tray during the installation.
Now remember, once your card is installed choosing to save to that newly formatted card is often on an app by app basis
Here are a few useful ones that I added:
#8a Set Camera to Removable Storage
Open the Camera app and choose “Settings”. Scroll all the way to the bottom and toggle “Storage” to “Removable Storage”
#8b Set Vudu to Download To: SD Card
Open Vudu App and open the side menu. Under ‘Settings”, “Account” choose “Download To” and pick “SD CARD” (this is especially needed if you like to stockpile digital copies of movies for offline viewing).
#8c Set Amazon Prime Music: to Storage SD
Open Amazon App and open side menu. Click the cog wheel at the bottom and scroll down to Storage Location, choosing “New Downloads are saved to SD Card”. This option is fairly new as previous versions of the app did not allow this.
#8d NOTE: other apps vary but don’t assume just because you added a new SD card, that your content is being saved to that location. Check around and make sure.
#9 BoomSound settings
By default whenever you plug in a pair of headphones, HTC Boomsound is on and ready. If you plug in certain headphones it will actually recognize the type of headphones you plug in. For example, my old HTC M9 Earbuds are seen as “HTC in-ear” and “Dolby headphone effects” are turned on. Does the profile make a difference? Well can toggle on/off and judge for yourself. There are also “Personal Audio Profile” (s) that you can model for yourself but I’ll go into that deeper in a future blog.
There are likely a bunch of other things you can tweak but these 9 were vital features I adjusted to get the HTC10 up to my needs. Just remember, if something doesn’t quite fit into your daily needs, it’s often just a couple clicks away to make it work better. With the HTC 10 (and any phone for that matter), explore settings before writing off something as a problem. Following my simple adjustments, this HTC 10 is truly a powerhouse right in the palm of my hand.
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