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HTC One tips and tricks - Audio, Video, Battery Life, Security


When to use Beats Audio

Beats Audio is a signal processing mode that’s used in a fistful of HTC phones. It’s designed to mimic the style of the Beats by Dre headphones – that means a lot of bass for that booming club sound. It works wonders on the internal speakers of the phone, cutting out the harsh mids, but with a decent pair of headphones you’re best off without it unless you have a craving for more bass.

How to turn off Beats Audio

Don’t like the sound of Beats Audio? You can switch it off – as standard I’ll turn on automatically when you play music. You’ll find the switch for the feature on the top layer of the settings menu, under the Phone subhead.

Quick music navigation

If you have a big music collection on your HTC One, flicking through all your tracks or albums can be laborious. To make it quicker, use a two-fingered scroll. This cycles through letters of the alphabet rather than entry-by-entry.


How to play any video on the HTC One

The integrated video player of the HTC One offers much less than flawless video codec support. If you have a library of videos downloaded from the net, many of them probably won’t play. To fill the gaps you’ll need a third-party app, preferably one with its own hardware acceleration. Our go-to pick is mxplayer.

How to transmit video to a TV

The HTC One does not have a dedicated video output socket. However, there are a few different ways to get your videos over from the phone to your TV. The neatest of the lot requires a special accessory, the HTC Media Link, a box that connects to your TV. This lets you swipe any content over to your TV using a three-fingered swipe. Alternatively, the microUSB socket on the phone is MHL compliant, letting you use it as an HDMI port with the right connector. You'll find these online.


How to reset the accelerometer/gyroscope

This is one most of you shouldn’t really need, but is useful if you find accelerometer games are way out of whack. You can re-calibrate the accelerometer and gyroscope manually – these sensors can tell what angle the HTC One is being held at. The calibration works much like a spirit level, and is the G-Sensor Calibration option within Settings > Display, Gestures & Buttons. You’ll find it right down at the bottom of the menu.

One way to diagnose touchscreen issues

If your HTC One’s touchscreen has gone a bit dodgy, you can try to diagnose the problem using the phone’s Developer Mode. This is a set of options you’ll find in the Developer Options menu within Settings. The one we’re after is called Show Touches, which shows little circles where the screen is sensing points of touch.

Hard-soft reset

Software misbehaviour can often be cured with a simple reset. You can turn the phone on and off again, but getting the good old “pull the battery out” effect requires an HTC special move. You could rip off the back, but it’s not something we’d recommend. Instead, hold the power button down for ten seconds to simulate the cutting of power. A prompt should pop-up warning you that the hard-soft reset is about to happen.


Sleep mode is key

The HTC One has a battery saving mode that’s crucial if you want to have a phone that’s able to last more than 24 hours. Sleep Mode, an option found in the Power sub-menu of Settings is one of the most important to switch on, as it turns of 3G when it’s not needed. 3G is a real power-sucker.

You can also select how intensive the Power Saving mode is in other respects. Turn Power Saver mode off in the Power menu, then tap the Power Saver menu option (not the slider) to select which parts of the phone are throttled by the mode – CPU, display, vibration feedback and the data connection.

Apps and Games

Enable non-Google Play apps downloads

Unlike iPhones, Android phones can install apps other than those downloaded from the official app store. However, this feature is disabled as standard – mainly because some (well, many) apps from the net will be infected with malware. To turn off this security measure, tick the Unknown Sources box in the Settings > Security menu. Android apps online are shipped as APK installer files. To install them, transfer them to the internal memory then find and run them using a file browser app like ES File Explorer.

Enabling offline speech recognition

Virtually all top-end phones offer pretty serious voice recognition these days, but you generally need to have internet connectivity for it to work. The HTC One lets you download a pack of offline voice recognition data to let you use it when you have no Wi-Fi or mobile internet reception. You’ll find the option to download the pack in Settings > Language & Keyboard > Voice Search.

How to stop the phone auto-creating app icons

The HTC One automatically creates home screen app icons and widgets for downloaded apps. It’s a way to stop you having to curate your own home screens, but some of you may not like the clutter. To stop the HTC One from doing this, go to Google Play, head to its Settings menu (accessed through the 3-pip button at the top-right of the screen. Here you’ll find a tick box for auto-add.

If screen brightness goes down while you’re playing a game…

One curious thing we’ve noticed while playing games on the HTC One is that the screen brightness can unexpectedly dip. The reason why is simple – the placement of the ambient light sensor means it’s easy to cover the thing up, or shade it, with a hand when the phone’s held in landscape orientation. To avoid this, try turning your phone around. Simples.


Backing up to the cloud

The HTC One comes with an allocation of HTC online cloud storage. You can set the HTC One to automatically back up your data to this storage, or you can use Google’s cloud servers. You’ll find this option in Settings > Backup & Reset. You can also make the phone auto-upload pictures taken to Flickr. You’ll find the auto upload function in the Settings section within the camera app.

Lock screen security

A lock screen security layer is hardly the height of security sophistication, but it’s the best way to stop being stitched up on Facebook if you’re in the habit of leaving your phone lying about when with friends. We’ve all been there. Within the Screen lock menu of Settings > Security you’ll find options to use a Pattern unlock, a password, a PIN number or Face Unlock. Our top tip is not to use Face Unlock as it’s pretty useless as security measures go. And it makes you look silly.


Get straight to Google

The quickest way to get to a web search on the HTC One is using a clever Google shortcut. Hold a finger down on the phone’s Home soft key and you’ll be taken directly to the Google search page.

Using Google Now

Google Now is a recently-introduced Google service that’s designed to pre-empt what you’re going to look for. It does this using info cards that appear on the Google Search page. If you’ve been searching for places in a certain location, Google Now might offer up directions as to how to get to that place.

How to go full screen in the stock browser

If you want to make the full use of the HTC One’s 4.7-inch screen when browsing the web, you need to enable full screen browsing. This hides the address bar, giving you that extra bit space for web sites. To find the setting, pull down the address bar and tap the three-pip button to bring up the menu. Scroll down to Settings, tap General and select the Fullscreen tick box.

Have tips you think we’ve missed? Tip us off in the comments.


March 29, 2013, 12:10 am

One tip as mentioned in another thread, I use widgets to control Wi-Fi/Mobile Data/Brightness & GPS. Doing so I think really helps with battery. Haven't done this yet, but there is also some event based tasker app (not sure of the name), were for example if you plugged into power it could be made to turn everything on automatically for you etc, or if you placed the phone face down it could be made to go into silent mode etc.

Also not seen mentioned, BlinkFeed if your have TV remote App setup it also shows you TV programmes you might be interested in, and you can then get it to change your TV channel for you, I thought was rather nice. In fact I really like BlinkFeed, Facebook integration is very handy too, and I do find myself reading some of the articles it shows. I won't be removing any time soon!!

Of course not HTC specific, but Android. A nice live wallpaper I put on is -> Koi Live Wallpaper, looks amazing on HTC's screen. In fact I liked the Free version so much, went and bought my first App from the Play Store. :) Oh, and make sure it's the Koi Wallpaper from Kittehface Software, I downloaded another one by mistake, and it was super full of Advert popups etc, yuck.. Well at least I found out how to un-install software. Oh, and it's also possible for the wallpaper to show on your lock screen.

Talking of lock screen, if you set Photo as as your lock screen style, to set what pictures appear you go to Setting/Personalize/Lock screen style, and then select settings. Thought I'd mention, as I was a while finding that.. :)

Also you talked about Auto-upload to Flickr, you seemed to miss the fact it does it with DropBox too.

Also one thing I found, taking slow motion video is really nice, especially when it creates the Zoe video with them.

One thing I do hope HTC do, is re-implement the option for long Back button press to act as Menu, having the button bar on certain apps just to display this one button just seems silly.

Gavin Martin

April 6, 2013, 11:35 pm

Well, mine turned up today. Bigger than I'm used to and lots to learn with Android but it's a lovely bit of kit. Only problem...no output to the right channel of my earphones (both the bundled phones and my Shure SE535s). Sound is stereo from the speakers so just a headphone output issue. Dammit :(


April 21, 2013, 3:23 am

I seem to have gotten myself in trouble with the "changing icons in the sense dock" tip. When I tried to drag an item off the dock and onto the home screen, it made a copy on the
home screen but kept it on the dock. So I tried dragging a new item to the dock, and ended up with a folder containing both the old and new items. Now, I can't find any way to get rid of that folder which is stuck on the dock! Any idea how to correct this?


April 22, 2013, 8:41 am

open the app drawer and drag the apps in the folder to the drawer


April 30, 2013, 1:22 am

Is there a way to get the screen to turn on when you receive a text? I know you can get the LED to flash a few times, but what about the screen?

Meagan Williams

May 2, 2013, 11:25 pm

I can't seem to find it in the standard message settings either so I am using a different SMS app (Go SMS Pro) which has that option in the advanced settings.


May 9, 2013, 10:45 pm

Use app Awesome On/Off. You can download it on the Play Store

Steve Hunter

May 20, 2013, 9:10 pm

Thank you!!!


May 21, 2013, 12:05 am

Glad to help

Annira Avinash

July 4, 2013, 1:15 am

how do i completely remove shortcuts from lock screen ?plz help me out

Rawan Al-Wazzan

September 1, 2013, 7:46 pm

How can i disable auto-upload to flickr? I turned it off from the camera settings, but it's never off! Please need help!

Deepak Goyal

September 12, 2013, 3:38 am

stop "synchronization" of the device


September 13, 2013, 2:43 pm

is there a way on disabling the dock?


October 31, 2013, 11:54 pm

Does anyone have a problem with the stock keyboard, where, as you're correcting an error in the text using the backspace key, it suddenly magnifies the entire display with a yellow lined box around the periphery that can only be restored to normal magnification by flipping from portrait to landscape (and vice versa if you're operating in landscape)??

Ahmed Zakarya

November 15, 2013, 12:51 pm

I have a problem with my new HTC one , that lock screen
style dispread ( setting --- personalize ---- display ) it should be visible
under display but not as attached

I don’t know maybe a pug or system setting

Kindly advise


November 15, 2013, 6:38 pm

Try turning off the triple tap to zoom feature under accessibility...


March 11, 2014, 9:28 pm

Look under security instead of personlize


March 2, 2016, 2:11 pm

How do I make the accelerometer work when the screen is locked?

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