I’ve had the pleasure of using the HTC One as my main phone for a little over a month now, and I have learned a lot of cool little tips and tricks along the way. In this article, I want to share some these tips and tricks with you. How many tips exactly? 25 and counting! I’ll be updating this list as I discover more or as you guys suggest them to me in the comments. While you may know some of these tips, I’m sure you’ll find at a few that you didn’t.
Scroll to the top of a list: Tap the notification bar to scroll to the top of the list or feed you’re looking at. Note that this only works with apps built by HTC (excluding the browser).
Scroll by letter or date: In certain apps (like messaging, contacts, call logs, etc) you can filter through the list by scrolling with two fingers to search by letter or date.
Volume key controls: On certain apps, you can use the HTC One’s volume buttons as controls. For example, the volume rocker controls the volume on your TV when using the remote app.
Touch to capture: You can take pictures by pressing anywhere on the screen (instead of just the shutter) by going to the settings within the camera app, go to shutter options, and then check touch to capture.
Wireless shutter: Perfect for group shots, you can take a picture with a connected Bluetooth headset in the camera app by pressing the “call’ button.”
Quickly switch cameras:You can quickly switch back and forth between the One’s front facing and rear cameras by swiping across the screen from one edge to another in the camera app.
Continuous shooting: You can take multiple pictures at a time by pressing and holding the shutter button in the HTC One’s camera app. After taking these photos, you can choose the one you like most and delete the rest automatically by using “best shot.”
Remove continuous shooting limit: You can remove the 20-shot limit for continuous shooting by going into the camera app’s settings, tapping on continuous shooting, and un-checking the “limit to 20 frames” option. This will allow you to take up to 99 photos in one sequence.
Increase battery life: Use the power saver mode to conserve battery life on the days you think you might need a little more juice. Enable power saver mode by either swiping down the notification shade and checking “power saver” or by going into the main system settings, then power, and flip the “power saver” switch to ON.
Hide apps: You can hide the apps you don’t use (but can’t delete) by opening the app launcher, swiping your finger down when at the top of the list, hitting the menu key, and then finally hide apps. Check the apps you want to hide and press done when you’re finished.
Edit tabs: You can either hide or rearrange the tabs in the phone and clock apps. To do this, simply press menu, then edit tabs. Unlike when hiding apps, this time keeping a tab checked means it will be visible and vice versa.
Taking screenshots: There are two ways to take screenshots on the HTC One. The quickest way is by pressing and holding the power button and then quickly pressing the home button right after. The second (but easier to use) way is to simultaneously hold the power and volume down buttons until you see a screen animation.
Customize LED notifications: You can choose which type of notifications make your LED light flash by going into the main system settings, tapping on display, and then notification flash. Check the notifications you want the LED light to flash for.
Magnifier: You can enable an option to show a magnifier glass when selecting text. To do this, go into the main system settings, tap on accessibility, and check the show magnifier option.
Calibrate the keyboard: If you use the stock Sense 5 keyboard, calibrating it can help improve its accuracy. Go to the main system settings, tap on language and keyboard, choose HTC Sense input, tap on advanced, and select the calibration tool.
Speed up the phone: To make the phone feel a little bit faster, shorten the transition animations. You can do this by going into the main system settings, tap on developer options, go to advanced, then change the the animation scales (there are three) to either .5x or off. If you don’t see the developer options, you have to unlock them first by going into settings, about phone, software information, and then repeatedly tap on Android version.
Offline voice controls: To be able to use voice controls when offline, go to the main system settings, tap language and keyboard, select voice search, and then tap download offline speech recognition and select your desired language.
Car mode: If you haven’t checked out that care mode app in your app drawer, I suggest you do so. It makes using your phone in the car a lot more convenient by making the icons easier to see, giving you only the information you’d need in a car, and turning things like Bluetooth on automatically.
Change messaging font size: You can easily change the font size in the messaging app you using pinch to zoom to make the text either larger or smaller
Move BlinkFeed: While you can’t disable it completely, you can move BlinkFeed off to the side by pinching out on the home screen or pressing and holding on an empty space. Add a new panel or select an existing one (that isn’t BlinkFeed) and set it as your main home screen by holding on it and moving it to the “set as home” button that appears at the top left of the screen. After you’ve done this, press and hold on the BlinkFeed screen and move it off to the side.
Restarting: Being that there is no removable battery, a good tip to know is that you can restart the phone by pressing and holding on the power button for ten seconds. This is useful just in case the phone locks up or freezes on you.
Fast boot: Speaking of restarting, you can speed up the boot up times by enabling fast boot. Do this by going into the main system settings, choose power, and then check the fast boot option at the bottom.
Make more space: Should you run out of room on your HTC One, you can easily find ways to free up some space by going to the system settings, choosing storage, and then selecting make more space. Note that choosing to use this option will delete whatever you select.
Lower ring volume: When you’re getting a phone call, picking the phone up will lower the volume of your ringtone automatically (which is good considering how loud those speakers are).
Video highlights: The HTC One can make you little Zoe montage clips from your pictures and videos with background music and awesome effects automatically. To access this feature, go to your photo gallery, tap my photos, and sort your media by “events” in the top left corner drop down. Tap on an event (the phone sorts them by date and location) and the top option you’ll see will be a video highlight of the event.
There you have it, that’s our list of the top 25 tips and tricks on the HTC One. Know of some tips and tricks that we missed? Let us know down in the comments below and we’ll add them to this official list!