- 03-21-2010, 12:02 PM #51
- 127 Posts
As this is the closest thing to a newbie guide to the Hero (which I am), I thought I'd post a couple of other things here that I have found helpful already. One I had a friend of a friend show, and the other was from someone else's post in another thread. I'm going to keep a running document and keep updating it to try to get a newbie guide. That was one nice thing that someone had made over at the overactive PreCentral.
1) Turn off default SMS Client (Saves some battery life)
a. First, download and install a new client, current recommendations of either Handcent SMS or Chomp.
b. Send your first SMS message to change the default messaging application
i. Open People
ii. Open a contact (anyone that you have)
iii. Click “Send Message”
1. This should open up a prompt that will ask you to select which SMS client you’d like to use
iv. Select your new third party application
v. There should be a box that says “Use this as default application”, click it.
1. Note: Can someone get me the exact verbiage so this can be updated
vi. Send test text message
c. Disable Messages from being used
i. Open up messages
iii. Unselect “Auto-retrieve”
iv. Unselect “Notifications”
d. This should now have the messages application removed from being used on the hero.
2) Change Gmail Contact Sync to Particular Groups, not all groups (Thanks doogald)
a. Reason: Gmail by default adds every person you email to your larger contact list
b. Start People Application
c. Go to the 3rd icon on the bottom (Groups)
d. Press Menu
e. Press Sync Groups
f. Turn off “Sync All Contacts”
g. Note: When in gmail on a web browser (PC/MAC) I created a new group called “All_Contacts”, then selected all of my contacts that I had and added to the group. This seemed to not select the “default” added contacts that I had, even though I had selected all of the contacts. This seemed to add only the ones that I had added manually.
- 03-26-2010, 12:28 AM #52
- 03-26-2010, 10:19 AM #53
- 31 Posts
On the iPhone, when scrolling through contacts, to get faster to a contact, there is some Alphabet Bar on the right which lets you scroll through letters quickly...
Usually, when I show my HTC Hero to my friends, they ask me how I scroll without this bar... so I show them the search and the Smart Dial function....
However, it turns out that the HTC Hero also has this Alphabet Scrolling function.
When you start scrolling in the People application, a black scroll bar appears on the right, press on it and hold, and a horizontal bar with a letter shows up, allowing you to scroll though letters, just like in the iPhone....
Another tip, is that usually when I use the Smart Dial function, to bring up a contact and his number, I get the default number for the contact... If you want to dial another number, which is not the default one, and don't want to go to his Contact page, use the trackball to get to the contact you want, then go left or right using the trackball...you'll see the number change... all you have to do now is press the call button...
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- 04-03-2010, 07:23 PM #60
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To fix: I re-set/ reconnect by holding power button until the drop down menu appears then I disconnect the network, then reconnect and 99% of the time that fixes it and I'm able to download my messages, go to the market or whatever...
this might not be your issue, but it was for me...
- 04-10-2010, 12:33 PM #61
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- 04-23-2010, 03:13 AM #64
- 79 Posts
Hey everyone. I just discovered a very convenient tip while browsing through the forums on my Hero. I was looking at some addons & saw the link for the 3d gallery zip. I decided to click it & it took me straight to the 4shared website where you download the file from. I pressed download & the file downloaded straight to the root of my SD card. The best part was that I didn't have to wait the 10 seconds before the download started!
I used opera browser by the way, It's the fastest browser in the market (trust me) I'm assuming this works with the stock browser. You guys can try if you want.
I suggest bookmarking Android central on your phones browser. To make your life easier. Very useful tip here!
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- 06-16-2010, 09:40 PM #73
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I tried to unlock my phone by using the track ball and realized that if i push right above the track ball this would unlock my phone every time.I don't think its suppose to do this,but i do think this is whats causing all my pocket calls.
Can anyone else duplicate this.Just push right above the track ball as if there was a button there.
- 06-17-2010, 07:48 AM #74
- 06-17-2010, 11:35 PM #75
- 88 Posts
Holding the search button (magnifying glass) will allow you to do more than just a google search. You can do voice commands from here. (Such as, dial beezy, or drive to burgerking). And it works alot better than the actual voice command function you get by holding the call button.