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HTC One Tips, Tricks and Hidden Features

Posted by on March 2, 2014

The HTC One is one of the best smartphones in the world, not only because of its excellent performance and great camera but also because of its awesome features.

Although, HTC One isn’t as tough as the features are in the Samsung Galaxy S4, but this list will help you unlock some of the top HTC One hidden features. If you are own One, the following tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your new device.

All of these hidden HTC One features should work on all the smartphone variants of HTC One, including AT&T and Verizon HTC One.

Touch to Capture Photos

The HTC One comes with an amazing camera which can be used to focus perfectly before you capture the objects. When you tap on the screen you can select the object to focus and everything else in the background would get blurred. That’s a feature which you would generally find on the DSLR’s camera and surprisingly this is available on this phone.

But if you prefer taking photos with a tap on the screen, then you can enable that option through the Settings in the Camera App. Go to Settings -> Shutter Option -> Touch to Capture and turn it on.

Quickly Switch Apps

You can quickly switch between apps without exiting to the home screen. To do that double tap on the Home button and it would show you a new window with some applications which were accessed recently. This is a pretty useful feature when you have to multitask in HTC One.

Quickly Switch Cameras

If you would like to Switch from the Front Camera to the Back Camera, you don’t have to go through the settings but simply swipe your fingers on the screen. This is yet very simple but useful feature to quickly switch the camera.

Remove BlinkFeed from Home Screen

BlinkFeed is a feature on HTC Sense5 that grabs all news from various sources and aggregates it onto one handy home screen panel for easy reading. If you don’t like staying current on news, you probably want to get rid of it. While you can not completely remove blinkfeed from your phone but you can hide it from showing up in the first screen. To do so, simply long-press on any homescreen and then long-press the thumbnail at the top of the screen. You’ll see the option ‘set as home’ appear. Select any screen other than Blinkfeed and you are done.

how to remove blinkfeed on htc

Use the HTC One as a Remote Control

The HTC One includes an IR blaster, which allows the user to control their TVs and cable box from across the room. Plus, with HTC’s Sense TV app, you can easily see what’s on using a slick interface and tap one of your favorite shows to start watching. You can also use the app to control your TV’s volume, record shows and more.

To use it, tap on Apps -> TV and follow the instructions to pair devices to your HTC One.

htc one as remote control

Modifying LED notifications

It’s pretty easy to modify the notifications flash on your phone. This is possible by going to the settings and changing the default settings. Tap on Settings -> Display, gestures & buttons and tap on ‘Notification flash’. Now choose which types of notification you want the LED to flash for.

Use Magnifier Glass to Select Text

If you are found it difficult to select text and tapping it correctly, you can enable an option to show a magnifier glass when selecting text. To do this, go to Settings->Accessibility and check the show magnifier option.

ht cone magnifier

Enable Car mode

HTC has a car mode that show you the options which you generally use while driving in a better display. It is not only easy to reach and select but also shown in large font. This means that you get the Navigation Dealer, Music and Speak features in a different UI which are easy to use while driving.

htc one car mode

Hide SMS Messages

There are times when you want to hide some of your SMS Messages in your phone. Usually you will need to download third-party app from Play Store to hide selected SMS messages but HTC One has made it easier for you. HTC One comes with an option of securing your important or private SMS from everyone.

You will be required to setup a password before using this feature. Tap on Messages -> General -> Settings -> Password and enter Password. Once the password is set, go back to the main messages application screen and long press on the message that you want to hide. You would get the option to Move to Secure Box.

Save Power with Sleep mode

Sleep mode will automatically switch off 3G connectivity when it’s not needed. While it may not seem like much, this can actually save you a ton of power. To turn it on, go to Settings->Power->Sleep Mode.

Snap Animated Photos with Zoe mode

Zoe mode is a key feature of HTC one. It takes a short video clip that can be sliced up into twenty images. To enable zoe mode, tap the small camera icon on the left side of the screen. This will turn on HTC Zoe and show it at the bottom of the screen. Now just tap the shutter to take animated photos.