HTC One M8 Tips & Tricks: All its Best Features Detailed

User guides Richard Goodwin 16:22, 23 Feb 2015

Everything you need to get the most out of your awesome HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 was one of the most highly anticipated handsets of 2014, and rightly so, too – its predecessor, the HTC One, was perhaps the most well-known, iconic handset of 2013. Indeed, the M8 had a tough act to follow but, in true HTC style, the company responded with something even better, the gorgeous and super-powerful HTC One M8.

HTC has also begun rolling out Android Lollipop to select, unlocked HTC One M8 handsets, meaning most handsets –– once the networks get their arses in gear –– should be running Lollipop very soon. The HTC One M8 was one of our favourite handsets of 2014 –– bar none. And in 2015 HTC will look to improve the breed with the launch of the HTC One M9 at MWC 2015. As it stands the handset looks and sounds stunning. 

Below are a selection of simple tricks and tips designed to help you get the most of your shiny new HTC One M8 handset. So without further ado, lets get down to business. 

Use M8 As Your TV Remote

Like the HTC One, the M8 features an IR (infrared blaster) and this means you can use the handset as a remote for your HDTV. Setup is simple, all you have to do is go to the HTC TV app – its in the app menu – and follow the instructions; just make sure your TV is turned on before you begin. The whole process takes about five minutes and, once it’s done, you can ditch your clunky, old TV remote in favour of your HTC One M8.

Customise BlinkFeed

BlinkFeed curates content from around the web and your social feeds. The idea is to give you a quick glimpse at what’s happening around you without having to open Facebook or Twitter or Feedly. HTC now let’s you customise BlinkFeed, too, meaning you can alter the way it looks to make your handset even more personal.

Settings > Personalize > Theme –– inside you’ll find four themes to choose from. Once selected these not only alter the look and feel of BlinkFeed, but also the top navigation bar inside HTC’s Sense 6 UX.

Answer Calls From Lockscreen

Sense 6 lets you answer incoming phone calls from the lockscreen. To do this, wait until you have a call, then, simply, swipe downwards. This will answer the call without you having to leave lockscreen mode. 

You can also turn this feature off in Settings if you don’t want it active. To do this navigate to Settings > Call > Auto Answer Call. Simples.

Hide Bloatware

All handsets ship with some amount of bloatware, and the HTC One M8 is no exception. Interestingly, though, HTC seems to know this and has added a “hide” feature inside Sense 6, which, as the name suggests, lets you hide applications you no longer use or need.

Hiding applications is simple: open up the applications menu, isolate the applications you want to hide from view, select the option to Hide/Unhide, and say goodbye to those unwanted applications. Please note: this does not remove the application from your device; it’s just a cosmetic fix for hiding things. 

Make Folders In Icon Tray

Do you regularly use A LOT of applications? Wish you had more room to play with? Or, do you just want to tidy up the look and feel of your M8’s homescreen? One simple way to do this is to start using folders, and not just on your homescreen – also in the Icon Tray, too.

Setting one up is simple: create a folder, give it a name and then start dragging applications in there. Once you’ve done this store the folder in your icon tray. You can add as many or as few apps as you like, freeing up vital space above for all of widgets or a nice, uncluttered view of your HD wallpaper.

Remove BlinkFeed

Don’t like BlinkFeed? Don’t use it. Here’s how to remove HTC’s aggregated news ticker from the M8’s Sense UX:

  • From the home screen, pinch your fingers together. This opens up the home screen overview. 
  • Tap the BlinkFeed On/Off button in the top left. 
  • Boom! You’re done. 

Check out our HTC One M8 Review

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