How to Get the most out of your shiny new HTC 10

The HTC 10 knows a few tricks, and maybe offers some treats along the way; you just have to know where to look. To get the most out of HTC’s latest and greatest, here’s nine settings to check out.

Turning off ads in HTC BlinkFeed

HTC Sense will display ads on your device in apps such as BlinkFeed, unless you disable the feature.

Turning off ads in HTC BlinkFeed

It’s easy to kill ads in BlinkFeed entirely once you know where to look.

  1. From the main BlinkFeed home panel, swipe left-to-right to open the menu panel.
  2. Tap the three dots icon in the top right corner of the panel.
  3. In the menu that appears, tap “Settings.”
  4. Scroll down to “Manage ads,” under “Customize.”
  5. Check “Turn off interest-based ads.”

That’s it. No more BlinkFeed ads.

How to Add more fingerprints on htc 10

The HTC 10 will let you register up to five different fingerprints for unlocking the phone, apps or making purchases. Open Settings then Fingerprint Scanner. Enter your password, then tap on Add fingerprint and follow the prompts.

Here you can also enable or disable waking the device when placing a finger on the home button while the screen is off.

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BlinkFeed be gone

HTC’s BlinkFeed is a customized newsfeed that lives to the left of your home screen, but it’s not for everyone. Turn off BlinkFeed by long-pressing on an empty spot of your home screen and selecting Manage home screen pages. Swipe right until BlinkFeed is selected, then tap Remove.

Customize button backlight

For the first time, the HTC 10 has capacitive buttons instead of onscreen buttons. The backlight for each button defaults to turning off until touched, but you can set the backlight to turn on as whenever the screen is on.

Go to Settings > Display, gestures & buttons > Navigation button backlight and select your preferred setting.

Get to know gestures

With gestures you can launch the HTC 10’s camera, wake the screen, or unlock the device directly to its home screen.

To view how each gesture works, or disable gestures you don’t want, openSettings > Display, gestures & buttons > Motion Launch gestures. Tap on a number near just under the preview section to view an animation detailing how to use the gesture. Alternatively, tap on a gesture to enable or disable it.

 

 

Freestyle themes

HTC’s new Freestyle themes do away with traditional app icon grids. Instead your wallpaper acts as a background, and stickers act as shortcuts to an app of your choosing. Open the Themes app located in the app drawer to find new Freestyle themes under the From HTC category.

 

Check out Boost+

A new app from HTC, Boost+, helps you keep tabs on memory usage and storage information. But it also lets you password protect an app or apps of your choosing. Once an app is locked, the only way to open it is to enter a pattern you set.

Other notable features include battery optimization when playing games on the HTC 10.