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Learn How to Use an HTC Phone!

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 9/15/2011

HTC produce many different phones, both under their own label and for other manufacturers. With a choice of Android or Windows Phone operating systems, there is a lot to choose from and get to grips with - but as these phones are so easy to use, it shouldn't take long!

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    HTC phones are extremely popular and with so many models available they have conquered a large share of the smartphone market. Currently HTC smartphones can be found with either Android or Windows Phone installed, and these high-end devices are designed to be extremely easy to use.

    This doesn’t mean that you won’t need a helping hand from time to time…

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    Guide to HTC Wildfire

    One of the most popular HTC smartphones is the Wildfire, a mid-range handset that is ideal for the majority of mobile phone users. It’s relatively compact, features the Android operating system and is extremely easy to use, offering mobile Internet and email and a massive selection of apps from the Android Market.

    HTC Desire User Guide: Get the Most from Your Smartphone

    At the other end of the scale is the HTC Desire which on release was a high spec smartphone running Android. More advanced devices have since been released but this iPhone competitor is one of the most popular phones that HTC has released in recent years.

    HTC Droid Incredible User Guide

    Another popular device is the HTC Droid Incredible, a great phone that features Android and offers a wealth of connectivity options. As with most Android phones this handset offers built in copy and paste and access to the Android Market, and some versions include the Swype text interface method, a new way of inputting text via the software keyboard.

    How to Use the HTC Aria

    If you’re the owner of an HTC Aria, you should know how easy it is to use this device thanks to the Android operating system and HTC Sense user interface. With so many features on offer, however, you would be forgiven for having missed a few tips and tricks – and there are plenty to try!

    HTC Thunderbolt Manual

    Another top HTC Android phone is the Thunderbolt, which can be used on the 4G mobile Internet network for fast web browsing and email. Whether you have just purchased a Thunderbolt or have had one for a while there are plenty of useful features that you might be interested in discovering, such as how to put a call on hold, for instance, or how to go about applying personalization options to your handset.

    Using HTC Apps on Windows Phone 7

    The HTC Hub on Windows Phone 7 

    If you’re the owner of a Windows Phone device from HTC (such as the HD7, Surround or Mozart) you may not know that there are a set of free apps from HTC specifically for your phone. These offer some interesting new options, such as managing how your phone rings when it is in a pocket, a feature that is determined by your phone’s light sensor.

    HTC Tethering Guide

    Once you have got to grips with the basic use of your HTC phone it is time to start enjoying it for what it is – a handheld computer! One of the great things about smartphones is that they connect to the Internet, and with tethering you can use this connection to access this feature from your desktop computer or laptop, using your HTC phone as a modem!

    Customize Your Android Smartphone with Themes, Ringtones and More

    Customization options on Android devices are considerable, and thanks to the presence of HTC Sense on smartphones from Android these are improved further still. Themes, ringtones and background images can be altered with ease.

    How to Change Wallpaper on your HTC Phone

    A more specific look at how to alter wallpaper and themes on phones equipped with HTC Sense will allow you to uncover the wonder of scenes, preset themes that already feature useful widgets and screens that fit a particular type of use; for instance, one is called “Social” and offers lots of messaging and social networking widgets.

    A Simple Guide to Google Android Widgets

    Widgets on your Android phone come in different shapes and sizes. There are the standard desktop shortcuts that can be used to quickly launch a favorite app and there are the custom-built widgets that come with certain apps that you install. These can all be added in the same way, and offer great usability enhancements.

    Guide to HTC Sense UI

    You will have seen mention of HTC Sense above; this is the user interface overlay provided by HTC to make their Android phones appear uniform and recognizable. Other Android phone providers offer their own UI options but none of these are as impressive as HTC Sense which is really easy to use and well integrated with Android.

    Simple Guide to Installing Android APK Files

    If you’re looking for an app that isn’t in the Android Market or simply don’t have access to this resource (you may not want to associate your credit card with your Google account, for instance) then you will need another means of installing apps. Fortunately there are plenty of alternatives but they don’t feature the same ease of installation as the APK installer files.

    Transferring Files to the HTC Hero

    Moving files between a mobile phone and a computer is a common task. You might wish to sync music or photos, video clips or podcasts or even use your Hero as a portable storage device. This will be possible using just a USB cable and switching your Android phone to the correct mode for sharing and transferring files.

    Guide to HTC Sync to Sense

    One useful desktop utility that can help you sync data between an HTC phone and your computer is HTC Sync to Sense. Available directly from HTC, this application can be installed to a Windows PC and is used for managing the transfer of data to or from an HTC handset.

    Guide to Installing and Removing Apps on an HTC Android Phone

    No mobile platform can be complete without a selection of apps to install from an online library. Some might be free, others might be paid-for, but all will deliver extended features to your phone, perhaps in the shape of additional functions, games or mashups of different types of data. Adding and removing apps is easily achieved on an HTC Android phone.