The Complete HTC Sensation Guide

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Got a HTC Sensation but not sure how to use all the functions on it? Not a problem as we’ve come up with a comprehensive guide to all the basic stuff you can do on your handset.

Navigate using the links below or click on the PDF button to download the full guide. If you can’t find what you’re looking for just leave a question in the comments and we’ll try our best to get you an answer.

Software

Is there a software update available for my phone?

The HTC Sensation runs Android 2.3. Google rolls out software updates pretty regularly though, so there could be some new software on its way. Read on to find out how to check if new software is available and how to update your phone.

How will I know if a software update has been released?

The quickest way to check if an update has been released for your phone is to go to Settings from the main menu, select About Phone then Software Updates. You can also keep an eye on the P4u News and Community for regular news about this sort of thing.

Where can I get more help?

If you have any more questions about your phone’s software, head over to the P4u Forum and get in touch with the team, who will be more than happy to help you out.

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Connectivity

How do I change my phone’s Bluetooth name?

  • Go to Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Choose Wireless and Networks.
  • Press Bluetooth Settings.
  • Tap Device Name.
  • A pop-up box will now appear. Just type in the new name and press OK when you’re done.

How do I pair my phone with another Bluetooth device?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Wireless and Networks.
  • Make sure your Bluetooth receiver is turned on by ticking the box next to the word Bluetooth.
  • Press Bluetooth Settings.
  • Tick the Discoverable box so your phone can be picked up by other Bluetooth devices.
  • Tap Scan for Devices.
  • Press the name of the device you want to pair with.
  • You will now get a Bluetooth Pairing Request. Check that the passkey is the same one displayed on the other device and press Pair.

How do I turn off Bluetooth?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Wireless and Networks.
  • Un-tick the box next to the word Bluetooth.

How do I remove a device from my Bluetooth pairing list?

  • Go to Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Click Wireless and Networks.
  • Select Bluetooth Settings.
  • Press and hold on the name of the device you want to remove.
  • Tap Unpair.

How do I stop people sending me stuff over Bluetooth?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Press Wireless and Network.
  • Select Bluetooth Settings.
  • If the Discoverable box is ticked in your Bluetooth menu, un-tick it.

How do I connect my phone to my computer?

  • Connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable.
  • You will then be asked what connection type you would like to use. Choose Disk Drive and tap Done.
  • Your phone will now appear as an external hard drive in My Computer.

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Camera

How do I take a picture on my phone?

  • Go to Camera from the Applications menu.
  • You will now be able to see what the camera lens is seeing. Press the optical trackpad to take a picture.

How do I capture a video on my phone?

  • Go to Camera from the Applications menu.
  • Press the Menu key.
  • Select Video in the Mode option.
  • Press the optical trackpad to start/end recording.

How do I record a video in 1080p?

  • Make sure you’re in video mode by following the instructions above.
  • Press the Menu key.
  • Tap Video Quality.
  • Choose Full HD (1920 x 1080).
  • Press the arrow icon on the pull out menu to save the setting.

Where can I view the pictures/videos I’ve taken?

If you’re in Camera mode:

  • At the bottom left corner of your screen, you’ll see a small icon of the last picture or video you took. Tap this to go straight to the gallery.

From the Applications Menu:

  • Go to Gallery.
  • Choose Camera Shots.

How do I edit a photo?

  • Open up the album where the photo you want to edit is.
  • Press and hold over the thumbnail of the image you want to edit.
  • On the pop-up menu, press Edit.
  • You can now choose to rotate, crop or add effects to your snaps. Whenever you edit a photo, your phone will still keep the original copy.

How do I edit a video?

  • Choose the album in which the video you want to edit is stored.
  • Press and hold over the thumbnail icon of the video.
  • Tap Trim.
  • Drag the two trim sliders to the part of the video you want to trim.
  • Tap Play to preview your clip.
  • Press Done when you’re finished.

How do I delete a picture or video?

  • Go to Gallery from the Applications menu.
  • Choose Camera Shots.
  • Press the Bin icon from the bottom toolbar.
  • Select the pictures or videos you want to delete by marking them with a red X. If you choose the wrong one, simply tap on it again and then select the correct one.
  • Press Delete.

How many pictures can I take on my phone?

It all depends on how much memory you have left. The HTC Sensation comes with 1GB of internal storage but you can make even more room for your pictures with a microSD card. Your phone supports cards up to 32GB. As a rough guide, around 4GB of memory will hold about 1,600 pictures so 32GB can hold a lot more!

What’s the longest video clip I can record on my phone?

Unlimited. It just depends on how much memory you have.

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Messaging

How do I set up an email account on my phone?

  • Go to Mail from the Applications menu.
  • If you’re setting up a work email, click Exchange. Otherwise select Other (POP3/IMAP4).
  • Enter the email address and password for your account. Press Next.
  • Type in your account name and your name and then tap Done.
  • If you want to sync your work email account to your phone, your IT guy at work will be able to give you the information you need to get going.

How do I send an email?

  • Go to your email inbox and press the Menu key.
  • Tap Compose.
  • Enter your recipient’s email address, a subject and type your message.
  • Tap Send when you’re ready.

How do I send an attachment in an email?

  • Go to your email inbox and press the Menu key.
  • Tap Compose.
  • Enter your recipient’s email address, a subject and type your message.
  • Press Menu and then Attach.
  • This will take you to your photo gallery. Choose a photo or video to attach by tapping on it.
  • Remove an attachment by tapping on the X icon next to the file name.
  • Hit Send.

How do I edit the signature on my email account?

  • Go to Mail from the Applications menu.
  • Tap the Menu button.
  • Click More.
  • Hit Settings.
  • Press Signature.
  • Type in your new signature and press OK.

How do I send a picture or video message?

  • Go to Messages.
  • Select New Message.
  • Enter the name or number of the person you’re sending the attachment to and then tap the paperclip icon.
  • Choose which kind of file you want to send.
  • Tap on the picture or video you want to send to attach it to the message. Click Remove if you chose the wrong one.
  • Press Send when you’re ready.

How do I delete a text message?

  • Go to your text message inbox and press Menu.
  • Tap Delete.
  • Tick the boxes of the messages you want to delete.
  • Press Delete.

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Media

How do I put music onto my phone?

  • Connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable.
  • Pull down the Notifications bar on the homescreen and select USB Connected.
  • Click Turn on USB Storage.
  • Your phone will now appear as an external hard drive in My Computer.
  • Drag your music files from your computer into this folder.
  • When you’re finished, press Turn off USB Storage on your handset.
  • Safely remove your phone from your computer when you’re finished.

How do I set my favourite song as a ringtone?

First off, you need to put your music into a dedicated folder as you can’t use songs on your microSD card.

  • Connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable.
  • Choose Disk Drive mode and click Done.
  • On your computer, select Media, then Audio and finally, Notifications.
  • Put your music in this folder. If there isn’t a Notifications folder, make one.
  • Safely remove your phone from your computer when you’re finished.

Once you’ve done this:

  • Go to Music from the Applications menu.
  • Tap the icon in the bottom toolbar with three horizontal lines in it.
  • Choose the song you want to use as a ringtone.
  • Press Menu and tap More.
  • Select Set as Ringtone.
  • Choose Phone Ringtone. If you want to assign the song to a specific person, Contact Ringtone. If you do this, you will now be asked to choose the contact you want to assign the ringtone to.
  • Check the song was added as a ringtone by going to SettingsSound and Display Phone Ringtone.

How do I make a music playlist?

  • Go to Music from the Applications menu.
  • Choose the Playlists icon from the bottom toolbar.
  • Press Add Playlist.
  • Enter the name of your playlist and press Save.
  • Tap Add Songs to Playlist.
  • Choose the songs you want to add by ticking the boxes.
  • Press Add.

How do I add songs to a playlist?

  • Go to the playlist you want to add songs to.
  • Press Menu and click Add Songs.
  • Choose the songs you want to add by ticking the boxes and pressing Add.

How do I delete a song?

  • Go to the playlist where the song you want to delete is.
  • Tap Remove Songs and tick the boxes of the songs you want to delete.
  • Press Remove.

How do I delete a playlist?

  • Press and hold over the name of the playlist you want to delete.
  • Tap Delete Playlist.

What type of media files does my phone support?

The HTC Sensation supports:

  • MP3, WMA, WAV and AAC+ music files
  • XviD, MP4, H.264, H.263 and WMV9 video files.

How many songs can my phone hold?

The best way to get all your favourite tunes onto your phone is to buy a microSD card. Your phone supports cards up to 32GB and if you consider that 8GB of memory can hold about 2,000 songs, you’ll be able to fit plenty onto your phone if you have a 32GB memory card.

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Apps

Does my phone have an app store?

Yes indeed. It comes with access to the Android Market.

How do I download an app?

  • Open up the Android Market by selecting the Market icon in the Applications menu.
  • Sign-in to your Google account (or follow the steps to create one if you’re new to this). Once you’re done, you’ll then be able to browse through all of the available apps.
  • When you’ve found one that tickles your fancy, click on the name of the app to find out more details (such as how much it costs and what it does).
  • If an app is free, just press the Free button, then hit OK to start the download.
  • If you have to pay for an app, press on the Price icon and follow the on-screen instructions to make a payment.
  • Once downloaded, the app will appear in your Applications menu.

How do I delete an app?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Applications.
  • Press Manage Applications.
  • Tap All.
  • Choose the app you want to delete from the menu.
  • Press Uninstall.

How do I close an app?

  • Go to Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Press Applications.
  • Choose Manage Applications.
  • Tap Force Stop to close an app.

How do I personalise the lock screen?

  • From the homescreen, press the Personalise icon (it looks like a paint pallet and a brush).
  • Press Lock Screen.
  • Choose your lock screen type.
  • Tap Settings and choose the shortcuts you want to put on your lock screen.
  • Press Done.

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Internet

How do I connect to a Wi-Fi network on my phone?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Click Wireless and Networks.
  • Make sure your Wi-Fi receiver is turned on by ticking the box next to Wi-Fi.
  • Tap Wi-Fi Settings.
  • Your phone will now scan for wireless networks.
  • Tap on the name of the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.
  • Enter a password if asked and press Connect.

How do I sign into my social networks?

Your phone comes with a pre-loaded Facebook for Android app. Just follow the on-screen instructions to sign-in to your account. You can sign-in to your Twitter account using Peep but you can also download the official Twitter app from the Android Market.

How do I use Friendstream?

Friendstream is a nifty feature that displays all your social networking updates in one feed. It’s also really easy to set up. All you need to do is go to Friendstream from the main menu and sign into your accounts. You can update your status on all your social networking sites in one go using Friendstream. To do this:

  • On the All Updates tab, tap What’s on your mind?
  • Write your status update.
  • Select which social networks you want to post to.
  • Choose if you want to add a picture or check-in to the place you’re at.
  • Press Post.

How do I use my phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot (tethering)?

  • First, you need to install HTC Sync on your computer. You can get this from the official HTC website.
  • Once you’ve done this, connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable.
  • On the Connect to PC screen, select USB Tethering.
  • Press Done.

How do I open multiple windows in the web browser?

  • Open up Internet from the Applications menu.
  • Tap the Menu key.
  • Press Windows.
  • Click the + button to open a new window.

How do I switch between web pages?

  • Press the Menu key and hit Windows.
  • Choose the web page you want to view.

How do I close a web page?

  • Press the Menu key and hit Windows.
  • Press the small X icon in the corner of the web page you want to close.

How do I bookmark a web page?

  • Press Menu.
  • Choose Add Bookmark.
  • Enter the name and check the URL for your bookmark. Click Done.
  • You can view your bookmarks by pressing Menu and then Bookmarks.

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