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    The following is a list of tips and tricks for the Motorola Droid. Most of this applies to Android 2.0 as well.

    Icons
    Motorola Droid Icons & what they mean

    Add/remove widgets
    To add:
    • Press the Home button
    • Select Menu > Add > Widget

    To remove: Select and hold then widget, drag it to the trash can that appears where the application window was.

    Optimize Battery Life
    • Press the Home button > Menu
    • Select Add > Widgets > Power Control
      This Widget will easily allow you to turn off services that drain battery, like Wi-fi, Bluetooth, Screen briteness, e-mail and facebook sync, and GPS


    Import contacts
    From SD card:
    • Insert SD card with vCard file (in root)
    • Go to Contacts > Menu > Import/Export > Import from SD card

    From Outlook
    From Verizon Backup Assistant
    Guide to Importing Contacts & Calendar on your Droid

    Merge Contacts
    Merge/Join contacts on the Motorola Droid

    Sync Outlook Calendar
    Sync Motorola Droid Calendar (Gmail) with Outlook Calendar

    Programming Menu
    Droid Programming Menu

    Yahoo Mail
    Setup Yahoo mail on the Motorola Droid

    Watch Youtube Videos in high resolution
    When watching a video select Menu > More > Watch in high quality

    Viewing Notifications
    Simply touch the top status bar and slide down

    Pairing a Bluetooth Headset
    • Press the Home button > Menu
    • Go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Bluetooth > Bluetooth settings
    • Put your headset in pairing mode
    • Select Scan for devices
    • Your headset should come up in the list - if there's a password, enter it (probably 0000)
    • You should now be able to connect to the headset


    Bluetooth Profiles
    Droid Bluetooth Profiles

    Switch applications/recently used
    Simply hold down the Menu key

    Delete a single call or message
    Select the message or call you want to delete and hold - a window of options will pop up and you can select 'delete'.

    Delete a bookmark
    Long press the bookmark and select Delete bookmark

    Save a picture
    Save pictures (MMS or browser) by long pressing them. An option to save will appear.

    Load files from your computer
    • Connect your Dorid to your computer using provided USB cable
    • Go to Notifications by touching the top status bar and sliding down
    • Select USB Connected
    • Notification > Select Mount
    • You should now see the Droid as a drive in explorer or finder
    • When you're done moving files, go to Notifications and select Turn off USB storage


    Set audio file/mp3 as ringtone
    Open the file you want to set as a ringtone in the media player - click the menu - set as ringtone
    http://cellphoneforums.net/motorola-...ons-droid.html

    Set ringtones per contact
    Go to Contacts - Select a contact - Select Menu > Options - Under ringtone choose the ringtone you'd like to set for this person.

    Set tones per Notification
    If you go to the individual application that you want to set the notification for you can change it there under the menu.
    For example. Click on Messaging > Menu > Settings - scroll down to Notifications - there is a setting for ringtone or vibrate. (same steps for e-mail and Facebook)

    Crop Audio Files
    http://cellphoneforums.net/motorola-...ons-droid.html

    Save word to dictionary
    While typing - when a word comes up, longpress it. It will be added to the dictionary

    Speed Dial
    Add Speed Dial on the Droid (direct dial)

    Copy/Paste
    • In any text field - long press
    • Edit text will appear
    • Cut all and Copy all will be among the options.
    • If you have something on the clipboard Paste will be an option


    Lock a Text Message
    • Go to Messaging
    • Open a conversation
    • longpress an individual text message - an option will appear to Lock message
    • to unlock long press the locked message and select Unlock message


    Stop Running Applications
    • Select Settings
    • Applications
    • Running services
    • Select the desired service
    • Stop


    Traffic Reroute
    Google Maps Navigation - Droid GPS Traffic Reroute

    Sync iTunes
    Sync iTunes with your Motorola Droid for Free!

    Tether
    Tether your Motorola Droid and use it as a modem

    More Home Screens
    Add more home screens on the Droid

    Safe Mode
    • With the phone off, slide open the keyboard open
    • Press and hold the Power+Menu button (on the keyboard)
    • Continue to hold until the "Droid Eye" comes up and you feel the phone vibrate
    • Phone should start up and say "Safe Mode" in the bottom left-hand corner
    • Explanation - This starts only the core Android processes. This is best used for diagnosing if a 3rd party application is causing your phone to malfunction or if you cannot uninstall if when in regular mode.
    • TRY THIS FIRST if you are having any problems with your phone acting up, especially with the built-in Android apps (example - Messaging app is crashing. Boot in Safe Mode. If app doesn't crash when doing what you were doing in regular mode, it's most likely going to be a 3rd party app with access to messaging that is causing a problem.)
    • BE AWARE that after coming out of Safe Mode, 3rd party widgets might not display properly on the home screen. Press and hold on the widget and drag it down into the trash can, then readd it to the home screen. This will fix the "problem loading widget" error.


    Manual
    If all else fails: http://cache.vzw.com/multimedia/mim/mot_droid/droid.pdf


    See More: Motorola Droid Tips & Tricks
    Last edited by tavenger5; 12-17-2009 at 01:44 PM.



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    Re: Motorola Droid Tips & Tricks

    Great tips I think. I can't wait to try them out on my new Driod
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    Re: Motorola Droid Tips & Tricks

    This is a very helpful post but I can't find the trash can to delete some widgets off my home page. Where is it?
    Thanks,
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    Re: Motorola Droid Tips & Tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by nanllyn View Post
    This is a very helpful post but I can't find the trash can to delete some widgets off my home page. Where is it?
    Thanks,
    Nancy
    It will appear to the right in place of the app menu when you long press the widget
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    Re: Motorola Droid Tips & Tricks

    added a couple more tips
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    Re: Motorola Droid Tips & Tricks

    I must be doing something wrong. The "add" is grayed out on my Droid. Is there a magic trick for this?



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    Re: Motorola Droid Tips & Tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by ooblick View Post
    I must be doing something wrong. The "add" is grayed out on my Droid. Is there a magic trick for this?
    For Widgets? Are you on the home screen or one of the panels? Is the panel already full?
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    Re: Motorola Droid Tips & Tricks

    That was is. I should think before my fingers move across the keys :-)



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    Re: Motorola Droid Tips & Tricks

    You should add your find about how to set different sounds to notifications to the list.



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    Quote Originally Posted by GadgetRick View Post
    You should add your find about how to set different sounds to notifications to the list.
    Good idea - done
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