Kit Guide: HTC One A9s - using it

This guide takes you through the basics of using your HTC One A9s. If you haven't got it working yet, have a look at our HTC One A9s Setup Guide.

Making phone calls

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Everything to do with phone calls is done through the Phone app, which can be found in the bottom-left of the Home screen.

 
 
 
 
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To dial a number directly, open the phone dialler and enter the number, then tap Call to start the call.

2.

The People list shows you all the contacts in your A9S. Scroll through the list and tap a contact to open it, then tap the correct number to call them.

3.

You can also use the keypad to spell out their name. There are letters beside each number; tap the numbers to spell the name (in our example we're spelling out "Amanda" by tapping "262632") and the A9S will find them in your contact list! If you know more than one person with the name you're searching, you'll need to tap the correct contact from the suggestions.

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The menu button (3 dots) allows you access to the settings menu where you can manage blocked numbers, change the size of the dialler keypad and set up speed dials for your most frequently contacted numbers.

Send text & picture messages

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This part of the guide shows you how to send text and picture messages from the HTC One A9s. Before you start sending picture messages, it's worth checking with your network to see if you'll be charged extra, as MMS aren't always included in your monthly allowance.

 
 
 
 
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Tap the Messaging app on the Home screen (it's the white and green speech bubble).

2.

Open a new message by pressing the + at the bottom of the screen.

3.

Tap the To box and choose who to send the message to. You can either enter a number or type the name of a contact.

4.

Press the Add text box and type your message. To send the message, tap the speech bubble to the right of the message box.

 
 
 
 
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Follow steps 1-5 above, then tap the paperclip to the left of the text box.

2.

Choose the type of file you want to attach.

3.

Find the file and tap it to add it into the message.

4.

To send the message, tap the speech bubble.

Deleting a message thread

To delete a message, hold your finger on the name of the person whose messages you want to remove, and press the bin icon when it appears.

Sending emails

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These steps take you through sending and adding attachments to emails. But before you can send emails, you need to set your account up. If you followed our HTC One A9 setup guide then you're all ready to go - if not, you can find it here.

 
 
 
 
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Open the Email app, or Gmail if that's the account you're using to send emails.

2.

Tap the red circle in the bottom-right to open a new email.

3.

If you have more than one email account on your phone, tap the arrow next to the From line to choose which account you're sending from.

4.

Choose who to send the email to by pressing To box. You can either type an email address or the name of a contact. 

 
 
 
 
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Add a Subject for your email, then type out your message. press the arrow in the top-right to send your email.

6.

To add an attachment, tap the paper clip on the title bar. When the menu opens, you can choose from where to attach the item.

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Attach file allows you to send a file that is already on your A9S. This may be a sound recording, a photo or video you've taken, or a file you've downloaded. Insert from Drive lets you attach an item you have stored online in your Google Drive, as long as you've added your Google account to your handset. Navigate through the on screen menu to find the item you want, and tap it to add it to your email.

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Add further attachments if you wish, and compose your message. To send, tap the right-facing arrow.

Setting alarms

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You can use the HTC One A9s' alarm feature to wake you up in the morning, and you can set the days it goes off, so you don't need to remember to turn it on or off.

 
 
 
 
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Open the Clock app from the main apps list, then press the Alarms tab.

2.

To set a new alarm, tap the + at the top.

3.

Set the alarm by swiping the hour and minute lists. Press Repeat and tap the days you want the alarm to go off on.

4.

Change the name, tone, and volume of the alarm if you want. Tap Done to save the alarm.

When an alarm is set, an alarm clock icon is shown in the status bar at the very top of the screen.

Using BlinkFeed

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BlinkFeed collects news stories and updates from your favourite websites and shows them all together on the Home screen.

To view the feed, just swipe right across the Home screen. 

Picking your Feeds

 
 
 
 
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On your home screen, swipe left-to-right to get to the BlinkFeed page.

2.

Open the BlinkFeed sidebar by swiping your finger in from the left-hand edge of the phone.

3.

Tap the + at the top of the BlinkFeed sidebar to Add Content.

4.

On this new page you can choose various sources to pull data from. News Republic is a news aggregator service to bring you up-to-the minute information, and you can also add your social network feeds by ticking the applicable boxes. When you've finished making your selections, tap the left arrow on the menu bar.

 
 
 
 
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Now that you've started to set up BlinkFeed, you'll be asked to select specific topics to add to your feed. Swipe in from the left and select sources to follow.

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You can go into as many categories as you like, so browse through the ones on offer to find content that suits your interests. Whether it's sport, fashion, technology, news or games, you're sure to find something that interests you! Tap the arrow in the top left corner to go back to choose more sources.

7.

If BlinkFeed doesn't appear when you press the Home button or display the clock at the top of your Feed, you may need to change your default Home Screen! To begin, place your thumb and index finger on your phone screen a couple of inches apart then pinch them together.

8.

You'll notice the BlinkFeed screen is in the top left. Hold your finger down on the BlinkFeed screen for a couple of seconds, then drag your finger up to the set as home message in the top-left corner. Once you drag the BlinkFeed screen over the text, it will light up blue. Remove your finger to 'drop' BlinkFeed onto the text, and you'll now have BlinkFeed as your home screen!

Now that you've got to grips with the basics, why not start exploring the millions of apps ready to download from the Google Play Store to see what else your phone can do. 

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