Posts tagged FAQs
1. When installing an application I get an error saying “for security your phone is set to block installation of applications not sourced in the Android market”?
Go to Settings > Applications and tick the Unknown sources box. Press OK when the “Attention” box appear and this message will no longer appear.
2. What’s currently the best way to root the Desire?
I strongly recommend using Unrevoked. I posted up a couple of tutorials, one using Windows and the other using a Linux Live CD (I prefer this method).
3. Can I Play DivX Videos on Froyo?
Yes. There was a rumour that DivX playback would be supported in Froyo but it doesn’t look like it is. However, you can download RockPlayer from the Market which is capable of playing DivX and many other video formats flawlessly
4. How Can I Move Apps to SD Card in Froyo?
Go on Settings > Applications > Manage Applications. Under “Downloaded” or “All” select the app you want to move. Click the button labelled “Move to SD Card”.
The above method works for apps which support apps to sd. If you’ve rooted your phone you can use the ModInstallLocation which allows you to force all apps to be installed to SD card. Alternatively you can use a ROM which has the unofficial A2SD and use that by creating an ext partition on your SD card.
5. How Can I Delete Files on my Phone?
You can either connect your phone to computer via USB, set it in Disk Drive mode and manage all your files from the computer. Or you can download a File Manager application such as FileGo, Astro File Manager or EStrongs File Manager and use it to manage all your SD card contents directly from the phone.
6. How Do I Manually Close an Application?
Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Running. Select the application you want to close and press “Force stop”
7. Does Unrevoked work on Linux?
Yes, in fact I’ve written a tutorial on how to run it on Linux here
8. What Partition Sizes Should I Use When Formatting To Ext?
I have an 8GB card and have found 2GB for the ext 2 to be plenty. Swap space isn’t really required and can be set to 0, though I keep it set to 32MB. The remaining 6GB seems to be enough to hold all my data for now, which includes photos, videos, ROMS and ScummVM games. I’ve had the 2GB partition for over 10 months and haven’t yet come to filling it.
9. Where Can I View A Changelog for Froyo?
There’s no official changelog available that I’ve heard of. However, the folks at XDA-Developers have compiled a massive list of all the changes that are included in Froyo which you can view here
10. When Will Froyo Be Available in Asia?
No date is confirmed yet. If you got your Desire shipped from Europe to Asia then you should already have Froyo. If you bought it in Asia then there’s no news on a release date yet.
Time for another dose of frequently asked questions.
- How much space do games take on the HTC Desire?
Game storage can vary, small games normally use 3-5MB. 3D games tend to take up more space, about 15-20MB. Some games, like the one’s by Gameloft, take up 15MB on the phone and then download the rest of their files to your SD card – saving you valuable phone storage space.
- What do the terms “Mount” and “Unmount” mean in relation to the Desire?
When you connect your phone to your computer via USB cable, you’re shown a series of options on your phone. One of them is “Disk Drive” which let’s your computer access the contents of your phones SD card like a USB Flash drive. Putting your phone into Disk Drive mode is commonly referred to as “mounting” and ejecting/disconnecting the phone is known as “unmounting”.
- Can I take screenshots of my Desire?
If you’ve rooted your phone download ShootMe from the Market
If you’ve not rooted then there’s no easy way, though you can follow this tutorial which shows you how to do it by connecting your phone to computer.
- Why isn’t the Talk (GChat/GTalk) application on my Orange Desire?
Apparently Orange removed this application just to promote their own IM application. If you want the Talk application on your phone then it’s really easy to get it using these instructions
- How can I remove a widget from my homescreen?
Just hold your finger down on the widget, and you’ll see a red box appear at the bottom of the homescreen (where it normally says “phone”) with the text “Remove”. Drag the widget to this box and the widget will be deleted.
- Can I read books on my HTC Desire?
Yes! There’s a few good applications on the Market which let you read books on the Desire. I’m personally a fan of Laputa which has quite a large catalog of free books for you to read. There’s also Aldiko, and if you’re willing to pay then there’s quite few apps for online services such as Amazon Kindle.
- How can I check which firmware version my Desire is running?
Go on Settings > About phone > Software information. This screen will show you all the information about your current firmware.
- What games does the HTC Desire come with?
Only with Teeter, but there’s plenty of free games for you to download from the Android Market as soon as you get your phone. If you need help choosing which to download have a look at the Top 10 Desire Games
- How do I add SNES games to Snesoid?
Download your games on your computer. Mount (def: see #2) your phone to computer. Copy the ROM file anywhere onto your SD card (I made a SNES folder for all my ROMs). Unmount your phone. Start SNESoid and browse to the location you copied your ROM. That’s all there is to it!
- Any word on Froyo?
Nothing official just yet. Hopefully we’re not far off the update. I’ve been using the test leak for a full week now (my review) and I’ve had no issues with it whatsoever. Everything works fine, no force closes, no random restarts or anything – all’s good so I’m hoping that HTC can quickly get it polished up and ready for release in the near future.
Here’s more FAQ’s based on reader questions over the past couple of weeks:
- How Can I Close An Application?
Firstly, there’s no need to except for the rare exceptions. Android handles multiple applications running at the same time by itself (multi-tasking). It will stack applications in the background until it finds that it’s running low on memory. As soon as it does it will close the oldest applications you used. When you switch between applications, Android puts the app in a standby state where it’s using almost no system resources and therefore doing no harm in still being open.
Some applications come with a Quit option which you can use. Otherwise, if you really need to close an app you can use the built-in task killer, or download a dedicated Task Manager from the Market.
- How Can I Play Super Nintendo Games on my HTC Desire?
There’s a great SNES emulator in the Market called Snesoid. There’s a free version, and full-featured paid version too.
- When is Froyo going to be released?
There’s no set release date. As described earlier, firstly Google need to release Froyo, and then HTC modify it so that it has all the HTC Sense features.
Plenty of rumours have been flying around the internet in the past weeks that I’ve mentioned on Twitter but I’ve felt no need to post on here because that’s all they are, rumours – no use getting peoples hopes up with speculation. HTC have not mentioned any such release dates themselves, yet people tend to hold it against HTC when these rumours are proved false. We just need to wait to hear from HTC themselves when they intend to release it.
An additional rumour is that Google are actually working alongside HTC so that the Sense version of Froyo is available on the same day as the official Froyo release.
- How Can I Delete Applications?
There’s a few ways you can achieve this:
- Settings > Applications > Manage Applications. There you can select an app and use the Uninstall option
- Market > Downloads > Select the app you want to uninstall > Uninstall
- File Managers such as FileGo and Astro have a built in application manager you can use to uninstall
- Plenty more apps and methods which I’m sure you’ll come across in your Desire experience
- Will Rooting Effect My Froyo Upgrade?
No. Because there’s way of unrooting your phone you can always revert to stock and then get the Froyo update when it comes out. Also remember that the dev community will no doubt release a rooted version of Froyo too, which you can install using the same recovery image you used when rooting.
- Can I Copy Files to My Desire via WiFi?
Though I’ve never done this myself, I’ve heard that it’s possible to share files between computer and Desire using EStrongs File Explorer
- Where Should I Paste .apk Files on my Desire?
There’s no set location. I tend to organise all .apk files in a dedicated APKs folder on my SD card. However, they can be kept anywhere you like
- Do I Need a Dedicated “Music” folder on my SD Card?
Nope, your audio files can be anywhere on the SD card and the Music app will pick them up automatically. If you want to prevent certain folders from being picked up have a look at this tutorial
- Is Rooting the Desire Safe?
The current rooting method for the Desire is the safest yet. There’s no risk of bricking as there used to be, and the devs have actually released a method to fix any bricking issues in case something does go wrong. Plus it’s quite straightforward to revert your phone to an unrooted state if you want to undo the process.
- Will Apps From My Symbian Phone Work on the Desire?
Unfortunately no, as they’re too completely different operating systems. It’s like trying to play a PS3 game on a Xbox 360…
1. How do I scan QR codes?
To scan QR codes (2D barcodes) download the free application called Barcode Scanner from the Market. More information can be found here
2. Where Do I Store Movies and Videos?
You copy movies anywhere onto your SDcard and the Photos application (or your alternative media application) will automatically add it to it’s library. If you’re looking for an easy way to convert, sync and organise your videos then try out DoubleTwist – here’s an article describing the features of Double Twist and how to use it with your Desire
3. When Is NOVA Coming Out for the Desire?
I tried emailing Gameloft asking for details regarding this but unfortunately they seemed hesitant to part with absolutely any details due to “legal reasons”. Only five of Gameloft’s games are currently available for the Desire.
4. What kind of SD Card does the Desire accept?
The Desire accepts MicroSD cards, including MicroSD-HC (High Capacity cards). It’s supplied with a 4GB card but you can easily upgrade to a larger capacity when needed.
5. What Audio Formats Does the Desire Support?
Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, MPEG4, WAV, MIDI, Real Audio, and Ogg
Video Formats: H.264, 3GPP, MPEG4, and 3GP files
6. What Are the Wallpaper Dimensions?
7. What Happens if I Go Over the Vodafone 1GB limit?
According to this Tweet by Jakub Hrabovsky (Head of Web Relations at Vodafone) you will automatically be charged extra. Current pricing structure is:
No handheld data bundle 50p a day for 25MB 50p for an additional 10MB
Handheld data bundle £5 a month, or £7.50 with a flexi-bundle £5 for an additional 500MB
8. How Do I Transfer My iTunes Music to my Phone?
You can use DoubleTwist to transfer all your iTunes playlists to your Desire.
9. Will Froyo Have Sense on it?
Yes. In simple terms: Google will first release Froyo (without Sense) for phones like the Nexus One. HTC will then take Froyo, add Sense to it and then release this as an update for the HTC Desire. More information on what Froyo actually is can be found here
10. I see that I have a new Message in the top bar, how do I read it?
Simply press the bar with your finger and drag it down. You’ll see that it displays all your active notifications.
11. Is 500MB data limit enough?
For me, no. For you, I have no idea. Try monitoring your usage using an app such as 3g Watchdog or NetTraffic for a few days, and then work out what your estimated data for a month would be at that rate.
Got a Question?
If you have a question about the Desire that you’d like me to answer feel free to email hello [at] myhtcdesire [dot] com, or tweet to @MiHTCDesire on Twitter