Five Things You Didn't Know About the HTC One M8

What five things don't you know about the HTC One M8?

The HTC One M8 graced our presence all the way back in March, offering up a stellar design besides some pretty amazing specs.

But even though it’s no longer considered the latest smartphone on the market, it’s surprising to see that many of its owners don’t know about some of its most helpful features.

So, if you’re struggling with your latest HTC handset, or if you're thinking about buying the HTC One M8, we’ve put together our five favourite features that you probably didn’t know about.

Quick Camera Access

Ever seen something you want to take a picture of right away, only to have to trawl through your smartphones cluttered menus to find your camera app?

How do you get to the camera as fast as possible on the M8?

It’s a common problem which happens on plenty of smartphones, but fortunately for us, the HTC One M8 isn’t one of those problem handsets.

Quick camera access lets you go straight to your camera from the lock screen, helping avoid unlocking your handset and finding your way to the specific app.

To use quick camera access, all you have to do is hold the phone in landscape style > press the volume button.

You should be sent straight to the HTC One M8’s dedicated camera app, meaning you shouldn’t be missing out on your ideal pictures anymore!

Changing Font

If you’re a bit bored of the standard fonts we see on our smartphones nowadays then you’re in luck, as the HTC One M8 offers several fonts for you to pick and choose from.

What font would you choose for your HTC One M8?

To be able to change fonts, go to settings > display and gestures > font styles, from here you can choose between the three built-in fonts, which include default, Helvetica and LCD.

Of course if you fancy a bigger selection, you can also download more right from the handset, giving you near unlimited variants to pick from!

The entire phone is affected by the change as well, so even the likes of BlinkFeed get freshened up if you plan on altering the font this way.

Quick Access Settings

Let’s face it; we don’t always want to trawl through our smartphone’s settings panel just to check if our Bluetooth is turned on.

What quick access setting is most important to you?

The HTC One M8 helps us avoid this common issue though by giving us a quick access panel to use right from the home screen.

To access the menu, simply swipe down from the top of the display with two fingers, from here you have the choice of plenty of options including airplane mode, Bluetooth and WiFi along with many more.

You can even choose which settings make the panel quickly and easily, making it completely tailored to your individual needs!

HTC Theme Change

The HTC One M8’s display looks great, and its default theme does brilliant work of showing it off without a doubt, but we don’t always want to stick with the same theme all of the time.

What's your favourite HTC One M8 theme?

Thankfully, the One M8 boasts a selection of themes for us to choose from which alter the entire style of the handset.

To change the theme on your HTC One M8, you have to go to settings > personalise > theme.

From here you can pick between any of the built-in themes, which give you the opportunity to really customise your handset’s design, from the wallpaper down to the colours of your headers.

High Performance Mode

Not for the faint of heart! High performance mode has been hit with criticism because of the amount of battery power it uses, but it also has plenty of benefits.

Will you try activating the HTC One M8's high performance mode?

Not only will it help with general use, but your HTC One M8 will run faster and multitask far better with this mode turned on.

It’s pretty complicated compared to the other features we’ve mentioned today, but it doesn’t require too much work by any means.

To enable high performance mode, you must go to settings > about > software information > more > then tap build number seven times > head back to settings > developer options > select high performance mode.

If activated, you’ll receive a quick warning to say what the mode does, and then it will activate, putting the handset’s CPU into top gear.

Of course, if you don’t fancy meddling with the M8’s developer options it may be best to avoid this tip, but if your tech savvy enough to handle it then it could be beneficial.

So there you have it, hopefully these tips help you out with your HTC One M8, giving you just a bit more info about your handset and what you can do with it.

Of course if you know of any more fancy tips or tricks, why not let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google+?

Written by Luke Hatfield

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