HTC 10 was the last important manufacturer to launch its new flagship this spring, but after a first impression, it was totally worth the wait, as the handset has all the chances of becoming this year’s best Android.
If you’re one of those users who wanted to give the Taiwanese company a chance after last year’s fail, with the One M9, and already got your hands on the new HTC 10, you’re definitely curious about what your new phone can do. We’ve put together a list with the first things you should do, after the first boot, in order to get the best out of your phone.
Get yourself a microSD card
All the major manufacturers brought back the microSD card slot this year and HTC is no exception. The 10 is able to support cards up to 2 TB, but a 128 or 200 GB one should do the trick nicely. Oh, and after fitting one in, don’t forget to set your camera in such way that all the photos you take are saved on the microSD card, in order to as much internal storage as possible.
Set the fingerprint scanner
Yes, the HTC 10 has a fingerprint scanner too, placed under the physical home button. Personally, I think this is a way better option that placing it on the back, since you can use it even when the phone is resting on a table.
Head over to
Settings > Fingerprint scanner
and make sure to save both your thumb and index finger, from the hand you’re using your phone most with. By this, you will be able to easily unlock your phone while holding it in your hand and when it’s on a table.
Set up the motion gestures
One of the coolest features of the HTC 10 is the set of motion gestures it comes with, which can be really helpful in various situations. By default, the phone gives you the possibility to wake it up by double tapping on the display or through a short touch on the home button, launch the camera with a double swipe down or go directly to the home screen through a swipe up.
If you want to customize all these, just go to
Settings > Display > Gestures > Buttons > Motion launch gestures
and set them in the way you want and fits your needs best.
Reorder your apps
Unlike the LG G5, the HTC 10 does have an app drawer by default, but the apps are a total mess, being arranged randomly. For some users, this can be a bit frustrating, but fortunately, there’s a way to solve this issue.
Open the app drawer and in the top left corner you can notice a Settings icon. Tap it and select the Alphabetically option. That’s it, your apps are now arranged like they should’ve been from the beginning.
Set the Power Saver
HTC thought about those moments when your battery is almost over and you desperately need your phone as well. When you’re at just 5%, it will automatically activate Extreme Power mode, which will limit the phone’s functions to the basics, like making calls and sending texts. Also, when you’re at 15%, it activates the Power Saving mode, which limits your phone’s overall performance, in order to get you as much juice as possible.
Like mentioned above, 5% and 15% are the default values, but you can easily change them by going to
Settings > Power > Power saver
Pick a custom theme
Finally, one last thing you should do, in order to properly set up your new HTC 10, is to change the default theme with one that fits your style and personality. We’re not fans of bloatware apps, but this year, HTC tried to offer a user interface as close as possible to stock. There are some pre-installed apps, of course, and some of them are pretty cool.
One of these apps is HTC Themes which allows you to totally change the look of your phone’s menu. There are a lot of themes you can choose from, changing your colors, fonts, wallpapers and so on. In the end, it’s up to you to pick the one that looks the best.
And there you have it, guys. Some of the most important things, in our opinion, that you should do after unboxing your brand new HTC 10. If you have other suggestions that could expand this list, tell us about them, using the comments section below.