How to manage the Home screen & apps on HTC One M9


The first time you turn on and set up your HTC One M9, you will see the Home screen with the so-called HTC Sense Home widget you can set up according to your preference.

With the HTC Sense Home widget, you can get access to apps, folders, and shortcuts you frequently used based on where you are, as it is schemed to change depending on whether you’re at work, home, or somewhere else. For example, applications you use often for work will display when you’re at your office.

Here are the things you can do with the HTC One M9 Home screen:

Personalize Home screen

To personalize the home screen with the HTC Sense Home widget, tap on Tap to personalize, and then tap Let’s Explore the first time you turn on the phone.

View and Manage Widget Panels

To access/view widget panels for adding your favorite widgets, apps, folders, and other items, swipe left. You can also add more widget panels in case you need more room for your stuff.

How to Add/Remove a Widget Panel

A limit is set when adding new widget panel to the M9 Home screen. This means if you’ve reached this limit, you can no longer add a new widget panel. Usually, the HTC BlinkFeed is always shown as the first panel unless it’s removed. You cannot add a widget panel before HTC BlinkFeed.

If you need help, here’s how to add/remove a widget panel on the HTC One M9 Home screen:

  1. Press and hold an empty space on a widget panel.
  2. Tap Manage home screen pages in the pop-up menu.
  3. Swipe left until you see the + (Plus) icon, and then tap it to add a new widget panel.
  4. To remove a widget panel, swipe left or right until you see the panel you want to remove, and then tap Remove to confirm action.
  5. Press the Back key when done.

How to Arrange Widget Panels

If you want to arrange the widget panels based on how you want them to show on screen, follow these steps:

  1. Slide two fingers together on the HTC BlinkFeed or any widget panel to customize the Home screen.
  2. Press and hold a widget panel thumbnail, and then drag it right or left to the position you desire.
  3. When you’re done and satisfied with the current arrangement of the panels, press the Back

How to Move a Widget or Icon

Moving a widget or icon from a widget panel to another can easily be done with the following steps:

  1. Press and hold the icon or widget with one finger.
  2. To rotate the screen to another widget panel, use another finger and flick left or right.
  3. Release the icon or widget.

How to Delete a Widget or Icon

If you want to remove any unused or unnecessary widget or icon, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the widget or icon to remove, and then drag it to the Trash bin
  2. Lift your finger when you see the widget or icon turns red.

Show Posts and Newsfeeds

To show posts from your social networks, and headlines from your favorite news media via HTC BlinkFeed, swipe right.

The HTC BlinkFeed can also be customized according to your preference.

View All Apps

To view all applications installed your device, tap the All Apps icon on the lower part of the Home screen.

Add Onscreen Navigation

The HTC One M9 offers onscreen navigation buttons located at the bottom of the screen, which rotate when you change screen orientation. These buttons are categorized into two groups namely the Standard navigation buttons and the Fourth navigation buttons.

Buttons for standard navigation include Back, Home, and Recent Apps. On the other hand, fourth navigation button options are comprised of hide navigation bar, turn off screen, auto rotate, notifications and quick settings.

Standard navigation buttons

  • Back Key – used to go to the previous screen.
  • Home Key – used to go to the Home screen.
  • Recent Apps Key – used to show the thumbnails of most recently used apps, and Google Chrome tabs.

Fourth Navigation Buttons (Customizable keys)

  • Turn Off Screen – key to put the phone into sleep mode.
  • Auto Rotate – key to turn auto rotate screen on or off.
  • Notifications – key to display notifications list.
  • Hide navigation bar – key to hide the navigation bar.
  • Quick settings – key to display available Quick Settings.

How to Add a Fourth Navigation Button

Adding a fourth navigation button will make it easier for you to turn the display off, toggle auto-rotate, and more functions. Here’s how to add a fourth navigation button on your M9’s Home screen.

  1. Tap the All Apps icon from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Settings.
  3. Tap Personalize.
  4. Tap to select a fourth navigation button you want to add. If you want to have only three navigation buttons, ensure none of the fourth button options are selected.
  5. To save and apply your customization, tap Done.

How to Re-arrange the Navigation Buttons

You may ask if you can also rearrange the navigation buttons as you desire. Well, the answer is yes. You can customize the placement of the navigation buttons according to what’s most comfortable for you, whether you’re right-handed or left-handed. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Tap the All Apps icon from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Personalize.
  4. Drag the 3-horizontal lines next to the button names. The resulting order from top to bottom in the list will be the corresponding order or arrangement from left to right on the navigation bar.
  5. To save and apply your customization, tap Done.

Using the HTC One M9 Settings Panel/Quick Settings

Your phone offers the Quick Settings panel, wherein you can easily enable/disable settings including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Here’s how to access it:

  1. Swipe your two fingers down from the Status Bar. The Quick Settings opens.
  2. Scroll to and tap an item (setting tile) to turn it on or off.
  3. To change options for a setting, touch and hold its tile or the More options icon (three-dots figure).

Switching from Quick Settings to Notifications Panel

Switching between the Notifications to Quick Settings panel is done by swiping up and down the screen. Here’s how:

  1. Swipe up to switch from the Quick Settings panel to the Notifications panel.
  2. Swipe down the Notification panel to switch back to the Quick Settings panel.

How to Customize Quick Settings

There are many other tiles you can use in the Quick Settings, aside from the default tiles. All you have to do is use your fingers to make them accessible. Here’s how:

  1. Swipe down from the Status bar with two fingers to open Quick Settings.
  2. Tap the Edit icon.
  3. Perform any of the following:
  4. Get to the Quick Settings list, touch and hold the Rearrange icon (three-horizontal bars) next to the item you want to move and then drag it to rearrange the list.
  5. Get to the Hidden items, touch and hold the Rearrange icon, and then drag it up to make it visible and accessible in the Quick Settings. Please note that the number of tiles you can display in Quick Settings is limited. To make space for another one, you have to remove an existing item. Simply drag the item you want to remove below Hidden items.

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