Reading and responding to messages is one of the top activities we do on our smartphones. Whether your managing email or text messages, sorting through the noise can be confusing. Here are some tips and tricks for using your HTC One (or other HTC device) to tame the messaging beast.
Overwhelmed by the volume of email in your inbox? Use the search filter in the Mail app to reduce the clutter. Tap the search icon at the top of your mailbox then select the settings icon. From here you can select which parts messages to search or filter your mailbox by specific criteria such as addressed to you, have attachments and more, making it easy to sort through your email.
You can also enable tabs for Favorites, Unread, Marked, Invites, and Attached mail to make it easy to quickly find relevant email. From the mail app tap “Menu” > “Filters” to select and arrange the order of your Mail app tabs.
Managing Text messages
Text messaging easily rivals email as a primary form of communication. Much like email, it’s easy to let your text messages become a disorganized stack. Here are a few tips to help you de-clutter and protect information in your text messages.
One way to reduce the clutter is the enable group messaging. This will let you send messages to a group and see all the replies in one stream*. To turn on group messaging go to “Settings” from the Messages app then select “Multimedia Messages (MMS)” > “Group Messaging.”
Sometimes you might receive sensitive info, like bank account details, in a text message. On your HTC One, you can protect this information by keeping private messages in your secure box, which requires a pass code to access. From the main Messages screen, press and hold a conversation thread and tap “Move to secure box”
In addition to the Secure Box, there is also a block box option for unwanted messages like spam or those from blocked contacts. From the main Messages screen, press and hold a conversation thread and tap “Block contact.”
Turn on the word prediction features of your HTC Sense keyboard to see suggested words as you type. Additionally, HTC Sense will make suggestions for the next word. Enable word prediction by going to “Settings” > “Language & keyboard” > “HTC Sense Input” > “Advanced” to turn on word prediction features.
If you have your own shortcuts for phrases (such as, “ttyl” for “talk to you later”), you can store them in the personal dictionary by going to “Settings” > “Language & keyboard” > “HTC Sense Input” > “Personal dictionary”. Tap + to add a new phrase and shortcut.
How about you? What tips do you have for managing email and text messages?
*All devices in the group conversation should also support group messaging to join the conversation.