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  1. amishdude01
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    Has anyone figured out any keyboard / on screen shortcuts / tricks?! Let's hear them!
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    This seems like an appropriate thread to ask the following questions. If there is a better place I should be asking them, I apologize.

    The Droid 4 is my first Droid. I've been figuring some stuff out, but a few things have me baffled:

    1) I don't seem able to edit the default "voicemail" entry to add pauses or a wait and then my security code, so that I can go right into my voicemail. On previous phones you could edit this entry. There must be a way to do this, right? I can't imagine I actually have to key in my security code every time I want to access voicemail, do I?

    2) Periodically my phone says "Droid" in a droid-voice. At fist I thought it was the ringtone for different things, but I changed the alert sound for incoming mail and incoming texts. Later I thought it might be a sound to let me know I had some sort of alert--a missed call or something. But it sometimes makes that sound and I have no missed calls, no new messages of any kind--nothing that I can see. Any idea why it is doing this?

    3) On previous phones I had icons for missed calls, unread e-mail, voicemail, etc. on my home screen. These would change color and/or have a number near them to indicate if I had any of these things, and how many, etc. How do I set the Droid up similarly, so that I can glance at my home screen and know if I have voicemail, missed calls, etc.

    Thanks in advance for trying to help a complete Droid neophyte.
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    I can answer #3 and this might answer #2.

    On the very top of you're screen theres a little bar. Its called a notification bar. This tells you what notifications you have. Missed calls, text messages, etc. You take a finger and swipe it down to see what you have.
    See. Page 19 of your Master Your Device guide.

    And this may answer #2 as it will tell you what may be making the Droid sounds because you can see what your phone is doing.

    I cant answer #1 because I use google voice.

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    Thanks for the answer, Debdroid.

    I checked that status area and there was a notification about the phone wanting me to enable a recommended "smart action", so perhaps that was the alert causing the "Droid" sound.

    I definitely need to take some time to read through the manual.

    Is there really no way, though, to see the status stuff, including the number of things, on the home screen without having to actually access that status bar? That would surprise me.

    Thanks again.
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    Reg. Your # 1: you have to edit the voice mail number in Contacts and/or in Settings > call options.
    What you do is this: *86,,yourpin#
    The commas signify a pause. Two of them works well for me.

    Actually, on re-reading your post. To edit the voice mail number in contacts, long press the entry BEFORE you open it. If that does not work you'll have to edit the entry in settings too, I guess.
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    Is there a way to change the # of screens or will there always be 5?

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    You can download an app. Most are called Launcher. I think i had AWD Launcher or something like that.

    ETA found a link with suggestions.


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    I downloaded ADW Launcher since i didnt like the 5 screens. I now have 9. ;)

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    i think putting a ; in your number folowed by say an extension.. will wait for you to pres ok then it will send the numbers.
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    I was able to edit the number in Settings/Call options, but not in contacts. Doing so results in the following:

    If I have a status bar alert, and call voicemail from that alert, my pin is entered correctly. However, if I simply use the icon on the homescreen to call voicemail, only *86 is entered. Any idea how to make that icon also enter my pin?

    Thanks for the help!
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    If you delete the app icon, how would you get to the app drawer??
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    you could put the app drawer icon anywhere but if you need to get it back in its slot long press and then select it
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    That I get but what if you deleted the app icon by dragging it up to the trash so there was no app icon anywhere, how would you get back into the app drawer? There has to be another way to het to all your apps beside the app icon but I have not figured it out yet.
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    ADW Launcher also has a companion app that will give you missed call counts and such on the icons.
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    1. Dont know, but go with others suggestions here.

    2. The "droid" sound is the default notifacation for anything on your phone; sms, voicemail, usb connect, gtalk messaves, whatever. If you go into settings Settings > Sound, you can pick a different default notifcation. Also, you can go into each app/program and change the notification sound its that programs settings menu. Also, you can make a folder on your SD card for your own sounds. Go to, or create Media/Audio/Notifications and Media/Audio/Ringtones. Any MP3 you place in those folderes can be used as a ringtone or notifcation.

    3. There are a ton of app/widgets on the market that can show you numbers of missed calls, sms, mms. You can also get an app called Widget Locker to customize the lockscreen and put those widgets on your lockscreen. I dont have a D4 yet, so Im not sure its compatible, but it should be. There are also replacement programs for almost anything on the phone. Launchers change the desktop look and behaivor of your phone, you can get different dialers, contacts, sms, almost anything to theme your phone the way you like it. If you decide to root, then you can change more things.
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    Oh, and I use ADW Launcher too. Its free and very customizable.
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    There is this company who makes GoWidgets. They have a bunch of apps that you can customize everything with. You will be able to add as many screens as you want with it.

    https://market.android.com/search?q=gowidget
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    I'm getting a lot of good information here. Thanks.

    I have searched the following topic, but can't seem to find a solution.

    Is there a way to turn off push e-mail for a Gmail account? The D4 tells me that the account in question "supports only data push". With my last phone I was able to access this account via POP, whenever I wanted or didn't want to. I would like to be able to access my mail manually when I want to without the mail always being pushed to my phone. Is this possible?

    Thanks!
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    You can go to seetings > accounts & sync > google account( what ever name you picked for gmail). In there you can turn off/on sync for calendar, mail, and contacts. If you turn it off, it will not sync at all, you will have to go to gmail.com in a browser, or turn sync back on. I dont know of a way to have it check periodically like pop3 email accounts.
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