Droid Bionic: Noise and Accessibility Options - dummies

Droid Bionic: Noise and Accessibility Options

The Droid Bionic has a plethora of options and settings for you to adjust. You can fix things that annoy you or make things better to please your tastes. The whole idea is to make the phone more usable for you.

    Stopping the noise!

The Droid Bionic features a bag of tricks designed to silence the phone. These techniques can come in quite handy, especially when a cell phone’s digital noise can be outright annoying.

Vibration mode: You can make the phone vibrate for all incoming calls, which works in addition to any ringtone you’ve set (and still works when you’ve silenced the phone). To activate Vibration all-the-time mode, follow these steps:

  1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose Settings and then Sound.

  3. Choose Vibrate.

  4. Choose Always.

Silent mode: Silent mode disables all sounds from the phone, except for music and YouTube and other types of media, as well as alarms that have been set by the Alarm & Timer and Calendar apps.

To enter Silent mode, follow Steps 1 and 2 and then place a check mark by the item Silent Mode.

Setting the double-tap Home soft button function

As master of your Droid Bionic, you can determine what happens when you press the Home soft button twice. It’s the double-tap Home launch function. As the Droid Bionic comes out of the box, pressing the Home soft button twice quickly does nothing. You can change this behavior so that pressing the Home button twice does a variety of interesting or useful things.

To modify the double-tap Home launch function, heed these steps:

  1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose Settings and then Applications.

  3. Choose Double Tap Home Launch.

  4. Choose a new function or app from the menu.

    For example, you can choose Dialer to summon the Phone app whenever you press the Home button twice. Choose None to disable the double-tap Home launch feature.

A handy option to choose for double-tap Home launch is the Camera. You might find this setting extremely useful, even more so than having the Camera app’s shortcut on the Home screen Dock.

    Using accessibility settings

If you find the Droid Bionic not meeting your needs or you notice that some features don’t work well for you, consider taking advantage of some of the phone’s accessibility features. Follow these steps:

  1. While at the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose Settings and then Accessibility.

  3. Place a check mark by the Accessibility option.

    Two options become available when accessibility is on:

    • Voice Readouts: Touching items on the screen directs the phone to read that text.

    • Zoom Mode: A magnification window appears on the touchscreen, allowing you to better see teensy information.

  4. Touch the OK button after reading the scary warning.

    The Accessibility feature is active.

To disable any accessibility settings, repeat these steps and remove check marks in Step 3. Or, just deselect the Accessibility setting to disable them all. Touch OK to confirm.