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HTC BlinkFeed - Your Dynamic Home Screen

Get the latest news about your interests or status updates from your right on HTC BlinkFeed. Set up which social networks, news sources, and more will appear. To go to HTC BlinkFeed, swipe right from the Home screen.

  • Swipe up or down to browse stories on HTC BlinkFeed.
  • Tap a tile to view the content. If it's a video tile, you can watch the video in full screen, hear the audio, and control the playback.
  • While viewing a news article, swipe left or right to see more stories.
  • While in HTC BlinkFeed, you can tap either home key or back key to scroll to the top.
  • Swipe right on HTC BlinkFeed to open the slideout menu to choose the type or add your custom topics to display.

Tips:

  • You’ll see the clock widget on HTC BlinkFeed if you’ve set HTC BlinkFeed as the main Home screen.
  • HTC BlinkFeed is a part of the HTC Sense Home app. To get the latest features of HTC BlinkFeed, make sure you've downloaded the newest version of HTC Sense Home.

Turn HTC BlinkFeed On or Off

You can turn HTC BlinkFeed on or off.

  1. On the Home screen, slide two fingers together.

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  2. Tap edit icon.
  3. Do one of the following:
  • To turn on HTC BlinkFeed, swipe right until you see add icon BlinkFeed, then tap it.
  • To turn off HTC BlinkFeed, swipe to the thumbnail and then tap Remove.

Get Restaurant Recommendations

If you’re having a hard time thinking where to eat, get recommendations for nearby restaurants in HTC BlinkFeed.

Before you get restaurant recommendations, make sure you’ve added personalized content to HTC BlinkFeed. See HTC BlinkFeed - Your Dynamic Home Screen.

  1. On HTC BlinkFeed, swipe right to open the slideout menu.
  2. Tap add icon and make sure Mealtime recommendations is selected. If prompted, give HTC Sense Home permission to access your location and personal usage data.

To get restaurant recommendations, you’ll need to actively use HTC BlinkFeed daily. Restaurant recommendations will show up as a tile in HTC BlinkFeed and also on your lock screen.

View Restaurant Recommendations

View photos of the restaurant, get directions to the restaurant, and more. When you see a restaurant recommendation tile, tap it to view more information.

You can do the following:

  • Tap the photo tile or View Photos to browse photos of the restaurant.
  • Tap the map icon or address to see the location in Google Maps. From there, you can get directions.
  • If you see a phone number, tap the phone number to call the restaurant.
  • Tap the dots at the bottom for more options or swipe left to see more options.

Notifications on the Lock Screen

From time to time, you’ll see HTC BlinkFeed notifications, such as a suggestion for a nearby restaurant or a recommended article.

  1. Double-tap the notification to see the full notification. For restaurant recommendations, tap sense home meal icon or the notification text.
  2. Tap the notification again to get more information about the restaurant recommendation or to read the article in HTC BlinkFeed.

Tip: If you don’t want to see restaurant recommendations on your lock screen, go to HTC BlinkFeed, and then tap drawer icon > add icon and clear the Mealtime recommendations option.

Add Sources to HTC BlinkFeed

Add news sources such as News Republic™ to select from a wide variety of news services. Discover stories and articles on HTC BlinkFeed based on your interests, favorite categories, and popular news channels or websites.

  1. Tap home key or swipe right to go to HTC BlinkFeed.
  2. Swipe right to open the slideout menu.
  3. Tap add icon, and then select the sources you want to add.

Select Feeds

Discover stories and articles on HTC BlinkFeed.

Note: You need to add a news source before you can select feeds.

  1. Tap home key or swipe right to go to HTC BlinkFeed.
  2. Swipe right to open the slideout menu.
  3. Next to News Republic, tap arrow down icon > Add topics.
  4. Swipe across the screen to browse the categories.
  5. Select one or more feeds.

Show Content From Your Apps and Social Networks

See your friends’ posts in social networks or show content from your HTC apps right on HTC BlinkFeed.

Notes:

  • You need to sign in to your social networks to see their feeds on HTC BlinkFeed.
  • When adding a social network to HTC BlinkFeed, you need to give HTC Sense permission to access it.
  1. Tap home key or swipe right to go to HTC BlinkFeed.
  2. Swipe right to open the slideout menu.
  3. Tap add icon, and then select the apps and social networks you like.

Search and Add Topics of Interest

You can search for and select topics of interest to display them on HTC BlinkFeed.

  1. Tap home key or swipe right to go to HTC BlinkFeed.
  2. Swipe right to open the slideout menu.
  3. Next to News Republic, tap arrow down icon > Add topics.
  4. Tap search icon, and enter keywords of what you’re looking for.
  5. Tap a result to add it to My topics in the News Republic app.

Read with Convenience

Make reading HTC BlinkFeed content more convenient with resizable fonts.

  1. Tap home key or swipe right to go to HTC BlinkFeed.
  2. Swipe right to open the slideout menu.
  3. Tap an article to open it in News Republic.
  4. Tap menu key > Font size, and then select a font size.

Customize the Highlights Feed

Go to the Highlights feed to see a mix of top trending articles and status updates from the feed sources you added. You can also set the Highlights feed to only show items from your favorite news sources, categories, and apps.

Note: You cannot add custom topics to the Highlights feed.

  1. Tap home key or swipe right to go to HTC BlinkFeed.
  2. Swipe right to open the slideout menu.
  3. Tap options icon > Settings > Choose Highlights topics.
  4. Select the feed sources you want to appear in Highlights.

Play Videos on HTC BlinkFeed

If you're connected to Wi-Fi and there's a news or social media post that contains a video, the video plays automatically on the tile.

  • Tap a video tile to play it in full screen. Tap the title of the video tile to open its article page.
  • While the video is playing, tap the screen to see the playback controls.
  • To turn off autoplay or if you want to autoplay videos while on mobile data, tap menu icon to open the slideout menu, and then tap options icon > Settings > Videos play automatically. Tap the option you want.

Post to Your Social Networks

You can easily post a status update from HTC BlinkFeed.

Notes:

  • You need to sign in to your social networks to see their feeds on HTC BlinkFeed.
  • When adding a social network to HTC BlinkFeed, you need to give HTC Sense permission to access it.
  1. Tap home key or swipe right to go to HTC BlinkFeed.
  2. Swipe right to open the slideout menu.
  3. Tap options icon > Compose, and then choose a social network.
  4. Compose your status update and post it on your social network.

Remove Content From HTC BlinkFeed

Whether it’s a tile or an entire feed, you can remove content you don’t want to see on HTC BlinkFeed.

  • To remove a tile, touch and hold the tile you want to remove, and then tap Remove.
  • To remove a feed source, in the slideout menu next to News Republic, tap arrow down icon > Add topics, then tap any tile marked with check mark icon to remove it.
  • To remove social networks or apps from HTC BlinkFeed, in the slideout menu, tap add icon. Then uncheck the social networks or apps you want to hide from HTC BlinkFeed.