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Direct Dial on the Droid

Discussion in 'Android Questions' started by sherri, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. sherri


    Jun 29, 2007

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    Scott (or Eragon...) I have not seen a Hints/Tips/Etc...Thread Started, so i'm posting this here. Feel free to move it...

    The biggest problem with the Droid (and any Android phones from what I understand) is that you can't use BT Voice Recognition to start a call. Google Voice Activation needs you to verify by reading the list they came up with. Favorite Contacts brings up a huge list, with every way possible to contact that person (Google mail/e-mail/FaceBook/sms/etc...)

    The quickest way to make a call for your frequently called contacts (SPEED DIAL FOR A TOUCH PHONE, IF YOU WILL...) is to add a "Direct Dial" for that contact.

    From the Home Screen, long tap on an empty space.

    Tap "Shortcuts" > Tap "Direct Dial" > Tap (the contact you want to add) > Done.

    If this contact has more than one number, repeat these steps and when the contact information pulls up, add the next number. The contact now appears on your home screen with an icon. Their name and a W for their Work number, an H for their home, an M for their mobile, etc...

    I took this one step further and made a new folder, and named it "Direct Dial".

    Now, to call someone, 2 taps...Direct Dial Folder > Contact

    Phone dials that number.

    (This is illegal to do while driving in NY, so just be warned...):dft012:wink
  2. dragonfly


    Mar 27, 2007
    Isnt everything illegal in ny? lol :dft010:big_smile
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  4. n99hockey


    Feb 7, 2007
    keep the tips coming...if we get enough ill merge some threads together and create a sticky

    thanks sherri!!
  5. troutseth

    troutseth New Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    Most of these work with the physical keypad (I HAVE NOT TESTED THEM ALL)

    Browser-- SEARCH + b
    Contacts-- SEARCH + c
    E-Mail-- SEARCH + e
    Google Mail-- SEARCH + g
    Calendar-- SEARCH + l
    Maps-- SEARCH + m
    Music-- SEARCH + p
    Messaging-- SEARCH + s
    YouTube-- SEARCH + y

    Page down-- SPACEBAR
    Page up-- SHIFT + SPACEBAR

    Delete entire line-- ALT + DEL
    Persistent CAPS-- Press SHIFT twice; press SHIFT again to escape
  6. troutseth

    troutseth New Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    Directions MENU + d
    Select map mode MENU + m
    History MENU + h
    My Location MENU + 0 (zero)
    Go to Settings MENU + p
    Zoom in MENU + i
    Zoom out MENU + o
  7. cydroid

    cydroid New Member

    Nov 19, 2009
    Just put them in the Favorites in your contact list. That's it.
    It also has the most "frequently called" by default, so if you do call them alot, they are already in that list.
  8. iyumzit

    iyumzit New Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    hi, please, i just want to direct dial on my number pad and not have it directed to google search box, etc. it takes a moment to open the dialer app and i feel it's a waste of time. is there such an option?
  9. n99hockey


    Feb 7, 2007
    Try the direct dial widget
    Open your widgets (depends on the phone you have) and scroll to where it said 'Dial Contact' and then move it to your homescreen and then it will ask you to pick your contact
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  10. iyumzit

    iyumzit New Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    thanks for the response. but i just want to press numbers on my phone and have the dialer pop up for a call. i'm thinking i should get an analog phone instead. LOL.

    thanks again! :)
  11. n99hockey


    Feb 7, 2007
    Yea I do not believe it does that. Perhaps there is an app out there for that.

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