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How to: Turn Off HTC One (M8) Voice Dial Gesture, Other Motion Launch Gestures

HTC may be in a neck-and-neck battle with Samsung for king of the gimmicks, but even I can admit that they innovated or at least created something useful in one area – the lock screen with Motion Launch Gestures on the HTC One (M8). Motion Launch Gestures allow you to quickly wake your phone, unlock it, jump to your home screen, launch BlinkFeed, or even activate a voice dialer for making mostly-hands-free calls. Most of the gestures are incredibly useful, especially since the phone is uncomfortably tall with a lock/wake button placed at its very top. With these gestures, you almost never need to press that button.

But what if you find the gestures to be a nuisance? For example, we have found that voice dialing on the M8 is mostly miss, with a few hits here and there. It’s also confusing to dismiss should you accidentally activate it, since there isn’t a cancel button. 

The good news is that you turn all or some individual parts of these Motion Launch Gestures off.

If you head into Settings>Displays & gestures>Motion Launch gestures, you’ll find a box to turn off all gestures at the very top. If you’d like to keep all but “Quick call” or voice dialing active, simply uncheck the box for “Quick call.” That will at least keep the other gestures active.

And there you have it!

  • Michael Koutsostamatis

    That wallpaper is sexy as hell. I thought it was in the stock HTC wallpapers but i was wrong. Wewre can i find the link for it?

  • Bobby Cornwell

    Anyone have a link to that wallpaper?

  • rokmor

    Bought the M8 yesterday. Came from a Note3. I’m actually surprised at how much I like this phone. Note 3 was a great phone but I’m really distracted by shiny stuff… The only thing I was worried about was all the negative reviews of the camera; turns out it’s not so bad. Certainly works more quickly than the better camera in the Note3. The Note would give me “processing” messages pretty often, most likely to happen when it was a one time shot…

  • Mike Aurin

    The Hangout icon next to the other HTC themed icons looks ridiculous.

  • LionStone

    HTC 6th Sense just blew all other oem launchers away, very nice addition…

    • PoisonApple31

      I love the awesome use the incorrect password or pattern 10 times and then the phone factory resets. Best feature ever on the M8.

      • LionStone

        6th Sense…OneUp!

    • Chris

      Sense has improved a lot in recent years. so much better then boring old stock…..

      • LionStone

        Yep, absolutely… I have a N5 and DNA and I enjoy using the DNA more since 4.2. I’ll be getting rid of both an getting the M8!

    • cizzlen

      Sense 5 was great but after installing Sense 6 on my M7 oh man… Sixth Sense is perfect

      • LionStone


  • Cael

    LG should sue. XD

    • holdthiscat

      Right after Nokia sues LG.

  • Someone can please share this green wallpaper? Thanks a lot! 🙂

  • The only comments on the other “how to m8” post were people responding to me. Nobody has this phone. FLOP.

    • Jeff Miller

      Seriously, the phones been out a week. Ha! I love stupid comments.

      Oh yeah, love my M8!

      • NickA

        Not to mention this article has been live for all of 15 minutes.

        • I was referring to the ones from yesterday.

      • iphone, s4 and even moto articles get way more comments. nobody is buying this phone.

        • Chris

          @disqus_YrxSOnJgWD:disqus did

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      -_- get your life. Nobody cares about your trollpinion

      • See, already more comments to me than about the phone. Point proven.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          No one cares about you proving anything to yourself -_-. Just need to point out that you are a common Troll so others know.

          • But…everything i say is backed up by HTC’s own financial quarterlies. My track record is stellar. How is that trolling?

          • PoisonApple31

            My local Walmart is now hiring greeters and after reading your thoughts in this thread and in the other “how to m8” threads, I think you’d be perfect for the job. I couldn’t imagine anyone else greeting the customers other than you, especially with those analytic skills you have. I have never seen anyone be so spot on after only one week of sales, very impressive.

          • Chris

            no one cares if you hate htc

          • KingofPing

            Your track record?


            Entire Post history: Paraphrasing “HTC SuXXors!”‘

            It is well known that you are an HTC troll. That you even bother to try and deny it is hilarious.

            …but at least you’re getting attention.

        • Chris

          well if you quit making a scene about your self no one would make comments

    • NickA

      So you base your statistics and success of a product by how many people comment on an article on Droid-Life? Wow, you are an economic genius!

      • No, I usually just use HTC’s own financial quarterlies and constant product pivots which confuse and turn off their potential customers. HTC is a niche brand that is sinking into obscurity at this point. They don’t even get the consumer attention of Oppo, Nokia, etc.

        • Chris

          oppo is only liked by nerds like your self. nokia, unless you are a nerd, the average joe will think of them as the crappy flip phone they had in college.

    • tylerc23

      I must be Nobody

    • Love mine too. It’s amazing. Build quality and speed are insane.

      • Gustavo Bruno

        Agree love my m8, camera could have been better but it is not a deal breaker for me. Its a stunning phone!

    • George Davis

      Lots of M8 owners here, but they’re all busy on the “gimmick” post, screaming at Kellen. 😉

    • Chris

      lots do. sales are off to a strong start

  • NickA

    I have a G2 so I’m used to the knock on feature, which I like. But on my M8 I can’t even wipe the screen off without the phone thinking it’s a gesture. Knock on is the only one I really use, and I wish it had a knock off feature.

    • Jeff Miller

      Download Xposed/DoubleTapToSleep. This gives you status bar tap off.

    • icantremember

      You can knock-off, but only on the lock screen, which is kind of only useful of you knocked-on to check time or notifications.