Congratulations on successfully installing iDroid on your iDevice. Here are some quick tips on how to operate iDroid.
iDroid is still in Alpha Software Stage. It is not yet meant to replace iOS, but that will be the long term goal. Here are some issues that you should take note of:
- The Ringtones bug has still not been fixed. Setting Ringtones will only show Silent because iDroid cannot find the ringtones. Please wait for a fix in the next versions or copy the ringtones to your SDcard folder (/private/var/sdcard) in iOS.
- Camera does not work, so don't think about trying the Camera App. Opening the Camera App may hang iDroid requiring a Hard Reset. Hard Resets can mess up iOS too!!!
- Graphics Acceleration Drivers do not work (no 3D, video or YouTube playback).
- Power Management is still in development, so the iDroid will run hot and be drained of a full battery in around 2 hours.
- Due to lack of graphics driver and power management/clock gating, iDroid will be a bit slower than native or real Android Devices.
- WiFi Drivers work but can be buggy at times (You have to turn on/off WiFi until you connect).
- iDroid Project does not have permission from Google to include Google Apps and Android Market. Although you can install it if you have your own native Android Device, Google's servers will block you from logging-in properly with your Google Account, so Android Market will not work.
- Internet access over the cellular network is not implemented at present, we are working on this.
Getting started with iDroid
Due to lack of buttons on the iPhones and iPod Touch, buttons were remapped for Android purposes.
- The Power button serves as the Back button. This returns to the previous screen. This button can also be used to reject incoming calls.
- The Home button serves as the Menu button. Pressing this button will bring up options and menus that are sometimes not visible on the display. Holding this button will bring out the Android virtual keyboard.
For iPhones only: From iDroid versions 0.1a to MoJo 22.214.171.124, the volume buttons have these functions:
- The Volume up button serves as the Call button. Pressing this button opens the Phone app or answers incoming calls.
- The Volume down button serves as the Android Home button. By default (unless modified in ADW Settings), pressing this button brings out the main Homescreen. Holding this button will bring out the Recent apps list.
Starting with iDroid MoJo 1.0.5, the volume buttons have the same function as the iPhone's volume buttons: the Volume up button increases the volume, while the Volume down button decreases the volume.
Open the App Drawer (touch the icon with 16 squares right above the Home button). Scroll around the list of Apps and touch the App you want to open, it's that simple. For creating shortcuts on your Homescreen, read on.
- To create a shortcut, open the App Drawer. Long press an App to drag and move it anywhere in the Homescreen. You will note that this will be successful when the App Drawer closes on its own and you can seen your Homescreen.
- To move/arrange shortcuts, long press a shortcut on the Homescreen to drag and move it to wherever you want.
- To delete/remove a shortcut, long press a shortcut on the Homescreen to drag and move it to the trash icon above the Home button.
Opening Settings App
There are 3 ways to open the Settings App.
- Open the App Drawer and touch the Settings App. You may have to scroll around.
- Press the Home/Menu button. A choice for Settings will appear above the Home button. Touch it to launch the Settings App.
- Create a shortcut (refer to above) to Settings App and open it on your Homescreen.
Configuring ADW Launcher
Due to the lack of Graphics Drivers, the default launcher in Android was excluded because it ran slowly. ADW Launcher was used instead. To configure/customize it, press the Home/Menu button. A choice for ADWSettings will appear as the bottom-right choice. Touch it and have fun customizing the settings to fit your style.
There are 2 ways to add widgets to your Homescreen:
- Press the Home/Menu button. A choice for Add will appear as the top-left choice. Touch it then touch Widgets when the menu pops up.
- Long press anywhere on the Homescreen. A menu will pop up, touch Widgets.
- To move/arrange widgets, long press a widget on the Homescreen to drag and move it to wherever you want.
- To delete/remove a widget, long press a widget on the Homescreen to drag and move it to the trash icon above the Home button.
Changing the Wallpaper
There are 3 ways to change the Homescreen wallpaper:
- Press the Home/Menu button. A choice for Add will appear as the top-left choice. Touch it then touch Wallpapers when the menu pops up. Then you have the option of choosing between Gallery and Wallpaper gallery, touch Wallpaper gallery. Make your selection then touch Set wallpaper.
- Press the Home/Menu button. A choice for Wallpaper will appear on the top-center, above the Settings choice. Touch it then you have the option of choosing between Gallery and Wallpaper gallery, touch Wallpaper gallery. Make your selection then touch Set wallpaper.
- Long press anywhere on the Homescreen. A menu will pop up, touch Wallpapers. Then you have the option of choosing between Gallery and Wallpaper gallery, touch Wallpaper gallery. Make your selection then touch Set wallpaper.
NOTE: Due to a bug in ADW Launcher, the change in wallpaper will only be applied when ADW Launcher is restarted or when iDroid reboots. Also Gallery requires Graphics Drivers, which are still being developed. Opening Gallery may crash iDroid.
Turn off LCD / Standby Mode
- FORCED STANDBY: Press the Home/Menu and Power/Back buttons simultaneously. This will turn off the screen.
- TIMED STANDBY: Open the Settings App, touch Display, then touch Screen timeout (Path: Settings > Display > Screen timeout). A list of choices will appear. Make a selection that you think suits your usage.
NOTE: Due to the lack of Power Management Drivers, iDroid is not on true Standby and will not conserve power. The iDroid Dev Team is working on this, but it is difficult so give them time.
Turn on LCD and Unlocking Lockscreen
- To bring power to the LCD, press either the Home or the Power button once. Once LCD is powered on, you will be at the Lockscreen just like in iOS.
- For those using the default Lockscreen settings (Screen unlock security is set to None), unlock your iDroid by sliding the Green Lock Icon from left to right. You can also unlock by pressing the Home/Menu button.
- Unlocking options can be modified to include passwords and unlock patterns. You can try these out by opening the Settings App, touch Location & security, then touch Set up screen lock (Path: Settings > Location & Security > Set up screen lock). Feel free to play around and test with the Screen unlock security settings to fit your personal usage style.
Turn off iDroid
- Hold the Home/Menu and Power/Back buttons simultaneously for at least 2 seconds but not more than 8 seconds (or else your device will hard reset). If you have Haptic Feedback enabled, you should feel a short vibration.
- The Phone options menu will appear. Touch the bottommost choice (Power off).
- A message box will then appear to confirm shutdown. Touch OK to turn off iDroid (Cancel if you changed your mind). Wait for everything to shutdown and the LCD display will clear and turn itself off.
Wireless Connectivity and Settings
Connecting to Wi-Fi
Open the Settings App, touch Wireless & networks, then touch Wi-Fi (Path: Settings > Wireless & networks > Wi-Fi) to turn Wi-Fi on/off. A green checkmark beside this means that Wi-Fi is turned on.
Adding a Wi-Fi Network
- Open the Settings App, touch Wireless & networks, then touch Wi-Fi settings (Path: Settings > Wireless & networks > Wi-Fi settings).
- Make sure Wi-Fi is turned on (should have a green checkmark to its right).
- Wi-Fi should have scanned and listed new networks.
- Touch the network you want to join and enter the network password if needed.
- For networks not listed, touch Add Wi-Fi network and supply the needed details such as the SSID and the network password.
There are 2 ways to enable/disable Airplane Mode.
- Hold the Home/Menu and Power/Back buttons simultaneously for at least 2 seconds but not more than 8 seconds (or else your device will hard reset). If you have Haptic Feedback enabled, you should feel a short vibration. The Phone options menu will appear. Touch the middle choice (Airplane mode).
- Open the Settings App, touch Wireless & networks, then touch Airplane mode (Path: Settings > Wireless & networks > Airplane mode). A green check beside Airplane mode means that it is active and all wireless connections are turned off.
Bluetooth does not work at the moment due to missing drivers. The iDroid Dev Team is working to enable this but this is not a top priority.
Data Connections: EDGE and 3G
Under construction/being worked on by iDroid Dev Team.
Multimedia: Sounds, Music, Videos and Pictures
Changing the Volume
- Open the Settings App, touch Sound, then touch Volume (Path: Settings > Sound > Volume).
- A popup window will appear allowing you to customize the volume for Ringtone (incoming call volume), Notifications (untick the Use Incoming call volume for notifications to manually set this), Media, and Alarm.
- Slide the yellow bars to the right or left to change the volume.
There are 3 ways to enable/disable Silent Mode.
- Hold the Home/Menu and Power/Back buttons simultaneously for at least 2 seconds but not more than 8 seconds (or else your device will hard reset). If you have Haptic Feedback enabled, you should feel a short vibration. The Phone options menu will appear. Touch the top choice (Silent mode).
- Open the Settings App, touch Sound, then touch Silent mode (Path: Settings > Sound > Silent mode). A green check beside Silent mode means that it is active and all sounds are mute.
- At the Lockscreen, as long as you are not using the Pattern Screen unlock security, enable Silent mode and mute all sounds by sliding the Gray Speaker Icon from right to left. Likewise, enable all sounds and exit Silent mode by sliding the Yellow Vibrating Phone Icon from right to left.
Playing Audio Files
- Copy whatever audio files to your sdcard folder. Then run Media Scanner by opening Dev Tools app, scroll down then touch Media Scanner. Wait for the scan to complete/finish and you're all set to go.
- Due to some strange bug in Android, the Ringtones are in system.img but Android cannot find or read them. To add ringtones, copy your chosen ringtones (in wav or ogg format) to your sdcard folder, then run Media Scanner.
Other Sound settings
Open the Settings App, then touch Sound (Path: Settings > Sound). There are other settings you can configure like Vibration, Haptic Feedback, and setting Ringtones.
- NOTE: Ringtones is bugged at the moment and iDroid cannot find the default ones. To set a ringtone or alert tone, copy audio file (.wav or .ogg preferred) to your sdcard folder and run Media Scanner.
Camera, Video and 3D Gallery
- Camera does not work. There are no Drivers for it. iDroid will crash/hang if you open the camera app and may require a Hard Reset.
- Video playback requires the Graphics Driver to be working. Applications trying to play videos will crash and force close.
- 3D Gallery requires the Graphics Driver to be working, so opening Gallery app may crash or hang iDroid.
- NOTE: The iDroid Dev Team is working to fix these problems.
Syncing Google Contacts, Calendar and Mail
Due to certain restrictions (Read more about it here), there is a different way to sync Google Contacts, Calendar and Mail with iDroid. Special thanks to Krazy-Killa for bringing this up (Original forum post here).
- Open the Settings app, touch Accounts & sync, then tap the Add account button (Path: Settings > Accounts & sync > Add account).
- Add a Corporate account.
- In the Email address field, enter your full Google email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Add your Google account password in the Password field, then tap the Next button on the lower right.
- Leave the \<username> in the Domain\Username field as is.
- In the Server field input m.google.com
- Android will be Checking Incoming Server Settings, and present several options of what to sync, and how frequently to sync. Touch the Next button when you're done.
- Give a name of your new Exchange account, and press Done.
Congratulations, you now are synced with Google Contacts, Mail, and Calendar
Please refer to the FAQ section for further information.