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  1. jdd77's Avatar
    Annoyed with things flipping and moving on the home screen, I unpinned all live tiles and I found that it significantly saves battery life...
    Does anyone know of a way to disable the people tile from constantly cycling through your contact's pictures and showing the 'f' in Facebook, or set a static picture for it? Not only is the people tile annoying, unpinning it would also save some battery. I have downloaded several 'contacts' apps to replace it, but none are of good quality... Thanks in advance.
    01-01-2012 11:44 PM
  2. Duvi's Avatar
    Only thing I do is remove the People Hub Tile. I may actually put it back on as I've been using it more, but by going in to the list of apps to do so.
    01-02-2012 12:09 AM
  3. SolunaKitty's Avatar
    You can use this to make tiles static.
    01-02-2012 02:34 AM
  4. enahs555's Avatar
    They only flip when the screen is on? Are you really staring at the home screen that much? The power was saved from those live tiles transferring background data. You can compromise and keep them, but have them update less often, etc.
    01-02-2012 09:54 AM
  5. jdd77's Avatar
    They only flip when the screen is on? Are you really staring at the home screen that much? The power was saved from those live tiles transferring background data. You can compromise and keep them, but have them update less often, etc.
    You have to stare at them to wait for them to flip...in order to see the information.
    01-02-2012 10:03 AM
  6. Big Supes's Avatar
    You have to stare at them to wait for them to flip...in order to see the information.
    If you have to look for longer than a second, you don't have any notifications.

    Annoyed with things flipping and moving on the home screen
    But, I thought you were "staring", "waiting" for them to flip?
    01-02-2012 10:10 AM
  7. Rhody#WP's Avatar
    Only thing I do is remove the People Hub Tile. I may actually put it back on as I've been using it more, but by going in to the list of apps to do so.
    Another option is to go to people using the Phone tile. It's the third option on the bottom "..." menu. It's only one extra press.

    Does the People tile really use that much battery life? I'm all for saving battery life, but I don't have phone open to the start screen that much. The People tile doesn't have notifications. I imagine it uses battery life in its normal operation and updating your feeds in the "what's new" spoke, as well as refreshing the live tile, but what else does it do? If my phone is off or in an app 98% of the time, how would the People tile suck battery life?
    01-02-2012 12:28 PM
  8. jdd77's Avatar
    Another option is to go to people using the Phone tile. It's the third option on the bottom "..." menu. It's only one extra press.

    Does the People tile really use that much battery life? I'm all for saving battery life, but I don't have phone open to the start screen that much. The People tile doesn't have notifications. I imagine it uses battery life in its normal operation and updating your feeds in the "what's new" spoke, as well as refreshing the live tile, but what else does it do? If my phone is off or in an app 98% of the time, how would the People tile suck battery life?
    Thats a great idea and I'll try that..but still no answer to setting a static pic for the people tile or turning off the cycling through pictures. I kinda figured because there's not many options in the settings menus. As for the battery, I don't know why...it just seems to last a bit longer.
    01-02-2012 12:57 PM
  9. Justin.TV312's Avatar
    Aren't live tiles the whole point of wp7? Don't know why someone would want them disabled. I haven't notice any decrease in battery with or without them.
    01-02-2012 01:43 PM
  10. Duvi's Avatar
    Aren't live tiles the whole point of wp7? Don't know why someone would want them disabled. I haven't notice any decrease in battery with or without them.
    Because it's there doesn't every one wants every thing being live... Some may only want their Weather app to be live. I don't use fb much, so for me, not having it 'live' would be fine by me.
    01-02-2012 02:55 PM
  11. enahs555's Avatar
    And your power usage will vary with your signal strength, as well.
    01-02-2012 03:28 PM
  12. Justin.TV312's Avatar
    Because it's there doesn't every one wants every thing being live... Some may only want their Weather app to be live. I don't use fb much, so for me, not having it 'live' would be fine by me.
    That's not how he said it tho. The way he said it was that he doesn't want anything live which to me is ridiculous.
    01-02-2012 03:54 PM
  13. Big Supes's Avatar
    I have to agree, Justin... I mean, why not sell it and get something a little more 'basic'. IOS or it's knock-off (Android) have stagnant home screens. :)

    EDIT: Actually... scrub "selling it"... why even bother "getting it", in the first place?!?
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    01-02-2012 05:50 PM
  14. jdd77's Avatar
    I have to agree, Justin... I mean, why not sell it and get something a little more 'basic'. IOS or it's knock-off (Android) have stagnant home screens. :)

    EDIT: Actually... scrub "selling it"... why even bother "getting it", in the first place?!?
    I cancelled my internet for short while so I needed a smartphone to conviently check email among other things. I called Verizon to upgrade, and the HTC trophy specs sounded good. When the rep said, "but it's a windows phone", I still ordered it. ....little did I know what a windows phone was..

    Anyway, why can't they just make the OPTION to have the tiles live or not? I had apps that I always used but post-mango they suddenly started flipping and I had to unpin them.
    01-02-2012 06:27 PM
  15. MannLou's Avatar
    You should be able to disable any backgrounding you want. I only have a Accuweather and few apps running. The updating on other tiles shouldn't be too resource heavy.

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    01-02-2012 06:55 PM
  16. Big Supes's Avatar
    I cancelled my internet for short while so I needed a smartphone to conviently check email among other things. I called Verizon to upgrade, and the HTC trophy specs sounded good. When the rep said, "but it's a windows phone", I still ordered it. ....little did I know what a windows phone was..



    Anyway, why can't they just make the OPTION to have the tiles live or not? I had apps that I always used but post-mango they suddenly started flipping and I had to unpin them.
    Being honest, I dont want unnecessary options integrated into the OS because a minority of people fail to research the phone/OS they're buying. Live Tiles are a key function to WP. You either dig it or you dont.


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    01-02-2012 07:08 PM
  17. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    I actually only have a few live tiles. Some are good, most are butt ugly when they flip. The photos are very low res. I know the Engadget, ROWI and WPC own app is guilty of this. The only great live tile app that I'm using is weather live and the people hub. We might need an thread for apps with "good" live tiles.

    I think WP7 live tiles are the bread and butter of WP7 though. Hopefully devs will get better making apps using this feature.
    01-02-2012 07:18 PM
  18. Justin.TV312's Avatar
    I cancelled my internet for short while so I needed a smartphone to conviently check email among other things. I called Verizon to upgrade, and the HTC trophy specs sounded good. When the rep said, "but it's a windows phone", I still ordered it. ....little did I know what a windows phone was..

    Anyway, why can't they just make the OPTION to have the tiles live or not? I had apps that I always used but post-mango they suddenly started flipping and I had to unpin them.
    some apps do have that option, u didn't need to unpin them.
    01-02-2012 07:55 PM
  19. jdd77's Avatar
    Being honest, I dont want unnecessary options integrated into the OS because a minority of people fail to research the phone/OS they're buying. Live Tiles are a key function to WP. You either dig it or you dont.


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    Its not really unnecessary. Options are good. Some people may like alot of other things about the os, some may love the live tiles. My opinion is completely unbiased because I didn't choose wp7 for any reason over another os. My questions and suggestions come from experiencing this phone. My opinions matter because Im among the 90% of people Microsoft needs to target.
    01-02-2012 08:13 PM
  20. SolunaKitty's Avatar
    Thats a great idea and I'll try that..but still no answer to setting a static pic for the people tile or turning off the cycling through pictures. I kinda figured because there's not many options in the settings menus. As for the battery, I don't know why...it just seems to last a bit longer.
    You're right that there's no setting for it, but to quote my earlier response, "You can use this to make tiles static."

    Just make that single tile into a "themed" tile.
    01-02-2012 08:18 PM
  21. jdd77's Avatar
    You're right that there's no setting for it, but to quote my earlier response, "You can use this to make tiles static."

    Just make that single tile into a "themed" tile.
    You need to unlock your phone to use that. Im just a regular phone user. Be nice if that was one of the themes though..
    01-02-2012 10:00 PM
  22. Justin.TV312's Avatar
    Guess you missed when I said that you can disable the live tiles in the apps themselves.
    01-02-2012 10:08 PM
  23. jdd77's Avatar
    ^^^Really? Which ones?
    01-03-2012 12:03 AM
  24. Justin.TV312's Avatar
    ^^^Really? Which ones?

    All I know is that all the apps I have that support the feature have the ability to disable it,such as VEVO,USA Today,AccuWeather,I could go on.
    Last edited by duvi; 01-03-2012 at 02:22 AM. Reason: rephrased ;)
    01-03-2012 12:20 AM
  25. thed's Avatar
    I can't think of a single third party app that doesn't let you disable its live tile. I'm pretty sure it's a requirement for certification.

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    01-03-2012 03:39 AM
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