Disable 3-dot Menu On HTC One X & Map Menu to Task Switcher Button

Disable 3-dot Menu On HTC One X & Map Menu to Task Switcher Button

When I used the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, I discovered three soft buttons – back, home, and menu. But when I bought the HTC One X, I was surprised to find that the third button wasn’t for the menu, but for switching between recent applications.

After using it for a while, I noticed that most new apps now have a three-dot menu button on the screen. However, for apps that haven’t been updated, the phone shows a three-button strip at the bottom of the screen to open the menu.

Disable 3-dot Menu On HTC One X & Map Menu to Task Switcher ButtonDisable 3-dot Menu On HTC One X & Map Menu to Task Switcher Button

The first screenshot above shows an ICS optimized app with a integrated three dots menu button. In contrast, the second screenshot is of a non-ICS optimized app with the system three button menu at the bottom. The system generated three dot button takes up 1/10 of your screen display and can be annoying at times.

Here’s a quick tip: If you’re curious about what’s new in Android ICS, this Android developers page offers insights into this new OS.

Although the three dot button integration is not bothersome at first, it can be irritating when playing full-screen games. So today, I will show you how to fix this by mapping the recent app key as the menu button and using a long press on the home key to launch recent apps, as it was in previous Android versions.

You can change the long press home button action to initiate the menu and leave the recent app button untouched, but I prefer the first approach. Just keep in mind that this process involves rooting the phone, so proceed with caution.

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Fixing 3-dots Menu

Step 1: Unlock your HTC One X bootloader, install ClockworkMod Recovery, and root it. Check our guides for detailed instructions.

Step 2: After completing both tasks, download the zip files. If you want to map the menu button to recent apps softkey, download this file (MD5# 9D0655EFB315C206873C481805F5E3C7). If you prefer using the long press home button to call the menu, download this file instead (MD5# B7D4C9F20F326A96B9E589C329207D8A).

Update: For users on 1.26/1.28 and stock firmware, download the Aroma installer fix. Please disregard the previous download links and use this file instead.

After downloading the files, connect your HTC One X to the computer, mount the storage, and transfer them to the SD card root folder.

Disable 3-dot Menu On HTC One X & Map Menu to Task Switcher Button

Note: Don’t open or modify the zip file.

Step 3: Turn off your mobile and boot again in recovery using Volume down + Power button and start ClockworkMod Recovery (You will see this option only when you have installed CWM using Part 2 of our rooting guide).

Step 4: On ClockworkMod Recovery, navigate to Install zip from SD card (second option on the main screen)—>Select zip from SD card (first option on the following screen). Now select the zip file you copied to SD card in step 2 and flash it.

Disable 3-dot Menu On HTC One X & Map Menu to Task Switcher ButtonDisable 3-dot Menu On HTC One X & Map Menu to Task Switcher Button

Reboot your system and use your phone display as it was meant to be. Share with us how it feels to play games and browse apps after fixing the menu button on your HTC One X.

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