Is there now any way to turn on the keyboard backlight manually? Or to keep it on all the time? The letter keys are illegible in all but the brightest light without the backlight, and the backlight turns on only in the least light. The discussions I've seen so far suggest that there is no way to set the backlight to stay on continually. Is that still true? If so, have no HTC or T-Mobile executives ever tried to use the G2? If so, they'd have seen the problem immediately. And if so, why haven't they taken immediate action to fix the problem -- with a firmware upgrade or T-Mobile software fix?
Well, I have to disagree with you. I never have any problems seeing the keys on my keyboard, and they indeed only light up when it's fairly dark.
There is a solution, but it is sort of "brute force". On the top left side of the phone, there are two sensors hidden under the glass. (You can see them if you shine a bright light into that corner of the phone.) One is the proximity sensor that determines how close your face is, and shuts the screen off when you're making a call. The other is the light sensor, which determines the keyboard backlighting. If you were to place a sticker, or piece of electrical tape, or some other opaque object over the sensor, then it would always think it was dark, and the keyboard lights would always be on.
Unfortunately, that's the only way I know of to "adjust" it. There aren't even any sensitivity adjustments on my rooted phone with Cyanogenmod. Sorry that I don't have a better answer for you.
I feel the same way as you dargocifter. I can see my keys unless it is very dark out and then I have the backlight, so it's not that big of an issue for me. At least not enough to do what you have suggested, as I know that that is about the only option there is.
I had the same issue in rooms with weird shadows. I recently flashed the gingerbread update, and now my backlight will not come on at all. This includes the home/menu/back/search buttons at the bottom as well. I've tried covering the sensor, but that did not do anything. The backlight will come on when I change the screen brightness, but as soon as I open or close the keyboard, it turns off. Anyone have any suggestions?
This is the most annoying thing ever. I use my phone in dimly lit situations all the time and am forced to use the virtualnkeyboard which defeats the entire purpose of why i got the g2. So stupid. My backlight has only come on once in the three days I have had the phone. How hard can it be to fix this? Does tmobile/android even care?
Since the gingerbread update, my keyboard backlight will not come on regardless of lighting conditions or regardless of set in auto mode or not. Nor will the home/menu/back/search button backlights come on since the update. The backlights worked correctly before the update.
If your backlight *never* comes on, you should see if your light sensor works at all. Download Elixir and open the light censor part. It should show a running graph with numbers from 10lx to over 1000. Anywhere below 100 or maybe 200lx is where you'd expect it to light up. If your phone is reporting a high number like 400, 500 or more even in a dark room, your light sensor has issues.
Speaking personally, mine does. If I take it into a pitched black room, the G2 still reports light levels of 200 or 300lx, thus not wanting to turn on the keyboard. Definitely annoying, but I think it's a hardware problem.
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