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How to Do Everything With Android

At XDA we strive to make Android easy. Below is our compendium of how-to guides, tutorials, best-of lists, and more. Android How-To Guides How to backup Android How to root any device (index) How to root any device (tutorial) How to download and install Google Apps (GApps) How to install a custom recovery How to install a custom ROM How to boot into...

How To Install Custom ROM on Android

Custom ROMs are one of the best things about Android! If you’re ready to ditch your stock ROM and reap the many benefits of loading a custom ROM such as improved battery, better performance, and updates to the latest Android versions, then follow this guide. Backup your data before you proceed! If you want to learn...

What is an Android Custom ROM?

 In the world of Android, you’ll often hear people talking about “Custom ROMs”. This article will explain why you might want one. So don't be shy, read on.The term ROM, which stands for Read Only Memory and really has very little to do with what a custom Android ROM actually is, can be confusing. A...

How to Install CyanogenMod 12

For this guide you will need:Root access Unlocked bootloaderStep 1: Download CyanogenMod Installer Visit get.cm from your Android device and download the .apk file.Step 2: Enable Unknown Sources Go to Settings > Security > Check Unknown SourcesStep 3: Install the App Open the .apk file that you downloaded earlier, and install it.Step 4: Follow the instructions The CyanogenMod Install app...

How to Install a Custom Recovery

Installing a Custom Recovery allows you to flash custom ROMs, backup your phone, restore from backups and much more. Every phone has a specific method to install a recovery, so in this post we will get you started with the basics then point you in the direction of more information. As always, make sure you...

How To Download and Install Google Apps

If you want to access the glory that is Google apps and services on your Android phone, you need Google Apps, or GApps. Each GApps package will include Play, Camera, Keyboard, Gmail and much more. Of course, if you have the Play store, along with obligatory Play Services, you'll have access to the entire catalogue...

How to Boot Into Recovery

Each phone will have a specific method by which you can access the recovery on your device. Button Combo Recovery Boot Step 1: Power off your phone.Step 2: Consult the table below or the XDA forums to find the correct button combo for your device.Samsung GalaxyPOWER + VOLUME UP + HOMELGPOWER + VOLUME DOWN Hold until the...

Where to Download Android USB Drivers

Guess what!? USB drivers allow your computer to recognize your Android device and interact with it. With a USB driver you will be able to browse the file system on your device, as if it were an external hard drive. This is essential for transferring files between your phone and PC. Cloud services are good, but sometimes...

How to Backup Android

Basic MethodsCloud StorageGoogle PhotosPhotos VideosThe other type of backup is through the Cloud. For photos, Google gives you unlimited space through their Photos app, so you can backup as many picture and videos as you need.All you need for this option is a Google account. You can backup your whole library, or just the photos you...

Making Your Own Xposed Modules Is Easier Than You Think

Close to the heart of XDA is the Xposed Framework by Rovo89. Most of us will have used it but you may feel that the module repository is missing something. We have the solution with several guides aimed at getting you started to build your own modules, something that may be daunting but can open an entire new field of development with a little...

Learn to Sync Files Between Android And PC with Unison

Dropbox and similar cloud services are great if you’re planning to keep your files synchronized across your devices. Like almost everything, cloud syncing has its pros and cons. One major disadvantage h0wever is speed, because you're using Web protocols and transfers to keep your files up to date.One of the greatest alternatives to cloud is SSH,...

Easily Extract Lollipop Dat Files

With each iteration of Android, our favorite mobile OS expands and ROM sizes progressively increase. This is in addition to the bloatware added by OEMs that often increases the size of ROMs to a gigabyte or more. Downloading a firmware of that size is problematic, especially in countries with limited data speeds or caps. To make life...