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The Best HTC 10 Mods

While the HTC 10 is an impressive phone, these mods offer some awesome improvements. In this video, Jared shows us some of the amazing Mods listed in this article by Daniel. The HTC 10: How the Developer Community Radically Improved My Experience Make sure you have root before you get started and enjoy the video! What mods have...

Android N Testers: Here’s why your Root Apps Keep Failing

You love to live at the bleeding edge, so you hopped on board and installed Google's new Android N preview builds. If you're running the software as your daily driver (maybe you like things crashing and burning, who knows?) then you've likely noticed many of your favorite apps simply not work at all. You've flashed...

Root Achieved for LG V10 on Verizon

If you purchase a phone from Verizon, you haven't really purchased a phone from them, you just have permission to use the phone. Verizon's locking practices are the worst when it comes to US carriers, frequently causing headaches to a lot of power users. So when an Android enthusiast, specifically one who cares about root and...

This is Why We STILL Root!

A little over 3 and a half years ago, legendary XDA TV Host azrienoch posted a video explaining the reasons that XDA members and Android enthusiasts rooted their devices. Over the past couple of years a lot has changed with Android. Many people are saying that rooting is not necessary anymore. So today XDA TV Host...

One Click Root in 2016

Here at XDA we love to have control over our phones, for some people that means that you have to gain root access to your device. Well it has never been easier! Exploring the world can be a dangerous task. In this video XDA TV Host Ronald goes over some of the best One Click...

Android Pay no Longer Working with Systemless Root

Tap. Pay. Done. If you're the owner of an NFC enabled Android phone running 4.4+, then you've probably heard of Android Pay. The app supports adding cards from many different banks and works in many major retailers, and it's pretty easy to set-up as well. Google is practically begging you to sign-up! That is, unless, you're a power...

From the Community to AOSP: Root-Only Features that Made the Cut

Android is by far one of the most widely loved mobile operating systems, owing its disruptive growth not only to the Open Handset Alliance, but also to the host of useful features that the system packs, features that are actually productive rather than just bells and whistles. However, it was not always so, and in the early...

Bring Your ZenFone 2 Back to Life With xFSTK

It’s relatively easy to brick a device.The wrong fastboot command or kernel can lead to a serious soft brick, which can be hard to recover from. Luckily there are tools ready to bring most devices back to their electronic life. One of such tools is xFSTK, an Intel tool, which can help you out reviving ZenFone...

The Unrooted Enigma: Why is the Nexus Losing its Old Fame?

Every now and then, I stumble upon the rare sight of a Nexus user in real life. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I quickly pose questions about their ROM and kernel. But so far I always found that they are, in fact, not even rooted. To us at XDA, hobbyists and amateurs of...

A Case for Unlockable Bootloaders: How Could Everyone Benefit?

OEM’s provide a service. Your device is a way to access that service, and whether you agree with the conclusion or not, you can see why they might want to limit your access to modify that service. However, there is a difference between modifying, tweaking and tinkering with your device to match your exact personal...

Windows Phone Internals Opens the Custom ROM World for Lumia Phones

Somewhere around a decade ago, when XDA was a little forum based in Netherlands, users gathered together to make some modifications to Windows phones. It was one of the few, if not only operating systems that allowed modding to such degree. Many amazing developers started their careers hacking their Windows Phone devices, but when Android appeared, everything changed. Microsoft decided...

Snapchat Is at It Again and Blocks Root Users — but for How Long?

Despite many security concerns from the past, Snapchat is still one of the most popular social media service available for smartphones. According to reports, it has 100 million of active users, and 65% of them upload photos. Snapchat users would easily become the 13th biggest country in the world if we take population as a measure. Snapchat's fast way...