Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
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Long-time Android enthusiast starting from all the way back to the Sprint HTC Hero. Partial to the Nexus line, but open to try anything with Android on it. XDA's resident master of everything Tasker. Please direct media inquiries to mishaal@xda-developers.com

How to bring back the Google Photos Backup while Charging Option

Google Photos is Google's ambitious free photo backup solution. It's one of the best Google services out there, and since Google I/O it has been getting even better. But not every feature change has been met with applause. Back in late June, Google suddenly removed the ability for photos to be backed up only while the...

The OnePlus App Locker Feature Can Be Easily Bypassed

The software flavor found on OnePlus phones is known as OxygenOS. It adds a couple of nifty feature on top of stock Android without deviating too far from what you would expect on a Google device. I recently started using the OnePlus 5 as a daily driver myself, and despite the controversies I think it's...

Here’s How to Force Enable Google Home Bluetooth Streaming

During Google I/O 2017, Google promised many new features would come to its smart home assistant device - the Google Home. The phone call feature was officially announced just the other day, but the Bluetooth audio support has only been showing up for a small handful of users since it was announced. Google is known to...

The OnePlus 5 Has Twice As Many Media Volume Steps As Other Phones

Any application that plays music, videos, podcasts, or game audio uses the media audio stream to control its volume level. By default, nearly every Android device uses 15 steps for media volume. Unfortunately, this often results in the volume level still being far too high at the lower levels. There are some apps out there that...

The LG V20 Second Screen Finally Gets Custom Widget Support

The South Korean technology giant LG Electronics is best known by Android enthusiasts for its flagship LG G series of smartphones, but the company also offers the V series of smartphones which is best known for its signature Second Screen. Though many users are hotly anticipating this year's upcoming V30 model, fans of last year's...

Google Finally Adds Support for Bluetooth In-Band Ringtones with Android 8.0

With every new major Android version update comes a slew of new features. Android O, Google's upcoming software release, most notably brings support for notification channels, picture-in-picture mode, autofill managers, and background limitations on apps. But as with any new major version release, there are a bunch of under-the-hood changes that are much less publicized....

How to Stop Apps from Reading the Android Clipboard to Protect your Privacy

Rather than typing or swiping on your keyboard, sometimes it is easier to just cut, copy, and paste some text. If you want to enter some long pieces of text such as an address, password, or website link, using Android's copy and paste feature certainly beats having to precisely type each character out. But Android's...

How to Stop Pokemon Go (or other apps) From Stealing Audio Focus

Despite dwindling in popularity, Pokemon Go still has a ton of fans playing the game every day. Although most of the game's issues have been related to cheating, there are other, more minor ones that annoy existing users. One such issue is related to audio focus in Android. Users who like to listen to music or...

Google is Working on a VR Recovery for Standalone VR Headsets

If you've ever dabbled in the world of custom ROMs and kernels, you're probably somewhat familiar with the custom recovery called TWRP. But devices with unlocked bootloaders aren't the only runs that have a recovery mode, in fact, every Android device has a built-in recovery interface, though the options are usually incredibly limited. Even Android...

How to Stop Vibrations from Any Android App on Your Phone

Online advertisements continue finding new ways to annoy the crap out of you. For the past few years, one particular form of online advertisements have plagued mobile devices: the vibrating ad. Using the Vibration API, advertisements have been vibrating your phone to annoyingly grab your attention. This issue has been known for years, but Google...

Custom System Animations for the LG V10, LG V20, and OnePlus 3/3T

LG might be disappointed by the lackluster sales of their most recent flagship, the LG G6, but that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of satisfied customers of LG smartphones. Sometimes, even if you are mostly content with the stock experience of your device, you want to play around with custom themes, modifications, ROMs, etc....

Xposed Module Brings Reading Mode on MIUI 8 Devices with Custom Kernels

If you are using a custom kernel on a device with MIUI 8, then the stock Reading Mode feature may be unavailable. This feature tints the screen to filter blue light from the display so you can read easier at night. If you would like to use this feature on your MIUI 8 device, then...