Tutorials

How to Force Apps to Fill the Screen on the Essential Phone

When Andy Rubin first unveiled the Essential Phone, many were amazed by the bezel-less design the company was able to come up with. One feature that stuck out though (literally) was the camera and sensor cutout at the very top of the display. Other OEMs such as Sharp and Xiaomi decided to embed the camera...

Bring Back Notification Importance Controls for ALL Apps in Android Oreo with AutoNotification

Android 8.0 Oreo added a number of enhancements to the way we interact with notifications. Two of the more exciting feature additions to notifications include notification snoozing and notification channels. The former allows the user to temporarily dismiss a notification for sometime in the future, while the latter allows applications to categorize their notifications so...

Google Lens is Functional in Google Photos v3.5, Here’s How to Access it

Google Lens was announced at this year's Google I/O. The feature was shown off briefly, and it basically uses the power of Google's machine learning technology in order to provide contextual analysis of pictures. While the product was initially stated to eventually integrate with the Google Assistant, it was also revealed that Google Lens integration...

Google Pixel 2’s Always On Ambient Display can be Enabled Right Now on your Android Oreo ROM

The latest update to Google's Android, the tasty Android Oreo, has a lot to offer to users. From integrating password managers with the new Autofill API to more lower level changes such as Project Treble, this next update has understandable excited many users on our forums. But sometimes, Google likes to withhold certain features from the...

How to get a Minimal Lock Screen, Rounded Recent App Thumbnails, and More Quick Setting Columns on Android Oreo

One of the biggest reasons people keep coming to the XDA forums is to find new ways to theme their device. Many of us also like to live on the bleeding edge of Android software updates, so it's no surprise to see so much interest in unofficial ports of Android Oreo. Now is an especially...

How to Customize the Navigation Bar Icons on Android Oreo

Ever since Google ditched hardware capacitive buttons and moved to software navigation keys with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, people have been looking for ways to customize the navigation bar. Without root access or a custom ROM, customization of the nav bar was fairly limited until it was discovered that Android Nougat's hidden...

How to get Blob Emojis in Whatsapp and Telegram on Android Oreo

Not every new feature in Android Oreo has been met with fanfare. The decision to include a blinding bright light theme earned the ire of many, but luckily there's an app for that. Another polarizing change to Google's latest tasty dessert-themed OS is the emoji redesign. Emojis are a fun way to express your emotions over...

How to Install a Dark Theme on Android Oreo without Root

Some of you might remember the days of Android Gingerbread's green-colored system theme. That was later supplanted by the much beloved Holo UI when Matias Duarte joined Google. The dark, almost futuristic look of Android during the Ice Cream Sandwich, KitKat, and Jellybean was comfortable on the eyes, although the design is dated when paired...

How to Install Custom Themes on Android Oreo with Substratum

After a lot of teasing, Team Substratum and XDA-Developers are proud to announce the release of the Andromeda add-on for Substratum which brings full custom theme support for any Android 8.0 Oreo device without root. We realize that many people are excited by this project, but there are many people who feel that this news has...

How to get “Turn on WiFi Automatically” for the Nexus 5X/6P on Android Oreo

Android Oreo introduces a new feature that lets you turn on WiFi automatically when you're near a "high-quality saved network," like one from work or home. This feature can be found on the official builds of Android 8.0 for the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, but it is not available on the Google Nexus...

How to Whitelist Apps from Android Oreo’s Background Location Throttling

There's a lot to love about Google's newest tasty treat - Android 8.0 Oreo. From major low level changes that will speed up updates to small quality of life changes to full custom theme support, there's something in the latest update for everyone to enjoy. But one of Android Oreo's biggest changes, background app limitations, has been causing a...

How to Stop Wakelocks from Any Android App Without Root

Have you ever went to sleep at night with a completely charged phone, just to wake up with a low battery? Don't worry, it has happened to all of us. Even with Doze mode and all Google's efforts to improve battery life on Android, idle battery life isn't exactly ideal. Especially if you have lots...