Tutorials

How to Customize the Size of the Quick Settings Button Layout on Samsung Galaxy Devices

Google introduced actionable quick settings toggles from the notification bar in Android Lollipop, but Samsung devices have had this feature for much longer. In the most recent version of Samsung's software (now called Samsung Experience, though most of us still think of it as Touchwiz) based on Android 7.0 Nougat, users are able to customize...

How to enable Quick Reply from the Lockscreen on Samsung Galaxy Devices running Nougat

Android Nougat was a huge update for fans of the stock Android experience. Besides official multi-window support and a whole host of other changes, the update also brought a new quick reply feature to allow you to reply to messages from the notification shade without opening the app in question. Before the 5th Android N Developer Preview,...

How to Control your PC from your Android Device with Tasker [Part 3 – Apps Menu]

We know how to set up this framework from part one, we also set up the volume controls in part two. Time to open some apps and make our life easier. I will show you few examples I use to quickly enable the programs for streaming the content or just closing the google searches I...

How to Automatically Enhance your Photos in Snapseed

I suck at photo editing (and photography in general) and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I haven't bothered learning how to use manual camera controls or edit raw images like some of my colleagues have. Like most people, I use the default features of my camera, with all options set to automatic, to let the software...

How to Automatically Find Beta Updates for All Installed Apps

Beta testing channels of Android apps are the best way for users to test out the newest feature weeks or months in advance, and for developers to test their software with a smaller audience before rolling out their feature to everyone. Google used to make enrolling in beta updates an incredibly frustrating experience. You would...

How to Control your PC from your Android Device with Tasker [Part 2 – Volume Control]

If you missed part one, I strongly recommend that you check it out. This is part 2 of my tutorial series on controlling your PC from your Android device via Tasker + EventGhost. Part 1 described in detail how to setup the integration between your PC and your Android phone. In this article, I will show...

How to Listen to your Google Voice Voicemail on your Google Home

When the Google Home was first released, it was (and still is) lacking in many features. You still have no way to set calendar events, read your text messages, create a to-do list, and more. However, if you have the gumption, you can implement nearly all of these features on your own, thanks to the...

Guide: Sending a Logcat to Help Debug Your Favorite App

It’s happened to us all at one point or another. There’s no shame in admitting it. Sometimes, Android apps crash. Whether you're using a completely stock device to run Google Maps or a highly-customized ROM with an Xposed module to enhance Google Hangouts, application crashes and other issues can occur and even become quite a...

How to Control your PC from your Android Device with Tasker [Part 1 – Setup & Power Control]

Most of the users who come to our forums are on an Android device (though we do host a few forums dedicated to Windows 10 Mobile). However, the desktop operating system of choice among our users is split between Microsoft's Windows, Apple's macOS, and various Linux/GNU based distributions. The available tools to integrate your phone with...

How to Enable a Location-based Smart Lock Feature on Huawei/Honor Devices Running EMUI

If you've never owned a Huawei or Honor device, then you're probably looking at the title and going "huh?" After all, Smart Lock is a feature introduced back in Android 5.0 Lollipop to make it easier to quickly access your device under certain conditions such as location, when connected to certain devices, while in your...

How to Customize the Battery Saver Trigger Percent or Enable it when the Screen is Off

Enhancing the battery life of your device is one of the primary reasons why users flock to our forums. At XDA, you can find apps, kernels, ROMs, and guides on how improving your battery life. Rarely, though, will you find a battery life tip that works universally. A feature that Google introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop...

How to Enable System UI Tuner to Modify the Status Bar in EMUI 4+

After years of minimal customization options, Android Marshmallow finally introduced some basic customization features that had existed in custom ROMs for ages through the inclusion of the System UI tuner. This feature is included in all Android 6.0+ Google devices, and in order to access it you need to pull down the status bar and long-press on the...