Tutorials

How to Customize Battery Saver Mode in Android 8.0 Oreo

Battery saver mode on Android can be quite effective at extending your battery life by restricting background services, disabling animations, and performing various other tweaks. However, it employs some extra measures which some may seem excessive or unnecessary. Does vibration really use enough power to justify switching it off, for example? The trade-off of disabling...

How to Install ADB on Windows, macOS, and Linux

Lately here at XDA we have been writing a number of tutorials to show you how to access certain features of the Android platform that simply are not visible to the user. These have generally been done with the help of some command line Android Debug Bridge (ADB) commands, a tool that Google offers for...

How to Select a Custom Image Resizing Limit in Snapseed

Snapseed is an app developed by Nik Software, a subsidiary of Google. The app is used for editing photographs on your device which includes processing RAW camera files, one of its biggest appeals. You can edit a RAW .dng file via exposure, highlights, shadows, contrast, structure, saturation, temperature, and tint. You can also perform image resizing before...

How to Enable Google Dialer’s New Floating Bubble Feature

Google Dialer is a modification of the AOSP dialer with a few small extra features. You can search for local phone numbers within the app and receive information on phone numbers that aren't in your contacts. What's more, you can also enable a secret feature! The Google Dialer floating bubble can be enabled by editing...

How to Customize Lockscreen Shortcuts in Android Oreo Without Root

Android Oreo has finally launched, and much like the navigation bar, we can also customize lockscreen shortcuts! It's even easier than the navigation bar tutorial, as all you need is adb. With the launch of Android Oreo we are also going to look for many other tweaks that users like yourselves here at XDA can...

How to Customize the Navigation Bar in Android Oreo Without Root

Android Oreo has just launched, and with it come a set of various new features, optimisations and new looks. With improvement comes new APIs, and thus more unofficial goodies that with some tinkering we can access. You can install the system image now, and what's more you can customize the navigation bar, just like you could...

How to Increase Gboard’s Keyboard Height Above the Highest Level

Gboard is a re-brand of what used to be called Google Keyboard and it contains more features over its predecessor including in-built Google search, multiple language support, and integrating smart suggestions into your typing. It also has contextual awareness, so if your grammar is incorrect sometimes it will try fix that too. The app is overall...

How to Access the Facebook Hidden Settings Menu on Android

The Facebook app, much like its counterpart the Facebook Messenger app, also has its own hidden internal menu using by Facebook engineers for debugging and testing. This Facebook hidden settings menu cannot be permanently enabled, unlike the Messenger's internal menu. Much like Messenger you need root access or a modified APK by XDA Senior Member evilwombat to...

How to Remove Points of Interest and Advertisements in Waze

Waze, for those of you who haven't heard of it, is a community driven traffic and navigation app. It is available for both Android and iOS, and is also now out for Android Auto. It uses real-time data from other users to notify users of traffic, better routes to take, and also provides "points of interest"...

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...

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...

How to Force Daydream VR Compatibility on Unsupported Android Devices

Google Daydream VR is Google's virtual reality solution for mobile devices. Devices need to be officially cleared by Google to be labeled as Daydream compatible, and some of the requirements are fairly stringent. Most of the requirements simply guarantee good VR performance on the devices that are officially supported, but there are some devices, such...