Tutorials

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...

How to Add Third-Party Music Apps to EMUI’s Music Lock Screen [Root]

EMUI, like many OEM skins, modifies the stock lock screen to fit its theme and incorporate features that the company believes their users will need quick access to. One of the features that EMUI's lock screen offers is the ability to display the currently playing music track with beautiful, full screen album art and large track...

How to Disable Bluetooth Automatic Playback on any Android Phone

Have you ever connected your phone to your favorite Bluetooth speaker or car kit and found that applications like Google Play Music, Pandora, or Soundcloud automatically start playing? This can be quite annoying for those users who would prefer to select their own preferred application for media playback. Unfortunately, unless your particular Bluetooth device allows you...

How to use EMUI’s App Twin Feature on any Launcher

A few days ago, I shared a tutorial outlining how to use EMUI's App Twin feature with any installed application or game on your device. If you own a Huawei or Honor device that is on Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5 (such as the Huawei Mate 9 family, Huawei P9/P9 Lite, Honor 6X, or Honor...

Anyone Can GitHub: Get started with File Hosting

This community is primarily focused on Android enthusiasts, but without the support of developers and their contributions the community would cease to exist. We would just become another "fanboy club." As a member of our community, you might already be aware of what GitHub is, how it works, and what functionality it offers. However, acknowledging the fact that...

How to Reduce the Long Press Delay Beyond its Lowest Setting

If you've skimmed through any of those listicles on a mainstream technology website promising a trick to "greatly improve" your device's performance, you've probably come seen this one a dozen or so times: lower your phone's animation scale to speed up your phone! By now, I would think that the vast majority of readers on our forums...

How to Clone any Application with EMUI’s App Twin Feature [No Root]

If you've recently purchased a Huawei Mate 9 or you're one of the lucky few to partake in the EMUI 5.0 beta for some Huawei/Honor devices, then you might have heard of the new "App Twin" feature. Evidently, Huawei must consider this feature one of EMUI's biggest selling points, since they stuck it in the top-most...

Minimal & Elegant Watch Face with Tasker integration [Giveaway]

If you are a Tasker fan and own a smart watch, you are probably aware of AutoWear. However useful it is, it's not going to replace your watch face anytime soon. I have been missing a simple way to display some Tasker information directly on my watch face for some time. Fortunately, I came across the...