Tutorials

How to Use a Custom Launcher With Widgets on Amazon Fire OS

Amazon's Fire OS, aside from having an Android backbone, can be considered quite a different beast from stock Android or even heavy skins like MIUI or Samsung Experience. They aimed to make their own OS based on the open source Android platform while remaining completely independent of all Google Play Services and certifications, instead favoring...

How to Hide the “App is Running in the Background” Persistent Notification on Android Oreo

On Android Oreo, a notification which has been annoying users has been the "App is running in the background" notification. It appears whenever certain apps run in the background or overlay on the screen, such as Facebook Messenger or Twilight. The principle of the notification is good, but the application of it is not. The...

How to get the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s Live Message Feature on the Galaxy S8

Live Message is a neat new feature on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. On the keyboard, you can tap the heart icon and you will be met with a canvas where you can draw with various different pen effects and emoji. It can be sent on any platform that supports an up-to 15 seconds animated...

How to Add Multi User Support to any Android Device with a Build.Prop Mod

One of the redeeming features to many about the OEM software on Samsung and LG devices are their overwhelming amount of useful features. Yet it seems Samsung, as well as T-Mobile LG devices, have inexplicably removed a pretty useful stock Android feature - multi user. Multi user is useful as it allows you to share a...

How to Tell if Your Android 8.0 Oreo Device Supports Project Treble

We've first learned about Project Treble right before this year's Google I/O 2017. Treble is the most significant low-level change to the Android platform to date. To simplify heavily, it separates the vendor implementation from the Android framework in an effort to avoid lengthy waits for updates. Project Treble is currently supported by the Google...

How to Enable Google Allo’s Built-in Translate and Assistant Auto-Complete Features

Allo is Google's chat app integrated with the Google Assistant. Google Assistant in Allo lets yousearch within conversations, play games, tell jokes, and more. The other person in your conversation can see this too and even join in. You can also talk to the Google Assistant in a private chat if you want, meaning that...

How to Sync Do Not Disturb Mode Between Android Wear and Your Phone

Android Wear 2.0 has been a much-awaited update, with watches such as the Moto 360 Sport only now getting it while the update came out in May for the Huawei Watch. With the Wear 2.0 update came many improvements, including the device now being able to install applications directly on your watch and a keyboard...

Broken Navigation Bar, Lock Screen, or Status Bar after an Update? Here’s a Fix.

There is a rare bug which has happened to a handful of users after an OTA update. We don't know why it happens, but when it does it can break your navigation bar, lock screen, and status bar. You're unable to use your home or recents buttons, see your lock screen, or pull down to...

How to Use ADB or Fastboot From Any Directory on your Windows/Linux PC

If you've followed our tutorial on how to setup the adb and fastboot platform tools on your computer, it might be annoying to have to navigate to the folder every time, especially if you use either tool quite frequently. Having to copy files to the platform tools folder is also annoying whenever you want to...

Android Oreo Adds Commands to Programmatically Change the Lockscreen Pin, Password, or Pattern

Android Oreo holds many secret improvements by the looks of things. Theme support, notifications disabled on Android TV, reduced unlock latency and more. All of these have been within the commit history for Oreo, ie. not found in an official changelog, but there's even more we've uncovered. One such discovery is a command to programmatically change...

How to see the Boot Count of your Android 7.0+ Device

We love statistics. Even mundane or largely useless statistics can be immensely interesting to people. With adb, or root and a terminal application, it's possible to view the boot count of your phone which is how many times you've started your device! Obviously, this counter is only logged since your phone has been last factory reset....

How to Change the SMS Limit on Android Without Root

Android does a number of things to keep you protected. A lot of the user-facing security features for applications and games has recently been rebranded to Google Play Protect, but most (if not all) has already been included in Android for years. Still, there are a number of limitations that Android puts on the user...