Tutorials

Every Google Pixel 2 XL owner should try the compact navigation bar from the OnePlus 5T

For several few years now, smartphones have been getting bigger and bigger. With many smartphones featuring a 6" display, it's almost hard to believe that the first commercially available Android phone, the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1, had a measly 3.2" screen. Today, even budget smartphones have large 5.5-inch displays, and last year, taller 18:9 displays have become...

DNS-based Ad Blockers are broken on latest Chrome versions, so here’s a fix

Recently, Google added support for a feature known as asynchronous DNS to Google Chrome, which aims to speed up page loading times by resolving the IP address of a website before you click the link. It works by scanning a web page as it loads, finding any domain names linked and using a Domain Name Server...

How to Fix the Lock Screen Swipe Gesture Issue on Android 8.1 Oreo

Android 8.1, the first maintenance release of Android's long-awaited Android Oreo update, has now been released for some time, at least for Google Pixel and Nexus devices. However, some Google Pixel and Nexus owners running Android 8.1 (either the official build or a custom ROM) have noticed that swipe gestures on the lock screen, like...

How to Potentially Fix Lag Issues on Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatches

Many users, since upgrading to Android Wear 2.0, have reported severe slowdowns where the device lags heavily and appears to freeze up at times. Often, waking the screen of the device and attempting to slide a notification card up will crawl the watch into a slow, unusable mess for a brief period of time. Lots of...

How to Legally Install Unsupported Android TV or NVIDIA Shield Games on any Android Device

If the launch of the gaming-oriented Razer Phone tells us anything, it's that there are companies out there ready to take Android as a gaming platform seriously. But even if you spring for a high-end Android device like the aforementioned Razer Phone, the OnePlus 5T or the Pixel 2 XL, you're not likely to find more...

Download the Official Star Wars: The Last Jedi Wallpapers from the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition

The iconic Star Wars franchise now has another film in its canon. Star Wars: The Last Jedi can now be seen in many parts of the world, and millions of people are undoubtedly excited to see the continuation of one of the most beloved movie franchises in history. It's rare to see the movie industry and...

Enable Google Pixel AR Stickers on the Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3/3T, and Xiaomi Mi 5

The Google Pixel smartphones (both the 1st and 2nd generation) received an awesome new feature yesterday: Augmented Reality stickers. These AR stickers allow users to place 3D digital objects inside of their smartphone's camera viewfinder. The first AR stickers centered around characters from the Star Wars and Stranger Things franchises, and they're pretty fun to...

How to Bypass Animal Crossing Pocket Camp’s SafetyNet Bans

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is Nintendo's latest mobile offering for Android and iOS devices. You take the form of one of the only humans in a campsite where you meet other sentient animals and help them complete tasks and make friends with them. The game is starting to become a hit, just like Pokemon Go...

How to Unlock the Bootloader and Root the Huawei Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro

If you're a proud owner of a Huawei Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro and are looking to gain root access on your device, XDA Senior Member otonieru has you covered. otonieru has put together a detailed step-by-step guide that walks you through how to unlock the bootloader and gain root access on your Mate 10 or...

Enable Google Pixel 2’s Always on Display on the Nexus 6P, Pixel, & Pixel XL without Root

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the newest smartphones in Google's Pixel smartphone series and while the hardware is mostly an incremental improvement over the previous generation Pixel phones, the software has a couple of really nifty new features. There's the new camera technology used in the phone's Portrait Mode feature, the...

How to Root the Essential Phone (PH-1) using Magisk

Andy Rubin's Essential Products made headlines with the Essential Phone (or PH-1), an all-titanium smartphone with modular accessories, dual cameras, and a distinctive cutout near the top of the screen. The company made a few fumbles in the interim, but it isn't giving up anytime soon. A recent price drop reinvigorated interest in the Essential Phone,...

Here’s how to Force Enroll in the Android Oreo Beta for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

Perhaps the most popular Android smartphone series this year, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ brought a lot to the table. The latest Samsung flagships weren't the first phone to sport a nearly bezel-less design, but they certainly made it imperative for other manufacturers to follow suit if they wanted to remain competitive design-wise. The...