Tutorials

How to Automatically Toggle Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging while at Home

While we haven’t seen a breakthrough in battery technology, many companies have instead opted to focus on innovations in charging technology. Qualcomm offers their Quick Charge technology, Huawei offers what they call SuperCharge, Motorola has their TurboPower, Oppo offers its VOOC, and Samsung has Adaptive Fast Charging. (Our personal favorite charging technology is OnePlus’s DashCharge,...

Despite Removal, You Can Still Customize Nav Bar & Lockscreen in Android O DP3 — Here’s How

The Android O Developer Preview has now reached its third release, meaning the final APIs are ready and Google is readying up for an imminent and proximate release with only minor bug fixes to be expected in the remaining Developer Preview. With previous Android O previews, we saw tons of refinements to the user interface...

Set a Separate Volume Level for Google Assistant with this Free App

Google Assistant on Android smartphones is available officially on all Android Marshmallow devices on select languages in a handful of markets. The smart assistant can be accessed by voice or by text input, though spoken feedback is only given when queries are sent to Assistant through your voice. Recommended Reading: Here’s how to get Google Assistant...

Enable the Rotate-to-fullscreen Gesture in Chrome to Quickly Enter and Exit Fullscreen

If you’re like me and use Chrome to browse most sites rather than install dozens of individual apps, then you are likely familiar with Chrome’s full screen video viewer. Whenever you enter a video, the screen orientation is locked to match the orientation of the video (thanks to the introduction of the #video-fullscreen-orientation-lock Chrome flag...

Automatically Toggle Samsung’s Always On Display When Charging [App]

Samsung gets a lot of flak for its performance optimization with regards to its software (though how much of that criticism is legitimate and/or accurate is a debate for another time), but it’s hard to deny just how much added value their software brings. I could go on and on about all of the features...

How to Watch YouTube 4K Videos on Rooted Non-4K Phones and Tablets

For many people, mobile devices have replaced desktop and laptop computers as the primary avenue of content consumption. The official YouTube app for Android is used by hundreds of millions around the world to keep up with their favorite channels. Video quality on YouTube has dramatically increased over the years with the introduction of 60FPS options...

Here’s how to get Google Assistant on Android 5.0+ Tablets WITHOUT Root

Google Assistant is Google's answer to Amazon's Alexa - a smart, personal service that has evolved in numerous ways and has expanded to multiple new platforms since its initial unveiling during last year's Google I/O. Although initially exclusive to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones (and available in a more limited manner in the...

How to Add more Tiles to the Quick Settings Header on Google, OnePlus, and Sony Phones [No Root]

If you pull down on the status bar of your Android phone, you'll likely see a few notifications below a single row of Quick Settings tiles. This row is called the Quick Settings header as it only shows the first few tiles that are available in the full set of QS tiles. By pulling down...

How to Automatically Change Gboard’s Theme to Dark Mode at Night

On the XDA-Developer Forums, one of the most popular reasons why people still love to root their phone is so they can theme their phone however they like. Thanks to Substratum, most System UI elements and many applications can be themed. If a Substratum theme does not exist for your favorite app, then in some...

How to Add Custom Buttons to the Nav Bar on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are two of the hottest smartphones on the market, largely thanks to the great strides Samsung made with their display technology. Since Samsung aimed to reduce bezels as much as possible with their new flagship devices, the company has finally gotten rid of the capacitive keys that were once...

How to get Google Assistant on your Windows, Mac, or Linux Machine

Google Assistant is Google's answer to Amazon's Alexa smart home assistant. Initially only available with limited functionality in the Google Allo application, Google Assistant later rolled out with the Google Home and Pixel smartphones to bring the full power of Google's assistant to consumers. After a few months of waiting, smartphones running Android 6.0+ also received Google...

How to Add Left/Right Keyboard Cursors to the Nav Bar during Text Input

Customizing the navigation bar has been a staple of custom ROMs ever since Google introduced the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (we don't talk about the Motorola Xoom and Honeycomb around these parts). Although a few OEMs offer some kind of software key customization on their phones, it's only with the first...