Tutorials

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...

How to Set a WiFi Network as Metered on Huawei or Honor Devices

A growing number of home broadband internet service providers are putting monthly download caps on their service. Some, such as Comcast, will let you pay $50 a month more to be able to ignore their 1TB/month data cap, but others don't offer this and have a much lower limit with their service. Wireless customers have...

How to Permanently Stop Updates on an Android Application

There are many apps that exist out there that some feel were ruined with updates. Some changes range from including adware bundled with the app or the app basically changing into a piece of malware. QuickPic, an app that was once praised for being a lightweight app with a brilliant UI, was bought by Cheetah...

How to Downgrade an App on Android – No Root Needed

Sometimes an app update comes along and you wish you stayed on an older version. Sometimes it's just not as simple as uninstalling your current app and installing the older APK again, as maybe you have data within the app you want to keep or it's a system app and you don't want to fully...

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...