Tutorials

How to Customize the Navigation Bar Icons on Android Oreo

Ever since Google ditched hardware capacitive buttons and moved to software navigation keys with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, people have been looking for ways to customize the navigation bar. Without root access or a custom ROM, customization of the nav bar was fairly limited until it was discovered that Android Nougat's hidden...

How to get Blob Emojis in Whatsapp and Telegram on Android Oreo

Not every new feature in Android Oreo has been met with fanfare. The decision to include a blinding bright light theme earned the ire of many, but luckily there's an app for that. Another polarizing change to Google's latest tasty dessert-themed OS is the emoji redesign. Emojis are a fun way to express your emotions over...

How to Install a Dark Theme on Android Oreo without Root

Some of you might remember the days of Android Gingerbread's green-colored system theme. That was later supplanted by the much beloved Holo UI when Matias Duarte joined Google. The dark, almost futuristic look of Android during the Ice Cream Sandwich, KitKat, and Jellybean was comfortable on the eyes, although the design is dated when paired...

How to Install Custom Themes on Android Oreo with Substratum

After a lot of teasing, Team Substratum and XDA-Developers are proud to announce the release of the Andromeda add-on for Substratum which brings full custom theme support for any Android 8.0 Oreo device without root. We realize that many people are excited by this project, but there are many people who feel that this news has...

How to get “Turn on WiFi Automatically” for the Nexus 5X/6P on Android Oreo

Android Oreo introduces a new feature that lets you turn on WiFi automatically when you're near a "high-quality saved network," like one from work or home. This feature can be found on the official builds of Android 8.0 for the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, but it is not available on the Google Nexus...

How to Whitelist Apps from Android Oreo’s Background Location Throttling

There's a lot to love about Google's newest tasty treat - Android 8.0 Oreo. From major low level changes that will speed up updates to small quality of life changes to full custom theme support, there's something in the latest update for everyone to enjoy. But one of Android Oreo's biggest changes, background app limitations, has been causing a...

How to Stop Wakelocks from Any Android App Without Root

Have you ever went to sleep at night with a completely charged phone, just to wake up with a low battery? Don't worry, it has happened to all of us. Even with Doze mode and all Google's efforts to improve battery life on Android, idle battery life isn't exactly ideal. Especially if you have lots...

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 Check 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...