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Tips for Editing RAW Photography — Get the Most out of Your Smartphone’s Camera

­­ After exploring the RAW capabilities of my OnePlus 3T and Sony NEX-5 cameras, an array of readers responded with questions and comments on RAW photography and their experiences. Many expressed the desire to better learn how to edit photography and particularly how to deal with RAW file formats on both mobile devices and desktop operating...

Become A Git Pro With Git 101

One of the key aspects of smart and mature development is version control. One of the most popular methods is Git. It was developed by Linus Torvalds himself back in 2005 and even Google uses it to maintain Android. Well, the major part of it. While many developers use Git on daily basis, for some...

Unlock, TWRP and Root the OnePlus 3

Before you begin, you will need ADB and Fastboot setup correctly on your computer. Check out a guide on how to do this here. Download Super SU here. Download TWRP here. This process includes wiping everything from your device, so make sure you have a backup before you begin. Plug your device into your computer VIA USB Navigate...

How to Do Everything With Android

Below is our compendium of how-to guides, tutorials, best-of lists, and more. Reading these will be more entertaining than listening to your nagging mother, which actually isn't entertaining at all. Keep an eye on this page as we're always adding more guides!  

How To Install Custom ROM on Android

Custom ROMs are one of the best things about Android! If you’re ready to ditch your stock ROM and reap the many benefits of loading a custom ROM such as improved battery, better performance, and updates to the latest Android versions, then follow this guide. Backup your data before you proceed! If you want to learn...

What is an Android Custom ROM?

  In the world of Android, you’ll often hear people talking about “Custom ROMs”. This article will explain why you might want one. So don't be shy, read on. The term ROM, which stands for Read Only Memory and really has very little to do with what a custom Android ROM actually is, can be confusing. A...

How to Install CyanogenMod 12

For this guide you will need: Root access Unlocked bootloader Step 1: Download CyanogenMod Installer Visit get.cm from your Android device and download the .apk file. Step 2: Enable Unknown Sources Go to Settings > Security > Check Unknown Sources Step 3: Install the App Open the .apk file that you downloaded earlier, and install it. Step 4: Follow the instructions The CyanogenMod Install app...

How to Install a Custom Recovery

Installing a Custom Recovery allows you to flash custom ROMs, backup your phone, restore from backups and much more. Every phone has a specific method to install a recovery, so in this post we will get you started with the basics then point you in the direction of more information. As always, make sure you...

How To Download and Install Google Apps

If you want to access the glory that is Google apps and services on your Android phone, you need Google Apps, or GApps. Each GApps package will include Play, Camera, Keyboard, Gmail and much more. Of course, if you have the Play store, along with obligatory Play Services, you'll have access to the entire catalogue...

How to Boot Into Recovery

Each phone will have a specific method by which you can access the recovery on your device. Button Combo Recovery Boot Step 1: Power off your phone. Step 2: Consult the table below or the XDA forums to find the correct button combo for your device. Samsung Galaxy POWER + VOLUME UP + HOME LG POWER + VOLUME DOWN Hold until the...

Where to Download Android USB Drivers

Guess what!? USB drivers allow your computer to recognize your Android device and interact with it. With a USB driver you will be able to browse the file system on your device, as if it were an external hard drive. This is essential for transferring files between your phone and PC. Cloud services are good, but sometimes...

How to Backup Android

Basic Methods Cloud Storage Google Photos Photos Videos The other type of backup is through the Cloud. For photos, Google gives you unlimited space through their Photos app, so you can backup as many picture and videos as you need. All you need for this option is a Google account. You can backup your whole library, or just the photos you...