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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...

Making Your Own Xposed Modules Is Easier Than You Think

Close to the heart of XDA is the Xposed Framework by Rovo89. Most of us will have used it but you may feel that the module repository is missing something. We have the solution with several guides aimed at getting you started to build your own modules, something that may be daunting but can open an entire new field of development with a little...

Learn to Sync Files Between Android And PC with Unison

Dropbox and similar cloud services are great if you’re planning to keep your files synchronized across your devices. Like almost everything, cloud syncing has its pros and cons. One major disadvantage h0wever is speed, because you're using Web protocols and transfers to keep your files up to date. One of the greatest alternatives to cloud is SSH,...

Easily Extract Lollipop Dat Files

With each iteration of Android, our favorite mobile OS expands and ROM sizes progressively increase. This is in addition to the bloatware added by OEMs that often increases the size of ROMs to a gigabyte or more. Downloading a firmware of that size is problematic, especially in countries with limited data speeds or caps. To make life...

Pimp Your Xperia with Impressive Animations

Unlike Apple's iOS or Microsoft's Windows Phone, Android gives users tons of customization options. Almost every element of the user interface can be changed through third party applications, Xposed Framework modules, or simply through reverse engineering. Additionally, many OEMs also apply their own custom UIs in order to make their devices seem unique. One OEM with...

Learn How to Fix the FUSE Time Stamp Issue

Google's implementation of FUSE is far from perfect. Normally, on-file actions like copying or moving a file can be done without changing the time stamp. This is vital to make backup-on-sync reliable. Most currently available OSes are able to preserve file timestamps, but this is unfortunately not the case in Android. The problem was recognized a...

How to Set a Video as Your Boot Animation

If you wish to make your phone truly unique, you may want to consider adding a nice boot animation. A boot animation is nothing more than a set of PNG files that are played one after another at the desired frame rate, while the operating system loads. Various OEMs put their own animations and often...

How to Use a Custom Toolchain for ROMs and Kernels

Toolchains are basically a bundle of development tools that are used in a chain (the output of one tool becomes the input for the next, and so on) in order to compile source code (in this case, ROMs and kernels). While the Android NDK toolchain (which comes with GCC, among other tools) is usually used...

Learn How to Make Your Own Theme

You don't need graduate degrees in the arts and computer science to create your own theme. Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of the talent and a decent graphics editing program. When you are beginning your journey in theming, you can choose one of two paths: modify an existing theme using APK Tool...

Basics about APK Files and What You Can Do with Them

What's an APK? This question may sound trivial, but it's actually significant. You may think that an APK is just the format of those fancy files that you can install on your phone. You'd be right, but there is a while lot more that can be done with Android's application format in addition to (hopefully...

Add Frequency Bands to Your Qualcomm Device

Those of you who travel quite a bit undoubtedly own more than one device due to frequency band restrictions put in place by both carriers / OEMs, as well as local regulatory agencies. It's common to find regional variants of pretty much the same devices from Sony, LG, Samsung, and other OEMs. And of course, these companies...