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How to unlock the bootloader and root the Google Pixel 4a

It’s been a few weeks since Google unveiled the long-anticipated Google Pixel 4a and the company has already released a beta build of Android 11 for the smartphone. The factory images and the kernel sources for the Pixel 4a have been published as well, which are just the right ingredients required by the modding enthusiasts...

Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 get temp root access on a locked bootloader with an exploit

When it comes to bootloader unlocking and custom development, Sony is undeniably one of the most developer-friendly OEMs out there. The company maintains an initiative called the Open Devices program through which they provide tools and guides to the development community to help them compile Android Open Source Project (AOSP) builds on select Xperia devices....

How to root the OnePlus Nord with Magisk

OnePlus Nord Review: Great Performance at a Great PriceWhy the OnePlus Nord is so familiar, yet so unique: In conversation with Shawn Liu, Head of ProductPreparing your OnePlus NordUpdate OxygenOS to the latest build (currently 10.5.2) using this thread, since there's no publicly available flashable zip of the build the Nord ships with (thus...

SafetyNet’s dreaded hardware attestation is rolling out, making it much harder for Magisk to hide root

Back in March, a few users with Magisk installed noticed that their devices were failing SafetyNet attestation. This news was troubling to the community at XDA because it means that many crucial banking/financial apps and popular games like Pokémon Go and Fate/Grand Order were refusing to run on rooted devices. For some time, it seemed...

LG V50 ThinQ gets root on locked bootloader thanks to an exploit

LG's bootloader unlocking policy is quite annoying as the company tends to whitelist only a handful of regional device variants to be unlocked via their official portal. The situation isn't always their fault, though, as U.S. carriers tend to make the decision to block bootloader unlocking. Take for example the LG V50 ThinQ—while you can...

Latest Magisk Canary release adds support for Android 11

Magisk by XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu is the most popular root solution for Android devices, but because of the modifications it has to do to allow for systemless-root, it usually needs to be updated to be compatible with the latest Android release. The first Developer Preview for Android 11 was released back in February followed...

Your rooted Android phone can jailbreak an iPhone with checkra1n

A lot of us here at XDA-Developers.com actually chanced upon the forums for the first time when we were looking to root our Android devices. After all, our forums are over 17 years old at this point, and currently, boast of over 10 million members who have created more than 3.4 million threads and 77...

Pokémon GO’s aggressive root checking now looks for the existence of a TWRP and Titanium Backup folder

Pokémon GO was launched in 2016, and thanks to its blockbuster launch, it immensely contributed to the popularity of AR as a genre. We're sure you're already familiar with it, but for starters, it is pretty much a game where you can become a Pokémon Trainer yourself, go out into the real world and find...

Developers have exploited the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 to get root access on the Snapdragon models

Samsung phones sold in the U.S. are notoriously difficult to root. Samsung Knox makes rooting especially annoying, and it tends to break a lot of things if you do manage to get root. Users in the U.S. can't even unlock the bootloader to root their devices in the first place. Every once in awhile, though,...

Create a custom accent color on your rooted Android 9 Pie or Android 10 device

Android 10 introduced its own built-in theming option, allowing interested users a way to customize their device to a small extent. While Pixel users get easier access to theming solutions through the Pixel Themes app, other AOSP-based Android 10 users can access some theming features through Developer Options in the Settings menu. These basic theming...

How to enable Android 10’s Rules feature on any Pixel smartphone

A new Android version is released every year, and Google takes the stage at I/O to highlight some of the most prominent changes to the OS. But there are always many features that are not covered on stage due to paucity of time, and these end up being discovered later on. "Rules" is one such...

Make OxygenOS look more Pixel-like with the Out of Oxygen Substratum theme

OxygenOS by OnePlus is among the most loved Android interfaces. Drawing its philosophy from custom ROMs like yesteryears' most popular ROM, CyanogenMod, OxygenOS features an almost-stock Android UI with several options for customization. Over the years, little changes in OxygenOS has magnified to the extent that it now has its own iconography and peculiar design...