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How to Force Apps to Fill the Screen on the Essential Phone

When Andy Rubin first unveiled the Essential Phone, many were amazed by the bezel-less design the company was able to come up with. One feature that stuck out though (literally) was the camera and sensor cutout at the very top of the display. Other OEMs such as Sharp and Xiaomi decided to embed the camera...

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...

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 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 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 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...

How to Customize which Radios are Disabled in Airplane Mode

There's always been a fear that a phone's radio frequencies can cause issues with airplane equipment. Before the smartphone era, airplane passengers were instructed to turn off all electronics just as a precaution. Smartphones introduced Airplane Mode so that we could still use them for other things like playing a game or watching a video....

How to Pair Android Wear Watches to New Phones without Factory Resetting

Android Wear as a smartwatch operating system is not without its faults, but sadly while the more tech enthusiastic are likely to use it, the same people are also likely to install custom ROMs on their phones. This in most cases means having to wipe your smartwatch every time you switch to another flavor of...

How to Stop Apps from Reading the Android Clipboard to Protect your Privacy

Rather than typing or swiping on your keyboard, sometimes it is easier to just cut, copy, and paste some text. If you want to enter some long pieces of text such as an address, password, or website link, using Android's copy and paste feature certainly beats having to precisely type each character out. But Android's...