Android Guides

How to: Back Up your Android Device

A smart phone is the most common accessory in the world these days and having it broken, lost, or stolen is also a common happening. In this case the usual panic is not just the loss of the phone but also the loss of the data, contacts, photos, and various …

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How to: Deactivate and Delete Kik Account

Kik is an evolutionary messenger that allows you to share photos, videos, messages and all sorts of media freely. Registering is also very simple and effective. However if you are already making use of other messengers Kik isn’t all that creative and if you are effectually using other messengers your …

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How to run Snapchat on rooted Android

A lot of Android users new to the world of rooting may be surprised to find that a handful of apps suddenly stop working, including Snapchat, when you are on a rooted device. I’m here to tell you that a few methods exist for beating these app’s methods of root …

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How to Decompile and Theme Android APKs

Have you ever opened an Android app and didn’t like the color theme it used? What if you wanted to change a white background in an app to black, for example? Today I’m going to show you how to decompile an .APK file so you can edit the files inside, …

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How to Add Custom Lockscreen Widgets to Android

Many Android users often wonder how they can add widgets to their lockscreen – this was a feature in Android 4.0, but was removed in Lollipop. Thus, some users download 3rd-party lockscreen apps. This puts the user at a massive security risk, because 3rd-party lockscreen apps are highly unstable and …

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How to Start Developing Android Apps in Visual Studio 2017

Android enthusiasts, especially programmers, know that there’s no shortage of software to create Android apps – whether it’s Android Studio, tools for creating a hybrid apps like PhoneGap, or the “no coding experience necessary” WYSIWYG app-builders like Tiggzi. Because Android is an open-source, Linux-based OS, some might not realize that …

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How to Unlock Huawei Modem and Pocket WiFi Devices

Huawei is a leading manufacturer of modems and pocket wifi devices – in fact, your carrier-branded pocket wifi is most likely a Huawei device with your carrier’s logo painted onto it, and locked to your carrier’s SIM cards. You could just buy an open-line Huawei modem directly from Huawei, but …

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How to Root Oppo F1s

The Oppo F1s Selfie Expert is a mid-range phone marketed to selfie takers. Its main selling point is a 13M selfie camera with face-detection technology and LED flash. Oppo is a Chinese brand that continuously battles for top position with other Chinese manufacturing giants Huawei, Vivo, and Xioami. In this …

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How to Enable Camera2 API and Shoot RAW on Android

Though Camera2 API was introduced to Android Lollipop in 2015, a majority of phone manufacturers in 2017 have still not implemented the Camera2 API in their cellphones. Only a handful of premium devices have full Camera2 API support, despite the fact that Google has deprecated the legacy Camera API and …

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How to Replace KingoRoot with SuperSU

KingoRoot is well known as the “one click root solution” for Android users, especially those who cannot flash root through custom recovery. KingoRoot is unfortunately a necessary evil for some Android users – and I say evil because KingoRoot has well-known shady practices, such as uploading your IMEI to strange …

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How to Install Ultimate Performance Mod Engine for Android

Experimental users of rooted Android phones should already be familiar with the plethora of tools to fine-tune your device performance. There’s no shortage of apps or methods to adjust your CPU frequency, build.prop settings, GPU configuration, and numerous other methods of achieving a blazing-fast device. Of course, it can be …

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How to Completely Theme Android with Xposed Modules

Theming and customizing an Android device can be a disappointing experience with stock apps. Manufacturers’ theme stores often have a limited amount of available themes that change the entire system GUI, whereas you may want to only theme your notifications bar or Settings menu. Creating your own theme from scratch …

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How to Install a Complete Linux Distro on Android

For users who want to experience a complete desktop OS on their Android phone, especially tech-savvy people who don’t want to carry around a laptop or tablet, it’s entirely possible to install a fully-functional Linux OS on your Android phone. You will need a rooted phone for this operation – …

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How to Bypass SafetyNet Apps with Systemless Root

SafetyNet may add a sense of illusory protection to casual Android users, but it sends frustration through Android enthusiasts. Recent SafetyNet updates have made it so that certain apps such as Netflix, Pokemon GO, and Android Pay will refuse to work on rooted devices. In fact, some apps may even …

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How to Change Android System Font without Apps

Changing the default system font on an Android device should be the easiest thing in the world, yet on many devices it’s actually rather complicated. The issue stems from the fact that stock Android does not offer the ability to customize system font – this is something that some device …

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How to Build a Custom ROM from Android Open Source Project

If you’re familiar with rooting your Android phone or downloading custom ROMs, such as the highly popular CyanogenMod or its successor Lineage OS, you may have wondered – how do people build these ROMs? How much work exactly goes into developing a customized ROM? This guide will walk you through …

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How to Root the Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus

Motorola introduced its mid-range G5 and G5 Plus phones earlier in 2017, and they are pretty awesome phones for the money. Unfortunately, Motorola locks the bootloaders on nearly all their devices, but savvy Android enthusiasts always find a way. TWRP has not made an official release yet for this device, …

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How to Build a Custom ROM from Android Source Project Pt. 2

In our previous “How to Build an Android ROM from AOSP” guide, we went over the basics – setting up Linux, the build environment, and compiling the most basic of Android ROMs. This guide will show you how to add flavor to the ROM by adding a custom boot animation …

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How to Root the Asus Zenfone 3 Max (MT6737T Chipset)

The Asus Zenfone Max 3 is a mid-range Android phone released in late 2016. Its features are a 13mp rear camera, 3GB of RAM, and the slick ZenUI interface. This device shipped with two different chipsets – the MT6737T and the MT6737M. This guide is only for the MT6737T chipset …

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How to Root the Infinix Note 3 Pro

The Infinix Note 3 Pro X601 is a budget-friendly premium Android phone manufactured by Infinix Mobility. This MediaTek chipset phone offers 3gb of RAM, a 16gb ROM, and an impressive 6.0 inch screen with 1080 x 1920 display resolution, and best of all, it’s incredibly easy to root. This guide …

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How to Edit the Android Build.Prop with Essential Tweaks

Android devices use a universal build.prop that controls runtime flags when the Android system boots. Many of the properties are unique to each device, but there are a handful of build.prop tweaks that can be applied universally to virtually all Android phones. This guide will show you these tweaks, and …

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How to Root the Galaxy J5 and J7 2016 Editions

The Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 2016 editions were released early in 2016, but are still fairly powerful budget devices. This guide offers the Magisk rooting method for the J5, and the SuperSU rooting method for the J7. Required for Either Device (or pretty much all Samsung device flashing): Odin …

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How to Unlock and Root the ZTE Axon 7

The ZTE Axon 7 is a powerful phone that comes in a variety of firmwares. It is extremely important to pay attention to the steps below and make sure the steps are compatible with your firmware and model version. Thus I have separated this guide into sections for different models …

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How to Install TWRP and Root the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Exynos

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are Samsung’s latest Galaxy phones released April 21st, 2017. While Android enthusiasts have yet to root the Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S8/S8+, rooting is already possible for the Exynos variants. This guide will walk you through the steps of rooting the Galaxy S8 …

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How to Root the Oppo Find 7

Warning: Before following this guide, be sure to make a backup of your data in case something goes wrong. I suggest using TWRP for making data backups, which we will install during this guide. Rooting the Oppo Find 7 is a technically involved process, please be sure to read through …

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