How To’s

  • How to Pass SafetyNet on OnePlus 6 Android Pie Open Beta

    OnePlus has made available Android Pie for the OnePlus 6 if you are willing to update to their latest Open Beta version of OxygenOS – and even though it’s a fully-featured Android Pie with the latest Material Design, Adaptive Battery, and other Android Pie features, it does have its drawbacks…

  • How to Enable Hotspot on Carrier Locked LG Phones No Root Required

    A handful of LG phones, including the LG Stylo 3, LG V10, and others, are sold under prepaid, carrier-locked plans – and this typically includes the Mobile Hotspot being an additional feature that you must purchase. If you want to enable the mobile hotspot on your LG Stylo 3 without…

  • How to Easily Remap the Bixby 2.0 Button on Samsung Galaxy Note 9

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which was released earlier this year, features Samsung’s latest Bixby 2.0 which came equipped on last year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Some say that the Bixby 2.0 is more if a downgrade than an update, however, as certain features were stripped out –…

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    How to Connect Xiaomi Yeelight Devices to Android Without a Home Router

    Xiaomi’s Yeelight series of smart home lighting devices are a great and affordable alternative to the more expensive Philips Hue – the bulbs are much cheaper than Philips Hue bulbs, and they don’t require a hub either, only a wifi network to connect to. The problem people face is generally…

  • How to Connect Android to Wireless ADB for Wireless Screen Mirroring

    Vysor is a highly useful screen-mirroring app for Android and PC – it allows you to view and control your Android screen from your PC over ADB connection. This is highly useful for multitaskers or for people who regularly push/pull files between devices, and also people who create apps or…

  • How to Modify Bluetooth Stacks on Android for Greatly Enhanced Bluetooth Audio Quality

    Warning: This is a highly advanced guide that involves modifying your Bluetooth stacks on Android – read this guide in its entirety and follow all instructions exactly as given. Despite the fact that Bluetooth headsets and Bluetooth audio has become quite popular, it’s a bit of an issue for audiophiles…

  • How to Get Google Camera Port for Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1

    One of the most popular phones in the Asia region, particularly India, is the latest Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, due to its 6-inch FHD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SOC, its 4GB / 6GB RAM options, Android 8.1 Oreo, and the enormous 5,000 mAh battery (you usually see a battery…

  • 4 Simple Ways to Change Android Notification Panel Theme

    The default, generic Android notification panel can be rather bland and boring – worse, it can clash with your preferred color scheme, and worse still, it can’t be changed on most phones, unless your device supports custom theming (which a lot of devices don’t). Samsung devices for example offers third-party…

  • How to Root the LG V30 with Magisk and TWRP

    The LG V30 is quite an amazing Android phone – it has the premium hardware specs you’d expect from an Android device in its price range, but most notable is the Hi-Fi Quad DAC that can play 32-bit/192kHz, making it a true “audiophile” phone. Rooting the LG V30 isn’t very…

  • How to Update your Android Kernel to Latest Linux Stable

    We’ve covered guides on Android kernels, such as “How to Build a Custom Kernel” and “Best Custom Kernels for Android”, but today we’re going to show you how to upstream your kernel against the latest Linux stable. Please know that this is advanced stuff – if you’ve never compiled a…

  • How to Install Sauron MK II Android Audio Mod (Root Required)

    Android audiophiles are always looking for new and improved ways to get the best listening experience from their devices, and we’re going to show you an awesome audio mod that is compatible with a ton of others. We’re talking about Ainur Audio’s SAURON MK II, and it’s not your typical…

  • What is: A Bricked Phone?

    When someone makes a device unusable, they refer to it as a ‘bricked’. Just like bricks are nothing except hard objects used for construction, the phone also becomes as useless a brick. There is a lot of misconception on what a bricked phone is. A bricked phone cannot be recovered…

  • How to Increase Maximum Volume on Mediatek-Based Android Devices through Engineer Mode

    Android devices often have varying levels of “maximum” volume output – even if you’re using the same exact headset between devices. This may not always be due to the device’s internal DAC or audio mixer, especially on Mediatek-based devices. In fact, it is likely due to how your Mediatek-based Android…

  • How to Get MilkDrop 2 Visualisations in Foobar

    MilkDrop 2 is an incredibly powerful music visualizer plug-in that was originally created for Winamp. Of course, Winamp hasn’t been updated since 2013, and many users have switched to more modern audio players such as Foobar, VLC, or streaming services with built-in local file players like Spotify, iTunes, and Google…

  • Fix: Error 492 When Installing or Updating Apps from the Google Play Store

    As any Android user would already know, the Google Play Store is the official marketplace for all devices running on the Android Operating System. From music and books to games and applications, the Google Play Store has it all. The Google Play Store brings anything and everything an Android user…

  • How to Fix Lenovo K8 Plus Baseband Unknown and IMEI Invalid

    Android users will sometimes run into the problem of their baseband reporting “Unknown” status, or the IMEI reporting as “Invalid”. This typically happens in several scenarios: Dirty flashing your stock ROM. Installing third-party ROMs on untested device. Your device suddenly deciding to be a pain. What basically happens is that…

  • How to Root the Moto G6 with TWRP and Magisk Beta

    Motorola’s Moto G6 is the latest budget-device in their hottest selling G-series lineup. It features Android Oreo, a Qualcomm SDM45 Snapdragon (Octa-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53), and the Adreno 506 GPU. It’s quite a nice device for the price, and now we’re able to fully root it using TWRP and Magisk! However,…

  • How to Use Windows VSTs in latest REAPER 5.93 Linux-Native builds

    As REAPER v5.93 introduced Linux-native builds to the popular digital audio workstation, many users are wondering how they can use their favorite Windows-based VST plug-ins in the Linux builds. Fear not, Appuals has the solution. REAPER has no native bridge to run Windows VSTs on Linux, but there are a…

  • How to use a GIF as your Android Navbar Home Key

    Some brilliant minds in the Android community figured out how to modify your navbar to use an animated .gif as your home key, and Appuals has the guide to do it! Warning: This is a fairly involved process. You need to decompile your SystemUI.apk, mess with some important files, and…

  • How to Easily Deodex Android Stock ROM without PC

    Deodexing your Android’s stock ROM opens up a whole new range of customization features, especially if you plan on modifying things like SystemUI.apk by yourself. Of course, if you want to truly customize your Android device, its better to install a custom ROM (like LineageOS or similar) that already has…

  • How to Remove Fizz and Harmonic Feedback from Amp Sims

    One major complaint musicians have against digital amp simulators is the audible “fizz” in the high-end frequency. It’s difficult to explain through words, but if you’re a guitarist who uses amp simulators, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. Its true that the presets on a lot of amp simulators…

  • Fix: Incorrect Psk Provided for Network Ssid

    The “incorrect psk provided for network ssid” error is encountered when the user tries to connect to a home or work router. This regularly happens after the password of the router is reset and the PSK (pre-shared key) is changed. The message is essentially signaling that the user has entered the…

  • How to Root the Chuwi Hi9 Air

    The Chuwi Hi9 Air is a recently released mid-range tablet that sports some pretty good specs, especially for mobile gamers. With its 10.1” screen, 4GB RAM, and MTK6797 Helio X20 Deca Core SoC with the ARM Mali-T880 GPU, not to mention an incredible 8000mAh battery, its certainly a great device…

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    Samsung smartphones found to have the highest failure rate in Q1 2018

    Data security firm Blancco has released its “State of Mobile Device Repair & Security” report for the first quarter of this year. The report reveals that in the January-April 2018 period, Samsung smartphones had the highest failure rate. The report is based on internal mobile diagnostics and mobile erasure data…

  • How to Install ADB on Chrome OS 67 without Crouton

    For Android app developers, ADB & Fastboot are one of the most important tools to have on your computer – and while ADB has been compatible with Chromebook for a long time, it previously required going through some hurdles and installing a third-party set of scripts named crouton, which basically…