Pixel

Here we have a complete set of tips and tutorials to teach you how to unlock the bootloader, install a custom recovery and root the Pixel and Pixel XL. There are also a number of tips to teach you the ins and outs of the software. I break these down into both generic software tips to show you all of the software features that are available, and root tutorials to walk you through the entire process from beginning to end.


Some of the root tutorials will need to be done in a certain order. For example, you’ll need to install a custom recovery before you can root the Pixel or Pixel XL. So in those cases I specifically mention these requirements when writing up a tutorial. The same is said with root applications too. If an app or a tip requires root access, then I will mention this and then link you to the guides you will need to follow first.

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How to Install the Google Recorder on the Pixel 3, Pixel 2, and Pixel 1?

Earlier this year Google launched a number of hardware devices alongside new apps and additional features to existing applications. One new app is called the Google Recorder but it is only available on the Pixel 4 right now. Thankfully though, we can manually install this on any Android 9.0+ smartphone out there (including older Pixel devices as well). …

How to Install the Google Recorder on the Pixel 3, Pixel 2, and Pixel 1? Read More . . .

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How to Enable Astrophotography Mode on the Pixel 1 and Pixel 2?

Google just announced and subsequently released the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones. During the launch event of these two smartphones, the company revealed a unique new software featured called Astrophotography Mode. This was said to be limited to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4, but I can show you how to use it on the older …

How to Enable Astrophotography Mode on the Pixel 1 and Pixel 2? Read More . . .

Android 10 Battery Percentage

How to Display the Battery Percentage in the Notification Shade?

A surprising number of companies have already pushed out its first OTA update to Android 10. We usually don’t see a wave like this until much closer to the holiday season. This update now shows you the device’s estimated battery life left instead of the battery percentage but I can show you how to change it back. I …

How to Display the Battery Percentage in the Notification Shade? Read More . . .

How to Install Android P Devleoper Preview 1

How to Install the Android P Developer Preview 1 Build

Google just officially announced the first Developer Preview release of Android P and it can be installed right now. However, the Android P Developer Preview can only be installed on a handful of devices so you’ll need the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL if you want to try it out.

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