Android 101

The goal of Android Explained has always been to teach everyone how their hardware and software works. So even if you have never touched an Android device before this section will help you learn the basics from the community lingo to the core features of the OS.

Device Tutorials

There is barebones vanilla AOSP Android and then there are the versions that OEMs put on their phones. This means two phones running the same version of Android can look completely different. So this section will be for showing you how to use your new device.

Android Tips

Whether you know the basics or are completely familiar with your smartphone you can still benefit from a number of Android tips. Here you will find mods, unique applications, hidden app features and just a whole lot of different things that we are able to do with our Android devices.

Recovery Factory Reset Cache Partition

Galaxy S5: How to Factory Reset

A factory reset can fix a lot of issues with a smartphone, even issues that don’t seem to be software related. Today I’m going to walk you through the step by step process for the Samsung Galaxy S5 factory reset tutorial.

Privacy Guard Notification

CM12: How to Disable Privacy Guard Notifications

The biggest complaint that I see about Privacy Guard seems to be from the persistent notification that it has in the Status Bar. So today I’m going to show you exactly how to disable the Privacy Guard notification for individual applications.

Privacy Guard Menu

CM12: How to Enable Privacy Guard

Privacy Guard is CyanogenMod 12’s version of individual rules for application permissions. Sadly, it isn’t enabled by default so today I’m going to show you how to enable CM12 Privacy Guard on your smartphone or tablet.

Samsung Download Mode

Galaxy S5: How to Boot into Download Mode

Some Android OEMs add a Download Mode to their device as a way to allow low-level communication between the device and a certain PC program. Since this is a vital process needed to modify your Samsung device, I’m going to show you how to boot into the Galaxy S5 Download Mode.

Wipe Cache Partition

Galaxy S5: How to Wipe the Cache Partition

One of the most common reasons for issues with various applications boils down to the bad/corrupt cache for the app. So today I’m going to show you exactly how you can wipe the Galaxy S5 Cache Partition.

Android System Recovery

Galaxy S5: How to Boot into Recovery Mode

Sometimes we need to get into the Android recovery to do a factory reset, wipe the cache partition or apply an update via ADB. So today I’m going to show you the step by step process on how to get into the Galaxy S5 Recovery Mode on your device.

Silent Mode

How to Get Silent Mode Back in Lollipop

Even though Google has removed Silent Mode from Android 5.0 Lollipop, there is now a way to get the functionality back to your device. This guide will show you exactly which app you need to install to regain this much-needed Lollipop Silent Mode feature.

Safe Mode

Galaxy S5: How to Boot into Safe Mode

Safe Mode is used to help determine if a 3rd party application is somehow interfering with your device. Today I’m going to show you what the Galaxy S5 Safe Mode is and how to boot into it.

Catching Fire

2nd Hunger Games Book is Free in the Google Play Store

For any fellow book lovers out there, you might be interested in knowing that the second book of The Hunger Games is now on sale, completely free, in the Google Play Store right now. There’s no telling how long this deal will be going on so you might want to nab your copy right now.

Android KitKat

Galaxy Note 4: How to Downgrade to Android 4.4.4 KitKat

The Galaxy Note 4 is currently being updated to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop but not everyone wants to use it. So today I will guide you through the step by step process on how to downgrade the Galaxy Note 4 from Android 5.0.1 Lollipop back to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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