How to Install ADB and Fastboot Tools on Your PC [3 Ways]

Most of us interact with our smartphones through one method: tapping the screen. These are generally called “user-facing features” as they are what the OEM presents to us in the firmware. We can do change things with the Android OS over the command prompt as well, but first, you need to have ADB and Fastboot tools installed. Table …

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How to Set a Custom Battery Charge Limit?

We used to live in a world where virtually all mobile phones were released with a removable battery. Over time, companies have chosen to embed these batteries so they can increase in size while also offering water resistance. This has resulted in people needing to optimize their charging patterns to reduce degradation and we can automate part of …

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How to Fix Smartphone Overheating When Using Video Chat Apps?

There’s been a rise in popularity of video calling and video conferencing apps these days. Partly because we’re becoming a more digital society but also due to shelter in place orders around the world. People are expecting their smartphones to handle these apps during prolonged sessions but have actually ended up experiencing overheating and battery life issues. Table …

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How to Fix Samsung Video DRM Errors for Amazon, Netflix, and Others?

DRM is a very touchy subject on smartphones and tablets these days. Devices need the ability to decrypt streaming videos from services such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, my5, and more. However, tripping Knox on some Samsung devices will result in these streaming apps displaying a DRM error, or they will simply refuse to begin playing the video. …

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How to Customize Android’s Screen Timeout Setting?

By default, Android includes a handful of times that you are able to choose for its screen timeout feature. These options tend to be rather limited and are usually short times so it can save you battery life. Thankfully, Android is very customizable and we can set this number to anything we want using a number of methods. …

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How to Copy a File from the Computer to Android with ADB Push

Most people will let their PC mount the smartphone automatically and then switch over to MTP mode (aka file transfer mode) to access files on the device. This isn’t possible in Android’s special boot modes though so let me show you how you can send files from your computer to your Android smartphone or tablet device with ADB. …

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How to Fix the “ADB_Vendor_Keys” Not Set Error?

Quite often we’re using ADB and Fastboot tools to interact with our smartphone or tablet. This requires us to manually grant USB debugging permission when we connect the phone to the PC. We’re also given the option to save these keys for future reference. If they cannot be accessed then you’ll see an ADB Vendor Keys error. Table …

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How to Disable and Uninstall Samsung’s Bixby Assistant?

Samsung announced it would launch Bixby, its digital personal assistant, with the Galaxy S8 series. Many features were brought over from S Voice and the company has added many more throughout the years. Lately, they have been pushing it even harder with an added hardware button but I want to show you how to uninstall it. Table Of …

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How to Disable the Reddit App’s Watermark Feature?

Millions of people are browsing online communities using the official Reddit application. A new feature was recently added where people are seeing a watermark added to photos and images they download using this app. It has sparked a bit of outrage online but thankfully this “feature” can be disabled very quickly by simply diving into Settings. Table Of …

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How to Stop Samsung Devices from Sending Data to Qihoo 360 Servers?

I knew this was going to be a hot-button issue when it was published on /r/Android but I wanted to wait a bit. Now, there is more information available so I have decided to write up this tutorial. Today, I will be showing you how to stop Samsung Galaxy smartphones from sending your data to Chinese Qihoo 360 …

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Android Games on Sale for Black Friday 2019

Black Friday is coming up and that means retailers will begin applying major discounts to products they sell. This is also a great time to get premium, high-quality Android applications and games for a discounted price. Both Black Friday and New Year’s Eve are big days for developers with hundreds of sales happening over the holiday season. I’ve …

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Fixing the TWRP LineageOS OTA Update Modem Version Error

The other day I tried updating my OnePlus 5T to the latest version of LineageOS 16 but it resulted in an error. The built-in updater downloaded the latest LOS16 OTA update but was unable to install it. I was getting an error about an incompatible modem version and this was the easiest way I found to fix it. …

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How to Fix the “Cannot Load ‘twrp.img’: No Such File or Directory” Error?

Installing TWRP onto a smartphone or tablet typically requires you to use a Fastboot command to overwrite your current recovery system. Some people have trouble with the Command Prompt and in turn end up getting a cannot load twrp.img error, or being told there is no such file or directory. But there is a way to fix it. …

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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). …

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What is Screen Attention, AKA Adaptive Sleep?

There are many features that OEMs create on their own that eventually make their way into the core Android OS. Samsung has been responsible for many of them & the release of Android 10 adds one that’s similar to Smart Stay. Google calls this Screen Attention in its Pixel devices but developers will likely know it as Adaptive …

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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 …

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How to Align Hole Punch Wallpapers Perfectly

You’ve probably seen dozens of different wallpapers that were made specifically with devices like the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series in mind. They used the front-facing camera cutout when creating wallpapers and this spawned multiple communities around it. These wallpapers don’t always align perfectly though but we can fix this so they look perfect on your phone. …

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How to Change the Current Active Partition Slot?

Some of my more recent tutorials have centered around Android’s Seamless System Update feature. This feature requires the smartphone or tablet to have dual partition slots (slot A and slot B) so it can switch between the two during updates. However, we can use this system to our advantage and manually switch slots ourselves using a Fastboot command. …

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How to Check if You’re on Partition Slot A or Slot B?

With the introduction of Android 8.0, Google included a new partition system for the operating system. Instead of having one set of partitions for the OS, the OEM could implement 2. It can be very useful to know if partition slot A or slot B is currently active and you can learn how to check by using this …

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How to Install Netflix on a Rooted or Bootloader Unlocked Android Device

Netflix recently made some changes that are preventing people from installing the app from the Play Store. We can easily sideload the application ourselves though. The real test is to make sure your device passes Safety Net checks so that you can use the app once you open it up. With the introduction of the 5.0 update to …

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How to Move the Status Bar Clock to the Right in Android 9 Pie

With the release of Android 9.0 Pie, Google shifted the clock in the Status Bar from the top right corner of the screen to the top left. If you’re not a fan of this then rest assured knowing there’s a way that you can move it back. It requires root access and Substratum, but it’s very easy to …

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How to Activate Google Assistant in Android Q With Full Navigation Gestures Enabled

The release of Pie, we saw a new navigation system added to the core AOSP version of Android. Google is trying something different with Android Q beta 3 by adding a new, gesture navigation option. However, this feature changes how to activate Google Assistant. So let me show you how to trigger it with the new navigation gestures …

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What is Deep Press?

There are a number of ways to interact with UI elements on an Android device. The most common ones are tapping, swiping and long pressing but some smartphones have more. Apple made this feature popular on iOS and called it Force Touch (or 3D Touch) but Deep Press is the official name of the feature on Android. Apple …

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How to Fix the Xiaomi.eu Error: You Are Up to Date or There is a Server Issue

MIUI has a lot of fans but there are some who prefer to not use Chinese services or apps. The folks over at Xiaomi.eu release their own, modified version of MIUI for those who want a debloated and bug fixed version of MIUI. It comes with a built-in updater feature but it tends to give a common error. …

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How to Manually Install an Android Application APK File

In recent versions of Android, Google changed the way to manually install an Android application APK file. Before all we had to do is tap a simple toggle and we could sideload an app from any other source. Now, we are required to manually grant install permissions for each source we want to install an app from and …

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Pinch to Zoom YouTube Videos for a Full Immersive Experience

For ages, the standard aspect ratio of a smartphone was 16:9. This has recently changed as devices are now shipping with an aspect ratio of 18:9, 18.5:9, and other sizes. This adds black bars to the sides of YouTube videos in full screen landscape mode. However, you can use the pinch to zoom gesture to bring this immersion …

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What is the Codename of My Android Smartphone?

When you start getting into installing community developer work including custom ROMs, custom kernels, and custom recoveries then you begin to see Android smartphones and tablets referred to as their codename. So with this quick tutorial, I wanted to show you how to figure out what the codename of your smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch is. You would think …

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