How to enable Monochrome mode on Xiaomi smartphones

Google announced the Digital Wellbeing feature last year aimed at being responsible with smartphone usage. Digital Wellbeing helps users understand their smartphone usage better, app usage timers help users limit the usage, visuals detailing how many times the phone was unlocked each day and how many notifications were received. The Wind Down feature limits notifications and also gradually turns the display greyscale, to make it easier on the eyes and to encourage you to unplug. Earlier, we shared a workaround to enable Digital Wellbeing, and now we are sharing a workaround to enable monochrome mode on Xiaomi smartphones Continue reading “How to enable Monochrome mode on Xiaomi smartphones”

How to uninstall apps on realme devices without root

OEMs pre-load phones with apps to improve user experience, but not all the pre-loaded apps and features are important to all users or some users have their own preferred app for a particular task, for example, most of the users prefer Google Calendar and Keep Notes over Custom Calendar and Notes apps that come pre-installed with the device. If you use a phone running a forked version of Android like MIUI or ColorOS, you must have found some apps unnecessary at some point in time. Continue reading “How to uninstall apps on realme devices without root”

MIUI Game Turbo 2.0 Overview

Xiaomi introduced MIUI Game Speed Booster back in 2018 and introduced MIUI Game Turbo back in March this year, it is a framework enhancement that results in CPU and GPU smart allocation, and more system resources for games. During the Redmi K20 series launch event in India, Xiaomi unveiled MIUI Game Turbo 2.0 that comes with performance mode 2.0, touch enhancements 2.0, and enhanced visuals 2.0.

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How to enable Digital Wellbeing on Xiaomi phones

Xiaomi recently introduced Screen time feature with MIUI Global Beta ROM, it is similar to Digital Wellbeing that helps you understand your phone usage better, app usage timers so that you can limit the usage, visuals detailing how many times you unlock your phone per day and how many notifications you receive. Screen time feature is available only on MIUI Global Beta ROM but you can install Digital Wellbeing on your Xiaomi device in case you own a device running Android Pie based MIUI Global Stable ROM, read this step by step guide to learn how. Continue reading “How to enable Digital Wellbeing on Xiaomi phones”

The almost perfect dark MIUI theme

Colors displayed on the screen affect the power consumption of the display and this is where dark mode helps on AMOLED devices. In last few months, Google gradually rolled out dark mode for some system apps including Phone, Contacts, Messages and recently it introduced system-wide dark mode with Android Q Beta 3 that was announced at Google I/O 2019. Continue reading “The almost perfect dark MIUI theme”

Get Android 9.0 Pie on OnePlus 2 with Pixel Experience ROM

Launched in 2015, OnePlus 2 was one of the popular devices from the OnePlus portfolio, even though it didn’t take off well among the customers. Post few months after the launch, OnePlus announced the second-generation device won’t be receiving an update to Android Nougat after all. With this, OnePlus promised its users an update it couldn’t deliver. Continue reading “Get Android 9.0 Pie on OnePlus 2 with Pixel Experience ROM”

How to get Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update instantly for your Google Nexus device

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Google last night started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update for select Nexus devices and it will gradually roll out to Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) users over the coming weeks. Continue reading “How to get Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update instantly for your Google Nexus device”

How to root Nokia X and install Google Play Apps

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We had unboxed the Nokia X a while back, right after it launched in India. Only a few weeks back, Espoo’s first bold entry into the low end Android smartphone segment was revealed at MWC. The phone might be running Android, a Google owned entity, but is completely devoid of anything that resembles Google services. Nokia completely forked the open source variant of Android, just like Amazon did, by choosing not to include Google services and apps, which are obviously a conflict of interests for the company. But being open source, the malleable Android is always willing to bend to our will, and soon enough, enterprising developers who got their hands on the Nokia X, devised a way to install Google apps and services onto this neat little device. We followed their path, and made a video, so that willing users can take advantage of it too –

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A guide to secure your personal data before disposing your phone

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As global smartphone sales have gone off the charts, not many fully understand the concept of data security. Many assume that phone companies take care of this well. Actually this is not true. There is this other scenario where the data you save can be retrieved no matter what you do over the years. How is this possible? Lets start with the basics. Everything I explain here has an Explanation and a Technical Explanation for a better understanding.

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How to setup an ad-hoc WiFi network on your laptop for any Android phone without root

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After some digging and going though a lot of paid apps to share WIFI hotspot, I have stumbled upon a very simple way to share your Laptop WIFI as ad hoc (Infrastructure mode) and use it on any Android phone without having to root and install a custom ROM that supports ad hoc like CyanogenMOD.

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How to easily update to Windows Phone 8 GDR Update 3

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As you might have known by now, Microsoft have just announced the arrival of the Windows Phone GDR Update 3 for all WP8 devices. While the roll out has started, it might take a while to get through to the users after carrier checks, tests and more. But for the first time ever, after actually announcing it in June 2012, the “Enthusiast” program is now live for Windows Phone 8. It basically means that, if you are interested in previewing the latest version of the operating system, with a few constraints, you can get it on any of your Windows Phone 8 devices right away, that too for free! But how? That’s exactly what we are going to see right now. I am going to try and make it as simple and quick as possible for you to get this update.

Check out our visual walkthrough of the GDR3 update

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[How To] Enable MTP in Linux for Android 4.0 and above

Google introduced MTP with Android 4.0, mainly because that used a single partition for the internal storage and also this enabled the usage of secondary storage even when it was being used by the PC and contents are being transferred. MTP works really well in the windows platform basically because of the drivers available. It is a real problem to use MTP on computers with any O.S other than Windows. Thanks to the guys at XDA who have come up with a solution. This guide will help all the Linux users out there to set up MTP on their computers.

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[Guide] Root the Galaxy S III Mini

Galaxy S III Mini is a device for those people who do not like a very huge phone lik the Samsung Galaxy S III, and if you are one of the users of the Mini and are looking to root your device, then look no further, you can finally root your phone using the following guide, thanks to the guys at XDA.

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How to root your Transformer TF700 with Jelly Bean

TF700 received Jelly Bean update some time back due to the people not on OTA RootKeeper lost their root. Now XDA developer hiemanshu has come up with a solution to root your TF700 running on Jelly Bean, follow the steps to root your device.

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