Ultimate Android Rooting, Customization & Knowledge Database

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Android offers tons of ways to modify and customize your mobile device. You can add features, change the look & feel or improve the battery life. Many people are simply overwhelmed when they first look into the sheer endless possibilities.

Where do you start? What’s important to know? We’re here to help you!

In the last months, we published many Android-related guides to help you understand Android a bit better. This article will give you an overview of the topics we’ve covered so far. Please let us know if you’re interested in a certain topic and we’ll do our best to help you!

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Backups & Preparation

Before you go ahead and modify your Android phone or tablet you should always perform a decent backup. Many people are scared that they, somehow, break their device if they start modifying it – that’s okay. Especially, if you’re not that tech-savvy. I fully understand your concerns. Having a proper backup is crucial and can help you to bring your (almost) broken device back to life!

There are basically two important backups: A NANDROID backup is a full backup of your device data. If your phone does not start anymore, a NANDROID backup can get it running again.

Nandroid Backup Guide

Titanium Backup, on the other hand, lets you backup all your apps which comes in quite handy when flashing a new ROM. Not only don’t you have to download all your apps again, but it will also save your settings and game progress.

Titanium Backup Guide

Rooting Process

Rooting your Android phone or tablet is the first step required to modify Android on a deeper basis. It’s required for custom ROMs, kernels and certain apps. If you’re not sure whether to root your Android device or not, have a look at our overview of rooting reasons & benefits.

Rooting Reasons & Benefits

Ready to start rooting? Here are two guides for Google Nexus and other Android devices:

Google Nexus Devices – Any Android Device

Custom ROM & Xposed Framework

Now that have root access to your Android tablet or smartphone, you’re ready to explore a whole new world of possibilities. If you want a heavily-modified, optimized or simply the latest Android version on your device, custom ROMs are the perfect solution for you.

Guide to Android Rooting, Custom ROMs & Apps

If you rather want to stick to the Android version running on your device, Xposed Framework offers the possibility to install custom ROM features on your phone or tablet. Using modules, you can easily add tons of features to your Android device. You’re also able to flash a custom ROM and add certain features using Xposed.

What Is Xposed Framework And How To Install It On Your Android Device

Xposed Framework Extensions

Visual Improvements

If you don’t want (or are not allowed to) root your Android device, custom launchers and widgets are a great way to personalize your Android experience. We’ve created an overview about the best of both!

Android Launcher – Guide & Overview

Android Lock Screen Widget & Modification Guide

Improving Battery Life

Battery life is one of the crucial factors when buying and using a smartphone or tablet. Many devices, nowadays, have a non-removable battery, which means that you’re basically stuck with the battery you have. Luckily, you are able to change a few settings or install certain apps to get more out of your battery!

5 Tips To Increase Your Android Phone’s Battery Life

5 Great Battery Saving Apps To Extend Your Android Phone’s Life

Increase Battery Life and Performance With Greenify

Stolen & Lost Android Devices

Losing or getting a phone or tablet stolen is a really shitty thing to happen. Be smart and prepare your phone to be able to recover it and protect your data.

Prepare Your Android Phone From Getting Lost And Stolen

If your phone got stolen or you lost it, you still have a chance to get it back. Want to learn how? Have a look at our guide!

How To Track Your Lost Android Phone Without Installed Tracking App

Getting Back to Stock Android & Fixing Soft-Bricked Devices

Sometimes, flashing or modding can go wrong. Even if your Android device does not boot properly anymore, you still might be able to recover it.

Fix Your Soft-Bricked Android Device

If you didn’t get an OTA update or want to get back to a clean and fresh stock Android version, Google offers factory images which can be installed on every Nexus device.

How To Flash Android 4.4 Factory Images On Nexus 4 & Nexus 7

Other Guides

Here are our guides and articles that don’t fit the categories above.

How to disable Android KitKat SD card writing restriction

There’s More to Come

We are constantly creating more guides for our readers so make sure to bookmark this page and come back. Please leave a comment if you’re interested in a certain topic and we’ll make sure to cover it soon!

Philipp Greitsch is a mobile enthusiast with great interest in the latest trends and developments in mobile, technology and things that make our everyday life awesome. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.
  • jay

    how can i unlock usim personalization and solve ussd running error in SHV E250K

    SHV-E250K

    dial 319712358

    password : 774632

    this will open a hidden kt menu,, but still can hlep to solve the “ussd code running” error.. i cannot run

    any ussd codes in my note2. i can use any sim to call msg 3g etc… but cannot use ussd codes like *12345#

    etc.. so i cannot use the code

    to Go to ServiceMode by dialling *#197328640#.

    but after entering shows ussd code running..

    how can i correct this, My cellphone tracker is switched off too.. Note2 is running on 4.3 android, olleh

    version of note2..SHV E250k , firmware is E250KKKUENC3.

    As well another problem is i tried to change usim pin, but after entering two times defauld 1234 , the

    phone cannot unlock and has one more try left, i hard reset the phone but it shows still the same..

    usim personalization to {dont require password to use other usim} also is locked with a password.

    How can i open those…. Will a rooting solve these problems, I also want to remove the olleh screen that

    appears when phone starts.

    ThankYou, good day

    thankYou again

    • jayjay

      i have this phone aswell. how did you unlock for use with any sim?

  • beepjai

    I might have changed the gmail password. Now the android download is not taking the new password or letting me change the PW. error is 3007 and 2000.
    what can I do now?

  • MSHA

    You mention that you have to do a full back up of your phone before the Root process but fail to mention how to do just that. A nandroid back up is only for Rooted phones so what’s the alternative?

  • Prashanth

    Guys,

    Noob question – I am on 4.4 version . Can i flash a lollipop custom ROM
    on top of it? or vice versa too flashing kitkat rom on stock lollipop
    version?

    Thanks in advanec

    • Yaznas

      depends on your device if it has a custom rom made for it

  • Chris Hogg

    Hi mate, I have a smsung note 10.1 running kitkat 4.4.2. rooted. it appears that this system is unable to mount a usb pen drive via OTG. is this a hardware issue or can it be fixed with a custom rom? I did find one site that suggested entering this command “setprop persist.sys.usb.config mass_storage,adb

    echo /dev/block/vold/179:33 > /sys/devices/platform/msm_hsusb/gadget/lun0/file”. what do you suggest. Also I am having trouble with connecting usb dongle to access internet. will either of these fixes help that isue also. P.S. I am a newbie. less than 12 months pc experience, but very keen to learn. Cheers Chris.

  • Ashish Apte

    Every time I try to boot into custom recovery with various combinations (rom manager, G pro recovery, freegee, using volume and power key etc.), I an not able to do it. I get a message as under: Secure booting error, cause: boot certification verify..with LG logo. When I boot the phone normally I can perfectly use phone. I use LG Optimus G Pro E 988 India version… Any help please….

  • XionEternum

    Correct me if I’m wrong here… I’m here to learn how to basics of rooting my phone.
    This page tells me that before rooting I should either NANDROID backup or Titanium Backup. I click the link for NANDROID backup as it sounds better. The link says I can only do it on a rooted device, but here it says I should backup before rooting… Bit of a true chicken or the egg dilemma here… Great start for a guide! /eyeroll

  • Claude Aki

    Hi Philipp,
    Can you answer the question that XionEternum asked ?
    It look a bit weird to have to be root to make a backup before to root your device, right?
    Thanks