How to Root an Android Phone

Rooting an android phone can allow you to open your phone to endless possibilities and gives you full control of your device. Rooting allows you to change key elements of your phone that the stock operating system would not allow you to do. Rooting can allow you to improve battery life, customize the look of your phone, and use services to improve the usability of your device. Rooting today is safe just if you don’t allow every third-party app to allow root access on to your phone. Allowing every app to gain access to full control of your device is not safe but the rooting option we will use will prevent this. Rooting could also cause problems with payment apps not allowing you to use these services. The rooting method we will be using solves this problem. The rooting method that I suggest is Magisk Manager. Magisk is the safest most hassle-free root method available and solves the problems that comes to rooting. Magisk Manager allows you to “hide root” from applications on your device so they work properly. Magisk also prompts you before using an application if you would like to give the app access to root permissions. This is good because then you are in control of what apps can gain root access. Make sure to check online if your device can be rooted before proceeding. Rooting your device will void its warranty, so root at your own risk! I am not responsible for any issues that you may have caused. Here are the steps to rooting your android device: On your device go to Settings>System>About phone....

5 New Features In Android 8.0 Oreo

The new version of android, 8.0 Oreo packs many new features under the hood to help improve your android experience. This new update not only refines the system even more but helps the user to accomplish daily tasks quicker. These 5 new features in android Oreo 8.0 will surly help your effectiveness when operating your mobile device. The first new feature brand new to android is the auto fill framework. One of the annoyances when setting up a new android phone is logging back into all your apps. With the auto fill framework the system takes your saved passwords form google and will automatically auto fill the password fields for easy log in. This not only works for apps but web pages in your mobile browser. Google will also save new passwords for new app logins for the future. Another new feature to android 8.0 is a new reworked background execution limit. This feature will stop pesky apps from leaching on to your battery when they are not in use. Apps that need to run in the background will still work but will be less aggressive to save battery. This is baked right into the system and applies to all applications. Next up, picture in picture mode finally comes to our mobile devices! Picture in picture mode provides a better split screen alternative especially for video. When exiting an app like YouTube the video being viewed will continue to play in a small window at the bottom of the screen. Google maps is supported for picture in picture mode and allows the user to leave the maps app while...

How to Troubleshoot Battery Life Issues on Mobile Devices

One issue that is universal with all mobile devices is battery life. No matter how new the device is users always ask the same question, “How can I improve my battery life?”. Battery life is mostly dependent on how well the software can handle all the processes that the device can do but the user can always help with aiding the system to save battery. First thing that users can do is turn off unnecessary features. Things like Bluetooth and NFC should be turned off if they are not in use. GPS can be a big factor in battery life. Leaving GPS on high accuracy mode will use unnecessary resources especially if you do not need GPS on. This can come into effect with applications that use location for it’s service. If your device is connected to WIFI the GPS does not need to be used since it can predict your location through the WIFI signal. If you allow applications to access the GPS all the time it will continue to update more frequently which in return will use up more battery. Your phone screen brightness is also a big contributing factor. Keeping your phone brightness on auto will cause battery drain. The phone uses sensors to detect the amount of light in your area to control your phone brightness which will result battery drain so turn this feature off. Power hungry apps are pesky can cause majority of battery issues on mobile devices. Going into your battery settings should show what apps are draining your battery the most. Check to see if these apps have alternative applications in...

New Windows 10 Productivity Improvements

With the Windows 10 November update, Microsoft IT enabled several enterprise features for its global user base, including Windows Hello for Business, Credential Guard, and Enterprise State Roaming. In addition, implementing Azure Active Directory Join across the enterprise extended cloud capabilities to users with Windows 10 devices. With the update, users saw security enhancements and immediate improvements to productivity. Microsoft enabled Azure Active Directory Join and other Windows 10 features that enhance security and productivity, including Windows Hello for Business, Credential Guard, and Enterprise State Roaming.   Enhanced Security The Windows 10 November update offers two new features for improving security. A combination of cryptographic keys that are uniquely tied to a user and device, and facial or fingerprint recognition, provide a more convenient way to sign in with strong authentication.   The Windows Hello for Business helps Microsoft employees and other corporate network users to securely sign in to their PCs. Windows Hello for Business simplifies signing in to on-premises and cloud resources without using a password. Using Windows Hello, our network users can sign in to their Windows 10 devices with just a look or a touch if the device is equipped with compatible hardware. Windows Hello for Business creates a certificate-based credential on a device, which is unlocked by a PIN or biometric (fingerprint or facial recognition). This is more secure than a password, because the PIN is tied to the device, and only the user knows the PIN. With Windows Hello for Business, we have a convenient and secure authentication method. Other benefits include: Easy certificate renewal. Microsoft corporate network users receive a prompt to verify their...

How to Theme an Android 8.0 Phone

Android phones have always been credited for having many customization options available to the user. The possibilities can be endless, but some requirements include advanced knowledge such as flashing a new operating system, rooting, or using PowerShell commands from a computer. These options would turn off the average user from doing such things. luckily in the latest version of android, 8.0 Oreo includes built in theming of the operating system which you can customize of the fly. With the help of two paid applications and a computer, your device will allow you to change the background color of apps and the operating system to your liking with just a few steps. First main set of steps is to set up your Android 8.0 phone to allow for theming of the system. Open the Google Play Store app on your phone and download the applications “andromeda ★ substratum stock rootless backend 8.0+” and “substratum theme engine”. Next open the settings app on your phone and click on “System” then “About phone”. In the “About Phone” list find “Build number” and tap on the text 5 times until it asks to enter in your password of your device (If you do not have a password on your device then it will not prompt you to enter a password). After entering your password, a toast message will pop up on the bottom of the screen saying, “You are now a developer!”. Now click on the back button and click “Developer options”. In “Developer options” turn on “Android debugging” and click “OK”. Now your phone and computer will be able to communicate in...
Mobile Device Guide: How to Encrypt an Android Device

Mobile Device Guide: How to Encrypt an Android Device

This is a guide describing step by step directions on how to encrypt an Android device. There are several reasons to encrypt your smart phone. It keeps your data protected and secure from hackers, law enforcement and anyone else who has no business seeing it. When you think about what we all use our phones for the argument for encryption is amplified. I use my smart phone to do my banking, take all of my pictures, store medical files and important tax information. Beyond that your phone is constantly tracking you, it knows where you are every moment of your life, it knows where you live, where and when you work and go to school. Much like Santa even knows when your sleeping and awake. Every personal text conversation and email you receive is on your phone as well. Encryption is key to keeping all of this personal private data actually personal and private. I love the idea of encryption because strong encryption is mathematically impossible to break. There is not many things so full proof in life. Encryption has become so important all newer Android devices come with encryption on by default. To write this article I had to use that old nexus 5 I rooted because its running an old enough version of Android that it isn’t encrypted by default. As a side note if you are using a rooted device you must first unroot to encrypt. Encryption was not on be default on any version of Android earlier then Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Before you start the encryption process make sure your battery is fully charged and...