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How to enable System UI Tuner in Android Marshmallow (Video)

There is a neat hidden menu on your new Android Marshmallow phone or tablet that gives you a bit of control over your status bar and its pull-down menus — the System UI Tuner.

Once enabled, you can change the way your status bar and pull-down settings look and feel, giving your Android a more custom feel that would have previously required some rooting and flashing.




How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Star PRO

If you don’t want to shell out thousands of dollars for an Android phone, the Samsungs Galaxy Star PRO might be a good alternative. Successor to the original Samsung Galaxy Star, the Star PRO offers enhanced features and a little larger screen.

The phone runs on Android 4.1 which may seem a little obsolete considering the version of Android available now, but, with a little help from rooting the Galaxy Star PRO, you can get what users of the latest versions are enjoying. If you root your Samsung Galaxy Star PRO, you can get access to tons of root-only apps, custom ROMs, custom kernels, and many other things that’ll improve the performance as well as the appearance of your phone.

Adding new features isn’t the only thing that root lets you do, it also allows you remove the some of Samsung’s bloatware (stock apps loaded on your phone by the manufacturer) from your phone that you don’t use.

Here’s how to root a Samsung Galaxy Star PRO:

Before You Begin

  1. This could void the warranty of your device. We won’t be held responsible for anything that happens from doing this tutorial so please proceed at your own risk.
  2. You must have a Windows based PC to do this procedure.
  3. You should have Samsung USB drivers installed on your Windows PC.
  4. This should also flash a custom recovery on your device.
  5. You should only try this on the GT-S7262 variant of the device. You can find out your variant info by going to Menu > Settings > About phone on your device.

How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Star PRO

Samsung Galaxy Star PRO

To root the device, you’ll first flash a custom recovery on your device and then use that recovery to flash SuperSU which will root your device. Here’s how you can do it:

Downloading Required Files

  1. Download Odin and save it to your desktop.
  2. Download CWM Recovery and save it to your desktop.
    CWM Recovery (Download link’s available in the first post)
  3. Download SuperSU and save it to your desktop.

Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Star PRO

  1. Unzip files from Odin over to your desktop by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here.
  2. Double-click on Odin executable and it’ll launch.
  3. When Odin launches, click on PDA and select CWM Recovery available on your desktop.
  4. Checkmark both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options in the Odin.
  5. Turn off your device.
  6. Turn your device back on in download mode by holding down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together.
  7. Hit Volume UP when prompted and you should be in download mode.
  8. Plug in your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  9. Click on Start in the Odin and it’ll start flashing CWM Recovery on your device.
  10. Wait for Odin to flash a custom recovery on your device.
  11. When the Odin’s done flashing recovery, your device should reboot.

There you go!

A custom recovery was successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy Star PRO, and here’s how you can use the newly installed recovery to root your device:

Root the Samsung Galaxy Star PRO

  1. Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  2. Copy SuperSU .zip from your desktop over to the internal SD card storage on your device.
  3. When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your device from your PC.
  4. Turn off your device.
  5. Reboot your device into recovery mode by holding down Volume UP, Home, and Power buttons together.
  6. Your device should now be in recovery mode.
  7. Select install zip from sdcard in the recovery menu.
  8. Select choose zip from sdcard on the screen that follows.
  9. Navigate to your internal SD card storage and select SuperSU .zip to be installed on your device.
  10. Hit Yes when prompted to flash SuperSU on your device.
  11. Wait for SuperSU to be flashed on your device.
  12. When it’s done flashing, reboot your device by choosing reboot system now.
  13. Your device should reboot.

Congratulations, your Samsung Galaxy Star PRO is now rooted!

It’s time to explore what the custom Android world has to offer as your device is now rooted and has a custom recovery. Head over to our Samsung Galaxy Star PRO ROMs page and check out all of the custom ROMs available for your device that you can then flash and enjoy on your device.

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How to Change the Icons/Theme on Your Android Device

Now that you’ve learned to change your Android device’s home screen launcher, you can take the customizing of Android one step further by adding a custom theme for that launcher to change the icons for apps, skin the device, change the wallpaper, etc.

Just like with the custom launcher scene, there’s no shortage of themes (and some are pretty popular). From making your Android device resemble all of the other operating systems (from Windows Phone to Blackberry to iOS), to giving your device a much more cartoony look, there’s no limit getting your device to look the way you really want it to look.

Ready to try a few? Here’s how.

I. Setup a New Launcher

1. Head to my How to Change the Home Screen Launcher tutorial, complete it, then return here to continue. Keep in mind when looking for a launcher to theme, that the more popular the launcher, the more themes will be available for it (as not all themes are compatible with all launchers).

II. Download the Theme You Want

1. Open the Play Store.

2. Search for the name of your launcher followed by the word “theme” (i.e. Apex theme, Nova theme, etc.). Alternatively, you can add other words describing the theme to narrow the search (i.e. Apex flat theme, Apex cartoon theme, Apex iPhone theme, etc.).

3. Once you find one you like, check its description to make sure it says it works for your theme, then click Install.

III. Select the Theme

1. Depending on your launcher, the option for themes might be in a different location, but for the most part, head to your launcher’s settings menu and look for theme there. Alternatively, some themes allow you to open them like a normal app and tap your launcher’s name from inside there to have it install automatically (but I find that this is just a place for really annoying ads most of the time).

2. From there, select the theme you downloaded and hit Apply. To undo a them, simply head to the theme settings in your launcher again and choose the default theme (or another theme).


Find any amazing themes? Share them in the comments below!


How to Change the Music Player on Your Android Device

Here we have another part of my series on getting the mort out of customizing Android (since it seems a lot of people don’t realize just how much you can change the Android OS). This time I’m going to show you how to change the default music player in Android so you don’t have to be stuck with the one the manufacturer (or Google) decided you should use.

Just like changing the home screen, the keyboard, or the camera as I showed you before, there are a ton of music players out there to choose from when thinking of making the switch. Some of them are entire services in themselves like Spotify, for example, and others are just better music players that can help organize your music (from where ever you downloaded it from) in a way that might be more to your liking. For the music player, it’s just as easy as with changing those other parts of the Android ecosystem I mentioned –download the new player and begin setting it as your default whenever prompted.

Here’s how to find a music player that you might like, some popular options that others use, and how to make sure it’s what Android uses for all your available tunes.

I. Download the New Music Player

1. Open the Play Store.

2. Search for “music player”.

3. Choose from the plethora of options and install one to try out.

II. Set it as the New Default Music Player

Like with the camera, there is no way to set it as the default app to handle music right away, you have to replace the app icon you usually use for music (and the widget if you use one) and tap it instead of the old music icon for now and then whenever you use an action (i.e. a gesture to launch the music app, plug in the headphones to launch a music app, etc.) you’ll be prompted by Android to choose what music application to use for that action and if you want it to be the new default app for that.

You can also always uninstall the new music player to revert back to the old one and undo the defaults you set.

There you go! Let me, and others, know what your favorite music players are and why in comments below!


Dead Star Review

Multiplayer online battle arenas rarely have a need for a strong narrative background: In a game like League of Legends or Heroes of the Storm, you can chuck a bunch of characters with conflicting motives onto a table and order them to fight and no one will bat an eye. Death Star is a little like that with its three races, but I learned there’s a deeper story hidden in casual lines in the tutorial and hidden text snippets in the options. You can rightly regard it as little more than a MOBA mixing in elements of top-down twin-stick shooters, but as it turns out, this is also the tale of a bunch of war criminals and general scum doomed to battle for scraps in a dying solar system until its red giant goes supernova. And that’s the overarching theme of the whole experience–an unexpected degree of depth hidden below a simple and accessible veneer.

Continue reading…


What to do when your iPhone or iPad can’t connect to Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is great, when it works, but sometimes those wireless networks we use to connect to the web can experience trouble. In these moments, your iOS devices may be unable to establish a connection to the internet, and it can be frustrating. In this troubleshooting tutorial, we’ll walk you through some steps to get your Wi-Fi […]