Tweaks & Hacks

How To: Instantly Unlock Your iPhone with Face ID — No Swipe Needed

Face ID does an excellent job with keeping your iPhone safe, boasting a million-to-one odds against unauthorized access when compared to Touch ID, which is 20 times less secure. However, it's far from being truly hands-free, as you still need to swipe up the lock screen once it detects your face to access apps. But if you have a jailbroken iPhone X, this issue can easily be remedied.

How To: Hide the Annoying Home Bar Indicator on Your iPhone X for Fewer On-Screen Distractions

The home bar, that tiny sliver of color at the bottom of the screen on Home button-less iPhone models, is helpful when first getting used to an iPhone X or newer's gestures. It helps you learn how to swipe up to unlock, go to the home screen, view the app switcher, and so on. But after a few weeks, it just becomes an annoying eyesore you can't get rid of — unless you have a jailbroken iPhone X.

How To: Unlock the Bootloader on Your Pixel 3a

The first thing you'll always have to do before getting your customization game on with most phones is to unlock the bootloader. Doing so opens the true potential of the device, allowing you to root, install TWRP, Magisk, custom ROMs, and other mods. No matter your wants or needs, there's no way around it — the bootloader must be unlocked to modify the system.

How To: The Best Way to Uninstall All Types of Bloatware on Any Android

When you get a new phone, the last thing you want to deal with is a ton of preinstalled programs staring back at you. They not only clutter your home screen with apps you'll probably never use, but they're also wasting space on your internal storage and potentially draining battery. To truly uninstall them, you'll need root — but even then, it can be hard to pin down all the apps that should be removed.

How To: Get a Real System-Wide Dark Mode on Your iPhone for Less Battery Drain & More Night-Friendly Views

A universal dark theme has long been one of the most sought-after features we've been urging Apple to introduce for iOS. While this wish went unfulfilled with iOS 12, there's renewed hope that it'll finally touch down with iOS 13's arrival. The jailbreak community, however, has had this functionality available for quite some time, and you can too if you're running the right iOS version.

How To: Flash ZIPs Without TWRP (Or Any Custom Recovery)

There once was a time in the Android rooting and modding scene where we couldn't rely on using a custom recovery, such as TWRP, to flash all our files. Manual file flashing was very popular in the early days, but has since become a little less relevant because the custom recovery scene had evolved so much over the years. However, it appears to be making a strong return in a good way.

How To: Get the Google Phone App with Spam Blocking & Business Search on Any Android

The Google Phone app is one of the best dialers for Android today, especially with all of the unique and exciting features it brings to the table. Unfortunately, without owning a Pixel phone, you are unable to officially download the app, making a modified version your only option. However, this version of Google Phone is missing a few key features, such as spam protection and business search.

How To: Automatically Enable Low Power Mode When Your iPhone Is Locked to Save Battery Life

Though not as flashy as Face ID and other features, Low Power Mode has become one of the unsung heroes of iOS. When you're away from a charger, enabling this feature will dial back performance and networking to help you eke out up to three extra hours of battery life. If your device is jailbroken, you can even automate Low Power Mode to ensure your battery never dips to critical levels while out and about.

How To: Get Google's Avengers AR Sticker Packs on Any Android Device with ARCore

The idea of augmented reality isn't new, but the world of smartphones is looking to push it forward in a big way. As with any platform, both product demand and technological advancements have to catch up to the industry before it can become a viable solution for daily consumer life. Apple and Google are working to introduce the smartphone consumer to AR for the first time with basic features for now.