Tag Archive: Manually


How to manually update your Nexus or Pixel

Get the latest version of Android on your phone on your own terms.

Now that Android Oreo is available, Pixel and Nexus owners are clamoring to get the latest updates as soon as possible. But Google doesn’t always push these over-the-air updates as soon as people would like, which is where this guide comes in. Using the tips below, you can sideload factory images or OTA updates to your Nexus or Pixel device as soon as they  [Read More…]

How to manually enable Daydream on phones Google has not approved

How do I install Daydream on my phone?

Google’s philosophy with their newest VR platform is simple. In order to offer the best possible experience in Daydream, there needs to be a minimum list of requirements met. The phone must be capable of delivering two video streams at 60fps with no stutter, and when you turn your head inside a Daydream headset there should be as little motion blur as possible. Unfortunately that means no matter how  [Read More…]

How to manually set your IPD in PlayStation VR

How do I change my interpupillary distance in PSVR?

Unlike the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR doesn’t have a slider or a dial on it that lets you physically set the interpupillary distance (IPD) in your headset. Instead, PSVR has software that takes a picture of your face and lets you move crosshairs onto your eyes. The rest is all handled automatically. Unfortunately, this process isn’t quite exact, and it might take you quite  [Read More…]

How to manually enable Daydream on phones Google has not approved

How do I install Daydream on my phone?

Google’s philosophy with their newest VR platform is simple. In order to offer the best possible experience in Daydream, there needs to be a minimum list of requirements met. The phone must be capable of delivering two video streams at 60fps with no stutter, and when you turn your head inside a Daydream headset there should be as little motion blur as possible. Unfortunately that means no matter how  [Read More…]

Manually flashing the Nougat beta for Galaxy S7? Here’s what you need to know

Right now you can only download an old beta version of Nougat for the GS7 — and unless you’re in the beta program, you won’t be able to get OTAs.

With the arrival of Android 7.0 Nougat in beta form for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, many GS7 owners are eager to try out the new software, and with it the updated Samsung Experience 8. After all, there’s a lot of great new stuff to  [Read More…]

How to manually update your Nexus

Get the latest version of Android on your Nexus on your own terms.

Nexus, the line of Android phones and tablets developed in partnership between Google and various hardware manufacturers, is a program that helps developers to get their hands on a 100% stock Android experience. It can help to develop applications for the platform quicker and easier than using a device with a manufacturer skin onboard, and that’s a good thing.

But Nexuses aren’t just  [Read More…]

Did you manually install Pokémon Go? Re-enable this important Android security setting

We don’t recommend installing APKs from outside the Play Store — but if you do, it’s worth unchecking ‘unknown sources’ afterwards.

Maybe you wanted to play Pokémon Go in a country where it’s not officially available yet. Maybe you installed an APK from somewhere that’s not the Google Play Store to do that. We’re not gonna judge you.

In order to install your illicit Pokémon APK, you’ll have had to enable the “Unknown sources” toggle under  [Read More…]

Google Now on Tap update lets you manually select text, search images

Google is rolling out some changes to Google Now on Tap that should make the feature much more useful. With the latest updates, you’ll be able to manually tap to select which portion of the screen you’d like more information on.

Says Google:

If you use Now on Tap in an app, email, chat, or news article with a lot of text, sometimes the results aren’t as precise as you’d like. Starting today, you can give Google  [Read More…]