How to add custom ringtones of your choice to any Android device including 4.3 and 4.4 Kitkat

Android is well-know for its customization options where you can customize almost everything in your Android device and custom ringtones is one of that feature. Although, Android devices comes with dozens of pre-installed ringtones which can be used for caller tones, messages and also for specific apps but, if you are looking for a way to add custom ringtones to your Android device then you are at right place.

Adding custom ringtones to your Android device is very easy and you just need to add it to your phone on a specific location and the ringtone cam be used for different purposes. This method lets you add ringtones to the sounds options in Settings from where you can select that custom tone from the list of provided ones.

Simply follow the instructions below to know how to add custom ringtones to your PC.

This trick works on all Android versions whether its Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 3.0 HoneyComb, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.1/4.2/4.3 Jelly Bean and/or Android 4.4 Kitkat where you can add as many custom ringtones as you want.

Instructions:

  • First of all, you will need a file Manage app like ES browser or any other. Browse to the root of internal memory of your phone.
  • Here you will see a folder named ‘Notifications’. Open it.

Note: If you don’t see the ‘notifications’ folder, you can create it in the root directory of your phone memory.

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  • Once created, move the ringtone(s) you want to use to that folder.
  • Now, restart your device (it’s not really needed but, sometimes the tone doesn’t appear until you perform a restart).
  • Once you have restarted your device, you will be able to see that ringtone in the list of sounds in ‘Settings’. You can use this ringtone for any purpose like caller tone, message tone and/or for any app.

 

  • That’s all! Enjoy custom tones on your Android phone.

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Download Google Apps (Gapps) for Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean for all devices and ROMs

Google Apps or commonly known as the Gapps are available for download for all devices which can be installed on any custom AOSP based ROM. Custom ROMs don’t come with pre-installed Gapps which leaves you with the option to install the Gapps separately.

Looking for Gapps for other Android versions? Visit our Gapps section to look for more.

Gapps are those apps which are needed by every Android phone to work correctly like the Google Play Services, Google Play Store and Google framework etc. These apps are signed and are usually extracted from Google devices like Nexus.

You can download the Gapps from the link below.

Gapps customized package

This package has been designed specifically for users who want more apps without the need to download from Play Store or any third part app store.

This package includes the following apps:

  • Gmail
  • Google Currents
  • Google Docs
  • Google Music
  • Google Now
  • Google Play
  • Google Plus
  • Google Reader
  • Google Talk
  • Google Voice
  • Youtube
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Email
  • Apex Launcher
  • Nova Launcher
  • Apollo Music
  • Dropbox
  • CM File Manager
  • MIUI Music
  • ROM Toolbox Lite
  • Any.do
  • Jelly Blue
  • Jelly Black
  • Jelly Blue X
  • Official JusTunBean Boot Animations

Download Gapps customized package:

Dev Host (177.29MB)

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How to download and install the Google Keyboard with Material Design from Android L [apk]

Android L (Android 5.0), the latest version of Android will get a new redesigned keyboard with a new look. The new look is very simply yet, it is very cool looking.

Update: A new version of Google Keyboard is now available for download from here with White and Dark Material Design

The new Google Keyboard from Android L is very easy to install and you can get it right now by installing it like a regular app.

Follow the instructions below to install the Google Keyboard from Android L and activate Material Design in it.

Before proceeding to the instructions, you will need to fulfill few requirements:

  • You must be running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or Android 4.4 (Kitkat) to install this Google Keyboard.
  • You must uninstall the previously installed Google Keyboard in-order to install this one otherwise, you won’t be able to get the material UI.

Instructions:

  • First of all, download the Google Keyboard apk from this link to your phone or download it in your PC and transfer it to your phone.
  • Once downloaded, open the app’s apk file by tapping it from where you downloaded or transferred it.

Note: You will have to enable the installation of apps from outside the Play Store by following the instructions in this article.

  • You would be asked for the app to install. Press ‘Install’.
  • Now, the app will start installing. Once installed, press ‘Open‘.

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  • You would be showed the tutorial to enable Google Keyboard. Go through the instructions and enable it and make it the default keyboard.

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  • Once the tutorial has ended, you would be able to use the Google Keyboard.

How to get the Material design similar to Android L?

You might be wondering where is the all new material design from Android L. Don’t worry, its there and you just have to enable it.

  • Open up ‘Settings’ and navigate to ‘Language & input’. Here look for ‘Google Keyboard’ and press the Settings icon against it.

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  • Google Keyboard Settings’ will open. Here scroll to the end of the settings and press ‘Advanced Settings’.
  • In ‘Advanced Settings’ look for ‘Color scheme’ option and press it. Here select ‘Material’.

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  • You’re done here! Once you open Google Keyboard, you will get the all new Material design from Android L.

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  • That’s all!

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How to install .apk files on your Android device – Step-by-step guide

Android devices get almost all their apps from App Stores like Google Play Store and Amazon App Store but, sometimes some apps aren’t available for download from these app stores due to some reasons. In that case, you are left with the option to install the Android apps manually by downloading the source files known as the ‘.apk’ files.

But, to install the ‘.apk’ files, you need special permission on your Android device and getting that perimssion is very easy. Google has provided the option to install .apk files easily by eanbling the option.

If, you are looking for a way to install ‘.apk’ files on your Android device then, you are at the right place.

Just follow the instructions below to install .apk files on your Android device:

Requirements:

Before proceeding to the instructions, you would need to enable the third party apps installation and install some ‘File Manager’ app which can be done by follow the steps below.

Third Party Apps:

Android 2.3:

  • Go to the ‘Settings‘ and select ‘Applications‘.
  • You would see the ‘Unknown sources‘ option. Check it.

Android 4.0 or above:

  • Go to the ‘Settings‘ and select ‘Security‘.

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  • You would see the ‘Unknown sources‘ option. Check it.

File Manager:

You would need some kind of File manager app like ‘Astro File manager‘ or ‘ES File Explorer File Manager‘ which would be used to access the apk file on your SD card or internal memory.

Tip: You can also use the default file manager of you device if, your device has any.

Now, when you have enabled the third party apps installation, lets proceed to instructions to install .apk’s.

Instructions:

  • First of all, you would need to get the .apk file of your desired app. Once you have the .apk, transfer it to your Android phone’s internal memory or SD card.
  • Now, navigate to the location where your .apk is located.
  • Once located, tap the ‘.apk’ file which would take you to the ‘App Manager‘ where you would be showed the permissions the app has. Press ‘Install‘ to begin its installation.

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  • Your app will start installing and the process would be completed in few seconds. You would be showed the confirmation message that the app was installed.

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  • That’s all! Your apk file has been installed.

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How to enable USB debugging mode on any Android device – Guide

USB debugging mode is the feature of all the Android devices which lets you connect your Android phone to your PC to enjoy different features like Android SDK access and more. USB debugging mode can be enabled on any Android device easily with just few steps.

How to enable USB debugging mode on any Android device - Guide

USB Debugging can be very useful in different ways like when trying to access the default internal storage of your Android phone on PC, trying to install apps or even connecting your Android device to different Android PC suites etc.

If, you are one of the people who are looking to enable the USB Debugging mode on your Android device then, you are at the right place. This tutorial will guide you through the steps of enabling the USB debugging mode on your Android powered device.

Just follow the instructions below to enable USB debugging mode on your Android device.

Instructions:

Android 4.2 Devices:

If, you are using an Android 4.2 device then, you will first have to get the ‘Developer Options‘ menu back which is hidden by default. You can get the ‘Developer Options‘ back by following the instructions found here.

  • Once you have enabled the ‘Developer Options’ on your Android 4.2 device, go to the ‘Settings’ > ‘Developer Options’ and check the ‘USB debugging’ option.
  • Your USB debugging has been enabled.

Android 4.0 Devices:

If, you are using an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) powered device then, enabling the USB debugging mode on it is very easy.

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ > ‘Developer options’ menu.
  • You would get the ‘USB debugging‘ option in the ‘Developer Options’. Check it.
  • Your USB debugging would be enabled.

Android 2.3 Devices:

If, you are one of the people who are using an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) phone then, there is an option to enable USB debugging on that as well.

  • Open up the ‘Settings’ and navigate to the ‘Applications’ menu.
  • You would see the ‘Development’ option. Press it.
  • Here you would get the ‘USB debugging’ options. Check it.
  • That’s all! Your ‘USB debugging’ mode has been enabled.

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How to enable/show the Developer Options on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) devices – Tutorial

With the release of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), Google has made many changes in the latest (not really) version of its mobile OS. Among those changes is the hiding of ‘Developer Options’ from Settings menu of your Android device running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

Yes, Google has hidden the Developer Options from the Settings Menu in Android 4.2 assuming that you are not a develop but, incase, you really are then, you don’t have to worry that it has been removed from your Android device’s settings.

Google hasn’t removed anything from your Android device instead, some tweaks have been made which hides the Developer Options and few more options from Settings and other menus of your Android device.

Getting the Developer Options back in your Android 4.2 device is very easy and takes just seconds. Just follow the instructions below to get the Developer Options back on your Android device.

Instructions:

  • First of all, go to the ‘Settings‘ and navigate to the end. You will see the ‘About Phone‘ option. Press it.
  • Your ‘About Phone‘ option(s) will open. Here you will see the ‘Build Number‘ option at the end of the menu.

Tip: That ‘Build number’ option holds the key to get the ‘Developer Options’ back.

  • Now, tap the ‘Build Number‘ 7 times simultaneously one after another. Once pressed three times, you will see a message that ‘you are 4 taps away from being a developer‘. Press 4 more times and Bingo! your ‘Developer Options‘ would be back.
  • That’s all! Your ‘Developer Options‘ menu is back in ‘Settings‘.

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