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HOW TO CHECK WHETHER YOUR ANDROID PHONE IS ROOTED

How to check whether your Android device is rooted? The question may seems like silly but it's not so. There are situations where you may want to check if your Android device is rooted. For example, if you are buying an used phone then you may want to check the device because rooting has its own advantages and disadvantages. If you just tried to root your device then also you may need to check root status to verify whether your rooting was successful.

Unlike rooting, checking the root status is a simple process. You just need to download and install any root checking app from the Google PlayStore. I recommend you to use Root Checker app. The app has a simple interface and it easily tell you whether your phone is rooted or not. This app tests your Android phone for root access by verifying availability and proper functioning of su binary.

NBIf the Superuser or SuperSU applications are set up and working properly, these applications will prompt the user to accept or deny the root access request from Root Checker. Accepting the request will allow Root Checker to check for root access and refusing the request will result in Root Checker reporting no root access.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ROOTING

If you own an Android device then I am sure that have already come across the term rooting. Yes, nowadays rooting is not a big deal, but many of the Android users have no enough idea about rooting. This post is meant for those beginners.

What you mean by Rooting?
Simply rooting is the process to get access to the root system so that one can change system settings and applications.

Here's what Wikipedia tells about rooting:
Rooting is the process of allowing users of smartphones,tablets and other devices running the Android mobile operating system to attain privileged control (known as "root access") within Android's sub-system. Rooting is often performed with the goal of overcoming limitations that carriers and hardware manufacturers put on some devices. Thus, rooting gives the ability (or permission) to alter or replace system applications and settings, run specialized apps that require administrator-level permissions, or perform other operations that are otherwise inaccessible to a normal Android user. On Android, rooting can also facilitate the complete removal and replacement of the device's operating system, usually with a more recent release of its current operating system."

Hence, rooting is the door to freedom to exploit your Android platform. You can customize your device as you wish. If you are thinking about rooting your Android device then just be aware about the advantages and disadvantages of rooting your Android phone or tablet.

Advantages:
1. Free up your internal memory. Yes, you can move any apps to memory card by rooting your device. Thus you can get abundant internal memory.
2. Ability to use any version of Android OS. By rooting your Android device you can install custom ROM to get even the latest version of Android.
3. Customize ROM. You can customize ROM so that you can take advantage of various software and hardware improvements.
4. Run special apps. Yes, there are certain apps which require rooted device because they need the root access and by rooting your Android phone you can install those highly useful apps.

Disadvantages:
1. Rooting will void warranty of your Android device. Hence, if you are worried about warranty then try rooting only after the warranty period.
2. Rooting is a complex process. Even though rooting is common, it needs care and concentration. Wrong steps during rooting may kill your device.

I hope this blog post will give you positive and negative effects of rooting. You can check more Android tricks and tips here.

HOW TO IDENTIFY FAKE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS

Undoubtedly, Facebook is the largest and the most influential social network in the world. Other social networks can't compete with Facebook's huge user base. As a result of large user base there are many people who misuse Facebook. People misuse Facebook by creating fake accounts for various purposes like hacking, cheating, marketing, spamming, pranking etc.

It's usual for you to doubt about identity of people in your Facebook friend list. But, how to identify a fake Facebook account? Yes, this post will help you to find out.

There is an online tool to identify fake Facebook accounts named FakeOff. The name is really catchy, na? Yeah.

FakeOff analysis your suspect’s timeline activity, photos, browsing habits etc and let you know if they are fake or not; by rating then on the scale of 1 to 10. The rating 1 says the user is fake whereas rating 10 says the user is real.

In order to use FakeOff, first go to their website and log in using your Facebook account. After the successful login it will automatically scan your friends list. Now click let’s check him/her button in front of your suspect’s name. Based on the activity of last 7 days, FakeOff helps you to identify whether your suspect is real or fake. If you want deep research then you can also opt for its premium service.

HOW TO CREATE A FAKE FACEBOOK CONVERSATION

If you are a regular WhatsApp or Facebook user then you surely have come across many funny fake Facebook conversations. These fake conversations include celebrities and politicians with a bundle of likes and comments. The usual pattern of these conversations is that many persons comment on one person's Facebook status.

Fake Facebook conversations are interesting and funny to read. Have you ever thought of creating these kind of conversations? Yes, it's very easy to make fake Facebook conversations. If you have a good idea then your fake conversation could become popular instantly.

To make a fake Facebook conversation there is an online tool named the wall machine. Go there and login with your Facebook account to start making fake likes and fake comments. Here, I am not providing step by step tutorial to use the wall machine because its user interface is very easy to use. You can easily play with their tool to create and share fake Facebook conversations.

HOW TO HIDE YOUR WHATSAPP VIDEOS AND IMAGES FROM GALLERY

WhatsApp is the messenger where we share our private moments through images and videos. All the videos and pictures received from WhatsApp show up in the gallery, even if your WhatsApp is locked using any kind of apps. In order to avoid someone peep into your WhatsApp videos and images, you may want to hide them.

There are apps to lock your gallery but locking your gallery may fire unwanted thoughts in those who check your gallery. Hence, hiding your WhatsApp stuffs is the ideal solution. But how to hide your WhatsApp images and videos from your gallery? Here I am sharing a simple trick to keep your WhatsApp stuffs private. Note that this trick works only on Android phones.

First of all you must have a file explorer in your Android device, I recommend you to use ES File Explorer. Using the file explorer, navigate to Home > sdcard > Whatsapp > Media. Now select the folder you want to hide. For example, if you want to hide WhatsApp videos then select the folder Whatsapp Videos. Now, rename the folder by adding a '.' in front of the folder name. Thus Whatsapp Videos folder name changes to .Whatsapp Videos.
Go to gallery and you may wonder to see your WhatsApp pictures and videos hidden. In order to make your videos and images appear, just go to your file explorer and rename the folder by removing '.'

I hope this Android trick will help you out. If you have any doubts then please feel free to drop comments below.

HOW TO DELETE YOUR WHATSAPP ACCOUNT

Uninstalling WhatsApp app and deleting WhatsApp account are two different things. By uninstalling WhatsApp, you just removed the app from your mobile phone but if you want to delete your WhatsApp account wholly then this post will help you.

The reasons for deleting WhatsApp account may vary. For example, you have changed your mobile phone number and you don't want others to see your WhatsApp account in the old number, then you definitely need to delete your WhatsApp account.

Deleting WhatsApp account is an easy process. Just open your WhatsApp and go to Menu>Settings>Account Information. Now select Delete Account and that's it!!

TOP 5 BROWSERS FOR ANDROID DEVICES

Better browsing only happens if you have a better browser. Here, I am talking about top 5 browsers for your Android phone or tablet. With technology advances like a shooting star, nowadays whole internet experience can be brought to your palm with a good browser.

So, why waiting? confirm that you have a top android browser to enter web world using my list of best 5 Android browsers.

Chrome doesn't lose any charm when it comes for Android devices. Google has shown its quality instinct in Google Chrome for Android. Browsing experience is highly smooth as every website is correctly optimised to your device through Chrome. You can even request desktop view for mobile friendly websites. With data compression option, Chrome helps you to reduce your mobile data. It gives you privacy through incognito browsing option. Unlike Google Chrome on desktop, this mobile doesn't support Chrome extensions.

If you want good browsing experience with superb download management then you should go for UC Browser. This browser's growth was almost instant from being a simple Java Ucweb browser. UC Browser has a collection of add ons to enhance your browsing experience. With flash support, UC Browser gives you full enjoyment in browsing. It also has incognito browsing option for private browsing.

As its desktop version Mozilla has a very good Android browser in Firefox. It gives you sheer browsing experience similar to Google Chrome. With the help of various add ons browsing can be optimised as your wish. Features like Do Not Track make your browsing through Firefox safe and secure. New update of Firefox even has support for Chromecast. Mozilla has been improving its Android browser in every update.

As one of the most downloaded browsers of Google Play Store Dolphin browser gives you clean and fast browsing experience. With the support for flash it gives brings desktop experience on Android devices. Additionally, it has many add ons which can be useful while browsing. It facilitates you surfing the internet with a personalized home screen, voice and gesture control.

All the above mentioned browsers are big sized and require above average mobile Internet to work smoothly. If you are either  having a device with low memory or slow mobile internet then you should go for Opera Mini. Yes, Opera Mini won't give you great browsing experience but it works well on slow speed networks. The size of Opera Mini is around 1 MB and it won't eat your device's internal memory. With tabbed browsing and bookmarks it gives you all that required for basic browsing.

I hope you will love this list of top browsers for Android devices.

5 FREE ONLINE COURSES TO LEARN HTML

HTML is the basic block of a web page. In order to build your own webpages you must learn HTML. Fortunately, HTML is an easy to language to learn. With the help of online resources you can learn HTML yourself. There are numerous courses and tutorials available online but most of them are paid courses. Luckily, there are also websites which provide free courses and tutorials to learn HTML.

Before jumping to my list of free online courses and tutorials, read what Wikipedia says about HTML.

"HTML or HyperText Markup Language is the standard markup language used to create Web pages.
HTML elements form the building blocks of all Websites. HTML allows images and objects to be embedded and can be used to create interactive forms. It provides a means to create structured documents by denoting structural semantics for text such as headings, paragraphs, lists, links, quotes and other items. It can embed scripts written in languages such as JavaScript which affect the behavior of HTML Web pages."

Here, I am sharing a list of 5 free online courses provided by various websites. These coursed are extremely helpful for beginners as well as experts.

Code Academy is a well known website which provide free courses and tutorials on codes and programming. With 24 million users, it's popularity is huge. Apart from free HTML and CSS course, it also provides free courses on JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby and jQuery.

Udemy is a popular website that provides plenty of online courses. It has more than 10,000 paid and free online courses on various topics. The given link direct you to a free online course on HTML 5. The free course is taught by Eduonix Learning Solutions.

HTML.NET
Link: www.html.net
As the name indicates, html.net provides free tutorials on HTML. It helps you to start from the scratch and lead you to advanced learning. Apart from free HTML tutorials, it also provides free tutorials on CSS, JavaScript and PHP.

W3SCHOOLS
Link: www.w3schools.com
W3Schools is a highly popular website in the field of web development tutorials. It describes itself as the world's largest web development site. As the tagline indicates, it has great collection of free courses and tutorials. Apart from HTML, it also has tutorials on CSS, JavaScript, SQL, PHP and jQuery.

Shay Howe is a popular Web designer. He provides free online course on HTML and CSS. The course starts from basic and become advanced towards the end.

5 WEBSITES TO DOWNLOAD YOUTUBE VIDEOS FOR FREE

YouTube is the largest video sharing website with huge user base. YouTube allows users to watch videos by streaming. Streaming is fun but what if you want to see your favorite videos again and again? Yes, you have to download YouTube videos. Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't support to download videos. But don't worry, there are many websites that allow you to download YouTube videos for free.

Here, I am sharing a list of five websites which offer YouTube videos to download for free. I hope this list will help you a lot.

1. SAVEFROM.NET
This website is one of the most popular websites that helps users to download YouTube videos. In order to download your favorite video, first copy the URL of your YouTube video. Go to www.savefrom.net and paste the copied URL in the box and press download. Now select your desired resolution and download the video to your device. This website is suitable for smart phones as well as computers.

2. KEEPVID.COM
Keepvid is a web application to download YouTube videos to your computer. First of all copy the URL of your favorite video and go to www.keepvid.com . Paste the URL on the box given and click download button. The site will start downloading Java Applet, install it on your PC. After you have installed Java, the site will ask what extension do you want and you can select your preferred resolution and extension. Now your video starts downloading.

3. CLIPCONVERTER.CC
ClipConverter is an online media conversion tool that helps users to download YouTube videos. First of all go to www.clipconverter.cc and paste the URL of YouTube video into the box given. Now select the desired format from the options given below to the box. Click continue and select the desired resolution to start downloading. When the conversion is complete, click download to save the video to your computer.

4. HOMEOFTESTER.COM
This website provides various services and YouTube downloader is one among them. Firstly, Go to www.homeoftester.com and select YouTube Downloader. Paste the URL of YouTube video to the box given and press submit. The download automatically starts and save the video to your desktop or laptop.

5. CATCHVIDEO.NET
This site also helps users to download videos from YouTube and other popular video sharing websites. It also works as the websites given above. Go to www.catchvideo.net and paste the URL of YouTube video into the box and press Catch! button. Then follow the instructions to download your favorite YouTube video.

5 FREE WEBSITES FOR CONVERTING FILES AND DOCUMENTS ONLINE

There are numerous file formats and extensions in this computer dependent world. In certain situations, you may need to convert your file formats. For example, if your resume is in docx format but the company receives only resumes in PDF format, then you have to convert your docx resume to PDF resume.

Here, I am sharing a list of 10 free websites where you can convert your files and documents easily without any costs.

1. ONLINE-CONVERT
It is a free website to convert your files and it supports various extensions and formats. You can upload any file under 100 MB size and download your converted file through an unique link.
Online-convert has following converters:
a. Audio Converter (AAC, AIFF, FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, OPUS, WAV, WMA)
b. Video Converter (3G2, 3GP, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, OGG, WEBM, WMV)
c. Image Converter (BMP, EPS, GIF, HDR/EXR, ICO, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF, WBMP, WebP)
d. Document Converter (DOC, DOCX, Flash, HTML, ODT, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT)
e. EBook Converter (AZW, ePub, FB2, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PDF, TCR)
f. Archive Converter (7Z, TAR.BZ2, TAR-GZ, ZIP)

This website converts other file formats to PDF and vice versa. Their service is absolutely free. It doesn't have any restriction on file size. Email is not required for converting files.
Convert Online Free has following converters:
a. Word to PDF converter (DOC, DOCX to PDF)
b. Other documents to PDF converter ( RTF, ODT, MHT, HTM, HTML, TXT, FB2, DOT, DOTX, XLS, XLSX, XLSB, ODS, PPT, PPTX, PPS, PPSX, ODP to PDF)
c. Image to PDF converter (JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF, TIFF to PDF)
e. PDF to TXT converter
f. PDF to JPG converter

This website converts files under 2 MB for free. It also doesn't require email for converting your files.
PDF Online has following converters:
a. PDF to word converter
b. PDF to HTML converter
c. Word to PDF converter
d. JPG to PDF converter
e. Web to PDF converter

This website converts various formats to PDF and vice versa. The maximum size limit of a document is 2MB. Email is required to obtain converted document.
Free PDF Convert has following converters:
a. PDF converter
b. PDF to Word converter
c. PDF to image converter
d. PDF to Excel converter
e. PDF to PowerPoint converter

This website offers free online and paid offline converters. It converts basic file formats we use.
PDF to Word has following converters:
a. PDF converter
b. Word converter
c. Excel converter
d. PowerPoint converter

I hope this list of websites will help you to convert your files online for free.

HOW TO CONVERT EPUB TO PDF ONLINE

ePub is one of the most popular format for reading ebooks on mobile devices. ePub is an open format and has so many advantages over other formats. There are many eBook readers that prefer ePub. ePub format adjusts the text to the device's display with the help of eBook reader.

This is what Wikipedia says about ePub.

"EPUB (short for electronic publication) is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Files have the extension .epubEPUB is designed for reflowable content, meaning that an EPUB reader can optimize text for a particular display device. EPUB also supports fixed-layout content. The format is intended as a single format that publishers and conversion houses can use in-house, as well as for distribution and sale. It supersedes the Open eBook standard."

You can convert ePub to PDF online easily. First of all go to
www.epub-to-pdf.com and upload your epub file and convert it to PDF. The website offers following conversations:
PDF to ePub  
ePub to Kindle  
PDF to Kindle
DOC to PDF

ONEPLUS ONE TO CREATE WAVES IN INDIAN MOBILE PHONE MARKET

Nowadays, before buying a smartphone Indians always give priority to one thing: value for money. Indians including me love phones with all possible features but with a budget price rate. Many phones have harvested success in Indian mobile market by attracting this mindset. Moto G, Moto E, Redmi Mi3, Redmi 1S, and Asus Zenfone 5 are some of them. Undoubtedly, the last addition to this list would be OnePlus One.

1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch size, 3 GB RAM, 64 GB internal memory, 13 Megapixel rear camera...dude, I am not telling about Samsung Galaxy S5 but about OnePlus One whose price is less than half of Galaxy S5. OnePlus One from OnePlus company is nicknamed as 'Flagship killer of 2014' just because of one thing- it's value for money.

With the support of rave reviews from techies across the world, OnePlus One is about to stir the Indian mobile phone Market. It also has 20+ service centres in India supported by HCL. Thus OnePlus One already spread positive winds even before its launch in India.

Price of OnePlus One (64 GB variant) in India is Rs 21,999. OnePlus One is exclusively available only through Amazon India. Now, the availability is very limited as invites are required to book the phone. If you want a phone with flagship features but with an affordable price, then don't miss this gem, OnePlus One.

Specifications of OnePlus One:

Networks: 2G, 3G and 4G LTE
Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches with 401 ppi pixel density
Protection: Corning Gorilla glass 3
Memory: 64 GB internal with 3 GB RAM.
Camera: 13MP Rear camera and 5MP front camera.
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
CPU: Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
GPU: Adreno 330
OS: Android KitKat 4.4.4
Battery: Li-Po battery 3100 mAh

HOW TO INCREASE BATTERY LIFE OF YOUR MOBILE PHONE

Today, all smart phones come to mind blowing features and advanced technologies, but still they lack one thing- long battery life. Here I am sharing a few tips to increase battery life of your mobile phones.

Enable Battery Saver Mode:
Almost all smart phones running on various OS like Android and iOS have battery saver mode. Always ensure that your battery saver is on.

Remove Live Wallpapers and Unwanted Widgets:
Live wallpapers and widgets drain your battery intentionally. Hence replace your live wallpaper with a normal one and also ensure to remove unwanted widgets.

Kill Background Running Apps:
Most of your installed apps run in the background so that the battery drains easily. Use a task manager to forcibly stop those unwanted apps running background.

Partial Charging is Better:
Tech experts say partial charging is better than full charging for increasing the battery life. They recommend to charge when battery is 40% and also to stop charging when the battery is 80%.

Never Use Super Chargers:
There are some chargers that can charge your phone in lesser time, but using such chargers may affect your battery in the long run. Hence, always stick with genuine chargers.
I hope these tips will be helpful for extending battery life of your mobile device.

WHICH ARE THE TOP ANDROID APPS OF 2014

Many tech websites already picked top android apps of 2014 but this time Google itself has released its best Android apps of 2014 through Google Play Store. Google published a list of 75 apps in which 6 are paid apps and the remaining are free apps.

The list includes many popular apps including Shazam, Dailymotion, Pandora, Telegram, Yahoo News Digest, CNN Breaking News, Groupon etc.

So what are you waiting for?! Click the Google Play Store link to see full list of top apps of 2014 and also download some of them to enrich your Android experience with top class apps.

WHAT TO DO WITH WATER DAMAGED MOBILE PHONE

Yes, it happens always. Due to carelessness, your mobile phone might fall into the water. As smart phones are easily prone to water damages, the chance to regain your phone may be relatively low, but you can try some ways to recover the phone from water damage.

Follow the tips below when your mobile phone immersed in water.

1. Immediately switch off your phone (if your phone is still on).
2. Take out the battery (only if the battery is removable), SIM card and memory card from your phone.
3. Clean up the mobile phone with a simple cotton cloth (so that the majority of water can be removed).
4. Now, put your phone immersed in dry rice for 24 hours. (Don't laugh. Rice is a good absorbent of water and this a proven trick).

After a day, put back your battery and switch on your mobile phone. If the phone is not switched on, then charge it for some time and check again. After switching on check the status of touch sensitivity and speakers. Also make a call from your phone to check the conditions of microphone and speakers.
If you still face problems with your phone, then don't hesitate to visit the nearby mobile service centre.

HOW TO CHECK WARRANTY OF YOUR IPHONE

Want to verify your recently bought iPhone is a fresh one? Want to check warranty on your new iPhone? Then here's a way to check the warranty of your iPhone. In this world of tempting deals and offers, it's always better to check the warranty to confirm its authenticity.

Follow the steps below:

1. Switch on your iPhone.
2. Go to the Settings and select General.
3. Now select About and copy down the given Serial Number.
3. Now, Go to Apple's website.
4. Enter the serial number of your iPhone in the given text box and click Continue.
5. Now, you can see warranty status with three headers namely Purchase Date, Telephone Technical Support, and Repairs and Service Coverage.
6. If you see a green tick mark next to all three, then your iPhone is a new one and if there isn't, then your iPhone's warranty has been expired and your iPhone is a used one.

I hope the above method help you to find out the warranty status of your iPhone.

HOW TO DELETE FACEBOOK SEARCH HISTORY

Do you know that Facebook keep your search history? Even though keeping search history doesn't  create privacy issues, it may irritate you while searching through Facebook. Hence, here is the step by step tutorial to delete Facebook search history.

1. Go to www.facebook.com and sign in to your account (Use your PC).
2. Open your Facebook profile.
3. Click on ViewActivity Log.
4. You can see the section on left hand side where it says Photos, Likes, Comments etc. Click on more.
5. Select search from the list on the left.
6. Remove your entire search history by clicking the clear searches link on the top right side. Then click clear searches in the pop-up to remove these search items.

Now onwards no more irritating search histories in your Facebook account. Enjoy.

FREE EBOOK TO LEARN JAVASCRIPT

Gone are the days you have to pay for  learning programming languages. Several freebies and resources are available online that help you to crack down coding. JavaScript is one of the most searched programming languages in Google. It shows the popularity of JavaScript.

What is JavaScript?
Wikipedia explains it as follows:
"JavaScript is a dynamic computer programming language. It is most commonly used as part of web browsers, whose implementations allow client-side scripts to interact with the user, control the browser, communicate asynchronously, and alter the document content that is displayed. It is also used in server-side network programming with frameworks such as Node.js, game development and the creation of desktop and mobile applications."

Eloquent JavaScript (second edition) is one of the best free ebooks to learn JavaScript. It's very useful for beginners as well as experts to review your JavaScript concepts.

For further details visit eloquentjavascript.

HOW TO GET ROYALTY FREE IMAGES FOR BLOGGING PURPOSES

Literally, a blog post is incomplete without images. Presence of images has important role in catching the attention of blog visitors. Hence, every blogger try to include at least an image in their blog post. But from where you get free images to use?

It's difficult to get pictures for commercial use unless you are a professional photographer or graphic designer. Majority of photos available online are copyright protected. There are many websites that provide free images but you have to give attribution for each picture you use. Giving attribution to each picture is an irritating task for bloggers.

Here, I introduce a site named Pixabay. Pictures of Pixabay are royalty free images and can be used for both personal and commercial use without any attributions. Pixabay has wide collection of images for various topics. Note that, almost all pictures of allthetrickz.net are taken from Pixabay.

Advantages of Pixabay:

1. Wide collection of images and photographs.
2. Royalty free and attributions free images.
3. Images are available in different resolutions.
4. Sign up not required for downloading images.

HOW TO ADD USER PROFILES ON YOUR ANDROID TABLET

If your tablet is a device commonly used by other persons in your household, then you may want to create user profiles for security purposes. You can create user profiles on tablets using the Android inbuilt facility.

There are two types of profiles- user profiles and restricted user profiles. User profiles have all the access to the Android operating system. This user has access to all apps and settings. The user profile can be protected by a password. The main user doesn't have access to the photos and notes taken within the user profiles, but the primary user can create and delete user profiles.

Restricted user profiles only give restricted access to the users. You can choose the apps to access. These profiles are extremely useful if your curious kids always use your tablet. By restricting certain apps and games you can keep your kids away from unsafe options.

Follow the steps below to add profiles on your Android tablet:

1. Head to the settings page and select users.
2. Press add a user or profile.
3. Choose whether you want to create user or restricted profile.
4. If you choose user then Google lead your new user through the account
setup process.
5. If you choose restricted profile, then set up a pattern password first.
6. Now choose the apps which the new user has access to.

Now when you unlock the screen, you’ll be able to pick between which account you want to use.