“This phone has been disabled by EE… Absolute Software Computrace” – Free solution: All Samsung

Lately, many Samsung Galaxy series phones were blocked (please notice the word “blocked”, we are not talking about network unlocking here) by Orange carrier from UK (EE). The reason, well, if you really want to know, those phones still belong to EE as they are still on the contract of Orange UK, so if they find those being used somewhere else, with some other carrier, they would block it. Unblocking your phones using this method might be illegal in your country. Proceed at your own risk. … Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 4.4.2 Network Solution Available

This applies to Samsung Note 3 with the problems including but not limited to:

  • “Not registered on network” when trying to make a call.
  • “Emergency calls only”.
  • Network scan ok but no registration.
  • IMEI being shown as “0”.
  • “No service” error.
  • Phone asking for unlock code after inserting the SIM card.

Bad unlock method, flashing the wrong firmware or at times even flashing the correct one, flashing the wrong baseband, rooting the phone and if you are unlucky enough, even doing nothing might get you in the troubles listed above.

Supported models: SM-N900, SM-N9005, SM-N900W8, SM-N900T
Supported Firmware: All Android versions up to 4.4.2
You can still contact me if your phone is not in the list of supported models. … Read more »

Fix: WiFi not working after upgrading to Jelly Bean – LG Note II, F200

Depending on your region, when you update your LG Note II, aka F200S, F200K and F200L, to Android Jelly Bean 4.1.x, you might encounter WiFi problems. It might not be able to scan the WiFi networks at all or it might successfully scan the networks but not be able to connect to it. This is not a hardware problem but a limitation of Android Jelly Bean. For fixing it, you’ll either need to root your LG Note II and install “WiFix” for fixing the WiFi in stock ROM, or you will need to flash a custom Jelly Bean ROM. … Read more »

How to: Root LG Note II – F200 – Jelly Bean

For rooting Korean LG Note II aka F200S, F200K and F200L, please follow the steps below:

  1. First of all, make sure that you are running Android Jelly Bean by going to “Settings About”. Android version should be 4.1.x.
  2. If not already installed, download and install LG USB Drivers from here:
  3. Now download F200 root pack from here:
  4. Extract the downloaded zip archive.
  5. On your phone, go to “Settings Developer options” and enable “USB Debugging”.
  6. Connect your phone to any USB port on the PC. Choose “Charge only” mode.
  7. Run “Root.exe” from the folder you downloaded earlier.
  8. When prompted, unplug your phone from the PC, go to “Settings Developer options” and disable “USB Debugging”.
  9. Re-enable “USB Debugging”.
  10. Reconnect your … Read more »

How to: Hard Reset LG F160 – Optimus LTE II

If you are stuck on a pattern lock and you just forgot it, or you are on the e-mail prompt screen which appears after multiple wrong pattern attempts on Android, you’ll need to hard reset your phone for making it usable again.

Important: Please remember that hard resetting your phone will wipe all your data including but not limited to contacts, messages, emails and applications.

For hard resetting your LG Optimus LTE II also known as F160S, F160K and F160L, please follow the steps below: … Read more »

Sky Vega IM-A850 S/K/L Complete Guide – Upgrade, Root, Custom Recovery, Custom ROM

Sky Vega A850 is Sky’s 2012 flagship device. It is powered by 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM. This device features a 5.3″ Pro LCD screen with 720p resolution. Another notable feature is its 13 MP camera which is quite capable of taking great photos in almost all the situations.

Sky is a South Korean company focusing only the Korean market till now. This phone was released to 3 different carriers in South Korea and thus it came in the form of 3 different variant, A850S, A850K and A850L.


Just like all other Korean phones, this model also comes with the default Korean SMS limitation of 90 characters. Also, you would notice a lot of Korean, … Read more »

How to: S-OFF / Debrand / Upgrade / Downgrade HTC Sensation XL

HTC Sensation XL is a dual-core HTC device which was released in the last quarter of 2011. Almost 2 years after its release, it is still gaining popularity in the Asian markets. Initially released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, this device later received an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

In most parts of the world, devices are released via local carriers thus containing carrier-specific bloatware and limitations on the device itself. For example, HTC Sensation XL that was released in South Korea contains a lot of Korean apps which are useless for non-Korean users. Also, there is a limitation on SMS which is limited to 90 characters only. You won’t be able to send longer SMS than that unless … Read more »

How to: Unlock HTC Bootloader – All Devices

All HTC smartphones come with a locked bootloader by default. Luckily, after facing a lot of criticism back in 2011, HTC decided to offer a method of unlocking the bootloader via its official developers website. Since then the bootloader can be unlocked on almost all the HTC smartphones except a few carrier specific ones sold in the USA.

An unlocked bootloader is needed if you want to flash a custom kernel, recovery or rom. You also need an unlocked bootloader for rooting most of the newer HTC phones.

Make sure you back up all of your important data before proceeding as unlocking the bootloader will wipe your phone to factory settings.


Important: Please note that unlocking the bootloader will void … Read more »

How to: Increase Speaker / Headphone Volume on Galaxy S4 – I9500, I9505, E300S-K

Are you also one of those fellows who feel that the sound output power of Galaxy S4 is a bit below par? If you have been an iPhone user, you might realize that the iPhone’s in-call sound, ringing speaker sound and headphone sounds are quite more powerful than of the Samsung Galaxy S4. This is because Samsung follow their own safe listening level rules. The device and the hardware actually are more powerful and sound levels are only restricted in the software which can be easily increased.


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How to: Root and Install Custom Recovery on Galaxy S4 – GT-I9505

Important: This guide is for GT-I9505 only. For GT-I9500, SHV-E300S and SHV-E300K, please refer here:

GT-I9505 is the international, quad-core version of Galaxy S4. For rooting and installing TWRP recovery on GT-I9505, follow these steps:

  1. First of all, download and install Samsung USB Drivers from the link below and install them if not already installed:
  2. We will be using TWRP custom recovery. You need to download the latest recovery .tar file from here:
  3. For flashing TWRP to your phone, you will need Odin3 which you can download from here:
  4. For rooting GT-I9505, download and copy SuperSU zip to your phone’s … Read more »