How to Enter Recovery Mode on Xiaomi Redmi K20

Redmi K20 - How to Enter Recovery Mode on Xiaomi Redmi K20

Recovery is a lightweight, independent runtime and is included on a separate partition from the main Android operating systems on all the Android devices. If your device is also acting strange, or you are trying to tackle malware, then it is mandatory to try entering the Recovery Mode.

Reboot into Recovery Mode on Xiaomi Redmi K20

  • At first, switch off your Xiaomi K20 device
  • Now press and hold the Power key and the Volume Up key for a while simultaneously
  • Once you see the Xiaomi Remi K20 logo, release the buttons
  • Your device has now entered the Recovery Mode
  • Now select the necessary language
  • Your Xiaomi Redmi K20 device has now entered the Stock Recovery Mode

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Specifications

While talking about the specifications, the device is powered with a 1.8GHz Octa-core Qualcomm’s flagship processor. It is inbuilt with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor and features 6 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz and 2 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz. The phone comes with 6GB RAM. It comes with a 6.39-inch display with touchscreen option having a resolution of 1080 X 2340 pixels and the aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It runs Android Pie and is powered by 4000 mAh battery. The phone supports proprietary fast charging. The rear camera has autofocus and sports a 20-megapixel camera on the front for selfies. This phone packs 64 GB inbuilt storage. It is a Dual-SIM smartphone and weighs 191 grams and measures 156.70 X 74.30 X 8.80mm (height x weight x thickness).

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How To Delete Keyboard History On Your Android Smartphone

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Functions searching for a file, googling something, paying for something, editing or saving contacts, etc. all need the help of a keyboard, but the catch that people don’t realize is in order to provide better predictions and be more accurate, almost everything you type is saved and stored for reference, setting the convenience of having an optimized keyboard on your beck and call to serve your needs, a lot of folks aren’t quite comfortable with the fact that everything they type, names, addresses, and passwords are all being saved.

The get around that allows you to get a little bit more control of who has access to your data and delete the stored user data from your keyboard’s history have been discussed in detail below

1) Deleting default keyboard history from your Android device If the keyboard that you are using is the default one that comes with your Android device, the steps that you need to follow are quite simple.

1. Access the settings option in your Android device.

2. Next, search and then tap on the option called “Language and Input.”

3. Select your default keyboard option.

4. Select the Reset Settings option.

5. After the step above has been completed, click on the Clear Personalized Data option.

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How to shut off notifications on your Android

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While each version of Android OS may present different ways to handle incoming notifications, and instructions may vary between devices/manufacturers, the following info should help you curb alerts on your device.

Turning off notifications for Android devices

The easiest method for eliminating notifications using Android 9.0 Pie is to pull down the notification panel and press down the recent notification you wish to turn off. Your device will list a few options, including ‘turn off notifications’ for that specific application. If you want to stop the app alerts; toggle it off, click save, and you’re done.

Are you wanting to turn off other applications from sending you notifications as well? You can do so from this screen by merely tapping on notification settings. Once in settings, under recently sent, click ‘See all’ to view apps that send you notifications, then toggle off applications that you do not want to receive alerts from.

Customizing your notifications

If you can’t quite commit to ridding your device and life of notifications, maybe you should consider customizing the tones associated with them. Defining unique sounds to each app will allow you to discern if a new notification needs your immediate attention or if it can wait.

The best part of customizing your notification sounds on your Android is you have the option of using sound bites or music snips you have downloaded on to your device. After downloading your desired tracks, locate the file and copy or move it to your notifications folder. This process will add it to your sound options within your apps.

To change the sound of an alert go into your device settings and tap on notifications. Click on the app you wish to modify.

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7 Tips to reduce data usage on an Android Smartphone

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In this article, it will discuss tips you can use to reduce your Android smartphone’s data consumption in order to prevent extra charges.

Limit your data usage in Settings.

You can set a limit to your monthly data usage and this is the easiest thing you can do to avoid using large amounts of data without your knowledge.

To do this, head over to the Settings and tap on Data Usage>>Billing Cycle>>Data limit and billing cycle. There you can set the maximum amount of data you intend to use in a month. Additionally, you can also opt for automatic disconnection from the network once the data limit is reached.

Use data saver in Chrome

Google Chrome has an inbuilt feature (called data compression) that can significantly reduce data consumption on Android. When data compression is turned on, all of your traffic is passed through a proxy run by Google. Your data is compressed and optimized before being sent to your phone. This results in lower data consumption and also speeds up the loading of pages without any significant change in web content.

To use this feature, open Chrome, tap on the 3-dot menu on the upper right corner, tap on Settings and scroll down to Data Saver. There you can tap on the upper right corner to toggle Data Saver on.

Turning on data saver also activates Chrome’s Safe Browsing System to detect malicious pages and protect you from malware and harmful content. You can then revisit the settings panel in Chrome to see how much data you’ve saved over a period.

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How to change the default Assist option on Android

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This tutorial will show you how to change your default Assist app to something other than Google. This could be many apps but is essentially a web-browser alternative. Firefox, DuckDuckGo, and Opera can all be set to handle Assist searches in place of Chrome.

How to make it work?

As with most things Android-related, you need to find your way to the Settings app to start this journey. From there you’ll use the following steps to fully change the Assist options.

  • Open Settings
  • Find and choose Apps and notifications
  • Click Advanced at the bottom of the list
  • Select Default apps
  • Tap Assist and voice input at the top of the list
  • Read and agree to the warning screen with OK
  • Check to make sure new option is toggled in Assist app
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How to record your Android screen

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Curious as to how recording your screen works? We’ve got all the details for you. Let’s take a look, starting with Android’s built-in feature.

Android built-in screen recording

Android has had built-in screen recording capability for some time, however, it is quite challenging to enable. Even with the latest OS, Android Q (unofficial name), which is currently in beta, you can record your device’s screen.

But, this feature continues to remain buried within developer options, leaving most Android users unaware of its existence. If you are fortunate enough to have the latest OS version, here is how to activate native screen recording.

Please note: These instructions will vary depending on your device.

Head over to developer options in Settings, locate Feature flags and click on it. Scroll down to the settings_screenrecord_long_press option and enable the feature using the toggle button.

Now it’s time to bring up the power menu by pressing and holding down the power button. On the power menu, tap and hold down the screenshot button which will display a screen recording pop-up. Click the Start Recording button, and you are good to go.

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How to Find Hidden Apps on your Android Device

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Have you ever wondered how to find hidden apps? There are lots of reasons for doing this. Maybe you’re a concerned parent who wants to see what your kids are hiding or something like that.

We won’t ask. But, we will provide you with information on how to do it. But, before we start, do understand that there are various methods of hiding apps and content on Android phones and tablets. Because of that, there are also various methods of discovering that hidden content.

1. How to find hidden apps in a launcher

First of all, there are numerous Android launchers that allow you to hide the apps of your choosing. It’s a very simple method but also a very effective one if other people who are using the same device don’t know about that feature.

The process of finding that option differs from launcher to launcher. As you can see in the image above, we’re using Go Launcher as an example.

In Go Launcher, all you need to do is open the app drawer and click on “Hide App”. Though, in this case, a password is also required.

So, if you’re trying to see what your son is hiding or something like that, then your only option is to ask him about the password really. Some other launchers with the same feature don’t have that kind of safety mechanism, but Go Launcher does.

In any case, the procedure is more or less the same thing with most launchers. You just find the options button and the “hidden apps” option.

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How to get portrait mode on Pixel, Nexus, and other Android devices

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The camera quality of Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 series smartphones especially the portrait mode is quite impressive. It offers better mobile photography than other flagships like the Samsung Galaxy Note series and the iPhone series. Google’s dual-pixel technology divided a single pixel into two left and right pixels as same as the dual camera lens. The Pixel 2/Pixel 3 series camera can calculate the depth effect and differentiate between the objects in the background and foreground.

Get portrait mode on Pixel, Nexus Devices

Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) with machine learning technology offers better image and focus or blur them automatically. The Google Lens and Night Mode feature is a cube of ice on the top. Offers sharp details, less noise, and better day/night light effects without any customization.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 camera app has been ported for Android Oreo and Pie running devices with almost the same features. The Google Camera App modified version available for most of the Android models. It offers HDR+, Portrait mode, Video Stabilization, Zero Shutter Lag, Google Lens, and Google’s AR Stickers, etc. You can get the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X compatible camera apps, AR Core, AR Stickers from here.

Get portrait mode on other Android devices

While the Pixel and the 2015 Nexus smartphones can get portrait mode from here. You need to just download and install the Camera NX V7.3 APK file on your smartphone. Thanks to a developer called Arnova8G2 who has ported Camera NX 7.3 and managed for other Android devices as well. Such as OnePlus 3/3T, Moto G5S Plus, and Galaxy Note 8, and more. Arnova8G2 has also modified GCam app for Nokia, Lenovo, Moto, Asus, Xiaomi, Huawei devices according to its compatibility over Android versions.

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