Fixed: Android File Transfer Not Showing Files Mac OS X

For quite some time now I've been having issues transferring files from my Android Marshmallow devices to my Macbook. For some reason, my files would fail to appear when I launch Android File Transfer and in some cases, files I had deleted from my device would still be showing on Android File Transfer manager.

Some say this is a bug with SD card storage on Android Marshmallow but my devices have no SD cards installed and are still facing the problem. Fixing it  is easy though somewhat exhausting if you have to repeat the following each time you want to transfer files from your phone to your Mac.

Simply go to Settings >> Apps and tap on Show System which will reveal all default system apps. Scroll down the list of apps and click on External Storage.

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How To Add Google Adsense - Analytics To WordPress AMP Pages

There are quite a number of plugins at the moment that allow you to setup Google AMP pages on your wordpress website with a ton of customizations thrown in for good measure. I've been using PageFrog for a while but as I wasn't satisfied with the ad layout, I decided to switch back to the official AMP plugin for wordpress thus the need to learn how to manually insert my adsense and analytics code properly.

It's pretty easy actually as you would see in continuation. All that I need to figure out now is how to make ads appear in the middle of AMP Pages.

WARNING! This guide is all about modifying the AMP plugin's single.php file. All changes will probably be lost as soon as you update the plugin in the future so I suggest you backup your changes when you're done, should in case you need to restore them after a future plugin update.

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How To Update MTK Android OS With SP Flash Tool

Upgrading the operating system of any mobile device is pretty easy these days as it can be done over-the-air (OTA) or via bluetooth as the circumstance presents. Some cell phone manufacturers aren't too keen on pushing OTA updates probably due to the high cost of bandwidth needed to serve these updates to end users so what they do is make the update file available via file sharing services like Mega, DropBox, Google Drive etc and then show users how to download and flash the updates to their devices.

The 64bit Oukitel K6000 Pro has received two updates that are yet to show up on my devices thus pushing me to download the whole rom and then flash only certain sections of the device. This experiment luckily worked and I'm here to show you how I was able to do it.

This is a quick demonstration of how to update/upgrade the operating system of your MTK android phone using SP Flash Tool without risking the loss of your data.

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How To Change 32bit Android to 64bit Android On Oukitel K6000 Pro

64bit processors on mobile and PC have been the rage since 2013/2014. Benefits of 64bit android processors over 32bit processors include a marked improvement in general performance and battery life as well the ability to get a device to go past the 4GB RAM limit imposed on 32bit processors. There's also the app compatibility benefit i.e some apps are built to run pretty well or only on 64bit processors.

Now it would seem that if your mobile device comes with a 64bit processor but runs a 32bit OS, you wouldn't be getting these benefits. The Oukitel K6000 Pro is one of such smartphones with a 64bit MTK6753 processor but 32 bit Android Marshmallow OS. Apparently they launched with a 32 bit OS then switched to 64 bit OS later on. If you were one of the first people to buy the Oukitel K6000 Pro, you are most likely running a 32 bit OS and you can't switch to the 64 bit OS without flashing the device.

NOTE: It's been over 3 weeks since I switched to the 64 bit OS and I really haven't noticed anything remarkable aside from finally being able to install BlackBerry's Hub +. If you wish to proceed, I highly recommend, you make a backup of your current setup should in case you wish to switch back to 32 bit OS down the line. See How To Backup – Restore Data With Stock Android System Recovery 3e.

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No Root Fix: How To Change IMEI On MTK Android Marshmallow Phones

So recently I discovered that an update for my Oukitel K6000 Pro had been released via Needrom but for some reason this update was not showing up yet on my device via FOTA. After some back and forth with Oukitel's support lady, Joanna, I was made to realize that the […]

How To Change PayPal's Currency Conversion Options in 2018

Just like GTBank Nigeria blocked the use of their Naira and Dollar Mastercards on Google Play Store, they've suddenly done the same on PayPal too. I was trying to purchase an item that was sort of on sale on Amazon via MallForAfrica and Paypal kept giving me this error: The Transaction […]

How To Flash - Unbrick Any Infinix Zero, Hot, Hot Note Phone

XOS Chameleon v2.0.0 based on Android Marshmallow 6.0 is finally out for the Infinix Zero 3 and I love it mainly cause it has markedly improved the performance of my device. I decided to flash the update instead of waiting for an OTA update as I wanted a clean slate. So far so good, I haven't noticed any major bug. The only thing I'm not a fan of is the dark notification drawer as it makes some notifications illegible and there seems to be no way to change it to a white background (or maybe I haven't seen that feature yet on my device)

Flashing the Infinix Zero 3 is pretty straight forward. The initial boot after flashing takes like 3 - 5 minutes thereabout after which you run setup as you would if you were setting up a new smartphone. I highly recommend you back up all of your data even those on SD card before you proceed to avoid data loss.

The guide below is on my experience flashing the Infinix Zero 3 but it's valid for the Infinix Hot Note 2 LTE. The only thing that varies is the ROM.

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How To Change IMEI On Infinix XOS Chameleon Without Root

As a gadget addict (kinda) nothing brings me more joy than when I see an OTA update especially one that promises a whole new operating system. Unfortunately such radical OS upgrades come with issues of their own as certain functions in the previous OS versions are taken away completely or […]

How To Increase Battery Life (SOT) On Android Marshmallow by 2 Hours

For some the latest android updates don't matter as long as their devices can carry out the basic tasks they throw at them. For others like me, we look forward to android updates 'cause of the new features and performance improvements they bring with them. In my opinion Doze has to be the best feature of Android Marshmallow as it helps to solve the battery life issue that has plagued android devices.

According to Google, when your device is in Doze mode, the system attempts to conserve battery by restricting apps' access to network and CPU-intensive services. It also prevents apps from accessing the network and defers their jobs, syncs, and standard alarms.

Unfortunately Doze mode cannot be manually turned on. It kicks it only when your device has been stationary with the screen off for over one hour. Also any slight movement will wake the device from doze mode.

Enter Greenify's experimental Aggressive Doze Mode.

Greenify's Aggressive Doze Mode kicks in around 5 to 10 minutes after your screen goes off as long as the device is not charging. The latest beta version  brings "Doze on the Go" which aims to keep your device in doze mode when in motion with the screen switched off.

My Oukitel K6000 Pro offers over 12 hours of screen on time (as detailed in my review). With Greenify's Aggressive Doze Mode and Doze on the Go, I've been able to increase that to over 14 hours screen on time

BEFORE GREENIFY 

Oukitel K6000 Pro Battery Life - Wi-Fi Only 2 Oukitel K6000 Pro Battery Life - Wi-Fi Only

 

AFTER GREENIFY

Greenify For Android Marshmallow Increases Battery Life 2 Greenify For Android Marshmallow Increases Battery Life

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How To Backup - Restore Data With Stock Android System Recovery 3e

CWM and TWRP recovery are quite popular amongst android users especially those who love to flash custom ROMs or root their android devices.  For some they just use the backup and restore data functionality of these third party recovery system.

Some companies tend to modify android's stock recovery while others tend to leave it as it is. Android's default recovery seems to have come a long a way as I recently noticed it now includes a backup and restore data function. I first noticed it on the Infinix Zero 3 then recently on the Oukitel K6000 Pro.

Having searched the web (to no avail) looking for some guide on how this works, I decided to risk it on the Infinix Zero 3 and see how it works. I was able to backup and restore my Infinix Zero 3 flawlessly with this guide.

THANKFULLY THIS GUIDE DOES NOT REQUIRE ROOT ACCESS 

How To Backup Android With Stock Android System Recovery <3e>

NOTE: Your device must support the use of a microSD card for this to work as Android automatically backs up to SD card. This SD card should have a minimum of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB etc of free space depending on the size of the internal storage of your android device. This recovery system only backs up the internal storage of your phone.

Simply boot into recovery, tap on backup user data and the backup will commence at once depending on if you have enough space for the backup on your SD card.

The backup takes a while though so make sure your device is charging or has enough charge before proceeding.

 

Android System Recovery 3e Usage Guide

 

Backup files will be saved to the root of your SD card in multiple files of 2GB each with a file name like userdata**********.backup.

Reboot your phone when you're done and make sure you never make the mistake of deleting those backup files.

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