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How to enable adoptable storage on the DTEK60

Adoptable external storage provides support to designate your external microSD storage card as internal storage. Only HTC, Lenovo and the BlackBerry DTEK60 provide this Android Marshmallow only feature.

It’s worth noting that if you decide to format your microSD card for internal storage, it will format as EXT4* and encrypt it, so it will only be accessible on your device, as the SD card will no longer be visible.

Follow these simple steps to enable your microSD card for internal storage:

  • Settings > Storage & USB
  • Tap > SD card (this will under ‘Portable storage’)
  • Tap > Menu (top right three vertical dots) > Settings
  • You can choose to Eject, Format or Format on internal
  • Choose > Format on internal

The microSD will be formatted to make it secure. After formatting, your SD card will only work on your device. It will also erase all data currently stored on the microSD card. To avoid losing any of your data, you should now consider backing it up.

  • Tap > ERASE & FORMAT  – depending on the type and size of card, formatting shouldn’t take long.

If you receive the following message while formatting:

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How to turn off screen overlay in Android Marshmallow

You open your Android App for the first time and are interrupted by a screen overlay message – a feature called ‘Draw over other apps’. What does this screen overlay message mean? This actually allows part of an App to display over the top of other Apps.

Facebook Messenger is one such App that uses a screen overlay. Apps need your permission to use screen overlays as sometimes they can cause problems, or could trick you into granting it permission to do something you might not want. If you are using Android Marshmallow and you have just installed an App and are greeted with the following dialogue:

“Screen overlay detected. To change this permission setting, you first have to turn off the screen overlay in Settings > Apps” – Click on OPEN SETTINGS

You should now see a list of Apps that use the ’Draw over other apps’ feature. You can tap on any App that is listed to turn off the screen overlay permission.

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Use SuperSU to control your Android root settings

supersuUpdated: Controlling your root settings is very important, especially as it opens your Android device up to the threat of malware. if you are familiar with rooting you will know that you can tweak and modify the way your Android software and hardware behaves. Granting apps root allows you to have vastly more control of your device and apps than without.

You should though be very aware that allowing your Android device to have root access does come with an element of security and privacy risk. Given the risk, SuperSU is often used by modders to control Android root settings on a per app basis.

What is SuperSU? SuperSU allows for advanced management of Superuser access rights for all the apps on your device that need root. It’s that simple!

I’m going to assume you already have a rooted device and that you have an intermediary knowledge of device rooting using SuperSU developed by ChainfireXDA. SuperSU allows for advanced management of Superuser access rights for all the apps on your device that need root.

IMPORTANT: This is the updated SuperSU privacy policy from CCMT, which is effective August 29, 2016.

Here is a quick guide using SuperSU v2.78 SR1, on how to control your Android smartphone root settings:

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How to disable Android app Device admin rights

Updated: If you use an Android device and regularly download and install apps from the Google Play Store, you may have noticed that some apps require device admin rights to be disabled before you can “Force stop” or “uninstall” an app. Device admin allows developers to create security-aware apps that are mainly useful for enterprise settings. These settings (or policies as they are referred too) may stop a user from installing or uninstalling an app for example.

I’ve started noticing quite a few Android mobile security apps are employing device admin rights to their consumer apps. The main reason for doing this is that the AV vendors want to lock down their app in the event some malware looks to disable or remove their security app, but it is also to with defining a generic security standard for mobile security app development.

Glancing through developer forums it’s clear to see (and I’m one of these) that not being able to kill an app because it is using up large amounts of CPU or RAM time, isn’t that useful to us end -users. Apps and operating systems do have memory leakage and probably always will from time to time. So, how do you disable device admin rights for a particular app so that you can enable ‘Force stop’; ‘Uninstall’; ‘Clear data’; ‘Clear cache’; and ‘Clear defaults’ from within App Manager? It’s actually very simple folks:

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Protect your Google account with security check-ups

Google securityGoogle protects your account with some of the most advanced online security. Most Google users will be unaware that Google makes it very easy for you to manage your account security settings. It’s very important that once you have setup your account security, that you review no less than monthly, to safeguard your account information even more. You can do the following on any device that supports Google.

  • Sign in to your Google account – https://myaccount.google.com/security
  • Click GET STARTED > you will be prompted for your password
  • Review your recovery phone and email. You can edit the phone number and also remove the email address.
  • Tap > Done > you will be prompted with “Recovery information checked”
  • Check your connected devices. This will list devices that connect to your Google account. Notice anything wrong?
  • Click a device for a drop down to highlight more information, such as name of device, browser type and last locations used.
  • Notice anything wrong? Click “Something looks wrong” – Google will be notified something is wrong. You can also change password or click “No thanks”.
  • Next, review the apps, websites and devices that connect to your Google account such as Google Chrome.
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