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What’s new in Android 7.1 Nougat?

For the sake of consistency, we’ve kept our original Android 7.0 Nougat review intact at the bottom of this post, with a new section above covering what’s new in more recent updates. If you just want to know the very latest Android has in store, the top parts are for you, but if you want a complete overview of everything to expect in Nougat when it arrives for your device, skip to the original review below and then join us back up here for the more recent additions.

New Android 7.1.2 features

The latest update for the Pixel and supported Nexus family is Android 7.1.2, originally announced on January 31, which actually brings a bit more than you might expect for an incremental update. The Pixels miss out on the most exciting stuff, mostly because they have it already, gaining just the “powered by Android” logo on the boot splash screen and the March 5 security patch. Google also improved the finger swipe gesture for the Pixels and Bluetooth connectivity issues.

The Nexus 6P, which I’m using with Android 7.1.2 now, gained fingerprint scanner gestures at last, meaning you can now drag down the notifications shade with the rear-mounted finger scanner. It can be found in the Moves section of the Settings menu and is not enabled by default. Neither the Nexus 6 nor Nexus 9 will be updated to 7.1.2.

But the most significant Android 7.1.2 feature change came for the Pixel C, which inherited the Pixel Launcher from the smartphone line and got a whole new multitasking view added as well. The new recents apps overview shows small tiles arranged in a grid pattern as opposed to the more familiar card stack.

You’ll only be able to see eight apps at a time and for now you can’t even swipe them away, but it’s a solid start. The Pixel C also gets the new solid nav buttons found on the Pixel phones and you can simply swipe up on the home screen to open the app drawer.

In a slightly weird twist, Android 7.1.2 also allowed some users – but not all – to choose where to install live wallpapers. Non-Pixel devices can install the Wallpapers app to replicate the functionality of the Pixel wallpaper picker, which brings with it a slew of nice new wallpapers and the ability to choose whether a wallpaper should be applied to the home screen, lock screen or both.

New Android 7.1.1 features

Check out the video below for a quick rundown of the new Android 7.1 Nougat features. As above, a distinction needs to be made between the Android 7.1 version found on the Google Pixel phones and the Android 7.1 update that went to Nexus devices. The Nexuses didn’t inherit the Pixel Launcher, although Google Assistant arrived separately at a later date (on February 26 to be precise).

The most significant stuff includes launcher shortcuts, which allow you to long press an icon and access a quick couple of actions, like to shoot a video or take a selfie on the camera app without having to launch the whole app first. Instead of five there’s now six quick toggles in the notifications shade, and if you hold the power button there’s finally a restart option in the power off menu.

There’s a new tabbed view in the Settings menu that replicates that found on the Pixels, with a new Support tab for getting assistance around the clock. Some changes were made to the Settings as well, including the addition of a smart storage manager with both automatic and manual cleanup options and the addition of a Moves section where various gestures and motion detection toggles live. GIF support also arrived in an early stage on the Google Keyboard.

A note on the Android 7.0 review

If I had to sum Android Nougat up in a nutshell, I’d say that it’s Android putting its roots down. The general feel of Android has become increasingly stable since Lollipop, with less feature flip flopping, fewer performance issues and a greater focus on polish. Nougat is all about extending functionality, improving pre-existing features and further expanding what’s possible in stock Android.

As you know, Marshmallow largely maintained the overall look of Lollipop but baked in some big new features like Doze Mode, the fingerprint API and granular permissions. One year on and Nougat follows suit, maintaining the home screen and app drawer design of Marshmallow, but digging even deeper, laying the fundamental groundwork for what is yet to come.

There’s way more exciting background stuff going on in Nougat than you see on the surface.

There are some new visual features to be sure, with a redesigned Settings menu and notifications area. But there’s also a lot more enhanced functionality and exciting background stuff going on in Nougat than you see on the surface.

HARDER

This section will be devoted almost entirely to Nougat’s multi-tasking and split screen functionality. These are arguably the biggest ticket items in Nougat and the ones that will rightfully garner the most attention – and likely cause the most confusion. That’s because as good as Google’s implementation of multi-window mode and other multi-tasking features in Nougat are, they are a little complicated and bound to leave more than a few people behind.

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Working with split-screen mode

Speaking of writing, multi-window mode is pretty smart when it comes to the keyboard. If you have two evenly-spaced windows up and need to type into one (say, a URL or search term), the windows will automatically resize to accommodate the keyboard and then automatically switch back when the keyboard is off screen again. You can also cleanly drag and drop text between the two windows although this doesn’t work with every app.

If you’ve managed to follow me this far you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of just how useful split-screen mode can be if only you take the time to actually learn how to use it (there are no pop-up tutorials or anything for the feature). The question is though: will it actually catch on?

Unfortunately, the vast majority simply won’t ever take the time to figure split-screen mode out properly.

Unfortunately for Google, the vast majority of Android users simply won’t ever take the time to figure it all out. Furthermore, the usefulness of split-screen mode on a 5.5-inch smartphone display is debatable and dwindling tablet usage means Nougat’s split-screen mode may never get as much use as it rightfully deserves. If you are rocking a tablet with Nougat though, you’re in for a treat.

BETTER

You can choose to show notifications silently, block all notifications or don’t silence or block.

The choices are simple: show notifications silently; block all notifications; don’t silence or block. You can also enter the full app settings page where you have even more control, including whitelisting the app to notify you even when Do Not Disturb mode is on (but more on that later).

Multiple notifications from the same app will now get bundled together too, saving more space and allowing you to dismiss them en masse or expand them for individual attention.

System UI Tuner is back

For those of you that preferred the ‘sliding scale’ for setting the importance of app notifications from the developer previews, you can easily enable it in System UI Tuner via Power notification controls.

To add System UI Tuner to your Settings menu, just tap and hold the gear icon in the Quick Settings until it spins and your device vibrates. You’ll now find it at the bottom of the Settings menu. System UI Tuner also contains the toggle for the split-screen swipe-up gesture and toggles for which icons are visible in the status bar. You also find some Do Not Disturb options there.

Customizable Quick Settings

Quick Settings in Nougat have also been updated. For starters, you’ll now always have a handy list of five toggles at the top of your notifications shade. You can edit the order of this list to make sure only the most important shortcuts for you are present. The small arrow on the right hand side will take you to the full Quick Settings page, which you can also access with the familiar two-finger swipe-down gesture from the top of the screen.

There’s 72 new emoji in Nougat including various skin tones and over 1500 emoji total.

You can still pin apps to your screen (great for when temporarily sharing your phone with someone), define which apps open particular types of links (now known as Opening links in the Apps section of the Settings menu), and manage individual app permissions as you could with Marshmallow.

FASTER

Do Not Disturb settings allow you to choose from Total Silence, Alarms Only and Priority Only for a short period of time or indefinitely, as well as set exceptions.

The Do Not Disturb settings allow you to choose from Total Silence, Alarms Only and Priority Only. You can set exceptions for Priority Only mode to allow certain notifications in, enable Do Not Disturb mode for a set period of time or indefinitely, create automatic rules for the weekend, evenings or work hours and also block visual disturbances like LED notifications or on-screen pop-ups.

Camera shortcuts

Game developers can simply choose from the higher performance and complexity of Vulkan or stick with the easier-to-implement but less intense OpenGL standard. It’s a win-win for gamers and developers alike, even if Vulkan will take a while to spread.

Nougat also supports Java 8. Java 8 really only applies to developers, so I won’t do a hatchet job here trying to explain why it’s a good thing. Sleep well knowing it allows developers to do better things with code though. Finally, Nougat makes the move from Java APIs to an OpenJDK-based approach, which maybe doesn’t matter so much considering Google just beat Oracle in court.

JIT means a faster booting phone and apps that use less RAM, require less storage and get updated faster.

Android 7.0 switches things up a little, re-introducing just-in-time (JIT) compilation to ART’s repertoire. In simple terms, this means the Android system will pre-compile some apps but only compile parts of other apps when they are actually required. The result is a faster booting phone, apps that use less RAM, require less storage and get updated faster. Not bad, huh?

STRONGER

Android for Work

To round out the I-can’t-believe-you-made-it-this-far section, Android 7.0 adds quite a few new features for Android for Work. From an always-on VPN to a Work Mode setting that lets you block work-related notifications once you’ve clocked off for the day.

You’ll obviously need a device with an Android for Work profile set up on it, but if you do, you’ll be able to enjoy fun stuff like ready access to the company directory and additional security features for work-related apps that won’t affect the rest of the device. Woohoo.

OTHER FEATURES

In the leftover pile we have an assortment of stuff, from Allo and Daydream to Night Mode and VR. To run through them quickly, Google Assistant won’t appear until the new Nexuses arrive with Allo on board (we’re not even sure we’ll see Allo released as a standalone app before then).

Android’s blue-light filtering Night Mode is another weird one. A piece of leftover code from the first developer preview meant Night Mode stuck around in the previews as long as you kept accepting the OTA updates and didn’t flash a new factory image.

Strangely, Night Mode, which was removed in the developer previews, still appears for some people in the final build of Nougat.

Oddly, Night Mode still appears for some people in the final build of Nougat, although its functionality seems to be a little wonky depending on who’s using it. A new app has appeared to bring it back fully (as all the relevant code remains in Nougat), but again, even that’s not working for everyone. Hopefully Google will fix those performance issues and bring it back officially in the next MR update.

Finally, there are a couple of new features in Developer options that are actually pretty useful to regular folks if you’re willing to risk breaking things in order to make use of them. You can now tell Android to allow an app to be moved to the SD card even if the app’s manifest values say it can’t be.

Furthermore, you can tell the system to force any app to appear in split-screen mode, even if it hasn’t been designed to do so. Of course, the Google Camera – the most obvious non-split-screen-friendly app of them all – is somehow exempted from this kind of coercion.

Don’t miss: Android 7.1 is already in the works

If you’ve made it this far then you’ll be painfully aware of just how few sexy and exciting “general audience” features Android Nougat has and just how many boring but ultimately more-useful-for-everyone nerd-features it packs in instead. There is a lot of customization potential in stock Android now, more than there has ever been before, but it is perhaps wisely kept out of mainstream view.

This is perhaps, the best way to sum up Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s an Android version for Android fans. It does the basics well and without much fuss for everyone, but for those of us willing to dig around or with an eye on the future, there’s plenty to keep us busy. It’s remarkably stable with only a few inconsistencies and bugs: certainly the fewest I’ve ever seen on a new Android version.

But while it may be harder, better, faster, stronger for the Nexus master race, for the vast majority of Android users, the most important Nougat feature will be how well it works if or when they ever actually get it on their device.

When do you expect to see Nougat? What is the one feature it misses out on?

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Trend Micro Mobile Security Personal Edition For Android Review

Your smartphone can be a treasure trove of private data, with everything from your bank-account information to your email and social-networking passwords stored inside. To keep that info from being nabbed by a malicious app or a sticky-fingered thief, Trend Micro’s Mobile Security App keeps your personal data under control in a number of ways.

The app is a free download from the Android Market, and it includes a basic malware scanner that checks if your phone or SD card are infected with any malicious software. You can upgrade to the premium version of the app by buying a one-year license (for $30) to gain access to features such as parental controls, the ability to remotely locate your device in case it gets lost, and a fraudulent-website blocker.

The malware scanner updates its definitions either daily, weekly, or monthly (based on the update schedule you select), and it scans each app as it’s installed onto your device. You can also manually scan all the files on your phone, though this can take anywhere from 1 to 20 minutes depending on the number of apps and files you’ve stored on your phone’s internal memory or SD card.

On my relatively empty Droid Bionic, I completed a scan in less than 2 minutes, while my Droid Incredible (which is bursting at the seams with apps) took closer to 19 minutes for a complete scan. Unfortunately, unlike other mobile security suites, Trend Micro’s app has no option to automate the process: Whereas on Lookout you can set the app to scan your phone every day, Trend Micro forces you to manually run the app any time you want to check the status of your phone. The process is simple enough, but I hope an update brings automation to the scanning soon.

If you decide to upgrade to the premium version, I think the extra features are well worth the price.

My favorite premium feature in Trend Micro Mobile Security is the option to block annoying calls and text messages. This option lets you filter calls and texts based on the number, or (in the case of text messages) on certain keywords. If you are someone who suffers from constant calls from unknown numbers, you can create a filter that allows only people in your Address Book or text/call history to contact you. It’s really handy for stopping those irritating telemarketing calls or spam texts.

While the free scanner protects your phone from dangerous apps, the safe-surfing feature in the premium version protects you from dangerous websites. You have three levels of protection to choose from (Low, Normal, High), and you can change the level at any time. I would recommend that users stay on the Normal or High settings, as the Low setting may leave you open to certain phishing attacks.

If you have kids (or employees that you don’t want going to certain sites), you can enable Parental Controls and limit the websites that they can access. In order to enable or remove the parental locks, you’ll need your Trend Micro password (the same one you used to register the app when you first install it). If someone tries to access a blocked site while the controls are in place, they’ll be greeted with a screen telling you that the site was blocked by parental controls.

If you’re always losing your phone, Trend Micro’s ability to remotely locate your smartphone will be a godsend. As with Webroot and Lookout, you use a Web portal to activate the tracking functions of the app. From there, you can locate your phone, have it display a custom message on the screen, make it scream, lock the device, or wipe all the information off of it. You can manage multiple devices from within the portal, but unfortunately you’re going to need to buy a separate license for each one.

In my tests, the locate function was inconsistent. One second, it was able to locate me with no problem, but when I tried locating the phone a second time, the app reported the phone three miles away from its actual location.

Overall, the app gets the job done and will give you the peace of mind that your phone is being protected, even if you don’t think you need it. While the cost of a one-year Trend Micro license may put some people off, the extra security options are worth the $30. At the very least, you should give the free malware scanner a try–it’s better to set up precautions and not have to use them than to be caught without them when you need them most.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – The Best Android Tablet To Date?

Having followed the Xiaomi Mi Pad rumours and leaks since October of last year, I was A) Getting a little fed up of the wait, and B) Throughly beginning to believe that Xiaomi might be launching the world’s best Android tablet! Actually, scratch that, the best tablet full stop!

After having owned 2 for the past few weeks I’m convoked that it is one of the best Android tablets you can buy at any price, but there are certain missing features and design features that if added/changed, could make this great tablet truly awesome.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Design

Tablets, by their very nature, can only really be oblong and … well … tablet shape. So when taking the Mi Pad and placing it next to any other 7.9-inch tablet there is very little difference in design or style. In fact if you have an iPad mini to hand-pick it up and imagine it was slightly thicker, heavy and that your pocket was way more full of money, and you’ll have an idea of what the Mi Pad is like.

As mentioned above the rear of the Mi Pad is very glossy. The sheen across the white panel on our model offers no inherit grip what so ever, so ensure you keep a good grip of it and don’t leave it resting anywhere that isn’t completey flat or your new MIUI tablet could be heading for a trip to the repair shop!

That glossy rear panel is where the now famous Mi logo is found towards the bottom, beneath which live two very impressive speakers, and the 8 mega-pixel F2.0 rear camera is situated at the top left hand corner.

The sides have physical controls for the power and volume, there is a 3.5mm head phone pack at the top, micro USB in the bottom and small tray on the left side. Now don’t get excited and think the tray is for a SIM card so you can get LTE or even 3G data on the tablet, as this is just where the SD card (up to 128GB) can be added.

All of your viewing and most of your interaction with the Mi Pad will be handled by the 7.9-inch Retina display, while other navigation handled by the capacative buttons along the bottom of the screen.

That’s it for the design. It isn’t original by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a nice simple design that gets the job done. If only it were lighter and thinner then the feel of the Mi Pad would be better, but we can look forward to that for the 2nd generation perhaps.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Specifications

I’ve already touched on a few of the features, but here I will go over everything we know of Xiaomi tablet.

Starting with the stand-out features we have that 7.9-inch IPS display which a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and offers a pixel density of 326ppi. Pushing those pixels around is the job of a Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core processor running at 2.2Ghz and 2GB RAM.

The version of the Mi Pad we have on review is the 16GB version, there is also a 64GB model, but both tablets have space for up to 128GB SD cards. Cameras are an 8 mega-pixel rear with auto-focus and F2.0 aperture, while the front is a 5 mega-pixel camera with f2.0 aperture. Neither camera has an LED flash but that’s fine as smartphones do most of our snapping these days.

Also inside we have 802.11/b/g/n/as dual band WIFI, 6700mAh battery, Nvidia 192 Kepler GPU, compass, gyroscope, light sensor and finally MIUI version 5 based on Android 4.4.2.

As you can see missing from the list are 3G, 4G LTE and GPS. A shame, but we suppose something had to go to keep the price down to just 1499 Yuan.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Performance

I’m not as hard on my tablets as I am on my phones, but for this review I did play GTA on the Mi Pad along with Asphalt and a few other racing games. The Nvidia Tegra K1 and Kepler GPU don’t even seem to notice, with even the most graphically intensive jobs handled with ease.

Benchmarks are impressive! As you will see the number that the Mi Pad is recording are pretty darn high! Higher than most devices out there today. In the real world this means the Mi Pad is fast, very fast. In the Benchmarks world, it means you will be able to brag for months to come.

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For 3DMark I simply didn’t test the MiPad in Ice Storm or Ice Storm Extreme, as the tablet is just too powerful. As for Ice Storm Unlimited the Mi Pad managed a score of 28,107. Which has it ranking above the Oppo Find 7a, OnePlus One and other top of the range smartphones.

Antutu X gives a result of 51,382 points! Amazing result that beats even the recent score we managed with the Vivo Xshot!

Basically you are going to have a really difficult time slowing the Mi Pad down.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – MIUI

All Xiaomi phones run MIUI, and the Mi Pad does too. In fact it runs the latest version of MIUI V5 based on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. If you are use to using MIUI on your Xiaomi phone you are going to feel at home on the Mi Pad, well except for a few things.

Firstly there are no widgets available in MIUI for the Mi Pad. Quite annoying for me as I like to have my Google Now cards showing with weather and quick access to Google Search. You can however set up the buttons to activate Google Now with a long press, but if you this is where you might run in to another issue.

The two MiPad which we received came from different resellers but they had installed Google Play store in the same way. I’m not sure how they had installed Google but whatever they had done causes the system settings, especially the ‘buttons’ settings to crash. The remedy is simple, either ask the reseller not to install Google Play for your and do it yourself, or install a fresh MIUI ROM on the tablet and start again. Either option is simple and easy for anyone to try, and we have even written up guides how to install Google Play on the Mi Pad here.

How to install Google Play on the Xiaomi Mi Pad

The rest of the MIUI system is like a basic version of MIUI on your phone. The camera app doesn’t have many settings of features. In fact the whole ROM lacks anything worth pointing out. It’s simple and easy to use, but it is also a little lacking.

Fortunately MIUI is ready to be updated to MIUI V6 on 16th August. Hopefully we will see a new feature packed ROM available for the Mi Pad then.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Battery

The battery in the Mi Pad is a none removable 6700mAh unit that generally give good performance. However, between the two Mi Pad tablets we have on test, one certainly does better than the other.

One Mi Pad has been used daily as a Ebook and web browser and is left on stand by for around 2 weeks and only now needs to be charged. The other Mi Pad seems to be drained in only a matter of days. If the issue continues I will have to said it back for replacement.

Our ‘good’ Mi Pad though generally has great battery life, and depending on how you use it will only need charging every few days to every few weeks. According to some reviewers the Mi Pad can sit on standby for 50 days, can handle 11 hours of continuous video, 86 hours of music and around 5 hours of intense gaming, and we can agree with those remarks having managed similar results.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Camera

A tablet, no matter how good it’s camera may be, is never going to be your primary photography tool. The Mi Pad is no different. The size and weight just don’t make it practical to be using it as a main camera, but as a back up it is great!

The front camera is especially good for video calls and can take some nice selfies that would rival a phone.

The rear 8 mega-pixel camera is good and can hold it’s own against low/midrange Android phones. It’s also good for taking photos to produce time-lapse videos, or using animation apps which my kids love. Below are some sample photos taken with the Mi Pad.

Mi Pad Photos Samples

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Connectivity

WIFI and Bluetooth are the only methods of connecting your Mi Pad to anything (well USB too) and those all work as you would expect. Browsing over WIFI is fast and the signal strength is very good (we are also using a Xioami Router).

We hope a second generation Mi Pad will receive LTE and a GPS, then we would probably use the tablet more often while out and about and also while traveling.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Hands on video

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Conclusion

Is the Xiaomi Mi Pad the best Android tablet on the market? I would have to say it is the best Android tablet with WIFI on the market. If Xiaomi had added LTE, GPS and a more feature packed ROM then this would be the Android tablet to own! In fact with those features it would be the best tablet regardless of OS!

As it is though the Mi Pad is still a solid proposition and if you are in the market for a WIFI only tablet you would be mad not to at least strongly consider one!

Thanks to chúng tôi for supplying us with one of our Xiaomi MiPad review units.

What Is Android Recovery Mode And How To Use It

What is Android recovery mode?

Android recovery mode is a unique startup mode available in all Android devices that provide a set of tools for diagnosing and resolving issues that cannot be addressed from within the operating system. This mode is typically used to perform system updates, factory resets, or install custom ROMs.

Commonly used for troubleshooting and maintenance, the recovery mode provides options like wiping data/factory reset, clearing cache partition, applying updates from ABD or SD cards, and more. In essence, recovery mode serves as a separate bootable partition that is essential for performing system-level tasks and making changes to the Android system’s file system.

How to boot your Android device into recovery mode

While most Android devices follow the process of holding the Power and Volume Down buttons to enter recovery mode, there are variations among manufacturers. We will cover the procedures for Samsung, Pixel, and Motorola smartphones.

Samsung Smartphones

Turn off your Samsung device.

Press and hold the Volume Up and the Power button simultaneously until the Samsung logo appears.

Release all buttons when the device vibrates once. The Android recovery mode menu should now appear.

Pixel Smartphones

Turn off your Pixel phone.

Once the screen goes black, press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons together until you see the bootloader screen appear.

Use the Volume keys button to navigate to the Recovery Mode option and use the Power button to select it.

Motorola Smartphones

Power off your Motorola device.

Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons for a few seconds until the bootloader appears.

Use the Volume buttons to navigate to the Recovery option and select it using the Power button.

How to use Android recovery mode

Recovery mode offers several options for troubleshooting and device management. Let’s explore each function:

Reboot system now: This option allows you to exit the recovery mode without making any changes.

Apply update from ADB: This enables the installation of updates or custom ROMs via Android Debug Bridge (ADB) from your computer.

Wipe data/factory reset: This performs a factory reset, wiping all data and restoring your device to its original factory settings. It’s a handy feature when your device isn’t functioning correctly or before you give away or sell your device.

Wipe cache partition: This deletes temporary files that can be safely removed without losing any important data. It’s typically used to free up storage or troubleshoot problems caused by corrupted files.

Apply update from SD card: If you have an update file or a custom ROM on your SD card, you can use this option to install it.

How to exit recovery mode on Android

To exit recovery mode on Samsung, Google Pixel, or Motorola devices, navigate to the Reboot system now option using the Volume buttons for navigation and select it using the Power button.

FAQs

To exit recovery mode, use the volume buttons to navigate to the “Reboot system now” option, then press the power button to select it. Your phone will then reboot back into normal operation.

Rebooting to recovery mode refers to restarting your Android device into a special mode (Recovery Mode) designed for troubleshooting and system updates. It’s a separate partition in the device’s memory that contains a lightweight Android OS version different from the main operating system. You can perform tasks like factory resets, clearing cache, or updating software.

No, entering Android recovery mode itself does not erase everything. It’s a troubleshooting interface with various options, one of which is Factory Reset. If you select the Factory Reset option, then yes, all data will be erased. But simply entering recovery mode will not erase anything.

Turn off your Samsung device. Then press and hold the Power and Volume Up buttons simultaneously. For older models (S10, Note 10, and older), press and hold the Power, Volume Up, and Bixby/Home buttons simultaneously. Release all buttons when the Samsung logo appears. The recovery mode menu should now appear.

If your device’s power button is not functioning, you can use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) commands to boot into recovery mode. You’ll need a computer with ADB installed and a USB cable to connect your phone to the computer to do this. Once connected, open a command prompt or terminal window and type the command: “adb reboot recovery.” Your phone should reboot into recovery mode.

Note: You must enable USB debugging on your phone for this method to work.

Photos Have Disappeared From My Android Phone, What Should I Do?

Photos Have Disappeared From My Android Phone, What Should I Do?

A situation like this where your photos have suddenly disappeared from your Android device is a possibility and the reasons for the same can be one too many. For instance –

You might have accidentally deleted the wrong photos thinking of them as redundant duplicates occupying precious space

Your Android crashed because of which your photos and several albums disappeared from your smartphone

A photo or an album disappeared after a software update or after malware hit your Android device

So, How Can You Get Back Photos Disappeared From Your Android Gallery Restart Your Android Smartphone

Check ‘Recently Deleted’ on Your Android Gallery

Many Android devices have a recently deleted photos option or something similar in the Gallery app.

As you can see in the screenshot below, the device has a Recycle Bin option. After activating this option, you can keep deleted photos for a matter of 15 days before they’ll be deleted permanently.

1. Open Gallery on your Android device

2. Select Albums

3. Tap on Recently deleted or Recycle bin (or any other similar option)

4. If you find any photos that you had deleted recently, hold them and tap on Restore

This step can even prove to be helpful if one or several albums have disappeared from your Android gallery.

Download a Photo Recovery Utility on your Android Device

Maybe you had accidentally deleted some photos on your Android device and no surprise, you are wondering where they disappeared. In such a case, don’t lose heart, there are some great photo restoration utilities out there that can help you get back lost or deleted photos with maximum surety.

One such Android app is the Photos Recovery app. It is already trusted by hundreds and thousands of Android users across the globe.

Photos Recovery for Android – Features At A Glance

Simple to use and user-friendly interface

You can scan both internal and external storage for deleted photos

Fast recovery process

All major image formats are supported, including.jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, etc

Preview images before deleting them

You can check the previous scan histories

How To Use Photos Recovery on Android

1. Install Photos Recovery App on your Android device (Works on all Android devices having Android 5.0 and up)

2. Tap on the Start Scan option located at the lower-right of the screen and wait for the scan to complete.

3. You will now be able to see the number of photos you have been able to recover. Each of these photos will also be categorized into subfolders so that it is more convenient for you to restore photos

5. Tap on the underlined down arrow (↓) option to restore the selected photos

Clear Cache From Android

Oftentimes when the gallery app on your Android phone accumulates a lot of caches, your gallery may become corrupted because of which you might not be able to have access to some photos. The best way here is to delete his cache. Here are the steps for the same –

1. Go to Settings

2. Select Application Management

3. Scroll down till you find Gallery

4. Tap on Storage

5. Choose Clear Cache

6. Come back to the main screen and close all background apps

After you have cleared the cache, you can restart your device and check if the album or any photos that have disappeared from the gallery have come back or not.

Delete .nomedia File

Presuming that the above method did not work, you can get rid of the .nomedia file. You might be wondering, what is this.nomedia file and how can it lead to photos disappearing from my Android gallery?  A nomedia file is stored on your Android device and marks that the folder it encloses has no multimedia data. This folder is not scanned or indexed either by multimedia players or your browser’s search function. It is important to note here that your Android smartphone may or may not have this file. Having said that, in case your photos are stored in the .nomedia folder, they will not be scanned by your gallery app.

If in case you have this file, you can rename or delete it completely and then check if you can see photos in your Android smartphone’s gallery.

1. Go to File Manager

2. Search for .nomedia file

3. Rename it to any desired name

4. Restart your Android device

After restarting your device, check if you have been able to restore all your lost pictures.

Check Backups and Google Photos

In case you have signed up for a backup service, you can check whether you had made a backup previously and if the photos you are looking for are in that backup. Let’s take an example of Google Photos –

1. Open Google Photos app

2. Tap on the hamburger icon on the top-left corner of the screen

3. Tap on Trash

4. Browse deleted photos and check if the photos that have disappeared from your Android device are there or not.

Wrapping Up

We earnestly hope that these methods have helped you recover all those photos that had disappeared from your Android gallery. Do let us know which of the above methods proved to be helpful. If you liked what you read do give this blog a thumbs up. For more such content, keep reading Tweak Library.

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I Hate Android: Why? – By A Hardcore Android Lover!

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