5 hack-free Android improvements

One of the best things about being part of the Android operating system is that it’s capable of so many things. For users who want that little bit more from their device, then they have the option to explore the hacking side of things. By rooting a phone, users can really tailor their device to their exact preference without needing to purchase a new device. But for those users who are uncomfortable with the hacking process, no worries, as you can still hack your smartphone without ever actually rooting your device in the process.

The following masterclass will show you five distinctive ways in which you can improve current features on your device, or discover new ones. In the fi rst instance, we’ll show you how to use the Developer options screen on your device to speed up your phone in different areas. We’ll also show you some great customisation features to make getting around your phone a quicker and more enjoyable process through the Switchr and Floating Toucher apps.

There’s also a handy tutorial covering the Atom Launcher that enables users to create their own personalised homescreens. And fi nally, we’ll explore the Android Tuner app, which gives you unprecedented access to all your Android phone’s hidden and more vital features.

Five hack-free improvements 

1. One of the best ways to implement new gestures on to your phone without rooting is by using the Nova Launcher app, which contains a whole host of different gestures which can be used in different areas of your phone or tablet.

2. Your notifi cations are highly customisable too and one of the best ways to add a different look and style to them is to implement colours into them. There’s plenty of apps that perform this function, but Light Flow is the one all users should check out.

3. Ringtones are few and far between on Android smartphones and the stock selection is pretty poor to say the least. With an app like Zedge you can implement custom ringtones and notifi cation sounds, again without needing to root your device.

4. By building your own widget, users can create something for their device that existing widgets don’t offer. Although the UCCW app is fairly complicated, it offers a step-by-step guide to creating your own widget from scratch and adding it directly to your phone.

5. You don’t need to rely on the Google Play store to provide you with all your hack-without-root needs. Check out sites like DeviantArt and My Colour Screen, which both contain icon packs and themes you can use.

Get the stock Android look on your phone without rooting

Replace your launcher 
Download the KK Launcher app from the Google Play store. This will mimic the exact look and design of the KitKat launcher and app drawer found on Android 4.4 devices, without compromising on the speed of your device.

Download the KitKat LockScreen 
The KitKat LockScreen app provides all the same features as any 4.4 device. Users can implement passwords on to it and even use the quick shortcuts to the camera app or to perform a traditional Google search.

Implement KitKat icons 
The Android 4.4 Light Icons Theme gives users a new suite of KitKat-styled icons to use as they see fi t. You’ll notice many of the existing icons on your device will change completely once this app has been installed.