How to set up priority interruptions (do not disturb) on Android 7 Nougat

Interruptions is a very useful feature on Android. It allows you to restrict notifications such as calls, messages and reminders. You can specify which events will bother you and which ones will be muted. The most useful thing is to learn how to set up priority interruptions only in silent mode. In other words allow vibration notifications from your most important (or priority) contacts only. This works for Android 7 Nougat, Android 6 Marshmallow as well as for CyanogenMod 12 and 13. Continue reading

Android phone freezes while recording video

My Samsung Galaxy S5 freezes from time to time and only battery removal could bring it back to working condition. When I open the Gallery it crashes and the phone reboots by itself. When it booted up again it worked extremely slowly! I opened the gallery and saw the damaged video file with a black thumbnail. I tried to delete it but the deletion failed: the gallery app crashed and the phone rebooted again. On the third reboot I managed to delete the broken mp4 file using the stock file manager app (My Files). After I succeeded to delete it the phone finally started working normally: stopped freezing, slowing down and rebooting. I encountered the issue after I had been using my Samsung Galaxy S5 normally during two month. This happened 3 or 4 times. A few days ago I performed a hard reset to my Galaxy S5. It was my last hope that the phone had a glitch. But today it froze again when I began recording video. Could you please tell me how can I fix the issue and stop my Android phone freezing while video recording. Thank you in advance! Continue reading

Add a phone number to the block list, block private and unknown numbers on CyanogenMod 12, 13

Today let us find out how to block calls from unwanted numbers in Cyanogen ( CM 12 and CM 13). The procedure differs from such on stock Samsung Android 5 and 6 very much. So here you will know:

  • how to block a number from the recent calls;
  • how to add a number to the block list manually (by typing);
  • how to block incoming calls from private and unknown numbers;
  • how to remove a number from the block list (blacklist).

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How to boot into Recovery mode on Cyanogen and Android

As usual you can enter the Recovery by pressing Home, Volume and Power buttons that is different for different smartphones. But you can also reboot to Recovery Mode without pressing the combination of buttons on CyanogenMod. It can be quite useful, for instance, if you have a button broken or you don’t know the combination for your particular model or if it is simply unhandy to press those three buttons simultaneously. Here is how to reboot into Recovery in CM12 / CM13. This method can also work for some versions of stock Android 5 and 6.  Continue reading