Disable persistent notifications Moto X4 running Oreo

1. Open device Settings.

2. Go to Apps & notifications and tap App info.

3. Tap the three dot menu icon present at the top right corner and select Show system.

4. Now under apps, scroll down and tap Android system followed by App notifications.

5. Under app notifications scroll down and tap Apps running in background.

6. Then tap Importance and choose Low from the options.

Project Fi – The first 24 hours

2 days ago I ordered a Project Fi SIM card. When I got the email confirmation I noticed that the incorrect city was listed for my mailing address. I immediately canceled the shipment of the SIM card. I tried to order a new one but the website already thought I had one on the way even though if you drilled down on the order it would say it was canceled. I gave it a few hours and it did not correct itself.

I gave Project Fi a phone call. The representative was super nice. She provided me with a URL to order a new one. I didn’t see a spot to enter my friends referral code on the new page. She said it would be okay and the credit is already in the system. She said I could order it with next day shipping and that they would refund my the expedited shipping fee on my first bill.

I activated my Project Fi SIM card yesterday. I didn’t see anything reflected on my bill for a referral credit nor the expedited shipping credit.

I called in to verify that the credits were applied.

The representative saw that the referral credit was applied. The shipping credit was not. He tried to apply it and it did not work. He said that since it was the first of the month all the Fi internal systems were updating and if I call or chat in tomorrow they can get it applied.

I requested a call back today from within the Project Fi app on my phone. It said someone would call shortly and the expected wait was less than a minute. 3 minutes later I get a voicemail from a representative at Fi. Phone number rang on my end. I had full bars with T-Mobile.

The second call back worked. The representative was also not able to add the credit. He will escalate it internally to have it resolved. He was unable to provide a resolution end date.

Inoreader – RSS & News Reader

This July it’ll have been 4 years since Google shut down Google Reader. I’m still mourning the loss.

Inoreader is the only cross platform app (holy smokes they even have a Windows Phone app!) and website that has replicated the look and feel of Google Reader.

I’ve tried ALL the Google Reader replacements and Inoreader is my favorite.

Play Store Link


iOS iTunes App Store Link

Windows Phone App Store Link


SMS Backup + (by Jan Berkel)

I’ve been using SMS Backup + (by Jan Berkel) for over 5 years now.
It’s one of the very first apps I install whenever I get a new phone or flash a new ROM.

It allows your to backup your SMS, MMS and call logs to your Gmail account.

It’s completely free of charge, doesn’t have any shady permissions and is AD free.
On the Play Store it lists that it has “in-app purchases” that is ONLY if you want to donate to the developer.

Play Store Link


Possible Pebble Time disconnect fix for the Nexus 6 running Marshmallow.

Is your Pebble Time disconnecting from your Nexus 6 quite often?
Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) introduced a feature called Doze to conserve your battery life.
Whitelisting the Pebble Time app may resolve your disconnect issues.

1) open your notification tray

2) click on battery percentage

3) click on the 3 dots in the upper right hand corner

4) click on Battery optimization

5) click on the Not optimized drop down

6) select All apps

7) scroll down and select the Pebble Time app

8) select Don’t optimize and then select DONE

9) the Pebble app should now appear as Not optimized.

That should resolve your Pebble Time disconnect issues.
If it does not additionally add the Android Wear app to the Not optimized list by following the above steps.
Good luck!

Activate hotspot on Verizon Nexus 6 with Marshmallow (non-root)

Unlocked bootloader

Boot into recovery.
Go to advanced, and click ‘mount’ and select system.
Plug your phone into your computer and open your terminal/cmd run the following:

adb pull /system/build.prop

This will pull the build.prop onto your computer in the location where your terminal is open. Edit that in your favorite text editor on your computer and then add the following line:


Save, and then run:

adb push build.prop /system/

This puts it back on your phone, but the permissions might be wonky, so run:

adb shell chmod 644 /system/build.prop


Boot Nexus 6 into recovery

  1. Power off the Nexus 6.
  2. Press and hold Volume Down, Volume UP and Power buttons simultaneously.
  3. Release all buttons when the Fastboot Mode menu appears.
  4. Use the Volume buttons until the upper part of the screen displays the Recovery Mode text.
  5. Press Power to select Recovery Mode.
    – after that you will see an Android icon laid on its back.
  6. Press and hold Power button, then press once the Volume Up button.