Amazon Fire Tablet Giveaway

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New Amazon Fire 7in 5th gen Tablet Giveaway

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Rules

  1.  Subscribe to my youtube channel here 
  2. login to rootjunky.com and make a comment on this post. comment must include your favorite clean joke. Note First time comments have to be approved. I will approve them as
  3. Giveaway starts on 10-1-15 and will end on 10-8-15 12pm central time
  4. Open to US residents only. NOTE shipping over seas is a pain
  5. Winner will be pick randomly within a couple days of 10-8-15 and announced here on this post.

Note First time comments have to be approved. I will approve them as quick as i can please only comment once.

If you are interested in this device check out my first impressions video below

Pick up one of these $50 Amazon Tablets for yourself here 

The Winner has been picked so congratulations to Dakkor winning a Amazon Fire Tablet 5th gen hope you enjoy it. If you want to remove the ads and install Google Play store on it make sure you check out my video on these steps HERE it is really simple. Winning comment is below. thanks for all the funny jokes it has been fun reading them.

Amazon Fire winner

Dakkor
Two bytes meet. The first byte asks, “Are you ill?
The second byte replies, “No, just feeling a bit off.

Winner has one week from today 10-8-15 to get in contact with me or another winner will be picked. Special Thanks to all 35 people that entered and must really be true followers that watched until the end of the review video. Not many entered means the best chance to win 🙂

Amazon Fire TV Super Tool

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Amazon Fire TV Super Tool

Warning use this tool at your own risk i am not responsible for you bricking your device
That being said lets talk about what this does and how it works

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How it works
1. your Fire TV Must have root and busy box installed plus adb network turned on for this to work
2. click on 2 amazon fire tv firmware installer.bat
3. follow script to install everything you will need
4. if you are having trouble watch my youtube video

Tool Options
1 Root device
2. install fire tv launcher
3. disable ota updates
4. install cwm recovery
5. firmware downgrade and restore to software version 51.1.0.2_user_510058520 for CWM recovery install
6. Partially unlock the bootloader

Newest versoin V5

Amazon Fire TV Super Tool
CHANGE LOG

V1 release
V2
added root
added firedtv launcher
added ota disable
cleaned up tool
new interface
V3
total rework
added CWM recovery
added recovery restore as part of firmware restore
V4
added option 6 unlock the partially bootloader
V5
updated CWM recovery file
added Boot menu install option to tool

Link to script tool HERE
Firmware is include in the Super Tool from V3 on

Video on how to use this script tool
Amazon Fire TV Firmware installer Tool

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Learn how to create a theme

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Learn how to create a theme for your Android device!

Way back in the old android days, people actually made their own themes in the form of a zip file. Crazy right!?! That meant you had to download the ROM, gapps (if needed) and another zip file for the theme you wanted. This also meant that when flashing, you had to flash all 3. Now keep in mind that zip themes were made primarily for stock OEM based ROMs. Your source based ROMs which were typically based off of CyanogenMod had the Theme Chooser, so zip themes weren’t needed.

So why make zip themes now? Well for the same reason they were made before. Not everyone wants to run a potentially buggy custom software. Some people would rather run their TouchWiz, Sense, LG stock or Moto Blur based stock software.(way back in the day it was Moto’s stock UI).  They preferred it simply for one reason, everything worked. You didn’t lose the functionality that made you buy the device in the first place which some times happens with custom roms.

So why are we reading this extremely long article? Well, I’m hoping that you’re reading this because you’re interested in making a zip theme. If you are, then please continue on. For this tutorial, we will be following how to get setup on Windows system.

There are some prerequisites to making a zip theme and here they are:

WinRAR – 32bit 
64bit 

7zip – 32bit 
64bit 

Apktool Files

Java JDK

Notepad++ 

Paint.NET (free image editing tool)

Download and install Java JDK 6 (make sure you get the right OS build and either 32bit or 64bit)
Download an install Winrar. After installing, your zip files will now have an icon that looks like a stack of books.
Download Apktool. After it downloads, right click the zip file and click on “Extract Files…” and extract the Apktool zip to your desktop.
Download and Install Notepad++
Download and install Paint.NET

Getting Started:

One of the first things you’re going to want to do, is take the framework-res.apk and the SystemUI.apk off your phone and put it on your computer. You can do this by various means such as a root file explorer and an sdcard.

For purposes of this guide, we are going to assume you’re editing the SystemUI.apk and the framework-res.apk because these are the 2 main files for making a theme for a ROM.

Now take whatever apks you are editing and move them to your PC.

Now let’s go back to the Apktool folder on your desktop. It should look like this:

apktool

And your folder directory should look like this;

folder directory

 

Now take the apks that you just took from your phone, and put them in the apktool folder like this:

added apks

 

Now go back to your desktop. Now we’re going to hold the “shift” key, and right click on the Apktool folder. On the menu that pops up, select “Open command window here” and you should see this:

 

commandprompt

 

Obviously, your path to Apktool will not be the same as mine, that’s irrelevant. (Note: Anything you type into the command prompt IS case sensitive! Make sure you type everything correctly, or just copy and paste the commands from here!)

In that command prompt window, type the following code:

apktool if framework-res.apk

What this code does, is install the framework-res.apk in case it’s needed to edit any other files (and it will be).

You will see a message in the command prompt that says installation of the framework was successful.

Now it’s time to decompile the SystemUI.apk for edits, for that you will use this command:

apktool d SystemUI.apk

What this command does is tell apktool to “d” or decompile, the SystemUI apk.

Your command prompt should now look like this:

 

Now go back to the Apktool folder on your desktop and you’ll notice there is now a folder in there named “SystemUI” this will be where you make your edits. A few tips: Most of the images you will edit will be in the /res/drawable-hdpi folder. DO NOT EDIT ANY XMLS OR IMAGES THAT END IN .9 THESE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS SYSTEM ISSUES! READ UP ON THEM BEFORE YOU START EDITING ANYTHING IN XML FILES OR .9 IMAGES. When editing images, make sure the image keeps the EXACT same file name. You cannot change the name of any icons, that will come later.

Ok so let’s say that you have now finished all of your image edits and you’re ready to see your own work! That’s the simple part (as long as you didn’t mess anything up lol).

So now after editing, go back to your command prompt window. If you don’t remember how to do it, hold down “shift” and right click on the Apktool folder, then select “Open command window here.”

If you closed the command prompt window earlier, you need to reinstall the framework-res.apk with “apktool if framework-res.apk”

Now in that same command window, type or copy/paste the following:

apktool b SystemUI

This command tells apktool to “b” or build what is in the SystemUI folder, DO NOT put “.apk” after SystemUI or you will get errors.

 

 

Now navigate to the apktool folder again and go the following directory /apktool/SystemUI/dist

Inside there is your newly built SystemUI.apk, however, you’re not going to use it lol. You’re only going to use parts of it.

Rename that new SystemUI.apk to something distinguishable, like “newSystemUI.apk.”

Now right click that new apk and hover over “7zip” and select the top option which is “Open Archive”

Now go back to the apktool folder and open the old SystemUI.apk the SAME WAY! Right click, hover over 7zip, select “Open Archive.”

The same kind of window will pop up.

Now here’s where things get a little tricky.

You’re going to need to put these 2 7zip windows side by side!!!

Now hold down “ctrl” and highlight the following items in the NEW apk window:

res folder

resources.arsc

Now drag and drop both of those items into the OLD apk window.

Close out all windows

Now take that OLD SystemUI.apk which has the new images in it, and place it back on your sdcard.

Use a Root File Explorer on your phone and move the SystemUI.apk to /system

Now press and hold on the file and select “Permissions”

Make sure the permissions look like this:

Now move that apk to /system/app (or priv-app, whichever folder you took it from earlier)

Now reboot

Your phone should boot backup normally and you will see the changes you made.

Now repeat this process for every apk you’re editing.

If your phone fails to boot, you messed something up, seriously you did lol.

A few more tips and notes:

SystemUI’s and framework-res.apk’s are NOT inter-changeable. You cannot take these files from other ROMs and place them in yours.
Again, DO NOT touch the XML files, or the 9 patch images (images that end in .9) until you have read up on them A LOT. There are tons of posts that talk about dealing with .9 images and XML edits.

If you have any questions, please post  comment and I will try my hardest to answer as many as I can. A little later I will write an article on making your own flashable zip file, to put your apks in that way you can flash your theme, instead of copy/paste.

NOW GET OUT THERE AND MAKE SOME THEMES!!!!!

 

Android wear gets updated to Lollipop

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Android wear gets updated to Lollipop

Android Wear has been updated to Android version 5.0.1 today with some nice to features to boot. Some of the most notable are the recent apps menu and the Silence pull down now also has theater mode, sunlight mode, and settings. This is a nice set of new features. Lastly you also get a chance to cancel the swipe away notification if you swiped it away and didnt mean to. Below you will see and video on these new features on my Moto 360 check it out

Moto 360 Android wear updated to Lollipop 5.0.1 new features

Android Kanging

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Android Kanging

What is Android Kanging or to Kang a rom, theme, or mod? Lets start with a Android definition of Kanging: To have one’s developer code and work taken, manipulated, rebranded, and re-released by someone else with no credit given. In no way is this illegal or even stealing because android is open source and cant be sold. Open source is awesome :D. This practice of Kanging someones work is done quite often and is very much frowned upon by all in the Android Community. It is basically a slap in the face to the developer that originally created it. It steals the Glory and praise from the creator of the code and the coppier takes credit instead. I think many times the Kanger knows he is copping someones work but doesnt even remember or know whos it is and is just lazy or forgets to credit the right people. There is so much android code and awesomeness floating around the internet some new developers dont even know who to credit.

So really to avoid being a kanger it is simple.

1. Find out whos code you are using in your rom and credit the right person

On that note please go make the best and most amazing rom you can with as much cool code from anywhere you can find it. Us in the Android community love the work of all developers and making one awesome rom is the best.  But remember that Kanging has a bad connotation if not giving credit where credits due.

Examples:

If you have SuperSU in your rom you need to Credit Chainfire

If you have Superuser in your rom then Koush would be the guy.

really its pretty simple so lets give credit where credit is due.

Below is picture of Android Open Kang Project or AOKP which is a example of a Good Kang Rom. rhis rom takes lots of code and puts it all together to make one awesome rom but give credit to the right developers in doing it.

AOKP

PuzzlePhone

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PuzzlePhone

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Many of you have heard about Project Ara and even Phone Blocks. But have you seen this new company from Finland with there product PuzzlePhone. (picture above) This design is very much like Project Ara but with less moving parts.  It looks to me like it has 3 main Parts the battery, camera with other sensors and buttons then the main body plus screen. (check the Image below)  I personally can wait for these module devices to hit the market and see how well there are designed and if they live up to all the hype. Speaking of which the puzzlephone is set to be released some time this next year 2015 along with this release Project Ara is also set to launch some time mid 2015. I am officially claiming 2015 as the year of the Module smart phone. if you would like to read more about this cool new device then check out there web site HERE

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Streaming and Sharing

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Streaming and Sharing

A Mobile Entertainment Experience

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When I say mobile entertainment you might not think of home tv, but those lines have blurred into one seamless line. Now that smart tvs and streaming devices are cheaply available, apps that we used to use on our phones, tablets and even pcs to kill time or even entertain ourselves during a long commutes are now invading our livingrooms, making cable and satellite television obsolete. Especially now that public television’s broadcasted in Digital HD with a standard tv antenna. Most television broadcasting companies are available for mobile streaming via apps or web browser. Making it possible to watch your local news or public channels on the go or on your home tv with a streaming device or a smart tv.

 

Apps like HBO GO and Hulu easily replace cable and television provided services. Without a required cable subscription for HBO GO you can just pay and play. Amazon Prime has movies, tv, and even now HBO content for a reasonable once a year fee that included free 2-day shipping and their newest feature unlimited photo storage. Netflix is nice for binge watching seasons of your favorite tv shows provided by cable networks like Cartoon NetWork, Discovery and SyFy channel. Plex is another great app for streaming media that you yourself provide via download. To download movies and tv shows I use a torrent based website called Kat.ph. When using a torrent based download client you need a bittorrent program to piece the bits of the torrents together. Plex also has plugins for other apps such as, TBS, Team Coco, and so much more, that can be used with in plex for streaming.

 

If you have a cable provider using mobile streaming apps like fios mobile and xfinity to go as well as their affiliate channel’s apps like cartoon network, Discovery and SyFy is as simple as downloading the particular app and logging in using your cable sign in information, same credentials you would use to log in and view or pay your bill. Since you’re paying for a cable service and that service comes with those channels you might as well use them by adding as many that are offered to the list of mobile streaming apps you use. Channel surfing is a dying sport played from the couch, it has evolved into something so much more than that. With the option to watch nearly anything you want easily provided and supplied to your device of choice, looking for something to watch is unnecessary, just search for what you want and watch or a genre to suit the mood and watch what you want not what’s provided at that moment in time unlike live television. Not having a cable provider makes this a little harder and more complicated but not impossible, just have to find someone who does and offer them a trade worth while, for example, I pay for Amazon Prime and I trade that for someones comcast information that I use for its mobile hotspot as well as its streaming. I also barder my Amazon Prime to friends and family for their Netflix, Hulu and HBO GO, making a streaming community or network out of sharing and if someone misses one bill the community can all pitch in and keep out network going strong.

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Using only a cell phone as a means for TV entertainment is possible with micro hdmi or mhl, but thats no longer necessary thanks to streaming devices and smart tvs. Before having a Chromecast I would just use my phone or tablet and an MHL to HDMI cable. The convenience of using a streaming device rather than hard wiring your phone or tablet is worth the $34.99 for the Chromecast. You can spend upward of $99.99 for a streaming device such as the Amazon Fire TV which has a separately sold gamepad for Android gaming. Fire TV does come with a remote and does not require an Android device to function, unlike the Chromecast which does require an Android device to function. There are two ways to use Chromecast one is as a casting device, using your phone tablet or web browser to cast content from Netflix or ect, and you can use your device for other thing while the casting takes place. The other way you can use a Chromecast is for mirroring, meaning everything thats displayed on your phone happens live on the tv, so if you’re mirroring a video from your gallery or mirroring a game, from phone or even web browser, you can not use the device for anything other than what you are trying to mirror. The Fire TV can not mirror but it also doesn’t require anything but its supplied remote or gamepad depending on what your trying to do. Others like the Ruku and Nexus player are also awesome choices for streaming devices, but before you go and invest in one make sure it offers what you are looking for. To each their own.

By Kenn

Google Nexus Player

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Google Nexus Player Giveaway

WINNERS HAVE BEEN PICKED SEE BELOW

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I fellow Android junky’s today I have a fun giveaway for you to help me celebrate reaching 10,000,000 views on my Youtube channel. Just want to say thanks for all you watching my nerdy tech videos. THANKS!!!  I really hope you have enjoyed them and maybe even learned a little so that you can intern help others with there devices. 🙂 I am only at 43,000 Subscribers right now which is really a ton. But i am really driving hard to get to that 100,000 Subscriber mark on youtube. Please remember to share my videos it really helps me to keep bringing new and cool content coming. Thanks again. RootJunky Out.

Giveaway rules

1.  create a user name so that you can comment on this post

2.  comment on this post / page with what your first Android device was and favorite feature on it. Comments will be approved as soon as i have time.

Example; My first device was a Droid X2 I really loved that is was one of the only dual core cpu phones at that time.

There will be many comments and also many winner.

First place winner The Nexus Player and a RootJunky T-shirt

Second place winner some sort of bluetooth tech and a Rootjunky T-shirt

Third place winner a Rootjunky T-shirt

 

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T-shirt image above

Good Luck and I will pick the winners in one week on Saturday 11/29/14

Nexus Player Unboxing Video

 Google Nexus Player Video Playlist

While you are here, check out the rest of my new site! I have been updating it for months now.

 

Details

US only International shipping is to much of a pain sorry

I will pick the winners in one week on Saturday 11/29/14

Only one entry per person please but comment as much as you like. Comments will be approved as soon as i have time. You may not see your comment as soon as you post it.

Thanks for watching and lets do some more giveaways soon

WINNERS HAVE BEEN PICKED

First place winner

Shell95i

HTC one m7. And the feature blink feed because it very easy to obtain news without me search for it manually. Good luck to everyone else.

Second place winner

Danny Sullivan

My first Android was the Motorola Droid Bionic. I loved its dual core performance, but I especially enjoyed the HDMI out on it. Before wireless screen mirroring was as available as it is now, this was the coolest thing I thought a smartphone could do

Third place winner

thetickz

I switched from blackberry to an HTC Thunderbolt and my favorite feature was the metal kickstand! I was hooked forever after as an android user!

 

Winners please only contact me with the email you signed into this site with. email me at rootjunky@gmail.com to claim your prizes.  All winners where picked with random.org see pictures below. The winners have one week to contact me or i will pick a new winner 🙂

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Anker matte screen protector

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Anker matte screen protector

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Im very protective of my devices so the day Anker asked me to review there product i was very happy as i was soon going to be buying a few protective products and i always start with my screen so this is my review of the Anker matte screen protector given to me by Anker for a fair and honest review. First off Anker gives a lifetime warranty on all screen protectors so no matter how long you had it on they will replace it so huge plus 1 to Anker.   I received the package on time and packaging was done very well and and inside the box (eco. friendly)  was a white sleeve that was rather thick to prevent bending of any kind to the screen protectors which was very good idea as other screen protectors i have purchased were not packaged quite so well as these so that was my first good impression and along with the 3)screen protectors was – Microfiber cloth – Bubble Removal Card – Dust removal sticker – Manual. The provided users manual was simple to read and follow unlike other manuals the have such fine print i usually toss them aside and go for it. The note 4 is a rather unique and tough device to apply a screen protector to as the edges are curved so i was leery of getting the screen protector on just right for me but i had no issues applying the protector following owners manual and i even had a small dust speck almost in the center but i used the provided dust removal sticker after lifting the screen protector from the corner and the sticker worked perfect and i have never used one before so that was a great item to have included in your kit. after the installation it was time to put it to a few everyday tests, first i checked what i use also which is the S-pen and i had zero issues using S-pen so i moved on to color saturation compared to another note 4 and was very pleased to see no noticeable differences as well as just using hand and fingers to swipe screens or everyday actions using fingers such as gameplay which i do alot of. I next moved outdoors where i work in construction around dust/snow and rain and i was able to test in all 3 elements and even in 22 degree weather or bright sunlight i had not one issue with seeing screen or any corners lifting ect.  Im very rough on my phones and i am in a job where i need my screens protected and this anker screen protector is exactly what i needed to keep my note 4 safe and scratch free. For a price of $5.99 for 3 as listed http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NG6H4EA  I think its too good a deal to pass up for 100% screen protection. I also used a Zagg Invisible shield protector and paid $10.45 for just 1 but i noticed “halo” affect around the edges and like i said im very picky so it has since been replaced with the Anker matte protector. As you will see from the pictures the form and fit is just outstanding using the Anker protector and i also noticed some other companies cover the sensors now to some its no big deal and i understand but in my case i love the look of a form fitting/clean screen protector. Hope this helps answer some questions and really hope you give Anker a try because im very happy to be using there protector on my note 4. saved this for last for a reason but inside the Anker packaging is a small square paper asking “happy” or “unhappy” with instructions on what to do depending on answer and i can now answer “happy” added a few pictures also on white note 4 for added viewing options

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 By Darren

RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless File Wireless Filehub

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RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless File Wireless Filehub / Portable Travel Router

Something i never used before is this RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless Filehub / Portable Travel Router  but theres so much more to it than just the title. It is probably the best investment I have made for ALL my mobile devices. I was on the fence about what wireless wifi storage to get Seagate, Kingston Wi-drive, Airstash and lots more but decided on the ravpower. Main reason was that it had a micro SD card slot and USB port to connect a multitude of different storage devices. And lets be honest, how many SD cards, microsd cards, portable hard drives and usb flash drives do we have laying around? There is soooo much potential with this product and some very nice surprises that I found out that makes this wifi disk a MUST have for all the tech geeks in us.

Bonus, it doubles up as external battery pack. 6,000mah may not be a lot but it does come in handy in those critical must have a charge situations. Specs:

Wireless wi-fi storage and external battery pack 6000mah
Micro SD card slot
USB slot

The size of the wifi disk is about the size of a small portable hard drive, fits perfect in the palm of your hand and thats perfect size in my opinion.

To connect to the device you must make a wifi connection to it. It is named “WiFiSD-158E” and the password is “11111111”. That is 8 ones BTW.

Performance:

I was able to pick up a wide array of storage media. SD card, microsd , Flash drives ranging from 4gb to 32gb with many different brands. It was able to power a Seagate portable hard drive no problem while a SD card was also in the sd card slot.

Many different devices were used to connect to the wifi disk: Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Ipad 4, Acer laptop, Coby Cryos android tablet, galaxy S3, Iphone 5 and a t-mobile S2.

It says that up to 5 devices can be connected to it.

I was able to play all sorts of video files from it, divx/xvid, avi, mp4, mkv, mov…..720p,1080p. It handled it like a champ.

I connected 5 devices and tried to stream a divx file all at the same time. It worked flawlessly, no stutters, no audio drops.
Now I dunno about HD 720p or 1080p files with 5 devices trying to stream from it. Will try more tests later.

You can access your connected storage via 3 different ways:

Now, you can use the recommended mobile apps mobile fun (android) and airstor (IOS) to connect to the device to see your connected storage options. They are nice clean simple apps. Reminds me of an “ES Explorer” type file explorer. Pretty fast, smooth and it simply just works. The one thing the APP is a must for is to make it a wifi hotspot. What that means is that you can configure it to connect to your regular home internet router so that when your device is connected to it; you can still have internet access. Basically it acts like a wireless bridge for your router. Once configured you don’t have to use the apps ever again.

You can even use your browser to go to “10.10.10.254” and connect via a web interface. The default username is “admin” and there is no password. You can configure it to have a password; which I did via a wizard tutorial. This is nice since you can connect your laptop to it and access the connected storage.

The last option was a little thing I figured out and was pleasantly surprised! The wifi disk can be accessed via ANY file explorer app that can make SAMBA/SMB connections! File explorers such as “ES Explorer” and “Solid Explorer” have this ability. I personally recommend solid explorer (more on that in a bit).

You just have to set it up

For solid explorer press the “jump” button, then “Network” and then “SMB/CIFS” button. Jump>Network>SMB/CIFS
Now press the plus sign button at the top right. It will cause a popup that you will need to fill in the appropriate info.

Display name: can be left blank
Computer name or ip address: enter 10.10.10.254
Authentication method: can set as “Log in as guess” if you did not use the web interface to make a pass word. If you did make a password set it as “store encrypted password”
Username: admin
password: whatever password you made via the web interface

Now you should be able use the file explorer to navigate the connected storage options:

SDCARD-Volume1 = SD card slot
USBDisk-Volume1 = USB port connected storage

Now you don’t need an extra app to use the wifi disk. Use the file explorer you love and know!

Solid Explorer is my recommendation because it has the two pane option when in landscape mode. With the two panel mode, you can navigate to the “SD card” with pane 1 and then navigate to the “usb port” with pane 2. This will allow you to transfer files between the “sd card” and the “usb port” storage seamlessly and easily! There was a step by step guide on amazon how to transfer files between two attached storage options on the wifi disk, but this makes it sooooo much easier!

Build Quality: Seems solid, not too flimsy but quite light. Nice colored LED’s that aren’t too bright.

Gripes about it:

Only comes in white; no black option. It sticks out like a sore thumb next to all my other devices.
Does not come with a wall charger; but will use any usb charger which in my opinion are VERY minor.

If you would like to pick on up you can get it for about $50.00 from Amazon HERE