Tech, coding, security and other random stuff...

Get the old Android email app back

Jun 292017

Original posted on 15th June 2016 at http://rahul2001.com/weblog/2016/06/get-the-old-android-email-app-back

I really liked the default email app that used to come with Android. The bare-bones interface used to get the job done without any hassle.

Unfortunately, Google decided to kill it with Lollipop and integrated all other email services with Gmail. This was an unwelcome decision - I like to keep my inboxes separate... I tried some other apps on the play store, but most didn't work well, and the ones which did were filled with ads or required payment for basic features.

So I borrowed my friend's phone which still ran KitKat, and extracted the apk for the stock email app. This is the last working version of the app ever released. It doesn't have the material design icon, but that doesn't really matter...

You can download it here.

Running Downloaded Apps in Safe Mode [Android]

Jun 292017

Original posted on 7th June 2016 at http://rahul2001.com/weblog/2016/06/running-downloaded-apps-in-safe-mode

Safe Mode can be really useful on your phone, when an app starts to misbehave, your phone starts crashing or your phone is infected by malware.

But what if you really need that superb backup tool you love? Well, don't fret, because I have the perfect solution for you...

UPDATE: This technique has been tested on the following devices:

  • Moto G (Turbo Edition) (Android 6.0.1)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (Android 5.1.1)
  • HTC Desire 816 (Android 5.0.1)

NOTE: This technique relies on something really simple that was probably overlooked by the developers and may be fixed in the future. I will be posting updates soon...

Step 1

Open the app in normal mode. 


Step 2

Exit the app, but make sure you don't swipe it away from the 'Recent Apps' menu. 


Step 3

Reboot into Safe Mode by long-pressing the 'Power Off' option. The method to enter Safe Mode may vary on some devices. 


Step 4

You won't be able to run the app in Safe Mode 


Step 5

Open the 'Recent Apps' menu in Safe Mode


Step 6

Tap on the app, and you will be able to run it. 




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