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  1. Hello friends. I just wanted to talk about no root firewall apps that can basically be used to block cell network access as well as wifi access to other android apps based on your setting preferences. Currently I am using NoRoot Firewall made by Grey Shirts. It creates a VPN on your device and gives you the choice to either allow or deny any kind of internet access to pretty much anything on your device that would request access to said networks very easily. The app is very old and hasn't been updated in a LONG time. It used to work perfectly when I was on Nougat but I recently updated to Oreo and since I have done this, the app seems to crash at times but not too often. What I am wondering is if anyone knows of a more recent app of this nature that works good in Oreo? I looked at others in the play store that didn't really seem like I would like them as much but I know that even though this forum has slowed quite dramatically there are still some great minds with great ideas that come around sometimes here and I would love your input[emoji106] Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  2. It was crazy good back in the day when you could flash a Rom almost every day of the week it seemed like. Well at least I don't need a charger everywhere like the isheeples do, and they really do. If you are on an iPhone right now I would suggest you find a charger because your phone is going dead[emoji106] Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  3. I'm still running android 7.1.1 by means of a package disabler I used to kill the system update processes because a root method was found for that version but the whole only charging to 80% has had me on the fence. Almost a year later and I am still not sure I want that to occur. My phone has been acting a little screwy lately so I was thinking it might just be time to take the update. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  4. It's sad really. It was good times while it lasted. I do the same thing and check xda periodically. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  5. Man I thought after a while things might change but Samsung really has a clenched fist on the bootloader of the Note 8 and now the 9 is emerging and I don't see any relief. Android has certainly changed a lot since I started with it. Is it this bad with other android devices too? Miss the good old days when you could rom up your phone whenever. Now I have been out of it so long I'm afraid to try anything. The xposed modules IMO were a big step forward because you could do similar things the rom devs were doing but still keep the device stock for the most part. I still have some of those features being non rooted but it just isn't the same anymore. Anyone feel the same? Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  6. Note 8 forum

    I started a couple of threads about the Note 8 but there really hasn't been much discussion about it. What kind of information are you looking for? Samsung is acting really crappy lately so their devices are not so popular these days. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  7. System Update

    Blocking root is foolish on their part. Android is a Linux based OS that the manufacturers are commercializing. If you have ever used a computer with Linux on it, obtaining "root" or superuser permission is a way of life. My Note 8 will probably be my last android from Sammy because they are being this way. In my situation I haven't taken the update they are pushing because I haven't rooted yet because of the only being able to charge the battery to 80% once rooted but Sammy will only let you delay an update for so much time before it will just force the update through. At some point I will decide to root it and after a little digging I think I found a way to keep the old version of android until I do decide to go that route. There are apps called package disablers which allow you to disable BS on your phone without having root. The ones I found on the play store are paid apps and I chose the BK one in particular because it has a good rating. The system packages can be dangerous to disable but the app does give you the ability to do so. It also shows you what is safe to disable like bloatware. After some digging I found the necessary packages in the system file to disable to prevent the OTA Sammy update and so far so good. The update pop-up is gone. Now on to disabling some bloatware. Sorry about the long post but I just wanted to share with you guys. Maybe some of you are in a similar boat. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  8. System Update

    They probably added a patch to block the root method. I don't know for sure but on the Note 8 they are rolling out patches that block root on it Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  9. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    Yeah what is the deal with the curved edges? I never saw any benefit and I still don't. Just makes the screen more susceptible to being broken IMO. I would say it is gorilla glass because my Note 3 had it and yes it does break and I can post pics to prove it even with a protective case on it. At least with the newer devices it doesn't go all the way down one side or another. This phone is 4 years old. Aside from the screen crack it looks great and I probably would still be using it now. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  10. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    So I got the Otterbox defender case for this device and while it is very protective the belt clip that came with it is not. In fact the only times it has hit the floor is when it fell out of the belt clip so the case is good but the clip is not. I also purchased the Bodyguardz pure arc screen protector because it has a good warranty on it and the OB case doesn't have one built in. It does its job but it looks terrible with the bubbles and dirt gets underneath it. The manufacturer says it only adheres around the edges which could be the problem possibly but they are working on a more solid adhesion. Also the screen seems to be less sensitive sometimes with this on it as I have found myself tapping simple things multiple times in some cases. Anyway just wanted to share some info. Peace and be merry Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  11. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    On a side note the Bixby button below the volume keys is a bit annoying but there is a Bixby button remapper app in the play store that allows you to change it to something more useful while completely disabling Bixby in the process. Also the edge tools that pop up from swiping from the far right to the left have a habit of getting unintentionally opened up quite often but that feature can be turned off easily enough. As far as rooting goes I'm not quite ready to take that plunge just yet. Just like the S8 when you root, the battery won't charge above 80%. This device is still too new for me to want to sacrifice that much battery life and maybe at some point there could possibly be a workaround for that. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  12. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    Here is the link to root method. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  13. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    Just wanted to start a thread discussing this newer device since nobody has talked about it here yet in the thread posts. I got one on October 3rd and I have to say I am pretty impressed with it. Even without having it rooted or with xposed it exceeded my expectations. Even TouchWiz seems smoother and less glitchy than I remember it to be. I'm still not used to the bombardment of ads but I will say that this device does have root already for the snapdragon and according to the dev on xda who posted the root method it will not trip the Knox fuse. I briefly caught the xda post on this root method while I was at work so I don't know a lot of specifics about it other than it is a bit of a process in which I plan to do more looking into this weekend. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  14. Living with a non rooted to adjust.

    Well since the device you're using now is newer hopefully root will eventually come for it. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  15. Living with a non rooted to adjust.

    I understand what you are dealing with PakRat as I have had root since the First galaxy s phone with eclair on it. I recently upgraded to a note 8 and it is a really great device but without root its a little lacking without adaway and Titanium. While it will probably get root eventually I probably won't see xposed on it but I can live with that as I only really used the wanam and YouTube ad blocking modules. On a side note I did find a firewall that works without having root in the play store made by Grey shirts. It's great for blocking apps you can't get rid of without root from accessing mobile data or wifi. Also for apps you use that don't need data access but will access it anyway you can block them as well. The app is older and it hasn't been updated in a while and it even says it doesn't work on LTE networks but I can confirm I have been using it since yesterday and it has been working on nougat. I just figured if you were stuck without root for a while this would be something to make it a little easier. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk