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How can I make sure I've quit a specific app?

As far as I know, some apps quit by pressing the Back button while on the main screen of that app; and some quit by pressing the Menu button and selecting Quit. Should I always first check the Menu ...
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Deauthorize an app

I installed MightyText the other day. But I haven't used it so I uninstalled it. Then I remembered it required links to my Google account - so I went to Google Account security. But it doesn't list ...
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How can I use the Android Paid Market from a region where it's not available yet? [duplicate]

I live in scandinavia and the Market for paid applications is not available here yet. Is there any way I can enable it? Or a workaround?
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Why does Google Search suddenly need a lot more permissions?

I obviously have Google Search installed on my stock Nexus 4, however, a recent update for this app appears to require no less than 11 new permissions. Google does not appear to give any explanation ...
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When I back out of an app is it still using up my data?

When I am coming out of an app such as facebook, do I just back out of it and is it still using up my data?
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“incompatible” apps through google play market

Just a quick one here, I've recently installed gingerbread to my HD2 using cyanogenmod 7, previous to this I was running froyo through a different mod. My problem is this, many of the market apps ...
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How can you determine what programs you installed last?

Following my question about logs I wonder if there is a way to determine the last updates and applications which have been installed. Does Android keep a chronological list of installed programs and ...
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Application Always Downloading

I notice sometimes an app (in this case Dropbox) is always downloading when I go into Market > Downloads. I even uninstalled it. So it doesn't appear in my application list but it still says ...
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Is there a way to erase my personal data without losing my apps?

I have an ADP1 running 2.2.1, and used it with my Google Account. I have to give it to a friend, and want to erase all my personal data viz. email, chat logs, photos in the gallery synced with picasa, ...
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Choosing apps to load and remove from memory when using Android

I'm not a programmer. And as far as I know, Android uses as much RAM as possible, loading as many apps as possible, so that launching / opening (or returning to them) is smoother. My question is: Is ...
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Is there way to view two applications split screen on Android tablets?

Is there way to use two applications simultaneously on split screen on Android tablets? It would be great to put tablet to vertical position open navigation software to upper part of screen and music ...
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What's the difference between the various lost phone apps?

I want to get a security app for my phone. I mostly need something in case my phone gets lost or stolen. Researching this I have found several apps: iTag WaveSecure LookOut I am sure there are ...
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Is there any app which can tell which app is using internet? [duplicate]

I have installed lots of apps on my phone. For the last couple of weeks i am facing one issue. Even when i am not using internet infact even when i am not using my phone at all, a window pops up and ...
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Can CSS be over ridden on Android the same way userContent.css works on Firefox?

This is related to another question I posed recently, but I thought I should keep issues separate and specific. On a desktop computer running Firefox, one can create a file called "userContent.css" ...
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Is there a good app that lets me to the app updates in one go?

Right now in the market you have to manually update each app, is there an app that automates this?
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How do I uninstall an application?

If I want to completely uninstall an application from the home screen or list of applications; how do I do it?
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What are the advantages of Android apps being single threaded?

I read a statement on http://developer.android.com that said: When an application is launched, the system creates a thread of execution for the application, called "main." This thread is very ...
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how to identify and change apps which are set as startup items

I am coming from Windows back-ground (never used Linux), and HTC Wildfire is my first Android phone. I can see that many app like Facebook for HTC Sense, Flickr, Footprints, Friend Stream, Gmail, ...
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Given that every application runs as a separate user, what happens when you want to add a new user account?

According to this, every application in Android runs as a separate kernel-level user, with a unique user ID and group ID. So, what happens under the hood when you add a new user (e.g. to your shared ...
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Why are Android games so much smaller than iPhone games?

I compared the size of some Android games with the size of iPhone games and I was quite surprised. For example Asphalt 6 is 6.1mb large on Android and 515mb on the iPhone according to the store ...
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How can I force the Market to reinstall an installed app?

I have an app, installed from the Market, which I just updated. The "updating" notification was present for several hours, so it appears to have gotten stuck somehow. I believe it now claims to be ...
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Application folder naming convention

I was just wondering why the naming of some folders on android is such: com.dropbox.android com.android.browser
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What Launcher app lets me put the most on one screen?

I'm currently using LauncherPro which lets me have 4x5 icons and a bar at the bottom of my home screen. Are there any alternative Launcher apps that will let me cram more in?
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Moving installation location on non rooted Android 5 Lollipop device

I have a Moto G (2nd generation) with Android 5.02 on it. Internal SD card is about 8Gb and I have an external SD card with 16Gb free space. Moving application to SDCARD from the application's menu ...
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Where do I find the minimum requirements for an app?

I was trying to install a new app from Google Play on my computer, but a message told me that the app wasn't compatible with my device. No more information was given. Can someone please tell me where ...
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Service for sharing list of installed apps

I'm thinking of web app for sharing lists of installed / recommended apps with people. Optional comment for each app on how/when/why it's useful. Something a bit similar to usesthis.com, but for ...
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How to get the installation date and time of application?

I want to find the installation date and time of the applications in my mobile. Where is it stored? In Ubuntu it can be found from the /var/log/dpkg.log. What about Android? I am using Android 4.1.2.
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App to ask question on stackexchange? [duplicate]

Is there any application to ask question on stackexchange as well, instead of just monitoring a user timeline to get notifications?
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Where are the .apk files of currently installed apps stored on my Android device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where in the file system are applications installed? How can I view the .apk files of currenly installed apps on my android phone?
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How can I prevent an app being uninstalled from the Play Store?

In our organisation, we are providing Android tablets to some users. There is an app we have installed on the devices that we don't want users to be able to remove. I have searched for "app lock" in ...
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Import data from ColorNote app?

I have lost my Android phone but I have backup of my SD-card on which I have backup of my ColorNote app. How can I get all my notes from that backup? NOTE: I am using iPhone now so don't have a ...
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How to uninstall an application without removing the user data?

The title says it all. Say I have an application, a game for instance. Which I wish to uninstall from my phone, and reinstall sometime in the future. However, I don't want my game save to be lost. ...
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Check what storage an app uses?

Is there a way to check what storage a third party application is using? i.e which of these it uses?
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Alternative market app without country limitations

I want to download Apps from the US for researching purposes. A co-worker of mine could do that by installing an alternative Market. He did not have a rooted phone and probably got that app from the ...
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Tablet Market: How to know if a game supports tablet size?

I'm shopping the android market on my tablet (TF Prime) but can't seem to find anywhere if an app/game support tablet size. I don't want to spend money on a game that is zoomed so much that I can ...
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My alarm clock program is no longer installed. Can I re-download it?

I have an HTC Incredible 2. I went to check my alarm clock before I went to sleep last night by pressing the clock on the home screen and nothing happened. It usually opens up my alarm clock. After ...
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How do I run an AIR app on the device?

I've installed Adobe Air, and I have a few AIR apps that I have built over time and am curious to see how they will look running on the device, but am not clear on how to install them. I uploaded the ...
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How to migrate applications to other user account without downloading the applications again?

I created a new user in Nexus 7 but it doesn't have any applications already installed in primary user. I don't want to move/share any app data like scores/progress. I want the apps/games to appear as ...
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If I install something from Google Play, can I be sure it can uninstall itself?

So recently bought an Android tablet, having first had an iPhone. So with Apple's strategy, apps seem quite restricted. They can really only do a couple of minor things outside of the app (like ...
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What is Blackmart, and is it legitimate?

I have an HTC One X. I want to install the Blackmart app, but I'm a little wary about its implications. Can it safely be installed without it messing up root security? Is it a legitimate app source?
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Buying apps and entering credit card number via 3G/GPRS. Is it secure enough?

As title. Of course using Android market and the Google Checkout payment. By the way, how about other market-like apps?
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Copying applications between phones?

Is it possible to easy copy applications between phones (eg. two HTCs via bluetooth) and get them running fine? Or apps just need to be downloaded from AM each time because of some installation ...
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Why does every app has/needs the permission “Send MMS” and “Send Email”?

So, I recently bought Elephone P8000 which has Android 5.1 installed. One of the first things I noticed was the new "App Permissions". After installing a few of my standard apps, I was curious and ...
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Determine which app is drawing on top of other apps?

Is there a way to determine which application is drawing on top of other applications? For example, Facebook Messenger app can draw the chat bubbles on top of everything, but how do I know which app ...
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How to list my recently updated apps

I would like to be able to see a list of my apps sorted the date the app was last updated. Descending order is preferred, but honestly I'll take anything. One use case: Earlier today I had two apps ...
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Why can apps access the whole SD card?

Is there a technical reason for why apps that only need their own data are not limited to one folder? I do realise that some apps use other apps' data, but I'd be much more likely to install an app ...
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How do I find a list of open applications / switch to open applications

Where can I find a list of open applications ? Is it possible to switch to them using that ?
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How to transfer installed apps from one account to another

On my Note 2 I have two accounts configured my.email@gmail.com my.work.email@company.com Usually I have the Play Store configured to buy/install apps under my.email@gmail.com but somehow it got ...
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How can I purchase apps from the Amazon Appstore without downloading them?

I've been procrastinating on swapping out my full 2 GB SD card for a 16 GB one I have, so I can't install many apps at the moment. It's annoying to have to wait for a download and cancel the install ...
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Reading list manager? [closed]

Does anyone know of an app for managing a reading list? Features I'd like to get include being able search names and authors from some kind of book database, link to common book sellers (Amazon, ...