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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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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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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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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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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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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 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?

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, ...
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Application stuck in “Installing…” stage in Market

I'm having the problem mentioned in the title on my Samsung Galaxy S. I updated the app Dock Simulator and for some reason it got stuck while installing. Now it shows the scrolling green bar in the ...
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Any way to listen again to BBC radio?

I would love to listen again to BBC radio in the UK. There was an app called beebplayer for watching BBC TV as catch up, and for live radio, but not for radio listen again, although it has now been ...
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Rooted Phone but still can't uninstall Apps

So I finally temp-rooted my HTC Desire HD and set about trying to uninstall some of the stock apps that came with it (Stocks (no pun intended), Facebook for HTc and so on). But it won't let me - the ...
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Can a Factory Reset fix Malware Problem?

This recent story appeared on Slashdot regarding various malware apps that had invaded the Android Market. Google quickly removed them (and I was not infected - I don't typically download apps), but I ...
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Secure keyboard application from android market

Is it safe to install a keyboard application from android market that asks full internet access permission? Will it not lead to certain security risks? There are several free and paid keyboards that ...
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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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Can I build an APK from an installed app and its data?

I would like to take an installed app, including its data, from a rooted Android device and produce from it an APK suitable for installing on a non-rooted Android device. Is this possible? Edit: ...
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Why do App Locker apps need so many permissions? Am i safe?

I've been trying to password protect an app, and it seems that the permissions vary from app to app for App Lockers. Why do so many of them require full phone access? Is there any danger if i use a ...
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Can an android app cause my phone to reboot?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S (i500) running Android 2.3.5 Lately it has been rebooting randomly. Sitting on my desk and it just reboots, sometimes when I'm on the phone, etc. Does Android protect ...
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How secure are the “app password protection” apps?

I know there are a number of apps available that can password protect specified apps. I want to know how secure they really are. As far as I know, there aren't any exposed OS hooks in android to ...
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Why do the “Successfully updated” notifications disappear?

I noticed a weird behavior when updating applications with the newer Gingerbread (2.3.5?) and now Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3) builds. It might also be the case with other versions, but I have not seen ...
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How to circumvent the market compatibility check?

Sometimes I would like to install some App on my Notion Ink Adam but the Android Market says that my device is not compatible with the App. ATM I simply google for the specific App and search some ...
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Add me feature of Galaxy S

There is an interesting feature in the camera of Galaxy S phones, called Add me. Using this one can take photo of a person sitting in two postures in the same frame. (A normal photo is taken, the ...
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App to hand write notes [closed]

I am looking for an app that would be good for taking hand written notes on a 10 inch screen tablet The closest app that i found is "note everything" What makes it short of my requirements is ...
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Closing applications [duplicate]

I guess this has to do with our habit on desktop computers where we open an application use it close the application AFAIK there's no direct way from within the application to close it. And by ...
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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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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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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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Android 2.2: Avoid disappearing of home shortcuts to apps into SD card. Restore app list items

I'm using a Samsung Galaxy i5510. The space in internal memory was just about to finish so I decided to move some apps to the SD card. After I did it a lot of the apps moved (not all of them) ...
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What precisely is CloudAgent process? Its files eats space like crazy

I have bunch of usual stuff going on in my phone (Samsung Grand, Android 4.1.2) like app auto-updates, Twitter, Dropbox, etc. Most of the time it's clear what the network-related settings for them are ...
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What do CPU Total, CPU Foreground, and Keep awake mean?

I've been keeping an eye on my battery usage on my Android device (HTC One), mostly to see if I can drain it during a full work-day, and I came across the app usage details under the Power settings. ...
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How to keep Apps, that are banned from the offical market, up to date?

Sadly, a few fine Apps are banned from the official Market by Google (e.g. Transdroid): How can I keep those Apps up to date, without visiting the project sites regularly?
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Is there a WhosHere-style (location-based) social networking chat app for Android? [closed]

I like the WhosHere app for Apple iPhone iOS. Is there a similar social networking/chat app that uses location / gps to find people to chat or network with for Android? Here's some more info on the ...
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Rootless CLI Utilities

Do I have to root my android device to install command line utilities? I would really like to run Vim, among other programs on my phone. I have no reason not to root my phone, I just want to know if ...
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Why my app disappear at reboot?

When I reboot the phone, often, some of the apps a get generic icon and won't load anymore. A reinstall solves the problem but I'd rather not have to do that. Device is an Acer Liquid Metal with ...
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How can I know the directories used by an application

I've been testing some dictionaries the last few days and right now I've my SDCard with plenty of directories with many MB of data that belongs to those dictionaries. How can I find out for a ...
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If I uninstall an app do I lose the data?

I want to install Angry Birds from the Amazon App Store but all I get is errors. My guess is it's because I already have it installed. I'm afraid to uninstall just in case I lose the data. Any ideas?
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How to determine what applications are using what features on Android?

With its multi-tasking, it's easy to launch lots of applications on Android. I understand that background applications use fairly minimal resources, but they often activate features (GPS WiFi etc.) ...
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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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Is there a real “Gmail Tap” app?

Gmail Tap, one of Google's April fools, would give the phone a three-keys Morse keyboard. Is there a way to get this functionality for real, preferably for input to any fields?
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How to find app based on package name?

I've installed a malicious app that is posting ads over my notification bar, but can't find it. I know the java package name for it: com.letang.game103.en using the command: adb shell dumpsys ...
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Is there an Android app that scans a device for vulnerability issues?

Is there an application that scan the phone or the phone image searching for vulnerability issues? In the internet there are several tools that make Network scanning, but I found nothing specific for ...
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Does Android have a task scheduler?

Microsoft Windows has the Task Scheduler Manager to schedule tasks based on time or other events, as far Linux has cron to the same feature, does Android have something like? Could I install cron on ...
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In general, do Android apps use encrypted connections? If so, is public WiFi safer?

I know that connecting to public WiFi carries risks. I know that much of the risk has to do with sending data over a public connection, allowing it to be intercepted. So, my question is, do most ...
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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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What does the “@” symbol in the Running Applications/Services mean?

What does the "@" symbol in front of the time given in the right column of Running Applications/Services mean? See screenshot below. Phone: Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) OS: 4.2.2 Screenshot (click ...
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how to fake my personal information

I downloaded a game from Google Play. In the permission page, I noticed that it asks for my personal information. Allow this application to: Your personal information read sensitive log data. Why ...