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How can I stop applications and services from running?

When my phone starts up there are several application/services running in the background that I would rather not. And when I press the Home button while using an app, that app usually goes into the ...
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6answers
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View app's full package name?

I am using Android 4.0.3 and I can no longer find package name for some app. If I recall, I used to go to Applications and has been able to see it there. So, how can I see full package name of some ...
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8answers
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How can I install an app given only its APK file?

I downloaded the APK file for an app to my PC. How can I install it on my phone?
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What are the alternative Android app markets?

How many competing Android markets (other than the Play Store itself) are there and are they any good? Which ones do you use and why?
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App <X> isn't working correctly. How can I fix it?

I have an application that isn't working correctly. Either it's not launching, or not responding to commands, or some of the functionality isn't doing what I expect. What are some simple steps I can ...
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1answer
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Why are some apps on the market incompatible with my device?

I own a Motorola Flipout, Android 2.1 stock ROM. According to the market the app "Handyticket Deutschland" is not compatible with my phone. The required Android version is 1.5 or above. How can I tell ...
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Is it possible to install an app and exclude some of its requested permissions?

Occasionally I want to install an application which requires certain permissions that I feel it really shouldn't need. Can I install the app without giving it these permissions? For example, GPS ...
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4answers
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Where in the file system are applications installed?

I have installed a few Android applications both with the adb install MyApplication.apk command and via a webserver (like an alternative to Android Market). But where in the Android file system on my ...
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8answers
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Where can find older versions of Apps?

Is is possible to download older versions of Android applications? Is there some kind of online archive for all versions of Android apps? Like how you can find older versions of some Windows app.
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New phone: How to transfer game progress?

I'm planning to buy a new Android phone and I'd like to be able to transfer the progress I have made at several games to the new device, so I won't have to play all the levels again from scratch. I ...
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6answers
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What is the right way to close apps in Android?

I'm new to the Android platform, and this is probably a dumb question, but... How do you close an app? When I'm in an app, and I want to get out, I just click on "Home" and move on, but I just ...
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9answers
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How can I prevent applications from running on startup? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stop applications and services from running? I've installed some applications that I mostly like, except for the fact that they all decided they were too ...
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2answers
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Where Android apps store data?

Could you list all possible directories where Android apps may store data, providing description what kind of data are stored in each directory?
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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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2answers
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How to completely uninstall an app on Android Lollipop?

I am having a problem with uninstalling apps on Android 5.0 (Nexus 5). I am developing an Android app, so I debug/run the app directly on my device. For production, I exported the same app with my ...
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4answers
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How can I find app name by UID?

In "battery history" I have found that the app with UID 10058 is using a lot of battery. How can I find the name of the app with UID equal to 10058?
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2answers
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How can I deal with unwanted system applications without rooting?

There are a lot of system apps in my mobile that I do not use, and have no intention of ever using. I know that is is possible to uninstall system apps and bloatware with root, but is it possible ...
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4answers
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What does the “Force stop” button mean?

When I go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Downloaded I see an application list. If I select some applications I see button "Force stop" active, but some applications have ...
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How can I find a lost phone or help people return it?

I'm looking for an app like Where's My Droid to help locate a lost device. Ideally I'm hoping there is one that might have two specific features: The ability to display a message to the screen to ...
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5answers
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How can I get a overview and manage the default applications for file types?

Most OSs show a nice summary about which application will be used to open a certain file type. Android does not seem to have such a function. How can I track and manage the default applications?
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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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3answers
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How can I get apps from the Amazon app store from an unsupported region?

Currently, the Amazon app store appears to be US-only. Similar to How do I use the US Android Market, I want to know: How can I use the US Amazon Appstore? Market Enabler doesn't seem to work, and ...
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How to buy an app for a friend?

I would like to buy a game (well several copies of it really) for some of my friends for Christmas. Is there any way to do this? Would I have to rely on the publisher, or is there some way to "gift" ...
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Should apps take up any internal storage when installed to SD?

I'm running very low on interal phone memory storage - I'm down to 5 MB of the 180 MB available. I understand that not all apps can be installed into SD card, and those will instead use up my internal ...
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apps automatically starting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stop applications and services from running? I noticed that some apps automatically starts without me opening it. Some of them runs everytime I turn on the phone (...
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Error -504 on appliation installation

Yes. I've read all other questions regarding this problem. Like this one: Error 504 when downloading apps from Play Store? It's the same problem as this one but with more background information and an ...
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Are the apps safe? How can I make my Android more secure?

Are the apps on the Android Market checked or audited? If I search Google for "hardening Android", the best hit I can find is Google Android Hardening Checklist. What's your opinion regarding this? ...
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1answer
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How do you disable system apps in Android 4.x.x (and up)?

I heard you can "freeze" or "disable" system apps starting in Android 4.0 without rooting. How do you do it?
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Is it possible to have multiple instances of the same app (logged in to different accounts)?

Is it possible to have multiple instances of the same app (logged in to different accounts)? Example: I want Instagram A logged in to Account A (personal), and Instagram B logged in to Account B (...
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Android App initial release date

When you are viewing an app in Google Play store, it displays the following : Updated, Size, Installs, Current Version, Requires Android, and Rating. I am trying to do some research and figure out ...
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Why app updates download entire app instead of only “updates”?

I find it rather strange that for updating an app in Android (or even iOS) the entire app is downloaded instead of only the actual "Updates". The reason I find this strange is because in Windows ...
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5answers
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How to keep two versions of an app installed?

Android Market has just updated an app in my device. I liked the update, but its fully different from last version which was also my favorite. So, I want to keep last version too. I have last version'...
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4answers
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Possible to turn on Airplane mode with WiFi on only?

I know the definition of Airplane mode is all communications and radio signals are blocked. But is it possible to turn off the "calling/receiving" part of the phone so your phone is not connecting to ...
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3answers
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How to recover apps from a factory reset?

I have some apps installed on my device and I want to perform a factory reset. Is there a simpler way to re-install my applications after the reset (with the least possible number of user ...
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3answers
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Is there a reliable way to detect the app responsible for an Airpush ad?

I noticed the other day that my Xoom's notification bar has started receiving Airpush ads (which is what it sounds like - push notifications that are really ads). I'm rather philosophically opposed to ...
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1answer
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How to install apps which are targeted for another country? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I circumvent regional restrictions in the Android Market? I'd like to install an app from the Market which is limited to the USA (specifically Google Music). When I ...
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1answer
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How do I know when an app was used in Android?

Is there any way to tell when an app was being used in an Android phone? I am specifically interested in the camera and gallery functions. I believe my roommate went through my photos without asking, ...
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4answers
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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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Can I install apps on phone without using the Android Market?

I have this Huawei Device that does not come with the Android Market installed. Is there any work-around for this? As in how can I install Android Apps without the Android Market? Is there a way to ...
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2answers
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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 to make run only a single application with all other application stopped?

I basically want how to stop all other applicationa when my specific apllication is running. It's like in a BITSAT exam, when we log on for the quiz we cannot access internet and we can't access any ...
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1answer
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How to move Applications from phone to SD Card?

I have recently purchased Sony Xperia Tipo Dual phone, I couldn't find to move the apps to SD card. We can able to move the Apps from phone standard memory to Phone Internal Memory. Can any one give ...
2
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1answer
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Open an app on startup/after booting

I need to force a selected application to start up each time my Android-based device is (re)started. Is there anything I can use (configuration setting, external application etc.) to accomplish this ...
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4answers
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Useful or cool Tasker recipes [closed]

In a similar vein to this question, I'm interested in finding any useful recipes for Tasker. I've found several profiles and "Step Throughs" on their wiki, but would be interested in any others that ...
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6answers
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How can I study or prepare myself for an exam with the help of my Android device?

I want to learn a language or prepare for an exam with the help of my Android phone or tablet. Are there any efficient and fun methods out there to do so?
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How can I track app usage?

Is there a way to show usage stats for installed applications on my Android phone? I'd like to know how much I use my apps and if there are any I can get rid of (because I don't use them).
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2answers
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How can I make my phone/tablet ring remotely without a SIM card?

I appear to have lost my Streak somewhere in my apartment, and I can't call it since I don't have a SIM card in it. I've remotely installed Plan B just because, but unfortunately the GPS coordinates ...
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Discrepancy between sizes of apps listed in Play Store vs. actual installed app size

The Play Store lists the size of all apps available in their store. When a user downloads and installs apps, the actual sizes reported by Android are often larger than the sizes listed by the Play ...
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What kind of app optimizations do newer Android versions do at the first reboot?

I received from my phone carrier, Vodafone IT, the official OTA Google update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 on my Nexus S. When automatically rebooting for the first time after the update, the ...
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How can I store Android apps on my SD card?

I just got my 3rd Android phone, the problem is that I must reinstall all my applications every time I get a new phone. Is there any way to store the apps on the SD card so that I can insert the new ...