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How do I delete an email in Gmail from the notification screen?

The latest Gmail app update (26 MAR 2013) introduced a feature for devices running Android 4.1 (Jellybean) and higher wherein a user could directly archive / reply to an email from within the ...
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Is the data associated with an app cleared when an app is uninstalled?

The data associated with an app which we see when we go to Applications > Manage Applications > application, is it cleared when we hit "Uninstall" or is it left untouched by the uninstaller? The ...
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How to allow apps to delete SD card content

I have Android version 5.0 on two different devices and on both, if I delete any user content (e.g. photos, music) stored on the SD card it appears to be removed but moments later reappears exactly as ...
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How do you delete thousands of text messages at once?

I have a HTC vivid and need to delete about 30,000 texts. Every time I try to do it, it freezes my phone. The same thing happens when I try to create a backup.
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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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Mails deleted in android gmail app are not deleted from server

I have installed android on my HT device.. when I delete the mails from android gmail app, they are still available on server and i can see them using gmail web page.. can anyone give me solution? ...
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What will happen if I “Clear data” for the “Settings” app? (com.android.settings)

I'm on a stable (Installer) build of Cyanogenmod 11 on a Galaxy Nexus, and for a while I've not been able to access 'Settings' at all - tapping on it to try to open it, gives me a "Unfortunately, ...
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How to Securely Delete Data from Phone and Card

I'm planning on selling my current Android (2.2) device and was wondering what is the best way to remove all of my data from the phone and memory card. Will a factory reset do it? What about ...
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How can I delete ALL alarms in the stock Clock app?

How can I delete ALL alarms in the stock Clock app? I see that you can delete them one-by-one, but I have 50+ (created regularly with voice commands), and I'd like to get rid of them in one action.
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What really happens during a factory reset? Does it securely erase all data?

When you "factory reset" an android phone, are you formatting the phone storage by securely erasing all data and writing over them with zeroes, or are you simply deleting the files by hiding them from ...
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How to get a confirmation when deleting images?

I just bought the LG G4 (Android Lollipop) and I'm pretty concerned that there's no confirmation "dialog" or something when we delete images in the Gallery. Something like "Are you sure?". Because ...
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Contents of .bookmark_thumb1

I've got one of these folders on my HTC Desire 2.3 and I'm assuming that it's standard across all devices. It looks to contain screenshots of pages that I have visited using the built in browser and ...
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Is there a way to detect that SMS text messages have been deleted, or is there a text message deletion history?

I don't know if this is possible, but is there a way to detect that SMS text messages were deleted on an android phone, specifically the Samsung Galaxy S4 phone, Android OS 4.2? I'm not looking to ...
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Delete all music NOT in playlist?

I have a playlist of favorite music on my phone. It's time I got I'm of all the others that I regularly skip and never listen to. How can I select all music that is NOT in that playlist in order yo ...
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How can I delete AVG Antivirus on my Xperia Z1?

I have installed AVG Antivirus Free Edition, but when I go to setting to delete it I can't do it, neither the data, only I can delete the cache. If I go to google play and to AVG Free edition there ...
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Is there a native way to find all the installed apps that have access to a phone feature?

Is there a native way to filter installed apps by permission (features they have access to)? For example, filter all the apps that have access to the camera. Looking to delete all the apps that have ...
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How do I delete all data from my Android phone?

My phone has got some error and I am returning it to the service center. As my phone contains my personal data, images and videos I would like to erase them so that they can never be recovered (even ...
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Is there a way to eliminate Google Play Books / Newsstand?

I've never used Books or Newsstand, and I'm continually running out of space. Is there a way to just delete these apps? Android 4.1.2 Kernel 3.0.31-889555
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How to delete synchronized pictures?

I've chosen allow Google to synchronize information from my email to my phone, but the result is not as interesting as it sounds! I see some pictures in the Gallery that I wouldn't have in my phone, ...
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How do I delete a file from my Xoom?

I downloaded a drawing app for my Xoom and it saves the pictures to the local device (called "SD Card" even though it is internal space). How do I delete those files? I can find them to attach to ...
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How do I empty the Downloads Folder

My internal sd card is full because the downloads folder my browser saves stuff to contains a bunch of old files. How do I empty this downloads folder in android?
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How to clear a Folder (e.g. Downloads) automatically on a regular/scheduled basis?

There is a folder on an Android phone that continually fills with junk. Instead of clearing that folder manually on a regular basis, how can I setup up a way to have that folder be automatically ...
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If I delete all photos on my phone, will contacts pictures also be deleted?

If I delete all photos on my phone, will contacts pictures also be deleted? I have pictures that I use for some of my contacts. The picture is what shows up when they call or if I text them (the ...
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SMS messages won't delete no matter what

I have a phone which has thousands of SMS. Now it's very difficult to delete them all and the SMS app always hangs. I have tried the following to no avail: Select All SMS > Delete Downloaded SMS ...
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How can I erase whole phone securely? [duplicate]

How can I erase my phone completely and securely before selling it for someone else? I have read that secure deletion procedures used on regular hard disks are ineffective on flash drives connected ...
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Can I retrieve files from the voice recorder app after they've been deleted?

Is there any way I can retrieve files that were accidentally deleted from the voice recorder on an HTC Thunderbolt?
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Restrict/remove delete functionality

Is there any way to remove delete functionality from the easily accessible UI components, especially the photo gallery? It's way too easy to access and delete things you shouldn't, e.g. friends trying ...
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Find unused contacts

As I've moved from phone to phone over the years I've built up a fairly unmanageable contact list. I'm trying to delete old contacts that I no longer need, but I hate having text messages with no ...
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Can the disk digger app restore a file even after factory reset

I recently read about how disk digger app works for android, I wanted to know if the app could search the memory and find the deleted files even after doing factory reset?
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Unable to delete file on sdcard

Can anyone tell me what the file and folders are in the picture below? I can't do anything or delete these files and folders. They are coming into my external sd-card. If I format the sdcard they are ...
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Safe to remove 'OpenFeint' folder?

Given that OpenFeint seems to no longer be in service (OpenFeint service shutting down Dec 14), was wondering if it is safe to remove the OpenFeint folder from the phone. The main reason is that for ...
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Do I have any chance to recover this video?

Using Samsung Galaxy ACE s5830 Android 2.3.6 Well I made a mistake. I was recording an important video with my smartphone (the default video recorder) and then I put the cellphone close to my chest. ...
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Will deleting my whatsapp account delete my messages from my contacts phone?

I wanted to know if my messages will still be visible to the people I sent them to in the past when I delete my whatsapp account. I basically want my whatsapp messages to be deleted from their phone.
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How can I delete my /sdcard/.xiaoniubook/ directory?

I downloaded a free book app from the Android Market and it installed just fine, but when I went to open it it told me I needed to try to delete the /sdcard/.xiaoniubook/ directory and restart my ...
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How do I get rid of synced contacts?

I want to get rid of the contacts that were synced through my Skype, Facebook, and Gmail accounts. How do I do this? I don't want to factory reset my phone, but if I have to....
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How to delete everything?

My phone is either infected or simply has an error in one of my apps and gives me the com.android.phone stopped error (plus the one like 44 01 21, don't remember exactly). I took phone to the ...
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What does deleting a file really do? [closed]

When I run an app, select a file, and choose "delete" what happens then: the file is moved to trash (and later is removed by OS when some conditions are met) the file is removed from the filesystem ...
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Why is Music Player deleting my music?

I recently installed a new SD card in my phone, so I moved all of my music from my phone to my SD. After I moved my music, I noticed that all of my soundtracks were corrupted. Each of them only had ...
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Can I delete Zinio pdf files?

There are password protected page1.pdf, page2.pdf, etc... under mnt/sdcard/com.zinio.mobile.android.reader/9380198313/123123231/32123213 etc... Can I delete them?
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Wipe /data/ but not /data/media/ through ADB shell or fastboot

I know I can use fastboot -w or fastboot erase userdata, but these erase /data/media/, the internal storage which is located at /data/media/0/..., which I don't want. Is there a way that doesn't ...
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Touchwiz deleted Galaxy S Duos. Phone doesnt work beyond language setting

I have a Samsung Galaxy S Duos with Root access. Recently I removed Touchwiz through Root Uninstaller. After uninstalling, the phone screen went blank. The only thing visible was the notification bar ...
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Delete a path too long

An unstable version of Android 5.1.1 caused a bootloop on my phone. I fixed things, but after the incident the 0 directory located inside /storage/emulated/0 dived DEEPLY DOWN. Now I can't delete ...
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how to really permanently delete everything on samsung s4 active?

I will give my phone to technical service due to a problem on battery. I am a little paranoid about technical service employee and don't trust them in terms of personal privacy. I read that factory ...
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Whatsapp delivered message a deleted message

I deleted a Whatsapp message that I sent while my phone was offline and the clock sign was there , I did not see the single tick sign (meaning that the message supposedly did not leave my phone). ...
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I Deleted files on internal storage but free space remains the same

I noticed I had 623MB free in my internal storage so I connected my Android to my Laptop and navigated to the Thumbnails folder which had lot of files and was big in size. I selected all files and ...
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Getting rid of upgrade message

I have an HTC One m7 and had the Google Plus+ Edition 5.0.1 & 5.1 ROM flashed, but recently I flashed the SlimKat version of SlimROMS but I still get a message to upgrade to Android 5.1 but it ...
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Is multi encryption a good way to wipe all traces of personal data before selling the phone?

I am going to sell my phone. It's a Samsung Galaxy S4 i9505 from Germany running Android 5.0.1 "Lollipop". What I have done so far is to encrypt, reset, run camera until memory was full to override ...
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Command to delete full sentences or dictation session?

Is there a way to delete entire sentences when using voice recognition? Perhaps the functionality I am asking about doesn't even exists?
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Unable to delete a file in /data/data with root permissions

I own a Moto G which is in 5.0.2 with KK bootloader. An app created a folder in /data/data which sustains in the memory even after uninstallation of the app. I couldn't remove the folder in any way. ...
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Delete a homescreen on Motorola Moto G

I wondered how I could remove an empty homescreen on a Motorola Moto G with Android 4.4 (Kitkat).. I tried to de-zoom, like I used to do with my older android phone (galaxy S3), but it doesn't work. ...