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How to pay for my kids apps?

Here is the story. I have two kids (5-7 years), they have their Android tablets... and I have the credit card. I have created two google accounts, each for one tablet. I want to buy apps for them, but ...
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How practical it is to use an Android phone, bypassing Google completely?

One of the first things that I noticed on my Nexus One as I turned it on the first time, was GMail, Talk, Voice, Maps, Google Calendar and many other Google based services. I know that even on a ...
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What exactly is synced with Google?

If you enable syncing to Google, what exactly is synced in a more technical way? E.g. about syncing app data, I guess there is just one standard path synchronized? Has anyone seen a more technical ...
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Google Maps timeline feature not working

When I was trying to connect my past timeline events, I encountered an awkward situation. It says "Can't connect to Maps, try again". Does anybody know why I'm getting this error? Is there any way to ...
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Removing all google data except the play store

My main android device is a phone. I recently aquired a tablet which I don't really use for email, calendars, etc. Therefore I want none of that data on the tablet. I have disabled sync for all ...
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Where to check what apps I have purchased

I got a statement from my bank and I have 2 transactions I do not know what they are. Google *E-Commerce Ltd GOOGLE.COM of 15.99 Normally I have a text, which indicates what app or service I ...
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Why does Google always need personal data? [closed]

Whenever there is an app from Google Inc in the Android market, I am uncomfortable with their permission levels: Why do they always need read/write permissions to personal data/contacts and all our ...
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Does Google Photos allow for “Hidden” albums or photos?

I have not found anywhere in Google Photos to "hide" and album, collection, or specific photo from view under any given context. Is there a setting or workaround that will allow a user to select ...
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List of all Google™ app developer ids

Google Inc "owns" most of the apps made by Google for Android. However, there are notable ones that most would consider Google apps, such as Ingress by NianticLabs@Google Sky Map by Sky Map Devs. ...
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Is there a way to turn off app updates when global and app-specific autoupdate setting is already set to Never/Off?

On Monday, January 18th, 2016, on a never-network-locked-or-branded Nexus 5, I've noticed that the Google Chrome app was suddenly updated, together with the user-installed "My Cricket" and one other ...
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Selective syncing with Google?

By default if you sync with Google, contacts, calendar, app data and wifi keys are synchronized. Is it possible to synchronize only some of these things, e.g. only calendar and contacts? Thanks :-)
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What is Google Partner Setup?

What does the Google Partner Setup app that is pre-installed on almost every Android device actually do? Why does it need each of those intrusive permissions, especially the Phone permission? Why ...
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How to troubleshoot “okay google everywhere” missing from voice settings?

This is what I see: (Click image to enlarge) And this is what I would like to see: I am using Motorola Moto G 3rd generation (2015), 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage; XT1541 I have already tried a few ...
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How to stop dialogs telling me to turn on the ability of Google apps to access my location?

This phone I have been using for years and flashing it with different ROMs, mostly CM. However, I think at the switch from CM 10.2 to CM11 it started giving me this insanely annoying message: In a ...
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How to suppress these “Application needs installed” notifications from Google Maps?

Since the last Google Maps update, it periodically shows an “Application needs installed: Request of install from Google Maps” airpush notification begging me to install Google Play services. I do ...
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What specifically prevents OTAs from being taken on modified /systems, and why can't it be shut off?

I have had a constant nightmare with not being able to take OTAs on any of my (rooted) devices. They boot into TWRP, complain about the build fingerprint, and won't install, so I have to wait for a ...
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How to remove the picture next to my name in gmail

here is my problem. I recently bought an samsung s4 Active. When I started using it I noticed that there was a random picture next to my name on all my outgoing emails from my phone. The picture is a ...
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Deleted pictures keep coming up

I am trying to import my pictures from my Samsung Note 4 to my laptop. But I have a problem with the whatsapp images folder. The pictures showing on my mobile screen are not the same shown on my pc ...
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Android Wear “Google” app only shows weather info

I have been using my Sony SWR50 smart watch for about a week now and all is working just fine, everything syncs up as you'd expect. However when I use the "swipe up" gesture to bring up the Google ...
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Google Keyboard Tab Key

Any way to get a tab character out of a Google Keyboard on Android? Checking through the various character sets etc. find nothing. Searching the Internet finds nothing relevant. The goal is to ...
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Set my phone contacts to sync to Google not Google to phone

I want to set my phone to pull contacts from my Google Contacts so that it uses google as a master. I organised my contacts on Google Contacts page and when I synced my phone it messed everything up ...
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Why don't the capitalization voice commands work in the Google app?

The capitalization, quotation marks, and some punctuation marks don't work for me In the Google app. Is there some additional software I should know about? Thanks.
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How do I separate contacts from work and personal Google accounts?

I have two Google accounts, one for work and a personal one for my Android phone. I have both accounts synced to my phone because I often have work to do on the road. I recently noticed while logged ...
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Disable emoji suggestions when using gesture typing with the default Google Keyboard

I use gesture (swipe) typing on my phone to enter text. However, sometimes when I enter certain words, the keyboard suggests emoji icons instead of the word I typed. For example, when I gesture type ...
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How do I retrieve my contacts from my google account to my phone!

So I saved all my contacts by selecting the google account instead of saving on the phone. But I removed the accounts from the phone, and when i added back the accounts to the phone, i could not find ...
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How to revert Hangouts to Google Talk in Samsung S4

I just updated my Android version to 4.3. However, Google Talk is replaced by Hangouts automatically. I don't like Hangouts, since I cannot see friends who are online/offline. I wish to revert to ...
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Are Nexus the only one that receive OS update directly from Google and not from Telecom / Phone Manufacturer?

According to a comment made to this article as shown below: They already do that. Its called the Nexus One, secondly the Nexus S, and thirdly, now the Galaxy Nexus..... they all receive OS updates ...
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Google Voice Search requiring internet access even when offline speech recognition pack is installed

When installed, the Google app includes Voice Search. In the settings for Voice Search, there is an option to install Offline speech recognition packs. Despite doing this, Voice Search is still ...
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Check if Google Play Service is up to date

I have a Sony Xperia Z3 compact, and when I trying to broadcast my video live on YouTube from Xperia , I sign in with Google+ account and I received "Error when trying to sign in, please check if ...
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Why does Google Now display my “Home” and “Work” locations inaccurately?

I'm in my home all day, every day, as are my internet-capable devices such as phone, Chromebook, etcetera, etcetera. Yet, when I click the magic wand at the bottom of Google Now (settings), it ...
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Disabling the Google App

A while back, I disabled the Google App (com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox). IIRC, disabling the app caused some problems which I discovered over time. Unfortunately, all my notes on the topic ...
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Change input from analog to digital clock in Google apps

So Google changed their alarm clock and calendar a while ago so that instead of entering exact numbers with a numpad (left image), you have to start searching for the exact spot to touch in a radial ...
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Google Search Bar Widget is gone from Galaxy S5, it is not in the widgets section anymore

My Google Search Bar went missing (I did not delete it). Every fix says to hold down the home screen and re-add it, however, it is NOT in the widgets section anymore. It is completely missing. I've ...
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Google drive only backup new photos

How can I only backup photo's I make after I turned on automatic backup?
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How did my niece's face end up on my daughter's body after being backed up to Google photos?

We took family pictures with my S3 which came out fine. After checked the backed up photos in Google photo I notice that my niece's face had been transposed onto my daughter so that it looks line my ...
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How to prevent my Google account from acting like it's from the US?

I'm from the Czech Republic and via some proxy I made my Google account look like a US-based one to try Google music etc. Now Google music with all access arrived in my country and it's cheaper than ...
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Why does Setup Wizard transmit/receive data even long after the Android device has been set up?

Even weeks after Android devices (tested on KitKat) have been set up, Setup Wizard still gets called frequently. Using Xprivacy, it is clear that Setup Wizard frequently connects to Google servers. ...
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Google Play Music : Error retrieving information from server [RPC:S-7:AEC-0 xxxx-xxxx-xxxxx]

When trying to subscribe to the trial of Google Play Music, I came accross this error. I *had 2 accounts (removed secondly account while trying to resolve issue), primary is the only one active. ...
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Different coloured journeys on location services

On google location services, my journeys are shown in dark blue, light blue and grey. Is there some significance to this?
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Google Music eating battery life while idle

Device: X9076 Find7, Nameless ROM 5.1 gMusic is hammering my device. Normal battery burn is about 4.8% per hour. Fine, I can live with that no problem. I've used GMAA since it became available but ...
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How to regain access to Google after phone is found?

I lost my Android phone but after a few days someone returned it to me. Unfortunately, in the mean time I had blocked my SIM, and blocked my Google and Facebook accounts from using that phone device. ...
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How long does an erase message sent from Android Device Manager last; when can I turn it back on?

I lost my phone recently and sent an erase message from Android Device Manager. I got my phone back and, because the battery was flat, it hadn't gone through. I had cancelled phone and had no WiFi, so ...
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Android x86 (Lollipop 5.0.2) stuck on logo during boot

I downloaded Android Lollipop x86 for my Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965 and installation went perfectly. I pressed reboot when it was finished and the GRUB menu was there and I started Android. ...
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WiFi network in range, but could not be connected!

In my mobile phone (CyanogenMod 11-M12, Galaxy SIII I9300), in WiFi section my WiFi SSID is shown and under its name is Save, secured with WPA/WPA2. WiFi is ON. If I press SSID, a pop-up ask me to ...
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Official Google Android OTA Links

Today, I felt the right time to OTA-update my out of date Nexus 5 from 4.4.4 to 5.0. It worked pretty well and I found the required image within seconds. What I'm curious about is where to get the ...
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Android default keyboard phoning home to Google?

I installed CyanogenMod 11 on my HTC One (M8) the other day and, so far, have only installed DAVdroid for contact synchronization and Network Log. So, out of curiousity, I let Network Log run when I ...
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Contacts phone numbers disappeared after sync to google

After synchronising with Google, all contacts that have phone numbers associated with them disappeared. I tried to enter a new contact just to test this. If I sync again the new entry disappears as ...
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Google Play Services has access to my car speed

Digging around in my Note 4 settings and discovered under location that the Google Play Services has access to my car speed? Really??? Why would Google need to know how fast I drive?? What if any ...
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Purchased music won't play without wifi

Why won't the songs I purchase from Google play actually play without wifi? I have set the settings to download without wifi. I don't care about the data. I don't like waiting until I get home to be ...
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Multiple devices on a single Google account - App/Setting Syncing

I have a few Google Nexus devices that are all set up with the same Google Play account. They are all set to backup and restore and when setting up new devices they seem to pull down all the most ...