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Galaxy S3 is unable to transfer files over USB: “USB device not recognized”

I have Galaxy S3 with baseband version I9300XXLFB and I'm having problems when it is connected to the PC. I cannot transfer or retrieve any files or data over USB. When I plug it in to my PC, it ...
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The News Feed's Problem

The news feed doesn't update what my friends like or comment. Does Friendcaster have this feature? How can I set up for it to work?
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Font on my AMOLED display has white border

I noticed that text on my Galaxy S3 is bad looking. This is how it should look And this is how it is looking On the second image you can see white border around every letter.. But, when I ...
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Can't perform a reboot or factory reset on Samsung s3 after recent update

Early December update performed on Samsung Galaxy s3. Since then, the Samsung logo is stuck on screen. Attempted reboot, says it's rebooting, then the android figure shows up on screen an says No ...
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How to factory reset S3 with screen not working but phone working?

My phone turns on, I hear notifications when I receive SMS (as sound works) but the screen is damaged. Nothing displays at any time and I cannot interact with touch. I have replaced my damaged phone ...
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Text Message Sequence

I am receiving my text messages but they are not in sequence. The reply to my question ends up above the questions instead of below. How do you fix it?
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Owner Information on Galaxy S3

I just had a software upgrade on my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone. The Android version is 4.3. How do I update the owner information on the locked screen? There is no option under "security" in the ...
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Samsung Galaxy S3 WiFi Connectivity Problems with SOME Wireless Networks

I have a new Samsung Galaxy S3 that plays well with my wireless network at home and elsewhere but has major connectivity issues with the wireless network in my office. Nobody else has problems and I ...
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When a transfer is on-going on Send Anywhere is there any way to see what code (6-digit number) was used?

When a transfer is on-going on Send Anywhere is there any way to see what code (6-digit number) was used to initiate the transfer from the uploader side? I use Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III with a ...
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Error downloading apps in Google Play Store with Samsung Galaxy S3: “Package file invalid”

Whenever I try to download an app in the Google Play Store on my Samsung Galaxy S3, it keeps saying "package file invalid" and won't let me download anything. The message also has a triangle with a ! ...
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Need manual update for samsung s3 I9300

I am having Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300XXELLA (O.s JB 4.1.2). Its update not available throught phone. So can I manually download JB 4.3 of I9300XXU. will it work or my phone with I9300XXELLA.
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messaging push notifications won't work after 4.3 update?

I updated my Samsung galaxy s3 to 4.3 a few days ago, and ever since then, push notifications for the built in messaging app hasn't been working. My phone doesn't ring, the icon doesn't appear in the ...
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I can't use my Galaxy S3 storage on my laptop

When I plug the USB on my galaxy s3 sprint it charges normally but no notifications appear about using the mass storage.. so how can I fix that and transfer the data from PC to my phone. NOTE: I cant ...
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Why do I sometimes get requests for root access from unusual applications?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 running a rooted stock firmware, Occasionally I get a popup from my superuser application saying that an application that I did not specifically install or launch has ...
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Android will not open PDF files from notification bar

I have Samsung galaxy s3 and i recently got system update to 4.1.2 Before update there was no problems with visiting a website, downloading a pdf file and opening it from notification bar. Now after ...
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Simple exit to “downloading don't turn off target ” downloading mode

As a curious newbie I went into downloading mode in my Samsung Galaxy S3 by pressing Vol down+center Home+power button. After that I got options to press Vol up key to continue and Vol down key to ...
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Manual network unlocking failure, please HELP

Im trying to unlock my Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 and i have some troubles. My phone is running on Android 4.1.1 and it has root mode enable. 1: I dial the "secret" code *#197328640#. 2: Press ...
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Just updated to Android 4.2.2, Facebook Messenger doesn't push notifications now?

I just updated my Samsung Galaxy S3 (model SCH-I535) to Android version 4.4.2. It seems fine, except for one bug I've noticed recently. Facebook messenger will not always give me a notification that ...
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Music plays through phone speaker instead of headphones when app is opened?

This problem started a few days ago and it's extremely annoying in quiet environments. I will be listening to music from any music player app, and whenever I open an app, get a notification, or switch ...
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Android social apps: ability to post on behalf of the user?

Ever since I purchased my Samsung Galaxy SIII, it has been displaying a notification which when clicked causes an app to be displayed asking me to log in to Facebook and then displaying the following ...
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Show messages on lock screen on Galaxy S3

Is it possible to show previews of messages (as the iPhone does) on the lock screen on a Galaxy S3 running android 4.1.2?
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How to retrieve Android contacts from Galaxy S3 to Windows 7 on a non rooted phone

I am hoping someone can help me with this. My brother passed away yesterday and we both have the same phone a Samsung Galaxy S3 on the Sprint network. I was wondering if there is a simple way with adb ...
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Check the original carrier of Galaxy S3

How do I check the original carrier for Galaxy S3 (model no is i9300 in Australia)? I bought it from one buyer. I can't use the network. So, please help me.
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Briefing Alarm News and Weather Not Read Aloud on Galaxy S3

I've got an alarm set daily on my Galaxy S3 with the briefing alarm type selected in my alarm's settings with all three briefing content items selected (weather, today's schedule, and news). ...
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WhatsApp is stuck at initialzing

Restored phone to original factory settings on 22nd November 14.Today I downloaded WhatsApp from the Play Store(and it installed correctly). After entering the phone number, WhatsApp has been stuck ...
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Fix IMEI Galaxy S3 number efs backup

I got here a Samsung Galaxy S3, with the notorious 004990xxxx generic IMEI numbers. I know the fix is to restore the efs folder. But how about for someone as dumb as me who doesn't have a backup of ...
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Galaxy S3 neo high RAM usage

I have a Galaxy S3 neo and for some reason after I turn it on the RAM usage gets so high making it freeze. Even after rebooting the problem appears again. Exactly after 35 seconds, or so, from turning ...
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Why is Call Waiting not available on Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)?

From my Samsung Galaxy SIII's Phone application (on Android Jelly Bean 4.3), as long as my phone has credit, I can access the application's "Settings" screen via the menu key and then tap on ...
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Samsung Galaxy S3 Stock Calendar Entries Gone!

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android version 4.3. I have always used the stock Calendar app that appears on the home screen of my phone. Recently I installed the Google Calendar app to see which ...
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How can I tell if my International Galaxy S3 is suffering from SDS, and how can I fix it?

I have a 16GB International Galaxy S3 (XEF) running the latest firmware, 4.1.2 (yes, the Premium Suite update, I was thinking that this would've fixed it but it seems not) with baseband XXELKB. Over ...
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Gmail app doesn't sync email at all when on Mobile Data

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I love the new Gmail app. Works awesome. My only problem is that it doesn't sync emails (I don't receive any new notifications when new emails arrive, I have to manually ...
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Disable booting into Safe Mode on damaged S3

I have a rooted i9300 (Samsung S3) that is damaged, and only boots into safe mode. You can read about some people with the same problem HERE and HERE. Took the device to Samsung Tech Center, they ...
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How can I do a screen recording on the S3?

I need to record my screen as I'm using a specific app to show the issues showing up that a developer is unable to replicate. How can I achieve this? Is screen recording even possible on Android? ...
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contacts phne numbers disappeared after sync to google

after sync to google all contacts that have phone number in them disapeared. I tried to enter a new contact just for a test. if I sync to google again the new entry disappears as well. how can it be ...
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Prevent outgoing international calls except when made through Google voice

Is there any way to prevent outgoing international calls except when made through Google voice, and without having to ask the mobile network carrier to block them? I am the way of Is there a way/app ...
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My phone's 3g/4g randomly stopped working

I have a Galaxy S3 and my 3g/4g suddenly stopped working. WiFi works fine, but how can I get my 3g to work again? I have already uninstalled apps and deleted unnecessary photos and videos.
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Photos “self deleted” off Galaxy 3

As I was trying to transfer photos from my galaxy 3 to my mac, one of my albums containing over 1500 pictures deleted itself. I watched the album count slowly decrease. Why did it do this and how do ...
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Restore whatsapp chat if no SD-card

I have Samsung Galaxy S3 which I formatted it then when I re-installed WhatsApp, it did not ask me to restore back my chat. I don't have an SD-card installed in my phone. What can I do to get back my ...
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Unable to connect my Galaxy S3 to PC through USB on Windows 8

I have tried to connect my phone several times but my PC doesn't detect it. I've even tried a factory reset but to no avail. Any suggestions on what I should do?
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How to install Cyanogen without losing data

I've been using ICS on my Samsung Galaxy S3 for a while now, but I can't update to Jelly Bean for multiple reasons. I've decided to switch to Cyanogen Mod, is there any way I can move to Cyanogen ...
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How does NFC Task Launcher toggle Power Saving and how can I get Tasker to do it?

So I've noticed that NFC Task Launcher can toggle the Power Saving mode for the Galaxy s3. Obviously then, this is not a secure setting that requires root access (eg. turning GPS on / off). So is it ...
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i9300 Flickering Horizontal Distorted Lines On Screen

I've got the Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300) running one of CM11's 4.4.4 recent nightlies, sometime last month I was on a different rom and I experienced this issue and assumed the rom was broken and moved ...
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Possible to change SIM card PUK on Android device?

On my Samsung Galaxy SIII, one can go to Settings -> More -> Security -> SIM card lock -> Set up SIM card lock -> Change SIM PIN to change the default PIN that came with the SIM card. ...
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I'm trying to figure out what the symbol on my main screen on my s3 means

I was wondering what the symbol on my top screen of my phone was it kinda looks like a sun with a smaller sun in it and it just spins and pops on an off
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Galaxy S3 randomly booted into safe mode. Strange behavior

I was using my phone (Galaxy S3 SGH-T999), not doing anything intensive, just web browsing on Chrome, then all of a sudden my phone restarts into Safe Mode. I opened the app drawer and noticed most ...
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Meaning of notification LED colour for Samsung Galaxy S III?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S III running Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Is there any meaning to the colour of the LED indicator? It sometimes lights as red, green or blue. What do each of these ...
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Rooting trouble - Using Odin3 but unable to flash device

Rooting Method: mrRobinson Phone: Samsung Galaxy SIII Model number: SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 Android version: 4.1.1 Carrier: ATT Downloaded: Odin307 and root66_ATT_I747UCDLK3.tar.md5 Sumsung Driver: ...
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Disabling/Changing PIN on Android device: where are the disabled flag and new PINs stored (SIM or internal storage)?

On my Samsung Galaxy SIII, one can go to Settings -> More -> Security -> SIM card lock -> Set up SIM card lock -> Lock SIM card` which displays a check box which can be used to configure the phone to ...
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Why are my call settings disabled (and which settings require operator support and which settings are normally included in service plans)?

As shown in the screenshot below, on my Samsung Galaxy SIII, when I go to Phone -> Call Settings, almost everything is disabled/grayed out. I have a SIM card inside my phone but have not topped up ...
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Auto-sync killing battery all of a sudden on S3?

I have had my S3 for a good long while, ever since they were new with Verizon. Almost immediately, I bought an extended battery and all was good. In the last week or so, the battery has begun ...