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Android 4.0.3 has virtual keyboard with Y key in wrong place?

Why the virtual keyboard of Android 4.0 has a different qwerty virtual keyboard? It seems the Y is in the wrong place. Is it some configuration? Where it is? Screenshots (click images for larger ...
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How to set static IP address for wi-fi connection?

How can I set manually the IP Address for wifi?
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How to show screen display during phone call on HTC Wildfire?

I have started using the HTC Wildfire, and have a small niggle with it. When making a call, the screen blacks out to conserve power. This makes it awkward when you have to enter a number i.e. for an ...
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How to copy wireless networks list from one android device to another?

I got a very long list of free hotspots and friends/family networks on my phone. Recently I bought a tablet and I'm trying to find a way to copy the wireless manager list to this new device. Any idea ...
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How can I disable the notification sounds while playing music?

I don't like the notification sounds overlaying my music playback, but I can't find any setting to disable notification sounds while playing music. I also don't like the way the sound overlay works. ...
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Is it posible to change the locale of my device?

In my Android phone when I go to Settings -> Language and Keyboard Settings -> Select Language I see "Locale" as the title on the top row and see that only few languages are listed. I suspect ...
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How can I change the data usage cycle for Mobile data?

The mobile data cycle (Settings -> Data usage) looks quite arbitrary. Since I have changed my data plan, now the new cycle should start at the first day of the month instead of the 6th. How can I ...
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How can I change the default location for bluetooth file transfers?

I have an Android 2.3 device (Samsung Galaxy Y Duos, S6102) and want all files that I receive via bluetooth to save to my SD card. How can I do that?
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How can I re-enable my keyguard?

When I first got my Droid Bionic, if I pressed the power button on the top it would lock the screen; pressing it again would display the keyguard, requiring me to slide to unlock. I had it configured ...
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Is it possible to override automatic screen orientation?

Very often I use my phone lying in bed (with phone camera facing the ceiling) and the orientation changes drive me crazy. Literally if I turn the phone a few degrees it will go from portait to ...
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I want a smart phone that I can lock in DNS settings. Is Android “the one”

It is all about being the internet boss. I want to be able to lock in or password protect the DNS settings to OpenDNS, so I can have a safe smartphone, that my kid can use with no fear of accessing ...
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Set different languages for different users

I'd like to set different languages per user in my nexus 7 (Android 4.2), but the only option I've found for changing the language is system-wide, and applies to all the users. Is there any way I can ...
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Increase Wi-Fi Roaming Aggressiveness on Samsung Dart?

I have a T-Mobile Samsung Dart (which IIUC is a re-branded Samsung Galaxy Mini) and a Wi-Fi network in my apartment with two access points. When I make Wi-Fi calls while walking from one end of my ...
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“Battery use” information screen not reporting apps

I've got a Samsung Galaxy S (international version) that I've just upgraded to Android 2.2 (Froyo) and now the battery usage page in settings (Settings => About phone => Battery use) only ever reports ...
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How do I prevent the Browser and Dolphin HD from deleting old history entries?

So I've noticed that for both the default browser and for the Dolphin HD browser, all the history entries get deleted when you go beyond a certain number of pages visited. Does anyone know how I can ...
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Manually changing shared_prefs and forcing app to update to it?

I've been trying to figure out if it's possible to disable/enable GO SMS popup notifications via something like Tasker. I came across the following line in ...
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Need only one icon in the top notification bar for multiple Gmail accounts

I am trying to figure out how to have only one notification icon on the top notification bar for an incoming e-mail for any of my multiple Gmail accounts. This was the way Gmail worked on my phone ...
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What is the fastest way to turn the phone into silent mode?

The title kinda tells it all. Sometimes I need to turn silent for a meeting and the procedure is like: Unlock the phone Click on Menu Go to Settings Click on Sound Enable Silent mode Apart from ...
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Can I easily redownload all my apps if I get a new phone?

I am considering buying a new phone. Is there a way to easily redownload all of my apps onto the new phone without having to search for each one individually?
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How to get to your settings without a home screen app?

I hadn't used my old HTC Hero for a while, but when I rebooted it I got an error saying: LauncherPro has expired, please download an updated version. But wifi was turned off and when I tried to get ...
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Are there any downsides or risks to limiting background processes?

I enabled developer options on my Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos and then changed "Limit background process" option from Standard limit to No background process. After that my phone is working fine, with ...
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Media volume automatically goes to zero when removing headphones

Whenever I remove the headphone jack1 while I have some media playing2, the file stops (which is what I want and expect) but the media volume also goes down to zero (which is unexpected and I would ...
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How to transfer apps, contacts and settings between two identical phones?

OS: 2.1 Phone: Samsung Vibrant (Galaxy S) I'm having trouble with my new Samsung Vibrant (it constantly reboots) and I'm going to return it for a replacement unit. How can I transfer all of my phone ...
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Why I Must Type Password Every Time To Reconnect To Home Wi-Fi Hotspot

I have recently started getting dialog popping up asking to enter password every time I connect to my home Wi-Fi hotspot: This dialog always pops up when you connect to hotspot for the first time ...
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How do you remove words from Swype's dictionary?

I know how to remove words from Swype's user dictionary. I want to know how to remove words from Swype's built-in dictionary. I get very frustrated with all these random words that I know I'll never ...
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Unable to enable Mobile Network settings (options greyed out). Is there any way to restore lost mobile connectivity data?

I have a HTC Desire HD that up until recently has been running well with a custom ROM. For some reason, the phone started to "misbehave" in a number of ways after about 10 months of painless ...
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Durable settings of Screen timeout

I often set Settings -> Sound & Display -> Screen timeout to never timeout. When I turn off the device the settings is 1 minute again. Do you know how to make the settings durable? My ...
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Add apps to default Guest account on Lollipop

I like the guest account feature on lollipop, but I would like to add apps to the account, so that a guest can use more than just native google apps, that I have available on my device. I know this ...
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Guide to editing /etc/hosts

It was noted in another thread that it should be possible to build up a white list for an android device using the /etc/hosts file. I would like to experiment with this idea. Does anyone have any ...
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Quickly connecting to Wi-Fi with Android

I'm having Android Froyo (2.2), in Archos 32. The only way I found for connecting to a Wi-Fi wireless network is through Settings -> Wireless & Networks -> Wi-Fi Settings -> "Wi-Fi ...
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How can I disable mobile data completely?

I have a pre-paid plan and don't want to use my mobile data except for two days in the year. However, since there's the quick option button mobile data, I fear I might press the wrong button when I'm ...
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How to connect ADB over 3G/4G? Or how can an ADB listener over network vulnerability be leveraged over GSM?

I keep seeing warning signs about enabling ADB over Network when you aren't connected to a WiFi network, but what if I want to connect ADB over 3G/4G ? Whenever I try to do it with any of the ...
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Persist Background Process Limit setting

Is it possible to persist the Background Process Limit setting? It's lost upon reboot and reverts to Standard Limit. Settings \ Developer Options \ Background process limit Android 4.0.3
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How do I set a system-wide default browser?

I seem to have the opposite problem from this question: I'd like to set a single browser (probably the default one) to open every website. What happens at the moment is that every single link pops up ...
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Is it possible to enable the Android default keyboard on an HTC EVO 4G?

I am not much of a fan of the HTC EVO 4g's custom keyboard, but it appears that they have somehow removed or hidden access to the default Android keyboard input method. Especially now that the ...
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How to activate Android debugging mode

I've recently upgraded my Samsung Galaxy 5 from Android 2.1 to 2.2 and I can't find Android debugging mode in the settings. I need to root my phone.
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Is there a standard place for the Owner Information on an Android phone?

I found an lost Android phone - is there a standard place on Android phones for owner information so I can contact the person who lost it?
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Is it possible to disable roaming entirely, not just networking during roaming?

When trying to google the solution to this I mostly just find instructions on how to disable data connections during roaming. To clarify why I'm asking, I have a contract with a small local phone ...
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ICS disable sound/vibrate when keys pressed

I want to disable the sound/vibrate effect when typing a message in Ice Cream Sandwich. I have disabled it in Settings > Sound Now there is no touch sound when I am typing a phone number or ...
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Why sometimes does my lower menu (ADWLauncher - Dockbar) disappears?

I have the following Android Desktop, using Cyanogenmod: Sometimes, I don't remember how or why, it becomes like this: As you can see, the lower menu (dockbar) just disappears, and only ...
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How to set the DNS server on Nexus One?

The ISP I use on my N1 doesn't allow me to open facebook. Using a PC, I can use Google DNS server (8.8.8.8) to by-pass them but on N1, I can't find where to put the stufff. Please help if you know ...
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Why is “Force GPU rendering” disabled by default Developer options?

Why is this feature disabled? When I turn it on, many apps and become snappy and awesome with smooth graphics. Seems like it'd be nice if it was enabled by default. The linked article in this ...
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Android 2.3.5 unlock screen activated unexpectedly

My Android HTC Sense 3.5 running Android 2.3.5 suddenly and out of the blue activates the unlock screen without pressing the power button. That's a problem because it gets unlocked by itself sometimes ...
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Can I monitor my phones temperature?

Recently in the UK we've had an unexpected bout of nice weather which means wherever I leave my phone it tends to get quite warm. I know the operating range of my phone (Sony Ericsson Arc) however is ...
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How can I get my Galaxy S3 to behave at night? (turn off LED and notifications, etc.) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any way to schedule a passive profile-change? (connectivity, volume etc.) I've got a Galaxy S3, and I love it, but it drives me crazy at night sometimes. GMail will get ...
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How can I make scroll bars always visible?

Android hides scroll bars unless the window is actively being scrolled. This makes it hard to tell if a window can be scrolled without actually trying it. Is there a way to force Android to always ...
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Restrict access to device settings

How can I prevent people who borrow my device from changing any of my settings?
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Change Screen Dim TimeOut

When the phone is idle, the screen turns off after the configured time. For ex: if time is set to 30 sec, first the screen will dim after approximately 25 seconds and then after 5 seconds it will turn ...
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What system app stores the cellular network settings?

Before installing a new ROM, I backed up all data from my system apps using Titanium. I installed the new ROM, and also put in a new SIM card from a different network (so it was in on first boot-up ...
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How does the new “Brightness adjustment” setting work on CM11?

Cyanogenmod 11 has a new settings for Automatic brightness. Screenshot (click to enlarge) I am curious how exactly "Brightness adjustment" and "Adjustment sensitivity" work. I tried to find the ...