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What purpose does the Notification Flash/Email setting serve?

The Notification Flash/Email setting (Settings > Sound & display > Notification flash > Email) appears to have no influence on the stock mail app or gmail app. So does it serve any purpose? In ...
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What is “Android Night Mode”, what triggers it, and what are the consequences?

I've just been reading in the tasker UserGuide on variables: Night Mode %NIGHT The current Android Night Mode. One of on, off or auto. If auto, Android will decide whether it should be in ...
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Backup Notification Led (Pulse Light) Configuration

I recently switched from CyanogenMod to Paranoid Android on my Nexus. I knew I would lose most of my settings, but I felt rather stupid when I realised I had lost all of my carefully defined Pulse ...
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Where do you find the password attempts setting or option in ICS?

I want to either stop this function or at the very least set the number of attempts to a higher number than 3.
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Hide / Add / Replace dock icons on home screen

I have Samsung galaxy Y and I do have 2 questions about dock settings on home screen. Is it possible to Hide / Modify dock on home screen? Is it possible to make it toggle on touch the home screen?
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Where can I get the stock Android Kernel configuration for Galaxy S3 running ICS?

Question: We are trying to find the kernel configuration on a currently running Samsung Galaxy S2, with Android 4.0.3 (Ice-Cream Sandwich). We do not wish to root the phone. We checked /proc/config.gz ...
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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 set personal interval to check data usage?

On my Nexus 4 with stock Lollipop, I can check the usage data month by month, but my subscription is every 30 days (around the 15th). New contracts last 28 days, so there is more difference between ...
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Is it possible to disable confirmation dialogs in Android 4.4?

I have an LG G2 which came with Jelly Bean, and I have recently updated it to Kit Kat. I have noticed that the amount of confirmation dialogs when changing phone settings seems to have gone up from ...
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How can I add a custom search engine to Chrome (beta, stable…)?

Call me dumb, but, I don't see an obvious way to do this. I want to add duckduckgo.com as the main search engine in Google Chrome for Android (beta, stable...)
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How to adjust S Pen pressure sensitivity on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1?

A little background on me: I'm a professional cartoonist and have been working digital for about 20 years. I've had numerous Wacom devices & currently enjoy a Cintiq 21UX (older model). I also ...
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Does encrypting an Android device add any real security benefit over a key-lock?

Would encrypting my Android device make my data any safer in case of theft? It seems to me that since the encryption key necessarily is identical to the PIN code or password used for the key-lock, ...
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What is a WTF Condition?

If you go to the developer tools menu in Settings, then tap Launch Tools and open Bad Behavior, there's an option to "Report a WTF Condition". What is a WTF Condition? Why would an app report one?
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Help! Google is downloading books to me without my permission or involvement

I noticed I had updates the other day, and was surprised to see that my phone (Droid X, Gingerbread) was downloading Alice in Wonderland. I did not ask for this book, and I don't want it on my phone ...
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What do the “Sync Internet” and “Sync Instant Upload” options do in Jelly Bean settings?

What do the "Sync Internet" and "Sync Instant Upload" options do in Jelly Bean settings?
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Is there an application / ROM that allows me to set the phone to “Guest” mode which I can configure?

I would like to be able to set my phone into Guest mode so people using it will not be able to "abuse" it while I give it to them. Example of usage: Child mode - prevent editing settings, making ...
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Is it possible to set the language and locale to different values?

I'd like to have all the text displayed in English (US), but use the Polish (Poland) formatting for numbers, dates etc. On a desktop Linux system, I'd set LANG to pl_PL and LC_MESSAGES to en_US. Is ...
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Screen overlay detected, what is the problem?

I wanted to open a picture sent by a friend in the Sketch app in order to highlight something and send it back. The app didn't have permission to access the file system. A popup appeared. I clicked "...
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Is it possible to force enable the battery saver mode in Android Lollipop?

It is possible to automatically enable battery saver mode in Android 5.0 when the battery hits 5 or 15%. However sometimes it would be nice to enable this mode by hand. e.g. when the battery is still ...
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What needs to be set up in an Android device from another region for a Russian user in Russia, and how?

We've got a Samsung Galaxy S from another region (China or Korea). What needs to be set up in it for a Russian user in Russia?
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Auto-rotate setting disabled permanently on Toshiba AT100

About a week ago, the setting for auto-rotate on my Toshiba AT100 (running stock 3.2.1) got permanently disabled somehow, and I am unable to change it. It says it is "on", but the setting is grayed-...
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Is there a 1-click method to do this 3-4 click task?

I'm on a pay-as-you go scheme using an HTC desire with Android 2.3 installed. Right now, to activate my mobile internet (which I do only when I need to check email) needs me to go to Settings > ...
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Unknown Tag Type collection

Since purchasing my Samsung Nexus S I have been bombarded by 'New Tag Collected' Tag Type 'Unknown'. I have since learned how to turn this off, but I was wondering what these Tags are and where are ...
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Why do some Android apps need access to my SD card and fine location?

I understand why apps like Maps need to know my specific location, but is it safe to allow any application to access these things? Are there any clues as to which apps are safe and which aren't? Also,...
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Not able to select entire image for wallpaper

When I put the wallpaper in /dcim/Camera and go to change the wallpaper and choose Media gallery and I select the wallpaper I want, it asks me to choose only a small region of the image. What do I ...
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What is the “sync” icon next to some Wi-Fi networks?

When you go to Menu > Settings > Wireless and network > Wi-Fi Settings there is the list at the bottom which lists all the detected networks in range or remembered. The networks in range ...
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Need some clarification on Developer Settings

We have a bespoke app that uses a WebView to play some locally stored CSS animations. I'd like to get full clarification on whether the following Developer options can have any impact on the ...
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Where is Settings.apk on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 (4.4.2)

I can't find Settings.apk file in /system/app directory. I use the latest stock firmware. Where can I find this APK on this device?
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Android tablet, user profiles, change owner?

How can I change which user profile is the "owner" profile? Possible? Running 4.4.2.
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keep screen from dimming down when running certain app?

My 2.3.5 Android phone is set up to dim down the brightness after 30 seconds of inactivity, and shut off and lock the screen after another 30 seconds. After that, I need to unlock the screen to regain ...
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Haptic Feedback with Gingerbread on Samsung Galaxy mini 2

How can I turn off vibrations when I long press on start screen (to add a widget, etc.) or in Opera mini when long press on a link?
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What running applications and services are safe to turn off? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Knowing which applications to stop I just got a used Nexus One and I see a lot of running services and applications. I'm wondering what negative impact there would be if I ...
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How can I configure my phone for MMS?

I can not send or receive MMS-messages (containing an image) on my Nexus One phone. And I can't find many settings to set for it. I have set an adress for APN. But there is also an IP-address, a ...
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Is it possible to export my Google Listen Status?

I am playing with the idea of switching from a rooted stock Froyo ROM on my Droid to a Cyanogen ROM, and one of the things that is holding me back is the Google Listen status. I want to be able to ...
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Is there a way to automatically change SMTP server?

I have a friend with a ntlworld.com email address. For desktop setup the SMTP server is smtp.ntlworld.com, but this only accepts email from IP addresses served by Virgin Media (who bought NTL) as ISP. ...
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Require fingerprint to answer call?

A friend has a problem with other people answering their phone and thereby intercepting their calls. Is anybody aware of an app, setting, or Android distro that requires a fingerprint swipe to answer ...
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XPrivacy - explanation of restriction settings

Maybe it's me but I don't understand XPrivacy's per-permission-settings. The legend sais first check box: restrict category or function second check box: restrict on demand first check box is ...
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How can I configure Android to login to an ISA proxy server?

I see that if I did a long touch over a Wifi network, I can specify some proxy settings. In my company we use a Isa Proxy server, and each user has to login through domain server. Is there any way to ...
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Can widgets with settings be moved from one launcher to another?

I want to switch from ADW.Launcher to GO Launcher Ex but want to maintain my desktop layouts and widgets. Is there any way to move or copy widgets from one launcher to the other so that they have the ...
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How do I configure Android without using the touch screen?

I have an old Android phone around whose display broke after a fall. The touch screen has stopped working but I am reluctant to accept the device merely as a paper weight. I do have some use cases ...
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Vibrations or not depending on phone position

Is there any chance to disable phone vibrations when phone is in straight horizontal position? (eg. on the table). I want to have vibrations turned on only when I have it in my pocket, close to the ...
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Reset individual app settings

Something happened on my HTC Tattoo (V1.6) this week that caused lots of apps to crash on start-up. I think it may have been due to their settings getting corrupted somehow, but I don't know what ...
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Wi-fi keeps turning off

Within the last few days, my Wi-fi setting keeps switching to "off". It does this even when the screen is on and I'm actively using the device. I've checked the couple apps I still have that help ...
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How to configure HTC Desire for 3g connectivity in Peru?

How can I configure an unlocked HTC Desire for 3g connectivity in Peru? I have managed to add an APN so that I have EDGE but I would like to use Claro's 3.5g. I also have an iPhone with the same ...
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How can I set up an Microsoft Exchange email on my Nexus One?

I often check my mail at my office using the VPN connection which bridged my PC with the Microsoft Exchange Server and so that I can check mail using Outlook. I want to do the same thing when I'm out ...
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How to access “Apps with usage access” setting on LG G3?

I have an LG G3 with Android 5.0, but I can't find this setting. I read it's in Privacy → Security, but the setting doesn't seem to there: Screenshot (click for larger variant)
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Warning bar in “Settings - Data usage” is gone! A bug?

First, I'm currently using Android 6.0 on a Nexus 5, although this issue was already present when I was using Android 5.0. Now I'll explain what I mean by "not seeing the warning bar". Regularly, the ...
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Can't get rid of icons with green locks on them

I would like to know how to get rid of these icons with the lock, every other app just goes but not these three. I used the small broom icon but these remained there and it didn't happen before. I'm ...
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Ever since connecting to a Chromecast, my device floods the network with SSDP packets

I used both a Galaxy Nexus and a Nexus 7, running stock Android 4.3 and 4.4, to interact with a Chromecast in the past. Ever since, both devices flood the network with SSDP packets, which seems to be ...
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What exactly is backed up if I select app data in the sync options?

Here, app data, what exactly is backed up if I check this option? If I uninstall an app, and re-install it, will its data (like my progress/score of a game app) restored?