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Unable to start chinese tablet even after installing recovery

When I try to boot my chinese tablet it halts on a small android icon and does not go ahead. It is not a boot loop. I just stays there. It booted successfully a couple of hours ago after two days and ...
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adb shell command to edit sim manager

Is it possible to open the sim manager under setting in the android phone using an adb shell command? I have alot of Android 4.04 devices (300) where I need to enable data roaming in the sim manager. ...
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How do I display message from from `adb shell` (or a shell script)?

I expect it to be something like adb shell am start SomethingArcane ... "Hello, world" and the message box pops up on screen, saying "Hello, world".
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How can I change pointer locations setting in developer options from adb shell?

I need to be able to select and deselect "pointer locations" from the developer options menu using adb. adb shell am start -n com.android.settings/.DevelopmentSettings, but once I'm there I can't ...
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How to resize partitions when /system isn't mounted in recovery

I have a Runbo X5-King phone which is manufactured by a small Chinese company. I need to shrink /system and expand /data. All tutorials I can find online say to run fdisk in recovery, but the problem ...
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Where is the battery animation called when charger connected to phone (OFF)?

I have Moto E (Rooted) which turn on when connected with USB via Laptop but not when connected to Wall charger instead it shows Battery animation. I got to know that battery animation is at ...
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How can I add the user of an application to the group of another application?

I'd like to add the user of one application to the group of another so that I can read the other applications private content without doing a su every time. I can't find the adduser or the useradd ...
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How to read geolocation using adb shell

Is it possible to read geolocation data (either one provided by GPS or by GSM) using adb shell?
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How do I create an archive for easy extraction to /data/local/tmp/ in “adb shell”?

Usual shar archives fail to extact in adb shell due to problems with lock directory and temporary files for HERE documents. Zip archives are also not an option. How do I make an archive that can be ...
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Where is the battery animation called?

I have a tablet from China, it's a Q8H Allwinner. It is rooted, and I've browsed the internal storage for hours to find the battery animation, I found them at framework-res.apk... Now I want to find ...
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Trying FTP file located in /data/data

I'm trying to use WinSCP to FTP a file out of /data/data (well, it's directory is contained in the /data/data directory, which is the important part). But I get a "Code: 5" error from WinSCP, access ...
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Bricked chinese android

Recently I edited build.prop of my Note 3 smn9006 clone with mtk6572 for enabling navigation bar, i.e qemu.hw.mainkeys=0 and restarted. Nothing happened. Then again I tried to enable navigation bar ...
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Colored output in adb, e.g. for ls command

Is it possible to have colored output in adb shell, e.g. for the ls command? I've tried ls --color=auto . etc, but that doesn't seem to work. Colored output, however, works in adb shell, e.g. with ...
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How to do math operations in android shell?

To do math operations in Linux shell, bc language can be used. For example, echo `echo "scale=4;sqrt(400)"|bc -l` This will give output of 20.0000 Unfortunately bc is not available on android. My ...
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“shell has been granted superuser permissions” on non-rooted smartphone

My Galaxy S3 has just shown the blinking message "shell has been granted superuser permissions" (when clicking a Pinterest notification). The phone is not rooted and is running Android 4.0.4. What ...
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Can't set date via shell

I've tried date -u 1407697765 output: time 1407697765 -> 1407697765.0 settimeofday failed Bad file number and busybox date -s @1407697765 output: date: can't set date: Operation not ...
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Is it possible to run fastboot in a recovery mode shell (without connecting to PC)?

I have a method for unlocking the BootLoader of my HP SlateBook x2 running Android v4.3 consisting of: 1- Booting into recovery. 2- Connecting to PC via USB cable. 3- Sending the command fastboot ...
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Getting files using adb shell

I have a rooted Galaxy S4 device which runs Android 4.4.2 & I'm trying to get the files of an application using adb shell, when I navigate to where my directory is and get the root access in shell ...
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Why do some keyevents not working in Tasker on my device?

I've found that at least following keyevents don't work: 61 KEYCODE_TAB 22 KEYCODE_DPAD_RIGHT They work from adb shell and Hacker's keyboard but not from Tasker =/ Shell script contains only "input ...
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Preventing certain WAKELOCKS (NlpCollectorWakeLock, NlpWakeLock) with shell? (e.g. pm command)

As some of you might aware of, the notorious 'NlpCollectorWakeLock' and 'NlpWakeLock' are often the cause of considerable battery drain. I personally make some custom ROMs, and would like to ...
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Is this command safe to run from / as root

find . * -depth -print0 | xargs -0 rmdir It finds and removes all empty folders (including hidden ones) recursively. I only tired it on my home folder and a pendrive in Linux PC and it worked but I ...
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Serious issue of ADB auto exiting

ADB always exits by itself causing (many times) almost wiping my data folder on PC instead of /data on Android. It does this even while I'm typing commands (!) as if there is a timer that makes it ...
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shark (sniffer) cannot find shell commands

when I am trying to run shark it say: tmp-mksh: <stdin>[1]: tr: not found tmp-mksh: <stdin>[1]: cut: not found tmp-mksh: <stdin>[1]: killall: not found tmp-mksh: <stdin>[1]: ...
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ls -b in android shell

If im not mistaking, using ls -b should output escape characters with some sort of representation, but it seems like this option isn't available. Is there an alternative, or is it impossible to have a ...
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How do I connect an existing VPN connection on my Android device using adb?

Under Wireless & networks > VPN I have an existing profile for an L2TP VPN. I'd like to use adb to connect (and disconnect) that profile from the command line. It would looks something like ...
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Polling JavaScript from shell script in Android?

I want to measure the real, system and user time for running a web benchmark (1). It basically runs some pre-stored site data emulating basic human interaction. It contains index.html, results.html ...
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SH Script to Rename .apk.odex files

I have written a script to utilize dexopt-wrapper to odex a folder of .apk's #!/bin/sh SYSAPP=/mnt/extSdCard/FilesToOdex/system/app/ SYSPRIVAPP=/mnt/extSdCard/FilesToOdex/system/priv-app/ for i1 in ...
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Is it possible to cat a file to an android phone and dd to /dev/xxx on the fly with just adb shell?

adb shell dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p7 > backup.bin works to backup android phone partition to computer but when I want to restore using cat backup.bin | adb shell dd of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p7 ...
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Run shell script in background process no matter what activity in foreground? [closed]

I have a shell script that looks does the following: # /mnt/sdcard/touch.sh sleep 10 while [ 1 ]; do input swipe 700 380 1020 600 1000 input tap 960 540 input swipe 1220 700 900 480 1000 ...
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How to start root shell with Android Studio?

I just installed Android Studio. How do I get into root shell on my phone? Or do I have to download ADB separately?
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Identifying an unknown Android tablet through adb/shell without relying on build.prop

I obtained a cheap unbranded tablet from a friend, without a box or anything and I need to figure out what kind of tablet it is, through software. What I've established so far is that the tablet is ...
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How can I syncronize android time with machine via ADB

How can I update android time via ADB? I know I can run this comand via windows cmd: adb shell date -s 20140414.130000 But I need to synchronize the time with my windows machine. Is this possible ...
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How can I manage “desktop” icons

I want to remove all the icons on the desktop, (and also in the bottom bar) and place new ones via ADB. My script already removes all the apps, but icons/shortcuts remanin there! Is there any command ...
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How can I detect if a shell script is running on Android?

What is the most reliable way to detect if a script is running on Android (instead of a regular Linux build)? To run scripts, I'm using bash, the Terminal app, and BusyBox.
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How to execute shell script from suid binaries

I've a rooted phone and created a root:root owned binary with suid bit set. It's supposed to be a wrapper for a shell script that needs root to work. Calling system("/system/bin/sh ./script") doesn't ...
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Installing stock Android on Galaxy S3 fails. How to see why?

I have tried installing AUT-I9300XXUGNA5-20140129183554.zip and O2U-I9300XXUGNA5-20140224162541.zip on my S3. They both fail with "Installation aborted", but I have no problem installing ...
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Why the file path the phone tells me ,I couldn't find in 'adb shell'?

I used my new Moto X phone, then I encountered a basic problem. It's running Android 4.4.2. I take a photo, and want to send it to my PC. The Gallery app tells me the photo is at ...
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How to add a symbolic link to bypass unavailable busybox applet

I have BusyBox version v1.15.3 installed that came with the ROM gingerdx 31b. This busybox version cannot be updated/changed, because if it's being updated, the phone goes into a bootloop on the next ...
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built in command line pager/viewer like less? Without busybox or root access

Sometimes i investigate foreign phones, where i can't root or install any Apps. But i want to examine the filesystem via adb shell, and view some text-files. Like i usually do with a *nix-shell: with ...
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How does hibernating an app work technically?

Hello how are you guys? I was wondering How Hibernating of an app works technically. I know about freezing an app (shell pm disable com.mypackage.name) but this also hides app icon from launcher. I ...
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Trigger sync of calendar/addressbook remotely

I would like to trigger the synchronization of calender and address book on the command line (using an adb command or a script). The background is that I have set up my own caldav and carddav server ...
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mount: Permission denied (when mounting /system directory on android device)

I have rooted Samsung Galaxy S4 (Int) using CynongenMod OS. I am trying to install and run an executable file which needs its configuration file to be copied to the /system directory. Now, after ...
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Transfer Files to Nexus 4 with Terminal

I want to transfer files to my Nexus 4 using the Mac Terminal. I tried to use the adb shell with adb push, but because I'm not root I'm not allowed to push to the sdcard. Is there any way to mount ...
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Use ADB To Lock Phone

I have a security app that needs to be able to activate the default lockscreen but with a passcode. Is it possible to do this with android shell commands?
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Sending linux commands over serial

I have a question about being able to send Linux commands over a serial connection to an Android device. I have heard of putty and tried to use it, but i am ultimately lost with it. Like if I was in ...
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Can not uninstall standard Android keyboard or get it back working

I want to uninstall the standard Android keyboard com.android.inputmethod.latin. I googled and found multiple threads discussing this problem. What I did so far: 1.) Uninstall via intent -> doesn't ...
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Permission denied when trying to mount USB storage

I'm trying to mount USB storage using the "Terminal Emulator" app with the following commands: mount -t vfat -o rw /dev/block/sd* /storage/usb1 or su mount -t vfat -o rw /dev/block/sd* ...
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adb shell check if a certain directory exist on avd

I want to check if a certain directory (/data/textdata/ ) exists on the avd using adb shell. reading ...
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Disable browser prompt when using ADB to open an URL

I'm trying to open an URL using the ADB command: ./adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.VIEW -d URL When I have multiple browser support applications, I'm trying to open this using google ...
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Samsung Galaxy Note 1 /sdcard/ folder tree

Hi I am searching for the factory folder tree for Samsung Galaxy Note 1. I want the folder tree, so I can perform adb shell commands to access these directories. In a quest of recovering data. e.g. ...