34
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4answers
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How to deal with (orphaned) WakeLocks?

I guess most of you at least have heard about WakeLocks. Many of you will have experienced them already -- wether knowingly or not. Some may know how to deal with them in general -- but only few know ...
14
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1answer
5k views

App <X> isn't working correctly. How can I fix it?

I have an application that isn't working correctly. Either it's not launching, or not responding to commands, or some of the functionality isn't doing what I expect. What are some simple steps I can ...
12
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4answers
97k views

Installing to SDCard by default

I would like to know whether there is a way to tell Android to install applications on the micro SD card by default instead of having to download applications to internal memory first and then having ...
59
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5answers
65k views

How do you extract an App's data from a full backup made through “adb backup”?

I have been backing up my Nexus 7 with adb backup to back up all files into an encrypted backup. I see that you can restore from a backup with adb restore, but that would wipe all my existing data on ...
11
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2answers
4k views

When will my device get the Android 6.0 update (Marshmallow)?

Android "M" was officially announced on at the Google I/O conference on May 28, 2015 and revealed to be 6.0 Marshmallow on August 17, 2015. You can review the high-level changes at the Android ...
22
votes
1answer
2k views

Why are some apps on the market incompatible with my device?

I own a Motorola Flipout, Android 2.1 stock ROM. According to the market the app "Handyticket Deutschland" is not compatible with my phone. The required Android version is 1.5 or above. How can I tell ...
1
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1answer
21k views

Can I install a ROM made for a different device?

I own a MicroMax A100. I want to install the latest version of a different ROM (Samsung or Nexus). Is it possible? If so, can you tell me how? If not, can I install a ROM made for a different device,...
31
votes
1answer
17k views

When will my device get the Android 4.4 update (KitKat)?

Android 4.4 (KitKat) was officially announced on October 31, 2013. (You can review the high level changes in KitKat at the official Android Developer's site or the announcement on the official ...
11
votes
4answers
7k views

Is my phone liable to explode if I charge it with a charger that came with a different phone?

My friend and I both have droids and we often user each other's wall chargers out of convenience. I was told that it's possible that my phone might explode if it's charged with a charger that wasn't ...
33
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11answers
185k views

HTC Desire low on internal storage, I'm clueless — Any help?

It's been bugging me for a while but getting quite bad lately. I get warnings that my internal storage is full, I have about 13mb left of what I believe is 512mb worth of rom. I have checked with the ...
36
votes
1answer
18k views

Where are the developer options in Android 4.2?

I wanted to access the developer options to enable adb access on Android 4.2 but cannot find it. How can I enable that? Once I've activated the menu, how can I hide it again?
26
votes
5answers
14k views

My phone was just stolen an hour or so ago. Are there any options for tracking?

I realize this is a long shot, but my phone was lost or stolen a few hours ago. At the time it was stolen, I didn't have any specific applications installed to track it or wipe the data. So... my bad....
32
votes
6answers
79k views

Recovering from forgotten lock pattern

My son has an impression tablet 10 and has forgot the lock pattern. How can we reset it without knowing the code?
79
votes
11answers
5k views

Is it possible to install an app and exclude some of its requested permissions?

Occasionally I want to install an application which requires certain permissions that I feel it really shouldn't need. Can I install the app without giving it these permissions? For example, GPS ...
42
votes
9answers
36k views

How do I disable the 'click' sound on the camera app?

When I take a picture it makes a 'click' sound. As this is default behavior, I would like to turn it off. Is there a setting to do so; or if I find+delete the sound file, will there be repercussions? ...
22
votes
2answers
11k views

What do Android application permissions mean?

When installing an application, the application lists permissions that it needs to perform its functions. I am creating this list of the the system defined permissions and a description of what ...
14
votes
5answers
103k views

My internal storage capacity is running low, what can I do?

Currently, my internal storage is running low on space. What can I do besides moving applications to the external memory, as to free up more space, but preserve my current applications and avoid ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

Why are there not generic phone OS installers? [duplicate]

I am used to install and remove various operating systems in my PCs, even having several at a time. Usually, to install a new OS means: Burn the ISO to a CD/DVD/USB. Insert it. Boot. (Maybe you ...
5
votes
1answer
9k views

My Android phone is completely reset, whats the best way to recover the deleted data?

A person at a phone store reset all the contents of my Motorola Moto G Android phone, and I did not give them permission to do so. I had many important pictures and videos, but the even more important ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

0 ram free on ICS

I'm new to the ICS os, coming from Gingerbread from another phone. The phone's quite nice and fast when I first used it, but just this morning it started exhibiting weird actions. Camera360 doesn't ...
62
votes
4answers
227k views

Where in the file system are applications installed?

I have installed a few Android applications both with the adb install MyApplication.apk command and via a webserver (like an alternative to Android Market). But where in the Android file system on my ...
38
votes
5answers
45k views

Google Backup: Multiple devices using the same account - what happens on Restore?

It is nothing new that one can use multiple Android devices with a single Google account. Switching on a new device for the first time asks whether one wants to store one's data with Google, which ...
26
votes
4answers
72k views

Can we use an Android phone as a Wi-Fi repeater?

Can we use an Android phone as a Wi-Fi repeater? Imagine situation when you can access a weak Wi-Fi signal from a free hotspot (coffee shop) signal near window, but want to work in the middle of the ...
33
votes
7answers
54k views

Is this red star icon malware? How to get rid of it?

Every now and then a red star icon appears on my brother's notification bar, as shown below. The message related to this notification is some advert like "Turbo Boost Your Battery". He has been ...
42
votes
1answer
319k views

How can I determine if my device has USB Host Mode (OTG) support?

Some Android devices can act as a USB host, so that you can use other USB devices attached to them. For instance, browse or import the photos stored on a camera from your phone, or copy files onto a ...
40
votes
8answers
197k views

Where can find older versions of Apps?

Is is possible to download older versions of Android applications? Is there some kind of online archive for all versions of Android apps? Like how you can find older versions of some Windows app.
18
votes
1answer
7k views

Can somebody explain the boot process of an Android device?

From the user's perspective when switch on the phone, I see two boot animations in my LG P500 running CM10. The first animation is from LG and the second animation is from CM10. Then it settles in ...
29
votes
3answers
371k views

How to change the account for Android Market?

I use two Google accounts and add them to . Let's say acc1 and acc2. When I try to buy an app in the Market, it chooses acc1's Checkout account, and I don't see an option to change to acc2. Can I use ...
9
votes
2answers
83k views

My screen got broken, how to see on the computer what I'm doing in my device?

My Android device screen got broken and I can't see what I'm doing. That's the only wrong thing with my device, the rest is apparently working OK. Is there any way to send my device screen to my ...
6
votes
1answer
61k views

Why I can't scan the WhatsApp QR?

Why I can't scan the Whatsapp QR? I reinstalled WhatsApp I already have the WhatsApp Web Option I put it to scan but it just doesn't scan it. I Installed a QR Scanner app and it works perfectly. I ...
37
votes
7answers
55k views

Do you know other Android keypad commands (dialer codes)?

There a lots of differents keypad commands in Android. Which one do you know ? Some of them are listed here : *#*#checkin#*#* Phones home to check for updates. *#*#info#*#* - Enters a detailed ...
47
votes
5answers
7k views

How do I backup and restore SMS Messages?

How do I backup and restore SMS Messages?
27
votes
9answers
156k views

Why am I constantly running out of space on my Galaxy S2?

I have a Galaxy S2 running Android 4.1.2. It has a 12GB internal HD, and a 16GB SD card. I keep getting errors from various programs telling me I am running out of space. BeyondPod won't download new ...
25
votes
3answers
96k views

Does the alarm work when my phone is turned off?

Will the alarm still go off if I turn off the phone before? Example: when I have low battery, I have to go to sleep and wake up at X o'clock, and there is no charger around. Should I turn off the ...
28
votes
11answers
137k views

Block apps from accessing the Internet on Android device

In Android, is it possible to block apps from accessing the Internet? Many apps will often connect to remote servers in the background, including Google's own apps or system services. Over time this ...
20
votes
1answer
28k views

When will my device get the Android 4.2 update (Jelly Bean)?

Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) was officially announced on October 29, 2012. (You can review the high level changes in Jelly Bean at the official Android Developer's site.) Of course, not all devices will ...
37
votes
3answers
14k views

How do I perform a full pre-rooting backup of an Android phone?

The question arises because the best-rated backup application (Titanium Backup) requires root. So what would one use instead when getting a really complete backup is essential? Is there a file manager-...
21
votes
8answers
3k views

Complete Dropbox implementation for Android

I'm looking for a method to retrieve all my files from my Dropbox account and download them to my SD card. This should download everything with no user intervention. There are a couple of Dropbox ...
17
votes
8answers
98k views

New phone: How to transfer game progress?

I'm planning to buy a new Android phone and I'd like to be able to transfer the progress I have made at several games to the new device, so I won't have to play all the levels again from scratch. I ...
9
votes
3answers
202k views

How to fix “Invalid IMEI ” after Factory reset?

The question is simple "How to fix "Invalid IMEI " after Factory reset?" After factory reset my phone starts showing "Invalid IMEI" on both SIM slots and I can't call or to being called. The phone is ...
18
votes
3answers
68k views

How to install APK files on SDCARD?

I have samsung galaxy 3 (I5801). I have downloaded many APK files from internet. I have no problem in installing APK files. By default when APK file is selected it installs itself to phone memory. I ...
6
votes
1answer
4k views

Will factory resetting my device remove the Android upgrade?

I have upgraded my phone to Android 2.1. I need to reset my phone but I don't want to lose the upgrade. Is it possible to do this? How?
2
votes
1answer
3k views

Are there guidelines on how much free RAM a phone should have - specifically Samsung Galaxy S?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S (AT&T Captivate) that is rooted. I have various ways to tweak the amount of free RAM the OS leaves on the phone. The default is 48 MB, but I was wondering if I could ...
120
votes
4answers
558k views

How do I change the Google Play country?

Can someone tell me how to change the country preference for Google Play? I have searched high and low but in most of the forums people ask you to go to gmail settings > edit profile and change the ...
43
votes
10answers
19k views

Is there a way to block access to or wipe my Google data for a lost/stolen phone

If my phone was ever lost or stolen, my only real concern is data and apps associated with my Google account, such as my Gmail, the ability to purchase apps from the Market, and maybe Picasa albums. ...
48
votes
7answers
11k views

Is there a way to easily record a phone conversation in-progress?

I do not own an Android device. I was thinking about getting one, and an important feature for me is the ability to record a phone conversation which is in progress - meaning, while I am in the middle ...
38
votes
4answers
73k views

How to make an Android device to display complex rendering of Indic characters?

Please excuse the length of this question. I need to explain all this to help others and to avoid helpful contributors to provide answer without asking clarifications. My requirement in one line: "to ...
63
votes
6answers
50k views

What is the right way to close apps in Android?

I'm new to the Android platform, and this is probably a dumb question, but... How do you close an app? When I'm in an app, and I want to get out, I just click on "Home" and move on, but I just ...
42
votes
12answers
80k views

How do I send SMS from PC through Android Phone or to Android Phone?

I'm looking for an app that will let me type text messages on my PC and send the SMSs directly from the PC through my phone, or save the messages to the phone for later use. I'm basically looking at ...
65
votes
1answer
94k views

Why can't I press the Install button when installing applications from unknown sources?

I'm trying to sideload an application, as seen in the picture below. I have allowed the installation of applications from unknown applied actions in settings, but I can't seem to press the install ...

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