29
votes
6answers
65k 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?
29
votes
3answers
33k views

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 ...
29
votes
1answer
10k 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?
29
votes
4answers
2k views

How do I tell if my phone has Carrier IQ Software on it?

What is known about the Carrier IQ Software and Android handsets? I see a similar icon as shown on the Carrier IQ app next to an app called "Contact Data" and another called "Contact Sync". Does my ...
29
votes
3answers
35k views

Do I have to charge my phone before I use it the first time?

When I got my last phone, a SE k850i, I was recommended to charge it fully once before I even turned it on. Does this apply today as well, for my coming HTC Desire HD? Why was I recommended to do so ...
29
votes
6answers
82k views

What does “avoided poor Internet connection” mean?

The connection to my work wifi just failed and below the network my phone is saying "Avoided poor Internet connection". What does this mean exactly? Has the phone detected that it can't get out to the ...
29
votes
11answers
2k views

Where can I find a comparison of Android devices?

I recently got fed up with my previous smartphone (name omitted) and I'm considering switching to an Android based phone. However, I have been stumped by the sheer number of handsets. I'm more than ...
29
votes
1answer
11k 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 ...
29
votes
3answers
86k views

How to turn off notifications for individual apps?

On my iphone, there is a "notifications" setting section, which basically just allows me to choose which apps has the power to notify me. I was wondering if there's anything similar that is available ...
29
votes
5answers
19k views

What's using my GPS?

On my Android phone (a Desire HD), the GPS indicator is currently on & flashing away. How can I find out which app is responsible for using the GPS? I have my suspicions but would like to know ...
28
votes
8answers
43k views

Why is charging from computer using USB slower than using an outlet?

And what is roughly the ratio of the charging speed in USB vs charger? My phone is Samsung Galaxy S, if that matters.
28
votes
4answers
39k views

Why can the Nexus 7 display so much more content on-screen than the Galaxy Nexus?

The Galaxy Nexus is 1280x720, and the Nexus 7 tablet is 1280x800. I realize that the tablet is physically larger, but it's screen resolution, not display size, that determines screen real-estate. ...
28
votes
13answers
7k views

How can I be informed through my computer if a new SMS is received?

While I'm working with my computer, my mobile lies next to me and every time I receive a new SMS or WhatsApp message, I have to grab the phone, read the message and answer it. So It would be really ...
28
votes
7answers
64k views

Is there a way for me to run Adb shell as root without typing in 'su'?

Is there a way for me to run Adb shell as root without typing in su? I want to be able to have root access without going into the shell.
28
votes
7answers
50k views

How do I change the name of my Android device?

My Android device is the Nexus One. But this should apply to all current Android devices. How do I change the name of my Android device? When I connect to my wireless router's client tables, my ...
28
votes
2answers
14k views

Is there a way to turn off translation in Google Play

I have HTC Desire with Norwegian language set up. In Google play, all program descriptions are translated to Norwegian. I find this quite annoying because most of the translations are bad, and looks ...
28
votes
3answers
57k views

How can I run a script on boot?

I'm accustomed to running scripts on boot in Linux, but I'm not sure how to do this in Android. I'd like to start my SSH daemon on start, so I'll always be able to connect. How can I run an arbitrary ...
28
votes
3answers
4k views

Is it possible to use an Android device as a second monitor?

Sort of like this iPad app. Is there any way to extend your desktop onto your phone or tablet? Not looking for VNC solutions.
28
votes
1answer
9k views

The name “Alicia Han” appears to be calling!

I think there's a bug in Android where some Alicia Han appears to be calling. This happens some times if you hang up on someone calling you, or you have a missed call. The name appears in the instant ...
27
votes
1answer
7k views

How exactly does “root” user access/account works? Do all applications run as root on my phone after rooting?

I'm new to android. My old dumbphone broke, so I thought about buying a new smartphone (Android). I've been reading about rooting the phone, but I have some concept doubts: when you buy an Android ...
27
votes
1answer
17k views

How can I verify the authenticity of an apk file I downloaded?

The latest update of Google Maps is unavailable in my country, so I downloaded a version by googling for "Google Maps 5.4.0 apk". I did in fact find it, but now I wonder how I can tell if this is in ...
27
votes
12answers
27k views

Keeping Android quiet at night

I'd like my Android device to keep quiet during the night, no alerts for mails and talk messages, only calls and of course, the wake-up alarm. How can I do it?
27
votes
5answers
30k 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 ...
27
votes
1answer
12k views

What is the ODIN tool?

Recently, I've been learning about rooting/flashing android devices and I often come across web-pages mentioning "ODIN". From my common sense, I've come to realise that it is some sort of Windows GUI ...
27
votes
5answers
143k views

How can I get my Android Phone to use its SD card by default?

I've installed an Android ROM on my HTC HD2, and it's working smoothly and responsively. I've gotten calling, SMS, MMS and internet to work flawlessly. I do however have one small problem. With only ...
26
votes
12answers
4k views

What's the most effortless way for “cloud” back up of photos taken with an Android phone?

After I take a picture with my phone, I want it to be synced (and/or shared) to the "cloud" shortly thereafter. (Say after a few seconds when I have wifi connection but not necessarily right away when ...
26
votes
1answer
7k views

What percentage of devices have each of the Android versions?

We're starting out with some Android development in our company, and I'm working out which Android versions we should support. In one of Google's videos from 27th May 2010 (22:34 minutes in) there ...
26
votes
3answers
22k views

Is there a way to look inside and modify an adb backup created file?

I created a backup of my Galaxy Nexus with adb backup. The resulting file is named backup.db and it's somehow encrypted. I wanted to restore the backup, but it stops when it comes to restoring ...
26
votes
9answers
107k 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.
26
votes
4answers
8k views

Can I use Gmail while offline?

Is it possible to download the new emails from the Gmail account while online, and then read them while offline? Is it possible to write emails while offline that will be sent when online?
26
votes
5answers
47k views

How can I use my Galaxy Nexus as an external USB storage drive?

I just got the Galaxy Nexus and learned that it does not support USB Mass Storage mode. It only supports MTP and PTP. I regularly use my phone as a USB flash drive at work so this is a problem. I ...
26
votes
3answers
159k views

Where on the file system are SMS messages stored?

Where in the file system are SMS messages stored? I'm using ES File Explorer to browse around but can't seem to find this - is it on the phone or the SD, and where? I have an HTC Wildfire but I ...
26
votes
1answer
72k views

What is the basic functionality behind the Odin buttons & checkboxes?

There's a good question on what the Odin tool is. I understand now that it's an internal Samsung tool for flashing firmware, which explains why it's so hard to find info on the (rather cryptic) ...
26
votes
5answers
232k views

Getting “Authentication is required” when trying to access the Play Store

Over the past week, whenever I try to open the Play Store/Market app on my phone, the app thinks for a while and then displays this error message: Authentication is required. You need to sign ...
25
votes
2answers
48k views

How is the Gmail password stored in Android - and where?

I have looked around and found no information on how Android manages to store passwords on the device. Especially Gmail passwords. I'm looking to learn how Android encrypts and stores passwords ? What ...
25
votes
2answers
19k views

What information does stock Android send to Google by default, and how do I opt-out?

I'm about to buy my first Android phone. My understanding is that, in order to download apps and get updates from Google Play, I need to be permanently signed into a Google account that's linked to my ...
25
votes
3answers
82k views

How to close all background apps at once in Android 5.0 (lollipop)?

I noticed that I can press the square button on the bottom right to show all background apps, and then swipe from left to right with my finger to stop them manually. But sometimes, I find that I have ...
25
votes
3answers
33k views

What is the difference between odexed and deodexed ROMs?

What is the difference between odexed and deodexed ROMs? Which is the standard (stock) ROMs that ship use?
25
votes
3answers
52k views

How can I circumvent regional restrictions in Google's Play Store?

I'm travelling to country X. I want to install an application which isn't available in my country, but is available in country X; but I prefer to download and install it in advance, while the data ...
25
votes
9answers
70k views

How do I use an external microphone with my Galaxy Nexus?

How do I use an external microphone on my Galaxy Nexus, and what kind do I need? I know if it should use a jack plug (3.5 mm), but not all jack connectors are the same, and I don't know if the lower ...
25
votes
5answers
25k views

Can I emulate a Bluetooth keyboard with my Android device?

I'd like to use an Android phone for controlling presentations. I know there's some wifi approaches, but often times the computer running the slideshow isn't owned by me and is not comfortable ...
25
votes
2answers
17k views

How do I get rid of “Network may be monitored” in KitKat?

Ever since I've installed my own CA in the key store I'm getting warnings that the network may be monitored. Well, I guess that's a valid warning if I don't trust these certificates, but I really ...
24
votes
1answer
25k views

How to distinguish Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 7 (2013)

I am having trouble with Bluetooth Low Energy (BT 4.0) on a Nexus 7. I think I may have a 2012 model. How to tell if I have a 2012 or 2013 version of the Nexus 7?
24
votes
9answers
34k views

Not all files are visible over MTP

I have LG L5 (e610 model) device with Cyanogenmod 10. When I connect the phone to a computer with Linux (I have mtpfs installed), I can see both internal storage and the SD card. However when I ...
24
votes
11answers
77k views

How do I project the screen of my Android phone for a presentation?

How can I project my Droid Incredible screen so I can demonstrate the smart phone to a room full of people? Does anyone know how I can link the phone to a PC? To a TV?
24
votes
2answers
5k views

How to hide updates from market?

I have an app that has updates that reduce the functionality of the app. Is it possible to hide the updates so that I can use the "update all" feature, or update all apps from the list without ...
23
votes
5answers
14k views

What happens to a running program when “home” button is pressed in Android phone?

One thing puzzles me. It looks like if I use some program on Android and press the "home" button I see the home screen and can rerun the program and see that program in the same state as it was before ...
23
votes
7answers
8k views

How can I tell if I have root?

I've been attempting to root my phone (Samsung Intercept M910, but that probably doesn't matter). How can I tell that I have actually, successfully gained root? I've run a few apps which require ...
23
votes
5answers
12k 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 ...
23
votes
3answers
6k views

What are the security disadvantages of rooting an Android phone?

I know there was a discussion previously BUT they didn't talk about security. E.g.: if I root my phone will all my apps run with root permission? Related: Are there any risks to rooting a device?

15 30 50 per page