32
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7answers
77k views

How to play a YouTube clip in background/minimised?

The stock YouTube app (here on 2.1-eclair, but applies to all android versions) stops playing when I minimised, switched to another application or even when I lock the phone. And when I resume it ...
20
votes
8answers
98k views

How can I change the default browser?

I need to change the default browser in my Android device to Opera. Is there any way to do that?
16
votes
7answers
2k views

How to monitor the amount of data traffic?

I would like to monitor how much data-traffic I use. How?
9
votes
4answers
16k views

How to capture video stream from Android phone screen and show it on laptop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I project the screen of my android phone for a presentation? How to capture video stream from Android phone screen and show it on laptop? I've got Android 2.2 ...
17
votes
2answers
5k views

How can I change the user agent for the stock browser?

I am constantly annoyed by websites that force me into the (often terrible) mobile version of the site and provide no way to switch to the full version. I know Dolphin for example allows changing the ...
15
votes
3answers
37k views

How can I can open local files in the default Android browser?

I want to open local files that are on my sdcard in the Android browser. How can I accomplish this?
20
votes
1answer
8k 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 ...
16
votes
5answers
98k views

How can I free up more space on my Android (2.2 Froyo) phone?

I have already moved all the applications that allow it to the SD card. So what I am really looking for here are some tips like clearing internet cache or something like that. (I have an HTC Desire.) ...
13
votes
5answers
8k views

How can I get a overview and manage the default applications for file types?

Most OSs show a nice summary about which application will be used to open a certain file type. Android does not seem to have such a function. How can I track and manage the default applications?
13
votes
1answer
856 views

How do I keep my wi-fi on in sleep mode

When I am downloading large files I need to stop my phone from sleeping , how do I keep my wi-fi on when the phone is in sleep mode.
3
votes
1answer
4k views

How can I restore IMEI code after factory reset?

The phone is a Hero H2000 dual sim with Android v2.2.1, MTK Platform I get an Invalid IMEI error after a factory reset. How can I fix this?
18
votes
4answers
10k views

Move paid apps between devices?

I have an android phone(1) on 2.3.3 and a tablet(2) on preorder that will be on 3. (And a bad gadget habit.) Can I, when the tablet arrives, uninstall paid apps on the phone and install them on the ...
9
votes
1answer
9k views

How do I root my Samsung Galaxy S?

How do I root my Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000?
8
votes
1answer
829 views

How to remove this sliding app section?

A couple of weeks ago a sliding app section appeared on my home-screen. I have no idea how it got there, and no clue on how to disable/remove it. I tried all I could on the homescreen, to no luck. ...
4
votes
2answers
17k views

Control Android with broken screen from PC

My rooted Galaxy Nexus has a broken screen. How can I use my PC (ie, via ADB) to control the phone? androidscreencast would be the ideal solution, but its keyboard/mouse control feature does not work ...
2
votes
2answers
7k views

Connect android phones through adhoc wifi network

I want to connect my android phones (two Galaxy s2 and two nexus1 phones) in adhoc mode through wifi connection. Something like peer to peer network so that I can transfer messages with mobiles in my ...
10
votes
4answers
1k views

How do I transfer iPhone contacts to an Android phone?

I know someone who just got an Atrix 4G and previously had an iPhone 3GS. I was asked how he could move his contacts from the iPhone/iTunes onto the Android device. I have never owned an iPhone and ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

Can bought Android apps be shared between devices you own?

On the iPod Touch/iPhone since it is tied to your iTunes account, I am quite sure you can have your bought apps on multiple devices you own (can't test though iPod Touch was stolen). However now I ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

How can I block incoming SMS from certain senders?

What is a good app for blocking incoming SMS? I want it to be easy and able to add numbers from contacts and not require to many privileges (probably only some storage and intercepting SMS).
6
votes
5answers
40k views

“Incompatible with other applications(s) using the same shared user ID” when installing Google Play service?

I need to run Google Plus, and Google Plus needs the Google Play service. Every time I install google play service from the Google Play store it fails to install with this error: Incompatible ...
3
votes
2answers
24k views

How can I use Flash Player now that it's no longer supported?

I know that Adobe Flash Player is discontinued for Android devices, but is there an alternative way to continue using Flash on an Android 2.3 device? I have the apk of Flash Player 10, but I would ...
3
votes
1answer
6k views

How to root the new version of the ONE X

How Can i Root my HTC ONE X with android version 4.0.4, HTC sense version 4.0, Software number 2.20.502.7 ATT US edition
21
votes
2answers
16k 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 ...
15
votes
6answers
2k views

How can I find a lost phone or help people return it?

I'm looking for an app like Where's My Droid to help locate a lost device. Ideally I'm hoping there is one that might have two specific features: The ability to display a message to the screen to ...
27
votes
2answers
134k views

What are the names of the various versions of the Android OS, and how are these names chosen?

Many people refer to Android versions by "codenames" rather than version numbers (e.g. Android "Gingerbread"). What are the names of the various versions of the Android OS, and how are these names ...
17
votes
3answers
2k views

How can I get the Android Market installed on my Kindle Fire?

There are a couple of apps I'd like to install that aren't available in Amazon's store. Is there a way I can get the normal Android Market app set up on this thing, so I can get apps (and updates for ...
19
votes
3answers
102k 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 ...
9
votes
1answer
3k 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 ...
9
votes
5answers
90k views

My Samsung Galaxy 3 (GT-i5801) is not being detected by my PC — What should I do?

I have a Samsung Galaxy 3 (GT-i5801) Android phone. Currently, my phone is not being detected by my PC. Initially, when I purchased this phone, I was developing applications and I was able to run the ...
23
votes
5answers
43k 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 ...
14
votes
1answer
2k views

Popups, dialogs, notifications, toasts: what's the difference?

I'm trying to troubleshoot a problem with an unwanted pop-up message, and the person who's trying to help asked what kind of pop-up it is. It's just a message on the screen, what difference does it ...
14
votes
7answers
5k views

Are the apps safe? How can I make my Android more secure?

Are the apps on the Android Market checked or audited? If I search Google for "hardening Android", the best hit I can find is Google Android Hardening Checklist. What's your opinion regarding this? ...
6
votes
5answers
8k views

Restore only part of nandroid image

In attempt to install 2.2 I've deleted all my contacts(contacts were saved on phone, not as google contacts) I've done full nandroid backup while phone still had those contacts; however when I try ...
24
votes
8answers
30k 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 ...
19
votes
3answers
2k views

Other than portability, are there any other advantages (or disadvantages) to storing apps on external storage?

Are there any particular advantages/disadvantages to storing apps on the external storage of an Android device? As I have a Nexus S, I can't think of advantages for me as I can't remove the storage, ...
14
votes
2answers
2k views

Is there any way to erase personal information from my phone that has already been stolen?

My phone has been stolen. I do not want the thief to have access to any of my personal information such as calls, texts, and information saved in the phones contents. Is there any possible way I can ...
14
votes
3answers
42k views

Can an Android phone be used as a Bluetooth headset/speakers?

Is there a way to make an Android phone (HTC Desire HD) act as Bluetooth speakers or headset? I'd like to use the phone as wireless headphones whilst watching a movie on a computer (running Ubuntu).
14
votes
6answers
17k views

How to remove corporate settings?

My DroidX just got upgraded to 2.3.15 (android version shows 2.2) over the air. After the upgrade the phone forced me to set a pin number. The phone is not currently connected to an Exchange server, ...
12
votes
2answers
41k views

Why can't I install apps when I have enough storage?

In "Settings" > "SD card & phone storage settings" under "Internal Phone Storage" it lists "Available Space" as 13.78MB. I'm trying to install an app that is 2.38MB. Why do I get the ...
11
votes
3answers
6k views

How can I buy apps from unsupported countries?

What can you do if you are located in a country that still does not support paid apps? Please include solutions for non-rooted users as well.
8
votes
1answer
61k views

How to change the (permanent) MAC address on my android phone?

In the past months, I've got 2 Chinese Android cells (Froyo) based on MTK6515. They work fine but we started having lot of trouble attempting access to internet, and after a while I found out that ...
12
votes
5answers
4k views

How can I reliably screen or block callers on a number-by-number basis?

Last night I got a telemarketing call on my Verizon Droid X. I was horrified, to say the least. I absolutely do NOT want telemarketers wasting my time and minutes with their B.S. I looked into ...
12
votes
2answers
706 views

I checked 'use as default' when choosing the default launcher, but now I can't start ADW.Launcher any more

I installed ADW.Launcher on my Galaxy S running Froyo (2.2) to check it out. When it was installed, every time I pressed the 'home' button, I got a choice which launcher to start. In the end I found ...
8
votes
2answers
781 views

What is involved in installing Android onto a device?

I just picked up a Viewsonic G-Tablet. It's got killer hardware specs and is running Android 2.2 but it's barely usable because of this terrible TapUI that's crippling the device. I have been ...
5
votes
3answers
14k views

How can I control both volume and track skip on my Android device from my headphones?

How can I control both volume and track skip on my Android device from my headphones? I.e with a set of headphones having 3 buttons Button 1: Volume + Button 2: Play/Pause/Skip Forward/Skip Backward ...
14
votes
2answers
3k views

When should I start charging my Lithium battery?

The comments in this question say that I shouldn't wait until low battery charge level before I charge, because that reduces battery life (this is contrary to my understanding before that the faster ...
12
votes
1answer
1k views

How can I install vanilla Android on the Kindle Fire?

I just received my Amazon Kindle Fire and since I am not located within the USA I can't use most of services provided Amazon. So I think the best thing for me would be to install a vanilla (custom) ...
11
votes
6answers
4k views

Is there a way to customize vibrate patterns?

Like many people my phone is most of the time in silent/vibrate mode. I was wondering if there's a way to assign different vibration patterns for different notifications, just like we do for ringtones ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

How can I prevent my Wi-Fi connection from glitching?

Occassionally my Wi-Fi goes into this weird state where the phone "thinks" I'm connected, but the connection simply doesn't work. Apps still seem to think I have connectivity, though they can't ...
9
votes
4answers
22k views

How can I write in a PDF with a tablet and a pen (a.k.a Is there a Xournal alternative for Android)?

There is already a similar question, which is about the Xoom and note taking. But I'd like to ask this in a more general way: Given a tablet (and a pen), how can I write - not just adding notes and ...

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