2
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3answers
18k views

Why can't apps connect to the internet?

Running on both WiFi and mobile connection, the browser can connect to the internet ok but apps can not connect. What can cause this? Samsung Galaxy S
17
votes
3answers
84k views

How to view the android service menu (secret menu)?

Most of the mobile manufacturers include a hidden service menu in their mobile handsets. These menus allow users (or developers) to access some technical information and service personnel to access ...
60
votes
6answers
34k views

Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?

Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?. Specifically: Phone calls read phone state and identity For example Quickpedia is a Wikipedia portal, but ...
20
votes
1answer
10k views

What are some general tips on improving overall performance of an Android phone?

I was wondering if anyone could share some general tips on speeding up/ improving performance of your phone. I have had my droid eris for about a year now and it seems more sluggish than ever. I ...
16
votes
3answers
26k views

How do I upgrade firmware on my Samsung Galaxy S without using windows?

So far Samsung has been rolling updates out using its windows only software Kies, and not over the air like the rest of the android world. Is there anyway that non windows users can get these ...
12
votes
2answers
17k views

How to remove pre-installed apps like Peep and Friend Stream from my HTC phone? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I uninstall applications that are locked by phone vendor? Is there an easy way to remove pre-installed apps on my HTC Droid Incredible? Amazon MP3 Car Panel ...
34
votes
7answers
20k views

Can I use 2 android phones as walkie talkie? (without internet!)

I want to use 2 (or more) android phones as walkie-talkie (i.e. they talk each other without needing internet/voice call). Of course this should work with WiFi, because it doesn't make much sense a ...
22
votes
6answers
19k views

How do I set a custom MP3 as a ringtone for other notifications?

I have an HTC Droid Incredible running Android 2.2 FroYo and would like to use custom sounds/songs as ringtones for text message notifications, event and task reminders, Facebook and Twitter ...
20
votes
6answers
6k 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 ...
18
votes
2answers
20k views

Can I automatically log in to open WiFi that requires web login/password?

There are lots of wifi hotspots that are open, but require a web-based login to use. Hotels, coffeeshops, workplaces. For password-protected wifi, it's easy to set up Android phones to remember the ...
34
votes
4answers
3k views

Is an antivirus really needed for Android?

I use Linux for half a decade now, so I am not used to dealing with viruses anymore. To my surprise, I saw some discussion about antiviruses in Android. I haven't installed any yet, but this bugs me: ...
18
votes
3answers
7k views

How do I sync only “My Contacts” from Google on Samsung Galaxy S?

Is there any way that I can limit my Galaxy S to only download & sync contacts from the google account that are in "My Contacts"? Right now, it downloads everything, in particular, contacts in the ...
10
votes
3answers
7k views

How frequently is it okay to let the battery discharge fully or as low as possible?

I know that atleast once or twice a month a full battery drain and then a 100% charge helps increase the battery life and also gives more accurate battery readings. I was wondering, how frequently is ...
19
votes
1answer
2k views

What are the advantages of a custom ROM over rooted stock?

What can a custom ROM provide beyond rooting that I can't get by downloading an application?
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? ...
12
votes
4answers
25k views

Can I use my Android device as Wi-Fi Dongle (ie Tethering to PC through USB, but using Wi-FI not Phone Network)?

I want to use my Android phone to connect a desktop (windows 7) PC to the internet via Wi-Fi (ie, not muching though my Data plan). Is this possible with the various tethering options out there? The ...
6
votes
5answers
9k 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 ...
34
votes
8answers
88k 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
107k 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?
20
votes
3answers
39k 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 ...
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?
10
votes
4answers
18k 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 ...
4
votes
3answers
25k 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 ...
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
4answers
46k 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?
22
votes
1answer
9k 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 ...
18
votes
4answers
11k 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 ...
16
votes
5answers
101k 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.) ...
14
votes
1answer
1k 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.
13
votes
5answers
9k 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?
9
votes
1answer
10k views

How do I root my Samsung Galaxy S?

How do I root my Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000?
8
votes
1answer
1k 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. ...
5
votes
2answers
24k 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 ...
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
3k 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).
7
votes
3answers
52k views

What is error code 495 on Google Play and the YouTube app?

"Facebook" could not be downloaded due to an error. (495) How do I solve this error?
3
votes
1answer
2k views

self-signed certificate install claims success, but android acts as if cert isn't there

I am trying to install the self-signed certificate for my web server in Android 4.3. I have the .crt file in the root of the SD card (which is actually emulated as I have no SD card in the slot). To ...
3
votes
2answers
999 views

Why does my phone have erroneous input when connected to a non-OEM power source?

My phone (Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX) seems to have problems accepting touch input when connected to a non-OEM power source. When connected to my computer via USB, it accepts input fine, as it does when ...
3
votes
2answers
25k 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
3answers
19k 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 ...
16
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
186k 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 ...
21
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?
20
votes
3answers
122k 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
5answers
95k 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 ...
28
votes
7answers
28k views

How to quit Skype on Android?

I'm using the newly released market version of Skype on my ADP1 running CyanogenMod 6.0. I can't seem to quit the Skype program. There doesn't seem to be any mechanism for signing out of Skype once ...
23
votes
5answers
45k 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 ...

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