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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 ...
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1answer
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Google Photos Auto-Backup Exclude folder

I have Auto Backup enabled in Google Now for Photos. I also have Local Folders enabled so that photos produced by apps other than the camera get backed up too. However, this then includes photos and ...
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14answers
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How to edit the “ME” contact?

On my Galaxy Nexus running (stock, non-rooted) ICS, there is a contact entry for "ME". This is different from the contact entry farther down the list with my actual name on it. And the contact for ...
21
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1answer
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What's the security implication of having an unlocked boot loader?

Nexus devices can be unlocked using the fastboot command fastboot oem unlock to install a custom firmware. For security reasons, the phone is wiped when this command is executed. However after this is ...
21
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3answers
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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 ...
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Emacs on Android

I would like to run emacs on my android phone. Has anyone done this? If so, how can I? I've looked, and I haven't been able to find either an executable or instructions to compile emacs for android. ...
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Securing a young child's tablet

My wife has decided to get the kids a set of android tablets for christmas. These are Coby Kyros 4GB wi-fi only models. The kids are ages 6-10 so I don’t particularly want to let them have free ...
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11answers
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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?
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Is there any way to change the emoticons in the standard android sms app?

The green robot smilies are incredibly irritating, IMO. I'm open to suggestions of other SMS apps that have different emoticons as well, but the few I've looked at seem to just skin the standard SMS ...
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Is it possible to pre-download a YouTube video to view it later offline? [duplicate]

I have the Galaxy S3, and I'd like to watch YouTube videos during my commutes. I like to watch long videos (around 1 hours), so I have no more than 1 video per commute. However, youtube video takes ...
21
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5answers
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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 ...
21
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2answers
877 views

How can I buy an app that isn't supported on my (current) device?

As you may know, the official Android Market is in the process of having a sale, charging only 10 cents for a bunch of apps for 10 days. They're going to pick 10 new apps each day, so the apps for ...
21
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4answers
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Can I set the schedule for automatic Market updates, e.g. every night?

Is there a way to schedule when the Market updates my installed apps? Ideally I would like to run it late every night, that way I won't have to be bothered with them when I'm actually using the phone. ...
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6answers
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I want to remotely control my Android device from my PC without rooting it. Is this possible?

Looking for something to remote control my Droid without having to root. To be clear, I am looking for full control over the computer (view on monitor, use mouse and keyboard for input).
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4answers
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Automatically connect to Wi-Fi nodes, but route everything through encryption

Related to my question about VPNs, is there any way to get my phone to automatically connect to unencrypted access points, but route all my traffic through my home network? This would be kind of like ...
20
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3answers
6k views

Are iOS apps faster than android apps since android apps are interpreted?

Android apps are interpreted rather than compiled. Does this make them slower than iOS apps at runtime?
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8answers
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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
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2answers
712 views

Why are Nexus devices often described as perfect for developers?

I often find statements on Android forums like, "Nexus devices are perfect for developers." or "A Nexus device is almost impossible to actually 'brick'" (Is this actually true?). What is it that makes ...
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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 ...
20
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3answers
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Can I re-install a purchased app from Google's Play Store?

I've successfully purchased an app from the Market via my Android phone. It's currently too large for my internal memory (still running 2.1), so can I uninstall it and then re-install it at a later ...
20
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4answers
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How do I back up Google Authenticator?

I'm starting to use Google Authenticator for more and more things now, but I've just realized that if I lose my phone, or if I need to wipe and restore it to install new firmware, I will lose all of ...
20
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1answer
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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 ...
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3answers
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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, ...
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3answers
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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 ...
20
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3answers
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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 ...
20
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4answers
1k views

Android and iTunes

Is it possible to sync an Android phone with iTunes? If so, are there any limitations?
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3answers
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Will a Custom Recovery work with an encrypted device?

I wanted to know whether using Android's built-in encryption (introduced in 3.0) would affect my ability to use a custom recovery (Clockwork Mod in my case). More specifically if I will still be able ...
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3answers
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How to change a default application in Ice Cream Sandwich?

I used the ADWLauncher EX by default while having Gingerbread 2.3.6. Today I have manually updated my Nexus S to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3, and I wanted to give the new default launcher a shot, but I ...
20
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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 ...
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5answers
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Is there an Android media payer that allows you to speed up an mp3?

Is there a media player for android that can play an mp3 10% faster or slower if the user wants to?
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2answers
9k views

Why does unlocking the bootloader wipe phone?

I understand that unlocking the bootloader will wipe my Android phone, but have been looking around for why. Seems to be by design, but what is the reasoning for that design? Is it some security ...
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5answers
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How can I get apps from the Amazon app store from an unsupported region?

Currently, the Amazon app store appears to be US-only. Similar to How do I use the US Android Market, I want to know: How can I use the US Amazon Appstore? Market Enabler doesn't seem to work, and ...
20
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1answer
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Why do some apps with no internet features require internet access?

A couple of apps I've installed or considered say they require internet access even though they have no obvious internet features. One of the most surprising ones was a simple compass app. Why is ...
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6answers
3k views

Are there any devices that are like an iPod Touch, but run Android? [closed]

A lot of people like iPod Touches because they're almost identical to iPhones, but without cell service (and the monthly fees that go along with it), while still being able to connect to a wireless ...
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1answer
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What are the features that TouchWiz has that vanilla Android does not have?

What are the features that TouchWiz has that vanilla Android does not have? This question is similar to What are the features that HTC Sense has that stock Android does not have? but for Samsung ...
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3answers
2k views

Is there a black list for Android apps?

Is there a blacklist yet for Android apps? After reading things like this on slashdot, I think this sort of thing would be extremely helpful. As much as I like Android because I'm not censored as to ...
20
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1answer
56k 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) ...
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2answers
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What is the Streaming Decryption setting in Google Drive?

I notice a "Streaming Decryption" option under Encryption Settings. For me, it was not selected by default. The description under this setting is a little unclear: Decrypt documents into a stream ...
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5answers
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Is there any way to print directly from the phone?

I'm pretty sure the answer is "no" since printer manufacturers haven't yet started making drivers for Android (or iPhone). I guess I'm just curious if anyone has heard anything about this and ...
19
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1answer
8k 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?
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4answers
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What is USB debugging? Can I keep it ON forever?

Sometimes I need to transfer some music from my PC to my Galaxy S2 and must always activate USB debugging. Then I think, can I keep it ON forever? I mean, Keep it ON for ever can give me a problem ...
19
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1answer
9k views

Why does the new Chrome update want the permission to use my camera and audio recording?

Seriously, it specifically states that it can use the camera and audio recording any time it wants, whether or not I wish it to. Why is Chrome on Android requesting those permissions? Should I be ...
19
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6answers
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Silencing a Whatsapp group

I would like to stop receiving new message notifications from a certain Whatsapp group. Is it possible? Clarifications: I don't want to leave the group. I don't want to turn off all Whatsapp ...
19
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1answer
1k views

What is Dalvik cache?

When installing custom ROMs most recommend clearing the Dalvik cache. What exactly is Dalvik cache?
19
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2answers
19k views

Can you connect USB devices to an Android phone?

I have an HTC Desire and would like to connect USB devices to it, for example an external USB thumb drive to transfer files or a USB keyboard. Is this at all possible?
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2answers
3k views

Can I use my device on a different carrier?

Sometimes it's desirable to use a device on a carrier that does not officially sell it. Often this is due to regional differences and travel (for example, using a US phone in Europe) but also because ...
19
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6answers
26k views

Backup and restore Android Settings and Application through ADB

I would like to ask if it possible to backup and restore all Android Settings and applications through ADB. I tried: adb backup -all adb: unable to connect for backup It is not working, while all ...
19
votes
4answers
42k 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 ...
19
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4answers
3k views

What causes battery to drain faster than it can charge?

I have a Moto DROID (v1). On a trip from Tyler, TX to DFW airport I had my phone in the car dock and charging. I was using Navigation for directions to the airport and also had Listen running to ...
19
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1answer
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How does Google Play's “Market license check” work?

About a month ago I bought a game called Whale Trail during a sale on Google Play. Today, when I tried to play the game on the subway, it asked to verify the game's license, and failing to do so ...

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