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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 ...
22
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5answers
11k 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 ...
22
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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?
22
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5answers
36k views

How can I deal with “Low on Space” messages on my Android?

I keep getting the "Low on Space: Application data space is low. To free up" [the rest is cut off] message. I've moved every app I can over to the SD card, cleared the cache, compacted my K9 mail ...
22
votes
6answers
21k 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 ...
22
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3answers
2k views

Does Android suffer from the same “over a period of time” performance degradation that OSes like Windows do?

To clarify, yes, I run a custom ROM on my phone. I thought to myself "I'm going to flash this and keep it stable because I need to depend on it for work". Almost a full month later, I'm finding that ...
22
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5answers
30k views

How to keep two versions of an app installed?

Android Market has just updated an app in my device. I liked the update, but its fully different from last version which was also my favorite. So, I want to keep last version too. I have last ...
22
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12answers
47k views

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 ...
22
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5answers
2k views

An app to locate my Android device around the house?

Oftentimes, I don't know where I placed my Android around the house. What app would you recommend to allow me to send an email to it that will cause vibrate and emit high volume sounds/music that will ...
22
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2answers
6k views

Undo Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) Full Disk Encryption

Just upgraded my Nexus S to Android 4 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. Was looking through all the new features, and decided to enable encryption, which worked (and is working) just fine. Now I'm wondering if ...
22
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3answers
7k views

What is the relation between ROM Manager, ClockworkMod and Nandroid? Which one(s) do I need?

So I understand the first thing I need to do with my phone, after rooting, is to back everything up. But I was confused about 3 of the apparently popular tools used for this. For example, is Nandroid ...
22
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2answers
64k 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 ...
22
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1answer
2k views

Why does the Google Authenticator app have “obsolete” in its title on Play Store?

Why does the Google Authenticator app have "obsolete" in its title on Play Store? Does it work? Can I still use it for two-factor authentication? Is there a preferred method?
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2answers
4k views

Can I hang up using a button?

When I'm on a phone call nothing is more important than the ability to hang up. If, for whatever reason, I suddenly find myself in an embarrassing situation or interrupted by something important, I ...
22
votes
11answers
74k 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?
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votes
2answers
7k views

Why is the Android stock browser still alive?

The Stock browser in Android has not been actively supported, and Google Chrome is actively developed and uses modern technologies unlike it's predecessor. Yet, the stock browser still has 22.77% of ...
22
votes
6answers
31k views

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 ...
22
votes
6answers
35k views

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 ...
22
votes
2answers
10k views

How to remove device(s) from My Market Account?

I know I can choose "Hidden in menus" and never see the devices again when I install a application. But I don't want my old mobile phones display in my account settings anymore. I have sold those ...
22
votes
2answers
946 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 ...
22
votes
4answers
5k views

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. ...
21
votes
10answers
118k 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?
21
votes
10answers
16k views

How does power usage for data over WiFi compare to data over 3G? (Ignore LTE for now)

If you have unlimited data over 3G so that cost is no option, which is more power efficient? Using the WiFi or 3G connection for data usage? Extending battery life being the goal
21
votes
1answer
17k views

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
votes
5answers
4k views

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. ...
21
votes
5answers
9k views

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 ...
21
votes
4answers
17k views

How can I avoid the battery charging when connected via USB?

I'm using my Samsung Galaxy S2 for development so I regularly plug it while it's not fully charged, and my phone starts charging over USB. I think this (charging while in use) can affect battery life ...
21
votes
1answer
28k views

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 ...
21
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
21
votes
6answers
19k views

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).
21
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4answers
3k views

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
votes
3answers
7k 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?
20
votes
2answers
736 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 ...
20
votes
3answers
45k views

What is the default Android Root Password?

What is the default password for the Android root account? Can I change the root password after rooting my android device by simply typing passwd? How does the rooting process work? If I use a "one ...
20
votes
2answers
2k views

Security of Paid apps in Google Play?

What measures does Google takes to ensure that paid apps that are downloaded do not get spread for free? Currently I see a possibility that can leak out a large number of apps: Someone pays to ...
20
votes
3answers
12k views

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
votes
3answers
3k 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, ...
20
votes
1answer
6k views

How does the Ubuntu Phone OS relate to the Android OS?

I've read that the new announced Ubuntu Phone OS was heavily inspired by Android, while not using Java and the Dalvik VM for its apps. However, it was also not clear whether it's a fork of the AOSP ...
20
votes
3answers
52k 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 ...
20
votes
5answers
2k views

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 ...
20
votes
4answers
9k views

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 ...
20
votes
4answers
1k views

Android and iTunes

Is it possible to sync an Android phone with iTunes? If so, are there any limitations?
20
votes
3answers
18k views

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 ...
20
votes
3answers
61k views

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
votes
4answers
27k views

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
votes
1answer
10k 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 ...
20
votes
3answers
226k 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 ...
20
votes
8answers
80k views

How can I open an HTML file I have copied from PC to SD Card of Phone?

How can I open an HTML file I have copied from PC to SD Card of Phone? I've tried opening it with the default application which is HTML Viewer but I get a "Web page not available" system page. The ...
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 ...
20
votes
5answers
14k views

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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