21
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3answers
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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 ...
23
votes
3answers
29k 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 ...
22
votes
1answer
38k views

How to upgrade / swap SD card without losing data and installed apps?

I have 2GB Micro SD card in my Android and want to upgrade to 4GB. How can I achieve it without losing anything from my 2GB card? I mostly use this card to store images/music and most of the apps.
12
votes
2answers
18k 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 ...
31
votes
3answers
50k 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 ...
17
votes
4answers
81k views

How safe is it to use Aptoide?

As with the latest update to Google Play one now longer sees the full list of permissions requested by an app on install/update1, I feel my privacy invaded. Even worse, an app could sneak in ...
12
votes
9answers
12k views

Better way to connect Galaxy Nexus (ICS) to Linux

I can connect my Galaxy Nexus to my Kubuntu machine using the PTP protocol, but it's really slow. I've read this interview about why Galaxy Nexus doesn't support USB Mass storage, and I've gone to ...
24
votes
3answers
7k 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?
11
votes
1answer
11k views

What's the difference between a service and a broadcast receiver?

I keep hearing about services and broadcast receivers. What's the difference between them, and how do they affect the operation of my Android phone from my point of view?
10
votes
3answers
12k 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 ...
18
votes
4answers
117k views

What does the “Force stop” button mean?

When I go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Downloaded I see an application list. If I select some applications I see button "Force stop" active, but some applications have ...
16
votes
1answer
6k 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 ...
16
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? ...
10
votes
2answers
72k views

What does it mean to “brick” your phone?

I'm considering unlocking the bootloader on my Verizon Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535). However, a guide I was reading made this statement: Once you have unlocked your phone’s bootloader using this app, you ...
7
votes
3answers
6k views

Resize screen for Dead touch zone

I have Star N7189 (5.5") with the lower zone of touch screen dead The menu and back buttons don't work,but the physical home button works. I tried to press hard on the edges of the screen, I ...
18
votes
7answers
2k views

How to monitor the amount of data traffic?

I would like to monitor how much data-traffic I use. How?
14
votes
2answers
22k views

False “low on space” (internal storage) warning on HTC Incredible

A while ago, I posted another question here when I had plenty of free internal storage but was getting the following warning: Low on space: Phone storage space is getting low. The problem was ...
8
votes
2answers
20k views

How to completely uninstall an app on Android Lollipop?

I am having a problem with uninstalling apps on Android 5.0 (nexus 5). I am developing an android app so I debug/run the app directly on my device. For production, I exported the same app with my ...
19
votes
2answers
6k 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 ...
25
votes
3answers
7k 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 ...
22
votes
4answers
19k views

Move paid apps between devices? [duplicate]

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 ...
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 ...
3
votes
1answer
7k 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?
9
votes
3answers
5k views

Are there any stats of Android version distribution by region?

The dashboard shows global distribution, and I wonder if there's a way to find out the difference in Gingerbread distribution between say, India and Europe.
7
votes
3answers
16k views

How to share internet among 2 android devices?

I have in my possession a G1 and a new Android tablet (the Kmart one, the Gentouch). The Gentouch uses wifi to access the internet; the G1 uses a T-Mobile cellular connection. Ideally, I'd like to ...
6
votes
3answers
54k views

Logout from Gmail on my device

It bothers me that my Android Phone is permanently logged into my Gmail account. I want to logout from the device and somehow make the phone ask for username/password when connecting to my account. ...
5
votes
3answers
12k views

Nexus 7 2013 error upgrading to 5.0.2 OTA

I updated to 5.0.1 via OTA sometime ago, and it worked fine. Now I got a notification that 5.0.2 is ready but when Android shuts down to install update it returns error (with no other message. My ...
5
votes
2answers
49k 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 ...
3
votes
8answers
219k views

I've deleted Google Play Store. How can I reinstall it?

I've been having an issue with my apps where an error "Package file is invalid" keeps appearing. I read a tutorial somewhere which told me to "uninstall updates" for the Google Play Store application. ...
2
votes
5answers
31k views

How to backup broken screen phone when USB debugging IS NOT enabled?

I dropped my Samsung S3. Now I cannot see anything, just a white screen with purple, black, and green lines. Before it blanked out, it wasn't recognizing my finger touch. Any idea on how or what to ...
2
votes
3answers
33k 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
2
votes
2answers
11k 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 ...
0
votes
3answers
30k views

“Lucky try” & “Recommended” shortcuts always appear on homescreen, how to remove it?

I am getting shortcuts in my home screen. I try to delete it, but it is appearing once again. Shortcuts names: Lucky try, Recommended.
10
votes
4answers
2k 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 ...
5
votes
1answer
18k views

How to root a HTC Desire running official Android 2.3?

I have an HTC Desire (Bravo, A8181, GSM) sold in Sweden. I updated it to Android 2.3 using the official release, which is as of 2011-12-29 available at HTCdev with instructions from here. Now I want ...
43
votes
7answers
11k views

Support for Multiple Users on same device

Is there such a thing as a "current user" on Android and a way to switch it? I'm interested in getting a Motorola Xoom and would like to share it with my wife when at home. For my Windows laptop we ...
36
votes
2answers
498k 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 ...
19
votes
3answers
30k 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 ...
24
votes
3answers
36k 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 ...
24
votes
6answers
22k 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 ...
19
votes
2answers
19k views

What's the best way to restart Android via command line (remotely)?

I'm looking for the best / friendliest way to reboot my rooted android 4.1.1 device. I found these solutions so far: su -c "reboot" - Causes problems with wifi after restart on my device... I read ...
19
votes
3answers
67k views

How can I find out what causes “Android OS” to consume battery?

The issue is that I see a high percentage on the "Android OS" item in the Battery Usage, and I want to find out what is causing it. But let me say that I'm interested in diagnostics techniques and ...
24
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?
22
votes
4answers
9k 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 ...
17
votes
4answers
28k views

How to know app name by UID

I have found that UID=10058 using battery much in "battery history" How can I know app name by UID=10058
9
votes
5answers
107k 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
3answers
4k 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, ...
11
votes
1answer
9k views

How do I root my Nexus 7?

I am wanting to gain root privileges on my Google Nexus 7 tablet, running Android 4.1-4.2.1. How can I do this?
10
votes
1answer
146k 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 ...
8
votes
3answers
37k views

Can't remount /system in rw

I try desesperately to push an app with adb on the /system/app folder (to install the PlayStore on my low cost tablet). So i tried to remount the /system partition with root rights : mount -o ...

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