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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 ...
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3answers
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Is the data associated with an app cleared when an app is uninstalled?

The data associated with an app which we see when we go to Applications > Manage Applications > application, is it cleared when we hit "Uninstall" or is it left untouched by the uninstaller? The ...
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3answers
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What can an app do with the “USE ACCOUNTS ON THE DEVICE” permission?

Can such an app freely read my emails/calendar/message/docs/etc.? The "USE ACCOUNTS ON THE DEVICE" permission is also known for developers as android.permission.USE_CREDENTIALS. Example of such apps:...
26
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7answers
119k 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 ...
26
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3answers
42k views

How to disable captive portal detection? How to remove exclamation mark on Wi-Fi or signal icon in Lollipop?

When connected to the Internet, the system checks if it's in a walled garden, which is simply trying to connect to Google. If it fails, in Android 5, there'll be an exclamation mark on the WiFi icon ...
26
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7answers
10k views

ADB backup creates 0-byte file; prompts for current backup password even though I never set one; “Failed to set password” for Desktop backup password

The problem: Every time I run ADB backup, I get a message near the bottom of the home screen saying Backup starting..., followed by a message saying Backup finished a few seconds later despite the ...
26
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1answer
11k 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 ...
26
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2answers
7k 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 ...
26
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6answers
48k 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 ...
26
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2answers
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Phone not appearing in Android Device Manager

When I go to Android Device Manager, my tablet is listed, but not my phone. I had signed up just as soon as ADM was available, and at that time both devices were listed. Now, for the last several days,...
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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 ...
26
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4answers
73k 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 ...
26
votes
5answers
2k views

Audit app permissions easily in one place?

Is there anyway to list all the applications installed on your phone and the permissions they require all on one page, or export the list so it can easily be audited?
26
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6answers
52k 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 ...
26
votes
4answers
138k views

Broken screen while debug mode was disabled. How can I re-enable adb?

The screen of my phone is physically broken, so it doesn't display anything, but the touch aspect does seem to be working, as I can unlock my phone, and get haptic feedback. Before I go to get it ...
26
votes
8answers
25k views

What do I say to make a new line when using voice recognition?

I've found I can make punctuation happen by saying "comma", or "period", but I can't find the word for new line. I tried "paragraph", and "line break", but it just prints those words.
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4answers
91k views

Change Gmail account to make in-app purchase?

What is the procedure to change email account which you want to use to make in-app purchase? Take a look at the image. Click to enlarge the image I am using 2 Gmail accounts and only 1 has a ...
25
votes
10answers
5k 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, ...
25
votes
5answers
18k views

What happens to a running program when “home” button is pressed in Android phone?

One thing puzzles me. It looks like if I use some program on Android and press the "home" button I see the home screen and can rerun the program and see that program in the same state as it was before ...
25
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2answers
839 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 ...
25
votes
6answers
23k 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 ...
25
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3answers
58k views

How can phone companies detect tethering (incl. Wifi hotspot)

Mobile network operators (also: telephone companies, telcos, providers) sometimes offer low cost data packages that are usable only on the phone. Or so, they say. How can they distinguish between a ...
25
votes
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 ...
25
votes
3answers
99k 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 ...
25
votes
4answers
1k views

Android and iTunes

Is it possible to sync an Android phone with iTunes? If so, are there any limitations?
25
votes
3answers
23k 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 ...
25
votes
2answers
1k views

What is Dalvik cache?

When installing custom ROMs most recommend clearing the Dalvik cache. What exactly is Dalvik cache?
25
votes
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?
25
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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 ...
25
votes
2answers
52k 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.
25
votes
5answers
1k views

How can I get my Chrome-synced bookmarks in an Android device?

I'm using Google Chrome and syncing the bookmarks with the built-in feature. How can I get those bookmarks in my Android device?
25
votes
7answers
129k views

How to stream audio from PC to Android Device over Bluetooth

I have a rooted Android Device running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a PC(with Bluetooth dongle) running windows 7. My mobile has Bluetooth with A2DP support. I want to output the audio(not just music) ...
25
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?
25
votes
3answers
10k views

Contacts with and without international extensions

I'm in the UK. My Nexus S received its update to 4.0.4 yesterday, and I now have the following problem. If I have a contact with (say) the number 07123456789 and I receive a text from this contact, ...
25
votes
1answer
29k 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 ...
25
votes
6answers
9k views

What are the Pros and Cons to running CyanogenMod?

Can anyone that's used it list the relevant benefits and drawbacks? I'm actually more interested in the drawbacks and limitations because its not hard to find praise for it. Edit: Ooops, I forgot to ...
25
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 ...
25
votes
3answers
49k views

Making multiple files or a folder available offline in Google Drive

Is there any way to make multiple files or a whole folder available offline in Google Drive at the same time? For the offline folder it would be nice if there was some way when a document is synced to ...
25
votes
2answers
1k 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 ...
25
votes
3answers
27k views

Smart lock not working anymore with trusted places

I have used smart lock with trusted places since it arrived and it has been working fine. Without any noticable changes, it has stopped working. My location shows in maps as exactly where I am, but ...
25
votes
3answers
607 views

Strange .txt file that has the names of different presidents inside the android system folder

Browsing the systems files of my LG P350 I discovered a strange file inside what seems to be the XT9 files: there's a txt file called heads_of_state.txt, which contents are the following: Hamid ...
24
votes
10answers
147k 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?
24
votes
4answers
57k views

How do RAM and processor speed affect overall performance on Android?

Since Android can be installed on wide range of devices, I'm wondering how important RAM and the CPU speed are to the performance of a device. There are always tradeoffs when something is increased ...
24
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 ...
24
votes
9answers
10k views

Is it possible to block ads in Android applications?

Are there any applications that attempt to block ads in applications? It seems that it should be theoreticaly possible, by blocking web requests to certain sites, for example.
24
votes
4answers
1k views

Is there a way to know the actual permissions of an app now before installing?

I'm not a fan of the current so-called "simplified" permissions in the Play store, and would like a way to check the exact permissions of an app before installing. This need not be a tool that does ...
24
votes
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 ...
24
votes
3answers
80k views

How can I calibrate the compass on my phone?

Google Maps sometimes asks me to calibrate my compass. Last time it did so, I was in a rush and didn't bother to, and now the compass does seem a bit off. I tried to find a "calibrate compass" ...
24
votes
2answers
20k views

Heimdall errors, “ERROR: Partition ”recovery“ does not exist in the specified PIT.”

When I try to flash my S4 with Heimdal and put on clockworkmod, i get the follow, $ sudo heimdall flash --recovery ./clockworkmod_6.0.3.2_jfltespr.img --no-reboot Heimdall v1.4.0 Copyright (c) 2010-...
24
votes
3answers
68k views

How to enter USB debugging mode in Cyanogenmod

I just installed Cyanogenmod 11 on an HTC One, and now I'm completely unable to connect to it via USB from my Linux PC, so I'm unable to transfer any more ROM or applications. How do I enable USB ...

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