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2answers
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Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device?

There are several reasons to be looking for a ROM: Upgrading or downgrading your stock ROM Looking for firmware from a different region/language Flashing a custom ROM for different features, ...
240
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1answer
240k views

How do I root my Android device?

This is a common question by those who have want to root their phones. How exactly do I root my Android device?
28
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1answer
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How do I update the OS on my device?

This Community Wiki question is designed to be the "canonical question" for questions asking how to upgrade one's device to a new operating system. I want to get a newer version of the OS for my ...
30
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4answers
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Can not unlock my Android device as have no internet connection?

I have an Android device which is running Android 4.0.3 (or something like that). My little brother decided to try and guess my lock screen pattern the other day, and ended up locking me out. I ...
64
votes
1answer
72k views

Can I install Android on my non-Android device?

Many people want to try/use Android without buying a new Android phone. How can I install Android on my current phone or device running Nokia Symbian, Maemo, or MeeGo; Microsoft Windows Mobile or ...
95
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2answers
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When will my device get the Android 4.0 update (Ice Cream Sandwich)?

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) was officially announced on October 19, 2011. (You can review the high level SDK changes in Android 4.0 or the official changelog at the official Android Developer's ...
76
votes
1answer
62k views

When will my phone get the Android 2.3 update (Gingerbread)?

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) SDK was released on December 6, 2010. (High-level user highlights) Of course, not all devices will get this update right away and others won't get it at all. Each ...
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1answer
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How can I stop applications and services from running?

When my phone starts up there are several application/services running in the background that I would rather not. And when I press the Home button while using an app, that app usually goes into the ...
48
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1answer
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When will my phone get the Android 2.2 update (FroYo)?

Android 2.2 (FroYo, short for "Frozen Yogurt") was released over the Summer 2010, however not all of the devices that will get this update have received it yet. Each manufacturer and carrier needs to ...
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6answers
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Full Backup of non-rooted devices

I know I'm asking for the close-to-impossible -- as a real full-backup certainly requires root permissions. But still there are many folks around not wanting to root their devices -- afraid of voiding ...
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3answers
48k views

How can I install the Google Apps Package (Play Store, …) on my Android device?

I have recently installed a custom ROM and cannot find the Play Store. It seems like all apps that belong to Google are missing. How can I install the Google Apps Package (Play Store, ...) on my ...
47
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6answers
76k views

How can I uninstall applications that are locked by phone vendor?

I'm using a Samsung I9000 and I have some annoying apps that came pre installed by the phone vendor, like a music store, a custom web browser and other memory leaking apps. Those crappy apps can't be ...
114
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19answers
60k views

What can I do to increase battery life on my Android device?

What can I do to get better battery life on my Droid? Battery life seems awful. Less than 15 hours or so on normal usage.
65
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11answers
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What can I do to manage my phone's internal storage?

If you're not used to seeing the 'low on internal storage' notification, what is it that you're doing to keep your phone's internal memory from filling up so quickly? The 'SD Card and Phone Storage' ...
45
votes
1answer
26k views

When will my device get the Android 4.1 update (Jelly Bean)?

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) was announced at Google I|O 2012 on June 27, 2012. (You can review the high level changes in Android 4.1 at the official Android Developer's site.) Of course, not all ...
22
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4answers
62k views

My device is getting slow, apps start misbehaving/crashing. What can I do?

Everything was working fine for a long time. But suddenly the device is getting slower than usual (e.g. apps react slowly when starting an action -- like the RSS reader takes "ages" to open an ...
13
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2answers
12k views

Is there a minimal installation of ADB?

When it comes to troubleshooting, I often read recommendations like "Use adb logcat to find some more details". Looking for a good way to backup all my apps including their data, Full Backup of ...
65
votes
4answers
45k views

How to set up reverse tethering over USB?

My HTC G2 phone is rooted and running Cyanogenmod 7 I don't have a data plan. Sometimes I want to connect the phone to the Internet when there isn't Wi-Fi, to update Market apps, backup SMS messages ...
16
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1answer
35k views

How do I add a new language?

The aftermarket ROM I use seems to have the language list parred down to just a couple selections, probably to save space. I would like to add a language back into the system. I can already set the ...
161
votes
2answers
181k views

I've rooted my phone. Now what? What do I gain from rooting?

This is a common question by those who have just rooted their phones. What apps, ROMs, benefits, etc. do I get from rooting? What should I be doing now?
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votes
5answers
15k views

Are there any risks to rooting a device?

I see lots of tutorials telling me how to root my phone (Motorola Droid), but none of them mention any potential "side effects." Aside from a few relatively minor issues that seem to require rooting ...
84
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20answers
21k views

What are the alternative Android app markets?

How many competing Android markets (other than Android Market itself) are there and are they any good? I know that there are at least two others: SlideME and AppBrain which I have looked at and seem ...
16
votes
3answers
26k views

How can I circumvent regional restrictions in Google's Play Store?

I'm travelling to country X. I want to install an application which isn't available in my country, but is available in country X; but I prefer to download and install it in advance, while the data ...
12
votes
4answers
11k views

How can I recover a deleted file on Android?

I just deleted a file on my Nexus S that I really need back. (It was actually part of an app using a sqlite database that did a drop table when upgrading to a new version.) Presumably I need to root ...
90
votes
16answers
10k views

How to take a screenshot with an Android device?

Is there a way to take a screenshot of an Android device and save it as an image file?
42
votes
7answers
6k views

Is there a way to easily record a phone conversation in-progress?

I do not own an Android device. I was thinking about getting one, and an important feature for me is the ability to record a phone conversation which is in progress - meaning, while I am in the middle ...
23
votes
5answers
31k views

How can I view and examine the Android log?

There is a lot of interesting stuff in the Android system log, that is helpful in many ways find root causes of problems identify misbehaving apps How can I view and examine the Android log?
25
votes
1answer
2k views

When will my device get the Android 4.4 update (KitKat)?

Android 4.4 (KitKat) was officially announced on October 31, 2013. (You can review the high level changes in KitKat at the official Android Developer's site or the announcement on the official ...
166
votes
5answers
25k views

Does constant charging harm my Android cellphone?

I usually disconnect my cellphone from the charger some time after it's fully charged because I'm afraid the battery could lose capacity over time if I don't. However, I believe modern electronics ...
11
votes
7answers
41k views

How do I backup data (SMS/contacts) from a device with a broken screen?

I just broke the screen of my (unrooted) Galaxy S. How do I get back my SMS and contacts? PS: I tried Kies but it won't detect my phone for some reason. (Kies works fine with another Galaxy I ...
49
votes
10answers
54k views

How can I download an APK file from the Play Store?

I can't download apps from the Play Store on my Android device (maybe due to a network issue), so I'm wondering how could I download the APK file of an app on my PC from http://play.google.com/store?
32
votes
7answers
8k views

How can I install an app given only its APK file?

I downloaded the APK file for an app to my PC. How can I install it on my phone?
10
votes
1answer
2k views

App <X> isn't working correctly. How can I fix it?

I have an application that isn't working correctly. Either it's not launching, or not responding to commands, or some of the functionality isn't doing what I expect. What are some simple steps I can ...
75
votes
8answers
23k views

What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.?

What is the difference between: Unlocking the bootloader (prerequisite for doing many, though not all, other things below) Rooting Jailbreaking ROM NAND and Nandroid Operating System Mod (e.g. ...
50
votes
6answers
9k views

How to backup an Android device?

Can anyone recommend a good way to backup Android devices? Ideally I would like to do this wirelessly and, not only backup my data, but also my user settings. Is it possible to backup an image of an ...
69
votes
7answers
10k views

Do I really need to install a task manager?

Does one really need to install a task manager? My phone does slowdown on rare occasions but it's not something that hampers regular usage.
75
votes
7answers
54k views

What does “to root a phone” mean?

I heard this phrase or the variants (rooted phone, rooting, etc.) in android forums but I don't know what it means. Can you explain it in simple terms?
54
votes
2answers
29k views

What does it mean when the connectivity icons in the status bar go white/gray?

The connectivity icons (Data, Mobile Signal, Wifi) in the status bar on my Nexus S are normally green, but sometimes they go white. I can't seem to figure out what this means, as I still have a signal ...
17
votes
1answer
23k views

When will my device get the Android 4.2 update (Jelly Bean)?

Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) was officially announced on October 29, 2012. (You can review the high level changes in Jelly Bean at the official Android Developer's site.) Of course, not all devices will ...
15
votes
4answers
29k views

Something is secretly eating up my Acer Iconia A500 internal memory and I need help finding it

I've been a happy owner of an Acer Iconia A500 for a bit over a year now but a couple of weeks ago it started to complain about its internal memory being full. I was a bit surprised as I keep movies, ...
4
votes
2answers
190k views

Application downloading error (919)

I am experiencing a problem with Google Play in my Android phone. When I download new apps from the Play Store, it completes 100% and then shows me an error: (unknown Error code during application ...
28
votes
11answers
113k views

HTC Desire low on internal storage, I'm clueless — Any help?

It's been bugging me for a while but getting quite bad lately. I get warnings that my internal storage is full, I have about 13mb left of what I believe is 512mb worth of rom. I have checked with the ...
19
votes
2answers
2k 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 ...
18
votes
1answer
3k views

When will my device get the Android 4.3 update (Jelly Bean)?

Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) was officially announced on July 24, 2013. (You can review the high level changes in Jelly Bean at the official Android Developer's site or the announcement on the official ...
11
votes
5answers
13k 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 ...
17
votes
1answer
1k views

Why are some apps on the market incompatible with my device?

I own a Motorola Flipout, Android 2.1 stock ROM. According to the market the app "Handyticket Deutschland" is not compatible with my phone. The required Android version is 1.5 or above. How can I tell ...
33
votes
9answers
9k views

How do I disable the 'click' sound on the camera app?

When I take a picture it makes a 'click' sound. As this is default behavior, I would like to turn it off. Is there a setting to do so; or if I find+delete the sound file, will there be repercussions? ...
30
votes
6answers
47k views

Is this red star icon malware? How to get rid of it?

Every now and then a red star icon appears on my brother's notification bar, as shown below. The message related to this notification is some advert like "Turbo Boost Your Battery". He has been ...
18
votes
8answers
43k 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?
22
votes
3answers
22k views

How to deal with (orphaned) WakeLocks?

I guess most of you at least have heard about WakeLocks. Many of you will have experienced them already -- wether knowingly or not. Some may know how to deal with them in general -- but only few know ...

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