In two or three of my phone apps, some buttons have really weird symbols.


  • In a chess game app, the "+" symbol to start a game, is a V. Other buttons like the ones for resign (I forgot what it's supposed to be) and to go back(<)/forward(>) through previous moves appear as: R, ..(two dots), and .(one dot)

  • A to do list app has the following symbols where the notification and settings buttons should be: l, |, Z.

I'm not sure when this first happened, but I've tried clearing the cache, clearing the data, and restarting my phone. I've also tried uninstalling the apps. This may have happened when I switched phones a year ago and transferred my apps, but I'm not positive on that. Another possibility is something went wrong when changing between languages, because I periodically switch between Korean & English.

Any ideas on how to fix this?

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    Could you provide a screenshot to help us? "Periodically switching between different language" might be the source of the issue due to how Android managing localized resources inside the app, though is this kind of a weird one. – Andrew T. Sep 12 '19 at 0:32
  • @AndrewT. I added a couple screenshots. One is of the to do list app and the other is the bottom of the chess app. – Chris Sep 12 '19 at 13:28
  • Are there any issues when using Korean? – rage Sep 12 '19 at 17:57
  • @LucasRamage I just checked and yeah, it looks the same. – Chris Sep 12 '19 at 18:36

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