Questions tagged [applications]

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How to keep Apps, that are banned from the offical market, up to date?

Sadly, a few fine Apps are banned from the official Market by Google (e.g. Transdroid): How can I keep those Apps up to date, without visiting the project sites regularly?
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Is there a way to move unmovable apps to the SD card in Android 6.0?

I recently updated to Android 6.0 and made my new 64GB SD card as adoptable storage. Unfortunately, as per here: Apps can be placed on adopted storage media only when the developer has indicated ...
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Why is some application not supported by device with Intel processor

Pokemon Go is releasing today but sadly I saw somewhere in the Internet stating that Niantic has claimed that the app is not supported by devices with intel processor (in my case asus zenfone 5). So I ...
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Why do some apps not have to ask for the “Draw over other apps” permission?

In Android 6, Apps have to ask the user for the "Draw over other apps" permission, which is android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW However there are some notable exceptions that get this permission ...
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How to disable hidden trackers, in google play store applications

So most applications, on google play have hidden trackers, analytics they don't tell you about. This site lets you search any app shows trackers. The article explains what i'm talking about. Example: ...
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Multitasking solutions to (not-rooted) Android OS and Apps out there?

For here i mean multitasking visually, which means the ability to see more than one Apps at a time. Other than Samsung's Multi Window, Popup Play (or by the Stick It! app), Pen Window, or the LG's ...
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Get around an app that won't work on rooted device [duplicate]

My bank's app has stopped working after an update. Trying to open the app gets the error "The device is rooted. For security reasons the application cannot be run from a rooted device". Then the app ...
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What is the difference between application cache and data?

Every app has data and cache. In Android, what is the difference between the two?
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Android does not download any files from untrusted CA certificate site

I work on a site that serves mobile phones and shares some file. When I publish my site in http everything works great. But when I activate SSL and publish my site via HTTPS with my own certificate, ...
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How often does Android have to decompress an app's APK and OBB files?

According to one of great answers to this question, Android has to decompress each application's APK and OBB files before the app can be run. Is this decompression performed each and every time an ...
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How to fix installation error -504? [duplicate]

I'm using Moto G second generation. My device is unable to install Facebook app after completion of download from play store. I checked few solutions, even removed my google account, but didn't work. ...
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Apps are installed in my smart phone without my permission?

When wifi is on, Some strange applications are being installed automatically. I don't request them. They are downloaded without my permission. I uninstalled (removed) the unwanted apps from my smart ...
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How to list my recently updated apps

I would like to be able to see a list of my apps sorted by the date the app was last updated. Descending order is preferred, but honestly I'll take anything. One use case: Earlier today I had two ...
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Any reason not to allow automatic updating for an app?

Since Android 2.2 (Froyo), you can select "Allow automatic updating" for applications. For some reason, I haven't started using this yet. The benefit would be to save time, but are there any good ...
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How does the Amazon Appstore verify its apps?

A few times after I've downloaded an app from the Amazon Appstore, I get an error pop-up similar to the following when opening the app: Amazon Appstore There was a problem verifying this ...
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Make Google Search app use Google.com.au

I purchased my HTC Desire (2.2 FroYo) from the UK and by default I guess the Google Search app uses Google.co.uk whenever I run a search through the app. This is quite annoying as you could imagine ...
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Android Market - Want to see Best Applications

Is there any way to see "Top Best (i.e. Top 10/50/100, etc.) applications" in Android Market as we are looking in AppStore ? I means to say which applications/Games are famous amongst the people as "...
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Given that every application runs as a separate user, what happens when you want to add a new user account?

According to this, every application in Android runs as a separate kernel-level user, with a unique user ID and group ID. So, what happens under the hood when you add a new user (e.g. to your shared ...
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Can I grant permanent access to external storage to an app in Nougat?

I'm using OnePlus 5 running stock 7.1.1. I use the OTG function to transfer file between my phone and my flash drive very often, and my preferred file manager is Root Explorer. Every time I try to ...
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Is there a way to move installed apps from one device to another?

I have Galaxy Tab 7 inch which has some installed apps and I don't have the APK files. I would like to move the apps to a new Galaxy Tab Plus 7 inch. Is there a way to move my installed apps from one ...
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If I uninstall an app do I lose the data?

I want to install Angry Birds from the Amazon App Store but all I get is errors. My guess is it's because I already have it installed. I'm afraid to uninstall just in case I lose the data. Any ideas?
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How to run built-in Sound Recorder?

If you go to Settings -> Apps -> All, you'll be able to find the "Sound Recorder" built-in application in JB 4.2.2, but it's not shown on the app drawer. Curious, how to run it?! PS: it's not ...
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Determine app that keeps turning on bluetooth

I recently got back from a holiday without internet, when I got back heaps of my apps updated and one of them now continuously turns my Bluetooth on. How can I determine which app it is? I have a ...
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Apps download but do not install

I'm using a two-week old HTC Sensation. A number of times now, I've tried to download apps (this is happening on multiple apps, not just one) and although they download, they never install. I can see ...
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Receiving App Notifications from apps that are blocked by a network firewall

I apologize if this is in the wrong spot but I am using a galaxy s7 edge and have noticed something odd that I am hoping someone here can answer. I am currently on my companies wireless network which ...
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Why do I see adverts after closing WhatsApp?

Every time I close WhatsApp I get some sort of an advertisement. According to their site they don't advertise, but I see adverts like this after closing the app: Click image for larger version I ...
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How to mod android rom so none can ever install an app in it?

I already know how to modify an android ROM by modifying files, remove and add it into ROM. But I don't have knowledge to building/compiling a ROM. I want to lock the OS so none can ever install new ...
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How do I share apps between users in Android 4.4 KitKat?

My kids received the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet as a gift. I'd like to be able to purchase apps from one account and share them between the various users on the tablet. Some articles about the ...
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Help Uninstalling Stubborn Application

I have the original Motorola Droid. I recently installed Lotus Notes Traveler on it (we use Lotus Notes at work). The application is giving some issues, so I was going to uninstall it and re-install ...
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How to push and install APK files from a PC over Internet?

I want to push AND INSTALL apk files from PC like Play Store does (when I send install signal from web interface). How to do this? Note: The PC and Android device may not be in same Wi-Fi network. So,...
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Prevent USB data transfer (when phone is in use) and being charged

I would like to know how to protect my data when I use public battery charger in public places. I know that if I do not unlock my screen when charging, my data is safe, but what if I would like to ...
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Application to switch among multiple running applications

I have Samsung galaxy ace with android 2.2 mobile. Is there any way or any application so i can run many applications simultaneously and i can switch among them? Why do i need this. When i surf ...
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Android Apps from Old Tablet to New Tablet

I have a Motorola Xoom running Jelly Bean and am moving to the Asus TFT-700. I plan on giving my Xoom to someone in a factory default condition so that my Google account will only be on the Asus. Do I ...
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“Weather is running” notification

Running 8.1.0 on a Moto x4: I keep getting this notification: Weather is running Tap for more information or to stop the app. If I tap and Force Stop the Weather app, it comes back before ...
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How can I install MySQL on my Android device(s)?

There are good and bad choices available for the design of my system and MySQL seems to be the best available. I need it to run client/server and support stored procedures & triggers and a host ...
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call recorder for Moto G - clear opponents voice

Moto G 4G android 4.4.4 I have tried many call recorders with different settings, and in all cases my voice is clear but not the one of the opponent, the person I talk to. Any app and settings that ...
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Run a particular app on boot

I have a phone running Android 4.0 and I wish to know if it is possible to turn this phone into a dedicated calculator? When I say dedicated I mean - once the phone is turned on, it boots directly to ...
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How to Uninstall HTC Applications/Widgets [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove pre-installed apps like Peep and Friend Stream from my HTC phone? How can I uninstall applications that are locked by phone vendor? I've just treated myself to ...
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Backup an app's complete data when phone is stuck in bootloop

My rooted Moto G is stuck in a bootloop. I want to backup a specific app. usb-debugging is enabled. I have access to bootloader and twrp recovery. I have tried wiping cache and dalvik cache and even ...
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How to clean up related files from deleted apps?

AppCleaner will delete related files from the Mac when an application is dragged to the trash. How does one clean up remains of uninstalled apps on Android?
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What if you accidentally deleted some important apps and can't install them back?

What if you accidentally deleted some important apps and can't install them back because Google Play doesn't have them? For example android system, com.android dun server and com.android.lgsetup ...
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Galaxy Tab Multi Device App Installation

I am planning on having a few labs of Galaxy Tabs (60+ tabs), and I need a way to manage all of these. Primarily I need a way to automatically install apps on all of these at once. I know there is a ...
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How can I mirror my samsung phone screen on my Tv

I have a upnp enable TV on which ImediaShare seems to work fine. But does anyone know how to mirror my phone screen on the TV
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How to stop the LG phone launching preset applications when the phone is locked and inside your pocket?

This design concerns more LG phones, in my case it's LG G2 Mini, but it was reported also on LG D605 Optimus L9 II and probably other LG phones with the same logic. On the back of LG G2 Mini (Android ...
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Make website think you have a different size screen

If you really want a desktop version of a website to load you need it to think you have a desktop size screen. The resolution of your screen is irrelevant I've been told that changing the user ...
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Photos/Media/Files and Full Network Access

Does anything stop an application with Photos/Media/Files and Other ("full network access" and "run at startup") permissions from simply uploading ALL of your photos and videos to some stupid server ...
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What process happens when there is a system optimization?

My question is the following: Not long ago I was moving apk, data and .dex files to the directories / data, and they did not show the applications I had manually installed, if not until I rebooted on ...
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How does Startup Manager block startup apps?

I am using the market app Startup Manager on Android, but I am a little bit concerned in the way that it operates. Is it effectively runnning every time as a daemon and thusly keeping the apps from ...
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How to enable/disable apps using ADB (Android 8.x)?

I cannot get apps enabled or disabled using ADB. Android: 8.0.0 Device: Samsung Galaxy A520 (SM-A520F) I don't have root access to my device. To get the list of the disabled packages I use: $ adb ...
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Why are there multiple versions of “Phone” installed under all apps in Android Lollipop?

Why are there multiple versions of "Phone" installed under ALL apps on my Android Lollipop 5.1.1 phone? Menu = Settings → Apps → ALL There are three versions of "Phone": Phone - com....