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Adjusting the look-and-feel of your Android device to your liking.

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How to edit the Android context menu?

I've encountered an app which adds itself to the global Android context menu. The entry has even overtaken native Firefox options in the past and currently slows down my workflow in every app where ...
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Is it possible to adjust aspect ratio on an Android device?

I have an Android device that has a 4:3 aspect ratio. When I watch videos in full screen mode, sometimes the aspect ratio causes the video to be distorted. Is there a way to temporarily adjust the ...
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Any way to disable notifications' sound when screen is on? On Stock Android

Is there any reasonable way to disable all android notification sounds (only) when your screen is on, but keeping them working when screen is off? By 'stock' I mean a Pixel (3) device. Rationale: ...
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How to add a word to the Voice Typing recognition list?

I need to frequently say the word "olivette". I added it to my keyboard dictionary. Voice Typing ALWAYS interprets it as "all of that". It doesn't learn from my correcting it. A ...
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Mute all but one app

So I have this national radio news app. Now I should like to use different apps while listening. This doesn't work. As soon as I open a different app, the news app gets muted, even when all sounds ...
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How to resize the notification area (width)?

On my Tablet¹, notifications seem to have a fixed width – even when in landscape mode. That looks like in the following "borrowed" screenshot: This is especially annoying as some notifications are ...
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Which file type to use for these fonts, and how compatible each is for Android 4.1.2?

Just a few things... This question might perhaps have a poor title, but I couldn't figure out how to word it better, so bear with me. I originally asked where to ask this question on SE Meta, which ...
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Can I reduce app space by deleting unwanted files?

Specifically, I'm an artist and use PicsArt photo studio a lot, which is a great app. The issue is that my phone is ALWAYS low on space (thanks a bunch, sprint bloatware!) So this app is awesome, but ...
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unable to boot new kernel with kexec on android

As an alternative to pstore (pstore/ramoops won't work on Poco M3, rooted), I'm trying to boot another kernel into my already booted android kernel, to maybe see the kernel logs on boot, using ...
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Rebuilt super partition won't boot

I'm trying to customize an Android 11 super partition, removing certain apps. I used https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/guide-ota-tools-lpunpack.4041843/ to unpack the super partition, mounted them as ...
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How can I remove the default wallpaper of a custom ROM?

Each time in my AOSP custom ROM, I change the default wallpaper for home and lock screen into another one, they get reset after a reboot. How can I remove these wallpapers from the system, so they can'...
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Is it possible to remove the ability to choose between which sim card to send text from default android sms application?

I have this requirement where I need to completely disable sending sms and calls even by accident from SIM 2 which I only use for Mobile data (Sometimes I Force network to LTE and SMS and calls won't ...
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Is it a viable option to modify ROM image directly instead of compiling?

I have an archive of my stock ROM with partition images inside and I have combined sparsechunks into a single images (this specific because it seems that there are various formats with ambiguous ...
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HTC 10 Multiple Wallpapers

I've recently got an HTC 10 which is running Android 7.0 and is set up to have 5 pages on the home screen with the HTC sense clock/weather widget on the central page (which is set as the default page)....
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How to hide the clock from Android screen?

There is always a clock on the upper right corner of the screen? It is always visible, unless some app is running in full-screen mode. How to hide this clock, so that it appears only when the user ...
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How to increase the size of Android 6's personal dictionary?

When adding new words to the dictionary, old words keep getting forgotten. It feels like I can only add about 1000 words (might be off, but that's the order of magnitude). Words disappear in the order ...
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Block heads-up/peeking notifications when certain app is in foreground

Ordinarily I love the peeking notifications in Marshmallow. They're really useful 95% of the time, and save me a lot of pulling down the notification shade. But when a real-time game is in the ...
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Change navigation bar icons

I have a Nexus 6 that I am currently playing with which has the "soft key" navigation buttons on the bottom of the screen. It has a triangle for the back button, a circle for the home button and a ...
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Bulk Android Device Provisioning

I'm working for a company that wants to hand out 1000's of Android tablets with a bunch of OS customisations, i.e. specific preinstalled apps, default home page, amongst other things. What solutions ...
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Manual icon change now apk wont install

Well I've went into the res folder to spruce up an app icon figuring it would look much better with the modified alternative. The icon png 's are stored in about five different folders. res\drawable-...
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change amber/weather alert turns

does anyone know how to change the alert tone for weather/amber alerts? I'd like to get them, but I can't stand the ear splitting EAS tone, especially in the middle of the night. Cyanogenmod 10.2 if ...
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Change background color for notification entries?

Samsung Galaxy 5 (aka 550, Europa, Corby), Samsung's Froyo version (so, Touchwiz. Launcher is ADW Launcher (non-EX). My notifications (the things in the list when you pull down the notification bar, ...
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How to install extensions on Android's stock browser?

I have JellyTime (R30 - https://code.google.com/p/jellytime/) installed on my HTC Desire HD phone which is running a variance of Jelly Bean 4.1.2. Is it possible to add some extensions/features to ...
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Lenovo Tablet A1 disable screen lock

I have a Lenovo Tablet A1 and don't know how to configure the screen settings as I would like them. I want that after a certain timeout the screen dims, and/or goes black, but doesn't actually lock. ...
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How to change charging animation used when device is turned off?

As the title says, way too less information online. I would also like to know some sources/websites where i can get other devices charging animation. I have 3 devices and help for any or all of them ...
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Using custom text abbreviations/shortcuts/shorthand in TTS to be output as longhand

I'm an Android user not a coder so hope someone can help. I want the TTS to read custom text abbreviations/shortcuts/shorthand and translate them to the relevant longhand. Background: I organise ...
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How to repack a system.new.dat.br with open source command line tools?

We can decompress a system.new.dat.br and then convert to an img, like this: brotli --decompress system.new.dat.br -o unpacked_system.new.dat sdat2img.py system.transfer.list unpacked_system.new.dat ...
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Hide or change the power on device logo and model number of a Samsung tablet on power-on

For a huge restoration project, a 80's boombox with a TV, I (re-)use an older Samsung Tablet (SM-T650, rooted Android 4.4.4 ) to replace the CRT TV (and to give it some 'brains'). Already customized ...
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No recent apps screen after disabling the launcher

My phone came with a launcher I didn't really like very much. So I installed Nova Launcher and disabled the in-built launcher. Now the recent apps screen won't come up. I looked up and most of the ...
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What is the screen customization alternative for LineageOS?

If you ever used Resurrection Remix ROM you see in the Settings app there's a Customization part where you can make some tweaks like add some buttons on navbar or maybe add a extra home/return button ...
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How to get Android Pie style recent apps on Android 5?

I'm back with another question. Let's make it simple. I want to have the horizontal style recent apps view ie Android 9+ style recent apps view in my rooted Android 5.1 phone. I have searched both on ...
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AnySoftKeyboard: How do I reorder/remove the keys from the long-press option? I am using Alternate (no mic) layout

My ASK keyboard currently looks like this: There are two parts to this question: How do I control (easily) what characters show up when I long-press on a key? How do I re-arrange those options? ...
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Create a widget that displays an activity from any app

I want to create a widget that will display an activity from another app (not something I built). For example, I want to have a widget that shows the stopwatch activity from the clock app. I am not ...
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Looking for a way to prevent my phone from installing a specific app?

As the title says, I'm wondering if there is a way to prevent your phone from installing an app. The method would have to be irreversible, or nearly irreversible (i.e takes significant time), not ...
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Customization beyond just the app drawer and home screen?

I have a Motorola E4 running Nougat, and I was wondering if there was a way to customize the colors (and fonts if possible) used in the GUI menus? I have Nova launcher installed, and while it is nice ...
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How to disable EdgeEffect when over-scrolling?

When you have only one home screen or scroll past the start or end of multiple home screens, EdgeEffect appears, as shown on the left in the image. Can this be disabled?
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How I add a custom navigation bar button?

I see Android 6/7 I can to customize the navigation bar ("back", "home" and "recent" buttons). I can reorder, remove or add other pre-defined buttons. I want add new custom buttom. By example, I want ...
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Customize on-screen function buttons on Insignia Flex tablet

We just bought an inexpensive, low-end Android Tablet (the Insignia Flex 8") running Android 6.0. The navigation bar buttons (which are also called, apparently, the "Home Touch buttons", "On-Screen ...
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Return to previous android version

Some days ago I updated my phone to marshmallow, but after the discovery of some bugs I would return back to the previous version. The problem is that when the phone start flashing the old android ...
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Can I move the keyboard selector button?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S8+. The way that I naturally grip the phone, combined with the practically bezel-less display, means that I'm often hitting the keyboard selection button by accident while I'm ...
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Hello, is it possible customize the snackbar in Moto G 2nd Gen?

I am right handed but when I turn the phone, I would like to change the snackbar to the left, is it ONLY to the right?
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Where are actions of buttons' long pressing stored?

I want to remap the long press action of the menu button to open the dialog box that appears when the power button is long pressed. I know the keybinds are stored mainly in /system/usr/keylayout/...
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Lollipop/ART - how do I manually optimize APK files?

I've asked this question before. After checking out logcat, it seems that the OS is looking for the odex files. I've checked the odex files of other system apps on my ROM, and it turns out they're ELF ...
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Change functionality of Navigation bar in Android M

I want to edit the functionality of my Navigation bar. I would like to change the "app switcher button" to "Switch to Last App" and long-press to be "app switcher button". I know this is doable with ...
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Is there a way I can make the font size smaller on default messaging app of LG L70

I have a rooted LG L70 (D325) and I want to make the font size of default messaging app smaller. I changed the font size on the settings but it is quite large to me that the person beside my can read ...
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Can I change the bootloader image on my unlocked moto g in an easy way for another custom image?

I have unlocked the bootloader of my moto G 2013 mobile and now I get the warning message and I'd like to change it for a simple highresolution image of my choice. Is there a really simple way to do ...
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Modifying a Stock ROM

I'm an Android newbie who has a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7" Wifi (SM-T210) and would like to retrieve its stock ROM, modify certain files and add some applications to the system partition, and then flash ...
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Customizing the reminder.

Currently, the reminders are carried out by a one-time vibration (which is too easy to miss) What settings do you go to to make them say, do 5 loud beeps or something? This is for note 3.
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Educational tablet mass-customization

I am working on a small nonprofit project to bring educational tablers to rural areas of Thailand. I would like to ask you guys to help me out with the task. There are 100 chinese tablets donated. I ...
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What Changes Take Place When Installing A Custom Launcher eg Nova To A Rom?

If I install a custom launcher eg Nova on Stock Android 4.4.3, what inherently changes ? Similarly if I were to then install a custom rom eg Paranoid Android, are the benefits gained from installing ...
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