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Get text automatically deleted if number is blocked

I know how to block a number. However there is a block box where you can go see the blocked messages and restore or delete them. Is there an app or option to have those permanently deleted so I will ...
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How can one delete all text message threads except for a few ones on Pixel 6?

I have plenty of text messages for OTP or similar automated services on my Google Pixel 6. I'm doing some cleaning. How can one delete all text message threads except for a few ones on Pixel 6?
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WhatsApp: how to remove the deleted messages

After deleting a message for everyone on a WhatsApp conversation, people can still see the deleted message mark. How can deleted message mark be removed too so that nothing remains at all for no one ...
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Is it safe to delete a .bin file on an Android 11 phone?

I keep getting .bin files that show zero data in them and others that pop up regularly. Is it safe to delete them? Do they contain any vital information. Are they remnants of sites I've visited using ...
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How do I add an icon for an installed application to one of the MIUI app icon screens?

My friend is using a device running MIUI 12.5.1. They have installed some app, and then some kind of magic happened, in which they were told by the device that it would be cleaning up / removing icons ...
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How to permanently obliterate android phone's entire data? [duplicate]

I want to completely delete all data on my android phone with 0% of it being recoverable. I don't want to physically destroy the phone. I don't want to make the phone unusable. What I want to do is, ...
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Why does my Samsung A42 delete photos off my phone at the end of the day?

I recently purchased a Samsung A42 and when I take photos and videos, they are on the Gallery that day, but the next morning they have been removed. They are auto-backed up to Google Photos, but I'm ...
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Will deleted images be safe in thumbnails folder?

If I delete images with file explorer from DCIM/Camera and images are still in DCIM/thumbnails, will thumbnails images stay there? If they stay there, will something delete them in future? Does Xiaomi ...
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How to safely delete/destroy data from a bricked phone?

I have a "Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro". My phone is bricked beyond repair (as far as I can tell). I want to safely delete all data before I throw it away. Can I drill a hole in somewhere? I do ...
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Cannot remove google account from Samsung android phone. Remove button greyed out

I cannot remove my google account from my android phone. Samsung XCover 4s Android 10. This is a work phone and I only used my account to download whatsapp for work communication group. I have deleted ...
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ES File Explorer - Space not freed after deletion from Recycle Bin

Every few months, my internal storage begins to fill up. I store everything I can to SD Card, but Android has a limited ability to do so. I'm running Oreo, unrooted. The biggest dir by far is /...
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How to Remove in Bulk Specific Website from Chrome's History?

I want to remove specific website mentions from Chrome's history on Android but doing it one by one will take a lot of time. For example on Chrome for desktop, you can remove specific website mentions ...
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Is there anything I can do to securely erase my phone's data before sale? [duplicate]

I've had a Samsung Galaxy filled with thousands of sensitive financial documents, which I've been using as a pocket computer pretty much, in order to reference them each time I need to throughout the ...
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Files and Folders in the WhatsApp folder disappeared automatically

I cannot find my WhatsApp Videos folder. But the videos are accessible from WhatsApp (not from gallery). Many of the Images have disappeared. I had more than 11k WhatsApp images, but now it shows ...
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There's some weird storage nonsense going on, as if part of an app's data is permanent on your phone?

So, when I want to free up some space, first yesterday it said WhatsApp was worth 207MB, and then today it said it was only worth 166MB, What's happening here?!
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Samsung "My Files" app: where is trash?

Situation There is a Samsung A10 with Android 9. Some files are deleted by My Files app. I tried to find its trash tool by this post: Open my files. Tap the 3 vertical dots in the upper right corner. ...
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How clearing cache solves all your problems?

My phone is Android A30s. I recently have encountered two problems: I couldn't download an application from appstore and I couldn't open the Yahoo app. Both problems I solved by deleting the cache ...
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What is the difference between a "Phone" calendar and a "Local" calendar in Android?

I've been helping a friend with their Android phone. They have 3 different types of calendars, according to their "Business Calendar 2" app: Calendars synced to a Google account "Phone&...
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With Android, does a factory reset truly reset the device to the same as it was when it left the factory (unlike an iPhone)?

When you reset an iPhone, my understanding is that the device does not truly get reset to how it was when it exited the factory. What about with an Android device? Does performing a factory reset on ...
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How to delete file completely?

It's not a duplicate, because this question isn't about shredding files that already deleted, it's about deleting them in the first place in a way that recovery software wouldn't find it. I delete ...
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How to delete the Multiuser mode in my mobile?

I would like to remove(delete) the Multiuser mode in Realme XT. I want my phone to be simple. I have unlocked bootloader and rooted my phone and removed all useless bloatwares. Can someone please give ...
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How can I restore Google Chrome after I deleted it on my rooted phone?

I have a rooted Mototrola G6 Play, and today I deleted google chrome because I don't use it, but once I deleted it a bunch of apps stopped working like LastPass and Coursera just to name a few... I ...
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How to actually delete SMS/MMS messages using third-party SMS applications like Pulse SMS?

A while back, I switched from Samsung's default SMS app (Samsung Messages) to Pulse SMS. For many months, I've been using Pulse SMS to delete old SMS and MMS messages. After deleting almost all MMS ...
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Device or resource busy when deleting Youtube folder from /data/app

I am trying to delete my /data/app/com.google.android.youtube-DVUYe6iX9r5J1nYk8PlC2w== folder to fix the bug described here; however, I keep getting a "Device or resource busy" message. I ...
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Is there a "recycle bin" option in EMUI 9.1.0?

I have deleted 47G worth of photos and no space has freed up. I have a Huawei Honor 9 (STF-AL10) EMUI 9.1.0 phone that I bought in China. What do I need to do in order to claim back that space that is ...
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All apps deleted [closed]

Please help, I was trying to power on my Android phone, it took longer time than usual but when it eventually Powers on all my third party apps had been deleted but my files are still intact, what ...
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How to close Android recovery mode

I want to wipe cache partition on android recovery mode. But I dont know how to close it. In my phone the screen is seems like this photo After eipe cache partition what should I type to turn it off ...
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How can I selectively delete hundreds of SMS conversations?

I work in IT and I'm part of an on-call rotation. Normally we use a dedicated on-call phone, but that's not available since covid, so I'm using my own device right now. We had a major networking ...
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a lot of heavy .txt files in my android. is it safe to delete them to free up memory?

There are lots of text documents in my android phone with over 1 mb size. they are typically named with time stamp like "20200419_11". is it safe to delete them? will it enhance my storage ...
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Is there alternative to the Shred utility for Android?

There is such utility for Linux systems called shred. It writes files with random values several times and then also can write it with zeroes (to hide overwriting) and delete them so that files couldn'...
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How to permanently delete data on an android phone including images videos and etc..? [duplicate]

I have and android phone and I usually delete images and also delete them from trash . But I always can recover deleted items by using third party recovery apps like diskdigger and all deleted files ...
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Why can't I delete a folder in /config/sdcardfs as root (Termux)?

I'm looking to delete a folder that is in /config/sdcardfs. My device is rooted and I'm trying as superuser. I still get the results operation not permitted. What do I need to do to get the permission ...
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recover text messages

I have an Huawei running the latest Android. I accidentally deleted some Very important text messages and they haven't been backed up. Is there anyway I can retrieve them?
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Audio files not deleting?

Apologies if this has been answered, I attempted to search for answers and found nothing for my specific issue. I've got several music files I'm trying to delete from my device (motorola e5 cruise, if ...
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Video files mysteriously deleted

I get some files deleted when doing this, it happened twice and it doesn't happen anywhere else: I download some mp4 files with Chrome or Brave, both in incognito mode, and directly to the microSD ...
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How do I find which app on my phone is putting photos deleted by Google photos in a Recycling Bin? (I can't find the bin. Phone full.)

I connected my phone to my laptop and searched the phone for "recycl" - no matches found. I searched my phone apps for "bin" - no relevant matches found. I have 200 apps on my ...
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Delete "Not assigned" Contact Group on Samsung Galaxy S9+

On my Samsung Galaxy S9+ in my Contacts app, I have a group called "Not assigned" with 712 contacts. How do I delete this group and its contacts that are not in other groups? These contacts are not ...
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Deleting the security app in miui?

Read contradicting things about deleting that bloatware default security app (redmi note 8 pro). Some say its safe to do so but others say its tied down to some core system functionalities. Has anyone ...
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How can I delete Hotmail emails when using the Gmail app on my phone

I use the Gmail app to read emails on my Android phone. I defined two accounts, a Gmail account and a Hotmail account. The Gmail account works w/o a problem, for syncing, reading, writing and deleting ...
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Bulk Delete Apps

On my phone (LG V30+, Android 9) I've noticed when I drag an app from my home screen into the trash, it doesn't delete the app but simply disables it. If I go into settings and find the app, I can ...
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How do I empty trash bin on phone?

Please help. When photos and videos ef is are deleted, where do they go? I'd like to delete everything in my " trash", as my storage is always full. Thank you.
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Unable to delete .apk file

I downloaded a ROM file on my Google Pixel 3a XL and it left behind an APK file with the name of the game. I am now unable to delete the file. When I try to, it just has a pop-up saying 'couldn't ...
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Wipe data from dead Android phone

I have Samsung Galaxy A10s. Now its dead. No power on. I tried lots of combinations. I don't want anybody to get the data, messages or media files which is in internal memory. But as its not charging ...
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Android automatically deletes content of my Downloads folder

Previously I had a Nokia 7.1 (Android 9) when I started to notice this issue. Every few time, the older images I had on my Download folder disappeared without I doing nothing. From time to time it ...
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"Clear data" does not clear login details

I was under the impression that "clear data" clears everything, but apparently it does not. Tested with a few apps, including Facebook. I stopped the app, cleared cache, cleared data, opened it - ...
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How to delete an app without deleting app data?

I'm on an Android and my device is a Huawei. I got this device a few months ago and I don't want to root my device because I don't trust myself. Is there a way to delete an app without deleting app ...
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Why deleting system files on a rooted Android says "device or resource is busy"?

I have FX Explorer, I was trying to delete some stuff in /system/app (the stuff are just empty folders) but it keep saying The operation isn't permitted on a mounted filesystem. What should I do to ...
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What can be saftly deleted in data/data

What can be saftly deleted in data/data. I have almost no space left on a few devices. I don't want to delete account info.
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How to make a complete factory reset, without anyone being able to retrieve my data?

I will have a few Android phones that I will have to let go. I would like to make a proper clean wipe of the data, without no one being able to retrieve them, and do a factory reset. I have read ...
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Single SMS won't delete from Messaging app

I have a phone (HUAWEI Y6 2018) that recently received a text message claiming to be from a postal company (AusPost). However, the subject for the message simply says '(No subject)', and when I try to ...
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