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How to extract data from app?

So I want to switch pedometer apps but move over my data. I thought I could just get the database, extract the relevant entries and inject them into the other app's database. But no. First off adb ...
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Duplicate folders in file manager

I have Pixel 4a 5G and I am seeing duplicate folders in my File Manager apps (even in Files by Google app). This started like 6 months ago and I was ignoring it. At that point, I had Android 11. I'm ...
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How can I find audio files from an app?

I have a certain app, which I want to locate its sound files. I tried using apktool on my pc to deconstruct the apk of the file but I can't find any sound files which is really weird. I would ...
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Can't find .nomedia "folder"

I have a lot of folders that I wanted to hide, so I placed a .nomedia file in folder. I accidentally renamed a folder name to .nomedia. and BOOM all the folders including all images are hidden. I ...
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Why does encryption doesn't work/apply to access device storage or Google photos or drive when we upload a file from device/cloud to any webpage/apps

Example : YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Chrome ( any app ) If I'm accessing YouTube or any other app where I can upload content from Android device with or without the app lock features, whenever I ...
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any trick to disable Files program?

On my previous, LG phones, with OS 4.4.2 and 5.0.1, whenever I wanted to attach a file like in e-mail or upload with my browser, I was always given the option of how I wanted to browse -- with the ...
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Weird folder structure

I have looked about and have found similar questions but my situation seems hugely worse so to speak. I recently bought an Oppo Reno4 Z. I'm an apple guy but took the plunge. Many have asked about ...
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How to add strong encryption to an SD card so that I can access it both on my desktop and phone using open source non tracking offline tools?

The question says it all. So far I was able to find out Default android encrypted SD card can only be read by the phone or by a skilled hacker or their non open source tools There are tools that are ...
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How to delete a file registered in Word for Android recent files list?

The file in this picture within the recent list is an old competition fixtures file I want to delete. I click on the three dots to the right of the file and select delete and it says I don't have ...
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Can' find WhatsApp in Private Media folder as well as in Gallery

There are some images in my WhatsApp chat but I can't see them in Files-> Internal Storage -> WhatsApp -> Media Also the Private folder in Media is empty. I can't locate these images in ...
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File modification remotely

I am working on a project which requires the capabilities of remotely modifying files in android. Is there any way to do that? In fact, any malware with a similar goal will also suffice?
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How to resolve a bug where documets and media files are not indexed to MediaStorage

I have encountered a problem with several file managers which I have failed to resolve. Files in my device are not properly indexed and hence are not recognised by the file managers at least to my ...
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transferring data from an app that hides it [duplicate]

I'm transferring data from an older phone (LG G5 running Android 7) to a newer phone (Nokia 8.3 running Android 11). I've transferred most of it using backup + restore, or manually using syncthing. ...
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The normal directories of storage of this app is empty. Does it got anything to do with my phone being unrooted? [duplicate]

There is an educational app in my android phone that allows me to download videos for studying them offline. I have downloaded a lot of videos and have my storage filling up to the brink because of it....
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Help to recover information from my HTC desire 612

Hi I have a HTC desire 612 that it does not turn on. HTC 331ZLVW Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), Sense UI 5.5 I want to recover the content of my 'tasks' I use to have on my HTC. I think it was an app or a ...
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Are wildcards available in setting up MiXplorer AutoTasks?

I want to set up an auto-task in MiXplorer to delete two types of files that another application creates -- one appears in two different folders, and another is in one folder but has different numeric ...
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Source code for Android programs and applications

How do I view the libraries, directories, source files, etc... for Android programs and apps. Obviously file viewer doesn't show nearly what I am looking for. 8ts all open source, so why can't I ...
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True instant sync via Dropbox

I want to have my todo.txt file synchronized on PC and Android via a cloud service in both ways and instantly on change. Let's call this true instant sync. Unfortunately, I have not found a good ...
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How do I get the actual boot image file from a block device without padding?

I have 9.6mb file that after doing dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/block/mtdblock2 I write to mtdblock2. Before writing I have done a sha1sum on the file. I can use applypatch -c to check both size and sha ...
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When performing an adb pull of an entire device, why do I see /proc/self/root in pathnames repetitively?

When performing adb pull / on a non-rooted device, I see hundreds of items with pathnames that begin with /proc/self/root/proc/self/root/proc/self/root/proc/self/root/proc/self/root/proc/self/root/...
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I can't access some music folders via music player, other works fine

I have several GB of music in several folders on internal storage. When I want to play it with (any) music player, some folders play fine, some shows that there is no music, despite it is. Same happen ...
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Cant delete system files on rooted phone [duplicate]

I'm using zarchiver as a file managing app on my rooted phone... I cant delete some specific app folders in /system/app even though I remounted it as rewritable.... in rewritable it will ...
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How to pull app data from the phone (without root)

I'm trying to pull down app from the phone, and see the files within First I used App Inspector to get a package name. Then few options to get the actual apk down, but no luck. So I"ve done adb ...
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Why do different file managers show different internal storage free space [duplicate]

I have two file manager apps on the phone The system file manager Downloaded file manager But they both show different internal storage free space. System file manager | 9.1GB ...
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Where does Box store its offline files?

I want to use Box.com (not DropBox) to synch files between my laptop & 'phone. Nothing too heavy, just small things like my ToDoList data (TaskCoach), Keepass, etc I can see the data files in ...
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Is it possible to find out what apps created a given file/folder? [duplicate]

I want to keep track of the application that created the folder. I use an Android phone. And some apps automatically creates unnecessary folders in the root directory of my phone. I want to know where ...
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Android 11 supports creation time (crtime/btime) for local folders and files?

is there a way on Android 11 (OnePlus 8T) for file manager to display creation time for local folders and files? Is there in recent years the support? Because have an iOS 14 device and use macOS 10.15 ...
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Moving files (within the same disk) means "copy and delete"?

I have Moto E6 phone with Android 9 Pie and external SD card, I need to move large folder to another location on the same card but all file explorers I tried so far were trying to copy data to the new ...
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How to save specific WhatsApp video when by default Media Visibility is off?

I normally have the Media Visibility setting off so it doesn't store WhatsApp media on my phone but recently a friend sent some videos I want to transfer to computer/email. I cannot find these ...
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Android 11: Can't see contents of Android /data even with root

Using rooted file explorers like Solid Explorer, Mix Mixplorer, I cannot see content of Android/data Why? How to overcome?
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Adding custom thumbnail previews

I am considering buying a tablet with Android, in order to navigate a particular kind of files. These files have .pes extension, and they are special files for embroidery machines, they contain the &...
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How to use a different file chooser app in Android?

When using many different Android apps, a file chooser is displayed to allow the user to select a file to process. For example, in the Privacy Browser web browser, visiting the VirusTotal website and ...
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How to clear the Android file chooser history?

When using many different Android apps, a native file chooser is displayed to allow the user to select a file to process. For example, in the well-regarded Privacy Browser web browser, visiting the ...
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Images and Videos not loading after transfer from 'Internal Storage' to 'SD Card'

So I moved my files from Internal Storage to SD Card. But after that I found the files having errors in loading both on my file manager and my gallery. I have tried deleting the .nomedia but it still ...
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How do I manipulate the filesystem of my Android smartphone from PC without restrictions? Can I do it on an non-rooted phone?

I want to be able to copy/move/erase/modify files on my phone and transfer them back and forth on my Windows 10 PC. Without limitations hopefully. My phone ( Meizu Note 8 ) is not rooted, and I'm not ...
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Can I sync folders in two devices over Bluetooth?

Can I sync folders and files in two Android devices? These devices are physically nearby, but not connected to the same Wi-Fi network. They are connected to the internet using their respective mobile ...
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Some file types copied onto phone always disappear

Whenever I try to copy files onto my phone, depending on file type they almost immediately disappear. I noticed this when trying to copy music files (mp3 and flac) from my PC to the phone via the USB ...
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How do I clean up remembered files in builtin files app?

Default files app is showing many files (mostly photos) that don't exist anymore. How to clean it up? All of these files existed under /sdcard and were cleaned via synchronization with my PC over ssh. ...
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How to find the creation date and time (aka timestamp) for a file or folder in Android?

In Android, it is simple to view the modified date and for any file or folder. Just about any decent file manager (such as Solid Explorer) includes this functionality. But how do you view the ...
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Need advice on deleting ".tmp" file in DCIM/Camera

The DiskUsage app shows that I have a 1/2 GiB file under DCIM/Camera, called something like 20160701_173401.tmp DiskUsage will run HexEdit and show me the file...so I can see it's an mp4 video file, ...
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Where are Firefox bookmark and history files stored?

And what are the names? I want to copy each in the event of device failure. Sync is apparently not an option as the Sync "application" has returned "'Cannot connect to network" for ...
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Files app (com.android.documentsui) crashes on Recent tab

I have a Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 with Android 9. There's this factory app called "Files" (which is com.android.documentsui) that's not working properly anymore. I have some apps on my phone like ...
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Use or Access Large NTFS Cluster Sizes ( eg 2048 kb / 2049 kb / 2M or 2MB ) in an Android (or Linux) OS?

I have a external media storage drive where I (believe that I) have formatted the partitions as 2048 kb (or 2,048 kb for any Googlers searching) cluster sizes and there are a couple of smaller ...
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How do I copy the entire system root to an SD Card or USB Flash Drive?

I am trying to make a direct 1:1 clone of my Android 9 system. I have the device rooted and I am running 'Terminal Emulator' as super user. Now, if I am in the root directory (IE: ":/ #") and I feed ...
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How do I remove images from the Downloads folder that are visible from within certain apps, but not visible from any file manager?

Background: I used to use the Share with another app button on Google Chrome to send images from Google Chrome App to my Text Messaging App. It would go to my text message but not be seen in the ...
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How to make a text file read-only in a non-rooted device? [duplicate]

I wanted to make a file read-only (440)in internal storage but it shows "failed",as it seemingly requires root permission but I can't unlock bootloader as of now so is there any means we can do the ...
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Folders missing in (some) apps

I have a strange issue. Just added some new folders in my Music folder after purchasing some new albums. Created them using Total Commander like always, transferred some mp3 files via ftp to the ...
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Files deleted via mtp still consume space

When I delete a few large files (part of music collection, ~20GB of flac files) during mtp connection (on computer), it disappeared from Android FS, but, according to FS analysis, still consume space. ...
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Connecting HDD to PC having copied files to HDD from phone triggers error check

I have a brand new, formatted with exFAT 1TB external hard drive which I'm connecting to my phone via a USB hub. I can copy files to it no problem. However when I connect to my Windows 7 PC it says ...
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Why is the Verizon Cloud app generating Instabug text files in my File Manager Documents folder every time I start up my phone?

I am getting a lot of text files in my File Manager's Documents folder. I used the Properties option on the file to see that it is an Instabug file. The path shows VCast. After searching for various ...

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