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Why are there Yandex apps' APK files inside of my Samsung Galaxy A20s?

My phone is a Samsung Galaxy A20s (the model is SM-A207F/DS). I was using FX File Explorer (without root) to explore the Android filesystem of my phone. If some file was interesting, I would copy it ...
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How to access files in Android 6.0 "Downloads"

I have an old Alcatel Pixi 4 with Android 6.0 from which I'd like to back up my files. I've already copied all files from the internal storage except those inside the "Downloads" folder, ...
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Fastboot erase userdata recover deleted files

As per the title I have ran a fastboot erase userdata command on my OnePlus 6T device. It has deleted all of the userdata but there were files which i forgot to pull of prior. Is there still a chance ...
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Is there a folder called .privacy_safe?

For Samsung Galaxy A10e myFiles app which is already installed on my phone, I go to internal storage then I see .privacy_safe folder. Once opened, it contained 3 things: db folder (had 1 item) ...
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this isn't a supported file type - Images, movies, pdf files, voice messages cannot be opened after a while

A friend has a Nokia 7.2 (updated to Android 11) which has a problem opening images, movies, pdf files. When she makes or receives a photo or movie, she can open it normally, but after a while she ...
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Dropbox camera upload wrong file name

I often take pictures with a mobile phone A and send them via Bluetooth to mobile phone B. On mobile phone B, I move the pictures to the album gallery, such that these pictures are uploaded to my ...
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ZIP files with name "soda-en-US-v1001-1.zip" appearing on their own on Android 11

I have .ZIP files appearing on my Android 11 phone on their own. I don't know why they're there, and I don't know where they're coming from. Their located under Google, Download cache. 24 files named ...
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Weird files inside the root folder

I previewed (not downloaded) by mistake today a malicious pdf on Gmail app with Adobe Reader app, and I already inspected the phone for malware, uninstalled Adobe Reader app in case it was exploited, ...
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Suspicious unnamed hidden files on Android?

I have discovered some weird, hidden, unnamed files on my android phone (OPPO) with unfamiliar extensions. They look suspicious (according to two computer science colleagues of mine, I have no idea), ...
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Access my application files of an old App

I have this old-ish Android app running on my Pixel4 w/Android12 phone, the app was last updated on 2018 and it clearly uses old API or whatever and the built-in backup functions are obsolete. It ...
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Android Phone is deleting the .MOV files form SD card when inserted via USB OTG

I bought a mini camera for use when on travel and when I remove the micro SD card from the camera and insert it into the OTG USB-C adapter attached to my Note 20 Ultra, the entire contents of the ...
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How to load android shared libraries

How does Android load /system/lib/*.so libraries? How does the system knows what file is for what purpose. Is there a database or list of expected.so files and their functions?
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S21 Ultra - Please help me understand preloadinstaller.txt

Just looking for some help understanding what this log is and what's going on? It's one of many that appeared in a log folder on my S21 Ultra recently and I see that there are mentions of ...
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Where is hidden additional data of an app stored?

This question came to my mind when I installed Oxford Dictionary. It's strange that I couldn't see the additional files (audio, dictionary, and pictures) in an unrooted device. This app has a base app ...
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What is causing some photos and videos to get replaced by 0 byte files?

Some of my photos or videos get replaced by 0 byte files every now and then, which is quite infuriating. Even more confusingly, sometimes later they do reappear. I don't want this question to be too ...
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A malicious file keeps appearing on my phone even if I have formatted it (1_unit_15x15_3_goldenFmt)

Some days ago, a keylogger was put in my phone by a hacker, and my phone got infected. After having formatted the phone, there is a file that keeps appearing on my phone and has not been deleted. The ...
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How to open, edit, and save file on USB connected Android phone via notebook/desktop

Personally I do a lot with VBA in Excel and like it to explore various software to find the one that fits my needs best. I am a friend of proper data management, e.g. having photos taken at hand based ...
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Safe to delete files in /storage/emulated/media/logs?

My phone is running out of free space. When Settings > Storage displayedmore than 30GB used by "System", I looked into it further using the DiskUsage Android app. It told me that /...
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How to read and edit system xml files of android 12+?

On previous android versions, I can easily read and edit system XML files using a text editor but XML files from android 12 cannot be read properly and they looks like random symbols. For example, I ...
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Total Commander for Android : multi rename tool

I am sure I am missing something here and a quick fast dirty attempt yielded nothing. I would like to rename all files in a specific directory using total commander for Android multi rename tool so ...
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Where can an app store a drone video?

I have a Tomzon D65 drone, and the accompanying Tomzon-G app (Ver:1.1.2). The drone captured some awesome footage! It plays in the app fine. However, the app won't let me download the file. I suspect ...
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How can I copy a file from an Android phone to a connected USB drive?

I have a USB harddrive connected to my Android 10 phone via USB C. How can I copy files from to phone to it? When I go into the "Files" app, select a file and hit "Copy to...", it ...
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Stop Chrome from automatically downloading files without a prompt on Android 11

I'm using Chrome for Android (93.0.4577.82) on Android 11. On Chrome on PC and Macs, it is possible to always prompt the user when the browser attempts to download a file. However, on Chrome for ...
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How to find this application's files in the file manager? [duplicate]

I installed a Java IDE from the playstore called Jstudio, I created some files inside the app and the app saved to its data location on the file manager, now that is the problem, i cant seem to find ...
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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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Is there a way to play a series of mp4 files without downloading an app?

If I download several .mp4 files and put them all into a folder, is there a way to play them all, either shuffled or in order? I just want to avoid having to navigate to the next song every 2-3 ...
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Why would Android list some files that are not accessible (I/O error)?

For background, trying to resolve a problem with a Android 4.x tablet Denver TAC-97032 (Tablet battery replacement and alloc_device_open fail?). The device cannot boot fully, but I can connect to it ...
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SFTP and Yubikey

I want to access my sftp server using a private key stored on a Yubikey 5. How do I do it? The internal file browser requires me to provide a local file with the private key. My system: Android 10, ...
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Where does Keepass2Android store its password files?

I've been using Keepass2Android for a while. I try to store my files in DropBox so I can access across multiple devices. I have noticed that somehow I have some copies of my mypasswords.kdbx file that ...
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search for filenames on entire android device tree using ADB 'find'

How do I use the 'find' command on ADB to search the entire android file tree on a rooted device, including sub directories, for any filenames containing the word 'prop' ?
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Android files and folder is showing wrong time and date

I've noticed that the files of my Android phone are showing the wrong time and date. I have made a folder "New folder" and the folder was created on 3/13/21, 12:23 PM. I renamed the folder ...
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Missing App Data files after One UI 3.0 update on Samsung

After updating my Samsung A50s to the version a507fnxxu5dub6, which is the One UI 3.0 latest update, I noticed that the app files stored in Android/data are all missing Even the obb files are missing ...
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I recovered some encrypted pictures, but I can't decrypt them

My girlfriend lost all the pictures from our holidays. She has a Samsung Galaxy A70. She had an external encrypted SD card on it. I managed to recover the lost pictures, but they are encrypted. Do you ...
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How to open big EPUB files?

Just found out that Play Books has a limit of 100MB for each .EPUB file one wants to upload. Are there alternative eReaders for Android that would allow to upload/read bigger .EPUB files? This one ...
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How to enable ajax access to local files in any Android browser?

On Desktop, some browsers provide an option to enable ajax access to local files. For Chrome, it's the command line option "--allow-file-access-from-files". For Firefox, it's the config ...
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Android seems to be overriding my Messnger Lite app

I am not tech savvy so am hoping someone can help and in a way I can understand. I was trying to free up some space on my phone and moved a bunch of files on my phone to the SD card I have in it. ...
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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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Can I transfer documents from the files app on iPhone to my new Android phone?

I’ve already tried to use google drive to do so, but for some reason only empty folders get transferred. I’m switching to a Oneplus so the Galaxy Smart Switch app (which I had used to go iOS to ...
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Problem with camera concerning file names und photos app

Short version: How can the camera app be brought to save pictures again with the regular format "IMG_2021....jpg"? On my Nokia 7.2 this is not the case anymore (see picture). Long version / ...
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How to send (email-)file(s) from phone to phone using phone numbers instead of an email account?

In the good old days files were sent from computer to computer using modems and (copper wire) telephone lines. No email account needed, no server between them, just the computers, the phones and the ...
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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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Unable to get songs onto my phone without breaking them

All of them are in mp3 format and are perfectly playable on my PC. Here are the ways I tried. Connect both devices via USB. File transfer is enabled, I can see the filesystem of my phone on my PC. ...
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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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Media players are showing duplicate files after moving them

So today I moved the entire 'Download'(which contains music and asmr I downloaded from YT with those mp3 sites) file from my phone storage, to my SD card. Then I went to my music player app and it ...
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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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Security of Solid Explorer Hash

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but how secure is checking file hash with Solid Explorer for Android? I don't have computer access so it's my only option. Does anyone know if it's a ...
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What can cause a file to self destruct itself?

I had a file on my device (Huawei Mate SE, Android version 8) which I downloaded few months ago. Few days ago, the file disappeared. It's just gone and I can't find any trace of it. I'm 100% sure I ...
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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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Where is the file location for samsung notes/memos and/or can I recover these files if I deleted the app?

I backed up all the files on my S9+ because I wanted to reinstall my buggy samsung notes app, but it turns out notes doesn't fall under documents anymore and it has its own separate sync that needs to ...
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Android can't view local content after OS upgrade

After upgrading to Android 10, I am not able to use the Files app to view local files on my phone. If I run Files and view the Downloads folder, for example, it merely says "Can't load content at ...
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