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How to make Google Chrome definitely remain as the desktop version?

How to make Google Chrome definitely remain as the desktop version? Every time I use Google Chrome it returns to the setting for mobile.
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What exactly is synced with Google?

If you enable syncing to Google, what exactly is synced in a more technical way? E.g. about syncing app data, I guess there is just one standard path synchronized? Has anyone seen a more technical ...
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Google's Huawei ban, how will this hit Huawei, since Android is open source?

So, with the latest news of Google blocking Huawei from Android updates, what does this actually mean? Since Android is open source (via AOSP), Huawei should be perfectly able to continue using ...
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What specifically prevents OTAs from being taken on modified /systems, and why can't it be shut off?

I have had a constant nightmare with not being able to take OTAs on any of my (rooted) devices. They boot into TWRP, complain about the build fingerprint, and won't install, so I have to wait for a ...
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what is "com.google.android.ext.services"

What is com.google.android.ext.services? I accidently found this app in the running list and when I open it contains a settings and then it have opening links option inside it that contains the apps ...
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Can I improve accuracy of Google Location while hiking

My Google Location history is amazingly helpful and informative, and generally accurate. I have all settings set to highest so I can always get the best location accuracy. I've read several posts ...
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"Verify it's you" pop-up when I try to make a purchase through Google Play

Whenever I want to make an in-app purchase, a prompt with the header "Verify it's you" with a text box and a submit button appears, but it doesn't say what i need to introduce in the text ...
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Recurring crash from Google app with error message "EXCLUSIVE background task UPDATE_HOTWORD_MODELS crashed"

My mom's Xiaomi phone started displaying the error message: The Google application has suffered an error again. Please send a report to Xiaomi. The code under the "see more" button is ...
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How to show only Gmail's contacts in the Contacts app?

I have recently reinstalled Android on B63M due to some problems with the SD Card. I decided to keep all my contacts only in Gmail, as a centralized solution to avoid problems in the future. I do not ...
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What is the APK (and package) name of the Google App? [duplicate]

On my Android 4.1.2 I can see force stop, uninstall updates, clear data, clear cache and view permissions of my installed apps via Settings > Manage apps but I am unable to tell their APK and/or ...
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How can I force a complete new sync of my Google contacts to my phone?

I would like to force a fresh download of all my google contacts to my phone (and before delete all the google contacts I do have on my phone ... as the sync on my phone got confused and keeps ...
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Can I increase the frequency at which location history gets my location?

I've recently discovered Google Location History, however my history map is made up of lots of very long straight lines because it doesn't appear to get checkpoint/location information very often. ...
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Contacts phone numbers disappeared after sync to google

After synchronising with Google, all contacts that have phone numbers associated with them disappeared. I tried to enter a new contact just to test this. If I sync again the new entry disappears as ...
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How to troubleshoot "okay google everywhere" missing from voice settings?

This is what I see: (Click image to enlarge) And this is what I would like to see: I am using Motorola Moto G 3rd generation (2015), 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage; XT1541 I have already tried a few ...
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Google pay scanning credit card without camera permission

I have Google Pay installed on my phone. I have denied camera permission for every single app (except for "Settings" app which I am unable to deny Camera permission) on my phone. When I try ...
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Google Voice Search requiring internet access even when offline speech recognition pack is installed

When installed, the Google app includes Voice Search. In the settings for Voice Search, there is an option to install Offline speech recognition packs. Despite doing this, Voice Search is still ...
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Google Maps "copy to clipboard" via share menu

Samsung S9+ user here. On my old S6 I used to be able to enter a location in Google Maps, click the 'share' button, then click an option 'copy to clipboard.' This would copy a goo.gl link to the ...
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Prevent Google reacting to inline remote

My new wired earphones have a one-button in line remote. Two common uses of pressing this button include: Option1. Pausing and resuming music playback; Option2. Opening and dismissing an audio ...
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What is the scope of Google Play Protect's scanning?

Even though I don't recommend relying on it (because it is not very effective), I know quite a few people who only use Google Play Protect. Does Google Play Protect only scan apps installed via the ...
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Does "Visited <name of app>" shown on Google's My Activity mean that the app has been installed?

My minor child has 'visited <name of app>' in her Google's My Activity from the Google Play Store multiple times. Does this mean she has/had the app? She recently got a new phone and was setting ...
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Remove search bar from home screen in Android 9 ("Pie")

I am using Xiaomi A2 Lite and I want to get rid of search bar on my home screen, preferably without and without installing custom launchers (that are likely to be the next configuration time sink). ...
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How do I stop the Google app from automatically updating?

On my Samsung Galaxy A10E, Android 10 the Google app will update, taking up 300 Mb of unnecessary data, despite these things I tried: Disabling the app (It re-enables itself after updating) Disabling ...
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Data protection (making files persist across time)

In this post I am addressing a real issue that Android users may face. Suppose, over the course of my lifetime, I have been storing my files in Google Drive. These, may be important files. Perhaps I ...
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How is Google Play services still running after disabling?

A while ago I disabled Google Play services, Google Play Store and lots of other Google apps in my phone. Below is a screenshot. One can see that Google Play services is still having cached ...
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I can't access my phone after a factory reset, because the Gboard doesn't work!

After doing a factory reset on my Huawei p9 lite because it was missing a lot of features like the calculator, alarm, notes and even Bluetooth. After it asks me to log in my linked google account, I ...
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Google two-step verification doesn't want to work. Pops up, I approve and nothing happens

Phone is a Samsung Note 9 SM-960F model. The phone is running Android 10. And I never experienced this problem on any other phone, model or Android version before. Basically I am logged into my ...
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Possible to purchase (buy) an Android app from the Google Play store web site without installing it on any device?

Is it possible to purchase (buy) an Android app from the Google Play store web site without causing that app to be automatically installed on a device?
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What happens when Google decides an app is "bad"?

An Android 7 (Nougat) device that hadn't been used in a while (perhaps a few months) was recently turned on. That device has Nova Launcher Pro installed. It does not have external (microSD card) ...
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Google Search Bar Widget is gone from Galaxy S5, it is not in the widgets section anymore

My Google Search Bar went missing (I did not delete it). Every fix says to hold down the home screen and re-add it, however, it is NOT in the widgets section anymore. It is completely missing. I've ...
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Google Play is putting adds up when I'm doing anything on my phone. text, games, gallery etc

When I open my text message and start to reply to the friend. Google play opens with an Android add. I hit the back button and it takes me to Google play home. So then I have to back out. When your in ...
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Purchased music won't play without wifi

Why won't the songs I purchase from Google play actually play without wifi? I have set the settings to download without wifi. I don't care about the data. I don't like waiting until I get home to be ...
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How do i change play store region? [duplicate]

I have been dealing with this issue since i bought this phone ( Galaxy Note 4 ). I need to change my play store to the US, but I couldn't. I have tried many methods especially, changing my home adress ...
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Why has Google started asking questions when reviewing apps in Play Store?

I went to review an app today after receiving help from the dev and after selecting the star rating I was then asked three questions about the app. "Does the app have whiteboards?", "Does the app ...
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Google Play Store - "An unexpected error has occurred. Please try again later"

Since Yesterday I have been getting this message from the google play store when ever I try to save something to my wishlist. This has occurred both on the app and the web version of the play store. ...
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Device won't boot - Shows g.co/ABH secutiry error

Device is a pretty much new LG V30 from verizon, running android 8. I have done pretty much nothing with the device yet. No root, no tinkering, nothing. I accidentally accepted the software update ...
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How can I delete synchronized Google data? (contacts, app data etc)

Apparently Google synchronized various data without my explicit permission. I don't want Google (and any parties that will ever have access to their data) to fetch any of my personal data without me ...
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How to prevent Google from "synchronizing" my personal data after a factory-reset, adding a new Google account or software updates?

It seems that after a factory-reset, whenever a new Google account is enabled on a device and potentially after some software updates sync will be enabled again even if it was turned off in the ...
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What are the restrictions for spending Play Points?

Does anyone know why spending Play Points is impossible in Poland: That was the only reasonable reward I could imagine, but it turned out that I hit the closed door with "Unavailable" label ...
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If Android is open source, then how did Google ban Huawei from using it?

Android is open source, it is based on a Linux Kernel which has been modified by a variant of C language. A few years back there was a big controversy when Google banned Huawei due to some security/...
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Google Play , YouTube and Gmail show error message “No Connection – Retry”

Some Android apps (like Google Play, Google Chrome, Gmail, and YouTube) show an error message “No Connection – Retry”. On the other hand, apps like Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp perform Okay and ...
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Google music: offline listening after subscription expires?

I am thinking about getting a subscription to google music after seeing so many good reviews (plus, the same subscription will allow you access to Youtube Red when it comes out! source). I just have ...
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Nexus 5 front camera not working

Yesterday my front camera on Nexus 5 stopped working. It doesn't show up in any app (& there's a bug in the new Google camera app - I can switch camera only if the HDR+ is on, but then it's stuck ...
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my android phone can't access to any google related sites and services

I just recently bought a brand new asus zenfone go, everything is fine until I shut off my wifi and left home. I subscribed to a mobile data plan, of course. but i can't access any google related ...
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