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How dose a phone know when it has a battery in it or how to make it think it has one

Im trying to game on a samsung galaxy s7 edge without a battery on it but it just turn on shows a logo and then turns off again i think it knows that there is not a battery inside so if anyone knows ...
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Get photos back from broken/locked android phone

Is there any way to open mobile phone and get it's ROM memory out and connect it with pc or something and get your files(photos and text files) ?
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How to know about MIDI controller via OTG latency on device?

I have both these devices. I read somewhere that Android doesn't support good latency for MIDI devices as iOS do. But when I connect MIDI device to Sony Xperia M5, it has high latency. If I connect to ...
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How to decide which MicroSD card to buy for your Android device

You have an Android device running Android 5.0 "Marshmallow" or better, and it's running low on storage space. Some modern Android devices don't have a slot for a MicroSD flash memory card. But yours ...
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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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How to find out if any hardware parts have been changed on the phone, or how to reveal that these parts are unoriginal without opening it?

I only buy phones through the bazaar. Great price, but risk. Currently I can buy Samsung Galaxy Note 9. During his testing I found a strange non-response to the touch. This may be because the phone ...
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How can I find certified Android devices by feature flag?

I want to buy a device that has android.hardware.camera.external implemented natively. For my work I need to do WebRTC video calls using an external UVC camera from a mobile device. I see people ...
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How to make a “system” screenshot with ButtonMapper

Since a recent update of ButtonMapper the functionality to make a "system screenshot" (if you have root) seemed to be replaced by a "app screenshot", which is limited in some apps as Instagram of ...
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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Back and Home buttons not working

Background Many people have experienced a bug whereby the Sony Xperia Z3C (compact) no longer has functional home and back buttons. Specifically, the issue involves the buttons highlighted by the red ...
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Is Always On Display a purely software feature?

I am shopping for a new phone and it seems that my beloved notification LED has fallen out of favor, so I am willing to settle with Always on Display (AoD) as a second best. I have been reading some ...
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Is there a definite way to know if my phone supports USB-OTG or not?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Win phone, rooted and with adbd insecure installed (using the link here). This is the information shown by the USB OTG Checker app: I have added the android.hardware.usb.host....
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Are quantum RNGs on an Android device possible?

I edited out the term quantum in this question on SoftwareRecs.SE on the assumption that actual quantum effects on an Android device cannot be measured/harvested from - things like radioactive decay, ...
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Clone android phone storage without root

Is there any way to clone the internal storage of a phone (huawei honor v10, android 8.0) if the phone is not rooted and USB debugging is disabled? I am currently locked out of the phone, but I want ...
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Will Samsung galaxy s10 works in my country?

You may know that samsung galaxy s10 have two different versions, one with Qualcomm chipset and one with Exynos chipset. From reviews in the youtube and sites like bgr and anandtech, I'm more biased ...
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My S7 phone keypad

When I get a phone call and have to enter numbers for automated service, then when I mistype a number, I am not able to back space or see a delete icon. But if I were to make a call, I have a delete ...
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debugging problem: phonecall recipients complain about audio quality

problem Increasingly, recipients of my phonecalls complain that audio quality is too poor, mostly (but not entirely) when I'm calling from one location. I'd appreciate assistance identifying and ...
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Trackpad in landscape

Did anyone by any chance figure out how to make a hardware bluetooth trackpad work properly in landscape mode? It seems that the system does not change the axis logic for trackpad coordinates when ...
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Are RAM and storage physically located on smartphone's SoC or not?

I started to learn about Android-based devices' hardware and already have learned about SoC, which includes CPU, GPU, connectivity modules, etc in one chip. I have found an example of SoC structure (...
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Using a phone to give internet access to an already established network

I am currently planning a project I wish to undertake in the next few months, a power bank / portable file server / wifi router. I want to be able to give internet access to devices connected to the ...
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nvidia shield tablet is not booting

I have still this brand new nvidia shield tablet which I got after recall. The thing is, after I've got it and whole reinstall, I haven't used it for several months. When I was about to use it a few ...
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Encryption failed after turning my android phone on

when i turn on my phone it shows "Encryption failed" and "Unable to start up your device. the encryption process was interrupted. you need to reset your device to factory default setting. this will ...
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OS-independent app loading problem

My phone has an odd problem, and I don't know where to start in diagnosing it. Several apps started having problems opening, taking a very long time (sometimes several minutes) to open; sometimes they ...
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OrangePi 3G-IOT GSM Function Not Working

I just built a small device using the MediaTek 6572 Controller on the Orange Pi 3G-IOT Controller Running Android 4.4 The Device boots up just fine and even shows good Signal Strength when GSM SIM ...
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After replacing the battery and the power circuit, the screen is black

I have recently replaced the battery in my Huawei Nova CAN-L01, along with the power circuit (the USB dock etc.). The replacement wasn’t really hard but I have a major problem now. I have tried to ...
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ST21i Removed boot flag

I was trying to boot from the sdcard, as I thought it was a boot order issue, I disabled the boot flag on the boot partition. Now my phone will not turn on, or enter bootloader. I have found various ...
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Repairing a suddenly dead Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (1, 2) bought used for diversity of Android tests during app development. Died suddenly a year later. Would still like to keep it running. It now has no sign of life when ...
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Android Phone won't accept my change of screen lock pin code (Encrypted phone & added NordVPN)

I am not locked out of my phone - it just doesn't accept my attempts to change the Pin #. I have Encrypted the phone and added NordVPN not sure if this is causing the issue. i think some has gotten ...
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Can I expect hardware components among devices of an individual model of Android to be the same across all devices of that model?

Can I expect specific hardware components of a device (camera, mic, ssd, etc...) to be the same among all devices sharing a model number (Galaxy Tab 2, Pixel 3, Nexus 6P) ? Is this something that is ...
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own phone number not displaying in contacts (S4 )

I recently got a new samsung galaxy S4 (handed down from my dad who has 3, this is the last one after the last two broke from things out of control over a few years) and mid getting everything back up ...
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Reading phone partition and writing to SD Card

Guys i really need HELP Mine Docomo S7 from Japan aka SC-02H is bricked, so No Download - No Recovery - Not Turning ON I found another SC-02H working one from mine friend - I Read somewhere that i ...
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Stock OnePlus 3 randomly rebooting multiple times per day

It might have been since the update to Oreo or just coincidence but my phone started rebooting by itself. Also noticed when it reboots after doing the usual booting animation which takes much longer ...
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How to get data off a completely dead Android phone?

Phone worked perfectly. Then one day completely dead, nothing at all. It may have been that "one day" was after some time of laying around, cannot recall. Model: Android AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 (...
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Redmi Note 7 factory reset via PC

I was just trying to flash Lineage OS on my new Redmi Note 7, since MIUI kinda sucks, and it didn't really seem to work. So after a few tries and restarts, my phone started requesting the password for ...
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want to use my phone as a public proxy

I have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android 6.0.1. I want to use the phones mobile data as a proxy for my VPS. Obviously they are not in the same network so the proxy needs to be public for my ...
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Why Don't USB 3 Y-cables Work for Charging

I use a Samsung Galaxy S5 in a robot. Keeping robot and phone batteries charged is a constant issue. So I've acquired a bunch of different Micro USB3 to USB A Y-Cables (splitting power and data) in ...
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Android 9.0 phone dialer app keeps stopping

Ok, so this is a VERY odd issue that's cropped up in the last week or two. My phone dialer locks up and I get a "Phone keeps stopping" alert, but only in one very odd (but common) circumstance. If I "...
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car bluetooth call volume

I use my car's Bluetooth to answer phone calls. While I was all happy with this option, I had to update my Moto G6 from Oreo (v8) to Pie (v9). Soon after the update, I had to root the phone for the ...
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Leaving phone plugged in all the time?

I have a spare OnePlus One that I use for home automation stuff (RM Plugin, Tasker, etc.) I leave it plugged in all the time. Sometimes the phone does get quite hot. Just today, wanting to do more ...
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Where is the ^ symbol on an adroid keyboard?

I just got a LG THinq 8 and the company I work for out a ^ symbol is my email password. I can't seem to fin this key on an adroid keyboard
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Corrupt and locked Pixel 2 bootloader

I recently came in the possession of a Pixel 2 that will not boot and instead displays the following error (see the image below for more details): ERROR: Slot Unbootable: Load Error The friend that ...
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200% cpu usage by unknown process “acsd”

I have a redmi note 6 pro, and have been noticing a cpu drain after installing custom roms. This issue persisted from Resurrection Remix to crdroid, and eventually I found the culprit through adb ...
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How to prevent Huawei Y9 from unistalling apps

In Huawei y9 phone, it's so easy to unistall apps even i used GO OFFLINE App and KEEP ME OUT but when restarting the phone, the unistallation became easy. How can i solve that problem by preventing ...
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Redmi 3 stuck on bootloop with no recovery mode access

I have a Redmi 3 MIUI7 that I recently flashed with MIUI9 using TWRP. Right after flashing, I tried to boot it but it stuck on a bootloop. Since I haven't booted into the ROM and can't do so because ...
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Mobile Hotspot Security On Older Phones

I want to use my Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus as a mobile hotspot, for my laptop. I have installed a custom rom on the phone -- Official Lineage OS 14.1. There are no security updates for this OS. Does ...
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Different backup dates on 2 phones with the same number and Googledrive

I have two phones: A Samsung S8 which developed an issue with Android Pie but I took a backup to GoogleDrive before on 28 March 2019, and a reserve phone Samsung J5 with a GoogleDrive backup date of ...
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How to solve USB debugging error when connecting my mobile with my laptop? [closed]

When I connect my mobile phone to my laptop, it is not recognised by Android Studio
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What carrier board is this rk2918 system on module compatible with? (To run Android)

Description of carrier board: Model or Part Number - UPC1012B-MAIN-V0.2, Age - Manufactured on 12/20/2011, Storage - 8gb It had no video output (except for a proprietary ribbon cable conector), 3 usb ...
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Huawei Phone Ram replacement, flash rom?

My friend's phone died with no signs of life, the repairs shop diagnosed it to have it's ram chip failed and they say that all the data will be lost after repair. Does it need to have its ROM ...
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Phone memory usage and reporting

My android v8.2 phone seems to have the wrong image on it. The phone reports 6gb ram and 64gb rom. The image installed seems to be for 2gb ram and 6gb rom leaving me 56gb rom space. how can I add this ...
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How do I send video, but not audio, to an external monitor through an HDMI adapter?

I have an Essential Phone running stock Android 9 Pie. It has a USB-C connection, and I have a USB-C to HDMI adapter that I use to send video and audio to an external HDMI monitor. Unfortunately, the ...