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Can I disable the hardware 'Search' button?

I'm teaching my 85 year old mother to use her first phone. Her first ever bit of computing. The first use is texting and I've removed all the apps from the main screens except for the messaging app, ...
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Keeps restarting, stuck in Ultra Power Save Mode

I'm asking on behalf of a family member who has a Samsung Galaxy S5. The phone is unrooted and has been updated but not to Android Marshmallow. The OTA had not been released for Marshmallow for this ...
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How to create a hardware shortcuts in Android 4.3?

I have Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 running the latest firmware with Android 4.3. I want to create "hardware shortcuts". For example, if I hold volume up and home at the same time, then it'll open an ...
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Android phone lost, Data wipe after password change

Here's an urgent situation regarding phone robbery: My android phone (note 8) gets robbed and as far as i know it has not lost its way to some general person. It was robbed by force, so people ...
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Question regarding Google Play app compatibility check, x86 vs. ARM architectures, etc

This is more of a hardware question than anything, but it has to do with Android. I saw on this question, somebody saying that Android apps were architecture independent, and should run on ARM/ARM64/...
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Fingerprint sensor on Samsung Galaxy Wide 2

My phone, Galaxy Wide 2 (SM-J727S) is a device made for students in South Korea, and it blocks internet, wifi, mobile data, and stuff like that (maybe an irrelevant information, but anyway). This "...
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What specifies the maximum supported sdcard capacity of a mobile phone?

I often see this in mobile phone specifications: "microsd card supported, up to 32gb" Is this limit really real? Does it depend on hardware or software? How to know for sure (e.g. using a software) ...
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Onboard ethernet drivers for Android-x86?

I have recently installed Android-x86 6.0 RC1 on a USB Flash drive, so I can test compatibility in various PCs and notebooks. One thing I noticed is that the Ethernet card is never detected (probably ...
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Moto E (1st Gen) Bootloader Unlocking

There was some problem with my 1-yr-old Moto E 1st gen. It got dead and after some time the dead android guy appears with some red-blue thing on its chest. It appears for half a second. I pressed ...
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Nexus 5 WiFi problems

I believe it's somewhat well-known that the Nexus 5 has had more than a few hiccups with certain wifi networks. However, I'm not sure that the main reasons for wifi connectivity issues is as well ...
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Inspection checklist for new android mobile devices

Many factory faults and bugs in an android device are discovered by the user long time after he/she receive it. Early discovering of faults/bugs in a device is needed when there is a short return ...
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Can I open a photo in a text message without using my data?

I got a Motorola Razr-V phone and received a text with an attached photo. Is it possible to open using Wi-Fi,not my phone data?
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How can I tell if my International Galaxy S3 is suffering from Sudden Death Syndrome? If it is, how can I fix it?

I have a 16GB International Samsung Galaxy S3 (XEF) running the latest firmware, 4.1.2 (yes, the Premium Suite update, I was thinking that this would've fixed it but it seems not) with baseband XXELKB....
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What kind of hardware is needed to run Skype well?

I have been asked to choose a cheap tablet to buy for Skype video calling. The person who will use it isn't going to do anything fancy else, just videocalling her daughter at evening. I have seen ...
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What does "Voice network type: unknown" mean in my settings?

It is in the phone info setting, when you dial *#*#4636#*#* on my Moto g stylus:
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Are VoLTE standards same across the world?

I have a SIM-free Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965F/DS) model. And in my home country (India) VoLTE works fine on it. I'm moving to Japan soon and was thinking of getting a Japanese SIM (The name of the carrier is ...
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microSD card performance issue

I have some microSD cards and I noticed a weird behaviour: larger microSDs give lower results! For example, using them on my Note 8, I get these results: Code: 64GB -> R: 70MBs W: 35MBs 128GB -&...
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Touch screen only works when charging

My Xiaomi Redmi 3s's old screen was broken so I imported a new LCD+Touch-screen with frame from china. After fixing the new LCD, the touch screen(LCD is working perfectly) is not working but the ...
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Partial display failure

The lower 1.5 to 2 cm of the screen of my OnePlus 3 failed: (The white part in the middle is just censored information. The problem only exists in the bottom.) When I power my phone completely off,...
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Encrypting Phone Calls?

When we perform the system encryption on a device, can the calls be encrypted too?
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Why does my Android device unlocks to a non-responsive black screen?

Device : Nexus 5, running a freshly installed Paranoid Android 6.0.3 ROM. Device is empty except for some system and a few Google apps. Here is the loop I'm stuck in: Pressing power button brings ...
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What's the logical name for Android's native GPS interface?

I'm trying to identify and locate the /dev/ pseudo-file that corresponds to the onboard, hardware GPS devices; installed in most modern Android smartphones, and tablets. I know that it probably varies ...
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Estimating life span of a device model

I'm currently looking into buying an Android smartphone. Naturally, I'd like to keep using it until the hardware becomes technologically obsolete -- which, according to my prior experience with PCs (...
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Is it the hardbrick. Phone is not turning on neither by forcing it by pressing vol up,down and power button

I have flashed a stockrom downloaded from the internet from the given link to my qmobile z10 mtk6753, using SP flashtool https://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&confirm=45sO&id=...
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Are Apple headset volume control buttons not compatible with Android phones?

I have recently transitioned from the iOS ecosystem to the Android ecosystem, and I just realised that although my iOS headsets can be used to pause and play the tracks and receive calls, their volume ...
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Galaxy Note 3 requiring pin for lock-screen due to e-mail account

After syncing my work email with my new Samsung phone I received an on screen notice that in order to have the account synced with my phone I was required to have a password on my lock-screen. This ...
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HTC Desire sticky power button

I have an HTC Desire that is 2 and a bit years old and in the hands of my wife and baby, now has a power button that barely works. Luckily the ROM I'm using allows the device to wake with the select ...
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What are the differences between the two Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0" models?

I have just got a new Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 7.0" (SM-T230NU). What is the difference (or improvements) between the 'stock' SM-T230 model GALAXY Tab 4 7.0" and the 'newer' SM-T230NU, recently released ...
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Physical placement of specific sensors in Google Nexus 7 (2012)

I am working on a project that requires me to know where specific sensors are physically located inside the device. I can estimate the location of NFC and light sensor (of course) but what about other ...
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Identifying an unknown Android tablet through adb/shell without relying on build.prop

I obtained a cheap unbranded tablet from a friend, without a box or anything and I need to figure out what kind of tablet it is, through software. What I've established so far is that the tablet is ...
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unlocked phone can be used for all compatible phone service providers?

There is an Android phone ad like this: Due to USA carrier VoLTE restrictions, this phone is only certified to work on T-Mobile and T-Mobile MNVOs(Mint Mobile, Google Fi, etc.) It however is unlocked ...
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Problems with long term rooting of phone, data loss and OS updates

I'm in the market for a new phone. I use a specific app for internal use that requires the phone to be rooted (or use a MediaTek chipset but they are mostly used in low end-phones and I want a medium-/...
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DEX died after Android Debug Bridge (ADB) Bloatware Removal

I decided to debloat my Samsung Note 20 Ultra phone of all the garbage apps Samsung installs. I used ADB shell to perform this bloatware removal and the list shown below identifies all the Samsung ...
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What are the physical causes of motherboard-related bootloops?

A lot of Android phones, from the Nexus 5X to the LG G4, have suffered from hardware-related bootloop issues. I have recently purchased a Google Pixel XL first gen, and want to minimize the chances of ...
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What are android batteries PIN type?

I'm trying to determine the different PIN types of the batteries used in Android, specifically to those batteries that use flex cable. For example; The image above is a sample of batteries for Xiaomi ...
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Xiaomi phones battery compatibility

Xiaomi phones have several batteries, for example, BM35, BM21, BN43, and etc. I'd like to know the compatibility of those batteries, for example, if BM35 has the same pin and size as BM21 something ...
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Unlock phone with adb without text or keyevent input

Is there a way to unlock an Android phone with adb using adb shell without a keyevent input?
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Installing Android on Nokia Lumia 520 Using MacOS Computer

I am trying to install Android on my Nokia Lumia 520 so I can use it as a hardware device to debug my apps for Android app development. I use a Macbook Air (MacOS), and tried to search for tutorials ...
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Is it possible to control and transmit electromagnetic radiation of allowed frequency with Android device?

I understand the following things about smartphones A smartphone has various hardware that functions wirelessly by transmitting and receiving electromagnetic waves. Things like Wifi, Bluetooth, and ...
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I changed Mainboard in S6 its wrong country code and does not work now what?

As above the board was locked to AT&T but i got the code for that I put my open sim card in it , it picks up wifi and looks like network signal but when i try to phone with it is says dialing ......
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Samsung A51 suddenly turns off

My brand new Samsung A51 Telenor phone turns off after 1-2h in screen lock. We gave it to service, but they said there are no problems. But the phone still powers off when it is not used less and in ...
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My Android phone keeps restarting in short cycles

I have Xiaomi Mi A2 and yesterday when I was using it, it started to restart continuously only loading the android one logo then crashing again. I've tried things like holding down power+voldown and ...
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Digitizer calibration or hardware issue?

I recently obtained a new galaxy tab A and have been noticing that touching small buttons in certain places is particularly hard (specifically the "read more" button in youtube comments). ...
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Default applications budget phone?

Is there a reason budget phones for android contain so many default applications? Maybe this is required by Google? I find YouTube, play books,play games, etc. to not be needed and redundant when you ...
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Moisture detection when connecting external hard-drive to tablet

I have a Fire HD 10 Tablet with android in it and i'm trying to use external USB (like storage or mouse) but when i plug the tablet to an USB-Hub connected to a SD Card it reads it for about 10 ...
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How to stream an image into camera source?

This is basically the same question as How to stream an image into camera source trough ADB? I am trying to stream an image into the camera source of an Android device. This should ideally have effect ...
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What algorithm does Android used to translate touchscreen events to scancodes?

I have been debating someone recently about whether physical keyboards are faster than touchscreen keyboards. I have a lot of CS knowledge, but not a lot of Android knowledge. Therefore, during this ...
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Replacing headphone jack in Motorola Moto Z2 Play

I'd like to know, if it is possible to replace malfunctioning (actually: dead) headphone jack in Motorola Moto Z2 Play? I would like to do this in an repair shop (not myself), if this is possible at ...
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Samsung Galaxy A11. Turn on 64 bit node?

I wanted to purchase a 64-bit android smartphone. I looked at the processor used on the Galaxy A11. It is a 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53. And I bought this phone. Looks like I made a mistake. Android on the ...
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Samsung galaxy s7 submerged in water. How serious can I expect it to be?

I dropped my Samsung galaxy s7 in water. It was submerged for less than 10 seconds, I turned it off within 30-60 seconds after that. It was working properly when I pulled it out of the water and while ...