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Reroute requests for rear camera to front camera

My rear camera doesn't work (very well) and so I can't scan the QR Code which is needed to access WhatsApp web. There are no options within WhatsApp to change which camera to use or anything like ...
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How to get Android to ask for my choice of phone dialer?

I have the default Phoner Dialer on my HTC phone as well as the Doximity Dialer. When I first installed the Doximity dialer, whenever I made a phone call it would ask which phoner dialer to use the ...
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Why can't person on other side hear music playing in my phone during a call?

I always wonder why is it that while on call, the person on other side can hear my voice clearly but can't hear any music/video playing on my phone. Mic fairly picks up any other ambient sound playing ...
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Front Camera Not Working, Showing HARDWARE_LEVEL_LIMITED

I had to replace the screen on my Lg V20 and broke the front and wide angle camera while doing so. When I ordered replacements and replaced them, the wide angle worked, but now the front camera ...
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Formatting a “corrupt SD card” fails - is the card dead?

I have a no-brand-marked 32 GB "Micro SD HC" Card, which I'd been using with my Android 6.0.1-based phone. Recently, the phone has been telling me the card is corrupt, and would not use it; and today ...
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Internal Storage Increase / Replace

I am not convinced that My Spotify is using an entire 1GB on my new Android. I am new to Mobile Phones, but they seem to follow the basic laws and rules of Computer Science and Telecommunication. I ...
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Is Android associated with a specific set of control keys?

Windows systems typically have three control keys: Control, Alt, and the Windows key. Mac systems have Command ⌘, Option/Alt, and Control. There is historical precedent for a system having even more ...
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I have cheap phone (apparently) working on Android 7.1, I wish to erase everything to the hardware level and load the phone with a fresh OS

Background: I have a USD $30 Chinese Android Phone made by a company called BlackZone, I have never heard of the company, the phone comes loaded with Android 7.1 Nougat which i believe is a little ...
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Is tethering/hotspot dangerous for your Android phone?

Is using your Android phone as a portable hotspot/tethering dangerous for your hardware part? In our dormitory we do not have good internet connection and I'm forced to use my phone as an internet ...
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Can I desolder the internal memory from a Samsung Galaxy SIII and move it to a Samsung Galaxy SII?

My SGIII phone has an issue with the main board and will not start at all. Can I desolder the internal memory and move it to a Samsung Galaxy SII? Or is there any other way to retrieve the ...
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New pixel 2- turning on shows battery and then horizontal purple line

I just bought a new Pixel 2. I opened the box, turned it on, and it showed a white battery with the charge symbol, and then that disappeared, and 2 small colinear horizontal purple lines briefly flash ...
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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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How do I answer phone on Honor 8 when screen is locked?

I'm sure it's easy, but I have no idea how to answer my phone when the screen is locked. There is a circle in the middle and a green phone on the left and a red phone on the right. No matter what I ...
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A pop-up was on my screen and said I had a virus!

I was searching up fun computer games to play when a message came up saying I have a virus and I should download this weird app and give it a lot of my personal information including phone number and ...
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Microsd card slots: shared vs dedicated - What is the difference?

When I look at detailed specifications of android devices sometimes it is possible to filter them by choosing if a microsd card slot is shared or is dedicated. Unfortunately I am not able to find a ...
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Is there a way to detect if there is a power management issue with an android phone?

Is there a way to detect if there is a power management issue with an android phone? I'm rooted on KitKat if that helps. The phone in question is a galaxy note 4 if it makes a difference. The ...
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Can Liquid screen protector be applied to the back of a phone [closed]

This is more of a hardware question... I got my LG V30 recently, and after a few days of usage without a case, I noticed I got a feel minor scratches, and one bigger one. My question is this? Can I ...
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How would I go about fixing SIM card not registering after flashing a custom ROM made for a clone of my device

So, I have a BLU Life One X, which is a clone of the Micromax Canvas 5 and a few others. I've installed a ROM made for the Canvas 5, after making a bunch of mistakes, including wiping my entire ...
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How to add support to an external monitor in Android?

My Samsung Dex (with Android 7 in a Samsung Galaxy S8 phone) won't work with my LG 23MT75D-PU monitor. I think because the Android driver are not ready to talk with this monitor yet. I will want to ...
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Will engraving the back of my Galaxy S8 interfere with the waterproof-ness? [closed]

I am thinking about laser-engraving a large logo on on the back of my Galaxy S8. The image I have in mind is about 40x40mm and will be centered vertically between the SAMSUNG and the lower CE and IMEI ...
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How to have dead keys working with an USB keyboard?

I've connected to my phone a desktop USB keyboard using an OTG connector. Everything works fine, unfortunately I can't produce accented letters like áéíãê. When I type an accent, like `'^, another ...
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Possibility of flashing a new ROM to a stolen Nexus

Last weekend a Parisian pickpocket stole my Nexus 5X. Not rooted Locked bootloader (not modified in any way) Fully encrypted (and backed up) Locked (fingerprint/pattern) Updated to Oreo and current ...
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Touch screen acting weird (P9)

I recently got a new touchscreen, which seems to work (since you can see the touches in debug mode), but sometimes it just won't swipe from one page to another! This also happens in an app. What is ...
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Android phone HDD/SSD 2.5“/1.8” - how much power is too much?

Recently I started experimenting with OTG adapter and some USB devices. While pendrives, RS232 adapters etc typicially work, storage is more interesting topic. I tried to connect my 1tb Seagate SSHD ...
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Phone keeps crashing and restarting after rooting

My phone (Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925F) keeps crashing, freezing and/or restarting after I rooted it. Previously I also updated the firmware but the problem only rose after rooting it. I have tried ...
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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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Can I hard reset my Samsung galaxy A5 (2015) without turning it off?

I broke my screen, both LCD and Digitizer are damaged and I cannot turn my device off, I already tried holding down the power button for 20+ seconds but it did nothing. Any suggestions how I can turn ...
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Overheating Android phone

After the replacement of the LCD screen on my device, it started to overheat, and so my smartphone is restarting as a result of the overheat. I disassembled the phone, and it seems that the ...
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Help! T-mobile forces me to upgrade my phone

Suddenly, I can't use my phone. I am using t-mobile. I got an email that says they "upgraded", and ask me to upgrade my phone. What is going on? Did you guys get the same trouble from AT&T and ...
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does my zte model n817 have a built in IR blaster so I can use it as a tv remote for my Sony tv

I have a ZTE model N817 android smart phone. Does it have a built in IR blaster? If not, what do I need to do so that I can use my phone as a remote for my Sony flat screen TV.
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How to find the real manufacturer of my device?

Often when we buy phones in contract or otherwise, the vendor company puts its own logo and branding on hardware as well as firmware. Is there a method to help determine the real identity of a device ...
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Can an android phone be converted to SDR using its radio hardware interfaces?

I have recently been reading about SDRs and based on what I have understood so far SDR consists of a radio hardware capable of transmitting and/or receiving radio signals within a given radio spectrum ...
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Which driver is in charge of headset buttons on my tablet?

I have recently bought a Lenovo Tab3 710F tablet (product page) and I'm trying to control the music playback externally with a small electronic circuit. The idea is to reproduce the same behavior as ...
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My mobile screen touches itself repeatedly(Ghost Touches)?

I have Swipe Elite Note android mobile phone. My mobile screen touches itself repeatedly. I tink it might be a hardware issue. However, it is working well today! How can I confirm if it was an ...
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Is it possible to use MicroSD socket as a generic expansion card slot?

Considering that I have: Android phone with MicroSD slot (non-rooted) A microcontroller with SDIO & SPI interfaces support Is it possible for an app which is running on non-rooted device to ...
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My LG X Power volume keeps resetting to 2

I turn down my ringer to 0, with no vibrate. I leave it on my desk, and when I get a message, I hear the message ding. When I check, the volume is at 2 (i mean 2 levels higher than vibrate). This ...
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How to fix the back button light on Samsung Note 3

My note 3 back button light doesn't light up. How to fix this issue?
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Can't get into my new phone

Recently I purchased an android phone from my local second hand store and they showed me It was working but when I got home and I tested it out it would not let me use it because it said I had to sign ...
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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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SD card unexpectedly removed

Here is my issue. I was moving data (photos and videos) from my smartphone's inner memory over to my Micro SD card with 16 GB of memory, a close-to-daily process in which I've never encountered any ...
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Can Android Device Manager only locate your phone if it is signed in to your Google Account?

My phone was stolen two days ago, and I have only just had internet access to start looking up ways to find it - or, more specifically, at least recover the photographs on it. While I had tried to ...
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What can I do to fix the volume button back onto my Moto M?

Heres a set of pictures depicting the problem. Any form of help will be much appreciated !!!
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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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Smartphone screen broken - PC recognizes phone - Save data, unlock phone PIN

My smartphone screen has been destroyed in a small accident. There have been still data on the phone like images, videos, contacts. If I connect the phone to the PC via USB, the PC recognizes the ...
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Headphones aren't working on S7

I have an S7 Active, and all of suddenly both my headphones stopped working with it. The interesting part is my headset I was for my Xbox works with it, and my headphones work with everything else I ...
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Is the MAC address stored in software or hardware?

I'm trying out a ROM. It seems to be flashing the whole system. It claims it is a total wipe. However, the MAC address seems to never change. So my question is, is the mac address for an Android ...
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Unknown apps taking over tablet

My son's tablet is suddenly over run with apps we don't know about trying to gain information (such as location, password, permission to load). Not sure what he downloaded or did to start this. I did ...
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Power button stopped working it fall down

I am using Asus ZenFone since 8 months but after fall down the power button stopped working which is actually creating a problem for me. What can I do about it?
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fastboot works, adb doesn't

I picked up a second-hand Motorola Moto G (2nd gen) device. The model is technically XT1064 (Titan). On my Windows machine, I'm sometimes able to see an error message when I power down the phone ...

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