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How to switch user profile based on password, lockscreen pattern, or pin?

Is there a way in todays' Android (9 and 10) devices to switch to different users based on the input password? Example: I input pin 1234 and UserB is unlocked/signed in on my phone. If I enter 4321 ...
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Does Android store information about previous sim cards?

Does Android store any info about previous sim cards that have been inserted into the phone? Can the current mobile operator access this info? Can my current mobile operator get my GPS location when I'...
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Disable cookies for specific sites in Firefox

Firefox on my PC allows me top disable cookies for specific sites by clicking on the website's icon. When cookies are disabled generally, I can enable them the same way in the menu behind the icon. ...
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Is it possible to disable the clipboard history on Android?

I find it very annoying that Android stores all old clipboard entries and requires me to manually delete it every time. This has caused me major flops and a lot of grief. How can I opt out of this "...
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Android Contacts: Keep two lists of contacts one of which is not detectable by messengers [duplicate]

Is there a way to keep my Android (6.0.1) phone contacts in two lists so that messengers such as Telegram and WhatsApp will not automatically detect some of my phone contacts and auto-add me to their ...
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How to change default Location Accuracy in Andriod 8.0.0 (Samsung J7 V)?

I usually keep Location services off, but occasionally I turn it on. I am only interested in GPS location, not wifi or cell network. I use it either for driving navigation or logging hikes, so wifi/...
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How to use multiple google accounts, but allow only one to locate my phone in device manager

I am using multiple google accounts, both private and company accounts. I want to see all calendars in my Calendar app. Events in all calendars. Same with Gmail. I want to be logged in and be able to ...
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WhatsApp: How to isolate contacts and photos - Privacy concerns

Whatsapp is ubiquitous and is commonly used despite the long scary list of permissions it seeks ( see Help understanding Whatsapp's permissions ) Privacy and security conscious people would like ...
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Is it possible to perform an offline malware scan of device image created using a root prompt?

I have created an image of my entire device and all of its partitions (mmcblk0.img). I would like to perform an "offline" scan of my device on my computer. Is there any known projects or ways of ...
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Uninstall MirrorGo Keyboard

I installed the MirrorGo (Stream & Recorder) app from the playstore to try but uninstalled it over privacy concerns in my android 10. Everything looks fine but recently I discovered it still left ...
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Access chats from old deactivated phone number

My sim card with my old number has been deactivated. A new user uses my old number. Does the user have access to my old chats if he or she chooses Yes to back up old chats or storage?
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On Android, how to disable Google Chrome's incognito mode

Google Chrome for Android includes a feature called incognito mode. This feature, when I activate it, is designed to help prevent Chrome from automatically remembering and storing information about ...
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Why do App Locker apps need so many permissions? Am i safe?

I've been trying to password protect an app, and it seems that the permissions vary from app to app for App Lockers. Why do so many of them require full phone access? Is there any danger if i use a ...
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Are Android App Permissions Placebos (Android Pie)?

I'm looking at every app that has 'Microphone' permissions on my Android Pie Galaxy Note phone, accessed through: Settings > Apps > Hamburger Menu > App Permissions > Microphone Five ...
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Keeping passwords/credentials out of the cloud

Under what circumstances will a current Android sync or otherwise send passwords off the device? The credentials in question are for: WiFI Non-Gmail email accounts accessed through the stock Gmail ...
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How to avoid leaking private data to apps without rooting my phone?

The majority of apps on the Play Store require access to things like location, contacts, call log, identity, SMS, etc., even when the app functionality clearly doesn't need this information to work. ...
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How to hide my name in Whatsapp group?

I've provided a screenshot, clickable for full size, of a group I'm in. Some people are able to hide their names. How can I do it? I do not know some people in the group and I don't want them ...
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How to share VPN connection with devices on hotspot?

I use a VPN on my Galaxy S8+ and I am looking for a way to be able to share my ExpressVPN connection via hotspot to be able to connect devices such as Xbox One and a Smart TV. Currently cannot use a ...
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Delete personal data from phone that can't sign in to Google

We have an old Galaxy that grandchildren use for play. No SIM card, but on wifi.  The Google account previously used is obsolete, so we can't sign in.  But without signing in, the "play store" won't ...
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Restrict read access on certain folders

I am looking for a way to limit read access for certain folders, for privacy reasons. E.g. I want to have a folder that will be used for sensitive data. It shall only be accessed by a file manager ...
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What is Google Partner Setup?

What does the Google Partner Setup app that is pre-installed on almost every Android device actually do? Why does it need each of those intrusive permissions, especially the Phone permission? Why ...
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Can a device be tracked if bluetooth is enabled but visibility disabled?

Is it possible to track a Bluetooth signal of Bluetooth enabled Android phone with disabled visiblity? I have heard of professional tracking devices, which are able to track/locate Bluetooth devices, ...
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Hiding the content of the message while the phone is unlocked!

How can I hide the message content in this "drop down menu -- I don't know what's its name". It is hidden when the phone is locked I want to hide it when the phone is unlocked as well.
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Hide the PIN entry on stock lock screen

Is it possible to hide the visual feedback on the PIN entry on the Android stock lock screen? The feedback makes it pretty easy for anybody standing near to watch the PIN: I know that it is possible ...
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How does an app (e.g. Whatsapp) automatically detect when the phone receives a 2FA SMS verification code without being granted SMS read permissions? [duplicate]

When installing some apps (for example Whatsapp) the user is required to receive a verification code on the phone via SMS. I have noticed that some apps automatically verify this code as soon as the ...
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How to make a complete factory reset, without anyone being able to retrieve my data?

I will have a few Android phones that I will have to let go. I would like to make a proper clean wipe of the data, without no one being able to retrieve them, and do a factory reset. I have read ...
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How can I use the name “A Google user” in my reviews at Google Play Store?

I have seen many recent reviews (2017) in Google Play Store with the name "A Google user" and I'd like to know how one can do that. I've read some possibilities, but they were written in 2012 and now ...
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How can I block all incoming connections to my phone?

Ok, so maybe I'm just a lil paranoid lately, but I'm trying to block any - and ALL - connections to my phone. PERIOD. I have the paid version of Android Firewall. If I select Black list from the drop ...
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How can i use orbot(tor) with adblocker same time without root?

I want to get more internet privacy on my android phone. Im using tor to protect my traffic from MITM attacks by ISP,Goverment... But Orbot have no adblocking feature. Advertisers are tracking our ...
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Can apps bypass permissions and just use Google Play Services?

I was reading this answer, and the first comment under it, and wondered if apps can bypass their own app permissions and just get whatever data they want from Google Play Services. What got me ...
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Why network activity is detected from apps after VPN firewall blocks them?

A few non-rooted (no rooted) Android 7 and 8 phones from (Huawei, ZTE, Neffos and Samsung) were tested in this simple firewall (NetGuard) experiment. A selection of apps (including apps from the phone ...
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Does google have fingerprints?

My phone has a fingerprint scanner. I notice on the Google Play Store, it has the option to verify your identity with a finger print scan instead of typing in the password when making a purchase. Does ...
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Skip “Sign in to Google” when setting up new Android device

I recently got a new Nvidia Shield TV. On the first start, after asked me to set up my language and connect to my wifi, it prompts me to "Sign in to Google." The only options on the screen are "use ...
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How to retrieve saved password in Google Chrome for Android?

Is there any way I can retrieve stored password specific to any URL in Google Chrome for Android. This is not in any way connected with Google Chrome running in Desktop versions. I'm able to see saved ...
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Sync DuckDuckGo bookmarks between devices?

Is it possible? I wonder if the reason I haven't found anything is it defeats the main purpose of DDG, being a privacy browser?
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How to prevent most syncing with Google in Android 7.0 Nougat on Samsung devices?

In Android 7.0 Nougat on Samsung devices, you can go to Settings -> Clouds and accounts -> Accounts -> Google to see a list of all the Google sync options. Currently, Sync Calendar says "Tap to sync ...
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Blocking 'Android System,Battery Warning,com.media tek,Common Data Service…' from connecting to the Internet

I am using NoRoot Firewall to block Internet access to some apps. It recently notified me that this/these app(s) are attempting to access the Internet: "Android System,BatteryWarning,com.media tek,...
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How to use Adblock AND a VPN

I'm using Private Internet Access's VPN via its App and now I'd also like to additionally use Adblock Plus. The problem however is that I apparently can only use either VPN or Adblock Plus - but not ...
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How to run a firewall and an AdBlocker on a non-rooted phone at the same time?

I have a non-rooted Android phone and would like to use both a Firewall and an Adblocker at the same time. How can I do this? I could only find Firewalls and Adblockers for non-rooted phones that use ...
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Phone no. display on Android pie?

I am having Asus zenfone max pro M1, now updated to android pie recently. Previousely the phone came with default Oreo OS. After checking the features of new OS , i have found out that the OS has ...
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What is Firebase App Indexing Under Google Services Settings

Where do all these data go? Is this a privacy issue? Here it is. It's very intrusive !
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Removing Snapchat Friend Suggestions

Snapchat a while ago started creating friend suggestions that pull from the friends list of other friends. Is there a way to remove my friends from people suggested to others? Or in any way limit or ...
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In Android 7.0 Nougat, which permission gives an app your phone number?

In Android 7.0 Nougat, which permission gives an app your phone number? When I say "which permission", I mean when installing apps, the Google Play store will inform the user of certain permissions. ...
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Huwei Y6 Prime File safe not found!

I had some pictures and videos in my safe file.My phone is Huwei Y6 Prime.Today I wanted to enter it.But it showed file not found.Create a new one.I created a new one.But still I am unable to watch my ...
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How to allow an app to take screenshots automatically?

How can I allow an app to automatically take screenshot? I'm not talking about apps disabling screenshots on them, I can take screenshot of the thing manually, but I'd like to automate it. I use the ...
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Whatsapp workaround?

What I have: - I don't want to install Whatsapp on my phone because I don't want it to access my personal data. - There's an organisation that requires me to use Whatsapp to communicate with them. - ...
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Does Android keep deleted photos and images from the phone?

I heard from a friend that android phones can trace deleted photos and images and videos back even after deleting. Is that true? If so, how can it keep things there unseen until a technician finds ...
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How to disable camera → Google Photos sync on Android 9?

Similar to this, but Google has somehow wormed their way around my settings: Photos → Settings → Backup & sync is off. Photos → Device folders → Camera → Back up (sic) & sync is off. Camera → ...
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Can I use DNS-over-TLS below Android Pie?

Unfortunately DoT isn't part of Android below version 9. Is there a workaround app or should I better install LineageOS 16 on my old smartphone device?