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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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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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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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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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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  The Google account previously used is obsolete, so we can't sign in.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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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SD card not encrypted

I have an android device lg v30 and recently I purchased an sdcard for it. Naturally, I enabled encryption on the sd card (full encryption). Encryption completed successfully. I used the card for ...
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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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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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Use multiple Google accounts, but allow only one to locate my phone in device manager

My question is basically identical to this question from 2016 (I would have commented on it but I don't have sufficient reputation): How to use multiple google accounts, but allow only one to locate ...
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What are the privacy implications of apps that use Android System WebView?

From what I've researched, Android System WebView supports cookies and HTML5 local storage. When do those cookies and local storage items get cleared? For example, Samsung Messenger (Samsung's ...
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How can I make my phone require a password to open Google Play Store?

I want my phone to require a password to enter the Google Play app, so if I let someone else, such as a friend, use my phone they can't go into the app and snoop around. I have a Samsung Galaxy S9 ...
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Can I prevent Google from collecting data by using a custom ROM?

Choosing a smartphone based on the operating system on a smartphone comes down to two options: Android or iPhone. Both collect personal data, track activities and track location. But with Android ...
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Google Calendar Privacy Issues

Does Google have access to the data stored in my Google Calendar? As Google Calendar seems to be the best option for Android users and is widely used, I was wondering if Google actually uses your ...
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Automatically change wifi and bluetooth MAC address

I recently learned that it's quite easy to track people with their wifi MAC address and Bluetooth address in stores, etc. I was wondering if there are any drawbacks of changing these addresses ...
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Are non-Google emails stored only locally when using the Gmail app? [duplicate]

The Gmail app allows to add non-Google email provides (via POP and IMAP). Is it mentioned somewhere that the emails pulled from these providers stay on the device and are not stored/shared with ...
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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 to disable hidden trackers, in google play store applications

So most applications, on google play have hidden trackers, analytics they don't tell you about. This site lets you search any app shows trackers. The article explains what i'm talking about. Example: ...
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Create a private folder in Android: set the SELinux attribute of a folder in external storage

There are quite a few apps that require read and write access to the external storage, which gives them access to the whole /sdcard directory. But since that is also the only storage the user ...
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What does the read contact permission really mean in Android 5.x?

I've been playing around with the XPosed module ProtectMyPrivaccy, and I noticed that Offline Maps requires "read contacts" permission when doing a POI (Point Of Interest) search. I can see how ...
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Does an adblocker defeat the tracking part of the ad module, or just the display of ads?

Related, but different than, these two questions, I'd like to know if the usual ad blockers on Android do anything to prevent user tracking from ad modules. Those questions are several years old by ...
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If I have a phone contact and I sync my contacts to my google account then will the contact see my email address in his contacts?

If he has a google account too and I sync my contacts to my google account with his phone number then will google notice that we are in phone contact and therefore show my email contact to him in his ...
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Can app with Storage permission access all data?

When I give Storage Permission to an app, is it true that it is able to access all data on the internal and external media, for instance the Downloads folder? Or does it only get access to store and ...
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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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How does an app reads an OTP SMS without SMS permission?

I have recently installed an Android app from the Play Store. While registering in it, I realized that it was able to read my message of OTP without even asking for my permission to read the message. ...
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Can an app update from Play Store reinstate its permissions I've disabled earlier?

There are quite a few apps out there that request too many permissions during install time, most of them seem highly dubious. I tend to disable permissions I feel unlikely to be used and for the most ...
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Prevent google backup of contacts?

I have Google backup turned off permanently, however my contacts are still backed-up somewhere to Google cloud. I discovered that yesterday from another device that offered me to recover my contacts ...
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How to greatly improve privacy against Google apps such as Play Services?

This is really a long and tiresome journey. So I hope you become my companion! Device info changed with build.prop and XPrivacy/Lua. Magisk/Xposed in Systemless mode. I am on my way to achieve ...
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Which user data are apps able to collect by default?

On Android, I used to prefer the mobile website of services instead of their app because of possible privacy concerns. Now I'm wondering if this is actually unnecessary. So my question is: Which ...