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WhatsApp saving contacts with nicknames in a group

for the 99.99% of it - I am pretty sure the answer is No because it'd violate privacy norms - but in my school reunion whatsApp group - I have nicknamed my school mate contacts pretty badly ( gave ...
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Screen privacy : Xposed module for keeping away prying eyes

I was traveling by crowded metro the other day and was engaged in a WhatsApp conversation tying up the exact location of our meeting. I realised that my chat was pretty much visible to others close ...
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Privacy, Malware & Android Permissions

From a privacy perspective is the sheepoll app ok to use? Whilst the owner has reassured us they're not looking to snoop there is a possibility of a nefarious deeds being done so comments? It's for a ...
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Restrict permissons when app is in background

Is there any app, tool, ROM, etc. for Android that lets you restrict selected individual permissions of an app, ONLY when it is in the background? This should function similarly to the "Restrict ...
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Does Gboard remeber what is said?

I was using Gboard to write a message (with the microphone message). I said something rude I don't want it to save or repeat in predictions. Does Gboard save what is said anywhere, and if so how do I ...
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Google maps keeps disabling Privacy Guard on cyangenmod

This is pretty serious Rooted with Cm11. Google maps is on sdcard, play services and play store are on system. I keep seeing google maps privacy guard getting disabled. Once in a while. Is it ...
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Is shielding private data from apps possible by isolating/jailing them?

I want to keep my contacts list, call log, photos etc private. Xprivacy/Xposed looked like a viable path, but as of today (June 2017) it seems to be dead-ended and there is no sign of a Nougat release ...
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Are there benefits to using Greenify with Android Nougat?

Greenify by Oasis Feng (donation package) is a well-regarded tool to manually and automatically freeze apps that are not in use. Typically, Greenify's benefits are to: increase battery duration ...
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How to prevent google to parse my calendar?

I use Android 6.0.1 on a Samsung Galaxy J5. I have my own mail + contacts + calendar server on a dedicated server. I noticed that when I put some entrys in my calendar (smartphone) with an address, ...
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My Android Samsung won't switch on or charge after it got wet

My phone got wet. So I left it in rice and blow dried it with a hair blower. I've left it on charge for a day and it did not switch on or showed that it's charging. I left the battery outside for ...
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What does it mean if a “device administrator” can “change the screen lock”?

If a corporate policy requires a mobile device management app (like Microsoft Intune), what does it mean in Settings-> Security-> Device Administrators when "Change the screen lock" is listed? Is ...
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How can I disable Google's offer to post personal photos for businesses?

The Android Google Maps app observed that I have taken some photos in a toy store. The following day, Google Maps is offering me to post these pictures along with Google's photos for that business. I ...
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How can I most effectivly secure and anonymize my specfic Android device?

I would like to setup my phone to be able to browse/use apps as anonymously as possible. I realize that will require Tor/VPNs, and I am working on getting that information elsewhere. Here I am ...
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Warn or Block Internet Access When No VPN? [duplicate]

I use a paid VPN service (TorGuard) and when I run it on my computer, I am able to configure the client to completely block Internet access if the VPN is disconnected... The Android version of my VPN ...
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How can I delete data from phones that won't start up?

I have 2 broken Android phones that won't power up. An LG G4 (bootloop issue, but bought used, so no warranty), and a Moto G3 that fell in a puddle. Neither will power up, so I can't remove my ...
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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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cannot take screenshots in a banking app [duplicate]

I have an unlocked Android 6.0.1 device, and I've installed a couple of banking apps. For obvious security and paper trail reasons, I'd like to take some screenshots of my interaction with my bank. ...
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Dangers of ad modules in apps

Nowadays, I see apps containing up to 10 ad modules (maybe even more). While most of them might just be an annoyance, some of them carry a privacy risk, like inMobi ¹ or RevMob ² (for some background, ...
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Can I wipe EVERY records/traces wo/ factory reset on android?

I' currently using LG V20 and an anciant Samsung YP-GP1. I'm aware that IceCream Sandwitch doesn't have it's own built-in encryption unlike modern devices, and want to keep internal records/traces ...
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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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Does Google have a record of my fingerprints from the Android devices?

My phone has a fingerprint scanner. I notice on the Google Play Store, it has the option to verify your identity with a fingerprint scan instead of typing in the password when making a purchase. Does ...
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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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What is the use case for the Google Wi-Fi Assistant?

The Google Wi-Fi assistant is available on the Pixel and Nexus devices running Android 5.1+, in some countries. The description at Settings->Google->Networking is Wi-Fi assistant: Automatically ...
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How to prevent hard reset through recovery?

Scenario is this , let's say someone stole my phone in public place I have installed anti-theft app and also pattern lock which is complex one. So he don't have access to my information. However he ...
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How to judge a better app

I installed a verity of android apps in my android device. And almost all apps require verity of permissions. Apart from these, these days we’re doing online transactions on android smartphones and ...
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What permissions are granted to an app with device administration privileges?

Does a Device Administrator application have any/all permissions such as contacts, storage, etc.. ? It's not clear from developer.android.com device-admin whether or not these admin rights also imply ...
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Why does Google Play Services does make VNC connections?

today I did had fun with Netstat on my device and saw that Google Play Services are making VNC connections from my device to a Google server. The question here is : why ? Sounds to me like a backdoor ...
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Manage file access for apps (Linux user accounts/groups)

I recently realized that Xprivacy is not capable of restricting the file storage access. So now I'm looking for a reliable way to do that. I guess denying the general storage permission would ...
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Taking the odd photo that is confidential and shouldn't be synced or posted anywhere

I use Google Photos to backup all photos. For my camera app I use OpenCamera. On the occasion I take a picture of something confidential (for work or personal use). What is the easiest/best way to to ...
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How can I recover deleted photos and videos from vault app [closed]

I used vault app to hide some pictures and videos. I just formatted my phone after then I re-installed vault and I am unable to find my pictures and videos. Is there any way to recover my pictures ...
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How do some android apps know from where they have been downloaded?

If you read privacy policy of some online apps, you will find that their services also store information about from where you download their app. I wonder if this is possible because apk is a ...
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Is it possible to put a password to let usb debugging work?

So, I learned that, if we have a broken screen, but had the usb debugging enabled, we could do a lot of things, and even use its apps from a desktop computer, until we can get it properly fixed. But, ...
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Permission system changes with Android 6.0: What are the implications for us users?

With Android 6.0, a bunch of permissions and permission groups have been removed: Groups gone While on a first glance this doesn't seem important (isn't it rather a way to organize permissions?) – ...
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GET_ACCOUNTS Permission, Email Privacy

Any app with the GET_ACCOUNTS permission, may retrieve all registered accounts and email addresses stored in Account Manager. I understand this imposes serious privacy and security issues, as a phone ...
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Are linked contact links ever sent to Google?

Assume I have a friend who is using an anonymous Threema ID. That ID has no phone number and no email address associated with it. That person also has an email address and a phone number, both of ...
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The Android phone app wants to know my location - why?

I'm running CyanogenMod 13.0 without Play Services. I launched the Phone app and wanted to search through the contacts. Then a popup appeared, that: Allow Phone to access this device's location? ...
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Signal app - can senders see when the recipient has read the message?

With the Signal app, can senders see when the recipient has read the message? I notice those two hatches but don't they just mean the message has been sent?
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Is the WiFi-communication during installation harming my privacy?

I want to use Android (6.0 / marshmallow) on my new device (OnePlus 3) and want to set it up as google-free as possible (as example). By default, I am forced to set up a Wi-Fi network when I boot my ...
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How to lock down WhatsApp permissions?

A number of friends are using WhatsApp for communication. So I'm thinking about installing it. However when I read the question about its permissions I'm asking myself if there is a possibility to ...
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Why does Setup Wizard transmit/receive data even long after the Android device has been set up?

Even weeks after Android devices (tested on KitKat) have been set up, Setup Wizard still gets called frequently. Using Xprivacy, it is clear that Setup Wizard frequently connects to Google servers. ...
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Closed circuit app on Android

I'd like to know if there is a way to run an android app on a closed circuit minimalist type of android VM on an android device so that I can have a full control of what the app has access to and when ...
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I see ads on my phone and apps auto install

Usually, I find full screen ads on my Android mobile. Also, apps like task bucks automatically install on my smartphone.
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com.android.launcher3 this shows up on my gmail history, what is it?

I am always signed into my gmail on my phone. Today checking my gmail history on my computer I notices this app pops up allot. What is it and what does it do?? com.android.launcher3
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How to Prevent CM13 Calling by Itself?

I noticed today that my Samsung Galaxy S4 with CM13 (unofficial Kyasu's ROM) called two my contacts itself; those contacts were those which I keep in my blacklist; which was also why I had react to ...
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Hard brick phone exchange and deleting data

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. While it was charging (it was near full charge) it rebooted on its own and continued to charge. It then must have shut itself down because it was off. I could not turn ...
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Synchronize google apps with private server?

Is there a way to synchronize google apps with my own server? Does Google offer something like that? Maybe for business use? Or is there maybe an unofficial way of doing it? I couldn't really find ...
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Question about removing Gapps (Lollipop)

I have some questions about removing Gapps. I have Huawei P8 Lite with Android 5.0.1. I want to put CM or AOSP on it, but it seems that there are no custom ROMs available as of yet. I decided the ...
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How to prevent Internet access in NetGuard, “Allow” checkboxes greyed out

In Android 6, I want to prevent some apps from using the Internet, so I installed NetGuard. Let's say for instance that I want to prevent Sky Map from accessing the Internet. Where should I click? As ...
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Make all new chrome Windows incognito

Is there a way to make all new Google chrome Windows on my Android be in incognito mode? Thank you!
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Are Chinese phones less safe than others? [closed]

I'm on budget and want a fully fledged smartphone. I'm OK with Apple as I know they tend to not share my usage data. But Apple is too expensive. So I need to buy Android and most of the manufacturers ...

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