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How to give root access to apps that don't request it?

I've been using the app SystemPanel for some time now to archive my Android apps. It works great, but it cannot archive apps that have been installed under /data/app-private, because this directory ...
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Get ADB to trust all computers

Is there something I can do to make my phone trust all computers to use ADB on my phone? I have root, Resurrection Remix on Android 7.1.1, and I am open to editing some files. I will only be plugging ...
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Is there a "temporary root" for Samsung phones?

I have a Samsung stellar from Verizon. I want to temporarily root it (I think the iPhone/iPod one is a tethered root). After I restart my phone, I want it to act like it never was rooted. Ever. If I ...
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Cannot Restore Data for Signal Messenger 4.16 with Titanium Backup

I have backed up and restored Signal with Titanium for years without any incident, up until now. The other day I was encountering a boot loop playing around with an Xposed module. I did a re-flash of ...
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Blocking advertising in Nougat 7.0

After upgrading Marshmallow to Nougat I found that hosts-file based ad blockers do not work. I have tried AdAway, setting it to use a symbolic link to the hosts file, and verifying via file explorer ...
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How is CyanogenMod's built-in root access different?

I don't know a lot about Cyanogen but realizing Snapchat fails to detect the root in it catches my attention. Does it have a different binary than su for root access? What mechanisms are different ...
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Unable to delete a file in /data/data with root permissions

I own a Moto G which is in 5.0.2 with KK bootloader. An app created a folder in /data/data which sustains in the memory even after uninstallation of the app. I couldn't remove the folder in any way. ...
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How do I root my Dell Venue 3830 tablet?

I went here: http://opensource.dell.com/releases/Venue_8_3830_CloverTrail_plus/developer-edition/ and did all this successfully: http://opensource.dell.com/releases/Venue_8_3830_CloverTrail_plus/...
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What is the difference between Android user app with root access and a system app

The answer I am looking for is in the aspect of permissions. Can a system app do everything? Can a user app with root access (on rooted device) do everything? If so, are they the same? For example ...
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Can I edit the hosts file on my android without root access? [duplicate]

I'd like to block access to websites on my Pixel 3 android device. The parental settings leave much to be desired and apps like BlockSite don't work across all browsers. (In this case - it doesn't ...
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Root Nexus 4 Lollipop without PC

Is it possible to root Nexus 4 Lollipop from the phone, without needing to connect to a PC of some sort? Since Lollipop update, Android file transfer cannot find my phone.
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How does su regulate app permissions?

I seen a lot of apps in the market that give superuser functionality to applications. However there is a pre-requisite of rooting your phone. I am curious how a rooted phone has those permissions ...
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ES File Explorer shows empty /data/ folder

I'm looking for the whatsapp key file on my phone (which should be stored in /data/data/com.whatsapp/files/key). Therefore I: Rooted the phone Galaxy S5 (Android 4.4.2) Checked the root status with ...
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Are rooted Android phone more vulnerable to Malware Apps than non-rooted ones?

From my understanding, a rooted Android phone mean that the user will be accessing everything on the phone, just like a root user. So, installing a Apps mean that the Apps will also have root ...
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What specifically prevents OTAs from being taken on modified /systems, and why can't it be shut off?

I have had a constant nightmare with not being able to take OTAs on any of my (rooted) devices. They boot into TWRP, complain about the build fingerprint, and won't install, so I have to wait for a ...
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SuperSU vs Root

I have seen two methods, which claim that they root an Android device, that I don't know the difference of. Method 1 is as easy as installing the SuperSU from Google Play. Method 2 is going ...
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Where does Android store fingerprint data?

I am looking for the files that correspond to the recorded fingerprints on my Nexus 6P and a way to "reset" the fingerprint system. Something similar to how Android stores lock screen settings (...
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How does changing the mixer_paths.xml increase volume?

I've been trying to boost the maximum volume obtainable through the audio jack of my phone (Nexus 5). Instead of installing equaliser or volume boosting apps, I thought I'd go about this the technical ...
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How to run commands as root in Connectbot?

My phone is rooted CM7 and Superuser.apk has Connectbot in the allowed list. Titanium backup reports that it has root access, to prove that I actually have root working. I seem to remember being ...
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What is 02 in the magisk patched vbmeta.img?

According to the Additional Info given for rooting the Android device that doesn't have ramdisk but can be rooted via recovery: we need an empty vbmeta.img and I am trying to check what it actually ...
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How to control user installed apps?

Device Pre-installed Apps(Camera, Calendar, file manager etc. ) have options for 'Force Stop' and 'Enable/Disable' app. And, for User installed apps(from PlayStore etc.) have only options 'Force Stop' ...
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Why Does TowelRoot Require Internet / Network Access?

I read a blog post somewhere that suggested TowelRoot does not need internet access, and I've also read that it does. The latest version I tried to run TowelRoot v3 will not work without it. Is it ...
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What does "mount namespace separation" in the app SuperSU do?

The title pretty much says it all. What does "mount namespace separation" in the app SuperSU do and how does it affect other apps?
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Difference between 'Administrator' and root privileges

There is an app called smart app lock. It has an option to prevent uninstalling of the app. Ticking it gives confirmation to add app to system administrators. Root was not required to make it work. ...
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Rooted, but Failed to push selection: Read-only file system

I rooted my Alcatel OneTouch S'Pop using an exploit app Framaroot.apk. When I tried to push a file to /system/usr/keylayout/Generic.kl using Eclipse's File Explorer, I got this error: [2015-01-06 23:...
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Stock image dump for running Magisk necessary?

In the offitical installation instructions for Magisk it says: “However, you MUST have a stock boot image dump beforehand, and you also have to be able to flash the patched boot image, either through ...
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How can I check when was the phone rooted?

In the adb shell command when I entered su, it prints: su root@hxjgeakt:/ # It means my phone is rooted right? How can I check when exactly was the phone rooted?
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I've rooted my Galaxy Nexus phone, but "/data/data" is empty

As a follow up question, I rooted my Galaxy Nexus phone using Kingo, but when I tried to explore my phone using an application like ASTRO, I found out that the /data/data directory is empty. Why is it ...
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How can I enable Android Debugging from a root shell on the phone?

I have a root shell on the phone. However, no adb service seems running, i.e. the port 5555 is on the device not open1: $ telnet 1.2.3.4 5555 Trying 1.2.3.4... telnet: Unable to connect to remote host:...
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Why (bind) mounts in /storage/emulated/0 are not visible in apps?

I mounted a directory into another directory with: mount --bind "/storage/sdcard/dir1" "/storage/sdcard/dir2" I do this at boot completion with Tasker. I can see the mounted files in adb shell and ...
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How to create a wifi hotspot from the terminal?

How would you suggest to create a hotspot from a root terminal? I would need to create hidden hotspot hotspot without password I am looking for an equivalent of create_ap for android. Here is the ...
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Can't set date via shell

I've tried date -u 1407697765 output: time 1407697765 -> 1407697765.0 settimeofday failed Bad file number and busybox date -s @1407697765 output: date: can't set date: Operation not ...
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How can I change root grants for app

I'v just temporary root my phone. And here is the question: how can I change app grants for root access, if I already press allow, with "remember" checked? And also I want to know is this screen(...
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How to see all TCP connections being routed for hotspot?

I want to see a list of all active TCP connections on my Android device, regardless of whether they terminate in the device. E.g., when my phone is serving as a WiFi hotspot, I would like to see all ...
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Android /d folder

On all of my devices there's a folder called /d on two of my devices it's full of folders, on the other it's empty. What is the /d folder? What is it for? And why is it empty on one device?
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Is it possible to use my SD card as ROM and my internal ROM as an additional RAM?

I've read somewhere that I can do some certain things to partition my SD Card specially to allot some part or all of it to trick the phone into thinking it's the "internal" ROM. For the life of me, I ...
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Is there a definite way to know if my phone supports USB-OTG or not?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Win phone, rooted and with adbd insecure installed (using the link here). This is the information shown by the USB OTG Checker app: I have added the android.hardware.usb.host....
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How to set up a socks5 with Android cli?

I found articles how to set up a http-proxy. But can't find any info, how to set up a socks5 proxy. My goal is to route all traffic from apps, etc throught this proxy. Is this possible? How then ...
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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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Root Lenovo vibe p1ma40 with Lollipop 5.1

I'm trying to root Lenovo vibe p1ma40 with Lollipop 5.1 this particular device since last couple of day, without any success. So I need your help to do this, or not this particular device but it would ...
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How to backup / partition before rooting?

I would like to root my Nexus 5 but I am worried it will cause a bootloop or some other sort of problem and therefore I would like to back up all my phones data including / before hand. Is this ...
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The easiest way to root a Moto G (XT1032) Android v. 5.0.2

I have just rooted a samsung Lite 3 tablet...and it was simple. Really simple. Used Odin to install CWM, then installed a superuser app from a zip file. Really straightforward. So I decided to look ...
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Getting OTA update once phone is rooted

My nexus 4 is rooted with a team win recovery. In the past week I've been asked three times to update to lollipop, downloaded the update but all three times the phone rebooted and the custom ...
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How can I copy a NFC badge to my (rooted) Android phone for Daily Usage

For the Cafeteria a school we have NFC badges with which we pay meals or drinks. I was wondering how is it possible to have the card on my phone? I lost it 5 times last year. I've tried to copy the ...
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Comprehensive list of Android apps that detect and don't work with rooted phones

I've been trying to determine if there is a comprehensive list of Android apps that have root detection built in and do not run if root is detected. Examples would be Good for Enterprise, Fox Digital ...
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How to open .conf files with File Expert?

I have a rooted Android device running 4.0.3. I bought full version of File Expert in order to browse root file system. I navigate to a .conf file and want to open it, but the app says There is no ...
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Upgrading Unrevoked Desire from Eclair to Froyo

I'm currently running my HTC Desire on 2.1 (O2 branded from the UK, if it makes a difference) which has been rooted via Unrevoked. I've just now been prompted to upgrade it to what I assume is 2.2 via ...
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Replacing Android OS on Android phone with Linux OS

I'd like to entirely replace Android on my phone, which I plan to eventually root. I've learned so far that Linux Deploy can be used to run a full Linux distro alongside the Android OS, but really I ...
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Is it possible to run two instances of android on your phone at the same time?

Sorry if I am misusing 'instances'. What I mean is the following: I want to run an master OS. The 'only' thing that master OS does is let me boot/kill/switch between OS 1, OS 2, OS 3, etc. I want ...
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Cannot root phone by installing superuser.zip CWM v6.0.5.1 Stable

Xiaomi redmi 2 runs MIUI 6.2.4.0(KHJCNBK) In order to install CWM, I downloaded both the adb and fastboot, I extracted recovery.img in the folder, together with them. I entered fastboot mode. Then, ...

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