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How do I post the details of a question without having my question closed out on this platform? [migrated]

I posted a question in very simple terms earlier today. I took a VERY long time typing out all the details and specifics in the body, but the body only allows a very limited number of letters before ...
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Change search engine in search bar on home screen on Android 11?

When I set up my new phone (Fairphone 4) with Android 11 I selected Duckduckgo as search engine. This is now used in the bottom search bar on the home screen. Now I can't find the place in the ...
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How do I search for entries containing a given text or regular expression using TalkBack

I would like to know how to use TalkBack to search for entries by issuing a given partial keyword or regular expression. Perhaps, as an alternative, the user could speak an entry, and, after the text ...
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No app search bar

Currently using a Samsung S10e with Android 11. I Smart-Switch'ed from a Samsung J7 prime with Android 8, a couple of months ago. Before, when opening the App drawer (what you get when swiping from ...
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How can I configure Android so that the keyboard appears by default when clicking on the settings search box?

When I click on the search box in the settings, by default no keyboard appears: I have to click again on the search box for the keyboard to appear. Instead I would like the keyboard to appear by ...
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Limit Google search result pages to those containing a specific string

Before Google started the Google Plus social media service, I could use +"a string" to ensure all result pages contain "a string" of my choosing, and I could use - to ensure it ...
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How can I connect all my email accounts into one searchable index

I have many emails under gmail, yahoo, an various others like my college. Im having a really hard time getting my life organized trying to filter through over 259,000 emails all scattered an mixed in ...
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How to make it open in browser to click a YouTube video in the result of the Google search app?

If I remember correctly, clicking a YouTube video in the search result of the Google search app used to open YouTube in my default browser. For some reason, it now opens the Play Store link for ...
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Does Google Chrome for Android allow you to add a new search engine

Does Google Chrome for Android app allow you to add a search engine, just like it is possible on Google Chrome on the desktop? I have searched the hamburger menu and Settings and it seems like there's ...
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How to add prefix to any url or link in webpage and open it in new tab in firefox?

I want to add a fixed prefix like https://blah.com/viewerng/viewer?url= to an URL in clipboard or url on webpage (by long pressing on Firefox Android). The functionality I want to achive is similar to ...
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How to change Bing Search to my default search engine in Firefox?

After installing Microsoft's Outlook app I noticed that when going to search for something on the Internet by selecting text and searching, I am forced to use Bing instead of my default search engine (...
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Maps automatically searches for last phone number

I have a Pixel 4a, using Fi for service. Build RQ3A.210605.005 (up to date, as far as I know) Since the last update or two, I find Maps open for no reason. It's searched for a phone number, which I've ...
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Google Play app shows me a fake recent searches

I have opened Google Play app on my Motorola One (Android 10 / Android One) today to search for some app. Only to be hit be following: The three marked so-called recent searches were never performed ...
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Recover Draft Emails from Deleted Account

I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 phone and use the native, built-in email app for two corporate/ActiveSync accounts. Recently something went wrong with the settings of one of the accounts, which caused my ...
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search for filenames on entire android device tree using ADB 'find'

How do I use the 'find' command on ADB to search the entire android file tree on a rooted device, including sub directories, for any filenames containing the word 'prop' ?
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How do you search for specific apps installed on Android?

How do you search for specific apps from installed apps on Android and the list them out? I need to search all apps installed on the device to check if three specific apps are among them. If yes, then ...
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How can I search for a specific word in an email thread in Gmail for Android?

I have opened an email thread (aka conversation) in Gmail for Android. I would like to search a string (e.g., word or phrase). How can I search for a specific word in an email thread in Gmail for ...
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How to find the files (.apk) of a certain app like Google Play Services

I have a rooted device and I tried the find / -name "*Play*" command and got some files from com.google.android.gms and a couple of Playlists but nothing like Google Play Services.apk I ...
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How search for similar images in the phone? [duplicate]

I am looking for an equivalent functionality that is available on the desktop Google Search page: upload an image and search for similar ones. Unfortunately once Google recognizes that I am on the ...
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How do I get rid of the search suggestions in Chrome?

I want to remove these suggestions on chrome for android, but I cannot find how to do it anywhere. Can someone help me with this? Once I type a letter the normal suggestions appear. I just don't want ...
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Switch between search engines on Brave Browser

I am using the Brave browser on Android and would like to know if there is a way to switch easily between search engines. This feature exists for Firefox and Opera who provide small icons of different ...
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How to search entries in the dialer contacts by both first name and last name?

I have Android 10 on my Nokia phone which uses AndroidOne program, i.e. it has the standard Google dialer app installed. The display settings in the app are set to "Sort by Last Name" and "Display ...
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How can one remove the animation when searching for a string in a web page in Google Chrome for Android?

How can one remove the animation when searching for a string in a web page in Google Chrome for Android? For example searching for "law" with the "Find in page" Chrome feature on https://en.m....
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How can I search for a specific string in an email thread in Microsoft Outlook for Android?

I have opened an email thread (aka conversation) in Microsoft Outlook for Android. I would like to search a string (e.g., word or phrase). How can I search for a specific word in an email thread in ...
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How do I search the SD card with standard Android File Explorers?

My Android Pie SD card storage looks like this: . ├── Android | ├──data | | ├── com.amazon.mShop.android.shopping | | | └── ... | | ├── com.amazon.venezia | | | └── ... | | ├── ...
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Is there a smart way to find an app with the features I want?

Is there a smarter way to find the app I want? Basically, I'm searching the app store for a note-taking app that will suit my needs, and the number of apps is large. So, my approach is to find the ...
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Equivalent of the Control + F to search text in PDF

Is there in Android an equivalent of the control + F search in texts and OCR PDF? In browser we have "find in page" options. But for PDF I didn't find such option. Is there shortcuts to make such ...
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How can I search for a sticker or emoji on Line for Android?

How can I search for a sticker or emoji on Line for Android? On Line for Microsoft Windows I can use:: (Tap to enlarge)
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Swipe down to search in the Google launcher?

My phone runs a Pixel Experience ROM which has a stock Google Launcher that I like a lot. I do not wish to change launcher. I used to have a Huawei device, and it had a feature that you could swipe ...
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Xiaomi Swipe up brings Browser, how to change behavior?

After updating to the new MIUI 10, swiping up from the home screen now brings the stock browser rather than the former default (Google search).. and there is no option to change that behavior.. how ...
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How do I change what "Web Search" in Gmail opens as its search engine?

Question Summary How do I stop Samsung Internet from popping up when I select text in Gmail and click on the 'Web Search' "button", and instead bring up something else, such as DuckDuckGo search, or ...
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Make google searches and "Ok, google" open in broswer, not Google "App"

Is it possible to change my settings so that the results to me asking a question through "Ok, google" or typing on the search bar in my home screen, open in my default browser instead of the Google "...
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Advanced "Find in page" in Google Chrome mobile?

Regarding the "Find in page" feature of Android's default and/or Google Chrome web browsers: Is there a way to fine-tune the search parameters in order to search for strings with more precision or ...
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YouTube update enforcement bypass? +Reasons why the old YouTube app is superior

The time bomb of YouTube's legacy versions has exploded:The “later” button to postpone the update has disappeared. YouTube is copying WhatsApp's update mesh. I really wish to keep using a legacy ...
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limit app search to apps only in android 8

I have a google pixel 1 that I recently updated from android 7 to android 8. In both android 7 and 8 I can drag upwards from the bottom of the home screen to go into a view that shows all apps. At ...
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Is there any method to search particular texts in a certain app?

I need to search some certain texts in a certain app. These texts are real-time and server-sided so they only appear when I am using that app and tap (+) button. Have any third-party app(s)/non-...
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Android IMAP client with working search option

OK, so far I've tried Gmail, K-9 and BlueMail email clients. I can correctly setup my IMAP server, and I'm able to send and receive emails. The problem is when I try to search for an old email I ...
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how can I search for my contacts by only providing the words not start from the beginning?

I am using Android mobile phone. In the Contacts, I find out that it can only search for contacts if I provide the words start from the beginning. For example, if my friend is called "David". I could ...
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Restore Google Search to home screen

How do I restore the Google search bar to the home screen of a Motto z?
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Music Player that allows searching id3-tag field "comment"

I am using the id3-tag "comment" field to assign tags that characterize the content of songs to mp3 of my music library. The contents of a comment field of an mp3 file could look like this: upBeat ...
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Delete search history from android settings app

In Android, it's possible to search for a specific setting by tapping the magnifying glass icon at the top right corner of the Settings app and typing. However, I haven't found a way to remove earlier ...
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How to find in which folder/app group is an app icon?

I'm using Samsung Galaxy S6 on Android 7.0. I cannot find a way to locate in which folder/app_group I misplaced an app icon. On iOS, you can achieve this very easily: If you searched for an app, you ...
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Identifying similar-looking (but not exactly the same) image files on Android?

So quick background, I save a LOT of pictures from all over the Interwebs onto my phone storage, and some tend to be the same picture, just edited or compressed (or yada yada). And when they don't ...
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My new Galaxy S8+ is set to Norwegian Language

Swith to Norwegian as Country/Area for Bing. It defaults to Chine When trying to use Bing as a search engine, it comes up with chinese, but I can't see how to change it to norwegian or any other ...
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Searching Installed Apps Marshmallow 6.0.1

I installed an OTA update today on my Moto X Play which supposedly addressed some security issues. The install went smoothly with no obvious hiccups during the process however after the update and ...
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Change "OK Google" hotword

I want to change the Hotword for the Google Assistant. Is it possible to change the hotword from "OK Google" to something else? Do i need a rooted device?
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Default google search country

I am normally fairly astute at being able to change settings etc, however, I have hit a problem I cannot overcome and thought to ask here: In android chrome, when I perform a search the searches (as ...
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Google search not working properly - logcat included

Nexus 6 Android 7.1 I've been having an issue where I will hold the home button down to pull up search, tap on the search bar to bring up the keyboard, and within a few seconds the search bar clears ...
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Google search keeps closing

Nitrogen ROM 7.1 on a Nexus 6 I've been having an issue where I will hold the home button down to pull up search, tap on the search bar to bring up the keyboard, and within a few seconds the search ...
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Trouble with finding an app on play store

I'm using Android 6.0 (non-rooted) phone and looking for an application called call tools optinno. Though it can be easily found by searching on net : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=...
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