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how to use on-screen elements, how to deal with the user interface, etc.

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Touchscreen inputs without user interaction?

Consider the following system: Stock Android 9, unrooted USB and wireless debugging unavailable screen permanently turned off So basically a headless Android device. Question: Is it possible to ...
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Acepen graphics tablet with Tecno Pop 8 phone; synchronises well, but no cursor displayed

Tecno Pop 8 phone with Acepen graphics tablet. No cursor displayed on screen. Drawing with an invisible pen tip can be a bit frustrating. How can I get the cursor to display?
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Advice Setting Up an Android Phone for an Elderly User

My grandmother wants to use a smart phone but I'm struggling to set it up in a way that is intuitive for her. Although she's used older mobile phones for decades, she doesn't have any experience with ...
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How to stop an LG phone from asking for confirmation when I turn mobile data on/off?

How do I stop an LG phone from asking for confirmation when I turn mobile data on/off? When I turn it on, it says "data charges may apply" and requires me to tap again for confirmation. When ...
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Google Calendar, shortcut to get you to the current day while scrolling

I wonder whether there is a shortcut (or, alternatively, any quick way) to get you back to the current day (the one we're in in the month we're in in the year we're in) on Google Calendar. The ...
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How to make side scroll bars appear when I scroll on all applications? For example on NYT, and Globe and Mail apps, scroll bar never appears

My understanding is that Android makes the scroll bar appear on the right side of the screen only when you're scrolling, so you have an idea where you are in page. For example if I go to my Settings ...
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Prevent Autofill/Suggestion to overlay the keyboard

When I tap into a text input, suggested entries are shown from top to bottom, which covers my entire letters-keyboard. This is annoying because I want to type in something. Tapping again in the text ...
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Where do I turn route highlighting on / off in Google maps?

How can I show / hide the blue line representing the current route in Google Maps route planning and navigation screens? Essentially I want to toggle between the two views below: Background: I ...
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Android device for birds

I would like to know if there exist any Android devices for birds. I've seen my little bird born from his or her egg in an incubator approach my companion's touch screen to peck on it after she showed ...
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Is there a way to get rid of the rounded corners in Android 12?

In Android 12, this is the default for widgets, the recents screen and it is hinted in the animations when resuming an activity. Is there a way to remove them and go to the good old squary look?
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how to positively locate focus in quick settings using external keyboard to enable screen mirroring (screen black recovery)

I want to use an external keyboard to navigate the quick settings menu blind to turn on Screen mirroring (aka Smart View). I can enter this menu using Win-Q but getting a known focus or selecting ...
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Correct name for (dynamic?) widgets

What is the correct name for these kind of widgets that reflect the current time, date, weather etc (introduced in Android 8, I think) ? Screenshot from home screen of Pixel 4a,Android 11, using Nova ...
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What's this N symbol?

What's this N symbol? It shows up in various menus sometimes. And how do I get rid of it?
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How to tidy up call-finished screen?

I have a Samsung Galaxy A21s running Android 11, One UI Core 3.1. When I finish a phone call, all this crap shows up: How do I get rid of all the stuff which is unrelated to the phone call? Create ...
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Auto-correct highlighting instead of bolding

Running Android version 11, this change happened very recently with a new patch. Now instead of autocorrect bolding the center word it will correct mine to, it highlights it. This is extremely ...
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Xperia XZ1 won't boot after changing to pseudolocale

This would be the most ridiculous brick I've encountered 😄 What I did: Having enabled Developer options, I tried setting cibarA [XB] (Arabic when reversed) as my main language. As I figured out now, ...
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How to remove the persistent 'Mobile data turned off' message on Android 7.0?

When I turn cell data off on a Samsung Android 7.0 non-rooted phone, the Phone app always displays a notification that data is turned off. This results in 2 issues: The notification area gets ...
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How to use -user argument to android backup utility bu sucessfully

I would like to restore an android backup to a secondary user. If I run from adb shell bu help, I see this output: sunfish:/ $ bu help backup [-user USER_ID] [-f FILE] [-apk|-noapk] [-obb|-noobb] [-...
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Larger Lock-Screen PIN buttons?

Problem: I just upgraded my phone software, and the lock screen PIN buttons have changed appearance! They are now shifted up, smaller (circular with spaces in between them, instead of square and ...
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How to remove white circles around Android icons?

Can anyone tell me how to get rid of the white circle that appears around all the freeform app icons? It seems like a terrible design aesthetic in this case where there is no other solid white in the ...
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How to select whole line of text?

Sometime there is a need to select only one line of text or paragraph from very large article? Instead of manually enlarge the range of selection, is there an option at popup that can select line in ...
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Android UI lags / shutters

I often see strange/unexpected slowdown in Android UI irrespective of the device I use. UI suddenly skips frames and all graphical transitions seems to run at a very low frame rate (I would say in the ...
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What is the official name and nature of the panels that are sliding upwards in web browsers

I think the title sums up pretty good what I am asking but, here is a screen capture of the particular type of in-browser panels I'm wondering about I don't mean the ones android system shows when ...
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Is it possible to change interface language to Hebrew?

Is it possible to change the GUI language to Hebrew in an Amazon Fire 7/8/10 tablet? To clarify - not the input (keyboard) language, but the interface itself. [I am assuming Fire OS questions fit in ...
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What is the official name of the "open apps" view that is navigated to by hitting the square system button?

On Android, there are three buttons along the bottom system bar. When I hit the square one, a UI displaying all the currently "open" apps. What is the official name of this view?
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Names of Screens

I totally lack the terminology here, so asking to help me clarify When I look at my note 10 I see a screen with clock, always on display. What is the name of this"screen"? If I double tap ...
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Android menu navigation without touchscreen input [closed]

I'm working on a smart glasses project that is using an Intrinsyc Open-q 2500 SOM (connected to a custom breakout board) that utilises a Snapdragon processor, running a custom Android SDK (Oreo 8.1) ...
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Navigation bar and pull-down menu eerily brighter

Occasionally, my phone's display goes significantly dark. However, the navbar and the pull-down notifications menu are very brightly lit up. Any idea why? I'm running Android 10 on Samsung M30. P.S. ...
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Android browser's desktop mode not really the same as PC desktop

Is there any way to make the Android browser browses in true desktop mode, i.e. viewing the same layout as a desktop computer? I know in Firefox, I can click on "request desktop site" in the ...
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Dark mode / theme before Android 10?

How is it possible (via third party app or without?) to enable Dark mode for all apps (Chrome browser, Phone calls app, Messaging app, etc.) on a Android 5 or 6 smartphone? It's integrated in the OS ...
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In which Android system file can I remove Wi-Fi password field?

If I would root my device based on Android (v4.0.4), which system file and how can I change to remove from the graphic interface the field where we manually type a password when connecting to new Wi-...
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How to navigate to top/bottom of page in mobile firefox

Is there a way to quickly navigate to the top/bottom of the current page in mobile firefox (i.e. the equivalent of using the home/end keys in the desktop version)?
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How do I move app icons between pages of the all-apps list?

My phone has four pages in its all-apps list (as opposed to its two pages of home screens). I know how to copy app icons from the all-apps list to any home screen. I also know how to move app icons ...
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Selection for batch operation in Gmail's new material design

I'm confused, while I'm trying to understand the new Gmail "compact" style user interface. This is the view, where left to the email's 2-line representation a checkbox can be found. I can't really ...
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Google Pixel XL Messages app missing camera interface

I reset my Google Pixel XL and temporally set it up as new device, meaning I did't restore any of the settings from before reset, therefore it is safe to assume I used all default settings. During ...
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Missing auto-rotate icon

About 6 days ago my auto-rotate function icon disappeared on my old cheap Moto E. Is there somewhere in the menu structure which talks about auto-rotate? I just cannot see anything. I have looked ...
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Disable "com.package.name has stopped" pop-up notification

I am typing, and then, a pop-up flies into the screen, telling me that a random application in the background has halted. Starting with Android Lollipop, the "OK" button of the pop-up is terribly ...
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Window animation scale of 0.25 on OxygenOS 5.0.4?

Is it possible to set the window animation scale to 0.25 on OxygenOS 5.0.4? The closest options I see are 0.0 and 0.5, but I'm hoping there would be a way to do this with root access.
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Why am I getting a red tint in the lock screen in Oreo 8.1/Nexus 5X?

I just updated to Oreo 8.1 from 8.0 and I notice that the lock screen has the same image as before, but with a red tint over it, like a layer of pure red with opacity 20% had been overlaid on top of ...
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Top down menu items gone

So this is a little stupid but I did something that caused all of my items in the top dropdown menu to disappear and there is only a wifi icon left. When I press edit it doesn't change anything, I ...
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How does one use apps that place a menu on the system bar when the buttons are not in the screen?

I'm trying to use an app that places the hamburger menu on the system bar (with Home, Back, and Recent apps buttons). On devices that have a system bar (i.e., these buttons are on the screen), the ...
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How to get to Torch on Moto G / Marshmallow 6.0.1

I have two copies of Motorola Moto G with (now) Marshmallow 6.0.1. One of them has recently "removed" Torch icon from notification area: Now, I don't have access to it at all. Neither in Settings ...
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Force tablet UI on a non-tablet device?

I own a large screen phone and am wondering if I could make it recognize itself as a tablet, as in: The navbar should stay at the bottom instead of rotating to the sides Notification shade doesn't ...
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What is this "shadow" called and what's the purpose?

When you slide Chrome browser (or FireFox) to extreme left, right or upwards, you see this shadow (for want of a better word) for a few seconds, as shown What is it called and what's the purpose ? (...
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Is there a glossary of Android's UI elements

Often, when I'm looking for the solution to some problem I'm having on my phone, the hardest part is knowing what to call the specific menu, or piece of the UI, causing the issue. Is there an ...
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How to improve visibility of Android Nougat quick setting tiles?

Android Nougat introduces Quick Setting tiles that are available from pulling down the status bar on the top of the screen. Unfortunately, on many devices, the tiles are light gray icons on a white ...
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Alternative Android Date Picker (for Dates of Birth, DOB)

I was wondering if there is any way to call the date picker that the contacts app uses, as oppposed to the date picker that chrome uses. We've found users struggling to identify how input their birth ...
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What is the name of this activity?

I've seen it being used by some Google apps, as well as some others, always at the first opening of the app. It usually presents instructions about how to use the app (in a high level) and its ...
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Can I use Tasker to simulate Page Up / Page Down without root access?

I've read people doing it using adb without root access. I've also read that people can do it using Tasker and several other methods, but with root access. Is it possible to do the same with Tasker (...
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TowelRoot v3 User Interface Anomaly

I downloaded the latest TowelRoot (v3) from the official website and I noticed a UI anomaly and wanted to know if anyone else has experienced this. Most screenshots of the "make it ra1n" screen (from ...
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