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How do I root my Android device?

This is a common question asked by those who want to root their phones. How exactly do I root my Android device? Are there risks involved?
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How to fully backup non-rooted devices?

I know I'm asking for the close-to-impossible -- as a real full-backup certainly requires root permissions. But still there are many folks around not wanting to root their devices -- afraid of voiding ...
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I've rooted my phone. Now what? What do I gain from rooting?

This is a common question by those who have just rooted their phones. What apps, ROMs, benefits, etc. do I get from rooting? What should I be doing now?
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Does constant charging harm my Android cellphone?

I usually disconnect my cellphone from the charger some time after it's fully charged because I'm afraid the battery could lose capacity over time if I don't. However, I believe modern electronics ...
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22answers
109k views

What can I do to increase battery life on my Android device?

What can I do to get better battery life on my Droid? Battery life seems awful. Less than 15 hours or so on normal usage.
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18answers
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What are the alternative Android app markets?

How many competing Android markets (other than the Play Store itself) are there and are they any good? Which ones do you use and why?
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7answers
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How do I change the Google Play country?

Can someone tell me how to change the country preference for Google Play? I have searched high and low but in most of the forums people ask you to go to Gmail settings -> edit profile and change the ...
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9answers
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What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.?

What is the difference between: Unlocking the bootloader (prerequisite for doing many, though not all, other things below) Rooting Jailbreaking ROM NAND and Nandroid Operating System Mod (e.g. ...
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11answers
566k views

How do I view source in the Android browser?

Is there a way to view the source HTML in the Android web browser?
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21answers
38k views

How to take a screenshot with an Android device?

Is there a way to take a screenshot of an Android device and save it as an image file?
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5answers
75k views

What actually happens when you swipe an app out of the recent apps list?

The recent apps list in Ice Cream Sandwich added the ability to swipe apps out of the list, thereby dismissing them permanently (and as far as I know this is a vanilla function, not a CM/custom ROM ...
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3answers
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Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device?

There are several reasons to be looking for a ROM: Upgrading or downgrading your stock ROM Looking for firmware from a different region/language Flashing a custom ROM for different features, removing ...
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7answers
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What does “to root a phone” mean?

I heard this phrase or the variants (rooted phone, rooting, etc.) in android forums but I don't know what it means. Can you explain it in simple terms?
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Are there any risks to rooting a device?

I see lots of tutorials telling me how to root my phone (Motorola Droid), but none of them mention any potential "side effects." Aside from a few relatively minor issues that seem to require rooting ...
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How can I use my PC's keyboard on the Android emulator?

I want to run/test Android apps on the Android emulator and I want to type using my PC keyboard, as it lets me type and test faster. When I use the emulator though, it only accepts input from the ...
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Why can't I press the Install button when installing applications from unknown sources?

I'm trying to sideload an application, as seen in the picture below. I have allowed the installation of applications from unknown applied actions in settings, but I can't seem to press the install ...
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13answers
158k views

How do I back up Google Authenticator?

I'm starting to use Google Authenticator for more and more things now, but I've just realized that if I lose my phone, or if I need to wipe and restore it to install new firmware, I will lose all of ...
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When will my device get the Android 4.0 update (Ice Cream Sandwich)?

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) was officially announced on October 19, 2011. (You can review the high level SDK changes in Android 4.0 or the official changelog at the official Android Developer's ...
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How to set up reverse tethering over USB?

My HTC G2 phone is rooted and running Cyanogenmod 7 I don't have a data plan. Sometimes I want to connect the phone to the Internet when there isn't Wi-Fi, to update Market apps, backup SMS messages ...
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Can I install Android on my non-Android device?

Many people want to try/use Android without buying a new Android phone. How can I install Android on my current phone or device running Nokia Symbian, Maemo, or MeeGo; Microsoft Windows Mobile or ...
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6answers
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How do you extract an App's data from a full backup made through “adb backup”?

I have been backing up my Nexus 7 with adb backup to back up all files into an encrypted backup. I see that you can restore from a backup with adb restore, but that would wipe all my existing data on ...
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6answers
477k views

How can I view and examine the Android log?

There is a lot of interesting stuff in the Android system log, that is helpful in many ways find root causes of problems identify misbehaving apps How can I view and examine the Android log?
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13answers
283k views

What can I do to manage my phone's internal storage?

If you're not used to seeing the 'low on internal storage' notification, what is it that you're doing to keep your phone's internal memory from filling up so quickly? The 'SD Card and Phone Storage' ...
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11answers
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Not all files are visible over MTP

I have LG L5 (e610 model) device with Cyanogenmod 10. When I connect the phone to a computer with Linux (I have mtpfs installed), I can see both internal storage and the SD card. However when I ...
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4answers
505k views

How can I see what IP address my android phone has?

I would like to know what IP-address my Android phone has. E.g. if I use my phone over WiFi, how can I get the local IP-address that is assigned to my phone?
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Where in the file system are applications installed?

I have installed a few Android applications both with the adb install MyApplication.apk command and via a webserver (like an alternative to Android Market). But where in the Android file system on my ...
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2answers
456k views

Where Android apps store data?

Could you list all possible directories where Android apps may store data, providing description what kind of data are stored in each directory?
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7answers
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Do I really need to install a task manager?

Does one really need to install a task manager? My phone does slowdown on rare occasions but it's not something that hampers regular usage.
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1answer
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When will my phone get the Android 2.3 update (Gingerbread)?

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) SDK was released on December 6, 2010. (High-level user highlights) Of course, not all devices will get this update right away and others won't get it at all. Each ...
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5answers
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Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?

Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?. Specifically: Phone calls read phone state and identity For example Quickpedia is a Wikipedia portal, but ...
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Is it possible to install an app and exclude some of its requested permissions?

Occasionally I want to install an application which requires certain permissions that I feel it really shouldn't need. Can I install the app without giving it these permissions? For example, GPS ...
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4answers
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Uninstall apps locked by phone vendor

I'm using a Samsung I9000 and I have some annoying apps that came pre installed by the phone vendor, like a music store, a custom web browser and other memory leaking apps. Those crappy apps can't be ...
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Android browser's about:debug, what do those settings do?

I have just found this hidden setting: Open Stock browser (Not Chrome on ICS. about:debug doesn't work in Chrome. Use remote debugging instead.) In the address bar, type about:debug, nothing should ...
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Battery Life and First Time Charging on Li-ion Batteries. Myth? [closed]

"Ok you bought a brand new mobile phone with brand new battery, after checking its working ok kindly switch it off and charge it fully (100%) then start using it. IT WILL INCREASE YOUR BATTERY LIFE.", ...
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View app's full package name?

I am using Android 4.0.3 and I can no longer find package name for some app. If I recall, I used to go to Applications and has been able to see it there. So, how can I see full package name of some ...
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8answers
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Why do Android phones have more cores than computers?

Laptops have usually at most four cores, and dualcores are probably more common. I have recently switched from quadcore to dualcore and I can confirm there is a limited number of usecases for quadcore,...
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3answers
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Can not unlock my Android device as have no internet connection?

I have an Android device which is running Android 4.0.3 (or something like that). My little brother decided to try and guess my lock screen pattern the other day, and ended up locking me out. I ...
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12answers
57k views

How to use GPS/Maps without an Internet connection?

I need a way (possibly a third-party application) that allows me to use maps and GPS without an Internet connection. I don't use it by car, just for walking in cities. It would be nice if I could ...
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16answers
79k views

How can I download an APK file from the Play Store?

I can't download apps from the Play Store on my Android device (maybe due to a network issue), so I'm wondering how could I download the APK file of an app on my PC from http://play.google.com/store?
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4answers
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How can I shutdown my Android phone using an adb command?

How do I halt an android phone using adb command? I can reboot, but I don't know how to halt. I tried shutdown -k wait command, but it did not work.
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11answers
106k views

How to disable battery full notification sound?

When battery has been charged full, my Galaxy S phone gives the same notification sound that is used when I receive SMS. Is there a way to disable the sound without also disabling sound from SMS? It ...
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1answer
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What linux distribution is Android based on?

Did Google use some existing distribution (Debian, Red Hat, etc.) to create Android, or did they use the bare essentials (kernel, file system and some mandatory files)?
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How to backup an Android device?

Can anyone recommend a good way to backup Android devices? Ideally I would like to do this wirelessly and, not only backup my data, but also my user settings. Is it possible to backup an image of an ...
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6answers
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How to use Windows' internet on Android phone through USB cable

I'm using Android 4.4.2 (on Micromax Unite 2 - A106). I've a Windows PC at home which has highspeed broadband internet connection. I don't have wireless router or access point. I just want to use PC's ...
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What is *Cell standby* and how can I keep it from eating my battery?

Looking up my battery statistics, I almost always find Cell standby amongst the top consumers: I never thought that "idle" would use so much energy. I saw that other people encounter similar problems:...
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4answers
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Change Gmail account to make in-app purchase?

What is the procedure to change email account which you want to use to make in-app purchase? Take a look at the image. Click to enlarge the image I am using 2 Gmail accounts and only 1 has a ...
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6answers
65k views

What is the right way to close apps in Android?

I'm new to the Android platform, and this is probably a dumb question, but... How do you close an app? When I'm in an app, and I want to get out, I just click on "Home" and move on, but I just ...
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7answers
146k views

Dropbox for Android folder location

Where does Dropbox for Android saves files when you click on "Download"? I've read How to search for files and folders? But my /sdcard/dropbox is empty even if I've downloaded a file just now.
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4answers
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How can I view title text for a web image (xkcd.com) on an Android based browser?

How can I see the title alt text for website images on an HTC Desire? I'm currently using the Dolphin HD browser but I can't see a way of getting the alt text.
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What is the offical name of the third on-screen button?

I am searching for the official name of the third (right) android on-screen button. The left and middle button are clear: Left: Back button Middle: Home button Right: ??? Android 1 - 4.4 Android 5....

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