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Is there a way to switch Android users from the command line?

Yes there is. When the community discovered this feature in android 4.1 (the code was exist but has not been declared yet so Google did not open the feature in Settings), I remember playing with this ...
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How to get the Enter (Return) key in Messaging (MMS) app - Jelly Bean

press the shift key and see the change in the icon for the smiley. It changes to the enter key.
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How to disable unread group notifications in Whatsapp?

This issue has been plaguing Whatsapp since its inception. I have had long email conversations with their support team on multiple occasions. Even uploaded a detailed video explaining the bug: Check ...
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Control Android with broken screen from PC

Looks like these days the best solution for controlling an Android phone from a PC is scrcpy. It is being actively maintained, has very high performance (framerate, latency), is available cross-...
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Control Android with broken screen from PC

adbcontrol can do this. It opens a window containing the phone screen on your computer, so you can use it when the phone screen is broken, and you can click and type in the window to control the phone....
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How can I transfer photos to my Android Jelly Bean device while preserving the original timestamp?

I recently came across this issue on a Nexus 5 and tried most the solutions listed here with no luck. In my case, it looks to be caused by a recognized bug with stock Android (source). My solution ...
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How do you remove permanent adb authorization?

If your device is rooted, as it probably is with CM, you can also do this via adb: adb shell rm /data/misc/adb/adb_keys Depending on your build you probably have to run adb as root(1) or call the su ...
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Control Android with broken screen from PC

One word: Vysor Using the vysor to control my Xperia Z2. See the state of my phone, but Vysor came to the rescue. *if phone reboots and won't connect after plugging in, try removing the micro sd ...
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How to disable GPS if not in use?

GPS is automatically turned-off when not in use by apps. That said, apps can use GPS even if they work in background. So, I guess that your concern should be checking the apps that use GPS in the ...
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How to disable unread group notifications in Whatsapp?

ShutApp ShutApp is an Android app I developed for rooted devices that will automatically mark your muted WhatsApp chats as read and prevent them from jumping to the top of the chat list, so that you ...
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How can I transfer photos to my Android Jelly Bean device while preserving the original timestamp?

As mentioned in another answer, on devices that use FUSE for SD card emulation (such as modern Nexus devices), only root can change timestamps of files in /sdcard. Since things like MTP and ADB don't ...
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Control Android with broken screen from PC

You could try to use AndroidScreenCast for you purposes - it's maintainable version of original androidscreencast. It requires only Java and ADB, no phone client, so just run it and use it. I've just ...
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can't uninstall app

Found this on YouTube: Go to Settings -> Security -> Phone Administrators, then un-check this app and proceed to uninstall it by the usual means.
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How can I customize which Gmail notifications are shown in the notification bar?

You can filter messages based on sender, recipient, subject and other criteria from within the Web app. This is not possible from within the Android app. In a web browser, Goto [Settings] -> [...
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How do I get Application name from APK file?

Works only on Cyanogenmod or forks that base on CM: aapt may not be present on your device. It's suspected that this binary is part of CyanogenMod (and its forks). Confirmed to be present on my S3 ...
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SMTP auth server settings

Probably a bit late to the party, but I'm recording this here for posterity. My wife's Xperia Z5 Compact (Android 5.?), as well as my own Samsung S3 (4.3) suffer from this same problem. I've pulled ...
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How to display the on screen keyboard when Bluetooth keyboard is connected

I am with an Android 9 tablet, and find the option as: Settings / System (languages, time ...) / Language & input / Physical keyboard ==> There is an option that reads "Show virtual ...
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How can I recover files from a phone that won't boot?

I had the same problem with stock Nexus 7 2012 GSM. The relevant documentation for this is https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/4596836?hl=en the Recovery mode section https://developers.google....
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Sliding to change tabs in Chrome

Not really sure about the tablet version, but in the current mobile version you need to swipe on URL bar.
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What/How quick reboot works?

I've never seen this option built-in, but there are several apps/widgets on the Playstore offering a "quick boot" as well. The term is a little misleading, as it's usually not a boot at all. For some ...
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Play Store 4.9.13 insufficient storage error and icon issues

The correct answer to this problem, and I always see wrong explanations, is that you have a duplicate /data/app-lib folder for the app or apps that are giving you that error. To fix: Using adb, ...
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Prestigio PSP5457DUO Android 4.2.2 does not connect to my academic network

This is something you should ask the IT support people at your university about. Most mysterious problems like this are caused by security settings on the Wi-Fi network itself. Probably it is MAC-...
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How to install kitkat in oppo?

There are a few things which don't sound quite right. 4GB RAM - The Oppo R5 has 2GB RAM build in. "eight core MT6592" - R5 uses an Snapdragon SOC. MT6592 is an Mediatek SOC. The Android version. It ...
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Enable software menu without virtual keys

LMT Launcher Requires root access. I won't go into the details, but know that it doesn't replace your home launcher but gives you PIE navigation among other things, which comes down to this: (...
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Why will a video game from the google play store be asking me for root/super users permissions?

It shouldn't be... There is no viable reason I can think of for a game to request or need root permissions. If this game is from an official channel like Play Store, Amazon App Store, or F-Droid, do ...
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Where can I find my device product ID using ADB shell commands?

I found this link after hours of searching and trying to unbrick my phone. Just type here https://imei24.com/ your IMEI number and it will show you all the info, hope it helps :) BR!
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Mediaserver using excessive CPU time and battery

Just kill the media server process. I created a shortcut which runs a command line and kills it kill pidof /system/bin/mediaserver or on other devices, kill mediaserver
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How can I transfer photos to my Android Jelly Bean device while preserving the original timestamp?

If you use the Google Photo app and you want your file to be listed in the right order there's a solution. The background of the issue This is an Android Bug. It does not allow non-root user to ...
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How to disable USSD notifications?

If you have root, you can install the XPosed Framework and install the Ussd blocker module.
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Why were some of my contacts automatically merged without notice?

If you want to keep your Whatsapp and Gmail contacts separated. Go to settings accounts take off auto sync. Make sure Google or Whatsapp is NOT running in the background (very important)Delete Google ...
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