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How do you disable "add icon to home screen" on Android Oreo?

I've been looking all over the internet for an answer to this for a while. In hopes of alleviating other people's headache's, here's how to enable/disable automatically adding home screen icons of ...
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How can I find out if my device uses FBE or FDE?

There are three ways to identify which encryption type is used: Identification by device behavior As a user you should be able to identify what encryption scheme is used by the behavior of your ...
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How to disable "save password to Google?" prompt?

FYI, for future readers, I believe the correct way to disable this feature is by going to: Settings > General management > Language and input Then, under "Input Assistance," set "Autofill services" ...
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What does the usage data access permission allow

Not a developer here Apps granted this permission have access to data pertaining to usage of other apps, like in my case Better Battery Statistics, Macrodroid (automation app) and such apps that ...
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What does "automatic" mean under Network restrictions?

As far as I can tell from looking at the code, "Automatic" means the network is metered if it meets at least one of these heuristics: The WifiConfiguration has a metered hint, which I assume can be ...
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How to disable "save password to Google?" prompt?

For me on a Moto G9 with Android 10, the following worked: "Settings" > "Accounts" Tab the main account for the phone "Google Account (Info, security & personalization)...
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How to get USB file transfer working on Oreo 8.1?

Go into Developer options, scroll down to "Select USB Configuration" and select MTP ( Media Transfer Protocol ) even if it's already selected. This solved the problem for me.
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How to Upgrade Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (D5803) to Android 8.1?

Upgrade Sony Xperia Z3 Compact to Android 8.1 These instructions describe how to upgrade the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (D5803) smart phone. These instructions do not include backup instructions, so be ...
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How to access/disable the Google account sync settings in Android 8.1?

You went a little too far! Go into settings -> users and accounts -> Google. Without pressing on your email address, you'll see an option "auto sync account data" turn that off. This will stop sync ...
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Disable Bluetooth auto connect for specific devices

Unfortunately, there is no explicit setting "do not autoconnect" for a Bluetooth device (wish there were). However, there is a workaround (as mentioned in askvictor's answer): In Settings, ...
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How is the list of apps allowed to install another apps populated?

Just to add some related details to @ReddyLutonadio's answer, android.permission.REQUEST_INSTALL_PACKAGES is the one which defines which apps would appear in the list you have mentioned, and it's ...
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Android System WebView is disabled and cannot be changed

Even though I noticed it only now, the change was introduced in Android 7 Nougat itself. Chrome will take over its place. Read beeshyams answer for further info. If I go to apps manager and disable ...
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Manually trigger MediaScanner to scan files on Internal Storage on Nougat/Oreo

Note: It is possible the following commands do not work out for you with just USB debugging / shell (uID 2000) user. In that case, you must have root access to make them work. Before KitKat, this ...
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How to remount sdcardfs to allow setting file permisions / ownerships?

You cannot change permissions and ownerships of files on sdcardfs. On all operating systems based on Linux kernel - like Android is - it's possible to set permissions on files (including directories) ...
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How to unlock screen with Bluetooth keyboard

I had the same issue... two parts to my solution... - set Smartlock to unlock phone when BT keyboard connects - then any key wakes to Notifications screen... then 'space-tab' key combination opens ...
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What is this icon in my status bar that looks like a finger pointing at 3 horizontal lines?

I mailed Kyocera linking this question and they replied very quickly. It is a Verizon security app and Kyocera can't do a thing about it. Mail extract : Allow us to inform you that this Icon is ...
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How is the list of apps allowed to install another apps populated?

It lists apps that have the permission to install other apps. The permission is found on the apps' manifest. For example, a file manager can install an apk, same case with a browser or Whatsapp if a ...
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How often does Android 8.1 ask for a password instead of a fingerprint?

On stock Android, a backup authentication method is required after 5 failed attempts, or 48 hours since the last time that backup authentication method is used. Using a screen off app will trigger ...
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Phone not showing as USB Connected

There are reports that the update to 8.1 has disabled USB storage functionality but there is a fix on the way (time table unknown). The only work around right now is to disable your lock screen, ...
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Allow an app to override Do Not Disturb in Oreo

On stock Oreo 8.0 (MiA1) Settings → Apps and notifications →App Info → Choose app (not all apps have this permission) →App Notification → Enable override
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Schedule power off/on in 8.1.10 Oreo

This hasn't been a stock Android feature. Some sources including this Missing "Scheduled Power On/Off" option in Android 5.0.2 on Swipe Elite Plus phone talk of it being on Lollipop but I ...
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Factory reset, will the os revert?

A factory reset deletes all the userdata that has been stored by the user and apps, including your personal files in internal storage. A factory reset does not make any changes to the system and boot ...
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Howto downgrade any app to the previous version without losing data on android oreo?

What you want is not possible and for a good reason: updated data structures (files, database, etc) are often incompatible with old app versions. This is why you can downgrade debuggable packages (for ...
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What do the app "usage" times in battery settings represent, exactly?

Percentage of battery used - if you had charged fully and check when the battery is indicating 70 %, i.e., a 30 % drop and it says app xyz used 10% it means that xyz had used 10% of 30% battery ...
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Why wouldn't Project Treble work on Android phones that weren't originally shipped with Oreo once updated to 8.0?

Yes, project treble is a software architecture update but there are few things to consider. Q. What is the real reason for Android fragmentation? A. One word answer is silicon vendor's kernel ...
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No fetching of instant messages and e-mail after update to Oreo 8.1

Based on this forum thread, this might be a known issue with your particular phone, and it looks like you've already troubleshot it pretty thoroughly. Here are a few more things you could try if you ...
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android oreo , /system, /data and /sdcard for media

The root directory / is a concept that's found on Android as well. It is recreated anew during each boot, and hosts *.init.rc directives read by Android every time it boots. The /system partition is ...
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Any way to hide the "Advanced Reboot" option in Power menu in AospExtended?

I asked this on their Telegram group(which is great): Extensions -> Systems -> Buttons -> Power Menu -> Advanced Reboot
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Does Android 8.1(Oreo) lack "Landscape Orientation" mode?

It is normal. Even my phone has the same. I can be on either "Auto Rotate" or "Portrait Only". You can reply on 3rd party apps like "Rotation Control" to force a landscape if needed.
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How to prevent systemless Xposed Framework from crashing Play Store?

The developer of GravityBox Xposed modules, C3C0, suggested to use official and original Xposed Framework (flashes system partition and breaks Safety Net). They confirmed it working alongside Play ...
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