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Is this Android phone Android 9.0 or Android 6.0?

I wanted to turn some of the comments into an answer that can be used for additional verification in case someone else runs into a similar issue where the vendor also reskinned the notifications ...
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Is this Android phone Android 9.0 or Android 6.0?

Pull down the notification shade. If it looks like this: It is android 6.0 If it looks like this: It is android 9.0
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What are the alternatives for Xposed framework on Pie? Preferably without triggering Safety Net?

There are significant changes in Magisk /EdXposed drivers which are updated here How to install EdXposed on Android 10 without triggering safety net Please refer to updated installation instructions. ...
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Disabling Download Manager notifications

When searching for Download Manager under Settings -> Apps & Notifications you missed listing out the system apps. List them by tapping on the three dots line in the upper right corner and ...
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How to Disable Screen Rotation Icon

Or you could do it the easy way.... I just figured it out with a lightbulb moment turning my flashlight brightness down
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Disabling the clipboard history on Samsung devices

After a long while and more serious privacy flops I had, I found a solution to this security breach of Samsung (Credit). Install adb on your computer (manual) Setup adb access (e.g. USB Debugging) on ...
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Disable chat-heads (for WhatsApp, etc.) on Samsung devices

Follow this path to enable or disable the mentioned "chat heads": Settings > Advanced features > Smart pop-up view Then, toggle whatever applications you'd like to show "chat heads".
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How to Disable Screen Rotation Icon

There is indeed a way to disable it by ADB. Setup ADB on your PC/Mac. Enable USB debugging on your android Connect your device to the PC/Mac Run following command in shell/terminal: adb shell ...
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Has the setting to disable icon frames been removed on the Galaxy S10 lineup?

This seems to be a setting that started in Oreo related to Adaptive Icons. You now need specific themes to remove the border. Per the following link: If you don't want borders, go to settings>...
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What is the fastest way to shutdown unrooted Android phone?

In fact without removing battery it's not possible to shut down a device completely in order to avoid the loss that could possibly occur due to short circuit caused by water. Let's have a brief look ...
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How to create manually create my own ᴏᴛᴀ update file to be used for adb sideload?

You can't create or modify OTA zip without the proper OEM signing key. However, there exist holes in older devices like Samsung Galaxy Y which allow flashing unofficial zip with test keys, but these ...
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Is it possible to somehow understand from the logs what happened to the phone a month ago? Are there such logs?

Here is some ADB commands that can help: Dump each app and it data usage for package in $(pm list packages | cut -f2 -d":"); do echo $package; pm dump $package | grep "Mobile network&...
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How do I move the clock back to the right in Android Pie?

This is a problem encountered by many that has upgraded into Android Pie or bought a new one with Android Pie. Luckily, this could be fixed but rooting the phone is necessary. Someone I know tried ...
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Effects of hourglass button in Android P easter egg

I found out that when the hourglass is vertical, it makes the colors fade over time. But when it is horizontal, the colors do not fade. Purple sitting 3 minutes with hourglass vertical on the left ...
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How to grant an app a permission that isn't in its manifest for audio recording?

Not possible without root but even with root SoX recording might not work. Android Manifest Permissions Android permission system has different Protection Levels (1, 2); Normal permissions are ...
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Enable vibration and location services while on battery saver

Vibration and GPS are considered as system services, not apps. Thus, it cannot be exempted on the usual setting when Battery Saver is enabled. However, since Android 8.0 Oreo, it is possible to tweak ...
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Is it possible to somehow understand from the logs what happened to the phone a month ago? Are there such logs?

Unfortunately Android does not maintain any persistent long-term log files by default. There are some log buffers available that can be read via adb logcat. However the logs logcat can display to you ...
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Disabling Download Manager notifications

Just wanted to add an answer for this that I found on Reddit, in case it disappears. This issue seemed to be fixed for a few people by doing the following: Go to settings -> Apps and Notifications -> ...
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Has the setting to disable icon frames been removed on the Galaxy S10 lineup?

I read from many posts that the option shown above has been removed. Only solution I found is to download an icons set that was made without frames feature. I am using one called Zero made by MINU ...
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Is it possible to designate a Wi-FI SSID as metered "mobile network"?

This option actually exists and I have just tested it on Android 10 (AOSP). The trick is to set a custom DHCP option 43 with the text value "ANDROID_METERED". What I find a bit confusion is that ...
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How to view who is connected to my Wi-Fi hotspot

The solution is to enter ip neighbor into a terminal app, it displays both the IP and the MAC address of the connected devices.
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Get To Android Pie bluetooth Settings Without Turning Them Off

Try long press on the shortcut icon, without lifting your finger until the new screen starts to appear. On my Pixel 2, I was able to get to the Bluetooth Setting screen.
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Time zone keeps changing wildly

Just did a quick search on the Issue Tracker - you might want to follow these threads and/or contribute a bug report for them: https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/120241605 Android Pie - Clock ...
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What is directory access permission?

The Android permissions model has been evolving with each release. Starting in Android P, apps can request "directory access" to receive permission to access a scoped directory on the device. For ...
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What steps are taken by the OS when an app is uninstalled?

Uninstalling an app will remove entry from /data/system/packages.xml, and delete package from: /data/app/ (apk file) /data/data/ (user data and cache) /data/dalvik-cache/arm/ (translated java ...
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What steps are taken by the OS when an app is uninstalled?

Application updates do not recognise OTA Updates.. I have had several problems lately due to the fact that still use Android 5.0 and updating an application built for Android 8.0 or Android 7.0 will ...
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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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Is there any way to disable the repeated animation in the notification bar, for app update downloads?

I don't have Android 9, but if some of the notifications are like on Android 8, then you can try the following: Open Settings -> Apps & Notifications. Click on "See all apps", then the 3-dot and ...
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How can /proc/sys values be changed at boot (sysctl.conf does this on normal Linuxes)?

Use init's write command in /init.rc or any other .rc file. You may also create your own: # /system/etc/init/custom.rc on property:sys.boot_completed=1 write /proc/sys/kernel/hostname MyDroid ...
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How can I view the mobile data usage for each application for a given day?

You can achieve that using a third-party data usage application like 3G Watchdog With 3G Watchdog you can have finer breakdown of data usage down to individuals application with options to view data ...
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