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Is it a good idea to force stop apps after using them?

TL;DR: No, it's not a good or advisable idea. Explanation and some background: Force-stopping apps is not intended for "routine use", but for "emergency purposes" (eg. if an app runs out of control ...
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Will trying to flash an unofficial update with stock recovery harm my device?

Stock recovery should just fail, it will look for a digitally signed package from the manufacturer, not find it, and error out without making changes. If the developer who made the package ...
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Gboard: Set Custom Unicode Characters on Longpress or Add Custom Keyboard Keys or Layout

For the time being, I found an alternative solution. It's not the solution that I wanted, but it does the job reasonably well. I'm posting it here so it may benefit someone else as well. Gboard ...
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How to add a folder in a secondary tab?

Edit the folder from within the app drawer as if you were editing an app. (Long press the folder and drag it to the "Edit" option at the top). From there you can check/uncheck which tab(s) you wish ...
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How to revert to tabbed overview in Chrome?

You just need to uncheck the "Simplified view for open tabs" box under Settings → Accessibility in Chrome app.
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How to disable bottom app toolbar on Samsung Tab running Android 12?

The "bottom app toolbar" is known as the Taskbar and has been introduced since Android 12L. To disable it, go to Settings - Display, and then toggle "Taskbar" off. Image courtesy ...
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How to revert to tabbed overview in Chrome?

Per beeshyams's comment the culprit appears to be the flag Accessibility Tab Switcher. However, I also did a fresh install to reproduce the issue with all flags untouched and it was ruled out with ...
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How can I disable automatic OTA updates on a Nexus device on Marshmallow?

Rename /system/etc/security/otacerts.zip to otacerts_bak.zip. This will prevent it from communicating with the OTA update server.
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Lollipop and above - How do I install an APK as a system app?

Okay, I got it working. Here's how I did it: Copy the APK file to /system/app/some-folder/ or /system/priv-app/xyz-folder/. Keeping them in their own folders may/will prevent conflicts. Some apps ...
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Do I need root to install xposed modules?

You don't need root to install xposed modules and you can avoid using root to install the framework if you have a working recovery that can install unsigned zip files.
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Lightweight CyanogenMod 13.0 - Samsung Galaxy S2

Observe .repo/manifests/default.xml for a list of components included by default in the build. For example if you want to remove 2 live wallpapers "Basic" and "PhotoTable", then you'll find these ...
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Do I need root to install xposed modules?

Root is a requirement to install the Xposed Framework, any additional modules can be installed (may not explicitly state root requirement) but need the Xposed framework to function, so in short yes ...
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Add language to Google Keyboard

Open your keyboard and to to its settings (tap on "Google" icon at the top, then on cog icon). Then go to "Languages" and you'll see a list of all available languages there. My phone has two variants ...
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How to change device model in build.prop?

Instead of doing it manually, here's an app that does it for you: Get Assistant - Root. From app comments in Play and local markets, it's verified to work with multiple models even on LineageOS.
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How to hide bottom navigation bar in Youtube app?

The Xposed module L Tweaks supports the feature of removing the bottom navigation bar of Youtube and several other apps. Install L Tweaks. After installing the module, open it, then click Google. ...
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Prevent User from Leaving App

The simplest way to set up kiosk-mode on Android is to use Google's Android Management API which works for any Android devices running Android 5.1 or above. To lock the device on one app, or on ...
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Copying and remotely deploying a build across multiple devices

Using root and tasker rules you could pull your settings.db from a central point of your choice, but that would erase any settings. A more elegant way would be a tasker rule that sets all the ...
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Can I change what the button on my earphone does?

this app is able to change your earphones button function to whatever you want( open apps, toggle flashlight, control volume...), here's the the link https://apkpure.com/jays-headset-control/se.jays....
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Different gapps for every device?

GApps (Google Apps) are usually usable across devices and across Android versions but some Google apps feature different versions for different Android versions. Those can include more functionality, ...
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How to customize which camera app is launched when double tapping the power button?

Defualt camera app will be opened by double tapping power button. To set the app as default camera Clear deaults of the stock and desired camera app. This can be done in app info. Double tap the ...
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com.whatsapp_preferences.xml periodically gets overwritten how to prevent that from happening

Changing the permissions of the file can solve the problem. Get the WhatsApp system group, you can use: ls -la /data/data/com.whatsapp Let's ...
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Which apps are placing icons on statusbar?

Notification History displays a list of all notifications originating from apps and you can compare the app​ icon to that in your status bar to track down the app. You can even see the time stamp of ...
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Too old to custom-rom?

XDA is the de facto "standard" for roms, especially on common devices like this, but it seems they are struggling to bring Nougat to this device in reading some of these threads. I would suggest ...
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Can I install a firmware from a different country on my phone

If you find the correct firmware (created for another country but for the same device) yes, you can. I made it several times with a Samsung S4 mini. Take in mind that due to country regulations, the ...
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Copying and remotely deploying a build across multiple devices

On master device Setup your device Install TWRP custom recovery Backup to SD On new device Insert SD Install TWRP custom recovery Recover from backup on SD See if it works. I've never tried it as ...
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How do I make my phone fully customizable?

The Hodor trick is done using this Hodor Xposed module, which requires Xposed framework. For a rooted device, installing Xposed is indeed a good way to customize without stepping into the realm of ...
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Live tile interface

Yes, there is an app called Launcher 8 WP style for that. Hope I helped.
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Emmc replace (inbuilt memory card mounter) with external memory card mounter

There's more to just internal storage in eMMC - it holds a vast array of partitions. Here's an example I just got from my phone. As you can see many of those "blocks" (mmcblk_p_) correspond to major ...
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Where is color information stored in android apps ?

Under values > color.xml Your themes file ( values > styles.xml ) can link specific colors from this file like follows.. Style Script .. <style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light....
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There is a way to remove everything but one app from android?

Removing system apps can damage your phone and make it unable to function. I would recommend installing an app like macrodroid then setting up a macro to kill off all the other applications and only ...
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