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What is Google up to? Google Play Store updating apps even though auto-update is disabled

Apparently, what's happening here is that Google Play support libraries get auto-updated regardless of your update settings. If an app you installed relies on those libraries, an "update" ...
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Google app displaying temperature in Fahrenheit

The other answer on this question didn't work for me. My phone was already on English (UK) and changing it to US and back did not help. Instead what fixed it for me was: Open the Google app. Scroll ...
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Google Pinyin Input (IME) keeps asking for Google account permission

I had this problem. I'd half installed Pinyin so continual prompting for a login account. Go to Google play store and search for Google Pinyin Input. When that appeared there was an option to ...
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Removing all google data except the play store

I'm not 100% sure for all apps involved, but for most the "general rule of thumbs" applies: go to Settings→Apps select the "All" tab (to also show pre-installed apps) walk the apps one-by-one, open ...
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What is the APK (and package) name of the Google App?

Answering my own question, thanks to the method found on this View app's full package name? thread and the hint provided by Google App's URL in Google play. I typed: adb shell 'pm list packages -f ...
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Where is Google's internal account authentication token located?

The authentication token for Google accounts and of other accounts which uses AccountManager class are stored inside: /data/system/users/0/accounts.db # for Android Marshmallow and earlier /data/...
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How to make Google Chrome definitely remain as the desktop version?

There's a method suggested here, based on this XDA thread for both rooted and non rooted devices: Rooted Devices First Method: Download a file ( chrome-command-line) mentioned in the article, change ...
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Sale items Playstore

Yes... I do this all the time when apps/games I might like come up for sale cheap or free, or major titles I might use someday, although they don't have to be on sale. In fact, I often don't even let ...
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Disable emoji suggestions when using gesture typing with the default Google Keyboard

It worked for me to go into the Text Correction section of the Google Keyboard settings and then to Add-On Dictionaries. Emoji for English words said it was available so I installed it and then ...
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What specifically prevents OTAs from being taken on modified /systems, and why can't it be shut off?

OTA files work by patching files rather than replacing them will a full copy of the new version of the file. This means that it has to verify that the existing files are exactly as it expects or the ...
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Google app displaying temperature in Fahrenheit

This problem apparently is due to the device language selection. If English (US) is chosen, Google defaults to temperature units used in US (Fahrenheit) This is remedied by switching over to English ...
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How to make Google Chrome definitely remain as the desktop version?

New method for Un-rooted devices There is a new flag that's just been implemented to enable this on un-rooted devices in Chrome but its just in the Canary version currently. Install the latest ...
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How do I delete an old device from my Google Acct?

If you are unable to remove the device from the Device activity section of your Google account because the red button doesn't show up, go instead to Google Security Checkup and expand Your devices, ...
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Whats the difference between the "OK Google" function and the new "Google Assistant"?

According to this, Google Assistant is a beefed-up version of Google Now (what you call "OK Google"). Google Assistant allows for better context to your requests and is designed for better integration ...
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Why does my phone need to connect to google servers?

Lots of apps use this connection to do their work. As well as Google's own apps such as Gmail and Hangouts, third-party apps that use any of the following features via the Google Play services library ...
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What is Google Partner Setup?

Google Partner Setup is an app that helps you run applications in conjunction with Google products. For example, with this application's help, you can use the calendar from your device with a ToDo app ...
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What happens if I disable Google app?

No, it won't have any affect on other Google apps. I have it disabled in my phone. Here are the things I can't use anymore: Search widget at homescreen. I have removed it anyways. Google assistant. ...
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What’s the difference between stock Android, Android One, and Android Go?

Stock Android is meant for Pixel devices/other OEMs who like to keep the Android experience stock. Pixel devices are guaranteed to get 3 years of OS updates and security patches. Features, functions, ...
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Check if Google Play Service is up to date

Check installed version via terminal: adb shell pm dump com.google.android.gms|grep version
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Check if Google Play Service is up to date

As a workaround you could sideload the last Google Play Services app. You can check your version under Settings > Apps > All tab > Google Play Services. Here in the Google Play Store you will find ...
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Removing all google data except the play store

As always do a backup of your device before removing anything If you don't understand something that is stated please ask, before continuing 1) go into settings and turn off all syncs. Goto settings/...
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Google Keyboard Tab Key

Try Keyboard for Excel, by Microsoft, in the Google Play store. Has tab, and the proper orientation for data entry on the numeric keypad, among other things... Find it here: https://play.google.com/...
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Why is Google app so large?

Google App does more than just searching the web, it customizes your feed, updates you about stories, weather, etc., offers Google Assistant, Learns about how you use it and much more. This results ...
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How do I delete an old device from my Google Acct?

It's quite easy. Click on the device you wish to remove and confirm as shown in screenshot below from my list of devices Edit Try signing out of that account and signing in from that old phone and ...
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How to get Google to appear when swipe left on home screen?

Long press on an empty space on your home screen. Then select the settings at the bottom right. Then make sure the Show Google App is toggled on. Credits: Swipe left for Google Now not working?
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How can I turn OFF Google Lens search, permanently

This link shows how to disable the feature. It's hard to follow at first, just replay it a few times. Basically type chrome://flags in your chrome browser, which give you a "search flags" ...
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How do I retrieve my contacts from my google account to my phone!

As MemCtrl mentioned, go to http://contacts.google.com and see if your contacts (with the new numbers) are there. If not, you can restore them using "Restore contacts..." option (hit the "More..." ...
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Why Dialer shows contact name and image, when contact is not in my address book?

You didn't explicitely mention it, but from the context I assume you're using a device with Android 4.4 (Kitkat). With that, Google "pimped" the dialer. PhoneArena writes on this in an article called ...
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Use Android fully independent from Google products

Yes. It is possible to have an Android OS without anything remotely related to Google. First approach would be to root your phone. Then next step would be to install a custom ROM which is by default ...
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