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Why encrypt the device?

over a simple password screen lock: nobody can take the internal memory of my phone out of the phone itself. So what is the advantage of 1. over a simple screen lock with password + SIM code lock? ...
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Why encrypt the device?

nobody can take the internal memory of my phone out of the phone itself While taking out your phone's internal storage out is harder than the SD card, it's definitely not impossible. Rework stations ...
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Using ADB to change the screen lock

Since Android 8.0 Oreo, you can change the lock screen using below adb commands adb shell athene_f:/ $ locksettings usage: locksettings set-pattern [--old OLD_CREDENTIAL] NEW_PATTERN ...
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What is this lock screen with ads and how do I remove it?

For people like me who hate ES Explorer doing this but can't move away from it right now(because of its loads of features!): We can disable this unnecessary feature: Go to Es Explorer Tools and ...
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What is this lock screen with ads and how do I remove it?

A Reddit user has started to collect together the apps that have included this 'feature'/adware. The list currently contains: Xender ES File explorer (by ES Global) Removed ES App Locker (by ES ...
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Use fingerprint to unlock the lock screen after booting Pixel 6

Unfortunately there is no way to use fingerprint as authentication directly after rebooting the device. The first unlock always have to be performed using the PIN/password, because the PIN/Password is ...
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What is this lock screen with ads and how do I remove it?

It seems ES File Explorer does this now - I have had it installed for years, but today I saw DU Quick Charge pop up and it seems to be tied with an update of ES File Explorer. I uninstalled it and the ...
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Use fingerprint to unlock the lock screen after booting Pixel 6

Robert's answer describes why you unfortunately cannot unlock an android phone with a fingerprint after a reboot. However, depending on you password habits, there's a significant chance you can guess ...
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Why, and how to increase 16-character lockscreen password limit?

From Android Security Internals: An In-Depth Guide to Android's Security : Android doesn’t have a dedicated setting to manage the encryption pass- word after the device is encrypted, and changing ...
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Disable auto-screen-on feature in Moto G Play

This feature is called Moto Display and is very similar to AOSP's ambient display. Assuming it is in the same place as the Moto G 2015 and Moto X Pure devices, open the Moto app, go to Feature ...
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Lock screen without using physical button Android 10

There's a built-in option that comes with Android 10 which allows you to lock the screen without using the bottom. In your phone settings, go to "Accessibility" and enable "accessibility menu". This ...
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Why, and how to increase 16-character lockscreen password limit?

From the commit comment max password length symbols is limited only for UI reasons. Maybe there is no other reason which requires the lockscreen password to be up to 17 symbols (16+1) EDIT: I created ...
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How do I disable screen timeout of Android?

1. Use a script You can use a script via the terminal to simulate a long action and prevent the screen from timing out. Create the script below and run via Terminal Emulator on your phone. It ...
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How do I disable screen timeout of Android?

If it's sufficient for you to only keep screen on when charging, you can turn on the Stay awake option in Developer options. To do this: Open Settings, navigate to About [device] (tablet, phone etc.)...
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Use fingerprint to unlock the lock screen after booting Pixel 6

Vaelus' answer is the most useful one here, and did well to cover the actual kinds of tools you want to be looking into, so I won't repeat those here - this answer is more concerning the methodology ...
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How to stop music apps from changing lockscreen

You can achieve this by blocking all notifications from the app. This will prevent Spotify from showing any notifications, including the album art on the lockscreen. The app will still work and play ...
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How to prevent two-factor code being exposed on lock screen in messages notification?

I would say the first notification in first image would serve as a good replacement for the first notification in second image. (Click an image to enlarge it) Given that an SMS usually contains ...
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Why encrypt the device?

You are right that there is no advantage of encryption if your device screen lock password can be cracked or guessed by an intruder. The moment he / she does that , there is no security offered by ...
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How can I change the default camera app (on lockscreen)?

While uninstalling the pre-installed camera app can be difficult as others have mentioned, it should be relatively easy to change your default camera app to Open Camera (or whatever camera app you ...
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Disable always on lock screen on the pixel 2

I assume you are talking about Ambient display. If so, you can go to: Settings -> Display -> Advanced -> Ambient display -> Toggle "Always on"
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Phone is locked with an impossible to enter password

In case there is a problem with the on-screen keyboard most devices support to use an USB keyboard connected via USB On-The-Go (OTG) adapter to the phone - if the phone supports USB OTG at all. The ...
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How can I see (and change) what sensitive notifications are?

The notification's sensitivity (visibility) is set by the developer, but can be overridden (to some extent) by the user. There are 3 types of notification's lock screen visibility: Public: not ...
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What are the various ways an Android phone can be locked?

Rooting is the process to modify core OS components so that apps/processes can be run with high privileges (UID 0). See details in How Magisk works? and How to manually root a phone? Rooting is not ...
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Automatically unlock the lock screen when the correct PIN is entered

Yes, the question is old but remains valid for current time as well, so I'm answering keeping currently relevant Android versions in mind. If your Android is rooted, has a compatible Xposed Framework1 ...
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Can I make Android require Fingerprint + PIN to unlock the screen?

One solution is to use Tasker. Set up your phone to use a fingerprint as the standard unlock mechanism, with a strong password as the backup unlock (required if the fingerprint fails, or every time ...
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How to prevent two-factor code being exposed on lock screen in messages notification?

It is possible to control the nature of the notifications on a per-app basis. If you go to: Settings > Sounds and notifications > App notifications Then you can select the Messages app and ...
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"Wrong Pattern" After Flashing Image

Note that @dan-brown seems to be right about the root cause of the issue - it looks like a corrupt install after flashing a new TWRP. However there is a non-destructive fix, as documented here. Boot ...
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Lock screen notifications rearrange themselves for seemingly no reason

It does not appear to be possible to keep notifications from rotating positions on the lock screen in Android 7 Nougat. See explanation below, and the way to disable this action in Android Lollipop. ...
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