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Android Nexus 5 knows password of WiFi he was never connected to!

Did you backup/restore your settings to/from Google? If so, that's why you can connect to these wireless networks. One of the things that gets backed up is the wireless network passwords so when you ...
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How to get black keyboard layout for Lollipop keyboard?

Your current layout is called "Material Light". To change it, though there isn't a pure black version, go to Settings > Language and Input > Google Keyboard > Appearance and Layouts The dark ...
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How to remove pattern lock on android 5.0 on mu Nexus 4

Go to Settings >> Security >> Device Administrators. See if anything other than Android Device Manager is checked. If something is checked, it's possible it's forcing a higher level of security. ...
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Nexus 4 Smart Lock Trusted Places is not there!

Sometimes you have to activate the Trust Agent: Settings -> Security -> Trust Agents -> enable Smart Lock
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Android Lollipop's notification bar is not transparent in Nexus 4

Compared to Nexus 5, Lollipop stock launcher on Nexus 4 doesn't have transparency on the notification bar. Instead, the one with transparency is Google Now Launcher (originally known as Google ...
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How can I transfer photos to my Android Jelly Bean device while preserving the original timestamp?

I recently came across this issue on a Nexus 5 and tried most the solutions listed here with no luck. In my case, it looks to be caused by a recognized bug with stock Android (source). My solution ...
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Folder on phone not showing in Windows

This is a famous issue affecting USB file access over MTP. I can't even remember how many hours I've lost trying to access files created by my first app on a PC (and I'm talking about GBs of ...
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Why does Google Search suddenly need a lot more permissions?

Most of these permissions are used by Google Now and the new features they will be bringing out after Google I/O and the upcoming Android L Release. I'm not sure about why they need a lot of these ...
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Nexus 4 GPS uses mobile data even when data is turned off

Most phones use data downloaded from the cell network to speed up the initial position fix when you turn on GPS: without these data, it can take several minutes to first get the position, as the GPS ...
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App of the day Android

It doesn't seem unusual to me that an app that commercially depends on tracking its users would send you to a website to track and count you, and then have that site redirect you to the real store ...
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How to get black keyboard layout for Lollipop keyboard?

Your current layout is called "Material Light". To change it, go to Settings > Language and Input > Google Keyboard > Appearance and Layouts Holo White matches the kitkat default appearence ...
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How to restore an image of android partition from my linux PC

I had this problem trying to push back a backup of my Samsung Galaxy S2, using ADB with the CWM (clockworkmod) recovery tool. When pushing to a device file, ADB simply deletes the block device file ...
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Is there any way to share data(not through cloud) between multiple users in lollipop nexus 4 device

I think the first answer (by June Lau) misses the point - the question was about sharing files between different users on the SAME device. I have been using subdirectories that I created within ...
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Will upgrading a Nexus 4 to Android 5.0 require a "reset"

There are two ways you can upgrade your device to a latest version of OS: OTA (Over The Air): This type of upgrade will automatically take care of all the steps required to update your system. The ...
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How can I transfer photos to my Android Jelly Bean device while preserving the original timestamp?

As mentioned in another answer, on devices that use FUSE for SD card emulation (such as modern Nexus devices), only root can change timestamps of files in /sdcard. Since things like MTP and ADB don't ...
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How do I enable birthday reminders or view birthdays as events in Calendar on Nexus 4

..., but if it is not possible, do you know of a simple reminder app that does not ask for full Internet access? The topic is also discussed in the Google forum for the calender application and ...
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Where in the Nexus 4 is the wire wireless charging coil?

The charging coil is embedded into the back panel of the phone and is located directly over the battery, as shown in steps 7 and 8 of IFixIt's teardown. The battery isn't quite non-replaceable, as the ...
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Accessing android device via ADB shell with broken touchscreen (can't authenticate)

I figured this out on my own. I solved this by installing Airdroid using an OTG USB adapter and a wired mouse. I then used the airmirror capability of the software to control a virtual mouse on the ...
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Is it possible to connect Nexus 4 to Windows Server 2012 R2?

Actually Windows Experience Feature is the answer! I had the same problem and could not install usb drivers for a MotoG on a win2012 Server, but when I installed Desktop Experience feature, all runs ...
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Wifi activity shows it's always on even though it's not on

A credible source: AndroidPolice tl;dr: Google brought in an option (by default enabled!), which is a checkbox reading "Scanning always available" in WiFi -> Advanced. The general purpose: "To ...
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Nexus 4 Smart Lock Trusted Places is not there!

From an article on Android Police, If you're on a Lollipop device and aren't seeing this yet, you can manually install the –438* build of Play Services 6.5 from APKMirror. (Emphasis mine) * The -...
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Mounting an USB wireless adapter to a Nexus 4

There is a very good chance that you may not have a driver problem. There is a very important detail everyone seemed to miss about using network connections via USB: they must be plugged in before ...
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SMTP auth server settings

Probably a bit late to the party, but I'm recording this here for posterity. My wife's Xperia Z5 Compact (Android 5.?), as well as my own Samsung S3 (4.3) suffer from this same problem. I've pulled ...
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How can I fix this Nexus 4 erratic ghost/phantom touch input issue?

have the same issues as the first bloggers that posted. I have the Nexus 4 16Gb and in February 2014, I cracked the screen and changed the digitizer. In the process I tore the lithium polymer bag ...
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How to choose the correct email address in gmail app?

It looks like you can type a few letters of domain name that you want after a space to get other addresses filtered out. In general, you can type several parts of a email address separating them by ...
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Reboot option in power button menu for Nexus 4

No, without custom rom or root on your phone, you can't have this kind of menu. It will maybe appear in Android L ...
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Colour of the letters in contacts?

Nothing Special. Multiple color for single Letter is to differentiate multiple contacts starting with similar letter.
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Is it safe to install Android L on my Nexus 4 (January 2015)

Wait. I've had positive and reliable experiences running Android 5.0.1 on Nexus 10, Nexus 7, and Nexus 5. However, my Nexus 4 experiences reboots with Android L and a friend's Nexus 4 outright ...
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Nexus 4 does not turn it on and blinking red notification light only

I have the same problem once a week and have a little different solution (workaround): Unplug the phone from the charger Press and hold the volume down button plus power button for 15 seconds Plug it ...
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How do I connect a Wii Balance Board to Android via Bluetooth?

TL;DR Currently it's impossible for Nexus 4 running on stock (AOSP) ROM to connect to Wii Balance Board via Bluetooth. Reason: On JellyBean 4.2, Android changed its Bluetooth stack, and the new one ...
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