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Remove user account in Android 5.0.1 on Galaxy S4

I have spent weeks looking for a solution to this and finally this post helped me! It was so far from obvious and it felt like Google wanted me to keep the account by force lol. Anyway, what I did ...
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ADB backup creates 0-byte file; prompts for current backup password even though I never set one; "Failed to set password" for Desktop backup password

Short Answer Try using an earlier version of adb. 1.0.32 did not work for me, but 1.0.31 did. Long Answer I just encountered this issue on a Nexus 5 running CyanogenMod 11 (based on Android 4.4) ...
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Samsung (Galaxy S4) does not show Authorize USB debugging dialog box

I have had this happen multiple times on multiple Android devices. Solved every time by putting the device in Photo transfer (PTP) mode. ADB will not work for me when my device is in MTP or any other ...
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Google Play Services Has stopped message continually popping up on my Samsung phone

Solution 1 – Update Google Play Services to the latest version. You can download from here. You may be getting an error because you have a very outdated version or the one you have is having a ...
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Remove user account in Android 5.0.1 on Galaxy S4

In order to remove an user account you need to perform: Go to device settings (As shown in the question). click on accounts Tab (3rd in the option list). Click on Google Account (select the account ...
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When selling your phone, what steps should be taken to make sure that all personal data has been removed?

Remove the SD Card and SIM Card, and then do a Factory Reset. If your device doesn't use full disk encryption, and you are worried about someone using advanced forensic tools to recover your data, ...
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ADB backup creates 0-byte file; prompts for current backup password even though I never set one; "Failed to set password" for Desktop backup password

Building on kevenoid's answer, it may depend on what version of adb is running on the phone. You can find out what version the phone is running natively by doing the following: First find out what ...
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Samsung Galaxy S4 will not boot, turns off after 2 seconds

This is the infamous power button problem. I had this too. There are some guides that speak of cleaning the power button, but for me I found this rather rough solution to be effective. SOLUTION: ...
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Samsung (Galaxy S4) does not show Authorize USB debugging dialog box

My SAMSUNG Galaxy S4 sometimes bothers me with this annoying offline status message too. I always fix it by trying options below: Try to revoke the USB Debugging authorization on Developer Options ...
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Stereo to Mono Sound

On Android 4.4: From your homescreen, hit the Menu key and open System Settings Go to Accessibility, tap cancel on "need a screen reader" to bypass / scroll down to "Mono Audio" Uncheck box Done!
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ADB backup creates 0-byte file; prompts for current backup password even though I never set one; "Failed to set password" for Desktop backup password

The other answers about the command arguments being quoted is accurate. I've found that if you escape the spaces between the arguments, it works. Like this: adb backup -apk\ -shared\ -all\ -system
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Saving pix from Google camera to SD card

Unfortunately the Google Camera app does not natively support saving pictures/videos/panoramas to SD Card. I am guessing that this goes with Google's general stance against SD cards in general. If ...
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Samsung (Galaxy S4) does not show Authorize USB debugging dialog box

I am not sure if you ever solved this problem, but I ran into this problem, and tried out many many different procedures, each of which might have helped others, but this is 2016 and a summary might ...
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ADB backup creates 0-byte file; prompts for current backup password even though I never set one; "Failed to set password" for Desktop backup password

None of the workarounds worked for me here, and I don't want to downgrade my SDK tools. Here's what I came up with: skip adb backup on the computer and go straight to device via adb shell. $adb ...
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I encrypted my phone (samsung S4) of which i dont remember the password. Need help to unlock it and save the data

Master reset with hardware keys Turn Off the Device Press and Hold the Volume Up, Home, and Power Button When the phone vibrates release the Power Button, but continue to hold the other two When you ...
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Getting "Storage space running out" message in Galaxy S4; *#9900# does not show any menu

Approach 1: Many users have had the problem of "6GB of miscellaneous files". The problem might be because of /sdcard0/DCIM/.thumbnails. You can go ahead and delete the folder. This may free ...
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ADB does not see connected Samsung S4

The fix for me was using a different micro-usb cable. No software change, no drivers to update, just the usb cable. Apparently they aren't all created equal.
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Galaxy S4 "sound and shot" feature - extract sound

When using "Sound & shot" mode with the Samsung Galaxy S4 camera, the audio is stored as a WAV file that is embedded into a metadata tag within the JPEG. Here is how to extract the audio using ...
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how to sync my university email to my Android?

This question is impossible to answer without knowing the configuration your university uses. You should ask for the details of the mail server from the university's helpdesk. You'll need to know at ...
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How do I erase all the data on Galaxy S4 if the screen is broken?

Assuming you ever registered a gmail address on your google play account(which you have to, to download apps), your phone will be registered in Google's Device Manager on play.google.com. If your ...
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Unable to adopt SD card as internal storage on my j7 prime with android marshmallow

Most of OEM's doesn't offer in gui option for adoptable storage. So you have to do it via ADB. Here is how click Here it is: NOTE all data on your SD card will be lost. Make sure USB debugging is ...
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Why is my Galaxy S4 still not appearing as a device in Mac OS X

If using a better cable doesn't work be sure to enable the USB debugging feature under Developer options > Debugging
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How do I switch to ART runtime on my Samsung Galaxy S4?

ART is not in the GS4 Developer Options. It's not compatible with the TouchWiz UI, so it was left off the GS4 update.
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Google Services battery drain on Galaxy devices

For the drain caused by google play services, install the Xposed framework and the module Wakelock Terminator. The free version lets you block 1 app, and that's all you need. Open up Wakelock ...
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Page can't be loaded in S4 using http, but it does in https

HTTP error 500 indicates a server problem. You should report the problem to the owner of the website so they can fix it. Some sites deliberately behave differently for different browsers and OSes, so ...
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Is it possible to install CyanogenMod for "Samsung GS4" on a "Samsung GS4 Active" device?

This is actually an important question, and far better to ask now than try it and be stuck with a blank screen! Android ROMs are specific to the device. This is why CyanogenMod and others have the ...
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How to switch from camera mode to media device?

These steps can be follow in android: kitkat version to switch from media Device to Camera or vice versa... Connect your Device with the computer. It will automatically detect the USB connection. ...
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