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Google just EOLed the original Pixel. How long until it's a brick?
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Theoretically, the OG Pixel will work indefinitely until there's an irreparable software/hardware issue. Realistically? Depends on how the user takes care of it ;) "End of Life (EOL)" doesn't mean ...

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Completely uninstall an app on Lollipop
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30 votes

When you uninstall an app using usual pre-Lollipop approach (e.g. dragging to "trash" icon, or from App info > Uninstall), it's only uninstalled on current user. It can be confirmed by app showing "...

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Android phone "charging slowly": How to make it faster
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Other answers have explained about how to make it charging faster, this answer tries to explain more about the threshold that the Android uses. The charging speed is not configurable; it's just a ...

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Open an app on startup/after booting
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I'm not sure about the configuration setting, but I believe this is not only limited to home screen managers since you can achieve this by using 3rd-party apps. Some related keywords: Startup ...

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How to transfer files between BlueStacks and Windows PC?
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For BlueStacks App Player for Windows v 0.9.0.4049 and higher There is a shared folder between BlueStacks and Windows: BlueStacks: /sdcard/windows/BstSharedFolder (you may need to install a file ...

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Apps are not allowed by Google to read SMS messages, but why can they read OTP SMS directly?
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Google blocks apps from (mis)using Call Log and/or SMS permissions if they are not the core functionalities of the apps, with some exceptions and alternatives. SMS (termux-sms-list and termux-sms-send)...

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Stop Google Search Opening in Chrome
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Google Search uses Chrome Custom Tabs since April 27, 2016. From 9to5Google, After its most recent update, the Google app now opens search results as Chrome Custom Tabs. [...] [...]. By default, ...

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Way to prevent the noise when 2 phones together
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18 votes

This phenomenon is called audio feedback which usually occurs when the sound from the speakers reaches back into the microphone, and then gets amplified because of the speaker-mic loop. Common and ...

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Can Android app repair battery's bad cell?
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It's a scam. Android app cannot access physical battery directly. The battery file is just an interface for Android with value provided by the battery's sensor. Again, a sensor only reads data; it ...

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What is this pop-in from the bottom of Chrome for Android?
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This is Chrome for Android's feature known as Touch to Search. The user can tap a word to let Google search quickly without leaving the current page. From Google Chrome Help, Search the web on Chrome ...

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Bypass "Swipe up to unlock" on Android Lollipop lock screen
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As far as I know, currently there is no setting to turn off the "safety lock" due to the addition of notifications on the lock screen. (Strangely, the lock is still there even if the user chooses not ...

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Use image file as camera
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There are 3rd-party "fake camera" apps that will let you to choose an image instead, such as: Image2Camera (free) Fake Camera by New Horizon Apps (free) Fake Camera - donate version by Vaclav Balak (...

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How to change device name used by Google Chrome?
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As of 2019, the Android devices cannot be renamed; both from themselves and from other devices. The name listed on "Other devices" currently depends on the operating system: Windows, macOS, and ...

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Create new Labels in Gmail App
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As of current writing, it seems that it's (still) impossible to create a new label in Android Gmail app. From Google Gmail official support, Create a label On a computer, open Gmail. You ...

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How to get exact call time?
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For Android 5.0.x Lollipop: Either on "Recents" or "Call History", tap the entry you want to see. It will open a mini-menu under the entry with options "Call back" and "Details". Select "Details" to ...

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Text having stroke/outline on Android Lollipop
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You've (accidentally) turned on "high contrast text" accessibility option, an experimental feature on Lollipop. From Google official support, High contrast text This information applies ...

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What is this folder named "d1o1m0o7b1i1le"? Is it a virus?
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The folder is created by (at least 1) apps developed by DoMobile Lab. As a hint, when you remove all numbers from the folder name, it spells /.domobile. As a proof, after installing AppLock and ...

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Listen which URLs an app tries to connect
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I have been using Packet Capture app, which for me is simpler than setting-up "wireshark" on Android. The app is free, doesn't require root access, but may request to install user certificate to ...

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What does the report in "block and report" do?
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"Report" does what it says, report the phone number as spam to Google. This will help users of Google's caller ID (e.g. Nexus device users) in the future, since number reported as spam will ...

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How to create a profile with multiple context in Tasker?
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You can add more contexts to existing profile by: Tap the profile to display the context Long-press the context Select Add + Choose the context you want to add For example, if you want to have ...

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New Gboard dual language suggestions, how do I disable it?
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10 votes

As you've mentioned, the multilingual suggestions is a new feature in Gboard (ref: Gboard, now available for Android - Official Google Blog. Steps to enable/disable it: Open Gboard's Settings ...

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How do I deal with unknown installation error code -505?
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TL;DR This issue occurs when an app is trying to re-declare an existing permission, with error message INSTALL_FAILED_DUPLICATE_PERMISSION. It mainly affected apps that are based on Adobe AIR (...

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Can the previous version overwrite the currently installed app?
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No, you can't downgrade the app. The installation will fail (with error code [INSTALL_FAILED_VERSION_DOWNGRADE] if installed from ADB). Normally, you need to uninstall the app/updates, then install ...

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Avoid opening Play Store after NFC scan for unlocking with Smart Lock
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According to the answer by Michael Roland on same problem on SO, Play Store opening up after scanning a tag is a clear indication that the tags contain an Android Application Record (AAR). A tag ...

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Nexus 5 has no settings to change runtime
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From the official Android Lollipop website, Android 5.0 provides a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience. Android now runs exclusively on the new ART runtime, built from the ground ...

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Why is TOTP two-factor digits behaviour different between Android and iOS implementations of Google Authenticator?
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While the Play Store version of Google Authenticator is proprietary, there is also an open-source version. Browsing through its wiki for Key Uri Format, there is a remark for digits parameter. Digits ...

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How do you pair a Device for Wireless Debugging with a QR Code?
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9 votes

As of November 2021, the feature seems to be only working for Android 11+ with Android Studio Canary on macOS (not sure about Linux). While the menu is also available on Android Studio Canary on ...

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Toast message with Chinese characters, is it a virus?
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Based on the information given, it's indeed caused by the latest update (9 July 2016) of ES File Explorer. From some of recent reviews, This new version has a new issues, whenever I open the ES file ...

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"Google Now" swipe from Home button is not working in Marshmallow
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There are actually 2 issues here: No swipe from Home button gesture Cannot change the action from Google Now to other apps (e.g Tasker, or Greenify) The first issue is caused to accomodate a new ...

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How do I turn off Stories to Read in Google Now?
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Since Google's redesigned Feed as a replacement of Google Now on July 19, 2017, there's no easy way to remove Stories to read but to block every single source/topic. James Wald commented: I was ...

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