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Old January 27th, 2012, 01:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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- Clear cache/data for an app
- Moving apps to SD (via ADB w/o root or Shell w/ root)
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Super tip from jerofld!

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Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > All > Then find the app and click "Clear Cache" or "Clear Data". Clear data will clear out all settings, logins, save games, etc. Clear cache will just clean the cache out that may be causing problems.
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I highly recommend this post -

Battery dying overnite? Heavy Android OS usage? Use wifi a lot? Read on!
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Excellent tutorial on the installation of the Android SDK and ADB (Android Debug Bridge) for use with rooted and non-rooted devices.
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I also recommend this - http://androidforums.com/faqs/443072-adb-guide-updated-12-05-2011-a.html

Most folks can be just as happy installing the simple Mini SDK.
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An excellent post telling you how to install multiple apps at once: How to configure 100's of androids automatically.
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And this was really fascinating!

Google Engineer Debunks Myth: Wiping Battery Stats Does Not Improve Battery Life | xda-developers
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Fix Micro usb cables that arent connecting fully/properly


How to dump(copy) your ROM




How to turn on USB Storage:




How to clear cache/data for an app





Moving apps to SD via ADB or Shell (requires SDK install or root)


[How to]: Create a .nomedia file in Windows





How to check which apps are using the battery





Common things that drain battery








How to get to the settings screen in Honeycomb






How to get the Power Control widget





How to sync phone/SIM contacts to your gmail account




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Summarising a problem we're getting a lot of at the moment:

Push advertising: notification adverts, unwanted shortcuts, browser redirects
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Wow! Thanks so much! This is a really nice place to stay!
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i have a iphone clone can i put android on it and if so how
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Here's some information I think will be useful for those with non-Google Android devices, usually Chinese. It's about syncing Google Contacts, Gmail and Calendar. These devices don't have "Google" in the Settings > Accounts & Sync. They only have Corporate/Exchange or Email account options.

This is what you have to do:

Settings > Contacts & Sync > Add Account > Corporate/Exchange >

Enter your Gmail address and password > next

Domain: m.google.com\user...@gmail.com
Password: ********
Exchange Server: m.google.com

Use Secure Connection (SSL) Checked
Accept all SSL Certificates Checked

That should sync all your Google Contacts, Gmail and Calendar to your phone.

This issue came up in this thread,
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It's probably running an old, unstable version of android right now. I know that's what most factories that make fake products use as their OS.
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Hello everyone, thanks for all your posts and great advice. The lead post was especially helpful since I just installed the lookout software for system backup and then thought...what the heck...might as well get a task manager from lookout to, so I can kill processes that hang up my phone. That was an eye opener.....question please. I'm looking for a website/SME that I can go to and get instructions and settings advice/input for optimizing settings for my home systems.

I have Dish Satellite TV, Dish network broadband internet (installed be Dish tech), a Western Digital external hard drive (Mybook AV) to expand DVR VIP 922 built in slingloader connected to a satellite modem (RM4100), of course this HTC Evo 4G, an LG smart TV w/USB wifi (looks like a thumb drive) . Also, a wireless router by Netgear (WNR 1000) to the DishTV.
Your guidance on where to go or who to contact would be greatly appreciated.

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awesome tutorial........i am very thankful to you
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Wow, this entire thread is great!

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Here's a useful thread... certainly worth knowing in advance:

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