submitted 3 days ago* (last edited 3 days ago) by ptz@dubvee.org to c/askandroid

I rarely "app", but when I do, I usually get them from F-Droid. Unfortunately, I had to actually go into the Play store today to install my work's new authenticator app. Play Store is practically unusable with ads and "suggestions" strewn all over the place and the app info scattered around those almost like an afterthought. My device's ad-blockers are DNS-based, so there's no blocking those.

I vaguely recall there was at least one alternate frontend for Play Store, but it's been forever and a day since I last went down that route. I don't recall the name of it, and definitely have no clue if it still works or not.

Are there (still?) any recommended alternate frontends for Play Store?

Edit: Aurora Store was the one I was trying to remember. Thanks to @Xirup@yiffit.net and @pfaca@lemm.ee for that. If you know of any others, please share; always nice to have more than one alternative.

submitted 3 days ago by Zier@fedia.io to c/askandroid

So I noticed that when you close an app, most apps, they never actually quit. Is this a new behavior? Or am I missing a setting to terminate, completely, an app when I actually close it without using Force Stop on everything.

submitted 4 days ago* (last edited 4 days ago) by ladfrombrad to c/askandroid

I seem to be suffering from the above bug


but it only seems to pervade if I'm using Tailscale to VPN ~~home~~ to my exit node at a family members house?

Is Google / YT blocking the use of VPN's here / anyone else experiencing this?

submitted 4 days ago by Spitfirepinky to c/askandroid

Whenever I watch the in car cameras in the NASCAR app, the whole interface for laps, driver positions etc is shifted downward, and when I try to do a screen share with smart view, a huge gray bar appears at the top. I'm in a Samsung Galaxy s20fe, and how do I fix this?

submitted 6 days ago* (last edited 6 days ago) by Achyu@lemmy.sdf.org to c/askandroid

I'm thinking about resetting my phone to see if it fixes a mobile data download issue.

I want to avoid losing important data and also avoid cloud services for backup, as much as possible.
So, how should one ideally go about it?

  • I can directly backup all files in /storage/emulated/0
  • I can backup contacts as vcf
  • I can backup apk's using apk extractor
  • I can write down saved passwords in Chrome and Firefox
  • Create backups from apps like Pipepipe and Mihon. And also get the database file from whsap

Is there a way to save preferences for apps without root?
Are there foss or offline apps that simplify this?
~~Also is there a way to locally backup google calendar?~~
(Fossify calendar seems to have an export local calendar option. The backup file seems to be supported by google calendar too.)

Are there other things that I'm overlooking?
Would like to get suggestions/advice on this.
Thanks in advance.

S21 vs S22 vs S23 (lemmy.world)
submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by Pomelolo@lemmy.world to c/askandroid

Hello, I'm looking to upgrade my Huawei PSmart 2020 and considering these 3 options.

-Galaxy S21 5G 128GB - 276€

-Galaxy S22 5G 128GB - ~~276~~ 378€

-Galaxy S23 128GB - 539€

Which one is the best price-quality match? If you have any other recommendations I'll be happy to hear them.

I'm in Spain and the store selling them is backmarket. Thanks!

submitted 1 week ago by Adelin to c/askandroid

I recently bought a Redmi,and I skipped the setup process,since I was in a different city from my old phone and now I cant get back my photos and videos,I tried copying it on a PC from phone to phone but it doesn't work,idk what to do

submitted 2 weeks ago by BraveSentry@feddit.de to c/askandroid

It happens only when Google Maps is navigating and the phone ist connected to the cars aux cord via usb c to aux adapter. The device is a Fairphone 4 running Android 13.

My search skills fail me at this one. Any ideas how to stop this?

submitted 2 weeks ago by sabreW4K3@lazysoci.al to c/askandroid

I use Solid Explorer a lot. I use it mostly to transfer files from my phone to my Samba network storage. However, in the past couple days, this has randomly stopped working for Solid Explorer and I can no longer connect to my NAS as a guest. I've confirmed that it's a Solid Explorer problem by connecting with Material Files and so I tried to contact NeatBytes and got no response, so now I'm looking for an alternative.

You might be thinking, if Material Files works, why not use that? It's single pane. I really need a dual pane user experience.

The other thing I would really like is a Material You looking/feeling user experience. One of my issues with Solid Explorer is that it feels a bit dated.

With all that in mind, can you recommend something please?

submitted 2 weeks ago by sabreW4K3@lazysoci.al to c/askandroid

Looking at my Pi-Hole logs, one app is trying hard AF to contact segment.io. The only issue is, it's my second phone and while most apps are the same as what's on my first, I tried uninstalling a bunch and it's still trying desperately. Does anyone know of a way to find out which app is the culprit?

submitted 2 weeks ago by Muscar@discuss.online to c/askandroid

Hey! I looked around a bit and the last thread like this I found was several months ago, so I thought I'd make a new one. As per the title, what game do you play on your phone? I'm both looking for new ones myself by also hope others might find some of interest to them.

For my own part of this I mostly like puzzle games, especially these:

Hook, Klocki, NABOKI etc. from Rainbow Trains games

Monument Valley games from ustwo games

The Room series from Fireproof games

I Love Hue duology from Zut!

And all the games from Legenbeary games (very addicted to Wordathlon, currently at level 3253)

(all playstore links)

Would love recommendations of any lesser-known similar ones! But post anything you like of course. :)

Hope anyone finds something they like from my list above or recommend by others in comments (if there are any, heh).


submitted 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago) by MarcelloLX12 to c/askandroid

I have Xiaomi Redmi note 12 prop plus ( HYPER os)

So a few months ago i change LTE BAND settings in Engineer mode by Phone dialer (##3646633##)

Now i have other interface of this app and there are no all options, i can't set LTE BAND settings

Can anyone help me ?


I think it happened after updating the system from miui 14 to hyper os


submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago) by Shyla to c/askandroid

I have Samsung Galaxy f12. It has a Voice recorder which was pre installed from Galaxy store. I had a software update 4 days ago and my Voice recorder is also updated.

I access it a lot and recently it is having problems. I access it mostly thru the lockscreen shortcut. I press the record button then record the stuff but when I press the save button it doesnt save the recording for a few seconds to minutes. It stops the recording but then it looks more like it froze with the play/pause button,save button and recording timer still visible. Then it closes the recording and goes back to being a big red button which we are supposed to press for a new rec, but it doesnt show me the usual pop up message on the bottom of the screen saying that my voice recording is saved as this name etc etc.

I did 5 recs tonight. When i went to check in my recorded stuff i saw nothing until a few mins when it saved the last 2 recordings only after showing this message "recording stopped suddenly. Recording is now saved as xxx" or smth like that. I cant see my past 3 recs in the folders/albums of saved recs.

I even opened the app itself and recorded thru it but the same problem persisted.

I just want to know how and why this happened and will i get my recs back through any way?? Also what can i do to prevent it? I have cleared the cache too, i have kept it updated always but still this happened.

submitted 3 weeks ago by Blaze@lemmy.zip to c/askandroid


Just noticed this the other day as I switched from Heliboard to Gboard. I have the same vibration settings on both (30 ms), but Gboard just feels more responsive, while Heliboard feels kind of clunky.

Does anybody experience the same? Can anything be done about it?

submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago) by Im28xwa to c/askandroid

I have tried

  • RiMusic
  • ViMusic
  • InnerTune
  • SpMp
  • ViTune
  • Gyawun
  • SimpMusic

And in the end I settled on RiMusic which I'm really tired of, so frustrating when an app keep crashing out of nowhere.

Have you tried any FOSS YTM app that you can say with confident that it is stable and it just works?

Why not just use the official YTM app you may ask? Well so I can easily save and transfer my music listening data


I gave spotube a try and well I was disappointed then I finally gave spotify a shot and it looks promising

Ad free YouTube App (lemmy.dbzer0.com)
submitted 3 weeks ago by Tywele@lemmy.dbzer0.com to c/askandroid

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.dbzer0.com/post/20642522

I recently discovered SmartTube Next for Android TV to get an ad free experience and integrated Sponsorblock on my Nvidia Shield TV.

I found NewPipe for my phone but I don't see a way to connect my YouTube account to it and I guess I need to import my subs manually every time I change something.

So I'm wondering if there is an alternative YouTube app that is blocking ads (and ideally integrates Sponsorblock) for my smartphone and has the ability to connect my YouTube account like SmartTube Next does?

submitted 3 weeks ago by goldyit to c/askandroid

i recently install a suspicious apps and got worried if its a keylogger or not so i factory reset my phone and set it back up. when i try to add account on my phone i saw these 2 unnamed type account i could log in to(in the picture it says what type of account i want to add is it google account or microsoft or adobe etc) and it got me worried does the suspicious apk keylogger still attached to my phone? should i raw flash the rom?

submitted 1 month ago by M00chi to c/askandroid

I have a TCL A600DL phone, and recently I've been having issues with Google Messages being able to download images or other attachments. The last time I was able to receive an image without issue was April 26th of this year (2024), but now when I'm sent an image or video and I tap to download it, the icon just continuously loads over and over until eventually I get the "Message/Attachment from [name] could not be downloaded or received." And if I've already tried to download the attachment previously, it will say "Not availiable" under the sender's contact when I'm previewing all my messages.

submitted 1 month ago by RubberElectrons@lemmy.world to c/askandroid

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/15358017

Google Pay alternative?

Hey there, I'm looking for an alternative to Google pay that'll allow me to use NFC payments etc. Thoughts?

I don't have a Google account, nor am I interested in opening one.

submitted 1 month ago by licoriceking to c/askandroid

I'm considering getting a Xiaomi 14 Ultra and I can get it pretty cheap with Chinese rom. I heard it's not that hard to flash it and put in a Swedish/global rom. anyone with real experience? or do I keep the china rom and live with it?

submitted 1 month ago by sabreW4K3@lazysoci.al to c/askandroid

Can anyone recommend one? I thought I found one, but the pages were just pictures of the PDF pages 😮‍💨

submitted 1 month ago by squirrel@discuss.tchncs.de to c/askandroid

I'm looking for an app that lists all my installed apps and sorts them by / shows their last-update-date. I want to check what apps on my phone didn't get updates for a long time.

submitted 1 month ago by gunpachi@lemmings.world to c/askandroid

So I just bought a OnePlus 12 recently, I was used to controlling volume using the onehand operations goodlock module in my Samsung galaxy S23. I basically never had to press the volume buttons to control the volume unless absolutely necessary.

Possible ways I've thought of (it would be really great if at all possible) -

  1. Using the curved edges in phone screen for volume control.

  2. Using the gestures to control volume when the screen is off.

  3. Setting Diagonal swiping gestures to do different functions, controlling volume in this case.

submitted 1 month ago by sabreW4K3@lazysoci.al to c/askandroid

I'm looking for an app that can convert flac to mp3 but also other formats to mp3. But a modern app please. Nothing that looks like a throwback to gingerbread. Any suggestions?

submitted 1 month ago by limerod@reddthat.com to c/askandroid

I searched around the web and the official answer seems to be no as Samsung doesn't provide a public API for connection.

I can manually sync my sleep times from the app. But, I would prefer the automated approach and flexibility of the Sleep app.

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