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    Post What on earth is the T-Mobile app manager?

    Finally got an app manager notification to clean up unused apps. As expected, it didn't give me the option of cleaning up any of the unused apps that are forced on me (like bixby, for instance). Sure seems like the app manager is another good app to delete.
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    Thread What on earth is the T-Mobile app manager?

    And why did it put up an annoyingly persistent notification after I got a system update this morning saying it was "initializing my experience"? I found the T-Mobile description of app manager and it is a fantastically large concatenation of words that says nothing :-).
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    Thread Can I make the volume button into a power button?

    I've got the "side key" set to be a power button, but every fiber of my being believes the power button is the one on top. Is there any way I can make the volume up button act as a power button?
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    Thread Why did my custom alarm sound become inaccessible?

    I went into the google clock app to set an alarm, and the custom sound I've used for years and years had an error saying it could not be accessed. I clicked on the "add new sound" button, navigated to the exact same file which still lived on the system, and it can play it now that pointed to it...
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    Thread Cannot access local lan web site (sometimes)

    I have various machines on my lan in 192.168.1.*, I have a local DNS server to give those machines names. This normally works great, but my new Samsung Galaxy S21 sometimes says "cannot access" when I point it at a web address of a server running on my lan. I'll use a network utility app to do a...
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    Post Why does only system file chooser work?

    I don't remember exactly, but I found some button somewhere that brought up a list, and one of the elements in that list was named for my phone with a generic picture of a phone. Absolutely at random I poked it to see what would happen, and apparently that is the icon that in the twisted mind of...
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    Post Always On Edge - Edge Lighting App

    I installed this app, attempted to read the instructions in the app setup and uninstalled it because I didn't have the energy to sort through the gibberish and try to understand it. I don't suppose there is a web page anywhere with examples of how to implement different scenarios and exactly...
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    Thread Still no repeating edge lighting?

    I setup notifications to repeat, and I do get repeated notification sounds, but I don't get repeated edge lighting. I saw complaints about that on the S20, is it still impossible on the S21?
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    Post What cases would you recommend for S21?

    I just got an Otterbox Defender, and I don't know how well I like it. The ridge around the screen is so high it is difficult to get my finger to swipe down notifications versus just swiping down access to the list of apps. And while it will charge on my wireless charger, it seems much more...
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    Post Cases Effect Carrier Data Results on S21 #GalaxyS21CaseGate

    I did a speed test yesterday with no case, and just now with my new Otterbox defender. Yesterday I got 147 and 4.71 on 5G and 122 and 5.94 on wifi. Today I got 80.8 and 0.80 on LTE (which is odd, since the status bar said 5G while I was running the test) and 98.9 and 5.04 on wifi. If it wasn't...
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    Post S21 fingerprint sensor reliability

    I don't have any kind of screen on my S21 and so far (only had it a couple of days) the fingerprint sensor has been pretty reliable. I've even almost got to the point where I can wake up the phone by putting my finger in the right spot about 50% of them time (other times I need to tap the screen...
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    Thread Why does only system file chooser work?

    Setting up my new S21, I needed to tell keepass where I stashed the encrypted info I copied to the phone. It wants me to pick a file either using the system file chooser (which has an interface designed by a team of experts to make sure you can't find anything) or a 3rd party file chooser...
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    Thread How long to find all the protective plastic?

    I've had my new S21 for a few hours now, and I keep finding more and more strips of the protective plastic that needs to be peeled off :-). Does anyone make a special light which make this plastic fluoresce? Could be a great new product!
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    Thread Finger print reader stops working?

    Maybe my fingerprints change or something, but it seems like about once a year it gets harder and harder to unlock with a fingerprint till it eventually becomes impossible. Usually this seems to happen when the weather gets cold (or what passes for cold in South Florida). If I remove the...
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    Post AAUGH! I don't want to carry around a Samsung salesman in my pocket!

    I have disabled notifications, every time I do, a new app starts badgering me with samsung special offers. In fact I see the original "samsung members" app and right next to it the new "samsung members v1" app. No doubt the plan is to wait for everyone to kill notifications from v1, then push...
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    Thread AAUGH! I don't want to carry around a Samsung salesman in my pocket!

    Samsung keeps pushing "new and improved" crap onto my phone. Now "Samsung Members" keeps popping up alerts for me to win valuable prizes, yadda, yadda, yadda... I keep turning off notifications then the next day some new Samsung app pops up something equally annoying. I'm definitely going back...
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    Post [Discussion] Android 10

    Lately I've been getting what must be a new android 10 feature: I'll put the phone on the wireless charger and almost immediately (but only sometimes, not every time) it will deedle at me, and if I look at the notification it will say "weak charging detected, battery draining faster than it is...
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    Post [NEWS/INFORMATION] Huawei MediaPad M5 (10.8) Pro (CMR) - OTA Update Thread

    Just got an OTA update for my M5, it only mentioned Jan 2020 android security fixes in the change log. No major version updates of anything. I'm now on build number SHT-W09 8.0.0.200(C567), I think it was 199 previously.
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    Post [Discussion] Android 10

    ACK! Another android 10 nightmare: OI File manager (the only file manager with an interface uncluttered by "helpful" nonsense) now says Error: No access when I try to browse the filesystem. What nightmare has android 10 introduced now? Update: OI file manager not only doesn't work, it is gone...
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    Post [Discussion] Android 10

    Just noticed one dreadful consequence of the update: I now have a "Your Phone Companion - Link to Windows" app on my phone. The app store says it is a Microsoft app, yet somehow it is also a Samsung system app which not only can't be uninstalled, but also can't be disabled. You'd think if it was...
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    Post S10E Can't uninstall "Your Phone Companion"

    This garbage appeared on my phone with the Android 10 update. Can't be uninstalled, can't be disabled. Why does Microsoft get to install crap on my Samsung android phone? Hey Samsung! Make it go away!
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    Post [Discussion] Android 10

    I've been using 10 for a few days now, and the only UI change I notice is the animation when I close an app to zoom it back down to the icon that started it. There were also annoying buttons for things like "Media" and "Devices" in the settings pull down, but by long pressing them it took me to...
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    Post [Discussion] Android 10

    Just got OTA update pushed to my t-mobile s9+ this morning. One app apparently got reinstalled or something and lost all data (I'm switching to a different app), haven't noticed any other problems (yet). The phone says: Feb 1, 2020 android security patch level, kernel 4.9.186-176551189, one ui...
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    Thread Google Movies and TV app

    I keep getting notifications from the Google Play Movies & TV app. I went into the app settings to turn off notifications and I see I already had the app marked as "disabled". Why is this disabled app running? Does disabled mean something different to android than it does to me?
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    Post 8.0.0.199 Update?

    Mine got this update over the air this morning. I don't notice any changes. Looks like just security fixes. (just :).
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    Thread Interactive recipe app?

    There are a bazillion recipe apps, so it is nearly impossible to determine if one of them has the features I want. Anyone know if there is a recipe app you can use while cooking to follow along with the work? List all the prep and let you check off the ingredients as they are chopped, etc. Then...
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    Thread Did alarm icon just come back?

    When pie came out, they cleaned up "unwanted" icons over on the right side and the little clock that meant an alarm was active went away. I just got a Samsung update yesterday, and the alarm icon is back for me. Did this happen for everyone? I hated it disappearing because the google alarm app...
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    Post I have to use a 6 digit PIN?

    I would never have thought of looking in the alternate methods.
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    Thread MirrorShare and video?

    On my Samsung s9+, using the "Smart View" feature allows me to view the screen and video (from, for instance, the TiVo app) on my fire stick. On my M5, using the "MirrorShare" feature, the screen sharing works right up till video starts playing, then all I see mirrored are the video controls...
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    Thread I have to use a 6 digit PIN?

    I can remember a 4 digit PIN number, I hate that it forces me to use a 6 digit PIN for the screen lock. Any way to beat it into letting me use a 4 digit PIN?
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    Post Is my wifi dying?

    New information: I noticed this slowdown only happened at home, so I rebooted my router, and suddenly I get good speed test results again. Why only this one device had problems, I don't know.
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    Thread Is my wifi dying?

    It's been taking forever to download updates on my M3. I've turned off bluetooth and GPS. I've restarted the tablet. But speedtest still download speed is somewhere around 5 meg. My samsung phone on the same network gets something like 60 meg. Anything else to try?
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    Thread miracast to amazon firestick?

    My galaxy s9+ can cast the screen to my amazon firestack, but when I try the same thing on the mediapad, it just spins forever searching for a compatible device. Anyone gotten MirrorShare to work with a firestick?
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    Post List the Bloatware you'd recommend to get rid off !

    One good thing about the Pie update is the ability to set apps so they aren't allowed to run in the background. I've gone through all the media apps I have (ESPN, Xfinity, Tivo, youtube, etc) and set them to for gosh sakes actually close when I close them. Also weatherbug is another one I can...
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    Thread Bixby wake updating forever?

    Woke up this morning with 4 galaxy store bixby related updates available and bixby wake in the middle of installing. Took shower, bixby wake is still installing when I get out. Finally restarted phone went into galaxy store and manually updated all the apps one at a time, leaving bixby wake for...
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    Post S9+ - no more video recording button after Pie Update ?!

    This was no red dot, not until you first found the obscure and utterly meaningless red-dotless icon that switched from camera to video mode. That's what I spent 10 minutes on google looking for the first time I tried to record video.
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    Post Missing icons?

    The clock icon is apparently the system alarm icon that says alarms are set. I found the UI tuner launcher app, and it shows the system alarm icon as being active, but no such icon appears in the status bar. Does the alarm clock app use some feature now that doesn't look like a system alarm any...
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    Post Always warm with wireless charging?

    But I have the exact same s9+ and Pleson fast charger I had before the android pie update, and it is always warm now, even when it claims to have been fully charged an hour or two ago. The only thing different is android 9 installed.
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    Thread Always warm with wireless charging?

    Anyone else using wireless charging find that their s9+ is always warm when you pick it up now that android 9 has arrived? Even if the green light has been lit for a long time claiming it is fully charged, it still is always warm when I pick it up now. It never seemed this way on android 8 (in...
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    Thread Missing icons?

    After android 9 update from T-Mobile my s9+ no longer shows the clock icon over in the right side group of icons to tell me the clock is running in the background. This is kind of annoying because the clock was always very unreliable and I used to check that to make sure the clock was still...
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    Post S9+ - no more video recording button after Pie Update ?!

    Hey, at least I can find the video mode now because it says the word "video". I had to spend 10 minutes on google to discover how the hell to record video the first time I wanted to do it on my s9+ because there wasn't anything anywhere that looked like it would make video.
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    Thread Make normal icons comes back?

    Just got the T-Mobile android 9 update. I've always used the stock launcher, and previously I was able to make the damn rounded squares behind each icon go away. Now I'm back to all my icons being shrunk so they'll fit in the stupid space wasting white rounded squares. Any way to go back to just...
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    Post Notifications versus search apps?

    Weird. As far I know know I've always swiped from the very top, but maybe I'm not making good contact sometimes and it doesn't notice.
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    Thread Notifications versus search apps?

    When I swipe down from the top on my M3, I want to show the notifications, but sometimes I wind up on a "search apps" screen instead. Does anyone have any idea what I'm doing to wind up in search? I certainly can't detect any difference in what works and what doesn't.
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    Thread Do samsung apps simply ignore attempts to restrict permissions?

    I just checked again. Samsung Pay and Samsung Pay Framework definitely do NOT have location permission. So why, when I popped into Walgreens this morning did I get a Samsung Pay alert for deals at Walgreens?
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    Thread 2:18 and no alert

    Did anyone using T-mobile get the test emergency alert at 2:18? My S9+ remained totally silent across 2:18 when other phones all over the building were howling. (Could this have anything to do with it using wifi for calling rather than 4G?)
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    Thread Should I be impressed by iris recognition, or worried?

    Was at the eye doctor yesterday and decided to see if my phone would recognize me with my eyes dilated and pupils the size of golf balls :). It did indeed unlock for me. Now I wonder if it should have. Should this make me feel better or worse about the iris scanning?
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    Thread Samsung pay using location even without permission?

    I've just checked, I do have location permission turned off for Samsung Pay, yet this morning, I was waiting to turn at a corner where there is an IHOP and I got a $#@! Samsung Pay notification alerting me to deals at IHOP. If I go in a Publix, I always get alerts about deals at Publix. How can...
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    Post T-mobile S9/S9+ MIA Update.

    Just checked for an update, and there actually was one. I'm installing now. Hopefully it won't boot loop :). And it seemed to work (other than an almost impossible to dismiss notification telling me the update was successful).
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    Post Ad plays audio out of nowhere?

    Weirdly, I haven't installed any new apps for a while. Must be an "improvement" in an existing app, but which one is the question.