I can't reset the Sound Picker activity

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waqqas.khokhar

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Hello,

In an effort to get a BETTER Sound Picker option (where I can easily browse to a sound file and set it as a ringtone or notification tone), I installed an OLD app from the Play Store ("Sound Changer" by Sousoum Prod.) that seems to have screwed up the Sound Picker activity for the main phone "Sounds and Vibrations" menu. Now, whenever I try to choose a new Notification Sound or Ringtone from Settings, Sounds and Vibration, I no longer get a set of apps to choose from. It takes me to the built-in SecSoundPicker.

I have gone to Settings, Apps, Special Access and revoked all permissions for Media Storage, SecSoundPicker, Sound Picker and even others that sound like they might have something to do with the Sound Picker activity, but the behavior remains.

Of all those same apps (Media Storage, SecSoundPicker, Sound Picker) there isn't a normal "App page" where I can navigate to and clear any defaults associated with that app.

If I try to change the Notification Sound of a specific app, e.g. Samsung Email, I am presented with the "Complete action using" dialog that shows available apps (which is the desired behavior for all scenarios.)

Can anyone help me get this fixed?

(I am running Android 12/One UI 4)
 

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Try modifying the settings in that app you installed. It's rare but it may have altered hidden user settings which in rare/worst cases may require a factory reset to undo.
If you can't modify the installed app to alter the changes, uninstall it.
Clear system cache.
If that doesn't get it start clearing data in the associated apps. I have no idea how deep that rabbit hole goes... probably good for learning some new curse words.

Play with it, that's probably the only way you'll work it out short of a factory reset, which I don't advise. You'll likely track it down eventually but it may take a bit.
Some of the file association settings aren't so accessible on Samsung's, rather annoying at times when a 3rd party app mucks them up.
 
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waqqas.khokhar

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Thanks for the suggestions!

I tried everything, but no luck. It stinks, but I can live with it since it's only one setting (System notification tone) that's badly affected by this, but there's already a workaround, even though it's definitely less than perfect (hint: using Zedge.)

I agree with you, it's definitely not worth a factory reset. I already tried resetting all app preferences, and I'm already regretting that.

In the process, I found an app developed for kit kat (and not updated since 2014) which actually is doing the job pretty well (for all other scenarios):


It even allows you to use the new Samsung sound picker, which is only implemented on system Ringtone selection, at the moment.
 
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blackhawk

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Thanks for the suggestions!

I tried everything, but no luck. It stinks, but I can live with it since it's only one setting (System notification tone) that's badly affected by this, but there's already a workaround, even though it's definitely less than perfect (hint: using Zedge.)

I agree with you, it's definitely not worth a factory reset. I already tried resetting all app preferences, and I'm already regretting that.

In the process, I found an app developed for kit kat (and not updated since 2014) which actually is doing the job pretty well (for all other scenarios):


It even allows you to use the new Samsung sound picker, which is only implemented on system Ringtone selection, at the moment.

Yeah I had MiX Explorer mix up an app preference setting so that the Samsung File Explorer is never an option now. I'm not factory resetting for that. Eventually I'll probably track it down. Like you I tried the obvious solutions.

I've use the 3rd party Ringtones app but you need to keep it firewall blocked and package disable it when done as it's not trusted. If I have the sound file what I'll do is add it to the Ringtones folder, that works pretty well. I'm running on Pie though.
Been a while since I played with it... thankfully.
 
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waqqas.khokhar

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I'm hoping the One UI 4.1 update might fix my issue for me, but I will live either way 😹

Thanks for the tip about blocking data usage for that app. I did just that 👍🏼

If you are running Android Pie, how are you staying secure?
 
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blackhawk

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I'm hoping the One UI 4.1 update might fix my issue for me, but I will live either way 😹

Thanks for the tip about blocking data usage for that app. I did just that 👍🏼

If you are running Android Pie, how are you staying secure?
Security isn't an issue on this heavily used device. Pie and up* are fairly secure unless you do something stupid...
I don't use wifi (not needed), and turn off bluetooth when not in use or in high risk areas. I'm always careful what I download (check the download folder at least once a day) and especially what I install. I rarely install from Playstore as all my app are vetted and backed up with installable copies (Apk Export) no Playstore needed for repairs or reloads. Google play Services is normally disabled unless needed as well. No social media apps loaded.
Karma Firewall is fully functional on Pie so I can easily see what's accessing the internet.
I run a Malwarebytes scan once a month.

Had a scripted jpeg (I downloaded it, my bad) and a trojan preloader (it snuck by the Samsung browser in spite of settings) about 2 years ago. The jpeg damaged some files in the download folder which I either repaired or deleted. Deleted the jpeg, KIA. The preloader got picked off (Malwarebytes IDed it, now I pay closer attention) before it got it's payload 🤣
Since then I'm more careful how I back out of bad websites, if needed close the window and clear the cache, once had to wipe the browser app data, but no factory resets due to malware.

Any malware I deal with immediately, if I can't erraticate it in a hour or two, factory reset time. Zero tolerance. Since I'm very familiar with this firmware and the loaded apps behavior anything abnormal is obvious and the witch hunt is on.
Lol, bad Samsung app updates have cost me more time to repair than malware.
The current OS load will be 2 yo in June with minimal maintenance, what's not to like?



*protected from the most serious rootkits like X-helper... at least to the point a factory reset will kill it.
 
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    Try modifying the settings in that app you installed. It's rare but it may have altered hidden user settings which in rare/worst cases may require a factory reset to undo.
    If you can't modify the installed app to alter the changes, uninstall it.
    Clear system cache.
    If that doesn't get it start clearing data in the associated apps. I have no idea how deep that rabbit hole goes... probably good for learning some new curse words.

    Play with it, that's probably the only way you'll work it out short of a factory reset, which I don't advise. You'll likely track it down eventually but it may take a bit.
    Some of the file association settings aren't so accessible on Samsung's, rather annoying at times when a 3rd party app mucks them up.
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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    I tried everything, but no luck. It stinks, but I can live with it since it's only one setting (System notification tone) that's badly affected by this, but there's already a workaround, even though it's definitely less than perfect (hint: using Zedge.)

    I agree with you, it's definitely not worth a factory reset. I already tried resetting all app preferences, and I'm already regretting that.

    In the process, I found an app developed for kit kat (and not updated since 2014) which actually is doing the job pretty well (for all other scenarios):


    It even allows you to use the new Samsung sound picker, which is only implemented on system Ringtone selection, at the moment.
    1
    Thanks for the suggestions!

    I tried everything, but no luck. It stinks, but I can live with it since it's only one setting (System notification tone) that's badly affected by this, but there's already a workaround, even though it's definitely less than perfect (hint: using Zedge.)

    I agree with you, it's definitely not worth a factory reset. I already tried resetting all app preferences, and I'm already regretting that.

    In the process, I found an app developed for kit kat (and not updated since 2014) which actually is doing the job pretty well (for all other scenarios):


    It even allows you to use the new Samsung sound picker, which is only implemented on system Ringtone selection, at the moment.

    Yeah I had MiX Explorer mix up an app preference setting so that the Samsung File Explorer is never an option now. I'm not factory resetting for that. Eventually I'll probably track it down. Like you I tried the obvious solutions.

    I've use the 3rd party Ringtones app but you need to keep it firewall blocked and package disable it when done as it's not trusted. If I have the sound file what I'll do is add it to the Ringtones folder, that works pretty well. I'm running on Pie though.
    Been a while since I played with it... thankfully.
    1
    I'm hoping the One UI 4.1 update might fix my issue for me, but I will live either way 😹

    Thanks for the tip about blocking data usage for that app. I did just that 👍🏼

    If you are running Android Pie, how are you staying secure?
    1
    I'm hoping the One UI 4.1 update might fix my issue for me, but I will live either way 😹

    Thanks for the tip about blocking data usage for that app. I did just that 👍🏼

    If you are running Android Pie, how are you staying secure?
    Security isn't an issue on this heavily used device. Pie and up* are fairly secure unless you do something stupid...
    I don't use wifi (not needed), and turn off bluetooth when not in use or in high risk areas. I'm always careful what I download (check the download folder at least once a day) and especially what I install. I rarely install from Playstore as all my app are vetted and backed up with installable copies (Apk Export) no Playstore needed for repairs or reloads. Google play Services is normally disabled unless needed as well. No social media apps loaded.
    Karma Firewall is fully functional on Pie so I can easily see what's accessing the internet.
    I run a Malwarebytes scan once a month.

    Had a scripted jpeg (I downloaded it, my bad) and a trojan preloader (it snuck by the Samsung browser in spite of settings) about 2 years ago. The jpeg damaged some files in the download folder which I either repaired or deleted. Deleted the jpeg, KIA. The preloader got picked off (Malwarebytes IDed it, now I pay closer attention) before it got it's payload 🤣
    Since then I'm more careful how I back out of bad websites, if needed close the window and clear the cache, once had to wipe the browser app data, but no factory resets due to malware.

    Any malware I deal with immediately, if I can't erraticate it in a hour or two, factory reset time. Zero tolerance. Since I'm very familiar with this firmware and the loaded apps behavior anything abnormal is obvious and the witch hunt is on.
    Lol, bad Samsung app updates have cost me more time to repair than malware.
    The current OS load will be 2 yo in June with minimal maintenance, what's not to like?



    *protected from the most serious rootkits like X-helper... at least to the point a factory reset will kill it.