6.0 marshmallow – Lenovo – Internal Storage and SD-Card empty (on device and pc)

As stated above.
Someone asks me to help him with his phone.
I have no clue what happened, I never heard about thats happening before, soo.. yeah…

The phone is an Lenovo with Android 6.0.
It has an 16Gb SD-Card.

Since a couple of days the pictures weren’t accessable. So my friend brought the phone to me.
When going to the Data Manager (The “App” where you can see all file of internal/external storage) it says “Empty” while trieing to view the internal storage.
It doesn’t even recognize the SD-Card.

Same goes when I look at the phone from my PC (via USB).

The phone still works. WhatsApp still works, but is unable to make BackUps because of “No Internal Storage detected”.

Is there anything I can do? The last BackUp of whatsapp is corrupted and I would hate to have to tell my friend that all the pictures, WhatsApp Chats, etc. is gone.

Thanks for everyone trying to help.

macos – “Find My Device” equivalent for Linux

I’m thinking of switching to Linux (either Debian or Ubuntu, haven’t decided) from macOS. One of the features of macOS I love is “Find My Device,” which allows me to locate my device if I lose it, remotely play a sound bypassing Do Not Disturb, erase my device remotely (while still preventing other people from using it through “Activation Lock”), and displaying a message to any passerby. Is this possible on Debian or Ubuntu? If so, what package can I use? I’d prefer for it to be self-hosted (am averse to sharing my location with random, unknown companies) and free software (both in price and freedom).

usb – Transfering lot of images from device to windows

Hello Android Community.

I need to transfer something like 15.000 images from the internal memory of my Redmi Note 7 (Android 10) to my PC (Windows 10 46 bit).

I’m trying to transfer these using the (stock) USB cable, the problem is that it seems just impossible to complete the process as I ‘m having (in order):

  1. File not found error.
  2. Path not avaiable errors.
  3. Device not responding.
  4. Explorer.exe freezes.
  5. Other random errors.

My question is if there is another and less painful way to transfer these data (maybe using a linux virtual machine?).

I tried using even google drive but it does not show my photos even if they are under backup with google photo (maybe i’ll post a question about it).

Thank you.

truecrypt – How can I get Tracker to index a loop device

Having recently upgraded from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 20.04, I don’t get Tracker to work as it used to before: I am still using Truecrypt (which, I know, is “outdated”) in order to encrypt my data and I rely on Tracker to index the corresponding loop device provided by Truecrypt. In Ubuntu 16.04 this all worked well, even though I had to install Tracker myself back then: There simply was no indexing service “hard-wired” to Ubuntu with version 16.04.
Now, however, with Tracker being the indexing system that comes with Ubuntu by default, I get my home folder indexed just fine. However, Tracker does not generate any data for the Ubuntu loop device, even though I added the corresponding path (being: /media/truecrypt1) to dconfEditor: /org/freedesktop/tracker/miner/files/index-recursive-directories. (I even enabled “index-removable-devices” and “index-optical-discs”, which I don’t really think I need to do.
Does anyone have an idea on how to get tracker back to indexing my data?
Thank you such a great deal for your support.

root access – Temporary rooting of android device

Recently, I was wondering if rooting needs to be a binary choice – root or no root. Can I have a phone that is unrooted, but for specific tasks, I temporarily root it, or temporarily get some privilege escalation for a specific app, and then back to unrooted either on reboot or some other way?

I was intrigued to see that there has been some discussion on such things in this stack exchange site:

Any temp root method that somebody could point me to, that can be tried? It doesn’t have to work on the latest android version, although if it does, even better.

wi fi – Can android mobile device support the access to WiFi (No internet) and Mobile data which provides internet at the same time?

Question: I would like to connect android mobile device to WiFi Router (No internet) and to use mobile data simultaneously. The use case is, one android application works on LAN created by WiFi router and other applications (e.g. gmail, youtube etc) work using mobile data. I would like to use all these applications together on a mobile device.

I tried this but I am able to connect to either WiFi or mobile data but not both at the same time. I have used different phones for e.g. Samsung, Redmi running on Android 9, 10, 11. I have got the same results.

Maybe, this question has already been asked many times in the past. I have found answers like the mobile device shall support “Multi path TCP” technology, the mobile device needs to be rooted, the mobile device needs to be in developer option etc.

I don’t want to root my phone and I don’t want to use developer options.

How to check which phones support this kind of operation? If it is not supported, what can be the limitation – it is a hardware or Android OS which does not support it? How to check all this?

macos – How to adjust master volume for an output device?

I’m using a DAC (AudioQuest DragonFly) which has a very loud master volume when combined with headphones. It is not possible to adjust the volume on the device itself.

Therefore I can only use the first three notches on the audio volume, everything else is too loud (I know I can use together with the volume buttons to get 1/4 of the volume adjustments, but I’d rather just use the volume buttons as is because that’s where my muscle memory is).

Is it possible to adjust the master volume of an output device in macOS so that I can use the full range of volume adjustment when using the volume keys? If so, how can I achieve this?

applications – Device with Android OS on which I can open my favorite Camera app straight from Lock Screen, without PIN

I keep losing Photo/Video opportunities on great moments, for two reasons:

  1. My device doesn’t let me choose which Camera app to open from Lock Screen’s shortcut.
    (only the native Camera app, which sucks)

  2. I must type my PIN to be able to even open the native Camera app.

I keep telling myself that my next phone must have a way to be able to open my favorite Camera app straight from the Lock Screen, without having to type my PIN or struggling with the “swipe up” gesture to actually show the keypad (which many times doesn’t display on first try). It’s just frustrating.

Is there any device that actually does this?


And as a bonus question… why are all native Camera apps now forcing us to “swipe” to move from “Photo” to “Video” mode, which just slows down everything even more? Why can’t the “Take Photo” and “Start Recording” buttons be on the SAME screen?

My 1TB Toshiba SSD is not detected at all when I connect it to my Ubuntu 18.04 device

A week ago I connected the aforementioned drive and it was successfully mounted and recognised. I disconnected it without umounting or safely ejecting through the UI and since then it is not recognised by my device when I connect it. By that I mean it does not pop up in /dev, gparted does not recognise it, nor does lsusb detect anything. I have confirmed both male and female connectors are USB 3 and the device works perfectly on my ubuntu 18.04 laptop. Furthermore the same USB socket on the offending device works with USB sticks and the device is not detected by an other USB port on the desktop.

Please help as this is driving me nuts.