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23 Android app settings not always available

asked 2015-07-16 08:32:35 +0300

GD gravatar image

updated 2015-07-17 13:34:25 +0300

molan gravatar image

Unknown if this is a bug or not, but I'm assuming it is.

Not all android apps are available in the Settings->App screen. Some of which I know run background services, such as Facecrack

Others that weren't enabled, have since been enabled, after updating the Android App I.E. WhatsApp, ABC iView


Removing and re-installing app enables it. this I've tried with google play and fdroid sources.

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Same here - important apps are not supported: Google+, Google Calendar, etc. I.e. apps where the notification feature would actually be very useful.

I installed those via the play store - maybe that's the reason they don't work? Is there a work-around to make them work?

t-lo ( 2015-07-16 09:15:12 +0300 )edit

Interesting Google Calendar is available for me, Google+ is not, both installed via Google Play

GD ( 2015-07-16 09:18:51 +0300 )edit

same here, e.g Threema, Telegram, Here are ok, Whatsapp, Spotify and others are inactive.

argonius ( 2015-07-16 09:34:00 +0300 )edit

Facebook, Google Maps, and Duolingo are inactive for me

r0kk3rz ( 2015-07-16 10:43:08 +0300 )edit

Duolingo is also inactive on mine phone but Spotify works fine (installed via Yandex). So it could depend on what store the app is from...

molan ( 2015-07-16 11:19:59 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-09-03 17:40:27 +0300

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As I didn't want to reinstall my Android apps, I dug through the file system and found that what makes the settings available for the working apps are the files /usr/share/jolla-settings/entries/apkd_launcher_*. Such a file is missing for those apps whose settings I can't use. Copying an existing file and changing its contents for a not yet working app seems to be actually enough to make it work.

Of course, doing that manually is still a bit tedious, and I would prefer to know which tool is supposed to actually generate these files and whether that tool can be invoked manually for already installed apps. But hey, a manual fix is better than nothing.

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answered 2015-07-17 11:53:35 +0300

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After reinstalling affected applications some notifications work (partially).

For example ...

sound = YES
notificatin icon = NO
events page record = NO

sound = NO
notificatin icon = NO
events page record = YES

Has anyone tried the other (WhatsApp, Tapatalk, etc ...)?

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answered 2015-07-16 20:59:36 +0300

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updated 2015-07-16 21:00:52 +0300

@cocovina (in the comments of the original post) figured out that you need to uninstall, then re-install the apps you cannot set properties for. I can confirm this workaround - works for every app I tried.

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... sorry for bad english. I have edited my comment to sounds right. ;-)

cocovina ( 2015-07-16 21:29:51 +0300 )edit

Just to make this perfectly clear: re-installing Android apps will enable the settings optionto receive notifications. The notifications themselves are still broken: https://together.jolla.com/question/101370/11724-android-notifications-dont-work/

t-lo ( 2015-09-04 10:05:01 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-07-16 15:10:52 +0300

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Stopping alien dalvik and rebooting will fix this usually - I started off with not all apps but after messing around with my mount script I rebooted some times and had alien restarted... now I have all of them. Give it some time!

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This doesn't fix it for me - I haven't had a change in the number of dimmed apps since I first looked after upgrading. And reinstalling said apps as suggested in the main comments isn't a realistic fix.

vitaminj ( 2015-07-16 19:11:55 +0300 )edit

Doesn't work for me, either - I rebooted my phone all day, restarting aliendalvik in-between reboots. No change.

t-lo ( 2015-07-16 20:24:35 +0300 )edit

I did neither re/un/install anything nor reset the device since this change and I had 2 apps active after first boot, now I have all of them.

chemist ( 2015-07-17 14:46:13 +0300 )edit

Reinstalling worked for me – i use 1Mobile. just going to the apks, selecting the current one for the desired app and clicking "Install" will eventually bring settings for that app.

Blizzz ( 2015-09-03 13:24:49 +0300 )edit
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