Ask NerdGirl: How to Retreive Stolen Android Phone, Explain Android App Permissions, Where Do Pictures Save on Android, and Root Explorer “Read Only” Error
Feb 14, 2011 9:30 AM –
Ask NerdGirl asks and answers how to retreive a stolen Android phone, can you explain Android app permissions, where do pictures save on Android, and Root Explorer giving me “Read Only” error?
My son’s new My Touch 4G phone was stolen today from school. I know that he installed an Android App but I’m not sure if it’s the “Where’s my phone” app, which I installed on my phone TODAY.
Is it possible to track this phone? It’s a brand new phone and I would like the thief to be caught.
Thanks for your assistance,
Francine T. Steelman
I’m assuming your referring to Wheres My Droid app. Hopefully you enabled GPS before it was swiped. If you remember your GPS trigger word you can text that phone, also assuming it’s turned on, it should send back the GPS coordinates to find it. Hope you can get it back!
Hi there nerdgirl,
I visited www.androidtapp.com and came across your Q&A section.
I read about a JG who asked about the permission and “caution” settings that display a list of what an application can access to in the android phone.
As I am a new user and I like to find out, if this list of permission and caution (for example: modify/delete SD card contents) or (able to read and write data…) applies to all application downloads? And different app may ask for different set of permission?
And also does it actually change or harm data on the phone? They sound like serious stuff.
Your help is appreciated. I look forward to your email.
By the way, you are a software engineer or a technical advisor on the website?
Russ I’ve had an Android phone since they first debuted, plus I test out and review many different Android phones thus becoming a self proclaimed expert! I have held technical advisor positions in the past though and only wish I could program I line of code.
To answer your questions all Android apps request some sort of permission. Depending on the feature they should declare the appropriate permission. However some apps raise an eyebrow when they request permissions that seem not necessary. Here’s an example of that, one of the first wallpaper apps on Android is Backgrounds app. It requests Write Contact Data” and “Read Contact Data” permissions and may question why. When we spoke to the developers they stated those are requested as the app allows you to save a wallpaper background as a contact’s profile picture, hence the need to read and write to contacts data.
I do not know how to transfer my pictures and my video from my EVO phone to the SD card in my EVO phone
How do I confirm that my SD card in my EVO phone holds my pictures and my video
Tom by default your EVO stores your pictures to SD card. You can confirm on your phone using a file manager app like Astro File Manager. From the app open “/sdcard” » DCIM » Camera » all your pictures and videos will sit here.
I am trying to get preloaded apps off of my HTC EVO w/ out any success. I tried getting Root Explorer which keeps telling me that the Apps I am trying to delete are “Read Only”. Can you help me w/ this?
I’ll quote Logan3824 from DroidForums.net… In the top right of the program you’ll see a “Mount R/W” hit that then do it, then before you close out hit it again to put it back to “Mount R/O”