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How would/do you backup before a factory reset?

I'm thinking about resetting my phone to see if it fixes a mobile data download issue.

I want to avoid losing important data and also avoid cloud services for backup, as much as possible. So, how should one ideally go about it?

  • I can directly backup all files in /storage/emulated/0
  • I can backup contacts as vcf
  • I can backup apk's using apk extractor
  • I can write down saved passwords in Chrome and Firefox
  • Create backups from apps like Pipepipe and Mihon. And also get the database file from whsap

Is there a way to save preferences for apps without root? Are there foss or offline apps that simplify this? Also is there a way to locally backup google calendar? (Fossify calendar seems to have an export local calendar option. The backup file seems to be supported by google calendar too.)

Are there other things that I'm overlooking? Would like to get suggestions/advice on this. Thanks in advance.

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TIL that the people living near to the Ram Jhanmabhoomi had their houses destroyed and were forcibly evicted.
  • Regarding RSS feeds:

    • The Hindu has RSS feeds
      Their articles are behind a paywall, but their titles are not too clickbaity, so I do get an idea of the news. If you use firerox then reader mode can help.

    • Then there's rss-bridge, which you can help you get things into rss feeds.
      They have public instances and I think one can even host it, if one wishes to.
      https://github.com/RSS-Bridge/rss-bridge
      I use the css selector bridge for some local news websites that don't have native feeds.

    • The rss radar extension also helps to know whether websites visited have rss feeds.

    • And google news also gives feeds(if you don't want to avoid it) if you use /rss/in their url.
      https://stackoverflow.com/questions/51537063/url-format-for-google-news-rss-feed

  • Indian elections
  • They'll still probably go onto form a govt.
    With the reduced majority, they'll have to depend on other parties in the coalition, probably making them less likely to go unquestioned.

  • The BJP lost UP so bad, hahaha
  • Why did they lose tho?

    I thought that UP would totally be behind them.
    Like, aren't they favored a lot?
    Or is it not being useful for the regular person?

    Or is it some other caste/religion politics thing?

  • What are your favourite RSS feeds?
  • The RSS radar extension has helped me find some rss feeds in random places. Maybe useful if you're looking for rss feeds in the websites you use.

    Which are your favorite rss feeds?

  • Tips for phone privacy?
  • I'm not sure whether the things I do are good, but some of it(I'm on android):

    • Disable background data for apps which don't need it
    • Disabling unnecessary permissions for apps
    • Disabling/uninstalling unwanted apps. You can try android debloater if you want to go further, but would need to be more careful about disabling some important app.
    • Using apps like Firefox more than GChrome. Firefox has uBlock origin and other extensions like dark reader n rss radar.
    • Not using many connected apps or being tied to a single ecosystem, so as to avoid everything being collected by one group. But if something simplifies your life very much then this may not be practical.
    • Gps n mobile data off when not in use. Actually, I started doing this to save battery, but it's standard practise now. If you're a person who gets online calls a lot, turning off mobile data may not be realistic.

    If you want to go further, you can try apps like Netguard, which can be used to block and analyse the internet usage of apps on the phone.

    I think one can even root their phone and flash custom roms or make modifications of their own. But I've never tried that.

  • Are there any adb commands to block specific apps from accessing mobile data/wifi or in general network acesss?

    The system launcher on my phone has a data usage that is non-zero. I've already disabled background data for it.

    I use Lawnchair2, but haven't tried to disable/uninstall the system launcher because I've read somewhere that it affects gesture navigation(Is it actually so?)

    I know that apps like Netguard can help, but is there a more direct solution, other than rooting?

    Are there any other adb commands that are useful, hopefully that are not too dangerous?

    I've recently found adb shell pm trim-caches 99999M Clears all/most app cache, without having to install some cache clear or use Gfiles. I don't really use it often.

    _______

    Along with this, does anyone know way to troubleshoot gmail not being able to download attachments on mobile data? I've not disabled background data for that. Or should I make a separate post on it. Or would it be too tech-supporty?

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    Any foss file sharing app that supports file upload by another person who does not have the app? (Through local network)

    I find it useful when I have to ask for files from another person without having to ask them to install the app.

    Trebleshot has this option(screenshot attached) and I'm currently using it. But it's source seems to archived, so looking for an alternative if it exists.

    Is android nearby share enough for this? Generally, I think that foss apps give me faster transfer speeds overy nearby share. Or is it just placebo?

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    The Brutality of Sugar: Debt, Child Marriage and Hysterectomies
    www.nytimes.com The Brutality of Sugar: Debt, Child Marriage and Hysterectomies

    An investigation into the sugar-cane industry in the Indian state of Maharashtra found workers ensnared by debt and pushed into child marriages and unnecessary hysterectomies.

    The Brutality of Sugar: Debt, Child Marriage and Hysterectomies

    Link to non-paywalled archive: https://archive.is/qfA7C

    I didn't see any paywall(uBlock?), but if it does spring up, then the link maybe useful

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    What file formats, technologies, techniques do you think would benefit most people by being more common? Or that people would benefit by being more aware of?

    .7z seems to be good and I do recommend it to people, saying that it's better than regular zip. Have recently started using opus n webm files more.

    I've also heard about jxl recently. Would be very nice to see it become popular, as it could reduce the size of my memes n screenshots folders. Faster webpage loading too.

    Are there any other file formats that'll be useful to people, but isn't getting enough attention?

    In the case of apps, Trebleshot seems to be good for android file sharing. I like it's web sharing option having an upload form. Helps me where I don't have to ask others to install an app to send me a file locally. Not sure about its encryption n security aspects, but I only have used it for local file sharing.

    And what about other stuff similar to that, other than file formats or apps?

    Recently have started exercising my neck. Not neck bridges and loaded things tho. Only safe n simple movements. Seems to be good, especially after using a monitor for some time. I think it's not much talked about, maybe because of the fear that people will overdo it?

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    Gmail attachments not being downloaded in mobile data(Works on wifi). What would be the reason?

    I can download the same when I use wifi tho.

    My phone is a Tecno Spark 8c, running Android 11.

    Things I have tried:

    1. Checked with different carriers. So it's probably not some block that my carrier has or my private dns settings being weird.
    2. Cleared the data of the gmail app and ensured that it has access to media and background data.
    3. Searched about the issue and saw people talking about clearing the data of downloads and the download manager. Have done that.
    4. Reset the mobile data and app preferences in settings. No change after that too.

    Related to this: I use Tachiyomi. Similar to attachments I never could download the extensions from within the app using mobile data(could get it manually from their site, so not an issue with their website). Recently the chapter downloads in the app have also stopped working on mobile data, displays No Network Connection available in the notification(have updated to Mihon).

    I think it is some android bug. Or downloads or download manager or some other app having issues. I've disabled some bloatware on my phone and also have restricted background data to some apps.

    Has anyone else dealt with a similar bug. Is there any fix for it(other than a full reset, if possible)?

    Thanks in advance

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    Saw these apps while looking at the battery optimization settings. Does anyone know what these apps are for?

    !A screenshot of those apps

    The first one doesn't have a name. Searching for the second one, TPMS, gave me results on Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Didn't see any articles on android about it(Might be that I didn't search well enough too).

    Is anyone familiar with these apps? What are they for? Saw these apps on a Tecno Spark 8C, running Android 11.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Linux 101 stuff. Questions are encouraged, noobs are welcome! @lemmy.world Achyu @lemmy.sdf.org
    How would I improve battery life(and if possible, boot time) on a laptop with openSUSE leap 15.5?

    I have it installed on HDD, on a Lenovo Ideapad 3 gaming laptop, with a nvidia GTX 1650 Ti. I have windows installed, but it's on SSD, so it probably doesn't affect.

    The battery life is not so good.

    1. I have the proprietary nvidia drivers installed. In nvidia settings, I've set it to be in adaptive mode to save energy.
    2. I've installed suse-prime and set it to offload. Setting it to intel doesn't get me to the graphical interface. Is there a way to fix that?
    3. I use kde plasma and the effects and animations are turned off. I have disabled the cups.service, file indexing and other things I normally don't use.
    4. Autocpufreq is installed and tlp is not.
    5. I've also set noatime for root and home.
    6. My screen brightness and sleep settings are kept low and I normally don't use more than 20% and at night only less than 5%.

    I only get around an hour to 1.5 hrs of battery time on average. Are there ways to improve that?

    Also my current boot time is around a minute to 1.5 minutes. Is it ok for hdd? Or are there things that I could easily try to speed it a bit more?

    Thank you, for reading all this.

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