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Why some apps prevent installation in SD card

I guess there are three key reasons why a developer might choose to prevent apps from being installed onto the SD card: Sercurity A SD card can be removed and accessed on a PC which some devs might ...
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Why some apps refuse to be closed?

The reason you are seeing this behavior is due to the different runtimes available for apps to use in Windows Phone 8.1. Since Windows Phone 8.1, there was a major change to the lifecycle of apps. ...
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Why don't some apps have the "Allow app to run in the background" option?

The option you're seeing in Battery Saver only appears when the selected app has a Background Agent. To be clear, no app can run in the background on Windows Phone. This is for battery saving and ...
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Will current WP7.x & WP8.x apps continue to work with Windows 10 for phones?

After installing Windows 10 Technical Preview I can confirm that WP7.x and WP8.x app work fine on Windows 10 for phones.
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How can I know the version of an installed app?

If you go to the Store, select downloads from the menu, and go to History, it will show you the latest version of an app you have installed. I know this works in 8.1.1 DP, but I haven't checked it in ...
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Is it possible (officially or by hack) to have Family Safety on a Win 8.1 phone?

Family Safety is available for Windows Phones, however, if you are used to the desktop version, is severely limited. In the phone version you can limit a child phone to download any kind of apps, ...
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How can I switch back to a previous version of an app after updating it?

It is not supported to roll back an app to a previous version via the store at this time. App developers can only ever have a single published version of an app, for any given version of the phone (...
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Is there any difference if I swipe an app off the screen or I press the 'x' button?

There is no difference between closing an app using the X button and swiping it down, they do the exact same thing. Although note that swiping apps down is only available since Windows Phone 8.1. In ...
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Stack Exchange app for Windows Phone?

If you are willing to work with some bugs, this might be an option. Personally, though, like @RowlandShaw, I use IE. EDIT: The app I linked to has been officially released, so the bugs shouldn't be a ...
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Google voice in windows phone

Google has blocked third party apps from connecting to their Voice service. And since Google does not build apps for Windows Phone there are no Google Voice apps currently in the store. More info: ...
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How to move to Windows 10 when using apps on SD card?

You should wait : the current mobile build has a little bug with the storage setting. If you move from WP8 to W10M, your apps on the SD card will still be there. But with the current build we can't ...
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When will we have SnapChat and KIK apps in windows phone store ?

There is a petition for Snapchat which has over 57k signatures. So there's a pressure. Other than that it's impossible to answer your question due to the fact that both companies haven't made an ...
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Will buying a Windows phone 8 app allow me to get the Windows 8 app for "free"

With Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft is introducing the concept of Universal Apps. A developer has to enable this feature for his apps, and then even in-app purchases can be shared ...
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Is it possible to manually install apps from Store in devices with no SD slot?

Yeh, It is possible with the new Windows Phone 8.1 update. For that, copy the .xap files using Bluetooth or USB to your phone from the PC. Then open Store on the Phone, tap the app bar at the bottom (....
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Turn off notifications in Windows Phone 8

For some apps, you can turn off notifications through the app's own settings. For the ones that don't allow this, do the following: Go to Settings Swipe right and choose "background tasks" For each ...
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how to show all running apps on my nokia 520

Holding down the back arrow to use the task switcher shows you apps that are open and you can kill them there if you're using Windows Phone 8.1 (in WP8.0 you need to spam the back button in each app). ...
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how to show all running apps on my nokia 520

First off, the only app "running" (besides background tasks, see last part) is the app you currently see on the screen. All other apps are being suspended and therefore don't use any battery. Holding ...
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How to prevent apps from running in the background using battery saver

So I was able to reproduce the issue you are describing using Microsoft's News app. Even when I disallowed background tasks in the battery saver it switched back to "Allow app to run in the Background"...
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Will current WP7.x & WP8.x apps continue to work with Windows 10 for phones?

There was already a statement that Windows Phone 8 devices will be upgradable to Windows 10. I'd be surprised if they were to release an upgrade that would stop previous purchases from working ...
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Can I download Apps without WiFi connection on my phone?

If an app is too large (over 50 MB, I believe) you must use Wi-Fi to download it. There is no way to use mobile data. You can either find somewhere that offers Wi-Fi, or create a hotspot from another ...
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Kindle App on Windows Phone 8.1

Alternatively, with mild hacks, you can gain access to the Isolated Storage of the Kindle app and just copy the file there. The app is perfectly capable of opening books copied to its storage, it just ...
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Where is the web icon in the app list for?

That's reserved for apps with characters not in the phone's native language, as described here.
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How can I clear cache of app?

Unfortunately , WP doesn't allow us to remove App Cache globally. It is totally dependent on Developer to add such functionality for his app. The only possible way to delete the cache is to delete the ...
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What will happen to my purchased apps after resetting my phone?

Yes, all the apps you have purchased can be downloaded for free after a hard reset as long as you still sign in with the same Microsoft Account. As for in-app purchases, this depends on the kind of ...
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How do I follow two twitter accounts on Windows 10 mobile?

You can add multiple accounts to the official Twitter app. Go to your profile and press the Two-Heads-Icon. There you can add an account, create a new one or sign out.
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How can I install apps that is not available for my device?

An app may not be available for several resaons. Minimum requirements - Some apps which require API's released in Redstone or Aniversity update will showup in store and cannot be installed on ...
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Any Windows phone with temperature sensors?

There are currently no Windows Phone / Mobile devices, that have sensors for ambient temperature, neither is there currently a way for developers to access them if there were. Try requesting support ...
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How do I mass move apps to SD card?

In the settings app you can click the System submenu. Under Storage you can move apps from the phone to a SD card by tapping the app and chossing move. As far as I have seen there is not a possibility ...
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What are some good progressive web apps (PWA)?

I found a few sites that list PWAs: https://pwa.rocks/ https://developers.google.com/web/showcase/tags/progressive-web-apps https://pwa-directory.appspot.com/
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What are some good progressive web apps (PWA)?

Here is a list of sites that list Progressive Web Apps Google Developers Showcase - This site lists all case studies or showcases of PWAs in Google developer website. PWADirectory.AppSpot - Website ...

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