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How to search an Android device for specific content


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#1 britechguy

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 07:41 PM

I feel like a complete idiot for even having to ask this question, but I have never found a way that gives a satisfactory result.

 

I came to Android during the Froyo release directly from Palm OS.  Palm allowed you to search the entire device for a specific word or phrase in one fell swoop.  There are times that I know that I have entered something, somewhere, but cannot for the life of me remember where.  The information could be in my calendar, contacts, notes in Note Everything, or elsewhere and I'd like to be able to do a search for it such that every app that has text-based storage that is unencrypted is searched.  I have yet to achieve this goal.

 

Is there a native way in Android to do this?  Is there an app (or are there apps) that do this?   I'm tired of having to go into individual apps and search them one-by-one.

 

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 01:47 PM

Brian,

Have you tried "Andro Search" app in Google play store? Don't know if it's what your looking for but it works fairly well.

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:44 PM

Bill,

 

          Thanks for the recommendation.  It certainly looks close.  If he had Calendar search already implemented it would be perfect.  I actually don't want e-mail to be a part of a "global device search" because I generally want to search e-mail messages as their own thing (the same would be true of SMS).  I hated when Windows started including e-mail messages in Windows Search by default and immediately disabled that.

 

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