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How to Find the Source of a Mysterious Toast Message on Android «Android :: Gadget Hacks



Have you ever received a toast but not sure where it came from? While it’s usually harmless, it can sometimes be an indication of the presence of a long-forgotten app. However, with many background apps running, it can be difficult to identify the source.

Developer Michal Jakubowkski must also be fed up with it, because he has created a solution. Any toast message displayed can now be logged with the information of the time, content, and the app it came from. Toasts can also be stored locally in a database for later review at will.

Step 1: install the toast source

You need the Toast Source app to log toast messages. The app is free and available in the Play Store.

Step 2: Set Up Toast Message Logging

Open the app and tap “Yes” at the prompt to open your phone’s accessibility menu. On Samsung Galaxy phones, you will also need to select “Installed Services” to see the list of apps that requested this permission. Here select “Toast Source Detection Service”, activate the toggle and select “Allow”.

Once activated, you will return to the toast source. The service is currently running, but you can make it easier to use with some configurations. First, enable “Show Overlay” (then “Show Above” permission) to display the app’s icon next to all toast messages. You can also make the symbol “touchable” by activating the “Touchable overlay symbol” switch.

Finally, there is “Save to Database” which logs all toasts. These toasts can be viewed later by selecting “Show Saved Toasts”. This is great when you want to capture a mysterious toast but aren’t sure what exactly is triggering it.

Step 3: test it out

As soon as a toast message appears, you will receive a notification. This alert lists the source of the toast message, the icon, and the message itself if you missed it. Expand the warning for the three options: Copy, App Info, and Launch App.

You can also view all toasts (if Save to Database was enabled) by opening the Toast Source and selecting View Saved Toasts. Here you can see a list of all the toast messages sent to your phone by the app. Use the floating action button in the lower right corner to filter the list by date.

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Cover image and screenshots by Jon Knight / Gadget Hacks

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