App Ops brings per-app permission control to most rooted Android devices

App Ops brings per-app permission control to most rooted Android devices
You heard the news that Google is bringing back per-app permission control in Android M, right? It's a feature that totally makes sense, especially since Apple has been pulling it off in iOS so elegantly for some time.

Anyway, you don't need to wait 'till your device gets the dreamed update. If you have a rooted phone or tablet running Android 4.3 or later, you can always give App Ops a try. The app kind of masks itself as an activity within the Settings app, and lets users enable or disable permissions on a per-app basis - you know, read contacts, write contacts, access location, stuff like that.

The app is built off Google's original implementation, which ended up as part of KitKat for a short while before Sundar & co axed it due to bugs. Thus, it's not going to let you modify each and every possible permission out there, but it does pretty much give out the keys to the store anyway.

App Ops has free and paid versions available. The paid Pro version costs $2 (though it's currently on sale for $1) and gets rid of the ads. We suggest you try the free version first, because App Ops is not guaranteed to work on each and every Android device out there without a hitch.

Developer: Droid MateDownload: Android
Category: ToolsPrice: Free / $2

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15 Comments

1. tedkurd unregistered

Why isn't this on stock Android? Where is the freedom bragged by the community? The choice?

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You dont know nothing about android jakelee, this was already in 4.3 but removed in 4.4.2

3. Shocky unregistered

This would just confuse the average user, besides the Play Store shouldn't have any harmful apps in the first place. I suppose they could hide it away in the developer options.

4. singhkaran9830 unregistered

It is available on stock android,and doesn't requires root.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Hell yeah, Android "M" brought it!!! Apple can suck it... Now when we all get Android M on our phones we'll be better than apple even more...

6. tedkurd unregistered

Apple had this for years, since iPhone 3 i believe. Thats why I hate them. Because they are so good.

7. singhkaran9830 unregistered

App ops are present on my stock lollipop device -_-

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Yep, me too... What's your device?

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Probably OnePlus One...like mine.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

No that's not it - I didn't like the name of the phone. Made me feel stupid saying that name -- why couldn't they call it version 2 instead of one+one. We can count, you don't have make a mockery of consumers.

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hahaha, sounding just like 1 of my relatives, he's the only one that has mocked me about the name out of 100+ people I've told the name...no big deal, couldn't care less about the name, the functions of the product is what I buy it for, barely the branding. Regardless, that was presuming @singhkaran's phone, not yours. What's your phone?

15. singhkaran9830 unregistered

Nope.I own a galaxy s4,Google Play Edition Rom.

9. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

On a scale of 1 to 10, how stupid are you? oh wait, 10 isn't enough.

10. waddup121 unregistered

Call of Apps: Modern Playstore 2

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

App Ops is much much better than nothing (similar to iOS permission system). However, based on my experience (with a OnePlus One), due to App Ops outright blocking access to certain data, some of them maliciously crafted apps (like Twitter) don't allow you to enable push notifications (or just crash) if they don't get the data. The solution, use XPrivacy instead. Instead of outright blocking access to certain data, it sends fake data to them malicious apps. Thus, you're able to use them like you normally would without actually sending sensitive data.

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