"Unknown Sources" checkbox switches from a user setting to a permission on Android Oreo

Many of you Android users out there who have side-loaded an app or two know all about the box that allows you to install apps from "Unknown Sources." Before you download an app from a place outside of the Google Play Store, you must check off this box. However, once Android Oreo is running the show on your phone, you might think that you've lost the ability to sideload apps. While Google did remove the "Unknown Sources" checkbox from its current location, it has merely changed it from a user setting to a permission that you must agree to every time you install an app from an unknown source.

The change in Android Oreo is important because it makes it safer to install apps from unknown sources. It prevents another app from asking you to install a bogus software update that contains malware. On Android Oreo, you cannot be fooled into installing the bogus software update without granting permission first to the app that prompts the install. You might consider this to be a pain in the butt, but considering what could happen without this change, you really should be willing to take the time to give permission before installing apps from unknown sources.

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source: Google



4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The ability to backup apks and sideload them in the future once the app's updates goes awry, makes me stick to android much longer.

5. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Me too + transferring & moving apps in a snap wherever I want!

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I am rooted and use Super User. I have even better permission control for each and every app installation.

7. Nopers unregistered

Ironic that you’ll go as granular as possible with all app permissions carefully checking the things that you will allow access to but then Google processes pretty much all of your data to target advertising to you.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

In Google settings, you can tell Google what data it may process or even tell Google not to process data for ad purposes at all. Also with SU and better permissions, you can limit Google processes.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I know right? What happened to the good old days when ads had zero to do with anything at all that we were interested in and just took up space. /s

10. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

And what makes you think you can't control what google has access to with root software like XPrivacy? Oh right, you have no clue of what he's referring to.

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