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July 13, 2015

You can try out this Android M feature NOW!

App Ops Starter2When news broke about Android M, they introduced some pretty neat features like Now on Tap, Android Pay and my favorite App permissions. Now, I’m still running Android 4.4.4 on my Samsung Galaxy S4 (thanks a lot Samsung) so chances of me getting M are pretty low. But I’m not going to let that stop me from missing out. Instead, I was able to find one of M’s features in the Play store.

Can’t wait for Android M?

App Ops Starter

“App Ops” is the Android 4.3’s and 4.4 Hidden App Permission Manager.
It lets you selectively disable some permissions for your apps!

This little tool makes it easier to access this hidden Permission Manager.

-Offshore

 

App Ops Starter lets you control what your apps can access (e.g. location, camera). “You can finally tell that flashlight app to stop accessing your location.” I know what you’re thinking, “I need be Rooted right?” No you don’t and that’s the awesome part of this app, you get complete control of every app on your phone without rooting your device.

Choose which apps get access to your location

Choose which apps get access to your location

App under Personal have access to your personal info. e.g. contacts

Apps under Personal have access to your personal info. e.g. contacts

Apps under Messaging have access to your messages (send/receive sms/mms)

Apps under Messaging have access to your messages (send/receive sms/mms)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media apps have access to audio (e.g. audio focus, ring volume, media volume)

Media apps have access to audio (e.g. audio focus, ring volume, media volume)

Device has all your apps in your device in alphabetical order starting with apps currently active

Device has all your apps in your phone in alphabetical order starting with apps currently active

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The app is pretty straightforward. There’s five different categories, Location, Messaging, Personal, Media & Device. Lets say for some odd reason you don’t want Google Maps to know your location. You simply open the app (App Ops) go to location, scroll down until you find Google Maps select the app and from there you can deselect Location. There, Google no longer knows where you are!

So far, the app hasn’t given me any problems. You should just pay attention to what you’re altering and you should be good.

Go to Location, scroll down & find Maps

Turn off Location

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Disclaimer: BE CAREFUL WHEN MESSING AROUND WITH AN APPS PERMISSIONS. IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THE APP DOES, LEAVE IT ALONE. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR PHONE. 

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Junior Garcia

I’m a young buck from the “Second City,” Chicago, IL. I enjoy spending my free time at Best Buy and getting my hands dirty checking out the latest tech. I also love Pro-Wrestling (ROH FTW) “Too sweet me.”

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