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Free app to remove to block permissions?

by jabberwocky12 / October 2, 2012 2:11 PM PDT

Hi All

(Samsung Nexus, Android Jelly Beans)

Several apps that I wish to install require outrageous permissions (esppecially those that cost money). I want to block some of those permissions (I understand that this may compromise some of the functionality of the app - I can live with that.).

I've found a few free apps that block some permissions (e.g. location), and an app called "Permissions Denied" that seems to do what I want, but costs $5.00, doesn't have a lite or trial version, and has mixed reviews.

Does anyone know of an app (preferably free) that can do what I want?

Thanks.

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Wouldn't the OS be doing that? (n/t)
by Pepe7 / October 3, 2012 1:23 AM PDT

n/t

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Not for individual apps
by jabberwocky12 / October 5, 2012 2:06 PM PDT

No, not if I want different permissions disabled for different apps. E.g., I'm quite happy for Google Maps to know my location, but several other apps don't need to know that. Also, I have secuirty app that works with my camera - I'm quite happy for that app to have access to my camera, but not others.

Hence, the need to disable permissions on an app-by-app basis.

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I think I can explain the mixed reviews.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 3, 2012 1:34 AM PDT

If we block an app from doing something and the app that was blocked fails, your average consumer would think this is a bug in Permissions Denied.

For me this is not a bug but how things should work. But then again I've been writing code since long ago and today even on the Androids. How long? Look up the GE-210, CP/M and such.

Get your app and consider that some apps that you block will fail. Nothing broke there!
bob

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No, that's not it
by jabberwocky12 / October 5, 2012 2:11 PM PDT

While there are bound to be those, if you read the negative reviews, you'll see they don't focus on that. They talk about the fact that it slows the phone down, that it prevents the unistallation of apps, that it hangs the phone even though other apps aren't running, that it doesn't actually block some activities even though it says it has, etc.

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And yes, it will slow a phone down.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 5, 2012 2:33 PM PDT
In reply to: No, that's not it

How else would it work as it adds another layer plus apps could retry the failed call?
Bob

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An update...
by jabberwocky12 / October 5, 2012 2:18 PM PDT

I also tried LBE Secuirty Guard. What a nightmare! Immediately after installation, it rebooted my phone, and then, no matter what, every time I started the phone (no other apps running), after 10-15 seconds it would re-boot. You can imagine that, with only 10-15 seconds of operating time, it took some deft finger work to get the thing uninstalled. (To go from logging into the phone to app totally uninstalled in 10-15 seconds was no mean feat :-).

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