How to control app permissions on LG G3 without root

Permission control on Android has always been a tricky affair: some apps require access to many of your smartphone's features, but there's not much to do about it. In Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Google included App Ops, an app that allowed you to turn on and off the permissions of each app installed on your smartphone or tablet. Unfortunately, the Android 4.4.2 KiKat update has removed this application from the system.

Because an application called Activity Manager allows you to regain this control on LG G3 and LG G Flex. Here's how it works.

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Full control of permissions on the LG G3. / AndroidPIT

How it works

The Activity Launcher app lets you launch smartphone-installed apps, hidden activities, and create editable shortcuts. To gain access to the permissions, just follow this step-by-step:

  • After installing the application, select "All Activities" in the top bar;
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Use the app at your own risk. / ANDROIDPIT
  • Look for "Settings" in the list of apps and functions;
  • Tap the down arrow to the left of "Settings";
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There are many options of activities and functions. / ANDROIDPIT
  • In the options that appeared, find "Access Lock";
  • With a long press, a popup menu appears;
  • Select "Create Shortcut" and a shortcut will appear on your Home Screen;
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You can edit the name and icon of shortcuts created by Activity Manager. / ANDROIDPIT
  • Go back to your home screen and look for the newly created shortcut;
  • Open it and look for the app you want to modify permissions on;
  • On the screen that appears, just uncheck the permissions you don't want the app to have access to.
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Don't forget that some apps may crash or not work if certain permissions are denied. / ANDROIDPIT

For now access to permissions has only been confirmed for LG G3 and LG Flex.

Activity Launcher
Install on Google Play

Another app that also gives you permission is Ops App (Root)But despite the name, the device does not have to have root access to modify the permissions. The big downside is that it does not show all the permissions required by the app.

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Even without root, the application works, albeit with limits. / ANDROIDPIT

After downloading it from the Play Store, the first screen warns you that your device is not rooted (if applicable), ignore it and tap "Launch Stock AppOps". A Settings screen will appear, with 5 tabs (Local, Personal, Messaging, Media and Device), which has all the apps installed on your Android. Just choose the app you want to edit and you're done.

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Access less permissions in App Ops (root). / ANDROIDPIT

O Ops App (Root) It's limited, but it works on most devices and doesn't need to root, so it can be a good solution for those who haven't done or don't want to root your phone.

Ops App (Root)
Install on Google Play

What other forms of permission control do you know?

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