Android: Xposed + AppOps – reclaim control over installed applications permissions

I’m happy owner of Galaxy Nexus 7 and lately I updated my tablet to Android 4.4 Kitkat. One of features I most expected was ability to block some permissions of some applications. Such setting was available in 4.4 version but was removed in latest 4.4.2 – Google didn’t explain it exactly why. I don’t like when for ex. game need: camera or GPS access – for what I asked?

But there is new app so called App Ops that unhides build-in interface allowing edit of application permissions. I strongly suggest to install it.

Requirements

You will need rooted device with Android 4.3 or 4.4 version.
This instruction could brick your device – use it on your own responsibility.

Install Xposed

Read instructions here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1574401 (because installation of this package have in history some bricked devices).

  • download the Xposed Installer APK and install it
  • launch the Xposed Installer and go to the “Framework” section, then click on “Install/Update”
  • reboot your device

Install App Ops

Read instructions here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2564865

  • download newest version from here, for now it will be AppOpsXposed-1.5
  • install it
  • search for new App ops option in Settings under PERSONAL section

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