App Ops access available to KitKat via new third-party app

by: Andrew GrushNovember 25, 2013


When Android 4.3 Jelly Bean first arrived it was discovered that the update contained a hidden permissions manager called App Ops, which could easily be accessed through 3rd party applications in the Play Store.

With KitKat’s debut, the ability to access App Ops appeared broken, leading some to believe that the permissions manager had been completely removed from KitKat. As it turns out, it is still there — it’s just hidden even deeper.

Using the new Apps Ops app from Color Tiger allows you to regain access to Google’s Apps Ops manager, giving you the ability to use all the same features as found in Android 4.3. Looking for more functionality? The developer has even added a “Pro” version that adds extra features to the mix.

Unlike the free version, the Pro app requires root access due to the fact that it uses a tweaked app that is installed to the /system/app directory. The enhanced version includes notifications, batch grant/revoke permissions and more. While both versions of the app are designed with KitKat in mind, Color Tiger’s app will actually work with Android 4.3 devices as well.

Of course it’s important to note that Google’s App Ops permission manager is still an unfinished product, and that messing around with individual permissions can break the functionality of some apps and services if you aren’t careful.

If you are interested in checking out the permissions manager in Android 4.3 or 4.4, you’ll want to head over to Google Play and pick up the free version. For those looking for the Pro edition, you can get the extra features via an in-app purchase.

  • LiiIiikEaBau5

    Oho! Just got my KitKate in Scandinavia tonight!

  • Harry

    Fuuny but true. One of my apps (Vonage Extensions) would crash upon start-up on my Nexus 5. I used App-ops to revoke some of its permissions and tried it again and it worked!

  • Albert

    Hi, why the app is so big? 2M? I have found an app that is 8K only and works.

  • SF

    This App Ops was something as a business user we counted on to ensure security since Google wasn’t watching the App Store. NEXUS 7 presented a good alternative to ipad mini for us. Google continues to ignore business users or never wanted them in the first place. Fortunately we’re in pilot. Google if you don’t read these hundreds of comments and reverse course, good luck to you. Obviously, this decision was made by someone who doesn’t have a view of the world. Eric, stop telling people going from iPhone to Android is like going from PC to Mac unless you have the wherewithal to take your team to the cafeteria and chew them out for their shameful lack of comprehension.