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Use SuperSU to control your Android root settings

supersuUpdated: Controlling your root settings is very important, especially as it opens your Android device up to the threat of malware. if you are familiar with rooting you will know that you can tweak and modify the way your Android software and hardware behaves. Granting apps root allows you to have vastly more control of your device and apps than without.

You should though be very aware that allowing your Android device to have root access does come with an element of security and privacy risk. Given the risk, SuperSU is often used by modders to control Android root settings on a per app basis.

What is SuperSU? SuperSU allows for advanced management of Superuser access rights for all the apps on your device that need root. It’s that simple!

I’m going to assume you already have a rooted device and that you have an intermediary knowledge of device rooting using SuperSU developed by ChainfireXDA. SuperSU allows for advanced management of Superuser access rights for all the apps on your device that need root.

IMPORTANT: This is the updated SuperSU privacy policy from CCMT, which is effective August 29, 2016.

Here is a quick guide using SuperSU v2.78 SR1, on how to control your Android smartphone root settings:

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How to disable Android app Device admin rights

Updated: If you use an Android device and regularly download and install apps from the Google Play Store, you may have noticed that some apps require device admin rights to be disabled before you can “Force stop” or “uninstall” an app. Device admin allows developers to create security-aware apps that are mainly useful for enterprise settings. These settings (or policies as they are referred too) may stop a user from installing or uninstalling an app for example.

I’ve started noticing quite a few Android mobile security apps are employing device admin rights to their consumer apps. The main reason for doing this is that the AV vendors want to lock down their app in the event some malware looks to disable or remove their security app, but it is also to with defining a generic security standard for mobile security app development.

Glancing through developer forums it’s clear to see (and I’m one of these) that not being able to kill an app because it is using up large amounts of CPU or RAM time, isn’t that useful to us end -users. Apps and operating systems do have memory leakage and probably always will from time to time. So, how do you disable device admin rights for a particular app so that you can enable ‘Force stop’; ‘Uninstall’; ‘Clear data’; ‘Clear cache’; and ‘Clear defaults’ from within App Manager? It’s actually very simple folks:

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How to sideload Android APKs from Google Play

Google_android_logoYou might have experienced an issue where a link to an app is no longer available in the country you live in or are visiting. You will need to be sure that the app does indeed work on your compatible Android device.

Before you can download the Android app, you will need to check ‘Unknown sources’. Go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources – Click ‘OK’ on the warning message. This allows installation of apps from sources other than the Play Store, but also allows you to side load packages (APKs) from the Play Store in the event the link is unavailable.

Next, you can now download the APK from Google. Use the following service on your PC: apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader

  • Insert the name (using format ‘com.appname.device’) or
  • Use the Google Play URL link
  • Click > Generate Download Link
  • APK will be downloaded to your PC
  • Copy the APK to your Android device SD card*
  • Tap the APK file to run it to install the app
  • Remember to uncheck ‘Unknown sources’ when finished

*If transferring files from your PC to your Android device using USB you should use ADB – adb push /path/to/local/file /mnt/sdcard/path/to/file

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Manage your Google Android account privacy settings

Google_android_logoAndroid includes many security and privacy settings. One little known setting is Google account settings. This provides a range of options that you can use to manage your Google account and how this integrates with Android.

You will have a Google account setup when you first started using your Android device. This allows you to access Google Settings and the Google Play Store. Google Settings can be found in Settings > Accounts. Here you will find a list of Google account options including Google Mail Exchange, Google Mail Personal (IMAP), Google Mail Personal (POP3) and Google Account.

Next you will need to tap > Google. You should now see your Google account email plus options under a ‘Privacy’ heading. Now let’s take a look at some of the more relevant privacy settings available to you:

Tap Search (Google app opens) > Accounts & Privacy – Options of privacy interest include being able to view your Google Account History; enable SafeSearch filter (when browsing) and enable Commute sharing (this allows you friends and family to see your commute updates as Google Now cards.

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How to manage new purchased Android device apps

Google_android_logoYou’ve got your new Android device but you don’t want to install apps you have already purchased. There might be an app that you use on more than one tablet or phone but you don’t want to use it on your new device.

When you sign in to Google on your new Android device it will attempt to automatically download and install all the apps you’ve purchased if Android Backup is activated on your Google account.

It’s actually very easy to prevent this from happening on your new Android device. You can do the following:

  • Delete the Android backup data before you sign into your new Android device – open a browser on your computer and go to: www.google.com/settings/dashboard and click on the Android section. You will find a list of all of your devices and Android ROMs that are associated with your Google account.
  • Next – go to the bottom of the screen and click the button labelled ‘Delete back up data’ > then sign in to your Google account on your new Android device.

Note: You can re-enable Android Backup on any of your Android devices in Settings > Backup & reset

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