How to (or can I) limit permissions for Android apps?
November 11, 2012 2:43 PM Subscribe
Android and intrusive permissions - can I find a limited-permission SMS blocker, or should I just root my phone?
posted by Angharad to Computers & Internet (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just bought my first smartphone, a Galaxy S II running Android 4.0.4. It's very pretty and shiny - but most of the apps I've looked at want permission to dial my phone, wake it from sleeping, send texts without asking me first, etc. I'm not doing much with the phone because of this, which I'm okay with, but I do get a few spam texts that I'd like to block.
So I have two questions: 1) is there an SMS blocker that doesn't require these permissions, or at least can't make calls? and 2) could I gain more control over permissions for apps if I rooted the phone?
Any advice is appreciated, thanks!