Using Privacy Dashboard without installing Android 12

Android 12 is undoubtedly the ‘onion of the update world’. It’s spicy enough to make you cry, but that doesn’t mean it smells sweet when roasted. It’s like an onion, there are so many layers that contain something you can’t tell from the outside.

Android 12 has a lot of big and small changes. While the most notable external elements are specific to the Google Pixel phones, a few improvements nestled further below are arguably significant changes. Changes related to privacy protection are an example. Android 12 has many improvements in terms of privacy, one of which is the ‘Privacy Dashboard’ function. The privacy dashboard feature can be applied to any Android device if the user knows the trick.

Here’s how to use the privacy dashboard feature without installing Android 12.

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Android 12 Privacy Dashboard, Meet with Apps

The secret to building a highly effective and strong privacy environment is ‘Privacy Dashboard’It is an app with a lot of talent. This app mimics ‘Privacy Monitoring’, one of the main privacy protection features of Android 12. Privacy Monitoring is a ‘one-stop’ dashboard feature that precisely monitors how numerous apps access sensitive information stored on the phone and gives users control.

The Android 12 feature the app mimics is also called the Privacy Dashboard. This app isn’t just inspired by Android 12, it’s pretty much the same.

Let’s take a look at the Android 12 privacy dashboard features.

Android 12 privacy dashboard designed by Google ⓒ JR

Isn’t that cool? If you tap on an authorized app, such as location, camera, or recorder, on the screen, you can see an accurate timeline showing all app access and time information, as shown in Figure 2.
List of apps using location information in the past 24 hours ⓒ JR

If you tap it once more, you can see the list of permitted apps as shown in
, and you can set to reduce or cancel app functions.

On the other hand, the privacy dashboard app UI is shown in

. Same for all Android versions.
Privacy Dashboard App UI ⓒ JR

The app also offers some bonus features. Not only does it provide a dashboard almost identical to Android 12, but it also supports another privacy feature inspired by the Android 12 privacy dashboard feature. This is a feature that allows you to check in real time whenever the app accesses the camera, microphone, or location.
Screen displayed when accessing the location of the app ⓒ JR

Whenever an app accesses all of this sensitive information, an icon is displayed in the upper-right corner of the screen, as shown in
, indicating that it is in use. This indicates whether a suspicious app is displaying on the screen and accessing information from the background. So, when a notification window pops up at any time, the user can immediately see what and why on the dashboard.

The great thing about privacy dashboard apps is that they are free to use. You can sponsor a developer with an in-app purchase, but for now, sponsoring doesn’t give you extra features, and there’s no benefit other than the warm feeling of helping others by paying only $3.

When it comes to privacy, this app requires some system-level access to function properly, which is a reasonable requirement. In addition, the developer explains exactly what it means to grant access on the App Play Store introduction page and the initial settings screen, and why it is needed. Also, if you’re concerned about what the Privacy Dashboard app will do with sensitive data, you can check the app info page in System Settings. You can see that you don’t have internet access, which means that this app has no way to steal your device information.

Many Android 12 privacy features require integration at the operating system level. Because you have to run restrictive software to allow access to apps from the start, and make sure that apps that have not been used for several months are completely shut down and cannot run as background processes. automatic shutdown systembecause you need this This is why Android updates in general are so important.

On the other hand, with the Privacy Dashboard app and related information access notifications, users don’t need to install Android 12 to enjoy a little bit more security. All you need is a privacy dashboard app with the right privacy features. Keep this in mind.
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