Originally Posted by leijonasisu
Secondly, when fetching rules for apps and then allowing the app to mandate them, almost every single app I am using Force Closes upon opening, so almost everything requires constant tweaking. Even after 2 days I am still having issues with some widgets not loading properly, other apps have required reinstalling or removing all relevant data related to the app. Due to the sheer amount of options in what to block and not per specific app it is almost impossible to narrow down what blocked permission is causing an instant force close. Also certain system apps like my Camera fail to run and Force Close if I have XPrivacy installed, and I chose to have XPrivacy not remotely interact with any of my system .apk files at all. Removing XPrivacy immediately stops anything from Force Closing and all apps behave like normal.
I guess in the long run it's also a huge placebo because all of these apps probably have all of my data saved and sold to whatever third-parties they want any way because I've been using them for years.
At the moment I'm pretty disappointed, mostly on the 'fetched settings' and I don't recommend anyone to fetch any settings at all. In fact, I don't recommend this app at all at this point, which is really sad because maybe if I knew how to use it better, or if I had a billion hours and nothing else better to do I could find the proper perfect settings for my apps so I could still use them and my phone (and stop from having Force Closes and Random Reboots due to BNR apps crashing and closing all the time). Most things close and crash so fast I can't even read the error prompts too.
I have a feeling that this is probably the best thing to ever come to smartphones but due to the way .apks are written or my lack of knowledge on the subject, that this is causing headaches rather than peace-of-mind.
As other members here have already pointed out. If you follow some basic rules of not restricting certain high risk settings and work from there I think you will quickly get the hang of it.
XPrivacy is not something which you just install, then fetch some restrictions and you're good to go.
I have the same experience as @vibes340
When I first started with XPrivacy,...then true...it is a little bit overwhelming to see so many things you can restrict but with time you quickly get used to it and also get pretty aware of what you should or shouldn't restrict to reduce FC or eliminate them permanently.
As written earlier by vibes340
identification = proc
internet = if fail, uncheck use firewall
storage = everything for me, if allow
shell = load and load library
And I would go a bit further
: proc (95% of my apps have this restricted)
Most my apps which require internet permission work with only these unrestricted
True, most of the times all unrestricted. Some apps can work with them all restricted and some apps even give a notice if they can't see the SD card and don't FC. But then again, most apps also FC if they need those permissions
load and load library
I suggest if you want a quick way of editing all your apps then for starters use a template...uncheck internet, storage and shell
Then apply the template to all your user apps.
Try and work with the filters and the template together.
When you for instance are restricting apps that don't have internet permission then just customize your template to just have storage and shell unchecked and apply that template to all those apps. When using filters and categories filter you can really quickly edit all your apps.
Be a little more careful with system applications though...however, if you don't fiddle too much with the ANDROID SYSTEM, SYSTEM UI and some of your PHONE system apps I don't think you can do much wrong
If you do get some FC and cannot solve it then just post here and write which apps you have trouble with and I will post my settings...if I should happen to have the app installed that is.
Good luck...don't get disappointed, try to take the time to learn this program and don't expect miracles on the first few days of usage. That just isn't realistic thinking. I see you are rooted so I suppose you also took your time to get the info you needed to make sure you reduced the change of bricking your phone. I suggest you spend atleast the same time to using XPrivacy