1. gebco's Avatar
    I'm a runner and I was browsing race calculators. I ended up on omnicalculator.com, used a calculator and moved on. Now I have an Omni calculator installed among my apps. I'm 99% sure I did not give permission for it to install. What settings do I check to ensure this doesn't happen?
    12-16-2018 01:29 PM
  2. DMP89145's Avatar
    I'm a runner and I was browsing race calculators. I ended up on omnicalculator.com, used a calculator and moved on. Now I have an Omni calculator installed among my apps. I'm 99% sure I did not give permission for it to install. What settings do I check to ensure this doesn't happen?
    You may want to check your settings for instant apps. If it's on, then a lighter version of some apps will load from any URL if it's set up to do that.

    https://www.androidcentral.com/instant-apps
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    12-16-2018 01:47 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Or you might have "installed" it as a progressive web app. If you were on that website, and if it asked you if you wanted to add it to your homescreen, you might have unwittingly tapped Yes. You should be able to uninstall it easily.
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    12-16-2018 09:16 PM
  4. gebco's Avatar
    I don't think it's an instant app. On my screenshot you can see the CBC app that is an instant app. The one in question is on the far left. No lightning bolt.


    You may want to check your settings for instant apps. If it's on, then a lighter version of some apps will load from any URL if it's set up to do that. And the Omni app is actually installed. The CBC one is not.

    https://www.androidcentral.com/instant-apps
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    12-16-2018 09:45 PM
  5. gebco's Avatar
    This is exactly my concern. I don't want to unwittingly install an app. I'm pretty sure I toggled off the ability to install from unknown sources, but I can't find that setting.


    Or you might have "installed" it as a progressive web app. If you were on that website, and if it asked you if you wanted to add it to your homescreen, you might have unwittingly tapped Yes. You should be able to uninstall it easily.
    12-16-2018 09:48 PM
  6. DMP89145's Avatar
    This is exactly my concern. I don't want to unwittingly install an app. I'm pretty sure I toggled off the ability to install from unknown sources, but I can't find that setting.
    I think B. Diddy is right on this one. It does show up under different PWA catalogs. It's not considered an "install" the way you're considering, i.e. from unknown sources. It's not Native. Really just a Mobile Web App that's been added to your homescreen. Very easy to remove.
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    12-16-2018 10:05 PM
  7. gebco's Avatar
    See screenshots below. The CBC app shows up as an instant app in the settings, but the other shows as actually installed.

    I think B. Diddy is right on this one. It does show up under different PWA catalogs. It's not considered an "install" the way you're considering, i.e. from unknown sources. It's not Native. Really just a Mobile Web App that's been added to your homescreen. Very easy to remove.
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    12-16-2018 10:28 PM
  8. gebco's Avatar
    CBC app
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    12-16-2018 10:29 PM
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    Screenshot
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    12-16-2018 10:29 PM
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    Screenshot : Omni
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    12-16-2018 10:31 PM
  11. gebco's Avatar
    Screenshot order is messed up, but you can see the difference between the CBC app and the other.
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    12-16-2018 10:32 PM
  12. DMP89145's Avatar
    See screenshots below. The CBC app shows up as an instant app in the settings, but the other shows as actually installed.
    I get what you're saying, but look at the size of the app 279kb. PWAs are that size. The rest of your apps are all MB.
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    12-16-2018 10:33 PM
  13. gebco's Avatar
    Good catch. Thanks for pointing that out.

    I get what you're saying, but look at the size of the app 279kb. PWAs are that size. The rest of your apps are all MB.
    12-16-2018 10:42 PM
  14. DMP89145's Avatar
    Good catch. Thanks for pointing that out.
    Yeah man... I use the Twitter PWA.. So tiny compared to native..
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    12-16-2018 10:45 PM
  15. mustang7757's Avatar
    make sure in settings>special app access click>install unknown apps click and make sure those apps show not allowed
    12-16-2018 11:35 PM
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    Screen shot
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    12-16-2018 11:36 PM

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