1. coreopsis31's Avatar
    S8 ATT. Does this mean that unknown apps such as spyware can be installed (with out having to turn that setting off )on the phone? -Granted someone got their hands on your phone-

    apps such as spyware can be installed (with out having to turn that setting off )on the phone? -Granted someone got their hands on your phone-
    coreopsis31 likes this.
    03-31-2018 10:33 PM
  2. N4Newbie's Avatar
    Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> Special app access (all the way at the bottom) -> Install unknown apps (again, all the way at the bottom).
    04-01-2018 07:30 AM
  3. mary beth hale's Avatar
    In the Oreo Beta it was in settings>apps>3 dots upper right>special access. I have a different phone now that doesn't run Oreo yet, so not sure if this is the way it works in the official Oreo update.
    04-01-2018 08:47 AM
  4. Centerman66's Avatar
    Why would they move this?!
    04-01-2018 10:42 AM
  5. Rukbat's Avatar
    Because once you turn it on, apps can install other apps.

    In Oreo (and probably in the future), you'll be asked, for each app not from Play, whether you want to allow it to install, so if it's not an app you're installing, you can say No.
    04-01-2018 12:36 PM
  6. coreopsis31's Avatar
    I've had someone install a camouflaged spyware app on my phone before and the only way I knew that someone had was that my settings for unknown sources was allowed and I never had ever allowed that for so that was the only way I knew. Now if somebody was to do that I would never know

    This seems like a corporate decision definitely not listening to the customers.... Again
    04-01-2018 08:29 PM
  7. Centerman66's Avatar
    Because once you turn it on, apps can install other apps.

    In Oreo (and probably in the future), you'll be asked, for each app not from Play, whether you want to allow it to install, so if it's not an app you're installing, you can say No.
    This explains the existence of the option but not its new placement. Thanks for trying.
    04-01-2018 08:59 PM
  8. neo158's Avatar
    The other thing to remember is that this is no longer a global setting but set per app.
    ManiacJoe likes this.
    04-04-2018 02:43 PM

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