One of CyanogenMod's most popular features is an expanded version of the now defunct App Ops UI that debuted in Android last summer. The most recent nightly builds of CM have implement a new ability in App Ops. Users can now stop apps from starting up with a simple toggle.

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The feature comes by way of a new switch in App Ops for "Auto-Start." If you disable that permission, the app in question won't start itself on boot up. This is useful for apps you want to have around just in case, but don't want starting up in the background.

The App Ops UI now also has an extra tab to go along with the Auto-Start toggle. It shows a list of apps on your devices sorted by the last auto-start time. You'll have to get on the nightly branch to have this feature now, but it will probably show up in the other channels soon.


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  • varun

    Nice addition.....now will be waiting for this one in appopsxposed for stock/aosp roms

    • Rami

      Already there, and it is called BootManager ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.defim.apk.bootmanager ), been using it for a month now, and I love it.

      • Guest123

        doesn't bootmanager only work on user installed apps?

      • varun

        Hey I knw that but its better to have an integrated solution rather than installing modules for every mod and yea it does not work for system apps

        • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

          Yes, that's how I roll too. I don't want to install separate modules for every single mod. If a single module provides good enough implementation of multiple mods, I would rather install that. For example, I don't install "tinted statusbar", "Immerse me", "Advance Power menu" etc since all of these mods are already part of Gravity Box. Hence I'll be waiting for this "Bootup" tab to be added to the AppOpsXposed module.

    • Carlos
  • Joel Santamaria

    Excuse my newbie question, where can i find this option? i have cm11 nightly 20140209 for lg p880, thanks

    • DopeJam

      same here. Have the latest and cant find this option. SGS3

      • Joel Santamaria

        Good for you, under privacy guard i only have blacklist for numbers and messages from phone numbers

        • sam3000

          Either long press on the app or go menu -> advanced and swipe around.

        • squiddy20

          It sounds like you're in the completely wrong section. I'm not sure as of what nightly, but I'm on the Feb 3 nightly for toroplus, and Privacy Guard is in it's own little section. From the main Settings menu, scroll down to the "Personal" section, and there should be a "Privacy" entry. Within that should be "Privacy Guard" (along with Blacklist). Also, it should be noted that the "auto start" toggle will only be present if the app declares it as a permission. So if an app does not declare it, it won't be there. Same goes for all other permissions.

  • merman1983

    Would there be any reason to use this in addition to or in place of Greenify? If you manual start up said app is it then let off its "leash" free to run in the background etc.?

    • Ryan

      I'd like to know about this as well.

    • Varun

      I use the paid app of greenify and would love to have this one in addition to that as the apps which I don't want to start at boot won't actually start and greenify would not have to force stop them.

    • Marc Edwards

      personally i prefer to disable wakelocks for apps instead of greenify them, that way for example skype, a rather nasty wakelock offender, can fetch messages when i'm using the phone but doesn't need to wake it up and drain the battery when i'm asleep.

  • tehboogieman

    Is App Ops built in to CM11 or does it need to be installed?

    • Marc Edwards

      it's build in but it's a little obtuse. if you go into settings then privacy, you have a binary privacy (off/on access to personal data) version of app ops, if you select advanced mode from the menu you'll find the normal app ops.

      • tehboogieman

        Wow, thanks. I had no idea about the advanced option in the menu so I was installing App Ops every time I would update to the newest nightly

  • Robert Castles

    I've been using Autostarts for this since froyo. But this looks nice.

  • joe

    Privacy /privacygard/ see the three dots righ upper corner click on it then select advance