Google is restricting Android apps to see others installed apps on mobile phones

Google is working on new changes to the Developer Program Policy that it will make its policy for apps not to see, What others apps are installed on your Android device.

Google says it will regard the full list of installed apps on user’s Android devices to be personal and sensitive information such apps in the future will be restricted from spy other apps according to the new Developer Program Policy aim to arrive in the month of May 2021.

Google will be restricting which apps can request the QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES permission which is currently required for apps targeting API level 30 (Android 11) and above that want to query the list of installed apps on a user’s device that runs Android 11 or later.

If an app doesn’t meet the required requirements set for all above such as device Permitted use includes device search, antivirus apps, file managers, and browsers. The developer must remove the permission from the app’s manifest to comply with the Play Policy.

If an app meets the requirements for using the QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES permission, the developer will still have to sign a declaration form in the Play Console. However, Google warns that failing to submit the Declaration Form or not meeting the policy requirements may lead to your app being removed from the Google Play Store.

These new changes will come into effect starting May 5, 2021. The full changes may be seen in the next version of Android 12, the all-new app and up updates submitted to Google Play will be required to target Android 11 or above.

Google already requires apps that request the SMS or Call log permission to sign a declaration form before they can be published on Google Play.