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There are a lot of Android apps out there that request all sorts of permissions. They want access to your files, your contacts, etc. Many of them don't run properly and/or crash without these permissions.

Is there a way of installing and running these apps without exposing information? Can I "containerize" apps, where it is still granted permissions but runs in a sandbox/container where my personal information isn't visible?

The usual way for me to do this on a computer is to run the app in a virtual machine, but VMs are not available on Android. Alternatives?

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    First of all, all apps on android are sandboxed against each other so one app can't access data of other apps. However of you grant some permission to some app it's granted if not than it's not granted. What do you mean by "exposing information" ? This sounds like paranoia to me. Just one more thing if you allready use android or anything else connected on internet forget about privacy. The safest way to hide personal info is not having it on device which have access to internet, or on a pc whic doesn't have a way to connect to internet or simply use paper. Feb 25, 2017 at 20:39
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    @ЈеднорукиКрстивоје You are conflating paranoia with desire for security.
    – Ana
    Feb 26, 2017 at 1:11
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    @ЈеднорукиКрстивоје "if you use someone's else not your own software there isn't security, so I don't bother with 'security'." → So when you're living in a hotel room, you leave the door open and the money on the table? Ugh. I'd rather check whether my bags can be locked, and rent a safe. Which is, figuratively, what Ana asks for.
    – Izzy
    Mar 1, 2017 at 8:29
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    @beeshyams Exactly what I pointed out above ("I'm afraid you wouldn't like it"). Though Parallel Space has a pretty good rating: ~4.5 stars at ~1.5Mio (!) votes. Quite impressive. Still, I might try it on a VM to see its workings, but I doubt I'd let it on one of my "real devices" :)
    – Izzy
    Mar 1, 2017 at 8:34
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    If I get that other issue solved, it will definitely benefit not only me, @beeshyams :) And right now, there's some light at the end of the tunnel (Firelord seems to have it running on Slackware). I just hope it's not the headlights of an oncoming train #D
    – Izzy
    Mar 1, 2017 at 11:03

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