Since last year Google has started slowly but radically changing their policies regarding app publishing on the Play Store. As a result, there were tons of apps that were removed for violating permission policies and having adware/phishing bits and pieces in them, thus stealing data and whatnot.
This led to having a safer selection of Android apps available on Google's software marketplace, but on the contrary, to a backlash from many developers, because, by restricting the use of accessibility services, SMS and telephony access, it left many applications with completely broken core functionalities, e.g. Cerberus. Its most recent v3.6 update has been recently released to comply with those changes, thus removing many important features.
Removed SMS cand CALL_LOG permissions, for compliance with Play Store policy Many features should not work: SMS commands, SMS alerts, SMS/call backups, opening the app with the dial code, etc.
How to fix:
- Update the app from our website
- Open Settings -> Apps -> Cerberus -> Permissions
- Disable and re-enable Phone and SMS permissions
Comments on the new policy: https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/117486314
Because of the aforementioned obstacles, from the Play Store version of the app are removed all functions that need access to your messages and call history - SMS commands, alerts, backups and more. The workaround in this situation is sideloading the app from their website, which keeps those features intact, but requires manual actions to be taken in hand:
- First, please, go ahead and download the newest version from the link below and then proceed with the next step.
Enter your Android phone's settings, find the Security section and turn on Unknown sources. If you are running on a newer version, perhaps Android 9 Pie, you will certainly get asked to allow the particular app you used to download Cerberus to install unknown apps.
Install the APK and you are good to go.
This is not the best solution, but for now, it is the only one. Let's hope that Google addresses those issues sooner, rather than later.
Source: Google Play
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