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Can't turn off "Direct Share" functionality in "Share Via" panel


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Possibly the most annoying thing ever implemented into android, the "Direct Share" functionality puts random people you never want to send things directly to above all other apps in the "Share Via" panel, causing randomness when opening and essentially causing people to send weird things to random people by accident. Galaxy phones have a method of turning off this feature. This feature can easily be turned off by blocking it via root. However, there is no good way to turn it off without root. Other replacement apps cannot for example share images so these are not satisfactory alterntives. So we are stuck with the incredibly annoying default UI. Example from google images, see the direct hangouts/twitter options. PLEASE MAKE A SETTING TO TURN THIS OFF

 

 

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What an interesting feature.  So how does it find these random people to let you share stuff with?  if you share things with them, can they contact you?  i've never noticed or tried this feature...

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It's technically people you have shared or communicated with before. But it could be people you talk to a lot without ever sending them images. I imagine the most common app that uses this feature is Facebook Messenger. There's no way to control or remove people from this view, so it gets very annoying. The easiest way to get around it is to remove the app that uses this feature. In the case of Facebook Messenger, you can switch to Facebook Messenger Lite which doesn't seem to use this feature. However, turning it off fully would be preferable for people who don't want to have randomness on their share UI. For me all it does is cause chances to share weird things with people you'd never share stuff with usually.

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I doubt very much that FxTec would like to mess with the OS to disable this, as their attitude has been to stay as close to stock Android as possible, only changing stuff where it relates to the Pro1 Hardware (particularly the slider functionality, as hardware keyboards are already supported in stock Android).

This is certainly not the only annoying 'feature' in Android, and as far as normal third party apps can not fix them, LineageOS or rooting might be the way to go.

Just a thought. Restricting what ever offers the sharing from accessing contacts MIGHT fix this particular issue. I tried to restrict "Google Play Services" from accessing - but that was not it/enough...

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9 hours ago, fxtecslowasheckuntilnow said:

They can maintain stock by having the option of not disabling this feature, such is the point of toggleable settings

Well they would still need to change some code from what Google made. Personally I would prefer this change too, but it would still be a change.

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