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Updating the app/download problems

Added by Bert Muller 7 months ago

Hi there,
I have two questions about the Privacy browser:

– if I install the apk from Github, will I be notified if an update is available or is it at least possible to check in the settings for updates?

– I am having trouble opening the download section in the settings. Whenever I click on it, the app automatically closes…what could be the cause for his? I am using Netguard but have enabled internet access for the browser.

Thank you very much!


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RE: Updating the app/download problems - Added by Soren Stoutner 7 months ago

1. Privacy Browser has no official presence on GitHub.

2. When you tap `Downloads` from the navigation menu it opens the standard Android download manager. Specifically, it runs the following command:

Intent downloadManagerIntent = new Intent(DownloadManager.ACTION_VIEW_DOWNLOADS);

If for some reason you have removed the Android download manager from your ROM then the command will fail and Privacy Browser will crash.

RE: Updating the app/download problems - Added by Bert Muller 7 months ago

Thank you.

1. Okay, I got that confused. So if I download the apk from F-Droid (without the F-Droid app) and intall it manually, is there a way to check for updates?

2. Strange. I have the downloads as well as the download manager app enabled. And I don't think these need to be granted internet access to work...

RE: Updating the app/download problems - Added by Soren Stoutner 7 months ago

1. Privacy Browser itself does not provide any notification of updates.

I post notifications of app updates and other things to the news feed at https://www.stoutner.com/category/privacy-browser/. If you like you can subscribe to a feed using an RSS reader with the following URL: https://www.stoutner.com/feed/.

I also post notifications about app updates and other things on Mastodon at https://fosstodon.org/@privacybrowser.

By the way, if you prefer to download the APK directly, you can always use F-Droid, but I also post the APKs to https://www.stoutner.com/privacy-browser/changelog/, which is updated more quickly than F-Droid.

2. That is odd. Can you attach a logcat of the crash to this forum?

RE: Updating the app/download problems - Added by Bert Muller 7 months ago

Hmm...I'd prefer not to post private data here...but it says "beginning of crash" and "fATAL EXCEPTION", "No Activity found to handle Intent", "android.intent.action.VIEW_DOWNLOADS"...if these make any sense?

RE: Updating the app/download problems - Added by Soren Stoutner 7 months ago

The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) includes a DownloadManager.

https://developer.android.com/reference/android/app/DownloadManager

The ROM you are using has either removed or disabled it. If you fix that problem the error will go away.

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