Allow Restricted Settings missing/greyed out on Android [Fixed]

Restricted Settings android

Restricted Settings android

In this guide, we will show you the steps to fix the issue of the Allow Restricted Settings option being missing/greyed out for an app on your Android device. The Android ecosystem has witnessed some major tectonic changes in the past few years. With the inability to install apps targeting older SDK versions, preventing users from installing apps that are for Android 6 or older, and placing roadblocks in the downgrading process, things have become quite complicated in this domain.

And now, there has been yet another entry to this list. With the launch of Android 13, the OS will now prevent third-party apps from accessing system-level notification and accessibility API. This has been done to prevent those sideloaded apps from abusing administrative-level APIs and exploiting the OS.

While this rule applies only to those apps that come with a non-session-based package installer, however, the thing is near about all sideloaded apps come with this package installer, so the restriction has encapsulated near about all the third-party apps. So if you head over to the Device and App Notifications page and select the desired app, the Allow Notification access toggle will be greyed out.

Restricted Settings android

Upon tapping on it, you’ll be greeted with the Restricted Settings prompt stating that “For your security, this setting is currently unavailable”. While this is definitely a welcome move from Google from the security point of view, however, in some instances, a user is compelled to use a third-party app either due to region restriction or they want to use an older version of that app.

Moreover, it’s not that all the third-party apps are risky, many trusted sources house safe third-party apps. So owing to this reason, Google has, for once, given us granular control over this feature. By default, the Allow Restricted Settings option will be missing/greyed out on your Android device but using a nifty workaround you could easily enable it. And in this guide, we will show you how to do just that. Follow along.

Fix Allow Restricted Settings missing/greyed out on Android

  1. Head over to Settings > Apps > All Apps.
  2. Then select the desired app from the list.
  3. Tap on the overflow icon at the top right.Restricted Settings android
  4. Finally, select Allow Restricted Settings.
  5. You’ll now get a prompt, tap on Allow.
  6. Now go back to the app and start using it.Restricted Settings android

Fix For Samsung Devices

Numerous Samsung users have voiced their concern that there is no overflow icon on the App Info page. If you are also facing this issue, then the issue is quite easy to fix. All that you need to do is enable the app’s Accessibility settings and then it will ‘unhide’ the said feature. Here’s how it could be done:

  1. To begin with, head over to the Settings > Accessibility > Installed Apps.
  2. Then choose the desired app from the list and enable the toggle next to it.
  3. You’ll now get a prompt, tap on Allow. Once done, go to Settings > Apps.
  4. Then select the desired app from the list. The overflow icon should now be visible.
  5. Tap on it and select Allow Restricted Settings. You’ll get a prompt, tap Allow.

That’s it. These were the steps to fix the issue of the Allow Restricted Settings option being missing/greyed out for an app on your Android device. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.


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