Android 9 setup (+ auto start with pin)

Forums Setups & Configurations Android 9 setup (+ auto start with pin)

  • January 28, 2020 at 4:14 am

    I’m trying to set up CleanBrowsing on an Android 9 to have a secure pin and auto-start upon restart.

    The auto start feature works fine is there is no pin set. But if there is a pin, I am required to enter the pin to enable CleanBrowsing every time upon restart. This makes it very easy for someone who is prevented from turning off CleanBrowsing by a pin to disable CleanBrowsing by simply restarting the phone.

    Is there any way for me to activate CleanBrowsing, set a pin, and then restart the phone so that the app is always active and there is no way to turn off CleanBrowsing unless you have the pin code?

    Also: is there any way to hide the Android system VPN status icon from the pull down menu and lock screen of the phone?

    January 30, 2020 at 12:56 am

    For Android 9, maybe use their new Private DNS option instead of the App?

    https://cleanbrowsing.org/guides/dnsovertls

    It should work better and cover you if the App is off (not VPN required).

    thanks!

    January 31, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    I played around with various options and the Private DNS setting available in Android 9 is by far the simplest and most reliable. Here’s instructions…¬†https://support.google.com/android/answer/9089903

    This then allows other useful tools like NetGuard to run as the “VPN” app.

    February 27, 2020 at 4:52 am

    I played around with various options and the Private DNS setting available in Android 9 is by far the simplest and most reliable. Here’s instructions…¬†https://support.google.com/android/answer/9089903

    This then allows other useful tools like NetGuard to run as the “VPN” app.

    February 27, 2020 at 4:52 am

    The suggestions to use PrivateDNS do work — the only drawback is that they are easily disabled.

    To set up PrivateDNS, you go to Settings > Connections > More Connection Settings and select Private DNS. Here you can enter one of the cleanbrowsing DNS hostnames (https://cleanbrowsing.org/guides/dnsovertls) in the box provided. And it works quite well.

    The big downside here is that someone can very very easily go in and just turn off PrivateDNS if they want to circumvent this filter.

    I’m wondering if there is a way to lock down a phone so that it always uses the PrivateDNS and is not easily disabled by toggling settings or restarting the phone.