Fix third-party/sideloaded apps crashing on Android 13 (not from Google Play)

The newest iteration of the Android build has officially gone live and many OEMs have already jumped onto the bandwagon. While there isn’t any huge change in the firmware, there is a plethora of new features, additions, and under-the-hood changes.

In between all that, there have been a few tweaks in the security and privacy domain that have gone under the radar. Starting with Android 13, there has been an introduction to the Restricted Policy put in place. It’ll prevent third-party apps from accessing the Notification and Accessibility settings. It means that any malicious apps will not be able to gain access to the system-level APIs. In this guide, you’ll get to know about the way to fix apps installed outside of the Playstore crash on Android 13.

How to fix third-party/sideloaded apps crashing in Android 13

The restricted setting will only come into the frame for apps that come with a non-session-based package installer. Unfortunately, this is nearly almost every app that you can install outside of the Google Play Store.

Although Google has introduced a drastic privacy approach, it has still given users an option to disable this feature. If you’re sure that the concerned app is a legitimate one and you’ve downloaded it from a trusted source, you can consider disabling its Restricted Settings.

How to disable restricted settings for third-party/sideloaded apps on your Android 13 device

Fix third-party/sideloaded apps crashing on Android 13 (not from Google Play)

  1. Go to Settings -> Apps -> See All Apps and then choose the desired app from the list
  2. Then, tap on the overflow icon located at the top right
  3. After that, choose Allow Restricted Settings -> Allow in the confirmation dialog box
  4. Go to the app’s accessibility setting and you’ll have no issues enabling the desired permissions
  5. That’s it, you have now fixed the issue of sideloaded/third-party apps crashing on Android 13

I really hope that this article has helped you solve the problem. If you are still experiencing problems with this issue even after implementing the change that was described above, then we strongly suggest that you only sideload apps from reliable sources such as APKMirror, XDA, and GitHub.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this tutorial, please don’t hesitate to post them in the comments section.


Aviral Sharma
Aviral Sharma
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Comments (2)

  1. What means “Go to accessibility setting and you’ll have no issues enabling the desired permissions”? I went in accesibility settings section, and didn’t found my app.
    App: Minecraft 1.17.11


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