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GlassWire for Android now supports landscape views

After recently launching our GlassWire Android data usage app, one of the top requests was landscape mode.  We’re excited to say that GlassWire 1.055r is now here with landscape mode.  Upgrade now and let us know how you like the update!

Thanks for all your kind comments and support.

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GlassWire Android Permissions

Since launching the Windows version of GlassWire in 2014 we have been fortunate to have millions of downloads of our Windows software.  A lot of our Windows users use our software because they are concerned about their privacy and security.  Others use our software to help stay under their data limits.

Now that we’ve launched our new Android app, some new Android users who are unfamiliar with our Windows software have had some concerns about the Android OS permissions we request.  We wanted to write this Blog Post to explain what permissions our Android app asks for and why.

One of the first permissions GlassWire asks for is the “Phone” permission.  Some people have asked us why GlassWire needs the ability to make phone calls, and of course GlassWire does not make phone calls with your phone.  So why does GlassWire need the “phone” permission?  Unfortunately the Android OS requires this permission for us to see mobile network data for your phone.

To receive mobile traffic stats the Android OS requires that we use the NetworkStatsManager Android API.  To access this API we need the phone SubscriberID, and to see this ID the Android OS requires the READ_PHONE_STATE permission, and that’s why GlassWire asks for permission to access your phone during its setup.

You’ve probably noticed that all similar apps to ours that read mobile phone data require the same “phone” permission.

We would prefer to ask for no permissions at all if it was technically possible, but this is how the Android OS works.  There is no advantage for us to ask for permissions we don’t need.  Asking for permissions causes more complexity and development time for our app, but in our case the “phone” permissions are required to see how much mobile data your phone is using.

If you’re still concerned about using GlassWire on your Android phone please check out our privacy policy  Our Android app has no ability to access the network at all so we could never see your network data even if we wanted to.

Unfortunately other data usage apps in the app store don’t always work the same way.  If you check their privacy policies you’ll find that a lot of these apps seem to exist solely to collect your app usage information and to sell it to third parties.

You’re probably wondering why GlassWire doesn’t collect and sell your data.  We don’t sell your data or collect it because we are a privacy and security company.  We focus on making sales through our Windows software, not through ads or selling your data.

You should always use caution when granting permissions to apps on your phone.  Especially use caution when granting permissions to free apps and always check their privacy policies.

GlassWire for Android is available in Google Play.




Software Updates

GlassWire for Android is here!

GlassWire for Android is now available and FREE in the Google Play store!

Millions of our GlassWire for Windows users have been asking for GlassWire on their mobile phones so they can see what their phones are doing over the network.  We worked long and hard to create this first version of GlassWire for Android that’s 100% free with no in-app purchases or ads.

Our brand new Android app lets you instantly see which apps are wasting your data, acting suspiciously, slowing your phone’s Internet speed, or causing you to go over your carrier data limits. GlassWire for Android makes it easy to keep track of your mobile carrier data usage and WiFi Internet activity.

Key features:
• See a live graph of what apps are currently using your carrier data, or slowing your Internet connection.
• Instantly know every time a new app accesses the network and begins using your data.
• Go back in time with GlassWire’s graph to see what apps wasted your data earlier in the week or month.
• GlassWire’s data alerts help keep you under your data limit. Get alerted before you reach your carrier data limit to avoid costly overage fees.
• GlassWire reveals unusual network activity from unknown apps or malware that could be violating your privacy or spying on you.
• GlassWire counts your mobile carrier data (Edge, 3G, 46, 5G, LTE, CDMA, UMTS, GSM, GPRS, mobile hotspots) and shows you detailed usage statistics on GlassWire’s “Usage” screen, along with your WiFi data. See your mobile phone provider data for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-mobile, Virgin, Vodafone, Orange, EE, 3, Swisscom, Telia, Movistar, O2, and all others.
• See data usage for different apps like Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Pokemon Go, Netflix, Youtube, Instagram, Pandora, Spotify, Pinterest, Whatsapp, Skype, Kik, and any other apps you use.

Why did we make GlassWire for Android?
We wanted an easy way to see what Android apps were using all our expensive mobile data, slowing our Internet connection, or behaving suspiciously.
Our company already makes a popular GlassWire application for Windows that helps people protect their PCs from online threats by visualizing their network activity. We wanted a similar network monitoring application for our own Android phones but we were shocked to find a lot of the data usage apps we tested sent quite a bit of data over the network themselves.
We wondered why these apps that claimed to help people stay under their data limits would send network data themselves.

Why do many free “Data Usage” apps use data themselves?
We discovered a lot of these free data usage collection apps exist solely to collect your personal app usage data to sell to advertisers or other app developers. We did not want to use a data usage app that was logging details about every app we use to share it with third parties. In what database was our private app usage data being stored, and what if that database was hacked or made public? To make matters worse, we found that at least one of these applications collected personally identifiable information.

Is your current “Data Usage” app tracking you?
Do you want your phone app usage logged in a database then linked to your identity so others can see details about how you use your phone every day? We didn’t want that either. Check the privacy policy of the data usage app you currently use by going to their Google Play app page “privacy policy”.

GlassWire is a data usage app that helps protect your privacy.
Your GlassWire data usage and app usage information never leaves your phone. We could not see or access your app usage even if we wanted to. Plus, we’re not an advertising or marketing company. We only make money through sales of premium versions of our software.

This is the first version of our mobile software and we are already working on adding new features.  Thanks for your previous support with our Windows software and we hope you’ll give our new Android app a try.

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Sincerely, The GlassWire Team

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