Customize Android system settings for individual apps

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 22, 2014
Updated • Apr 22, 2014
Apps, Google Android

Sometimes, you may want control over an application's behavior on your Android device. Maybe you want a media player to always load in landscape mode, a music player to use a certain volume, or an application to only use Wifi and not mobile data.

While you can go ahead and make those modifications manually every time you launch the application, it is not comfortable and the likelihood that you are forgetting it sometimes is rather high as well.

Specialized applications come to the rescue. I have reviewed a couple in the past. Smart Rotator sets auto-rotate options for apps, NoRoot Firewall which apps can access the Internet, and Screen Controls the brightness and screen timeout of apps.

App Config Free does all that and then some. It lets you set app-specific settings for the following features:

  1. Screen brightness.
  2. Screen orientation.
  3. Screen timeout.
  4. Volume.
  5. Mobile Data.
  6. Wi-Fi.
  7. Bluetooth.

You can use it to turn off all data types so that an app cannot access the Internet, make the screen brighter or darker for an app that you may find to bright or dark, turn on Bluetooth when you load an app that makes use of your Bluetooth keyboard or speakers, or modify the volume for the dialer app or another app using sound to increase or decrease the volume of it.

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Best of all, those changes are applied automatically by App Config Free when you start apps that you have created custom profiles for, and reset to their original values once you exit the app again.

The application displays a list of all installed programs on your device on start. To customize an app, simply tap on it. This brings you to the configuration screen which you can use to modify one or multiple of the available features.

Depending on the feature, a simple on or off switch may be displayed here, or a more complex list of options.

Apps with custom options are displayed in bold in the application listing. They can also be accessed with a tap on an icon in the top bar of the application which only lists modified apps.

The free version displays ads in the interface. A paid version is available as well which does away with the advertisement, supports system wide settings, settings for launchers, option to start on boot, and hide the notification icon when no settings are applied.


If you find yourself regularly adjusting system settings such as the volume, screen orientation or net connections when you use specific apps on your Android device, you may find App Config useful as it automates those manual processes for you.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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