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  1. alabamatoy

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    The latest update of my S5 brings a version of Gallery which wants access to my contacts, calendar and location, NONE of which have any bearing on my viewing of photos. How do I uninstall gallery, or force the default image viewer app to be something else, like pikture?

    I can imagine no reason that Gallery should need to access any of my contacts, or my location (I absolutely do not want geo-tagged photos!) or my calendar. But Gallery wont run unless I allow these permissions, and without gallery I cannot view any images.

    Google, this SUX!!!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

     

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    I use F-Stop gallery from the play store, works fine for me. You need to disable the default gallery, as it is a system app that cannot be removed
     
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    You have an S5, so the "Gallery" app will be a Samsung app rather than a Google one. So I'm afraid all complaints should be addressed to Korea rather than California.

    Actually Google want everyone to use Google Photos, so stopped developing the AOSP Gallery app a long time ago.

    Using an alternative app shouldn't be a problem - I have more than one image viewer on my phone and can use any of them. The one exception is when you take a photo and then want to hit the thumbnail in the camera interface to see what it looked like. I don't have an S5, but most manufacturers in my experience hard-code the link between their camera app and their gallery app, so even if you don't use it for ordinary image viewing you may find that you have to use the Samsung app in that case (unless you also use a 3rd-party Camera app, which would allow you to use a different image viewer for reviewing photos... ).
     
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    F-Stop gallery app is good for eliminating the default gallery
     
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    Actually I'm sympathetic to the OP. I dislike the idea of an app having access to more data than it strictly needs to do the job, and if I don't want it to geo-tag photos or link pictures to contacts then that's my choice - a choice that Samsung remove if they choose to stop the app running unless you allow that. So at best this is poor software design, but to me there's also at least a streak of complacency and arrogance in it (assuming that it's their choice rather than yours, and that you'll want what they think you should).

    And actually while I sync most contacts with Google (there are a few who I do not) I do not sync them with Samsung or with the manufacturer of any of my other devices (although I have a Samsung tablet I've never created a Samsung account, don't use their app store, etc. Same with others, I'm not interested in manufacturer-specific ecosystems, which by definition are attempts to lock the user in). Of course I don't know whether Samsung would mine your contacts via the Gallery app - quite likely it's just to allow linking in some way that they think brings value. But if the user prefers not to give them that access, or thinks that the feature has no value to them, then that should be up to the user.
     
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    Install a file explorer and use that instead
     
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    I don't disagree with you. But if what you say is true it seems funny that they would ask for permissions when they already have the data with them.
     
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    True! The app doesn't need that data until we ask the app to geo-tag the photos. The app could have simply for that permission later ONLY when needed instead of asking it before.
     
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    Thanks to all for insight and suggestions, and especially for suggesting I redirect my wrath from Google to Samsung!

    My real problem here is that the Gallery app is somehow tied to any attempt to view an image, for example when someone sends me a multimedia SMS, I try to view the image, and Gallery pops up demanding access to calendar, contacts and location, and if I dont grant that access, it wont run and I cannot see the image. PITA. (I have subsequently discovered that I can save the image, then view it with another tool like piktures or ES File explorer, further PITA) And attempts to disconnect this association through App Management have not worked - I cannot seem to pry this association away.
     
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    For that go-to settings>applications>gallery (it's app info)>set as default here and select the "clear defaults" option.
     
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    I'll guess that this is because you are using Samsung's message app and they've coded it to only work with their own Gallery app. My own phone's built-in message app does let me choose which image viewer to use, but if yours doesn't and you can't change it by using "clear defaults" for the Gallery I'll bet that's the reason.

    If so I'm afraid the work-around would be to use a third-party message app. I can confirm that Textra (the app I actually use for SMS) allows me to view images from MMS in-app, or to view them in a gallery app of my choice, and I would expect any third party app to do that.
     
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    This solved the issue for me. Textra seems to be a more useful app, thanks for sharing that!
     
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    Off topic but you might want to get rid of ES File Explorer. If you are concerned about security, they are owned by a company that puts adware on your phone.
     
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    Thanks, I had kinda come to that conclusion on my own and uninstalled the app. It used to be useful, but now its so full of ads you can't tell app from ad.
     
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    My mistake. ES wasn't bought by Cheetah but they do similar things and put adware on your phone
     

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