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On Android, Pluckeye is a browser and it is typically used along with an app locker. Pluckeye requires Android 4.4 (KitKat) or above.

Pluckeye is usually combined with some other means to “lock down the device.” This guide describes how to do this in detail. If you want a locked down Android device, we highly recommend reviewing the guide.

Pluckeye on Android

How to get Pluckeye on Android

You can get it in the Play Store.

How to use Pluckeye on Android

On Android, Pluckeye is at present just a browser, and so it is typically used alongside an app locker or parental control software in which other browsers are disabled and only Pluckeye is permitted. Because app lockers usually use password protection to control administration, those seeking self-control either:

  • have a friend, parent, or other person administer the app locker

or

  • write down a long, random password on a piece of paper and put it in an inconvenient place, and/or put it into a into a box on https://lockbox.pluckeye.net/

Some tools used by Pluckers are listed below.

Keep your configuration small

Pluckeye on Android may perform poorly with large configurations. It depends to some extent on the power of the device, but in general, smaller configurations will work better.

If your configuration is too large, you will see this message:

Warning: Unresponsive script

A script on on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete.

Script: moz-extension://…

That usually means you have too many rules for the Plucky’s tiny brain on Android.

How to synchronize a Firefox account

Pluckeye on Android has support for synchronizing Firefox accounts. If you’d like to do this, visit about:accounts?action=signin in Pluckeye on Android to set it up.

How to remove preinstalled apps from Android

If you would like to remove the builtin YouTube app, for example, if you have adb, you can uninstall the App like so:

adb shell
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.youtube

If you would like to remove the builtin Chrome app, you can uninstall the App like so:

adb shell
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.chrome

The play store:

adb shell
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.vending

GMail:

adb shell
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.gm

Google Quick Search box:

adb shell
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox

Google News:

adb shell
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.magazines

How to block adb after doing the above:

pluck + block port 5037

For more details, including information about how to get adb, see https://www.xda-developers.com/uninstall-carrier-oem-bloatware-without-root-access/amp/

Last gasp

If none of the above helps, and you really need Android (say for work), there is one more way it can be controlled, it is experimental, and it requires a lot of effort on our part. If you want to be experimented on anyway, feel free to contact us.