Release Notes for Android™

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Android Version 5.28.1

Released March 1, 2023

  • Improved compliance with Google Play policies
  • Upgraded several third-party dependencies

Android Version 5.27.1

Released January 16, 2023

  • Included Google's latest bug fixes in the foundation of our native code
  • Stopped showing main Covenant Eyes app screen on device startup

2022 Releases

Android Version 5.27.0

Released December 15, 2022

  • Improved Update Notification feature
  • Upgraded several third-party dependencies
  • Set the stage for future improvements in reporting
  • Improved internal diagnostics
  • Improved reporting of app uninstalls
  • Squashed another minor bug

Android Version 5.26.0

Released October 25, 2022

  • Upgraded AI for improvements to monitoring
  • Victory users can now install/open Victory with “View My Activity” on the main menu
  • Improved support for Android OS 13
  • Upgraded several third-party dependencies
  • Improved connection to server
  • Improved circumvention prevention
  • Squashed minor bug in onboarding
  • Squashed a couple other minor bugs

Android Version 5.25.0

Released October 11, 2022

  • Added automatic update notifications to the version found in My Account
  • Updated link to chat support

Android Version 5.24.0

Released September 26, 2022

  • Ensure compatibility with past and future versions

Android Version 5.22.4

Released September 20, 2022

  • This version is compatible with Android 7 and above
  • Improved reporting data
  • Improved performance of some background processing
  • Squashed a few minor bugs
  • Upgraded several third-party dependencies

Android Version 5.22.3

Released September 8, 2022

  • Members with free accounts can now upgrade to subscriptions
  • Upgraded AI for improvements to monitoring
  • Improved reporting data
  • Squashed a few minor bugs
  • Upgraded several third-party dependencies
  • Squashed beta-only bugs
  • Improved configuration management
  • Improved circumvention prevention

Android Version 5.21.0

Released July 21, 2022

  • If allies attempt to sign-in to the Covenant Eyes app, we’ll display a link to sign-in to the Victory app
  • Improved circumvention prevention
  • Upgraded several third-party dependencies
  • Squashed minor reporting bug
  • Improved authentication security
  • Improved VPN stability
  • Improved disable Private DNS process

Android Version 5.20.11

Released June 7, 2022

  • Adjusted AI for improved image evaluation
  • Added Private DNS detection for filtering users
  • Fixed rare VPN startup bug
  • Improved circumvention prevention
  • Fixed occasional crash in filtering

Android Version 5.20.9

Released May 26, 2022

  • Improved handling of authentication errors
  • Improved VPN performance
  • Squashed a few bugs
  • Improved internal diagnostics
  • Improved circumvention prevention
  • Upgraded several third-party dependencies
  • Improved background app performance

Android Version 5.20.6

Released March 24, 2022

  • Android 11+ users can now Screen Cast with Screen Accountability
  • Upgraded several third-party dependencies
  • Eliminated redundant activity
  • Improved app startup speed
  • Upgraded core reporting detection features
  • Improved circumvention protection
  • Improved error reporting
  • Fixed minor Android 12 incompatibility
  • Squashed beta-only bugs

Android Version 5.19.4

Released March 14, 2022

  • Updated Accessibility Request Screen
  • Added ability to lock the Switch User option with App Locking
  • Fixed bug in VPN restart process
  • Fixed bug that prevented special characters in passwords

Android Version 5.19.0

Released February 16, 2022

  • Reduced causes of “Oops! You’ve been signed out” message
  • Improved app stability
  • Improved app interaction with member’s Custom Website List
  • Improved VPN performance for Filter users

Android Version 5.18.3

Released January 4, 2022

  • Squashed occasional reporting bug
  • Added onboarding status updates to main screen
  • Improved error reporting

2021 Releases

Android Version 5.18.2

Released December 21, 2021

  • Improved Incognito Mode detection
  • Fixed a bug in the uninstall process
  • Squashed another minor bug

Android Version 5.18.1

Released December 9, 2021

  • Added support for in-app subscription payments
  • Fixed beta-only problem in Contact Us via Email Link
  • Squashed another minor bug
  • Upgraded core reporting detection features

Android Version 5.17.3

Released November 18, 2021

  • Upgraded core reporting detection features

Android Version 5.17.2

Released November 12, 2021

  • Tweaked some UI elements
  • Upgraded some third-party components
  • Improved the Forgot Password experience

Android Version 5.17.1

Released November 2, 2021

  • Improved VPN stability
  • Reduced application download size
  • Improved system metrics

Android Version 5.17.0

Released October 21, 2021

  • Upgraded core reporting detection features
  • Zapped misleading sign-out bug
  • Improved detection of incognito mode
  • Made VPN restart more reliable

Android Version 5.16.2

Released September 17, 2021

  • Added tech for future reporting improvements
  • Improved circumvention prevention
  • Squashed beta-only bugs
  • Upgraded several third-party dependencies

Android Version 5.15.1

Released August 4, 2021

  • Included new detection and support to help users resolve Accessibility issues
  • Improved accuracy of server/device time

Android Version 5.15.0

Released June 30, 2021

  • Squashed intermittent screen capture bug
  • Improved reporting stability

Android Version 5.14.3

Released June 23, 2021

  • Improved detection of landscape mode
  • Squashed intermittent bug in screen monitoring
  • Improved app startup performance

Android Version 5.14.2

Released June 2, 2021

  • Improved stability of network and VPN detection
  • Improved app startup performance and reduced memory footprint
  • Squashed some minor bugs
  • Improved background app performance

Android Version 5.13.1

Released April 22, 2021

  • Improved stability of screenshot acquisition
  • Simplified app startup to improve stability
  • Improved stability when reporting app installation status
  • Squashed bug in our handling of special characters in device name
  • Improved authentication stability

Android Version 5.13.0

Released March 30, 2021

  • Improved performance by rebuilding background monitoring
  • Simplified onboarding by eliminating two permission requests
  • Renamed Filter levels

Android Version 5.12.8

Released March 10, 2021

  • Squashed a few minor bugs
  • Improved performance of network changes for filter users
  • Fixed rare typo in the text of our persistent notification
  • Cleaned out some code that was collecting dust

Android Version 5.12.7

Released February 16, 2021

  • Fixed a rare bug that could cause some users to be signed out of Covenant Eyes
  • Fixed an issue that can prevent screenshots from being reported
  • Ensured app responds correctly to external password changes
  • Squashed a couple minor bugs
  • Ensured that Covenant Eyes automatically restarts after the app upgrades
  • Made small stability improvements
  • Improved device reporting data
  • Updated links to My Account
  • Upgraded to Google’s latest WorkManager API library

Android Version 5.12.5

Released January 11, 2021

  • Improved performance of app by adjusting secure data handling
  • Updated connections to both “My Account” and “View My Activity”
  • Fixed rare problem with time zone calculation on image upload
  • Fixed crash that occasionally happened when a browser couldn’t be found
  • Updated our contact info

Android Version 5.12.4

Released January 5, 2021

  • Improved overall stability by rebuilding our native code initializer
  • Fixed occasional service startup errors

Released in 2020 and prior

Android Version 5.12.3

Released December 9, 2020

  • Improved stability and efficiency of some background services
  • Improved screen cast permission experience
  • Optimized native code & reduced download size
  • Fixed an upgrade problem on some Samsung devices
  • Improved security with additional encryption
  • Removed requests for unneeded permissions
  • Squashed a couple bugs related to filtering, bye bugs!

Android Version 5.12.0

Released October 27, 2020

  • Rebuilt the VPN Service with new technology to make it faster and more stable
  • Improved transition when switching to Screen Accountability
  • Included Google’s latest bug fixes in the foundation of our native code

Android Version 5.11.1

Released October 7, 2020

  • Image recognition now uses half the CPU power it previously used
  • Improved stability by adding new boundaries around complex processes
  • Improved configuration management for Screen Accountability system parameters
  • Upgraded error and performance reporting system to improve user support
  • Fixed a few small bugs and stability issues
  • Fixed crash that occurred during upgrade from an older version

Android Version 5.10.2

Released September 1, 2020

  • Now deploys as an Android App Bundle, for about 40% smaller downloads!
  • Increased time (during installation) to enable Accessibility permission
  • Optimized VPN to make it more efficient
  • Improved app data security
  • Improved reliability of Screen Accountability image uploading
  • Major upgrades to native code!
  • Squashed several other minor bugs

Android Version

Released June 2, 2020

  • Rebuilt App Lock feature – it’s easier to use and harder to break!
  • Brand new! A two-minute waiting screen after five incorrect App Lock passcode attempts
  • Fixed a few crashes, including one that occurred under poor network conditions
  • Fixed a crash on startup for some Android 6.0.1 users
  • Improved reliability by enlisting the Accessibility feature
  • Improved performance with some “spring cleaning”

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Improved client-server communications

Android Version

Released April 6, 2020

  • Zapped a blocking bug

Android Version

Released March 24, 2020

  • Fixed crashes that occur under poor network conditions
  • We no longer ask for any permissions until a user has signed in
  • Fixed some scenarios where users are unexpectedly signed out

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Fixed some cases where duplicate screenshots were not captured

Android Version

Released February 4, 2020

  • Fixed several issues related to Screen Cast permissions (unnecessary requests should no longer appear)
  • Fixed a crash in filtering relative to multiple user profiles on a single device
  • Removed the save button from the app lock settings screen (settings save immediately on any change)

Android Version

Released January 14, 2020

  • Improved stability when switching networks
  • Improved behavior of the password field
  • Improved connectivity
  • Fixed a broken “Contact Us” feature; “Tell Us How We’re Doing” now works
  • Zapped some smaller bugs

Android Version

Released December 4, 2019

  • New logos!
  • Squashed some bugs.

Updates for members using Screen Accountability™:

  • We added the Allow list to enhance your Filter experience. Learn more here.

Android Version

Released October 23, 2019

Starting with this version, we will no longer support Android 5 or below. Please upgrade your operating system to Android 6 or above.

  • Squashed some pretty big bugs with Android 10.

Android Version

Released September 24, 2019

  • Zapped some bugs.
  • Improved connectivity in poor network conditions.

Android Version

Released August 15, 2019

  • We added a counter to show how many screenshots we take.

Android Version

Released July 30, 2019

  • You’ve been asking for it, and now it’s here: Screen Accountability users with Filtering can now create custom block lists. Learn more here.

Android Version

Released July 10, 2019

  • We fixed some layout issues and crashes.
  • We made backend improvements to make Screen Accountability even better.

Android Version

Released May 7, 2019

Updates for all members

  • Dramatically revamped UI (Go check it out!).
  • Improved VPN re-connectivity.
  • Improved the notification when an account switches between Internet Accountability and Screen Accountability.
  • We also made some language improvements to give you a more consistent experience.

Updates for members using Screen Accountability

  • Improved reporting via improved handling of lock screen captures.
  • Crash fixes.

Android Version

Released March 19, 2019

  • Fixed an issue with an update notification.
  • Other miscellaneous fixes.

Android Version

Released February 27, 2019

Updates for all members:

  • Added a notification when an account switches between Internet Accountability and Screen Accountability.
  • Various UI and general usability enhancements.

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Fixed crash that occurs in Screen Accountability mode.

Starting with Android Version, all versions support either Internet Accountability or Screen Accountability, depending on your account settings.

Android Version

Released February 13, 2019

Updates for all members:

  • Improved notification system.
  • Miscellaneous other fixes.

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Improved screen analysis.
  • Added app names and window titles to reported images.
  • Added porn blocking through CleanBrowsing.
  • Covenant Eyes servers only receive blurred images.

Android Version

Released December 13, 2018

  • Added a custom Filter Block page.

Android Version

Released October 31, 2018

  • Added CleanBrowsing Adult Level DNS filters as default DNS servers.

Android Version

Released October 18, 2018

  • Fix to prevent DNS entries from being logged while screen is off.

Android Version

Released October 10, 2018

  • Fixed an App Lock issue experienced by some users after upgrading to

Android Version

Released October 4, 2018

  • DNS Settings are now found under the App Lock Settings menu at the bottom.

Android Version

Released August 22, 2018

  • Filter users: YouTube Restricted Mode can now be turned off or on by Filter Guardians.
  • Resolved conflicts with assorted apps.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Android Version

Released July 18, 2018

  • Fix to address customers unable to download files in Gmail.
  • Fix to address customers unable to download files in Google Drive.

Android Version

Released June 27, 2018 in a phased rollout

  • BRAND NEW, PATENTED: We now monitor which top-level domains were accessed across all apps.
  • BRAND NEW: Forced safe search on both Google and Bing across all apps.
  • Parents, take note: If you use the Covenant Eyes Filter, “restricted mode” is enforced in YouTube.
  • Removed Filtering service for Android.
  • Added a feature to allow custom DNS service.

Android Version

Released October 26, 2017

  • Fix to prevent rebooting from breaking monitoring.
  • Fixed issues preventing app locking from functioning.
  • Fixed issues preventing monitoring and filtering from functioning.
  • Fix to better maintain accessibility services.
  • Fix to more reliable prompt to re-enable accessibility after upgrade if needed.

Android Version

Released October 19, 2017

  • Fix for sign in status screen constantly opening.
  • Fix to better determine default text app and not block it when panicked or disabled.
  • Fixes to make Panic function correctly.

Android Version

Released October 12, 2017

  • Fixed an issue causing excessive battery usage.
  • Fixed issues causing devices to lag.
  • Fixes to improve performance on Android 8 devices.
  • Assorted stability fixes.

Android Version

Released September 27, 2017

  • Fixes for issues with crashing on Android 4.
  • Fixes for compatibility issues with Android 8.
  • Assorted stability fixes.

Android Version

Released September 22, 2017

  • Fixes to prevent freezing and lagging.
  • Fixes to allow text message apps to function when panicked.

Android Version

Released August 22, 2017

  • Fix to prevent double logging “device accountability turned on” messages.
  • Fix to reduce memory footprint.
  • Stability and security fixes.

Android Version

Released February 23, 2017

  • Improved battery usage.
  • Fixed YouTube monitoring.
  • Fixed bugs in app lock overrides.
  • Stability and security fixes.

Android Version

Released January 18, 2017

  • Fixes for reoccurring accessibility popups.

Android Version

Released December 8, 2016

  • Assorted stability fixes.
  • Removed blocking of password managers/security software apps.

Android Version

Released November 2, 2016

  • Added Filtering to both Google Chrome and Internet browsers.
  • Removed support for and blocked access to browsers other than Google Chrome and Internet.
  • Battery consumption improvements.
  • Improved URL reporting.
  • Assorted stability and security fixes.
  • Added dynamic app blocking based on Filter Sensitivity Level.
  • Improved Panic functionality.

Android Version

Released February 11, 2016

  • Improved monitoring across apps.
  • Improved the app’s speed and responsiveness
  • Decreased the occurrence of the accessibility pop-up.
  • Added a menu option to leave us feedback.

Android Version

Released December 8, 2015

  • Installs are now reported correctly.
  • Fixed an issue causing frequent sign ins.
  • The app no longer sends prompts to enable Accessibility service.
  • Crash fixes.

Android Version

Released December 4, 2015

  • Squashed some bugs.

Android Version

Released December 3, 2015

  • Improved battery usage.
  • Shortened install process.
  • Improved monitoring.
  • Security fixes.

Android Version

Released October 22, 2015

  • Improved battery usage.
  • Fixed crashes.
  • Improved URL reporting.
  • Added swipe function to activate Panic Button.

Android Version

Released September 9, 2015

  • Fixed issues with enabling app usage and the accessibility service.
  • Added additional monitoring on older Android devices.

Android Version

Released August 28, 2015

  • Fixed compatibility with certain Samsung and LG phones running Android 5+.

Android Version

Released August 26, 2015

  • Fixed compatibility with Android versions 5.1.1, 4.2, and 4.1.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Android Version

Released August 6, 2015

  • Bug fixes.

Android Version

Released August 4, 2015

  • Websites are now correctly reported as “Visited.”
  • Improved browser monitoring.
  • Crash fixes.

Android Version

Released July 28, 2015

  • Various bug fixes.
  • Improved security.
  • Improved monitoring across all supported browsers.
  • Added support for older Kindle Fire tablets.
  • Added Pinterest app monitoring.
  • Added Tumblr app monitoring.
  • Added Google photos app monitoring.
  • Added Dolphin browser monitoring.
  • Added Opera browser monitoring.
  • Added Opera mini browser monitoring.
  • Added Opera mini beta browser monitoring.
  • Added APUS browser monitoring.
  • Added Google Play monitoring.
  • Added Vine app monitoring.
  • Added Google+ monitoring.
  • Improved Facebook app monitoring.
  • Improved YouTube app monitoring.

Android Version

Released June 29, 2015

  • Improved security.
  • Simplified the uninstaller.
  • Simplified setup pages.
  • Added Instagram app monitoring.
  • Added monitoring to the Youtube tablet app.
  • Added Netflix app monitoring.
  • Added Hulu app monitoring.
  • Added Firefox app monitoring.
  • Added Silk browser app monitoring for Kindle Fire.

Android Version

Released June 22, 2015

  • Added monitoring for Chrome, “Browser,” and “Internet” in regular and incognito modes.
  • Added Facebook app monitoring.
  • Added Twitter app monitoring.
  • Added Google Search app monitoring.
  • Added YouTube app monitoring.
  • Added compatibility for Lollipop.
  • Many app lock bug fixes for security and stability.
  • Multiple user interface updates.
  • Simplified the installer.

Android Version 1.8.3

Released July 1, 2014

  • Fixed sign in issues present in 1.8.1.
  • Improved stability.

Android Version 1.8.1

Released June 26, 2014

  • Improved specificity and clarity of URL reporting.
  • Improved alerts for users who have pressed the panic button.

Android Version 1.7.5

Released May 8, 2014

  • Added the ability to override a locked app one time or permanently.
  • Added the ability to set a default app lock setting for newly installed apps.
  • Improved security and stability.

Android Version 1.6.2

Released April 24, 2014

  • Fixed several crashes affecting users running Android 2.2.x.
  • Improved accuracy of reporting duration of app usage.

Android Version 1.5.7

Released April 17, 2014

  • Improved security on the passcode entry screen.
  • Fixed a crash upon login for users running Android 2.2.

Android Version 1.5.5

Released April 15, 2014

  • Hardened app locking (improved its security).

Android Version 1.5.4

Released April 1, 2014

  • Added a new app locking feature.
  • Added a feature to detect and display which browser is the stock browser.

Android Version 1.3.3

Released August 3, 2013

  • Fixes to address conflicts for some users who run app locking software.
  • Fixes for some conflicts users experienced while getting the app installed and set up as device administrator.
  • Added a button to uninstall (uninstall code required) from within the app.

Android Version 1.1.8

Released January 17, 2013

  • Fixed multiple frequent crashes.
  • Added support for the Kindle Fire HD.

Android Version 1.1.2

Released December 4, 2012

  • Fixed multiple frequent crashes.
  • Significantly improved battery/CPU usage.
  • Added monitoring for Chrome browser on devices where Chrome is the stock browser (e.g. Nexus 7).
  • Added monitoring for the Kindle Fire web browser (not Kindle Fire HD).
  • Added monitoring for Skyfire web browser.
  • Added alert to prevent non-customers from installing.
  • Added a warning to notify about enabling non-market apps and included a button to get to the setting.
  • Added monitoring for Dolphin Browser (not Dolphin Browser Mini).
  • Fixes for consistency and stability among various families of Android devices and versions of Android OS.
  • Multiple stability fixes to prevent the app from becoming unstable after low/no connectivity issues.
  • Fixes to allow users to be able to sign in at wireless hotspots that require authentication/terms of service acceptance.

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