The access that apps advertise that they need to function. Example: Full internet access, send SMS messages, etc. Please use this tag for app-permissions only. For file permissions, use 'file-permissions' instead.

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Why is Play Store still asking for all app permissions on install on Android Marshmallow?

From everything I've read, when installing a new app from the Play Store under Marshmallow, it is supposed to just install with no permission questions (e.g. Slash Gear article). The app is then ...
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Reset the request permission dialog on Marshmallow

I am testing my Android application and trying to make sure all permissions (whether granted or denied) are handled correctly. I mistakenly clicked "Never ask again" on a permission and now it never ...
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If a specific app doesn't require full network access permission means it's completely privacy safe?

If they can't access internet, they can't steal my data in the back which is safe right? I wanna try this file encryption app from play store. Before i proceed, i wanna make sure that the app itself ...
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Can't use Google Play app from Restricted Guest Account

I made a restricted guest account for others to use my device (Android 4.4.4. with CyanogenMod 11) and I am unallowed to give the account access to the Play Store. If I try and use the Play Store from ...
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Applications lost permissions after flashing Marshmallow

I upgraded my Nexus 5 from Android 6 preview 3 to the 6.0 final version by manualy flashing image files from google factory image. All my applications lost permissions and crashing. I am unable to ...
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How can i disable android permission manager notification? [duplicate]

I have an android 4.4.2 device and permission manager app enabled. I have facebook messenger installed for example and i deny it permission to read my sms or phone contacts. It works, but keeps ...
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Modern apps to manage app permissions

In doing research on app permissions and cool "l33t hax0r" apps to put on a rooted phone, I stumbled across a category of app permission managers. They seem to be relevant to Android 1.x and 2.x, ...
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Can apps with root access the Internet without listing internet permissions in AndroidManifest.xml?

It's my understanding that, in order to access the Internet, apps must declare internet permissions in AndroidManifest.xml. If an app doesn't declare this permission, but I was to give said app root ...
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Do any google apps have any special privileges that normal apps don't have?

Every android app has a series of permissions which is granted at install time. Some google apps seem to be able to do some pretty global things that not many other apps have (eg. google now ...
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What is Google Partner Setup?

What does the Google Partner Setup app that is pre-installed on almost every Android device actually do? Why does it need each of those intrusive permissions, especially the Phone permission? Why ...
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How to disable the “Application permissions” dialog that pop up during each new app install?

I have a Samsung Galaxy A5[18] running Android 4.4.4. Every time I install a new app this dialog comes up: Is there any way to disable this feature? I'm doing app development so I have to install ...
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None of any chatting apps shows contact list

Today I updated my Lenovo A6000Plus to Lolipop Via OTA Now I am suffering from a very weird problem. WhatsApp Hike doesn't show any contacts in List. Although When I open my contact List I can see ...
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How to avoid leaking private data to apps without rooting my phone?

The majority of apps on the Play Store require access to things like location, contacts, call log, identity, SMS, etc., even when the app functionality clearly doesn't need this information to work. ...
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Can one achieve directory permissions on Android?

On any android device 99.5% of the apps want the permission "Write / Read contents of SD card" in a combination with "Full network access". Theoretically these 2 permissions are enough for the app to ...
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How to prevent Spotify to access photo/media?

Spotify recently changed their policy and want to collect private data like contacts and photos/media. I am using Cyanogen OS which has the cm permission manager. I can disable access to contacts ...
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Fruit Ninja Wi-Fi permissions

I see Fruit Ninja recently added "Wi-Fi connection information" to its ever-growing list of required permissions. I read the little description, but what does it actually mean? Does that mean the name ...
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How can I find which apps/packages reference a given permission using command line?

Given some permission tld.developer.app.permission.PERMISSION how can I use adb/root shell to find all the installed packages that define/depend on it? The permissions are defined in the manifest ...
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How to change the user in ES File Explorer

I use ES File Explorer on my Android phone (Lollipop). When I connect to my NAS, it prompts me for a user name and password. I enter this, and I connect. However, I now need to connect as a different ...
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SELinux context init_shell in boot.img permission denied with Android 5.0.2

I'am used to start a service in the android boot image with inherited context of the init.rc script (u:r:init:s0). In Android 5.0.2 (Samsung), my service does not inherity the init context anymore, it ...
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Is it possible to restrict an app's permissions to a specific folder(s) (and subfolders)?

When installing an app, depending on the app, access to the filesystem is required and requested at the time of install. Is it possible to restrict this to specific folders(s) and their subfolders? ...
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Restrict Internet access to a particular app only for a specific time period on an unrooted device

I have an app that behaves poorly. It is constantly uploading stuff in the background. I think I could get it to use less power if I could impose some sort of "parental control" type feature on it. I'...
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Permission denied remounting /system

I am in the process of rooting my Samsung Galaxy S4. I am trying to add the su and busybox to /system/bin, but it won't let me because it is a read-only filesystem. I tried to remount it by doing adb ...
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Replace camera access permission with gallery access permission

I have an app installed on my Android smartphone which has access to my phone's camera to take pictures. Unfortunately the app doesn't allow me to access my phone's gallery through it. Is it possible ...
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How to stop “permission denied” app toasts after denying permissions?

I often like to deny app permissions that I think the app does not need but yet they keep requesting for the permissions even after Denying, resulting in lot of toasts [package name] has been denied [...
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Block app internet access through app ops hidden menu [duplicate]

I'm on lollipop and want to deny some apps to use the INTERNET permission. How do I block them? In the hidden app ops menu there is no INTERNET permission. Do I need another app for that?
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Unknown Permissions on VirusTotal analysis

I have noticed unusual and unwanted behavior from a few of my system apps, most notably Google Play Services, Google Account Manager, and Google Services Framework. These apps cause force closes on ...
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How to tell what app or process periodically sends SMS messages?

About a week ago I purchased a T-Mobile SIM card and activated it on a $3/mo prepaid program. This program requires you to load your account with $3 per month to keep it alive, and these include 30 ...
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Skype is denied to use camera

My Skype on my Android 4.4.4 used to work fine, until about 2 hours ago, when it simply refuses to use my camera, flashing a message (AKA toast) that reads: Skype is denied to use camera What ...
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Are applications from “Unknown Sources” restricted by permissions?

I know that Google Play applications cannot do anything that is not spelled out in their AndroidManifest.xml and will be blocked from doing so. I want to know if non-Google Play applications are ...
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Reset permissions of app versus Google Play Game Services

When installing an app using Google Play Game Services (GPGS) on Android and booting the app first time, we give the app permission to do this and that with the user's account (or similar) on GPGS. ...
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How can an app decide whether the device is trusted or not?

I downloaded the trustable app from the play store which identifies whether the phone is trusted or not. I run the application and it gave me a score of 4.3 with a suspicious. Is this a genuine ...
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Reverted Lollipop back to Kitkat - now I can't access the external SDCard

I had a Sony Xperia Z2 running CyanogenMod 11 (Kitkat 4.4.4). I got curious about Android 5, which is still only in nightly. Before taking a look, I took a full backup in recovery, then upgraded to ...
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How to mount usb drive in nexus 5 using mount command?

I read in some online sources that lolipop 5 allows mounting usb devices using otg cable without root permissions. Another thing i saw is that the app "ES Explorer" can mount usb devices without root....
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Photos/Media/Files and Full Network Access

Does anything stop an application with Photos/Media/Files and Other ("full network access" and "run at startup") permissions from simply uploading ALL of your photos and videos to some stupid server ...
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Can't boot my android after changing permissions

I recently rooted my android (Nexus 4). I wanted to make /system folder permissions 777, I needed that for another application. I got Root Explorer application, and changed permissions to 777. Then ...
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what is INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS_FULL permission? [duplicate]

In my project.. I needed to make multiuser enviroment. So I declared INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS_FULL permission. Then I also found INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS permission. INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS_FULL and ...
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How to revoke permissions from applications? [duplicate]

I don't understand, why some programs are requesting some permissions, especially concerning my privacy. So I want not to grant them or revoke after granting. I don't care if application will crash....
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Replaced /system/bin/toolbox. How to I revert that?

I renamed the original /system/bin/toolbox" to "toolbox_alt". I replaced the file /system/bin/toolbox with a file that was supposed to work, but doesn't work at all. My filemanagers and the most ...
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What is the Android Permission “WRITE_GSERVICES” doing?

There is a mysterious and undocumented Android Permission called: WRITE_GSERVICES. As usual Googles own documentation is even more mysterious than any bad fairytale, writing: android.permission....
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how to change the permission and ownership for internal sdcard

I have a problem with my internal SD card on my android 4.2.2. It shows there are no files on the internal SD card but there is a shortcut called "legacy" and I can't write anything on the internal SD ...
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Android browser: how to revoke ssl permission on a single site after giving it?

I'm building a website under ssl certificate. It just works on desktops but android browser argues that the ssl authority is not trustworthy. So to see the staging site I told it to just consider it ...
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Android won't let me change configuration file

So, because of some hardware issues I'm having, I need to disable Android's HDMI Digital Audio Output and let only the analog sound card of my A10 chipset work. Just for info - the issue is that there'...
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When should I get suspicious over permission requests and when should I safely install an app? [closed]

I'm pretty paranoid with the android apps and if I think an app requires too much, unnecessary permissions, I simply don't install the app. However, I feel like I'm missing out lately. For example, ...
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Permission to write to external SD card on HTC One M8 running Lollipop

I updated my HTC One m8 to Lollipop and rooted it. I have programs that require the ability to write to external SD card like FileMount, but every time I launch FileMount it tells me that it can't ...
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Can App Ops run on 4.4.4?

I have installed and tried several of the "App Ops" starter apps from the Google Play store. When I run any of them, a dialog pops up saying "Unfortunately, Settings has stopped." and my only choice ...
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App Permission and Force stop

Hello everybody :) I would be very grateful if you could answer my questions. 1- If the app has as a permission : Read and send text messages (SMS or MMS). Does it include whatsapp and viber ...
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File permission os SD card (FAT32)

Android uses FUSE for sd cards. Does FUSE support file permissions for SD card? If no - how do I install some apps on SD card? Cause there is no suuport for symlinks, execution permission etc.
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Can I disable GPS?

Is there a way to completely switch off GPS or deny apps access to it? Even though all three checkboxes in Settings -> More -> Location Services are unchecked and the button in the notification ...
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Terminal emulator permission denied on complex commands

I'm porting a script that runs well on android 4.0.4 to android 4.4.2 Simplified it does this: ls *.a | ./busybox xargs ./busybox rm -f I'm using a busybox binary in mi app's folder. The error I'...
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How can I prevent an APP from using my phone's camera [duplicate]

I have some apps on my HTC One (M8) that want to have access to my camera and microphone (Yahoo Mail app). I have seen on an iOS device that you can disable this access but still run the app. Is ...