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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New access permissions for google maps 9.1.1

I recently got an notification for the latest google map update 9.1.1. With this update, the app asks for 2 new access rights: Phone and Device ID and call information. After checking the changelog I ...
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How to have the OS launch applications at startup time?

I am running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on a Samsung Galaxy SIII. I am trying to figure out how to configure applications such a Skype to start up automatically once the system has gone through the ...
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What does the “modify/delete USB storage contents” permission really mean?

What does the modify/delete USB storage contents permission really mean? Does it grant access for the application to read, modify and write all the data on my USB storage? Maybe it is this only ...
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Can my Android phone be hacked without installing permissions?

After reading this article ( Kaspersky smartphone report ) this got me wondering. Obviously if I install a dodgy app through Play Store or directly from a website, that can be dangerous, however if I ...
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error copying files after rooting

I rooted my micromax a27 a few days back. It installed an app Kinguser to give root permission. Earlier it was working fine. I did a factory reset last night. Now, when I try to copy file to root ...
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Why does the Google Maps app need my phone call permission?

Is there any way this is justified? Seems like Google is becoming an evil spy to me, cause this is not the first time their apps need ridiculous permissions.
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Preventing apps from detecting other apps

I have an app that does not allow me to enable certain settings because another app is installed. Every time I try to enable these settings it says "You cannot because app x is installed". I know they ...
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Baidu Android Store automatically installed without permission

Android Store (com.baidu.androidstore) is automatically installed on my device without permission. It happens in last 2 weeks. Two months ago, I had installed Baidu Browser (com.baidu.browser.inter) ...
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Workaround for Android 4.4 not being able to write to SD cards?

Yesterday I upgraded my Samsung Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4 KitKat and had the bad surprise that it cannot write to my SD card anymore... I know this problem is widely documented everywhere, but has any ...
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How to search the Play Store by permissions?

How do I specify that I do not wish to see apps that require for example internet access? Or to only show apps that use a specific permission? A specific repository with search on its webpage? An app ...
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Is there a way to know the actual permissions of an app now before installing?

I'm not a fan of the current so-called "simplified" permissions in the Play store, and would like a way to check the exact permissions of an app before installing. This need not be a tool that does ...
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view detailed permissions

Recently, Google grouped its permissions making it nearly impossible to tell what an app was asking for. Is there anyway to tell what fine grain level permissions are being requested from an app ...
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Why are so many apps using permissions that take my personal data?

I am again and again noticing that a ton of apps ask for ridiculous permissions, and I'm getting frustrated by searching for apps that don't ask me for too much - and frankly, I would download 3 times ...
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WhatsApp - Privacy Settings - Visible only to selected contacts

If i install WhatsApp on my Android Phone, it will access all my contacts. How can i ensure that only some Contacts are added to WhatsApp? OR i am visible only to some contacts? Any way to achieve ...
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What is “srv_listen” permission used for?

I've noticed (by using XPrivacy) that many applications (and some that has nothing to do with location, such as TextSecure) require the following permissions: Location: srv_listen Phone: srv_listen ...
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Permission denied while installing a system app with SSH

I have the APK file for an application I want to install as a system application via SSH on rooted Android tablets. I'm able to install this application via ADB with a script but the installation ...
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Permissions for /system/etc

I was trying to enable writing titanium backups to the SDCard by editing the file: /system/etc/permissions/platform.xml However I was not paying attention and now everytime I boot up I get spammed ...
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How can I gather service's permissions of all the installed apps on Android?

all I want to gather all the permissions of all the installed apps + its services' permissions in a way to figure out the apps that misuse its permissions or the services' permissions of others apps? ...
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What is Launcher3 4.4.4-9 application?

I'm new Android user. I just found that I have "Launcher3 4.4.4-9" on my Moto G 2-gen. It has permissions to make calls. I cannot uninstall it. Is this normal? This is system app/service?
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Recommended way to restore transparency about permissions after Google Play store changed rules

It's been quite a time when Google decided to not any more let the customer decide whether or not to let apps access the internet. (see ...
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Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?

Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?. Specifically: Phone calls read phone state and identity For example Quickpedia is a Wikipedia portal, but ...
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Location Consent & undo Remeber This Setting

Like many, I found the Location Consent prompts to be annoying. I was excited when Google finally extended the option to 'remember this setting' in the latest update, but dismayed when I could only ...
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Permission denied on /system/xbin/su when trying to unroot Sony Xperia L

I'm trying to root my Sony XPeria L reading this tutorial The firmaware is 15.0.А.2.17, model C2105, and my Android version est 4.1.2 Everything was good until step 9, where I get the following error ...
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Deauthorize an app

I installed MightyText the other day. But I haven't used it so I uninstalled it. Then I remembered it required links to my Google account - so I went to Google Account security. But it doesn't list ...
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How to list apps, which have a permission to access the camera?

I am experiencing the problem with the mm-qcamera-daemon on a Nexus 5 with 4.4.4, as described in this question. I would like to know if there is a way to see which apps have a permission to access ...
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Preventing installed apps from making calls or sending SMS

It seems like a growing number of (seemingly legitimate) apps casually claim the "Services that cost you money" permissions (making calls and sending SMS) for non-essential secondary features that ...
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Once an app asks for root, why does it ask for other permissions?

I see apps that require both root as well as regular permissions. What's the point, as root implies that it can do everything?
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how to root your Android or at least understand how it works

I do not know exactly how rooting works or if it can even by done on my Android (Samsung GT-N8013) device. No rootkit appears to exist yet for Android 4.1.2, so I am left with figuring out how to ...
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Rooted Android 4.4 does not show mounted external-usb disk to all apps?

I am using a custom Android 4.4 ROM (rooted) with ext4 file-system support on my Radxa Rock ARM dev-board, the board shows detects the attached disk driver (shows USB device safe to remove ...
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Google play store does not show all persmissions at app install

So recently, I was searching for a news app that needs few permissions as possible. I found an app called Flipboard. Google play said I need to allow the following: Identity Photos/Media/Files ...
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Nexus 7 v2 remount internal sdcard with exec,suid,dev privilages

I have a root nexus 7 v2 I'm trying to put an Ubuntu filesystem to ChRoot into. I have the filesystem and do this on many development boards that have external SDCARDs and ensure they are mounted with ...
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Why can apps access the whole SD card?

Is there a technical reason for why apps that only need their own data are not limited to one folder? I do realise that some apps use other apps' data, but I'd be much more likely to install an app ...
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Revoke GPS permission for a system app on 4.0.4

I have a Sony Xperia Miro running Android 4.0.4 - Not Rooted, Stock Firmware. It contains Facebook as system app. Now, i don't want them to track me so i usually have GPS disabled. My question is now: ...
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I can no longer write to /emulated/0 without root or system access

I have a Sprint Galaxy Note 3. I've rooted with CF Auto Root, flashed TWRP, flashed Jellybomb, and then restored back to stock from a nandroid backup. I'm not sure when it started, but it appears ...
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what is uses-permission “android.permission.INTERNET”? [duplicate]

I read something about uses-permission in android application , but I don't know what is "android.permission.INTERNET" , or why we need this.
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Android system folder permission lockout

I have apparently messed up the permissions to the /system/ folder in android (a galaxy s3 sgh-i747, which is rooted). I think I locked myself out of being able to execute anything in that folder, ...
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Are there any tools to sandbox a malware application even more than the granted permissions on Android?

Suppose I want to run some program which requests too many permissions. For example, record from the microphone or read IMEI of my phone. However, there are no practical explanation why recording from ...
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Why does Google Search suddenly need a lot more permissions?

I obviously have Google Search installed on my stock Nexus 4, however, a recent update for this app appears to require no less than 11 new permissions. Google does not appear to give any explanation ...
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Understanding SMS APP permissions

On android KitKat i have run into the following permission: SMS Uses one or more of: SMS, MMS. Chrages may apply. How do i get a more fine-grained explination of this permission? Does it mean that ...
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Which current, major roms include permission management? [duplicate]

Current, major and trustworthy ROMs only please. I'm not implying that smaller ROMs all contain malware - 99% probably don't, but for something like this I want to be as sure as possible. A simple ...
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Give fake permission details to apps on Xperia X10i

Because of the recent update to Google play stores permissions, I wish that as apps can access very personal information, I want to deny permissions to the apps, but as I have heard that this might ...
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Administrative permissions for remote disabling of phone

I have following question I have Galaxy S3 with Android 4.3. If I choose option for remote disabling phone if the phone lost or stolen , i asked for some give some administrative permissions. Are ...
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How to find out which new permissions are required by an update?

When updating an app that requires new permissions, those new permissions used to be labelled with a green NEW tag. No more. Now I can only see the full list of permissions required. I'm still ...
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what does SERIAL and proc permissions stand for?

Often in my rooted android device, since I have installed xprivacy manager, applications ask me for serial perm in category identification (hardware) (that very often, translation may be approximate), ...
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Help understanding Whatsapp's permissions

Whatsapp has been nagging me for the past few days that I have to upgrade it to continue using it. With the Facebook acquisition and the Play Store no longer marking the permissions that are "NEW" ...
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Can the RECEIVE_SMS permission be used to intercept SMS messages?

I've noticed quite a few apps requesting the RECEIVE_SMS permission. Two things are clear to me here: RECEIVE_SMS enables an app to "snap" incoming SMS READ_SMS just applies to SMS already stored ...
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How can I set the correct SELinux / SEAndroid policy for an App?

I am using the free SSHelper SSH server on my phone to get SSH access. However, the application is not behaving correctly under SELinux when set to Enforcing mode, but seem to be OK when using ...
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Is there a list that explains the risks involved with each granted application permission type?

Usually an installed android app will request permissions such as Phone calls read phone state and identity or System tools prevent phone from sleeping But the actual consequences from a ...
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How to add root permission to some app by myself?

Is there any way that I intentionally grant root permission to some app? Not automatically via SuperSU when a specific app asks for root permission, but in a way to pick an app via some tool and grant ...
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Permission Request for account <name>@gmail.com

Starting tonight, I started getting notifications that read "Permission requested for account @gmail.com". When I click and hold to go to App Info, it disappears and nothing comes up. When I click on ...