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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How can I find which apps/packages reference a given permission?

Given some permission tld.developer.app.permission.PERMISSION how can I find all the installed packages that define/depend on it? (preferably over adb) The permissions are defined in the manifest ...
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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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Is there a service that rates app security/permissions?

Is there a service/company/app that vets Android apps and reports on their "trustworthiness"? I recently moved from Blackberry to a Galaxy S2 which does not have an LED indicator light. I searched ...
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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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Preferred activity setter

I have noticed I have preferred activity setter after the most recent update of google play services and it has been wreaking havoc on my Samsung Galaxy prevail LTE on my stock browser called internet ...
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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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Is it possible to limit the list of contacts in WhatsApp?

Today, I installed WhatsApp, and I know that it wants to upload my complete contact list to its servers to see who else has WhatsApp, so it can create a contact list. I don't like this, and I prefer ...
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Is it possible to install an app and exclude some of its requested permissions?

Occasionally I want to install an application which requires certain permissions that I feel it really shouldn't need. Can I install the app without giving it these permissions? For example, GPS ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there an Android calendar with limited security permissions?

I've just bought an entry-level Samsung Europa, running version 2.2. I'm technically-minded but new to this OS. I'd like to find a calendar that runs in limited security permissions, so that my ...
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New access permissions for Google Maps v9.1.1

I recently got an notification for the latest Google Maps 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, ...
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What do Android application permissions mean?

When installing an application, the application lists permissions that it needs to perform its functions. I am creating this list of the the system defined permissions and a description of what ...
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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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Some apps not shown in permissions manager

I have KitKat 4.4 on my phone. When I go to Permission Manager, it does not show all the apps. I understand that some of the pre-installed apps may not allow me to change permissions. But, apps like ...
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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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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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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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Pulling an apk of paid app from the device

I was pulling the .apk files from the device using the following command: ./adb pull /data/app/com.example.tracker-1.apk When I tried using the same command for the encrypted app as below: ./adb ...
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Recover rw system permission

I rooted my Sony Xperia z1 some time ago, and now I have los the rw permission in system, what is the solution? How can I mont rw is system?
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How to get write permissions to TTY serial port for USB servo controller on unrooted DROID MAXX?

I'm in the process of building a small robot using the Micro Maestro USB Servo Controller. I've got it configured and working with my Windows computer and HP Stream 7 tablet. I can send it servo ...
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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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Why do some games ask for calling/SMS permissions?

More and more Android apps (games to be specific) require permissions to make calls. Some of them also require permission to send SMS, read bookmarks, history, etc. What is the explanation for this? I ...
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Batch remove permissions for all apps on rooted KitKat (CM11)

I installed CyanogenMod 11 on my Samsung Galaxy S3 mini (GT-I8190). CM has some kind of privacy protection feature (accessible via "Privacy" item within system menu) which lets user to ban an app from ...
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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 ...
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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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Network Problems with certain commands on GNURoot Debian Wheezy

When I attempt to use commands such as ping, nmap, and arpspoof, I recieve various errors saying that the operation is not permitted. I am running as root. What confuses me is that apt-get install and ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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: ...
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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 ...
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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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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" ...