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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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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What does “discover known accounts” permission mean?

I am not sure what an app can do to me if it is able to discover my account, to what extent? Thank you very much.
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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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How to stop com.seven.Z7.Social Hub from keeping my phone awake?

com.seven.Z7.Social Hub is regularly keeping my phone awake for hours and hours. How do I stop it from doing so? Thank you
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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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Is it safe to install Launchers for Android which require quite a few permissions?

I have HTC One X with Sense on it. Sense is a bit slow. So I installed Apex Launcher. It was fast but it required quite a few permissions so I uninstalled it. I looked at other Launchers in Google ...
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How to modify app permissions on a rooted device without third party?

Is there any way to modify app permissions on a rooted (running Android 4.3) device "by hand"? Or maybe I should ask how third party apps (like "access denied" or "Gemini") can block app permissions? ...
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What can an app do with the “USE ACCOUNTS ON THE DEVICE” permission?

Can such an app freely read my emails/calendar/message/docs/etc.? The "USE ACCOUNTS ON THE DEVICE" permission is also known for developers as android.permission.USE_CREDENTIALS. Example of such ...
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Can I prevent auto-update of apps with changed permissions?

I would like to auto-update any app that has no change in permissions. Apps with changed permissions, I would like to review the changes before updating. Is this possible?
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What really needs to be wiped before flashing rom or kernel?

Wiping Questions Does wiping cache wipe dalvik cache? What to do with dalvik cache in recovery when flashing when I changed the default from Dalvik to ART? When I flash kernel what partitions to ...
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What lurks behind these Gmail/GTalk permissions?

I just stumbled upon some permissions which sound clear at first sight (noticed them already quite a while ago, just decided to dig deeper right now). Thinking about possible implications, I'd really ...
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What do the permissions that applications require 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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What is the difference between Android user app with root access and a system app

The answer I am looking for is in the aspect of permissions. Can a system app do everything? Can a user app with root access (on rooted device) do everything? If so, are they the same? For example ...
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Manually add UID to a system group

Let's say i create a custom group on Android (We will call it GID 5000) and i want to add users (apps) to this group, how can i manually add the app's UID to GID 5000 ? If possible, without touching ...
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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 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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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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How can I revoke an app's permission to access USB after granting it permanently?

I have an app that requested USB access, and when prompted I selected "Yes, allow this app to use USB" and checked the "permanently" checkbox. Now I would like to revoke this permission so that the ...
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Why do some apps with no internet features require internet access?

A couple of apps I've installed or considered say they require internet access even though they have no obvious internet features. One of the most surprising ones was a simple compass app. Why is ...
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Do the apps that require a full internet access override android network settings?

You all know that some apps require "full internet access', and other permissions. Some use it for ads, some use it for other reasons, etc. So, can these apps access the internet when my wifi network ...
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Facebook Messenger without permissions

Facebook Messenger for Android requires a lot of permissions - like reading my SMS and other stuff. I really don't like that. Is there any fb chat application which doesn't require such permissions? ...
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Alternative for Storage permission

I noticed that almost all apps request the Storage permission, and this is quite OK since they need to store stuff to function properly. But it's a bit bugging me that they have access to all of my ...
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Applications Permissions Manager for Kit Kat 4.4.2

Before KitKat 4.4.2 there were a variety of Applications Permissions Manager. They worked but with the release if KitKat 4.4.2 they no longer work. This was a non root application so it ran on non ...
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Can an app make phone calls in the background [duplicate]

I saw a number of apps that require "Services that cost you money" permissions, my question is if I install such an app and that app will make a phone call, is that call visible to the user or the app ...
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Where does Android keep app permissions?

I have a rooted Android, and I want to disable (not read/write/execute) permissions to an app (for example, I don't want it accessing the camera or the phone). Where does Android keep those ...
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How to determine what capabilities are blocking an app from installing

My bank has an app for Android phones, but that same app won't install on my tablet. Is there a way to determine what capability or permission is blocking it from even being listed in the Play store? ...
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Archive SMS messages, without extra permissions

Answers to the following question list a number of Android apps that can be used to backup SMS messages: How do I backup and restore SMS Messages? However, all of the applications mentioned in the ...
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Read phone state and identity

I've looked at many (not all) of the dozens of links here. Is there a list that explains the risks involved with each granted application permission type? Most of these are not worth the time to ...
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Android permission and ProtectionLevel [duplicate]

How Do we find what level of Android permission is required for a specific permission. Lets say we have android.permission.SET_ACTIVITY_WATCHER(docs) What permission group does it fall into?(docs) ...
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Why does an app read my phone's IMEI number? An awful lot of them do

What reasons should an app have to need my phone's International Mobile Equipment Identity number? I noticed that unreasonably many of ordinary apps have the "phone state and identity" permission. ...
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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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Is there a facebook app that does not read your location?

I've looked at a number of facebook apps, and it seems that they require permission to read my precise location. This includes Stream, Fast, Friendcaster, and the official facebook app. Can anyone ...
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Can an Android app circumvent its stated permissions?

I downloaded an APK from a 3rd party source (not Google Play). My question is that can this android app, although stated that it can only access my USB storage, could it also do other things (such as ...
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Check if app uses in-app purchase

What is the easiest way to check whether an app uses in-app purchase? Is there a mark in the Play store or a permission to look for after I installed the app?
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Why are all these apps wanting access to Android Services from my Google account?

On HTC one 4.3/5.5 I get a list of about 20 apps asking for permission to Android services. These apps want access to your google account from now on They are requesting permission to: Android ...
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How to find all applications requiring a specific permission? [duplicate]

The title says it all. I am interested in finding all the applications using a specific permission, in my case “Detailed Location”. I use Android 4.2.2 on a Galaxy Note 2, the Samsung provided ...
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Twitter ReceiveSMS permission

On Twitter November 25, 2013 update, they ask for receive text messages (SMS) permission. Does anyone know what exactly this is for ?
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Why does the new Chrome update want the permission to use my camera and audio recording?

Seriously, it specifically states that it can use the camera and audio recording any time it wants, whether or not I wish it to. Why is Chrome on Android requesting those permissions? Should I be ...
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How do I withdraw an app rights to enter internet in CyanogenMod?

On a rooted device it should be possible to forbid certain apps to contact internet connection How is this possible in CyanogenMod 10.0?
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detect when application using permissions ~ Android

I list all permissions of the new installed application on rooted Android device. But I want to detect when an application uses these permission. For example, I installed an app and it uses ...
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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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Permission denied while trying to do MKDIR

I am loading media files into the /sdcard folder on my Android device and playing them and everything seems to work fine. When I tried to do a MKDIR on this folder, it said that my permission is ...
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How to stop Foursquare from turning on Wi-Fi?

Some time ago I noticed Wi-Fi powers on without any action from me. There was a question already from me, asking why the phone would do this. I localized the issue to Foursquare app — it actually has ...
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How can I easily restrict all apps EXCEPT specific apps from using data?

Let's say I have 100 apps on my Nexus 4. I want to limit all but 2 of them from running on my data plan (I have 30MB a month). How can I easily exclude all apps except specific applications from ...
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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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Why does Sound Recorder in Cyanogenmod need network permission?

It doesn't seem to be able to share sound recordings. Why does it need that permission? Cyanogenmod 10.1 although I've seen it in other versions.
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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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File Explorer for HTC Desire X - too many permissions asked for?

I have a HTC Desire X running Android 4.0.4 (not rooted) I am looking for a file explorer mainly for 2 things - Just browsing around the file system - Copying an apk from my PC and executing it. I ...
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How can I easily deny other apps from accessing my personal data?

If I use the standard Android contacts, sms and phone app all these data are endangered to be read by other apps. Is there a solution without rooting the phone that every simple user could easily ...
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Where is the permissions tab in Google play?

About 1 month ago Google change the layout on the Play store, at least on the web part. My question is simple. Is there any way to see what permissions an application have from a computer? You can see ...