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?

  • What device and Android version are you on?
    – geffchang
    Apr 2, 2014 at 15:00
  • It's a Samsung Galaxy note 2014 with Android 4.3.
    – Reza
    Apr 2, 2014 at 17:05
  • Try root explorer app search the apk and long press on the app click permission change your permission
    – samnaction
    Apr 3, 2014 at 16:25
  • That's not really non-third party and I'm talking about installed apps.
    – Reza
    Apr 3, 2014 at 18:04

1 Answer 1


You can use adb (Android Debug Bridge) tools.

-Install platform-tools which are included in Android SDK
-Toggle USB Debugging options on your phone.
-Connect to your phone with adb.

Example operation for testfile.txt

Upload your file with 'adb push ' command.

adb push testfile.txt /data/local/tmp/

Get shell with 'adb shell' command.

adb shell

(You will get a prompt like below.)

Become superuser with 'su' command.

shell$ su

Change permissions of testfile.txt to 644 (-rwx--r--r-)

chmod 644 /data/local/tmp/testfile.txt

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