Questions tagged [permissions]

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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Button/ toggle access

What is the symbol of a phone with an ! In the middle. It shows up in enabling all permissions in appp settings. I have a note 5 on nouget 7.0. is it a secret access switch and if so how do I access ...
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I still get permission denied (pubkey, password) after I disabled PubkeyAuthentication and having restarted my nethunter phone

I'm trying to setup my nethunter phone to use its ssh server. However, no matter how hard (not smart) I try, I get the permission denied (publickey, password) error. On my phone-server, my sshd_config ...
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Not granting permission because it was previously installed without?

An app i installed fails at startup, in the logs i see this permission problem: Not granting permission android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION to package com.nianticlabs.pokemongo because it was ...
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Why are android permission so broad?

I was reading a review for a game on the play store where someone gave a bad review saying that the game looked cool but it required access to photos, media and such which encouraged the user to ...
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App downloads big data again on every start

I have changed many of the permissions (especially by Play Store and Play Store Services). Now many apps works unusual and many doesn't work but doesn't give any understandable error. One of them is ...
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Developer permissions

Is there a way to remove or deny permission of system packages Example an app has permission to com.android.vending.BILLING? I have root access
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Prevent apps from turning off the screen

I noticed that a random third party app (Telegram in this case) was allowed to turn off my entire phone screen at a whim while I was using the app for a voice call, as soon as my finger approached the ...
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Root Browser app not changing permissions

I recently rooted my Samsung Galaxy S7 to remove all the t-mobile bloatware. After I removed all the t-mobile apps I proceeded to remove the boot animations. I was able to delete all the bootsamsung....
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Pixel Launcher crashing due to missing STATUS_BAR and MANAGE_ACTIVITY_STACKS permissions

I'm running LineageOS 16 on a OnePlus 3T. Whenever I try to open the Pixel Launcher, it crashes. In adb logcat, I saw the following lines that looked relevant: 05-25 16:13:31.293 16356 16356 W ...
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Screen filter app may be phoning home

Being quite a tech geek and Android geek I usually always solve my Android problems on my own but this one is really puzzling me. I recently got a Galaxy A40 and realized that my eyes react very ...
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In Android 7.0 Nougat, which permission gives an app your phone number?

In Android 7.0 Nougat, which permission gives an app your phone number? When I say "which permission", I mean when installing apps, the Google Play store will inform the user of certain permissions. ...
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How to disable media gallery permission of Hill Climb Racing 2?

I have installed Hill Climb Racing 2. It asked for access to my gallery. For installation I permitted it. But now I want to disable it. How can I do it?
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Why does google translate refuse to work without sms permission

Google Play Services required permissions Is a related question. I understand that "messaging" needs access to sms messages. But "play services" has no business there. I disabled it. Today i tried ...
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Can apps bypass permissions and just use Google Play Services?

I was reading this answer, and the first comment under it, and wondered if apps can bypass their own app permissions and just get whatever data they want from Google Play Services. What got me ...
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Gaining higher privileges

When an application requests access to some features of the phone, for example to read SMS storage, it always asks the user for permission for the second time. Is there a way to bypass/disable this ...
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Write permissions to Android SD card

I just try to ask this question over here, nobody apparently is able to answer this question: On Android (>4.4) the SD card is not writeable, except for the Android/data/[package-url]/ directory. The ...
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App permissions say Voice Recorder can modify contents of SD card but VR won't let me record to it

Therefore, when I try to set the recording location to somewhere on the SD card, I'd expect to be allowed. And yet: I tried the bare 9016-4EF8 folder, the Android folder in it, the data folder in ...
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What is this permission group?

When I ran adb shell pm list permission-groups one of the groups was: com.google.android.gms.permission.CAR_INFORMATION. I've never seen this before in system settings and I can't find anything ...
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Revoking Bluetooth permission from all apps?

I noticed that my phone silently enables bluetooth when screen turns off. When phones remains inactive for few minutes and I click unlock button I can see bluetooth indicator showing up for around 1-2 ...
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What is the “u#_everybody” UID?

In (multi-user) Android there are UIDs like these: u0_everybody u10_everybody u11_everybody Those seem different to the usual uXX_aYY UIDs used for the applications. What is their purpose? Is this a ...
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What is directory access permission?

I recently got a Android 9 phone, and I noticed a new section under special access called "directory access". It lists no apps This wasn't present on my old Android 8.1 phone, so I'm pretty sure it's ...
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Just rooted and can't enable premium messaging

When I attempt to enable it, it's stuck like in the picture. I then receive the message: Free Msg: Unable to send message - Message Blocking is active. I've tried other messaging applications, but I ...
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Why lsusb gets “permission denied” error in Termux?

When I run this command in Termux the output gets permission denied. I don't have root access, perhaps Android system allows me to get the specific access in root.
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Root and unroot Cat S41

Does anyone knows how to root then unroot this device? I've just installed Termux emulator but I am not able to run some commands. The terminal's output comes with a "Permission denied" issue. I've ...
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Why do I have to get permission to save to my own phone?

I am the owner of a new Samsung Galaxy J7 (J700T). When I try to delete files with no data on them on my internal, external, or SD card, the phone tells me I am denied. I want the files I've created....
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Microphone Permssion in Pie not listing all apps

I have a Pixel phone. Recently I checked App permissions →Microphone permissions, and it shows 5 of 24 apps allowed. But when I open the microphone permissions, it lists only 4 apps. Is this ...
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How Android's permissions mapping with UIDs/GIDs works?

Reading the book: Android Security Internals I'm reading at Chapter 2 - Permission Management paragraph that permissions are assigned to application at install time by the package manager with a ...
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If an apk requires no permission, can I be completely sure that it is safe to install?

I have an apk that requires no permissions whatsoever. Given that the apk requires no permissions, can I be completely sure that it is safe to install? Or are there still ways in which this apk might ...
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can't find mapping of “android.permission.INTERNET” permission to famous methods which should use it

I was trying to evaluate effective permissions usage of an apk using axplorer mapping files. During evaluation I obtained an effective use of the android.permission.INTERNET permission equal to 0. ...
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How to change the modified date of a file without root?

How do I change the modified date of a file, specifically PNGs, on Android without root? Total Commander failed to do it with a permission error Access Denied.
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Why Package Manger (pm) gives error “java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Unknown permission:” in shell script?

I created a .sh script which sets app permissions on android devices. If I push the script on /sdcard and run it through adb shell with command sh ./test.sh. The following error occurs on each ...
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On Kindle Fire 8, granting permission to Android apps

This is a modified cross-post from ebooks, but perhaps more of an Android question since Kindle Fire runs on a bespoke Android build. I have a Kindle Fire 8 (7th gen) running on Fire OS 5.3.6.4, ...
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What special privileges “/system/xbin/su” does have w.r.t. root access?

This answer says: Because of the way directory/file permissions are configured on Android, you need to have the su binary on your /system partition in order for it to work. Putting elsewhere ...
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Remove Parent controls on Kindle Fire HD without password

I have parent controls on my Kindle Fire HD and I forgot the password. I want the parent controls off but I can't without the forgotten password. How do I get the parent controls off the kindle ...
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Why reading permission to /proc/1/maps is denied and why doesn't the denial appear in logcat?

I'm developing a native app for Android, and I'm occasionally confronted with permission denied which doesn't trigger a log in the logcat logs. For example, trying to run: shell@kltevzw:/ $ cat /proc/...
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Are there apps which block apps from using features even when they're given permission?

Android's prefs lets me give or revoke individual permissions for individual apps. But sometimes an app will refuse to run without being given permissions that don't seem relevant for such an app. ...
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Why can't Tasker manage battery mode on my rooted Pixel?

I've been using Tasker to mute my phone at work. I recently added some nested tasks to enable and disable battery saver mode when I arrive and leave. However, it doesn't seem to have permission. The ...
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How to control or deny permission to certain drives?

I have an android based kiosk and I have a very peculiar requirement, while browsing files/folders from the browser I need to restrict user from accessing certain drives, say for example when the user ...
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Gmail says I need phone permission to login, it is enabled but I can't login

I used to have 2 Gmail accounts logged in on my phone. Recently one has been logged out and when I tried to log back in it asked me a question, I accidentally clicked 'dont ask me this again'. Now ...
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LineageOS update caused permission erros for GApps

I recently made an update of LineageOS for my LG G5 (LineageOS 14.1) as well as my Samsung Galaxy S5 (LineageOS 15.1). They both seem to have serious issues afterwards and I don't know what happened. ...
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Disabling sms delivery report globally in android

I know we can enable/disable the sms delivery report in the messaging app. But is it possible to disable it for all apps? I use an app that sends sms to control a device and I guess it's using the ...
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Is there a way to make an app executable only by the system on android?

I'm trying to make an app executable only by the system or by root on android so that when the user tries to open it (for example, by tapping it) he gets permission denied. Is this possible on a ...
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Restoring ownership in TWRP backed up data

So, my Nexus 7 (2012) is in a bootloop and I want to backup my data. Recovery (TWRP 3.2.3) works without a problem but I don't have a USB-OTG to do it and there's not enough space on the internal ...
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MP3 Used to play in WhatsApp, now Podcast Addict wants to play it

Because my front mic don't work, I have to create an MP3 from the back mic, and send it in a Whatsapp message. Sometimes I would click it to play it back myself. It played in Whatsapp just fine. Then ...
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Prevent application to make silently install file(s) or making changes

'Request Install Packages' let's say if an app has this permission ex- facebook(Check it in playstore head to facebook then 'app permissions' and click 'see more'. I used to read articles related to ...
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Application Permissions

I note that with my Samsung S7 Edge now I have "Permission Monitor" as an option, which is great. Leaving out the whole root option (I don't want to risk it again, it was a $300 fix last time it '...
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Should i be worried of these permissions from an app?

I was going to download an app ( not giving its proper name because there are many other apps who wants same permissions) but when i was looking for what 'app permissions' it needed. I saw ...
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What do I need to do, to let email be stored in this folder?

I asked Aquamail to save attachments on my SD card, but it had permissions issues. The info on the folder is below. Aquamail error message: Folder info/permissions in FX: I understand that ideally, ...
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What permissions does root give to an app?

All of the normal permissions are listed here, but it does not say anything about root permissions. I can't find the names of individual permissions anywhere else either so I am asking here.
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SD card write permission issues after restoring from backup to an identical phone model

I've been using LineageOS 14.1 on a rooted unlocked Samsung S7 (G930F) for a long time. My phone started dying, so I rebooted to TWRP and managed to take a full backup to the SD card before it died. ...