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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What is reason of getting “Unable to create directory, errno: 13” error on Android Linux? [closed]

I want to execute diag_mdLog file from my application. I am getting different behavior on two applications. On a simple project I am able to execute it but on a complex project there is some unknown ...
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removing privileged permissions from pre-installed apps

Many pre-installed apps get privileged permissions, which are defined in /etc/permissions/privapp-permissions-*.xml files. Given a rooted device, it would be possible to edit those files in order to ...
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List of ADB settable permissions

I am searching for a list of permissions that can be set with adb. I could just iterate through all permissions and ignore the failed ones but i'd rather filter out the ones that i know can't be set ...
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Is permission elevation still a security issue for end users when updating Android?

Is this still an issue for end users?: Researchers have determined that the Android update process has a vulnerability that allows permission elevation without user knowledge. Android allows ...
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How to disable the OTG (USB) on Android 9?

I want to disable the OTG (USB) on Android 9. I coud control it on Android 6 by disabling a permission on the file android.hardware.usb.host.xml located in /system/etc/permission but it is not working ...
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permissions.default.microphone on Firefox for Android

I want Firefox for Android to allow microphone access by default, so I don't have to click a notification window all the time. In the desktop version you can go to about:config in the url bar and set ...
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Are these app permissions normal?

Can it be used to steal personal data or intercept/view online activity?
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How to bind-mount “data” and “obb” folders from external SD card in “/sdcard/Android”?

Can someone help me mount my Android/data and Android/obb in my internal storage from my portable storage? I'm on a Pie ROM. I found this: How to bind mount a folder inside /sdcard with correct ...
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Apps are not allowed by Google to read SMS messages, but why can they read OTP SMS directly?

Termux:API app has a command termux-sms-list to list SMS messages on the Termux terminal. However, the wiki says that it is not supported anymore because of Google. Usage of this API is no longer ...
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What happens if I ignore the warning: “If you deny this permission, basic features of your device may no longer function as intended”?

If I go into the permissions settings for the Google app and change the Location permission from "Allow all the time" to "Allow only while using the app" or "Deny," I am presented with a warning: "If ...
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When notification access is not available on certain phone, is it possible to run 3rd-party/background apps?

I have installed (...) (device monitoring app) to a phone. During installation I get an error on the target phone saying Notification access - this feature is not available on this device Since ...
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How do I prevent apps from trying to gain permissions?

I downloaded an app for a restaurant I frequent to collect points. When I tell it to show the QR code to scan at the register, it switches to a screen in my Android Settings to "Modify system settings"...
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Do permissions have to be declared in the manifest for an app to have the access they provide?

I was using Universal Copy for a while to be able to copy text from fields that are not normally able to be selected, but due to it being able to see all contents on the screen when running, I would ...
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Are Android App Permissions Placebos (Android Pie)?

I'm looking at every app that has 'Microphone' permissions on my Android Pie Galaxy Note phone, accessed through: Settings > Apps > Hamburger Menu > App Permissions > Microphone Five ...
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How to get rid of SeLinux Denials in Permissive mode?

Need some help with 3 issues: In Permissive mode I get denials, why does this happen and how do I fix that? If I am enforced, how do I give access to my Partitions to various processes. Right now I ...
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How to bind mount a folder inside /sdcard with correct permissions?

I am using a Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. As is well known, the internal memory is rather small. Especially the Media directory of WhatsApp uses a lot of precious space, therefore I am trying to move it to ...
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Can application see all WIFI SSID?

I read the Wi-Fi scanning overview, but I am not sure if an application has the ability to read the Wifi access points around me. I don't give location permissions. I turn location service OFF. The ...
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How to grant an app a permission that isn't in its manifest for audio recording?

Non rooted Moto G6 Play running Android 9. I'm using Termux and would like to use Sox's rec command to record audio from the terminal. Unfortunately, since Termux doesn't request the mic permission, ...
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Access Channel Impulse Response of LTE signals on cell phone

Is there a way to access channel impulse response information on ios/android or any other mobile software? I was looking at the android developer website but could only find functions that provide ...
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How can I make just one app open links in an alternate browser?

I use chrome for most of my web browsing, but some links I want to open in Firefox. I don't want to have to select chrome every time I open a link from an app, I just want to tell a specific app to ...
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How to run a program in an app context with Magisk?

Let's say I'm currently as root in Bash on a terminal, outside any app like Termux. I'm running Magisk. Now I want to synchronously invoke Termux's Bash, such that it behaves the same way as it would ...
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Can not create data/media/0/TWRP

I want to root my Huawei y7, when I run adb reboot recovery and I go to backup, a check data, system and boot and I "Swipe to Backup" I got error: Can not create 'data/media/0/TWRP'folder (Permission ...
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Can I give permanent volume increase permission to my phone?

I use Android 7.0. My phone asks a permission about increasing volume level after every boot if I want to increase the volume level. Is doing this mandatory after every boot or can I disable/by-pass ...
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Permit use hardware (camera,microphone,etc) to application for some time, not forever

In Android 6 and latter, when application asks for permission (for example camera access) user can allow, or dismiss, or check 'do not ask any more' and dismiss. I would like to have one more ...
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CHMOD permissions

I have root access on my Android device, and I don't want to use second-part applications like AppLock to block Youtube app. Is there a way to prevent youtube app from launching by my child. I have ...
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How granular can the app developer set the permissions to avoid turning the user away at the “Permissions to Photos, Media and Other files”?

When a Notes app (like Google Keep, Wunderlist, Stickynotes) etc asks for permissions to "Photos, Media and Other Files" (PMOF) on your device, the user can get a bit uncertain. So essentially, can ...
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After changing Android ID app still detect I am installing it again [duplicate]

I have changed almost everything from Android ID, Mac address, but still this app can detect I am installing it again and pops up " Trial expired. what could be the reason for this. I installed ...
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What is the meaning of “need access to: ” in when we want to install an application?

Whenever we want to install an application from Google Play, the application will ask permission to access to some things. The number of permissions are different from one to another application. ...
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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 ...