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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Telegram do not save pictures to gallery neither share them in Android 14

I recently flashed a custom ROM (Evolution X) based on Android 14. Now, in the Telegram app, if I press the save to gallery or share button for images, nothing happens. When I press save to gallery ...
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Missing permission to access internal storage

Via Settings > Apps > Fayr > Permissions, I can set various permissions for the Android app Fayr (i.e., Calendar, Camera, Contacts, Location, Notifications), and all of them have been set to ...
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Is there a CSV, XML or JSON resource for Android permissions with description, API level and protection level?

I am trying to easily parse Android permissions for an application but https://developer.android.com/reference/kotlin/android/Manifest.permission makes it hard to do so. I want to check the ...
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How to turn off pemissions in "Other app capabilities" of Google Play Services?

There are "Other app capabilities" permissions in Google Play Services. It can be reached by: Open the Android Settings app Select Application Select All applications Select Google Play ...
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S Memo permissions

So, I wanted to see install S Memo on an Android 8 device and, for some reason, S Memo asked for permission to read my contacts, messages, phone journal and location. Why does it need this stuff?
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How to remove unremovable permissions

Samsung Galaxy S23. How do I remove permissions from Android Auto to Change Network Connectivity. I can see the permission is assigned when I go to Settings > Apps > Android Auto > ...
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Set ISO country code on non-root phone with adb

I want to try the new body-temperature mode of my pixel 8 pro's IR sensor, however that is locked to the US. Apparently the app checks for the SIM ISO country code so I would like to change that to US....
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"Changing sensor privacy requires the following permission: android.permission.MANAGE_SENSOR_PRIVACY" when trying to change sensor_privacy

I would like to use the following command from ADB service call sensor_privacy 4 i32 1 to turn OFF my sensor, but it gives me Changing sensor privacy requires the following permission: android....
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Permissions: How to deny an app Intent.ACTION_GET_CONTENT

As the admin of my android device, I'd like to configure the device to return a permission denied error to all apps that request Intent.ACTION_GET_CONTENT by default, unless I explicitly give it ...
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Is it possible to allow an old app to lock/unlock the phone?

I'm still using an old app to automate some things: Automated Device (com.dhr.automateddevice) by Daniel Herrero. The app isn't update from about 8 years, but it stills works and do what i need, it is ...
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termux-sms-send hangs

I installed Termux using F-Droid, and the termux-api package. When I run $termux-sms-send -n (number) text, the command never returns, nor does it produce errors. I press Ctrl+C to exit. Per the ...
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Revoke permission of system apps without root

I was wondering if there is any way I could revoke permission of a system app without having root. And if the is a way and I managed to do it are there any side effects that might result in the app ...
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microSD read-only for 3rd party apps after factory reset - Lenovo A1010, Android 5.1

I did a factory reset on said phone due to a malware infection, used APKPure to install the handful of apps that I need (no Google account activated on phone after reboot) and now I observe the ...
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As a regular user, how do I revoke QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES granted to an app?

My phone is Android 11. One app asked to scan my installed apps, and I accidentally tapped OK. Now the app no longer asks for this permission. I believe the granted permission is QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES. I ...
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Application special access Wi-Fi control is blocked on Verizon Samsung Galaxy No 10+

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (Verizon, unrooted). I am unable to disable the application's access to WiFi control. I could in the past. In Settings - Apps - Special access - Wi-Fi control, all ...
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How does Tinder get SMS verification code? [duplicate]

When you log into Tinder you can use your mobile number. Tinder sends you a verification code via SMS. Tinder automatically detects this number and can log you in. Tinder has only permission to show ...
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Is the Accessibility permission of Maxlock safe?

Is it safe to use the Maxlock app if it asks for accessibility permission to work properly? I need it to lock the Settings app. I am aware that this kind of permission could be dangerous, but Maxlock ...
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Ability to unlock phone in read only mode (and multiple phone users)

Wouldn't it be nice if Android and Android apps catered towards the ability to unlock your phone on read only mode. In this way, you can give your phone to someone (for instance, a family member), and ...
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How do I deny the DETECT_SCREEN_CAPTURE permission?

If an app requests the DETECT_SCREEN_CAPTURE permission (new to Android 14), how can I deny it that permission? I don't want the app to get a SecurityException or anything like that; I just want to ...
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I can not get access to /proc/sys/kernel/hostname file

After following the Anon Uimik's instructions to get root access here: How to make Termux obtain root access? I'm trying to get the value of the file /proc/sys/kernel/hostname but I'm getting ...
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How to let Gmail access storage?

When I try to "Share" using Gmail the file never gets attached and I always get the same error: "Gmail needs storage permission to complete action". However it then directs me to ...
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Persistent "Unblock device microphone" prompt although Phone app is allowed to use microphone

I just got a new smartphone, and although I configured the Phone app to allow the use of the microphone, I am getting an odd "Unblock device microphone" prompt. I bought the phone and it ...
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Chrome doesn't require permission to download files and install web apps?

Chrome for Android seems to require no permission to download files and install web apps. Disabling storage permission does not prevent the browser from downloading the EICAR test file, and disabling ...
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Prevent play store from installing apps

The Google play store has a line in their TOS that gives them the right to install arbitrary apps/updates without consent of the user. Sadly, some apps appear to require play store to be enabled to ...
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ADB accessing shell /data/data/com.<specified_app>

I tried this ADB command: adb shell cd /data/data/com.whatsapp I want retrieve Whatsapp key file without root but I still get permission denied. Any idea how can I get read access of com.whatsapp ...
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What are the absolute minimum required Permissions I need to download from Play Store?

I have a tablet I bought for work, and as I don't really need most of the apps on it, I am shutting down and disabling all the Google/Android Services I don't need. Seeing how I need to download some ...
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What are some ways to prevent an application from getting a device "fingerprint"?

Despite using a VPN, an application natively running on an Android device can get lots of information about its host (like hardware IDs or SIM card information) which defeats the whole point of using ...
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What do ACCESS_WIFI_STATE and ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE allow apps to see?

I'm finding very limited info on what the permissions ACCESS_WIFI_STATE and ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE allow apps to do or see What do these permissions actually do, and what information if any do they give ...
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How to give an app permission to see a subset of contacts

Some apps require access to my contacts list in order to function (e.g. WhatsApp). I am concerned about the privacy implications of giving permission to apps to see my entire contacts list, which may ...
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"Read phone status and identity" privacy issue

Multiple apps released in my country require the android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE permission which means not only they get to know my phone number, they also get my IMEI. My second concern is that ...
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Body Sensor Permission? What all kinds of information could it get of our body?

How is the Body Sensor Permission utilised by the apps? I'm aware that it uses hall sensor and proximity sensors to detect human presence. I want to know how exacty it detects specific people? I'm ...
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Can websites access photos on device if Chrome has access?

If the Google Chrome app on Android has access to media/files/photos, can any website access photos on the device since the permission is granted to chrome, or would the photo picker (before the ...
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How do I prevent an app from running a foreground service?

I have an app that wants to run a foreground service (not configurable) but I want the regular Android power restrictions to be applied to it because the foreground service is unnecessary (I always ...
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How to "Suppress Beep Sound At Recognition Start" on Gboard voice input?

When using Gboard voice to text input, an atrocious bell sounds to prompt the user to start talking. It wakes up the ... Sure, I could turn down its volume with the four Android volume sliders. Indeed,...
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Can't read media files from mounted SD card partition

I have a tablet that I flashed with a modded (rooted) system partition. A side effect of this system partition is that it killed my 20gb SD card partition that is the main storage for the device. I ...
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How do I Re-enable INTERNET premission?

I have an app where I disabled internet permission. Now I couldn't enable it again, while previous times I could. This may be the result of updating the app. I have root. How do I re-enable internet ...
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How can I disable permission monitoring on Android 13? [duplicate]

I recently upgraded from a Samsung Galaxy S9+ to the S23 Ultra and noticed that it almost daily pushes notifications like this: Settings: Android System Intelligence got your location in the ...
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Stopping Verizon from installing apps on your phone without consent?

I recently switched cell phone providers from T-Mobile to Verizon. The next day, I noticed a ton of crappy apps, mostly dumb games, were installed on my phone, a Samsung Galaxy S22. As I already have ...
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Can an app access my browser history from other apps?

I've always thought that if an app has to get access to certain information on your phone, you have to give it permission in the "permissions" settings in phone settings. However, on Google ...
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Is there a READ_SMS type permission just for eSIM

I have an app that has READ_SMS permissions, but it doesn't "see" my eSIM, which is the one I want to READ_SMS. Is there a special permission to see the incoming SMS for the eSIM? [edit] As ...
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Android MIUI 13 upgrade: app permission messed up

After the upgrade from MIUI 12 to MIUI 13 on my Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC, the app permissions somehow got messed up. For example: I have some apps that usually run in the background and they now get ...
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can't give permissions to apps to access sdcard, I got the message "To protect your privacy, choose another folder"

I'm trying to give access to the sdcard (like the stock file explorer), but if I try to select the root of the sdcard I get the message "To protect your privacy, choose another folder", and ...
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Special permission "WiFi control" permission inactive

Special access "WiFi control" permissions on Samsung S6Lite (Android 12, 2022) can not be toggled on or off for all apps (system or non-systems apps; there was just one adjustable - Google ...
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How can I view which app has the permission to turn on and off the location services in Android?

How can I view which app has the permission to turn on and off the location in Android? I use a Samsung Galaxy S9 phone with Android 10.
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Retrieving Android phone's identificators

I will be publishing a fingerprinting app that shows its user how much access to their Android phone's identifiers it has. I haven't started writing it because I need to understand how can any Android ...
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Interoperation between DroidVim and Termux

I've been using DroidVim under Android for a few years now, primarily to edit a rather sprawling notes repository that I sync with my PC using git under Termux. The repo lives in a subdirectory of ...
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Partial/restricted access to photos and videos

Many apps such as Facebook and Instagram simply request access to all "photos and videos". Presumably this is so they can show you their own gallery to choose from when posting them online. ...
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Why does this app from F-droid ask for location?

I find Syncopoli interesting for backup of own data. It's like rsync for the phone. But it asks for location and I wonder why would the app need it? I'm not terribly paranoid, I'm just privacy aware.
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Samsung Tab S6 Lite saying "Not Enough Space" when I try to switch storage to SD card for apps in a non-administrator user account

To add to what the title says, I have no problem when I am in the user account on the Samsung Tab S6 Lite to switch apps that are coded for such to be on the SD card that I have installed in this ...
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If an app has the permission "Draw over other apps", can the app see the content present on my screen? [duplicate]

So I recently installed an app called XSCamera which can basically record with the phone camera in the background. It requires the "Draw over other apps" permission to display a mini-preview ...
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