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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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Does Bluetooth not work on devices without GPS?

Lego offers an Android app that allows control a Lego train using bluetooth. It does not work on my non-GPS tablet and emits the error message “could not get permission to get device location”. Lego ...
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How to find out which app fills my gallery with images?

Since yesterday my gallery is getting filled with pictures I never asked for. Looking at metadata didn't reveal which app is doing this: Could you suggest how to fix this?
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Termux API does not ask for permissions and hangs

I try to use termux-api to perform some actions, specifically I want to use termux-usb to run some libuvc code. However none of termux api programs even ask for permissions to run. For example if 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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Is it safe to give accessibility permission to an app?

So I use the app from Cleanbrowsing and gave the accessibility permission to it and saw that it can view my screen, action and inputs, perform actions and control the display. Is this app even safe to ...
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How to disable nearby device on my phone (for privacy reasons)?

I'm using Infinix Note 30 with Android 13. I'm currently trying to achieve location privacy on my phone. I have denied location permission for all apps (except system apps and Google Play Services, ...
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Screen Recording permission in Android 9.0 goes away when force stopping app

When I use a third-party app for screen recording, the 1st time I have to give screen recording permission. Then I don't have to give that permission. The 2nd, 3rd times, ... It can record. I don't ...
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"Neither user 2000 nor current process has android.permission.GRANT_RUNTIME_PERMISSIONS" when using `adb shell pm grant` command

I have installed a clipboard manager, Clip Stack on my Android 11 phone. When the app is opened, the developer helpfully gives the message that background clipboard access has been blocked by Android ...
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selinux denies busybox although selinux is set to permissive?

Device-info: Phone: Sony Xperia Z1 Model number: C6903 Android version: 5.1.1 Build Number: 14.6.A.1.236 Rooted, BusyBox and Terminal Emulator installed (Play Store Version!!!) I have formatted an ...
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Tweak rooted Android 12 to access SD card files from normal apps

I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE with Android 12, and I quickly noticed that many applications were unable to access files on the SD card. For instance, I used to access local HTML/MP3 files ...
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Apps I use every day marked "unused", and permissions reset

The automatic permission removal of unused apps is a great feature that I quite like (and therefore don't want to necessarily disable for a bunch of apps). However, my phone does not correctly ...
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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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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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"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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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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Is there a list that explains the risks involved with each granted application permission type?

Usually, an installed Android app will request permissions such as Phone calls read phone state and identity or System tools prevent phone from sleeping But the actual consequences from a ...
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Android M: Application does not require any special access?

I have a question with Runtime Permission Model on Android M. My app requires Location and External Storage permission. The above permissions are supposed to be requested from the user as required i.e....
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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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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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Setting permissions for which networks an app can access

Is there a way to restrict which networks an app can use? For example, I don't want to use a location-based dating app (or similar, e.g. Snapchat) on my work/university/school network. I would prefer ...
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Unknown Permissions on VirusTotal analysis

I have noticed unusual and unwanted behavior from a few of my system apps, most notably Google Play Services, Google Account Manager, and Google Services Framework. These apps cause force closes on ...
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Can WhatsApp be used without granting contacts permission?

I'm trying to install WhatsApp, but I'm obviously uncomfortable about serving up my entire address book for Facebook to trawl through. I've found plenty of posts from a few years back saying it is ...
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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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Replaced /system/bin/toolbox. How to I revert that?

I renamed the original /system/bin/toolbox" to "toolbox_alt". I replaced the file /system/bin/toolbox with a file that was supposed to work, but doesn't work at all. My filemanagers and ...
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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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How to fix "Notification access is not available" on Android Go?

I have a TECNO Spark 2 running on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). Every time I try to install apps that require notification access, it says that the feature is not available. How to fix it?
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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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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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How to permit secondary profile to create/manage hotspot

How can I modify the permissions of my Android's secondary profile/user to be able to create & manage a WiFi hotspot on the device? I'm running Android 11 (LineageOS). I have a secondary user that ...
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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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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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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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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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Permission system changes with Android 6.0: What are the implications for us users?

With Android 6.0, a bunch of permissions and permission groups have been removed: Groups gone While on a first glance this doesn't seem important (isn't it rather a way to organize permissions?) – ...
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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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