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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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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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Android 6+ and account permissions: where have they gone to?

I was just browsing the Android Developers Permissions list, and noticed most of the account permissions are gone – in fact, all but GET_ACCOUNTS as it seems. What does that mean, what implications ...
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Determine app sending SMS Premium messages

I normally have "Block Premium Messaging" set up on the phones in my family. This is a verizon content block the prevents you (or family members) from sending messages to premium services that charge. ...
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How to block an app from accessing my speaker?

How do I prevent an app from playing audio on an Android?
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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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Why do so many applications try to get the SIM and network operator name?

I understand what Android permissions mean and I have a specific question about two telephony permissions. I've been using XPrivacy for a while and noticed that many apps that ostensibly have nothing ...
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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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How to containerize apps?

There are a lot of Android apps out there that request all sorts of permissions. They want access to your files, your contacts, etc. Many of them don't run properly and/or crash without these ...
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What does 'read/write instant messages' do?

Here are my steps on a Motorola using Android 6.0.1 Go to Settings > Apps > Show System > Google Services Framework > Permissions > Additional permissions What happens if I turn on these options? - ...
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"Fingerprint hardware not available" after TWRP restore

A couple months ago I had to get a replacement for my Nexus 6P, so I did a full TWRP backup, copied it onto the new phone, and did a restore (note that I had to rename the backup folder so that TWRP ...
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How to disable the "Application permissions" dialog that pop up during each new app install?

I have a Samsung Galaxy A5[18] running Android 4.4.4. Every time I install a new app this dialog comes up: Is there any way to disable this feature? I'm doing app development so I have to install ...
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How to give `adb run-as` external storage permission?

So far I've been using adb run-as and cat to extract files from apps private storage /data/user/0/com.myapp.android. Simply catting the file and piping it to a local file on my pc worked a treat. Now ...
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How to list all apps with a specific permission in ADB?

I want to list all apps with a specific permission. For instance, output the package names of apps with the VIBRATE permission. The apps with a specific permission then be revoked or enabled as ...
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chmod and chown silently fail in shell for TwinApps media directory

I think I have a similar issue to Can't use chmod to alter permissions on emulated phone but the emulation is happening on the android device itself via the TwinApps feature, which allows you to ...
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Difference between "manage all files" and "access media only"?

This question refers to Android 11. What is the difference between the following two permissions: "manage all files" and "access media only"? I could guess but I would like to ...
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Is it possible to "fake" / isolate App or Permissions for an App without root (gravely invasive permissions Galaxy Wearable App)

I can't believe the wearable app (for galaxy buds) is actual allowed on the playstore. The permissions the app asks for are nothing I've ever seen before. It asks for EVERYTHING , literally. And if ...
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Why do Google Play Services appear to access Location despite being disallowed to?

On my phone I disallowed Google Play Services access to Location many months ago. Yet Recent Location Requests item of the Settings still gets them listed: How can this happen? Do Google Play ...
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Which user data are apps able to collect by default?

On Android, I used to prefer the mobile website of services instead of their app because of possible privacy concerns. Now I'm wondering if this is actually unnecessary. So my question is: Which ...
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Is it impossible to pull a database file from non debuggable app in a non rooted device?

Here's what I tried: adb shell "run-as my.package ..." doesn't work because the app was installed without the android:debuggable option. adb backup doesn't work (it produces an empty file) I can't ...
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How to figure out which APP downloaded a file OR requested a download?

I found that a file (which was an apk for a new App) was downloaded several times without asking for a permission. My phone is Samsung Galaxy 7 with Android V 7.0. How can I find which App did the ...
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How do some android apps know from where they have been downloaded?

If you read privacy policy of some online apps, you will find that their services also store information about from where you download their app. I wonder if this is possible because apk is a ...
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Which are the undeniable Google Play Services permissions?

I just got a new phone (Wileyfox Swift) with Cyanogen 13.0 installed and I am playing a bit with the app permissions. I am trying to understand which permissions can be denied to Google Play Services ...
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Log what an application does and accesses

I'm a bit paranoid about the permissions that certain applications require to work on an Android phone. Specially the "Access to your storage" permission. What I'm scared of is if an application is ...
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How to tell what app or process periodically sends SMS messages?

About a week ago I purchased a T-Mobile SIM card and activated it on a $3/mo prepaid program. This program requires you to load your account with $3 per month to keep it alive, and these include 30 ...
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How to mount usb drive in nexus 5 using mount command?

I read in some online sources that lolipop 5 allows mounting usb devices using otg cable without root permissions. Another thing i saw is that the app "ES Explorer" can mount usb devices without root....
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How to change the permission and ownership for internal sdcard

I have a problem with my internal SD card on my android 4.2.2. It shows there are no files on the internal SD card but there is a shortcut called "legacy" and I can't write anything on the internal SD ...
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Can I prevent auto-update of apps with changed permissions?

I would like to auto-update any app that has no change in permissions. Apps with changed permissions, I would like to review the changes before updating. Is this possible?
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Where does Android keep app permissions?

I have a rooted Android, and I want to disable (not read/write/execute) permissions to an app (for example, I don't want it accessing the camera or the phone). Where does Android keep those ...
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I can no longer write to /emulated/0 without root or system access

I have a Sprint Galaxy Note 3. I've rooted with CF Auto Root, flashed TWRP, flashed Jellybomb, and then restored back to stock from a nandroid backup. I'm not sure when it started, but it appears ...
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Is it possible to restrict an app's permissions to a specific folder(s) (and subfolders)?

When installing an app, depending on the app, access to the filesystem is required and requested at the time of install. Is it possible to restrict this to specific folders(s) and their subfolders? ...
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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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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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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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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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Can an Android app with device management and microphone permissions spy in background secretly?

As far as I know, since Android 12 an app needs to have a Foreground Service Worker (with an active permanent notification) to run in all the time without being stopped when no activity is in ...
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issues sending SMS over ADB on a 'screenless' android system

I recently picked up a android based AP/WWAN device - basically one of these. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) and android 4.4.4 (as per adb shell getprop ro.product.board and adb shell ...
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Can apps read all files in sd card (external removeable micro sd card) without the storage permission?

As far as i know. The way Android storage works is as follows. There is internal storage and external storage. Internal storage is for the apps data only and apps can only access their particular data....
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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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Android runtime permission's internal working?

I was checking Android runtime permissions and was very curious about how Android runtime permissions work. Like if some application is asking for access to external storage, it will ask for ...
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Can applications access users information without having permissions?

When i scan apps with Am pre_release Some apps have this access, which is in the photo. My question is, what is this access?  Can you explain about it first?  And in the second place While camera ...
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Truecaller reads new SMS sometimes even without having SMS permission

I use Redmi 9 Prime. On that, I use the Truecaller app. I want to use Truecaller only for calls and strictly not for SMS. So I never give SMS read permission to the Treucaller app. But still, ...
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How to (re)mount an FUSE partition and set (or change) its options, especially permission-wise?

Note: If you don't mind reading all these, jump to "The Questions" section. The Actual Problem I have write permissions problems with both my external (i.e. external SD card) and internal ...
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Is there a way to allow app permissions while not allowing them?

I have an app (android) I want to use for something minor, so it's not a need, just a want. All it's supposed to do is control some lights. But it's asking for every permission you can think of (...
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mounting an app folder to external storage fails for Write access on Android Q but will work in Android Pie

I could mount my partitions holding whatsapp (exFat) and titanium ( ext4 ) backup data on android Pie but right now on Q it will not let a RW operation be performed after mounting I understand /...
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Why are certain functions permissible while others are not (from a security standpoint)?

You would think there must be some sort of logical convention or decision-making that leads to what is or is not permissible, followed by sanity checks against each functions' interactions for ...
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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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Why are apps given the right to run whenever they want even when they keep the phone awake?

This question is quite related to (and could end up being closed as a duplicate of): How can I stop applications and services from running? I would probably just comment there to get clarification ...
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System Shared Preferences

I am new to Android. Using shared preferences each application can store key-value pairs and it can be in several modes (private, public read, etc) and the default mode is the private mode because of ...
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For what purpose does the Google Play Store use the PHONE permission?

I noticed that, by default, the current version of the Google Play Store has access to the PHONE permission. For what purpose does the Google Play Store use the PHONE permission?
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Can't remove Phone permission to app

I'm trying to remove the Phone permission from this app (Pango פנגו) - but it just doesn't work! I deny it, and it just comes back: What I tried: Clearing data of the app Re-installing Disable all ...
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