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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Does Android allows to lock the touch screen, without interfering with any physical button?

I read Kindle books in my Android 9 tablet. Kindle has an option to go to the next/previous pages of the book using the volume up and down keys. Using third-party apps for "touch lock", I ...
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Prevent any Android app from changing WiFi state

At some point in the last year I noticed that my Android device (HTC 10, Android 8.0.0) WiFi would turn on even when I had it turned off. I found out there is a permission called CHANGE_WIFI_STATE, ...
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Can't write to internal storage on a rooted phone

I have a Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) which I rooted with Magisk. Now in the process of installing TWRP and customizing my phone, I might have run some shell commands, like mount or sudo in a place where ...
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Galaxy S20: Access sdcard/Android/data

I'm using apps e.g. Autoguard and others that record files to their directory (e.g. sdcard/Android/data/com.hovans.autoguard) and I'd like to back them up locally. Unfortunately due to the disastrous ...
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Can I mount /data/data/(app_name)/ on external sd card?

Can I mount /data/data/com.termux/ folder on external sd card? My phone is rooted Android 10 and running low of internal storage. As I read from How to bind mount a folder inside /sdcard with correct ...
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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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Why I get permission denied on ADB on Android phone?

I'm trying to cast my Android device to a PC with adbcontrol (tutorial here). The phone has a broken (black) screen and when I input the command java -jar adbcontrol.jar I get this error: java.io....
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How secure is your data in Android when an app is given access to storage, camera, contacts

I am just trying to understand that, these days most of the apps require access to things like camera, storage, contacts. Is there any data privacy link to read through for an app consumer to know ...
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Copy one partition from one phone to the other phone

I have 2 phones, both are the same model running Android 4.2.2. Both are rooted with USB go. My plan was to copy the data and system partition, then replace the partition with another data and system ...
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Why allow permission button is disabled?

Problem Today I noticed strange behavior on my test phone, which is Nexus 5 with Android 6.0.1. After opening test app that asks for permission to read contacts allow button is not working - after ...
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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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What does the “modify/delete USB storage contents” permission really mean?

What does the modify/delete USB storage contents permission really mean? Does it grant access for the application to read, modify and write all the data on my USB storage? Maybe it is this only ...
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Is there a way for a website or app to view the contents of my internal storage without my permission?

I see there are a lot of articles about the restrictions imposed on JavaScript in Windows Chrome. It can't access the filesystem of a user without the user himself uploading it to the server of the ...
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App is obscuring a permission request settings can't verify your response, can't turn off Overlay

I need to use DroidCam in my phone and PC, it's an app that lets you use your phone cam as a webcam in your PC. Other programs don't work. Since my internet connection is really slow I have to use it ...
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How does su regulate app permissions?

I seen a lot of apps in the market that give superuser functionality to applications. However there is a pre-requisite of rooting your phone. I am curious how a rooted phone has those permissions ...
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Will installing the stock screen recording app from a different model still record internal audio?

My LGV30 phone running on Android 9 has a built-in screen recorder, but it displays an on-screen timer that can't be removed. On newer models (LGV40, LGV50) running on Android 10/11 this timer can be ...
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Disable new Android permission system

I really like the new permission system in Android from the end users point of view as I like to have control over what my phone does but I am really struggeling with it at work, here is why: We are ...
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Why can apps access the whole SD card?

Is there a technical reason for why apps that only need their own data are not limited to one folder? I do realise that some apps use other apps' data, but I'd be much more likely to install an app ...
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'Network permission' notifications for apps in Android 10 - turning off

I have Android 10 on my phone. In the 'Settings - SIM card & mobile data - Mobile Data - Network Permissions' menu, I have set wifi & mobile data access as "disable network" for some ...
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Grant permissions to a service launched with ADB?

I'm trying to get a simple accessibility service, like Google's Voice Access or Button Mapper to work on an LG Exalt LTE, running a stripped down version of Marshmellow. The stock is missing many UI ...
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Can one app access an app that has password protected?

On my Android, there is a feature that I can set password for app that I want to. Example, let's say I set a password for my gallery and then I install new app from play store or browser and the new ...
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“Screen Recording” in LG Android [duplicate]

I have an LG V40, and in both Android 9 and 10, it seems that the "Screen Recording" app is always running, and not possible to keep it Stopped. Greenify shows it as running in "...
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Package manager has died while checking permission

Caused by: java.lang.RuntimeException: Package manager has died at android.app.ApplicationPackageManager.checkPermission(ApplicationPackageManager.java:427) Caused by: android.os.DeadObjectException ...
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WhatsApp cannot receive any broadcast

I am using the latest version of WhatsApp . for some reason I still can't understand people cannot send me broadcast even though they are in my contact list ( & I am also in their ) . however ...
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no write permission to memory card storage from termux [duplicate]

is it possible to write/edit the files on the memory card with Termux i tried the command: termux-setup-storage but it only gives the permission to write on my device storage(/emulated/0/)
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How to grant permissions to ADB?

I can use ADB while in recovery mode (TWRP) so to use it normally, I followed Android - Enable ADB from recovery to enable USB debugging. There is always an error while switching users, granting ...
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When do apps need storage permission?

I thought that each app can always freely manage its directory in /Android folder. AFAIK code is in app/ and data in obb/ folders. But many apps (e.g. games) display a message about needing local ...
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Reset permissions of app versus Google Play Game Services

When installing an app using Google Play Game Services (GPGS) on Android and booting the app first time, we give the app permission to do this and that with the user's account (or similar) on GPGS. ...
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How to mount system.img on android (or linux)?

I wanna modify some files in my system partition of phone. It's ext4. I plan to flash it later to my phone. I tried: mount -w -t ext4 -o loop /storage/sdcard1/system.img /mnt/njz and got this: ...
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List of all actions protected by given permission

I am supposed to perform static analysis of an APK that has a lot of permissions requested in the Manifest. I would like to find out whether all the permissions requested are really needed by the app ...
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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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Disable permission to display over apps without app knowing [ROOT]

I am a driver with UberEats and when i get a new request, it doesnt show where the destination is before i accept the order and pick it up from the restaurant. I found a way around this by disabling ...
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Google play services permision for user data

I've faced some lack of feature in play store. Which is in playstore's Wishlist section. Suppose if I have 500 app/game on wish list then I have to scroll all the way to find particular app. There is ...
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How to avoid leaking private data to apps without rooting my phone?

The majority of apps on the Play Store require access to things like location, contacts, call log, identity, SMS, etc., even when the app functionality clearly doesn't need this information to work. ...
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How to sniff android app connected URLs

I want to intercept a traffic and found out some streaming URLs from an android app. When I tried to use Packet Capture, the app says "please turn off VPN connection" once started. So I can'...
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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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Android 11 permission showing soft permission dialog

Is this issue with android 11 where android 11 showing soft dialog? While showing android permission in android 11 (Nexus), and click back button, dialog getting dismissed. Is this new way of ...
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Chromium-based browsers can download without storage permission

I just installed Brave browser, and it looks like the browser can download files into the Downloads folder without being granted the Storage permission. I have not previously granted it, and it does ...
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com.whatsapp_preferences.xml periodically gets overwritten how to prevent that from happening

on a magisk rooted Android 10 device com.whatsapp_preferences.xml ( /data/data/com.whatsapp ? ... can't remember that path now ) has been updated with non default parameters as I needed but it ...
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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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Whatsapp can access my microphone after disabling all sensors, other apps cannot

I've recently discovered the developer option "quick access toggle" for turning off all sensors on Android 10 on my Redmi and thought: "Finally a way to regain some control for when ...
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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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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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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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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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Read phone state and identity

I've looked at many (not all) of the dozens of links here. Is there a list that explains the risks involved with each granted application permission type? Most of these are not worth the time to ...
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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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How does Whatsapp use my mobile fingerprint in their app?

How does Whatsapp access my fingerprint? WhatsApp did not ask permission to use my fingerprint. Then how do they use my fingerprint for unlocking?
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Cannot access network from non-root users in terminal (Permission denied) [duplicate]

Preamble My problem is, to run specific commands (i.e., start specific processes, possibly at background) on boot. I've installed Termux, so I want to start some of its commands at boot time, such as ...
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Does cell service provider has ability to display ads over other apps?

I came to realize that in rare occasions when using the Android phone, Cell service provider (Mobile Network provider) shows some popup advertisements. Regardless of the app, screen I was in it always ...

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