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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How to remove file permission from pendrive added by android automatically? [closed]

File permission in pendrive is added automatically by android when I connected it to my phone. Now I can not access the pen drive from computer as it says read only file system how can I solve this. ...
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How to mount a tmpfs directory that would be allowed to be read and written to by any app? (root available)

I am trying to create some volatile (tmpfs) storage for my Android, to avoid clutter. I am trying to follow the previous questions: making manually mounted partition folders write accessible to all ...
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What can an app do with the “USE ACCOUNTS ON THE DEVICE” permission?

Can such an app freely read my emails/calendar/message/docs/etc.? The "USE ACCOUNTS ON THE DEVICE" permission is also known for developers as android.permission.USE_CREDENTIALS. Example of such apps:...
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Android device screen turning off results in chroot network errors: “ping: sendmsg: Operation not permitted”

I am running Arch Linux ARM in an Android chroot environment. When I first created the environment my user account user was able to access the network and create sockets, however the root account was ...
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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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IBCI custom android 5.1.1 missing Developer mode

I have a handheld POS terminal with a custom ICBC android 5.1.1 "TERMINAL VERSION" installed. A lot is missing in the version, tapping "about terminal", then "build number&...
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Trouble with USB debugging permissions

My screen is cracked and I'm using an app called Vysor to be able to view the phone and to transfer files when my new phone comes in. The problem I'm running into is that even though I'm in developer ...
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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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What can an app like WhatsApp acess on my phone

The app WhatsApp would like to have permission to access my device's photos, media and files. If I grant permission, exactly what can (could) the application access? Can it access all of the photos ...
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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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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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Prevent bloatware which gets reinstalled from starting

I had a problem with this app (I found on a package with the same name on Google Play, but I doubt it's the same thing) which kept getting installed all by itself again and again, and once istalled, ...
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Android can't view local content after OS upgrade

After upgrading to Android 10, I am not able to use the Files app to view local files on my phone. If I run Files and view the Downloads folder, for example, it merely says "Can't load content at ...
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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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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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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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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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How to make an android app access browse external SD card?

The apk im trying to get to work is exagear 3.0.1. It is the one with which you can get some things running on windows, including what i want to run but things I want to run are too big filesize to ...
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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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Unable to Block or Allow permissions on Google Chrome

When I navigate to a website on my Android Phone I periodically get a prompt for me to Block or Allow a site permission to (e.g.,) use my location. I try to click block or allow and nothing happens. ...
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Google Pinyin Input (IME) keeps asking for Google account permission

Google Pinyin Input is an input method (IME) for Chinese. It keeps asking me for Google account permission. I deny it all the time, but it always comes back and asks again when I reboot (which is ...
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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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Will this Remove a Permission from an App?

So I downloaded an app from the web today, but it had some permissions I was uncomfortable with granting. So, I used APKTool to decompile the APK, removed the suspicious permission from the manifest, ...
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How do I revoke permissions that are preventing an App reinstalling on Android Pie

I am trying to re-install File Commander in Android 9 but Office Suite is creating a conflict with the permissions. I tried uninstalling Office Suite but no change. File Commander isn't installed. ...
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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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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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One Plus 7 - phone restarted after downloading an app and all apps permission got reset to default

I recently downloaded a game from the play store (Hitman Sniper). After the game completed installing, the phone automatically restarted and after that whichever app I opened, it asked for the ...
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No permissions but still able to access storage

I'm kinda frustrated! The app has absolutely no permissions but still is able to access my storage (photos and files) on both Xiaomi MI 9T Pro and OnePlus 6 running Android 10 which is all about ...
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to identify these services after upg. to andr 10?

To all, please tell me if this is relevant to the forum. the problem: I want to identify these services that appear after the upgrade to Android 10, in adjustments -> applications and ...
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Keeping ADB permissions while USB tethering

It seems that I can only get ADB permissions for my device only while in MTP or PTP mode and NOT in USB tethering mode, which is what I need. I have done plenty of research but I stumbled upon so ...
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If an app requires no permission, can I be completely sure that it is safe to install?

I have an app that requires no permissions whatsoever. Please note that this app does not come from an official source. Given that the app requires no permissions: Can I be completely sure that it ...
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What can malware on Android 10 actually do? [duplicate]

I was hoping to get an idea of how well modern versions of Android protect your phone using sandboxing. If you install an app and don't grant it any permissions what types of common malware activities ...
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How to fix “Notification access is not available”?

I have a TECNO Spark 2 running on Android 8.1. 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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Unofficial CyanogenMod 12.1: Apps do not have permission to use the internet

So I installed a custom ROM on an old LG Optimus L70. Problem being that very few apps (basically limited to just the settings app) have permission to use the internet. Even Google's apps suffer the ...
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What can you do when you can't chmod /system/bin/chmod?

I have changed the permissions of the file \system\bin\chmod from 777(-rwxrwxrwx) to 644 (-rw-r--r--), how can I turn back to 777? I don't know is this may be relevant, but I'm using a samsung J5 ...
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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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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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How to search the Play Store by permissions?

How do I specify that I do not wish to see apps that require for example internet access? Or to only show apps that use a specific permission? A specific repository with search on its webpage? An app ...
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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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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 give permission to record video in DU Recorder app?

Can someone tell me how can I enable this permission that is being asked in the screenshot below?
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Why I cannot grant “Allow all the time” location permission to Whatsapp?

I have a Pixel 4 and Android 10 stock, and the system only offers me these options for location permission of this app: Allow only while the app is in use Deny But there is no "Allow all the time". ...
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Android App Permission Camera always >= 1?

Somehow, even after going through all the apps under `app permissions' and revoking microphone and camera access I get as a summary that 1 of X apps use the camera and 1 of Y apps use the microphone. ...
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making manually mounted partition folders write accessible to all apps

I have 3 partitions on my micro SD card which are all ExT4 partition 1 : main partition for external SD card data with download folders partition 2 & 3 : for WhatsApp and linked apps ...
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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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How to limit data access in phone state permission

One Android app is asking for READ_PHONE_STATE to verify that the mobile number entered for registration actually exists on the same phone. I don't have a problem with this however I am using a dual ...
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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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How is it possible that I run android apps with the right user rights

I learned for every app I installed on my Android, a new user is created. And the data for this app is stored in /data/data/app folder with the only access permission to the user that is created for ...
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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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Insufficent rights for npm install in Termux on Android

I'm trying to install a Node.js module in a folder, for example, /data/data/com.termux/files/home/storage/shared/documents/projects/code/js/test-npm, from Termux on rooted Android 6 running npm ...

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