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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 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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When notification access is not available on certain phone, is it possible to run 3rd-party/background apps?

I have installed (...) (device monitoring app) to a phone. During installation I get an error on the target phone saying Notification access - this feature is not available on this device Since ...
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How to move files to external SD card on a non-rooted Android?

I'm using the Terminal Emulator app on a non-rooted Android 5.0.2 phone. When moving files from a folder of the external SD card to another with: mv /storage/extSdCard/DCIM/Camera/* /storage/...
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How do I prevent apps from trying to gain permissions?

I downloaded an app for a restaurant I frequent to collect points. When I tell it to show the QR code to scan at the register, it switches to a screen in my Android Settings to "Modify system settings"...
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Grant notification access via ADB

This might seem weird, but I installed a regular Android app using ADB to my Huawei Watch 2 and the app requires notification access which when attempting in app causes it to crash as it trys to open ...
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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 grant an app a permission that isn't in its manifest for audio recording?

Non rooted Moto G6 Play running Android 9. I'm using Termux and would like to use Sox's rec command to record audio from the terminal. Unfortunately, since Termux doesn't request the mic permission, ...
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Do permissions have to be declared in the manifest for an app to have the access they provide?

I was using Universal Copy for a while to be able to copy text from fields that are not normally able to be selected, but due to it being able to see all contents on the screen when running, I would ...
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Are Android App Permissions Placebos (Android Pie)?

I'm looking at every app that has 'Microphone' permissions on my Android Pie Galaxy Note phone, accessed through: Settings > Apps > Hamburger Menu > App Permissions > Microphone Five ...
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What is the “u#_everybody” UID?

In (multi-user) Android there are UIDs like these: u0_everybody u10_everybody u11_everybody Those seem different to the usual uXX_aYY UIDs used for the applications. What is their purpose? Is this a ...
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How to get rid of SeLinux Denials in Permissive mode?

Need some help with 3 issues: In Permissive mode I get denials, why does this happen and how do I fix that? If I am enforced, how do I give access to my Partitions to various processes. Right now I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Access Channel Impulse Response of LTE signals on cell phone

Is there a way to access channel impulse response information on ios/android or any other mobile software? I was looking at the android developer website but could only find functions that provide ...
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How can I make just one app open links in an alternate browser?

I use chrome for most of my web browsing, but some links I want to open in Firefox. I don't want to have to select chrome every time I open a link from an app, I just want to tell a specific app to ...
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What does the usage data access permission allow

I only just now became aware of the "Apps with usage access" preference view. However I'm irritated. The permission was deemed important enough as to warrant a separate setting view to provide ...
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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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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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Can not create data/media/0/TWRP

I want to root my Huawei y7, when I run adb reboot recovery and I go to backup, a check data, system and boot and I "Swipe to Backup" I got error: Can not create 'data/media/0/TWRP'folder (Permission ...
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Can I give permanent volume increase permission to my phone?

I use Android 7.0. My phone asks a permission about increasing volume level after every boot if I want to increase the volume level. Is doing this mandatory after every boot or can I disable/by-pass ...
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What is Google Partner Setup?

What does the Google Partner Setup app that is pre-installed on almost every Android device actually do? Why does it need each of those intrusive permissions, especially the Phone permission? Why ...
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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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Why reading permission to /proc/1/maps is denied and why doesn't the denial appear in logcat?

I'm developing a native app for Android, and I'm occasionally confronted with permission denied which doesn't trigger a log in the logcat logs. For example, trying to run: shell@kltevzw:/ $ cat /proc/...
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How granular can the app developer set the permissions to avoid turning the user away at the “Permissions to Photos, Media and Other files”?

When a Notes app (like Google Keep, Wunderlist, Stickynotes) etc asks for permissions to "Photos, Media and Other Files" (PMOF) on your device, the user can get a bit uncertain. So essentially, can ...
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Permit use hardware (camera,microphone,etc) to application for some time, not forever

In Android 6 and latter, when application asks for permission (for example camera access) user can allow, or dismiss, or check 'do not ask any more' and dismiss. I would like to have one more ...
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CHMOD permissions

I have root access on my Android device, and I don't want to use second-part applications like AppLock to block Youtube app. Is there a way to prevent youtube app from launching by my child. I have ...
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Photos / Files / Media permission

I've seen a lot of apps that have media / files permission access requested when installing from Play Store. Does that mean they can go at my personal photos and send it back to themselves? Sorry if ...
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After changing Android ID app still detect I am installing it again [duplicate]

I have changed almost everything from Android ID, Mac address, but still this app can detect I am installing it again and pops up " Trial expired. what could be the reason for this. I installed ...
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What is the meaning of “need access to: ” in when we want to install an application?

Whenever we want to install an application from Google Play, the application will ask permission to access to some things. The number of permissions are different from one to another application. ...
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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 can't Tasker manage battery mode on my rooted Pixel?

I've been using Tasker to mute my phone at work. I recently added some nested tasks to enable and disable battery saver mode when I arrive and leave. However, it doesn't seem to have permission. The ...
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Button/ toggle access

What is the symbol of a phone with an ! In the middle. It shows up in enabling all permissions in appp settings. I have a note 5 on nouget 7.0. is it a secret access switch and if so how do I access ...
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Permission denied while trying to do MKDIR

I am loading media files into the /sdcard folder on my Android device and playing them and everything seems to work fine. When I tried to do a MKDIR on this folder, it said that my permission is ...
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I still get permission denied (pubkey, password) after I disabled PubkeyAuthentication and having restarted my nethunter phone

I'm trying to setup my nethunter phone to use its ssh server. However, no matter how hard (not smart) I try, I get the permission denied (publickey, password) error. On my phone-server, my sshd_config ...
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Is it possible to install an app and exclude some of its requested permissions?

Occasionally I want to install an application which requires certain permissions that I feel it really shouldn't need. Can I install the app without giving it these permissions? For example, GPS ...
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Is there a way to grant myself MANAGE_USERS permission while inside the adb shell?

The thing is that I'm fed up of some stock adware apps on my Micromax phone and want to disable them for good. So, as per this answer, I used adb shell to disable the app, but I'm getting the ...
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Not granting permission because it was previously installed without?

An app i installed fails at startup, in the logs i see this permission problem: Not granting permission android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION to package com.nianticlabs.pokemongo because it was ...
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Why are android permission so broad?

I was reading a review for a game on the play store where someone gave a bad review saying that the game looked cool but it required access to photos, media and such which encouraged the user to ...
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App downloads big data again on every start

I have changed many of the permissions (especially by Play Store and Play Store Services). Now many apps works unusual and many doesn't work but doesn't give any understandable error. One of them is ...
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Developer permissions

Is there a way to remove or deny permission of system packages Example an app has permission to com.android.vending.BILLING? I have root access
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Prevent apps from turning off the screen

I noticed that a random third party app (Telegram in this case) was allowed to turn off my entire phone screen at a whim while I was using the app for a voice call, as soon as my finger approached the ...
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What special privileges “/system/xbin/su” does have w.r.t. root access?

This answer says: Because of the way directory/file permissions are configured on Android, you need to have the su binary on your /system partition in order for it to work. Putting elsewhere ...
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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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Root Browser app not changing permissions

I recently rooted my Samsung Galaxy S7 to remove all the t-mobile bloatware. After I removed all the t-mobile apps I proceeded to remove the boot animations. I was able to delete all the bootsamsung....
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Pixel Launcher crashing due to missing STATUS_BAR and MANAGE_ACTIVITY_STACKS permissions

I'm running LineageOS 16 on a OnePlus 3T. Whenever I try to open the Pixel Launcher, it crashes. In adb logcat, I saw the following lines that looked relevant: 05-25 16:13:31.293 16356 16356 W ...
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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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Screen filter app may be phoning home

Being quite a tech geek and Android geek I usually always solve my Android problems on my own but this one is really puzzling me. I recently got a Galaxy A40 and realized that my eyes react very ...