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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What kind of information can an Android app from the Play Store with zero permissions enabled gather about me and my phone?

Find an app in the Google Play store Click on Install App is installed without any permissions granted, except for the default settings (SDK >= 23) Run the app without giving any extra runtime ...
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Monitor permission usage

Does anybody know a way to monitor the permissions on my phone? I am not interested in "Which app got which permissions", there are many apps available for that, e.g. aSpotCat - Permission Checker ...
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Restrict permissons when app is in background

Is there any app, tool, ROM, etc. for Android that lets you restrict selected individual permissions of an app, ONLY when it is in the background? This should function similarly to the "Restrict ...
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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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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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Cant switch shell to su

I'm trying to edit my /init.rc file on my rooted Galaxy Pro. And have accessed my device using SSH (to QuickSSH server on the device) over wifi. The / mount is shown as readonly, so I tried to ...
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SELinux context init_shell in boot.img permission denied with Android 5.0.2

I'am used to start a service in the android boot image with inherited context of the init.rc script (u:r:init:s0). In Android 5.0.2 (Samsung), my service does not inherity the init context anymore, it ...
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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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Permission Request for account <name>@gmail.com

Starting tonight, I started getting notifications that read "Permission requested for account @gmail.com". When I click and hold to go to App Info, it disappears and nothing comes up. When I ...
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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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Why are all these apps wanting access to Android Services from my Google account?

On HTC one 4.3/5.5 I get a list of about 20 apps asking for permission to Android services. These apps want access to your google account from now on They are requesting permission to: Android ...
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Read/Write not working on external sd card - Android

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and no applications can read or write to the external SD card - except the Root Browser. This happened a month or so ago after I installed a custom ROM (Alliance) and I have ...
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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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"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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Prevent Google News from contacting the internet

I have gone to great lengths to get my phone and all applications on it to limit the amount they talk to the internet and otherwise access data on my phone, especially for services I do not care to ...
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Lost permission to modify external storage from PC after rooting my tablet

I have a highly secured proprietary tablet I was able to gain root access to. It's a mediatek device, I used mtk-su to root it. It has 32gb of memory, 8gb allocated to the system, and the rest ...
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ANDROID apps installed on my phone without my permission- i think my flatmate is controlling my phone?

Can someone you live with install android permissions to your apps on your phone and control your phone. Strange things are happening on my phone and I can't change permissions on apps and other apps ...
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Can I tweak an app's storage permission and allow it to write on the phone but deny read?

The example I'll use is with an internet browser app — let's say Opera. If I allow its storage permission, I can download files on my phone (write) but the app can read its storage as well (I verified ...
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How to stop installed apps accessing the unique hardware identifiers for the device?

I understand that Unique hardware IDs such SSAID, IMEI, serial number, and Advertising ID are accessible by installed applications on Android phones and that enterprises and certain governments make ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...