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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Can an app update from Play Store reinstate its permissions I've disabled earlier?

There are quite a few apps out there that request too many permissions during install time, most of them seem highly dubious. I tend to disable permissions I feel unlikely to be used and for the most ...
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Screen Overlay Terror

My phone has recently started a glitch with the screen overly prompt coming up whenever I try to access some of my apps. I can't do anything anymore - there's this floating app I have. I thought it ...
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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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Running commands operating on files always results in permission denied errors

When I try executing commands operating on files, they always fail. I can't check permissions on the terminal because I'd have to run a command that operates on a file (directory) in order to do so. ...
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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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Photos/Media/Files and Full Network Access

Does anything stop an application with Photos/Media/Files and Other ("full network access" and "run at startup") permissions from simply uploading ALL of your photos and videos to some stupid server ...
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adobe acrobat pdf reader now wants unnecessary permissions: workarounds? alternatives?

I recently went to reinstall adobe acrobat pdf reader, I found it now requires permissions for identity and ability to create accounts - I'm sure they weren't there last time I installed it. I just ...
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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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Are there sandbox apps that does not require the phone to be rooted?

There are many sandbox apps such as Permissions Denied (which was mention in one of the post) that can effectively control the permissions that apps which are installed onto your phone. However, they ...
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Prevent app from knowing about root access (sandbox)

I'm running CyanogenMod 12.1 on a Motorola Moto G3. When I tried setting up some app, it failed on me with the message that it won't run on rooted devices, even though I disabled root access. Now I'm ...
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Android - Limit app permissions *before* installing app

Whenever I go to change app permissions for on app on my Android, I do it after it has already been installed. Is there any way I can modify those permissions before I do the installation? Update: ...
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Moved mp3's from internal storage to sdcard with su privileges - music apps don't see them now

In order to free up space on internal storage I opened a terminal and su removed some uneeded files. While still su root, I also moved my mp3 collection out of internal storage onto the external ...
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No permissions allowed even though the permissions granted

I have an app on my Android 7.1 device. As you may see in the image; app has no granted permissions even though I explicitly gave the WiFi permissions to this app. I am sure some of the ...
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Can I install Android app without all required app permissions?

For many apps on Google play such as Facebook I would like to install them, but I would not provide all the access they require while installing. For instance, I would not like to provide the access ...
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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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How to stop “permission denied” app toasts after denying permissions?

I often like to deny app permissions that I think the app does not need but yet they keep requesting for the permissions even after Denying, resulting in lot of toasts [package name] has been denied [...
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Writable System Revets to RO

I rooted with TWRP 3.2.1-0, installed SuperSU zip (later automatically updated) and added Busybox. I presently have three backups plus one of the EFS directory alone. The older one is some three weeks ...
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Location Consent & undo Remeber This Setting

Like many, I found the Location Consent prompts to be annoying. I was excited when Google finally extended the option to 'remember this setting' in the latest update, but dismayed when I could only ...
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Why do so many apps use location permissions on a near-constant basis?

I have an Android 5.1 device with App Permission Manager on, in order to stop apps from using permissions they don't need. Recently, I have noticed that many apps are trying to obtain my location when ...
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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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Do the apps that require a full internet access override android network settings?

You all know that some apps require "full internet access', and other permissions. Some use it for ads, some use it for other reasons, etc. So, can these apps access the internet when my wifi network ...
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Help understanding Whatsapp's permissions

Whatsapp has been nagging me for the past few days that I have to upgrade it to continue using it. With the Facebook acquisition and the Play Store no longer marking the permissions that are "NEW" ...
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How to see, which app locks access to the camera?

My Android 7.0 phone has a flaw: When using the camera often, and the phone's uptime climbs beyond 100 hours (launch camera, capture, lock screen), at one point, the camera viewfinder just freezes, ...
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Is the “read contacts” permission per account or per device? [duplicate]

I have two accounts on my phone (Android 7.1.2) If one app has "read contacts" permission can it read the contacts for all my accounts or only the account I install it or use it as? Does it change ...
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Google Search On Screen does not work

I have the following problem: when I long-tap home button, a Google Now with search field appears, instead of Search on screen. I've tried to grant all perms to allow it use screen contents, but ...
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Why does every app need full access to everything on my phone?

Most apps I have require the permission "read the contents of your USB storage" and "modify or delete the contents of your USB storage". Does this mean they can read/write mostly anything on my SD ...
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Making Tasker write into the external SD card

I'm using Tasker on Android Lollipop (5.1.1). I've come to know that applications now can write to external SD card in Android 5.1.1 update but with the use of an API, for which the user needs to ...
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In Android 6, how to deny an app permission to access the network?

In Android 6, the user has (finally!) the possibility of approving or denying specific permissions to an app. However, I couldn't find a way to approve or deny network access, either via Wi-Fi or ...
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Can an application with the following permissions steal user data?

I would like to use an application which is able to blacken my screen (AMOLED) so it consumes nearly no power (of course, while running an app, that cannot be run in the background). The application ...
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Package installer: show all permissions

In older versions of Android, the package installer used to show all permissions an app requested – and so did "Android Market" and later also "Google Play Store". A few years ago, the latter started ...
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How does MyJio app draw over apps when I've disabled that in the app settings?

The MyJio (com.jio.myjio) android is able to draw over other apps in my Moto G5+ running Android 7.0. I have disabled the 'Draw over apps' feature by going to Settings > Apps > Gear icon > Special ...
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Prevent Permission Monitor from resetting

The new Permission Monitor keeps resetting the exceptions that I give it. Often, when I send or receive texts using Next SMS (previously Handcent), the Permission Monitor gives me a notification ...
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Can I trust MoboClean to deny specific permissions of other apps?

A couple of articles on the Internet about how to block specific application permissions refer to some app called MoboClean. It doesn't seem very popular and well-known trusted-by-users app so I ...
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Understanding android app permissions section (Android Nougat)

In android Nougat, using an android phone if you go to settings>installed apps>[name of app]>permissions There are three sections there: Details, App Permissions, and other permissions. What are the ...
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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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App exits on its own if certain permissions are denied. Any way to prevent?

Some jerk apps, if certain permissions are denied to them, exits on its own. This forced the user to grant permission to use, which contradicts with appops' intention. Is there a way to prevent such ...
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How to jail google?

I'm currently flashing my Samsung A3 (2015) with Lineage OS because I begin to be really annoyed by google's intrusions in private life. But the thing is that I've to admit that google has some great ...
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Is there a log of permission requests/grants?

Does Android keep a log of permission request from apps?
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How to disable additional app permissions?

Some apps have annoying permissions like installing shortcut on the homescreen (everytime u open it). How do I disable these permissions? (see picture)
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android: how to clear restrictive permissions on internalSD

background - symlinking gone wrong from internalsd to externalsd on android 7, that makes the CrypticFolderName inaccessible to the app that needs it. https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-...
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Enabling Accessibility service: Why does it degrade security?

Device : Mi A1, 7.1.2 Stock Google Enabling Accessibility Service for apps impacts encryption security as you can see: Expanded text Why is this? I am all the more curious in case of PIN : my ...
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How do I tell whether an app or website has accessed my account password?

Is it possible for apps to access one's Google account login credentials? How can a user determine whether this has occurred?
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Termux write to SD card

Android 5 Termux 0.54 Not rooted, no wish to $ pwd /storage/sdcard1 $ id uid=10096(u0_a96) gid=10096(u0_a96) groups=1015(sdcard_rw),1028(sdcard_r),3003(inet),9997(everybody),50096(all_a96) $ ls -l ...
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Need for Secondary Contact Storage Space accessible only for CallerId

The contacts storage in android is pretty much standardised and is unified among all apps, and accessible depending on the permission level. However, I need a way to store some contacts which should ...
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How to list apps, which have a permission to access the camera?

I am experiencing the problem with the mm-qcamera-daemon on a Nexus 5 with 4.4.4, as described in this question. I would like to know if there is a way to see which apps have a permission to access ...
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How to prevent an application from getting installed apps

I'm a android user not a developer and just want to know how can I prevent an app e.g. Facebook from getting installed apps list? Or alternatively hide some apps from installed list in order to fool ...
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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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What permissions are granted to an app with device administration privileges?

Does a Device Administrator application have any/all permissions such as contacts, storage, etc.. ? It's not clear from developer.android.com device-admin whether or not these admin rights also imply ...
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Permission problems with LinuxDeploy

I installed LinuxDeploy and got Debian Jessie up and running. It was all relatively easy. The issue that I am having is that the user I define in the ui is not able to write to custom mounts (like sd ...
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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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