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 can I easily restrict all apps EXCEPT specific apps from using data?

Let's say I have 100 apps on my Nexus 4. I want to limit all but 2 of them from running on my data plan (I have 30MB a month). How can I easily exclude all apps except specific applications from ...
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Why does Sound Recorder in Cyanogenmod need network permission?

It doesn't seem to be able to share sound recordings. Why does it need that permission? Cyanogenmod 10.1 although I've seen it in other versions.
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File Explorer for HTC Desire X - too many permissions asked for?

I have a HTC Desire X running Android 4.0.4 (not rooted) I am looking for a file explorer mainly for 2 things - Just browsing around the file system - Copying an apk from my PC and executing it. I ...
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How can I easily deny other apps from accessing my personal data?

If I use the standard Android contacts, sms and phone app all these data are endangered to be read by other apps. Is there a solution without rooting the phone that every simple user could easily ...
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Where is the permissions tab in Google play?

About 1 month ago Google change the layout on the Play store, at least on the web part. My question is simple. Is there any way to see what permissions an application have from a computer? You can see ...
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AOKP Permission Manager?

I am running Paranoid Android and love it, but it is hard on battery life. So I am looking at flashing back to AOKP. In looking around, I've seen some vague references to a "Permission Management" (...
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Reset Chrome website permissions

How can I reset website permissions on Chrome for Android? I have face detection software hosted on my home server (192.168.1.7:8020), and if I go to 192.168.1.7:8020/face-detection.html I used to ...
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Can `Phone Calls` application permission allow developer to read my contact book? [duplicate]

I wonder if other people can read my contact list when the app permission(s) has Phone Calls permision like below snapshot.
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how to fake my personal information

I downloaded a game from Google Play. In the permission page, I noticed that it asks for my personal information. Allow this application to: Your personal information read sensitive log data. Why ...
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Revoke App Permissions Without Root?

I have some apps that are asking for unnecessary permissions. I would like to revoke these, but I've read that this is not possible without rooting. Is there any way to do this without having to root?...
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Is there any way to block permissions on apps?

I read about being able to revoke permissions on CyanogenMod, but it seems the devs took that ability out. I found some app out on the market for 6$ or so, but it doesn't look like it would be worth ...
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How to enable selective app permissions on CyanogenMod?

One of the big reasons I installed CyanogenMod (10.1 latest Monthly) was to be able to have the ability to selectively deny apps certain permissions (most importantly the network and device ID ones). ...
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How can I lockdown an android phone? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a way to help lockdown an Android phone. I want to be able to configure a phone so that only certain users can make calls/send messages to specific contacts. It should also only ...
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Setting custom permissions per-application [duplicate]

I want more granular control over permissions. I’m fine with applications having some permissions, but I want to be in charge and have more granular control. Can this be done on Android? I know iOS ...
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I changed my sim card - how do I find which app is sending sms messages to my old number?

I recently traveled to another country and I'm using a local prepaid sim card on my Galaxy S2. My prepaid credit was depleted rather quickly, and when I checked the phone record I found out my phone ...
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Does this permissions request make sense?

I would like to use a vendor's application to enable remote access to a security DVR from an Android phone. The app requires permission for "read phone status and identity". I'm not an Android ...
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Disable an app from creating bookmarks

Recently I have observed some of the apps (Photo editors) asking for permissions like 'creating bookmarks' at the time of installation from google play. How can I disable a particular application ...
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Why can't I use su to run under another app's permissions?

It's well-known that every Android app is its own user. I have Android Terminal Emulator installed as user u0_a5. u0_a5@android:/ $ whoami u0_a5 u0_a5@android:/ $ groups u0_a5 sdcard_rw sdcard_r ...
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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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Why does controlling CPU frequency require root access?

According to this answer one of the programs that requires root access is SetCPU that can lower the CPU frequency when the phone is not used thus prolong battery life. I don't get one thing - why ...
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Can Applications With Root Access Modify Their Own Permissions?

For rooted phones, there are several apps which require root privileges. Knowing this, the user does allow the app to get root. Now, the app would have been installed with a set of x permissions, say ...
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Are users always asked to accept application permissions?

Does the Android OS always ask a user to review an application's permissions if it is not downloaded from the Android marketplace directly? For instance, downloading an application from a non-Google ...
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Is it possible to filter Google Play search results by permission? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to search the Play Store by permissions? I would like to exclude apps that require permissions I find too intrusive from Google Play search results like network access, ...
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Read APK permission by shell command

I want to read the requested permissions of an .apk file on the computer (android sdk is installed) via command line. I.E.: $ android read-permissions /path/to/someapp.apk I know this is possible, ...
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apps wanting setting control [duplicate]

I am new to Galaxy S3 abd am trying to download apps. With each one I get the list of settings the app wishes to share/link. With the i-phone there is the yes/no option of allowing this control, but I ...
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Getting a list of applications with SMS permission

I installed many applications, and some of them have specific permissions. How do I get a list of all applications with a specific permission? I'm interested in SMS permissions. I do not want to write ...
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Are calls made by third-party apps logged?

For the first time I installed app that can make calls automatically (sms/call screener). What worries me is this level of permissions -- however I have to no choice really because stock screener (...
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Android applications privacy and security concerns

If a user wants to install some applications from play store, is it sole responsibility of the user to decide whether the apps may harm or not? Should the user be worries regarding permissions? For ...
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How do I enable permissions? I can't receive text messages or send emails because there are red triangles on the permissons

I have no permissions enabled for messaging. How do I enable this to send and receive text messages and send emails? I have no green check marks anywhere... For example, if you go to settings-...
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Is Evernote a malicious app?

I have been using Evernote on my Laptop and Mobile phone for quite some time now. Recently, when downloading an update of Evernote app in my phone from Google Play app, I noticed that Evernote asks ...
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Is there a way to block permissions for other applications on Jelly Bean?

I use LBE Privacy Guard with great pleasure to grant and withdraw permissions to access my contacts, the internet, etc. for each individual application installed in Ice-Cream Sandwich on my Galaxy ...
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Superuser not prompting

I recently installed ICS(Android 4) on my Samsung Galaxy S, and it seems that in the process my superuser app broke. Everything went fine, my phone is working better than ever, but when an app ...
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Modify file without creating a copy [closed]

Is it technically possible to edit a file directly and don't create a copy inside the application directory ? I want to annotate an image or a PDF directly but every application saves a copy instead ...
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Protection from Malicious Intent

Is there an app, or will Google produce a system, where I can protect my Android device? Imagine a soundboard app that's free, but it asks for your contact information. The average user might be ...
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How to get Tasker CPU options available on MT4GS?

myTouch 4G Slide [MT4GS/Doubleshot] ICS Virtous Inquisition ROM I cannot get the tasker CPU options available. I've checked the common problems listed at http://tasker.dinglisch.net/userguide/en/cpu....
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Android app keeps Screen on, how to let it go *OFF* against app settings?

The app is one of those applications that keeps the screen on and doesn't permit it to turn off. It's killing the battery and I shouldn't have to simply manually turn the screen off constantly. Every ...
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Is there any way to stop Google removing apps from the phone?

Back before Android had gone mainstream, there was an incident where Google removed an app using a feature called Remote Application Removal. This potentially allows Google to start removing ...
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Looking for android permission details

I am looking for a list of android permissions and what can be done once a certain permission is granted. Background: Many apps require permissions which at first sound very intimidating, like ...
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Should I be worried about applications with weird looking permissions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How important is it to review the permissions that an app is using? When I install apps from Android Market (Play Store now) there are some apps that require special ...
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Suspicious Permissions And A Safe Repository?

I have found older version of Facebook For Android app here which was hosted on geekfiles.in When i wanted to install 1.8.1 and checked permissions, the following arose my suspicions: Services that ...
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Questions About Android Privacy

The permissions warning in the Android Market is very vague. As well, I can't see the app permissions in a collective area of all the apps I have previously installed. So, I have no clue whether an ...
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What does Skype use all those permissions for?

I'd like to know what Skype does with all the permissions it asks for. Is there any page where Skype (the company) justifies the various permissions? Does it make any difference, whether I'm a ...
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Why would the Netflix App want to “read sensitive log data” on my device?

I just noticed that that Netflix App wants the "Read Sensitive Log Data" permission to run. What exactly does this permission allow? (besides the fairly generic/scary sounding description in the ...
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What are potential problems/violations that malware apps can do?

There are some apps that I am considering to download which have many permission requirements and have few comments from other past users. The number of downloads are relatively low so I am ...
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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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Better description of permissions

Is there a list of permissions with more detailed descriptions available? The standard ones doesn't feel good, and I don't trust developers who write that they need permission X only to do Y--if their ...
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How do permissions work in the Android Market?

I've been told that the permissions for an app are there to inform me the types of things the app has permission to do. If this is right, can a developer 'forget' a permission and get away with using ...

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