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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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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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Remove Parent controls on Kindle Fire HD without password

I have parent controls on my Kindle Fire HD and I forgot the password. I want the parent controls off but I can't without the forgotten password. How do I get the parent controls off the kindle ...
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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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Are there apps which block apps from using features even when they're given permission?

Android's prefs lets me give or revoke individual permissions for individual apps. But sometimes an app will refuse to run without being given permissions that don't seem relevant for such an app. ...
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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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How to control or deny permission to certain drives?

I have an android based kiosk and I have a very peculiar requirement, while browsing files/folders from the browser I need to restrict user from accessing certain drives, say for example when the user ...
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Gmail says I need phone permission to login, it is enabled but I can't login

I used to have 2 Gmail accounts logged in on my phone. Recently one has been logged out and when I tried to log back in it asked me a question, I accidentally clicked 'dont ask me this again'. Now ...
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LineageOS update caused permission erros for GApps

I recently made an update of LineageOS for my LG G5 (LineageOS 14.1) as well as my Samsung Galaxy S5 (LineageOS 15.1). They both seem to have serious issues afterwards and I don't know what happened. ...
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Disabling sms delivery report globally in android

I know we can enable/disable the sms delivery report in the messaging app. But is it possible to disable it for all apps? I use an app that sends sms to control a device and I guess it's using the ...
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Is there a way to make an app executable only by the system on android?

I'm trying to make an app executable only by the system or by root on android so that when the user tries to open it (for example, by tapping it) he gets permission denied. Is this possible on a ...
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Restoring ownership in TWRP backed up data

So, my Nexus 7 (2012) is in a bootloop and I want to backup my data. Recovery (TWRP 3.2.3) works without a problem but I don't have a USB-OTG to do it and there's not enough space on the internal ...
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MP3 Used to play in WhatsApp, now Podcast Addict wants to play it

Because my front mic don't work, I have to create an MP3 from the back mic, and send it in a Whatsapp message. Sometimes I would click it to play it back myself. It played in Whatsapp just fine. Then ...
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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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Application Permissions

I note that with my Samsung S7 Edge now I have "Permission Monitor" as an option, which is great. Leaving out the whole root option (I don't want to risk it again, it was a $300 fix last time it '...
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Should i be worried of these permissions from an app?

I was going to download an app ( not giving its proper name because there are many other apps who wants same permissions) but when i was looking for what 'app permissions' it needed. I saw ...
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What permissions does root give to an app?

All of the normal permissions are listed here, but it does not say anything about root permissions. I can't find the names of individual permissions anywhere else either so I am asking here.
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SD card write permission issues after restoring from backup to an identical phone model

I've been using LineageOS 14.1 on a rooted unlocked Samsung S7 (G930F) for a long time. My phone started dying, so I rebooted to TWRP and managed to take a full backup to the SD card before it died. ...
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My phone dials #3282 (#DATA) by itself. Which app did it?

For about the last month, I occasionally find my Cricket Samsung Amp Prime (Android 7.1.1) dialing #3282 (#DATA) without me initiating it. According to my call log, it started on October 1, 2018. It ...
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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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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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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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Can app with Storage permission access all data?

When I give Storage Permission to an app, is it true that it is able to access all data on the internal and external media, for instance the Downloads folder? Or does it only get access to store and ...
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How can I list the contents of my sd card over ssh

I try to list the contents of my sdcard using kdeconnect. As I understand it, this is done using an ssh connection (sshfs). When I try to list the contents of the sd card on my computer, e.g. ls /run/...
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Are device administrator permissions a security risk?

I would like to use t-igra's SwipeLock+ app, but it requires device administrator permissions. Google Play Store lists the following permissions: receive data from Internet view network connections ...
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Why chmod gives “Operation not permitted” error?

I try to execute chmod on a file with Termux, but it sends back an error which I'm unable to solve. My phone is not rooted. If you can help me I would be most grateful to you for this! Here is the ...
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How does an app reads an OTP SMS without SMS permission?

I have recently installed an Android app from the Play Store. While registering in it, I realized that it was able to read my message of OTP without even asking for my permission to read the message. ...
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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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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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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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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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How to grant permissions to ADB?

I can use ADB while in recovery mode (TWRP) so to use it normally, I followed Android - Enable ADB from recovery to enable USB debugging. There is always an error while switching users, granting ...
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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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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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For what purpose does the Google Play Store use the PHONE permission?

I noticed that, by default, the current version of the Google Play Store has access to the PHONE permission. For what purpose does the Google Play Store use the PHONE permission?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...