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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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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Unofficial CyanogenMod 12.1: Apps do not have permission to use the internet

So I installed a custom ROM on an old LG Optimus L70. Problem being that very few apps (basically limited to just the settings app) have permission to use the internet. Even Google's apps suffer the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to disable media gallery permission of Hill Climb Racing 2?

I have installed Hill Climb Racing 2. It asked for access to my gallery. For installation I permitted it. But now I want to disable it. How can I do it?
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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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Write permissions to Android SD card

I just try to ask this question over here, nobody apparently is able to answer this question: On Android (>4.4) the SD card is not writeable, except for the Android/data/[package-url]/ directory. The ...
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What is this permission group?

When I ran adb shell pm list permission-groups one of the groups was: com.google.android.gms.permission.CAR_INFORMATION. I've never seen this before in system settings and I can't find anything ...
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Revoking Bluetooth permission from all apps?

I noticed that my phone silently enables bluetooth when screen turns off. When phones remains inactive for few minutes and I click unlock button I can see bluetooth indicator showing up for around 1-2 ...
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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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What is directory access permission?

I recently got a Android 9 phone, and I noticed a new section under special access called "directory access". It lists no apps This wasn't present on my old Android 8.1 phone, so I'm pretty sure it's ...
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Just rooted and can't enable premium messaging

When I attempt to enable it, it's stuck like in the picture. I then receive the message: Free Msg: Unable to send message - Message Blocking is active. I've tried other messaging applications, but I ...
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Why lsusb gets “permission denied” error in Termux?

When I run this command in Termux the output gets permission denied. I don't have root access, perhaps Android system allows me to get the specific access in root.
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Root and unroot Cat S41

Does anyone knows how to root then unroot this device? I've just installed Termux emulator but I am not able to run some commands. The terminal's output comes with a "Permission denied" issue. I've ...
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Why do I have to get permission to save to my own phone?

I am the owner of a new Samsung Galaxy J7 (J700T). When I try to delete files with no data on them on my internal, external, or SD card, the phone tells me I am denied. I want the files I've created....
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Microphone Permssion in Pie not listing all apps

I have a Pixel phone. Recently I checked App permissions →Microphone permissions, and it shows 5 of 24 apps allowed. But when I open the microphone permissions, it lists only 4 apps. Is this ...
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How Android's permissions mapping with UIDs/GIDs works?

Reading the book: Android Security Internals I'm reading at Chapter 2 - Permission Management paragraph that permissions are assigned to application at install time by the package manager with a ...
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If an app requires no permission, can I be completely sure that it is safe to install?

I have an app that requires no permissions whatsoever. Please note that this app does not come from an official source. Given that the app requires no permissions: Can I be completely sure that it ...
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can't find mapping of “android.permission.INTERNET” permission to famous methods which should use it

I was trying to evaluate effective permissions usage of an apk using axplorer mapping files. During evaluation I obtained an effective use of the android.permission.INTERNET permission equal to 0. ...
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How to change the modified date of a file without root?

How do I change the modified date of a file, specifically PNGs, on Android without root? Total Commander failed to do it with a permission error Access Denied.
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Commands run on terminal but throw errors in shell script

I created a .sh script which sets app permissions on Android devices. If I push the script on /sdcard and run it through adb shell with command sh ./test.sh, the following error occurs on each ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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