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 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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How to mount NFS on Android with correct permissions?

I am trying to mount an NFS share on my Android phone. I have already compiled and installed all the needed kernel modules. The NFS share mounts flawlessly but I can only mount as the system user. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How to mount system.img on android (or linux)?

I wanna modify some files in my system partition of phone. It's ext4. I plan to flash it later to my phone. I tried: mount -w -t ext4 -o loop /storage/sdcard1/system.img /mnt/njz and got this: ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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Grant notification access via ADB

This might seem weird, but I installed a regular Android app using ADB to my Huawei Watch 2 and the app requires notification access which when attempting in app causes it to crash as it trys to open ...
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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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So if Draw Over Other Apps is a bad thing, why are so many people wanting to enable the process?

I'm trying to keep my storage down because the apps I move to my SD card won't stay there, so whether it has any bearing on storage or not, I disabled it wherever I could. If I notice that an app ...
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Can I grant permanent access to external storage to an app in Nougat?

I'm using OnePlus 5 running stock 7.1.1. I use the OTG function to transfer file between my phone and my flash drive very often, and my preferred file manager is Root Explorer. Every time I try to ...
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Will “Contacts” permission allow reading contacts list on SIM?

I denied "Contacts" perm of obvious reasons for an app. It won't work. I reached its developer and he said I am paranoid, that "Contacts" means just basic info about phone owner, like name and email, ...
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Portable storage: do I have to re-grant app permissions when switching microSD cards?

I'm using a Moto Z2 Force running Android 7.1.1 with a 128 GB microSD card installed. I wanna upgrade to a 400 GB card. Would I have to re-grant microSD access app permissions for the new card, or do ...
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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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What can a “Device Owner” app do?

I've been searching around to find an answer to what "permissions" a device owner app on 7.0< has, but I can't find a clear answer? Can anybody hear help me out, or maybe point me in the right ...

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