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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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Android Permissions and Malware

Can an Android Malware App "hide" certain important permissions thereby fooling the user to be "good" (or intended to do only what its posed purpose is). Thus can the user "believe" the App to be ...
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Is it possible to preemptively block an app's permissions to certain things before installation?

I just bought an Osmo Mobile (a gimbal for smartphones). It uses an app called DJI GO to communicate with the phone via bluetooth. The problem is, the permission list the app requests before ...
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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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permissions to manage google drive automatically removed if app removed?

I recently tested an app called "Autosync Google Drive" by Metactrl. When testing it, I had to give it permission to my google drive. After testing it, I decided to just use a USB cord to sync my ...
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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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Can an app with root permission access another app data?

I have an rooted android phone and use root apps like greenify regularly. Recently i have installed my Bank application on my phone and the bank application is not allowing me to login as my phone is ...
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Permit drawing over other apps grayed out [closed]

When I open an app that needs permission to draw over other apps, this screen pops up. But for some reason it is grayed out and I can't allow the app. How can I allow the app to draw over other ...
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How do I find out alternative apps from Play Store that have same functionality and LESS permissions?

Users often tend not to look at App permissions, while installing from Play Store, either out of ignorance or for other reasons. Permissions in Marshmallow are less granular and bundled compounding ...
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Android app not working in Reliance JIO 4G connection

I have an android app which is working completely fine in WiFi and 3G connection. However, I have found that the app is not connecting to my web-services when Reliance JIO 4G connection is used. ...
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How can I find the group id (gid) for the sdcard_r group on android?

The question says it all. All folders on my sdcard has owner set as 0(root) and group set as sdcard_r - means all apps that have permissions to access the sdcard. However, since I have root, I want ...
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How do some android apps know from where they have been downloaded?

If you read privacy policy of some online apps, you will find that their services also store information about from where you download their app. I wonder if this is possible because apk is a ...
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What does 'read/write instant messages' do?

Here are my steps on a Motorola using Android 6.0.1 Go to Settings > Apps > Show System > Google Services Framework > Permissions > Additional permissions What happens if I turn on these options? - ...
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Cannot change weather permissions on HTC One M9

I've managed to disable to location permissions to my weather app that shows on the lock screen (I do not remember what I did to create this problem). I am using the "default" weather app. When I go ...
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Screen Overlay Detected, Permission problem

I keep getting this dialog that says "Screen Overlay detected" that basically tells me to turn of the screen overlay in order to proceed with the change in the permission settings of the apps. I have ...
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How does the Android interface work Unix permission wise?

I'd like to know how the backend/permissions work for Android(I'm using v4.1.2 on a s3 mini). On android, I'm capable of running GUI applications which have different UID/GID-s on the system as seen ...
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Did the meaning of „Protection Level: signature“ change with Android 6?

The Developer documentation writes on the protection level "signature": A permission that the system grants only if the requesting application is signed with the same certificate as the application ...
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Permission system changes with Android 6.0: What are the implications for us users?

With Android 6.0, a bunch of permissions and permission groups have been removed: Groups gone While on a first glance this doesn't seem important (isn't it rather a way to organize permissions?) – ...
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Android 6+ and account permissions: where have they gone to?

I was just browsing the Android Developers Permissions list, and noticed most of the account permissions are gone – in fact, all but GET_ACCOUNTS as it seems. What does that mean, what implications ...
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Why do many apps (Including the stack exchange app) need the 'send MMS' permission?

Many, many apps seem to need the 'send MMS' permission, even though there is no clear reason why, including but not limited to the Stack exchange app. Why? Device: Bush SPIRA B3 5 running ArchOS (...
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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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The Android phone app wants to know my location - why?

I'm running CyanogenMod 13.0 without Play Services. I launched the Phone app and wanted to search through the contacts. Then a popup appeared, that: Allow Phone to access this device's location? ...
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Contacts permission for Google Account

Some games ask for Contacts permission for logging in using Google Account. Is it safe? Why some other games and applications don't ask for Contacts? For example SoundCloud, it doesn't for, but ...
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Which are the undeniable Google Play Services permissions?

I just got a new phone (Wileyfox Swift) with Cyanogen 13.0 installed and I am playing a bit with the app permissions. I am trying to understand which permissions can be denied to Google Play Services ...
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Does an android app show all permission it can access?

Generally when you install an application, a list of permission is shown what thing that app can access in your phone. But do they show all the permissions? The app developer don't want you to know ...
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Why do some apps not have to ask for the “Draw over other apps” permission?

In Android 6, Apps have to ask the user for the "Draw over other apps" permission, which is android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW However there are some notable exceptions that get this permission ...
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What does “Drawing over other apps” mean?

I installed a GIF app from Play Store, and they want permission to do this. I don't even understand what drawing over other apps means. Is it the floating hearts in a GIF in a private message in ...
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selinux denies busybox although selinux is set to permissive?

Device-info: Phone: Sony Xperia Z1 Model number: C6903 Android version: 5.1.1 Build Number: 14.6.A.1.236 Rooted, BusyBox and Terminal Emulator installed (Play Store Version!!!) I have formatted an ...
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How do I disable the “Screen overlay detected” security bandaid?

I use Toucher Pro (whose whole point is to always be on top) essentially in place of a homescreen, insofar as I launch apps from it 95% of the time instead of using a launcher. Now, thanks to the ...
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chmod failed “Unable to open FILE: invalid argument”

Device-info: Phone: Sony Xperia Z1 Model number: C6903 Android version: 5.1.1 Build Number: 14.6.A.1.236 Rooted In order to solve another problem on my phone I want to change permissions of a folder ...
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Android Intent problems

So a few days ago I build an update for my custom android car tablet with my own launcher (based on nexus 7 2013). I added a few new features and some fixes, and I added accidentally the device admin ...
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Android process needed for location

I am testing the Privacy Guard feature of CyanogenMod. I disabled almost all of every app's permissions (with 'Show built-int apps' enabled) to then enable only those I know I need. The problem that ...
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Use accounts on the device permission - please clarify when needed [duplicate]

I've read this: What can an app do with the "USE ACCOUNTS ON THE DEVICE" permission?? In the main answer (by Dan) it's said: The AccountManager then asks you if you want the ...
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Log what an application does and accesses

I'm a bit paranoid about the permissions that certain applications require to work on an Android phone. Specially the "Access to your storage" permission. What I'm scared of is if an application is ...
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Setting permissions for which networks an app can access

New to this forum, not sure if this is a duplicate. Is there a way to restrict which networks an app can use? For example, I don't want to use a location-based dating app (or similar , e.g. Snapchat) ...
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chroot: can't execute /init.sh: Permission denied - Error while want to start linux on Android

Introduction: I formatted a SDCard in ext4 and copied an ArchVersion on it to run it from Android like in this guide (step 7). Of course my device is rooted and I am running the following scripts and ...
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Do permissions apply across users?

If I create a secondary user and install an app while using the phone as that user, will the permissions for that app carry over for the primary user? For example, let's say I have a primary user, ...
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How to show screen recording permission prompt again?

Android asks for permission before an app records screen as following (a standard Android feature, not a part of the app): After I select "Don't show again", this prompt will not show up as expected. ...
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Disable new Android permission system

I really like the new permission system in Android from the end users point of view as I like to have control over what my phone does but I am really struggeling with it at work, here is why: We are ...
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How to find out sd card partition in dev/block?

In order to mount an ext4-formated sd card in Android I followed this guide. In the bash script msd2.sh is followking command: mount -t ext4 /dev/block/mmcblk1p1 /storage/extSdCard && sleep ...
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Why allow permission button is disabled?

Problem Today I noticed strange behavior on my test phone, which is Nexus 5 with Android 6.0.1. After opening test app that asks for permission to read contacts allow button is not working - after ...
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How to edit id3-tags (MP3 tags) in Marshmallow?

Ok, so I'm not got to act like I know what I'm talking about, but I've done a fair bit of googling and stuff like 'write permissions' have come up over and over again when searching id3 tag editors. ...
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Closed circuit app on Android

I'd like to know if there is a way to run an android app on a closed circuit minimalist type of android VM on an android device so that I can have a full control of what the app has access to and when ...
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Gmail ask every 20s for SMS permission

Since the last update on my Huawei to Android 6.0, and even after configuring things properly, Gmail is displaying a message every 20 seconds asking for me to activate the sms permission. The problem ...
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emulating permission access for apps

While installing apps in Android, it asks for lots of permission to run. Sometimes I just want to check out how a app is and not interested in sharing any info with the app. Is it possible to ...
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“Fingerprint hardware not available” after TWRP restore

A couple months ago I had to get a replacement for my Nexus 6P, so I did a full TWRP backup, copied it onto the new phone, and did a restore (note that I had to rename the backup folder so that TWRP ...
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Android permissions confusion

I'm choosing a new phone, been using my Lumia for ages, so I'm a bit off about the whole thing. What I've discovered so far is that android devices are mostly much superior to their iOS counterparts ...
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Some location based mobile sites not working in chrome

I'm getting a message from some websites (m.yelp.com and nextbus.com) they do not have "permission to access your location". I have my location permission turned on for chrome in the app manager and ...
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Play Store is not giving me app permissions and asking if I accept anymore

Recently I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 running Android Marshmallow. On my previous device, when I wanted to download an app in the Play Store, it would show all permissions for me to accept it. Now, all ...
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What application is “using my screen” with some kind of overlay? [duplicate]

I want to turn on accessibility permission to Greenify app. But I'm unable to click "ok". I also have Twilight and since some security built in the system, I have to disable, stop or uninstall the ...
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What happens if I remove a file from /etc/permissions?

So I rooted my phone recently and want to thoroughly clean up my phone. I specifically want to remove a file in /etc/permissions (or /system/etc/permissions) called android.hardware.location.gps.xml, ...