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 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, ...
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Android stopped informing me about app permissions. Why?

Since I upgraded to Marshmallow (Verizon LG-G4), I never get the little dialog that asks me to approve new permissions for applications I'm installing/updating, nor even the "no new permissions needed"...
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Is it possible for an application to deliver ads while requesting NO permission from the user?

I know that for an app to access the internet it does not need the "Full network access" permission. In the android system it says that an app can use the browser to access the internet. The ...
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Is it possible to know if an app has advertisements by analyzing permissions?

Or if not, how to see if an app has advertisements or not?
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Photos / Files / Media permission

I've seen a lot of apps that have media / files permission access requested when installing from Play Store. Does that mean they can go at my personal photos and send it back to themselves? Sorry if ...
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SDcard in lollipop still readonly using EZPDF

I finally got my lollipop upgrade. Seemed fine but I have still issues with EZPDF. Let me explain. I just upgraded from kitkat and therefore, I cannot write to the SD card as we all know. After the ...
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Making Tasker write into the external SD card

I'm using Tasker on Android Lollipop (5.1.1). I've come to know that applications now can write to external SD card in Android 5.1.1 update but with the use of an API, for which the user needs to ...
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Removing permissions from apk

I'm trying to remove permissions* from certain bank app to prevent abuse. I've managed to download apk file using emulator (AVD) and appextractor. I've used toolapk to extract the apk file and ...
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In Android 6, how to deny an app permission to access the network?

In Android 6, the user has (finally!) the possibility of approving or denying specific permissions to an app. However, I couldn't find a way to approve or deny network access, either via Wi-Fi or ...
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Grant an app write access to external storage that does not request it?

I would like to grant the Syncthing app write access to external storage in Marshmallow. The app does not request it explicitly (unlike other apps that seem to use the Storage Access Framework to do ...
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After update from Android 5 to 6 new permission model does not affect application

I had an application installed on HTC M8 Android 5.1, e.g. app was able to read Contacts. Device was updated to Android 6.0. I want to check how new permission model works so in app's settings I ...
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Why can I write to a read-only system partition?

I have a rooted phone running android 4.4. When I check the output of 'mount' it says system is read only. My root file manager or terminal can't make any files or folders there, though only the file ...
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Is it possible to restrict access to raw user data in fine-grained manner?

Usually, to allow an app to read user's data we add some lines to the android manifest stating a specific permission for that app. However, android does not have any kind of control over the raw data ...
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Set default location mode to device only [duplicate]

On my Motorola Moto G XT1068 with 5.0.2 whenever I'd turn on "location" it would ask permission to use high accuracy mode, and if I remember rightly, send information to Google. I always chose ...
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Why do so many applications try to get the SIM and network operator name?

I understand what Android permissions mean and I have a specific question about two telephony permissions. I've been using XPrivacy for a while and noticed that many apps that ostensibly have nothing ...
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How can I control the permissions an app has if I am on a rooted android? [duplicate]

Some apps ask for a ridiculous amount of permissions. Android tends to be you accept all the permissions and use the app or you don't accept all and don't use the app. This is different from how IOS ...
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What is the permission ACCESS_WEATHERCLOCK_PROVIDER?

Some launcher apps uses android.permission.ACCESS_WEATHERCLOCK_PROVIDER permission. What is this permission for?
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Turn off call forwarding warning popups

I recently downloaded an app for automatically forwarding calls to my office phone when I'm connected to the office WiFi. However, whenever the forwarding is activated/deactivated, I get a popup ...
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Is there a native way to find all the installed apps that have access to a phone feature?

Is there a native way to filter installed apps by permission (features they have access to)? For example, filter all the apps that have access to the camera. Looking to delete all the apps that have ...
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Why does every app has/needs the permission “Send MMS” and “Send Email”?

So, I recently bought Elephone P8000 which has Android 5.1 installed. One of the first things I noticed was the new "App Permissions". After installing a few of my standard apps, I was curious and ...
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Cant switch shell to su

I'm trying to edit my /init.rc file on my rooted Galaxy Pro. And have accessed my device using SSH (to QuickSSH server on the device) over wifi. The / mount is shown as readonly, so I tried to ...
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Does a non-owner user profile have rights to wipe an Android phone?

My work is pushing the use of Sophos Mobile Control (SMC) for MDM purposes so we can sync our email to our personal devices. I have a Nexus 5 with Android 6.0 (stock) and my intention is to create a ...
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Why is Play Store still asking for all app permissions on install on Android Marshmallow?

From everything I've read, when installing a new app from the Play Store under Marshmallow, it is supposed to just install with no permission questions (e.g. Slash Gear article). The app is then ...
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Reset the request permission dialog on Marshmallow

I am testing my Android application and trying to make sure all permissions (whether granted or denied) are handled correctly. I mistakenly clicked "Never ask again" on a permission and now it never ...
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If a specific app doesn't require full network access permission means it's completely privacy safe?

If they can't access internet, they can't steal my data in the back which is safe right? I wanna try this file encryption app from play store. Before i proceed, i wanna make sure that the app itself ...
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Can't use Google Play app from Restricted Guest Account

I made a restricted guest account for others to use my device (Android 4.4.4. with CyanogenMod 11) and I am unallowed to give the account access to the Play Store. If I try and use the Play Store from ...

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