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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Why does Google Search suddenly need a lot more permissions?

I obviously have Google Search installed on my stock Nexus 4, however, a recent update for this app appears to require no less than 11 new permissions. Google does not appear to give any explanation ...
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how to fake my personal information

I downloaded a game from Google Play. In the permission page, I noticed that it asks for my personal information. Allow this application to: Your personal information read sensitive log data. Why ...
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Can Applications With Root Access Modify Their Own Permissions?

For rooted phones, there are several apps which require root privileges. Knowing this, the user does allow the app to get root. Now, the app would have been installed with a set of x permissions, say ...
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Read phone state and identity

I've looked at many (not all) of the dozens of links here. Is there a list that explains the risks involved with each granted application permission type? Most of these are not worth the time to ...
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Why can't I use su to run under another app's permissions?

It's well-known that every Android app is its own user. I have Android Terminal Emulator installed as user u0_a5. u0_a5@android:/ $ whoami u0_a5 u0_a5@android:/ $ groups u0_a5 sdcard_rw sdcard_r ...
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What does “discover known accounts” permission mean?

I am not sure what an app can do to me if it is able to discover my account, to what extent? Thank you very much.
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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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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 does Google always need personal data? [closed]

Whenever there is an app from Google Inc in the Android market, I am uncomfortable with their permission levels: Why do they always need read/write permissions to personal data/contacts and all our ...
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Are applications from “Unknown Sources” restricted by permissions?

I know that Google Play applications cannot do anything that is not spelled out in their AndroidManifest.xml and will be blocked from doing so. I want to know if non-Google Play applications are ...
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Difference between Android ID and device ID

What is the difference between android ID and device ID? Here's how I obtain them: Android ID: String androidID = Settings.Secure.getString(MainActivity.this.getContentResolver(), ...
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Questions About Android Privacy

The permissions warning in the Android Market is very vague. As well, I can't see the app permissions in a collective area of all the apps I have previously installed. So, I have no clue whether an ...
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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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Why can apps access the whole SD card?

Is there a technical reason for why apps that only need their own data are not limited to one folder? I do realise that some apps use other apps' data, but I'd be much more likely to install an app ...
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Preventing installed apps from making calls or sending SMS

It seems like a growing number of (seemingly legitimate) apps casually claim the "Services that cost you money" permissions (making calls and sending SMS) for non-essential secondary features that ...
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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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How do I install an apk as a system application?

I'm trying to install an application in the system/app folder of a device. It needs to be done since I'm writing a QAT program and the tests need to run with a few privileges not available to third ...
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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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Why does controlling CPU frequency require root access?

According to this answer one of the programs that requires root access is SetCPU that can lower the CPU frequency when the phone is not used thus prolong battery life. I don't get one thing - why ...
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Why does an app read my phone's IMEI number? An awful lot of them do

What reasons should an app have to need my phone's International Mobile Equipment Identity number? I noticed that unreasonably many of ordinary apps have the "phone state and identity" permission. ...
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How can I find which apps/packages reference a given permission using command line?

Given some permission tld.developer.app.permission.PERMISSION how can I use adb/root shell to find all the installed packages that define/depend on it? The permissions are defined in the manifest ...
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How do I withdraw an app rights to enter internet in CyanogenMod?

On a rooted device it should be possible to forbid certain apps to contact internet connection How is this possible in CyanogenMod 10.0?
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If an apk requires no permission, can I be completely sure that it is safe to install?

I have an apk that requires no permissions whatsoever. Given that the apk requires no permissions, can I be completely sure that it is safe to install? Or are there still ways in which this apk might ...
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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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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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What is the difference between Android user app with root access and a system app

The answer I am looking for is in the aspect of permissions. Can a system app do everything? Can a user app with root access (on rooted device) do everything? If so, are they the same? For example ...
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How does su regulate app permissions?

I seen a lot of apps in the market that give superuser functionality to applications. However there is a pre-requisite of rooting your phone. I am curious how a rooted phone has those permissions ...
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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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Is there a way to block permissions for other applications on Jelly Bean?

I use LBE Privacy Guard with great pleasure to grant and withdraw permissions to access my contacts, the internet, etc. for each individual application installed in Ice-Cream Sandwich on my Galaxy ...
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Is there any way to stop Google removing apps from the phone?

Back before Android had gone mainstream, there was an incident where Google removed an app using a feature called Remote Application Removal. This potentially allows Google to start removing ...
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How to bind mount a folder inside /sdcard with correct permissions?

I am using a Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. As is well known, the internal memory is rather small. Especially the Media directory of WhatsApp uses a lot of precious space, therefore I am trying to move it to ...
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What are potential problems/violations that malware apps can do?

There are some apps that I am considering to download which have many permission requirements and have few comments from other past users. The number of downloads are relatively low so I am ...
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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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How to find out which new permissions are required by an update?

When updating an app that requires new permissions, those new permissions used to be labelled with a green NEW tag. No more. Now I can only see the full list of permissions required. I'm still ...
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How can I set the correct SELinux / SEAndroid policy for an App?

I am using the free SSHelper SSH server on my phone to get SSH access. However, the application is not behaving correctly under SELinux when set to Enforcing mode, but seem to be OK when using ...
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Is there any way to block permissions on apps?

I read about being able to revoke permissions on CyanogenMod, but it seems the devs took that ability out. I found some app out on the market for 6$ or so, but it doesn't look like it would be worth ...
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Is there a facebook app that does not read your location?

I've looked at a number of facebook apps, and it seems that they require permission to read my precise location. This includes Stream, Fast, Friendcaster, and the official facebook app. Can anyone ...
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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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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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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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what is INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS_FULL permission? [duplicate]

In my project.. I needed to make multiuser enviroment. So I declared INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS_FULL permission. Then I also found INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS permission. INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS_FULL and ...
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Location Consent & undo Remeber This Setting

Like many, I found the Location Consent prompts to be annoying. I was excited when Google finally extended the option to 'remember this setting' in the latest update, but dismayed when I could only ...
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Setting custom permissions per-application [duplicate]

I want more granular control over permissions. I’m fine with applications having some permissions, but I want to be in charge and have more granular control. Can this be done on Android? I know iOS ...
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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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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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Can an app make phone calls in the background [duplicate]

I saw a number of apps that require "Services that cost you money" permissions, my question is if I install such an app and that app will make a phone call, is that call visible to the user or the app ...
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Check if app uses in-app purchase

What is the easiest way to check whether an app uses in-app purchase? Is there a mark in the Play store or a permission to look for after I installed the app?
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Why are so many apps using permissions that take my personal data?

I am again and again noticing that a ton of apps ask for ridiculous permissions, and I'm getting frustrated by searching for apps that don't ask me for too much - and frankly, I would download 3 times ...
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Android applications privacy and security concerns

If a user wants to install some applications from play store, is it sole responsibility of the user to decide whether the apps may harm or not? Should the user be worries regarding permissions? For ...
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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?