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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Superuser not prompting

I recently installed ICS(Android 4) on my Samsung Galaxy S, and it seems that in the process my superuser app broke. Everything went fine, my phone is working better than ever, but when an app ...
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Why would the Netflix App want to "read sensitive log data" on my device?

I just noticed that that Netflix App wants the "Read Sensitive Log Data" permission to run. What exactly does this permission allow? (besides the fairly generic/scary sounding description in the ...
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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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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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Is it safe to install Launchers for Android which require quite a few permissions?

I have HTC One X with Sense on it. Sense is a bit slow. So I installed Apex Launcher. It was fast but it required quite a few permissions so I uninstalled it. I looked at other Launchers in Google ...
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Why do some games ask for calling/SMS permissions? [closed]

More and more Android apps (games to be specific) require permissions to make calls. Some of them also require permission to send SMS, read bookmarks, history, etc. What is the explanation for this? I ...
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Can I mount /data/data/(app_name)/ on external sd card?

Can I mount /data/data/com.termux/ folder on external sd card? My phone is rooted Android 10 and running low of internal storage. As I read from How to bind mount a folder inside /sdcard with correct ...
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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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timestamp for when an app last used a permission?

I'm interested in is seeing the time-stamp for when an app last used a permission. After looking around it seems that App Ops had this feature, but it is no longer available. Are there any apps out ...
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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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Skype is denied to use camera

My Skype on my Android 4.4.4 used to work fine, until about 2 hours ago, when it simply refuses to use my camera, flashing a message (AKA toast) that reads: Skype is denied to use camera What ...
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Are calls made by third-party apps logged?

For the first time I installed app that can make calls automatically (sms/call screener). What worries me is this level of permissions -- however I have to no choice really because stock screener (...
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How to bind-mount "data" and "obb" folders from external SD card in "/sdcard/Android"?

Can someone help me mount my Android/data and Android/obb in my internal storage from my portable storage? I'm on a Pie ROM. I found this: How to bind mount a folder inside /sdcard with correct ...
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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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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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Unknown Permissions on VirusTotal analysis

I have noticed unusual and unwanted behavior from a few of my system apps, most notably Google Play Services, Google Account Manager, and Google Services Framework. These apps cause force closes on ...
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Give fake permission details to apps on Xperia X10i

Because of the recent update to Google play stores permissions, I wish that as apps can access very personal information, I want to deny permissions to the apps, but as I have heard that this might ...
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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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How to figure out which APP downloaded a file OR requested a download?

I found that a file (which was an apk for a new App) was downloaded several times without asking for a permission. My phone is Samsung Galaxy 7 with Android V 7.0. How can I find which App did the ...
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How to containerize apps?

There are a lot of Android apps out there that request all sorts of permissions. They want access to your files, your contacts, etc. Many of them don't run properly and/or crash without these ...
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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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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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How to disable the "Application permissions" dialog that pop up during each new app install?

I have a Samsung Galaxy A5[18] running Android 4.4.4. Every time I install a new app this dialog comes up: Is there any way to disable this feature? I'm doing app development so I have to install ...
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How to mount usb drive in nexus 5 using mount command?

I read in some online sources that lolipop 5 allows mounting usb devices using otg cable without root permissions. Another thing i saw is that the app "ES Explorer" can mount usb devices without root....
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How to change the permission and ownership for internal sdcard

I have a problem with my internal SD card on my android 4.2.2. It shows there are no files on the internal SD card but there is a shortcut called "legacy" and I can't write anything on the internal SD ...
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Can I prevent auto-update of apps with changed permissions?

I would like to auto-update any app that has no change in permissions. Apps with changed permissions, I would like to review the changes before updating. Is this possible?
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Where does Android keep app permissions?

I have a rooted Android, and I want to disable (not read/write/execute) permissions to an app (for example, I don't want it accessing the camera or the phone). Where does Android keep those ...
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I can no longer write to /emulated/0 without root or system access

I have a Sprint Galaxy Note 3. I've rooted with CF Auto Root, flashed TWRP, flashed Jellybomb, and then restored back to stock from a nandroid backup. I'm not sure when it started, but it appears ...
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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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Twitter ReceiveSMS permission

On Twitter November 25, 2013 update, they ask for receive text messages (SMS) permission. Does anyone know what exactly this is for ?
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Is Evernote a malicious app?

I have been using Evernote on my Laptop and Mobile phone for quite some time now. Recently, when downloading an update of Evernote app in my phone from Google Play app, I noticed that Evernote asks ...
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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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Can an Android app circumvent its stated permissions?

I downloaded an APK from a 3rd party source (not Google Play). My question is that can this android app, although stated that it can only access my USB storage, could it also do other things (such as ...
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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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How to grant an app a permission that isn't in its manifest for audio recording?

Non rooted Moto G6 Play running Android 9. I'm using Termux and would like to use Sox's rec command to record audio from the terminal. Unfortunately, since Termux doesn't request the mic permission, ...
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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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