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 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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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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Can App Ops run on 4.4.4?

I have installed and tried several of the "App Ops" starter apps from the Google Play store. When I run any of them, a dialog pops up saying "Unfortunately, Settings has stopped." and my only choice ...
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What is Launcher3 4.4.4-9 application?

I'm new Android user. I just found that I have "Launcher3 4.4.4-9" on my Moto G 2-gen. It has permissions to make calls. I cannot uninstall it. Is this normal? This is system app/service?
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what does SERIAL and proc permissions stand for?

Often in my rooted android device, since I have installed xprivacy manager, applications ask me for serial perm in category identification (hardware) (that very often, translation may be approximate), ...
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Why Package Manger (pm) gives error “java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Unknown permission:” 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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What special privileges “/system/xbin/su” does have w.r.t. root access?

This answer says: Because of the way directory/file permissions are configured on Android, you need to have the su binary on your /system partition in order for it to work. Putting elsewhere ...
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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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Permission to make and manage phone calls

I just bought a second hand phone (my first device running android). I'm surprised by the fact that three times I've been asked for permission to make and manage phone calls. This is a very scary ...
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XPrivacy: ability to batch-set one permission for all apps?

I would like to select all (or multiple) apps in xprivacy, then revoke (for ALL of them, at the same time), the media/microphone permission (etc.) (how) Is this possible?
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Why is zygote asking for superuser permissions?

I have a OnePlus One running the latest version of OxygenOS which is rooted for the sole purpose of running CF lumen. I have not installed any other root apps, and only use the Play Store for ...
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How to allow read/write access in a specific folder on the SD Card with Android 6.0.1?

I like to move my AnkiDroid storage to the SD-Card, because my Anki-Decks get huge, in terms of filesize, and my internal storage is full. Anyways (seemingly because they did not like to took the ...
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Photos/Media/Files and Full Network Access

Does anything stop an application with Photos/Media/Files and Other ("full network access" and "run at startup") permissions from simply uploading ALL of your photos and videos to some stupid server ...
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New access permissions for Google Maps v9.1.1

I recently got an notification for the latest Google Maps update 9.1.1. With this update, the app asks for 2 new access rights: Phone and Device ID and call information. After checking the changelog, ...
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error copying files after rooting

I rooted my micromax a27 a few days back. It installed an app Kinguser to give root permission. Earlier it was working fine. I did a factory reset last night. Now, when I try to copy file to root ...
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Preventing apps from detecting other apps

I have an app that does not allow me to enable certain settings because another app is installed. Every time I try to enable these settings it says "You cannot because app x is installed". I know they ...
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Permission denied on /system/xbin/su when trying to unroot Sony Xperia L

I'm trying to root my Sony XPeria L reading this tutorial The firmaware is 15.0.А.2.17, model C2105, and my Android version est 4.1.2 Everything was good until step 9, where I get the following error ...
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Why are apps given the right to run whenever they want even when they keep the phone awake?

This question is quite related to (and could end up being closed as a duplicate of): How can I stop applications and services from running? I would probably just comment there to get clarification ...
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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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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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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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Is it impossible to pull a database file from non debuggable app in a non rooted device?

Here's what I tried: adb shell "run-as my.package ..." doesn't work because the app was installed without the android:debuggable option. adb backup doesn't work (it produces an empty file) I can't ...
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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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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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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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SELinux context init_shell in boot.img permission denied with Android 5.0.2

I'am used to start a service in the android boot image with inherited context of the init.rc script (u:r:init:s0). In Android 5.0.2 (Samsung), my service does not inherity the init context anymore, it ...
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Is it possible to restrict an app's permissions to a specific folder(s) (and subfolders)?

When installing an app, depending on the app, access to the filesystem is required and requested at the time of install. Is it possible to restrict this to specific folders(s) and their subfolders? ...
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Restrict Internet access to a particular app only for a specific time period on an unrooted device

I have an app that behaves poorly. It is constantly uploading stuff in the background. I think I could get it to use less power if I could impose some sort of "parental control" type feature on it. I'...
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How to tell what app or process periodically sends SMS messages?

About a week ago I purchased a T-Mobile SIM card and activated it on a $3/mo prepaid program. This program requires you to load your account with $3 per month to keep it alive, and these include 30 ...
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Permission Request for account <name>@gmail.com

Starting tonight, I started getting notifications that read "Permission requested for account @gmail.com". When I click and hold to go to App Info, it disappears and nothing comes up. When I click on ...
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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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Why are all these apps wanting access to Android Services from my Google account?

On HTC one 4.3/5.5 I get a list of about 20 apps asking for permission to Android services. These apps want access to your google account from now on They are requesting permission to: Android ...
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Reset Chrome website permissions

How can I reset website permissions on Chrome for Android? I have face detection software hosted on my home server (192.168.1.7:8020), and if I go to 192.168.1.7:8020/face-detection.html I used to ...
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Read/Write not working on external sd card - Android

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and no applications can read or write to the external SD card - except the Root Browser. This happened a month or so ago after I installed a custom ROM (Alliance) and I have ...
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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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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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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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Can one achieve directory permissions on Android?

On any android device 99.5% of the apps want the permission "Write / Read contents of SD card" in a combination with "Full network access". Theoretically these 2 permissions are enough for the app to ...
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Once an app asks for root, why does it ask for other permissions?

I see apps that require both root as well as regular permissions. What's the point, as root implies that it can do everything?
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Looking for android permission details

I am looking for a list of android permissions and what can be done once a certain permission is granted. Background: Many apps require permissions which at first sound very intimidating, like ...
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Why are android permission so broad?

I was reading a review for a game on the play store where someone gave a bad review saying that the game looked cool but it required access to photos, media and such which encouraged the user to ...
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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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Privacy, Malware & Android Permissions

From a privacy perspective is the sheepoll app ok to use? Whilst the owner has reassured us they're not looking to snoop there is a possibility of a nefarious deeds being done so comments? It's for a ...
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How to have the OS launch applications at startup time?

I am running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on a Samsung Galaxy SIII. I am trying to figure out how to configure applications such a Skype to start up automatically once the system has gone through the ...
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Understanding SMS APP permissions

On android KitKat i have run into the following permission: SMS Uses one or more of: SMS, MMS. Chrages may apply. How do i get a more fine-grained explination of this permission? Does it mean that ...
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Should I be worried about applications with weird looking permissions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How important is it to review the permissions that an app is using? When I install apps from Android Market (Play Store now) there are some apps that require special ...
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What is directory access permission?

I recently got a Android 9 phone, and I noticed a new section under special access called "directory access". It lists no apps This wasn't present on my old Android 8.1 phone, so I'm pretty sure it's ...
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Application Permissions

I note that with my Samsung S7 Edge now I have "Permission Monitor" as an option, which is great. Leaving out the whole root option (I don't want to risk it again, it was a $300 fix last time it '...
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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 ...