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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Can `Phone Calls` application permission allow developer to read my contact book? [duplicate]

I wonder if other people can read my contact list when the app permission(s) has Phone Calls permision like below snapshot.
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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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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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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 ...
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How to disable additional app permissions?

Some apps have annoying permissions like installing shortcut on the homescreen (everytime u open it). How do I disable these permissions? (see picture)
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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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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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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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How can i disable android permission manager notification? [duplicate]

I have an android 4.4.2 device and permission manager app enabled. I have facebook messenger installed for example and i deny it permission to read my sms or phone contacts. It works, but keeps ...
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Fruit Ninja Wi-Fi permissions

I see Fruit Ninja recently added "Wi-Fi connection information" to its ever-growing list of required permissions. I read the little description, but what does it actually mean? Does that mean the name ...
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How to change the user in ES File Explorer

I use ES File Explorer on my Android phone (Lollipop). When I connect to my NAS, it prompts me for a user name and password. I enter this, and I connect. However, I now need to connect as a different ...
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Permission to write to external SD card on HTC One M8 running Lollipop

I updated my HTC One m8 to Lollipop and rooted it. I have programs that require the ability to write to external SD card like FileMount, but every time I launch FileMount it tells me that it can't ...
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Why do applications enforce read-write and read-only permissions for other apps to use it? [closed]

While reading a book, Android Wireless Application Development, it tells that Applications might also enforce their own permissions by declaring them for other applications to use. The applications ...
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Manually add UID to a system group

Let's say i create a custom group on Android (We will call it GID 5000) and i want to add users (apps) to this group, how can i manually add the app's UID to GID 5000 ? If possible, without touching ...
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How does Whatsapp use my mobile fingerprint in their app?

How does Whatsapp access my fingerprint? WhatsApp did not ask permission to use my fingerprint. Then how do they use my fingerprint for unlocking?
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Why I cannot grant “Allow all the time” location permission to Whatsapp?

I have a Pixel 4 and Android 10 stock, and the system only offers me these options for location permission of this app: Allow only while the app is in use Deny But there is no "Allow all the time". ...
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How granular can the app developer set the permissions to avoid turning the user away at the “Permissions to Photos, Media and Other files”?

When a Notes app (like Google Keep, Wunderlist, Stickynotes) etc asks for permissions to "Photos, Media and Other Files" (PMOF) on your device, the user can get a bit uncertain. So essentially, can ...
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can't find mapping of “android.permission.INTERNET” permission to famous methods which should use it

I was trying to evaluate effective permissions usage of an apk using axplorer mapping files. During evaluation I obtained an effective use of the android.permission.INTERNET permission equal to 0. ...
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Prevent bloatware which gets reinstalled from starting

I had a problem with this app (I found on a package with the same name on Google Play, but I doubt it's the same thing) which kept getting installed all by itself again and again, and once istalled, ...
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adobe acrobat pdf reader now wants unnecessary permissions: workarounds? alternatives?

I recently went to reinstall adobe acrobat pdf reader, I found it now requires permissions for identity and ability to create accounts - I'm sure they weren't there last time I installed it. I just ...
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Can an application with the following permissions steal user data?

I would like to use an application which is able to blacken my screen (AMOLED) so it consumes nearly no power (of course, while running an app, that cannot be run in the background). The application ...
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Google play constantly asks for permissions

A few weeks ago my Xiaomi phone (MIUI 8) started showing a permission error, stating that more permissions are necessary. After enabling all of them, the error reoccurred after a few minutes, this ...
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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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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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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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Applications lost permissions after flashing Marshmallow

I upgraded my Nexus 5 from Android 6 preview 3 to the 6.0 final version by manualy flashing image files from google factory image. All my applications lost permissions and crashing. I am unable to ...
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How to stop “permission denied” app toasts after denying permissions?

I often like to deny app permissions that I think the app does not need but yet they keep requesting for the permissions even after Denying, resulting in lot of toasts [package name] has been denied [...

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