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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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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Block app internet access through app ops hidden menu [duplicate]

I'm on lollipop and want to deny some apps to use the INTERNET permission. How do I block them? In the hidden app ops menu there is no INTERNET permission. Do I need another app for that?
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Android browser: how to revoke ssl permission on a single site after giving it?

I'm building a website under ssl certificate. It just works on desktops but android browser argues that the ssl authority is not trustworthy. So to see the staging site I told it to just consider it ...
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App Permission and Force stop

Hello everybody :) I would be very grateful if you could answer my questions. 1- If the app has as a permission : Read and send text messages (SMS or MMS). Does it include whatsapp and viber ...
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How can I prevent an APP from using my phone's camera [duplicate]

I have some apps on my HTC One (M8) that want to have access to my camera and microphone (Yahoo Mail app). I have seen on an iOS device that you can disable this access but still run the app. Is ...
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Why does the Google Maps app need my phone call permission?

Is there any way this is justified? Seems like Google is becoming an evil spy to me, cause this is not the first time their apps need ridiculous permissions.
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What is “srv_listen” permission used for?

I've noticed (by using XPrivacy) that many applications (and some that has nothing to do with location, such as TextSecure) require the following permissions: Location: srv_listen Phone: srv_listen (...
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Permission denied while installing a system app with SSH

I have the APK file for an application I want to install as a system application via SSH on rooted Android tablets. I'm able to install this application via ADB with a script but the installation ...
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Recommended way to restore transparency about permissions after Google Play store changed rules

It's been quite a time when Google decided to not any more let the customer decide whether or not to let apps access the internet. (see http://www.xda-developers.com/android/play-store-permissions-...
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Pulling an apk of paid app from the device

I was pulling the .apk files from the device using the following command: ./adb pull /data/app/com.example.tracker-1.apk When I tried using the same command for the encrypted app as below: ./adb ...
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How can I easily deny other apps from accessing my personal data?

If I use the standard Android contacts, sms and phone app all these data are endangered to be read by other apps. Is there a solution without rooting the phone that every simple user could easily ...
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Where is the permissions tab in Google play?

About 1 month ago Google change the layout on the Play store, at least on the web part. My question is simple. Is there any way to see what permissions an application have from a computer? You can see ...
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Disable an app from creating bookmarks

Recently I have observed some of the apps (Photo editors) asking for permissions like 'creating bookmarks' at the time of installation from google play. How can I disable a particular application ...
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ANDROID apps installed on my phone without my permission- i think my flatmate is controlling my phone?

Can someone you live with install android permissions to your apps on your phone and control your phone. Strange things are happening on my phone and I can't change permissions on apps and other apps ...
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Can I tweak an app's storage permission and allow it to write on the phone but deny read?

The example I'll use is with an internet browser app — let's say Opera. If I allow its storage permission, I can download files on my phone (write) but the app can read its storage as well (I verified ...
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Can applications access users information without having permissions?

When i scan apps with Am pre_release Some apps have this access, which is in the photo. My question is, what is this access?  Can you explain about it first?  And in the second place While camera ...
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ls: /storage/emulated: Permission denied [duplicate]

List all directory in storage with adb : adb shell ls -a /storage . .. emulated sdcard0 self I want to list all directory located in /storage/emulated: adb shell ls -a /storage/emulated ls: /...
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no write permission to memory card storage from termux [duplicate]

is it possible to write/edit the files on the memory card with Termux i tried the command: termux-setup-storage but it only gives the permission to write on my device storage(/emulated/0/)
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List of all actions protected by given permission

I am supposed to perform static analysis of an APK that has a lot of permissions requested in the Manifest. I would like to find out whether all the permissions requested are really needed by the app ...
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Can WhatsApp be used without granting contacts permission?

I'm trying to install WhatsApp, but I'm obviously uncomfortable about serving up my entire address book for Facebook to trawl through. I've found plenty of posts from a few years back saying it is ...
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How to (re)mount an FUSE partition and set (or change) its options, especially permission-wise?

Note: If you don't mind reading all these, jump to "The Questions" section. The Actual Problem I have write permissions problems with both my external (i.e. external SD card) and internal ...
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Is there a way to allow app permissions while not allowing them?

I have an app (android) I want to use for something minor, so it's not a need, just a want. All it's supposed to do is control some lights. But it's asking for every permission you can think of (...
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How to mount a tmpfs directory that would be allowed to be read and written to by any app? (root available)

I am trying to create some volatile (tmpfs) storage for my Android, to avoid clutter. I am trying to follow the previous questions: making manually mounted partition folders write accessible to all ...
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How to make an android app access browse external SD card?

The apk im trying to get to work is exagear 3.0.1. It is the one with which you can get some things running on windows, including what i want to run but things I want to run are too big filesize to ...
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What can you do when you can't chmod /system/bin/chmod?

I have changed the permissions of the file \system\bin\chmod from 777(-rwxrwxrwx) to 644 (-rw-r--r--), how can I turn back to 777? I don't know is this may be relevant, but I'm using a samsung J5 ...
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How to block an app from accessing my speaker?

How do I prevent an app from playing audio on an Android?
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Why are certain functions permissible while others are not (from a security standpoint)?

You would think there must be some sort of logical convention or decision-making that leads to what is or is not permissible, followed by sanity checks against each functions' interactions for ...
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removing privileged permissions from pre-installed apps

Many pre-installed apps get privileged permissions, which are defined in /etc/permissions/privapp-permissions-*.xml files. Given a rooted device, it would be possible to edit those files in order to ...
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Why lsusb gets “permission denied” error in Termux?

When I run this command in Termux the output gets permission denied. I don't have root access, perhaps Android system allows me to get the specific access in root.
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Is there a way to make an app executable only by the system on android?

I'm trying to make an app executable only by the system or by root on android so that when the user tries to open it (for example, by tapping it) he gets permission denied. Is this possible on a ...
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SD card write permission issues after restoring from backup to an identical phone model

I've been using LineageOS 14.1 on a rooted unlocked Samsung S7 (G930F) for a long time. My phone started dying, so I rebooted to TWRP and managed to take a full backup to the SD card before it died. ...
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My phone dials #3282 (#DATA) by itself. Which app did it?

For about the last month, I occasionally find my Cricket Samsung Amp Prime (Android 7.1.1) dialing #3282 (#DATA) without me initiating it. According to my call log, it started on October 1, 2018. It ...
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How to fix “Notification access is not available” on Android Go?

I have a TECNO Spark 2 running on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). Every time I try to install apps that require notification access, it says that the feature is not available. How to fix it?
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How can I list the contents of my sd card over ssh

I try to list the contents of my sdcard using kdeconnect. As I understand it, this is done using an ssh connection (sshfs). When I try to list the contents of the sd card on my computer, e.g. ls /run/...
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For what purpose does the Google Play Store use the PHONE permission?

I noticed that, by default, the current version of the Google Play Store has access to the PHONE permission. For what purpose does the Google Play Store use the PHONE permission?
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Is the “read contacts” permission per account or per device? [duplicate]

I have two accounts on my phone (Android 7.1.2) If one app has "read contacts" permission can it read the contacts for all my accounts or only the account I install it or use it as? Does it change ...
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Prevent Permission Monitor from resetting

The new Permission Monitor keeps resetting the exceptions that I give it. Often, when I send or receive texts using Next SMS (previously Handcent), the Permission Monitor gives me a notification ...
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App exits on its own if certain permissions are denied. Any way to prevent?

Some jerk apps, if certain permissions are denied to them, exits on its own. This forced the user to grant permission to use, which contradicts with appops' intention. Is there a way to prevent such ...
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Is there a log of permission requests/grants?

Does Android keep a log of permission request from apps?
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Enabling Accessibility service: Why does it degrade security?

Device : Mi A1, 7.1.2 Stock Google Enabling Accessibility Service for apps impacts encryption security as you can see: Expanded text Why is this? I am all the more curious in case of PIN : my ...
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Package installer: show all permissions

In older versions of Android, the package installer used to show all permissions an app requested – and so did "Android Market" and later also "Google Play Store". A few years ago, the latter started ...
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How to prevent an application from getting installed apps

I'm a android user not a developer and just want to know how can I prevent an app e.g. Facebook from getting installed apps list? Or alternatively hide some apps from installed list in order to fool ...
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Create an app shortcut to open it with restricted permissions

Is there a way to create a specific shortcut for an app that would open it with limited permissions that I specify? For example, I want to create a shortcut to open Snapchat (an app which uses ...
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How does Touchpal show circle on homescreen without “draw over apps” permission?

I use the Touchpal keyboard application. For me, this keyboard works best. Some of you might be familiar with the lucky locker or daily summary crap they keep on showing on this otherwise great app. I ...
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Cannot change weather permissions on HTC One M9

I've managed to disable to location permissions to my weather app that shows on the lock screen (I do not remember what I did to create this problem). I am using the "default" weather app. When I go ...
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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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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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