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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How to edit id3-tags (MP3 tags) in Marshmallow?

Ok, so I'm not got to act like I know what I'm talking about, but I've done a fair bit of googling and stuff like 'write permissions' have come up over and over again when searching id3 tag editors. ...
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Closed circuit app on Android

I'd like to know if there is a way to run an android app on a closed circuit minimalist type of android VM on an android device so that I can have a full control of what the app has access to and when ...
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After update from Android 5 to 6 new permission model does not affect application

I had an application installed on HTC M8 Android 5.1, e.g. app was able to read Contacts. Device was updated to Android 6.0. I want to check how new permission model works so in app's settings I ...
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Why can I write to a read-only system partition?

I have a rooted phone running android 4.4. When I check the output of 'mount' it says system is read only. My root file manager or terminal can't make any files or folders there, though only the file ...
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Is it possible to restrict access to raw user data in fine-grained manner?

Usually, to allow an app to read user's data we add some lines to the android manifest stating a specific permission for that app. However, android does not have any kind of control over the raw data ...
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How can I control the permissions an app has if I am on a rooted android? [duplicate]

Some apps ask for a ridiculous amount of permissions. Android tends to be you accept all the permissions and use the app or you don't accept all and don't use the app. This is different from how IOS ...
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Does a non-owner user profile have rights to wipe an Android phone?

My work is pushing the use of Sophos Mobile Control (SMC) for MDM purposes so we can sync our email to our personal devices. I have a Nexus 5 with Android 6.0 (stock) and my intention is to create a ...
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Reset permissions of app versus Google Play Game Services

When installing an app using Google Play Game Services (GPGS) on Android and booting the app first time, we give the app permission to do this and that with the user's account (or similar) on GPGS. ...
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Reverted Lollipop back to Kitkat - now I can't access the external SDCard

I had a Sony Xperia Z2 running CyanogenMod 11 (Kitkat 4.4.4). I got curious about Android 5, which is still only in nightly. Before taking a look, I took a full backup in recovery, then upgraded to ...
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Can I disable GPS?

Is there a way to completely switch off GPS or deny apps access to it? Even though all three checkboxes in Settings -> More -> Location Services are unchecked and the button in the notification ...
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How can I revoke an app's permission to access USB after granting it permanently?

I have an app that requested USB access, and when prompted I selected "Yes, allow this app to use USB" and checked the "permanently" checkbox. Now I would like to revoke this permission so that the ...
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Permission denied while trying to do MKDIR

I am loading media files into the /sdcard folder on my Android device and playing them and everything seems to work fine. When I tried to do a MKDIR on this folder, it said that my permission is ...
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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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How can I easily restrict all apps EXCEPT specific apps from using data?

Let's say I have 100 apps on my Nexus 4. I want to limit all but 2 of them from running on my data plan (I have 30MB a month). How can I easily exclude all apps except specific applications from ...
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how to root your Android or at least understand how it works

I do not know exactly how rooting works or if it can even by done on my Android (Samsung GT-N8013) device. No rootkit appears to exist yet for Android 4.1.2, so I am left with figuring out how to ...
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GPS issues, location permission - one app only

One app (Dino Dominion) will not register location but will express this complaint: "In order to register your location, please turn the location permission setting on in the application settings." ...
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How to stop Foursquare from turning on Wi-Fi?

Some time ago I noticed Wi-Fi powers on without any action from me. There was a question already from me, asking why the phone would do this. I localized the issue to Foursquare app — it actually has ...
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How to stop com.seven.Z7.Social Hub from keeping my phone awake?

com.seven.Z7.Social Hub is regularly keeping my phone awake for hours and hours. How do I stop it from doing so? Thank you
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Facebook Messenger without permissions

Facebook Messenger for Android requires a lot of permissions - like reading my SMS and other stuff. I really don't like that. Is there any fb chat application which doesn't require such permissions? ...
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How to prevent Spotify to access photo/media?

Spotify recently changed their policy and want to collect private data like contacts and photos/media. I am using Cyanogen OS which has the cm permission manager. I can disable access to contacts ...
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Grant notification access via ADB

This might seem weird, but I installed a regular Android app using ADB to my Huawei Watch 2 and the app requires notification access which when attempting in app causes it to crash as it trys to open ...
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Are there sandbox apps that does not require the phone to be rooted?

There are many sandbox apps such as Permissions Denied (which was mention in one of the post) that can effectively control the permissions that apps which are installed onto your phone. However, they ...
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Android app keeps Screen on, how to let it go *OFF* against app settings?

The app is one of those applications that keeps the screen on and doesn't permit it to turn off. It's killing the battery and I shouldn't have to simply manually turn the screen off constantly. Every ...
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What can an app like WhatsApp acess on my phone

The app WhatsApp would like to have permission to access my device's photos, media and files. If I grant permission, exactly what can (could) the application access? Can it access all of the photos ...
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Why can't Tasker manage battery mode on my rooted Pixel?

I've been using Tasker to mute my phone at work. I recently added some nested tasks to enable and disable battery saver mode when I arrive and leave. However, it doesn't seem to have permission. The ...
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Is it possible to preemptively block an app's permissions to certain things before installation?

I just bought an Osmo Mobile (a gimbal for smartphones). It uses an app called DJI GO to communicate with the phone via bluetooth. The problem is, the permission list the app requests before ...
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How does the Android interface work Unix permission wise?

I'd like to know how the backend/permissions work for Android(I'm using v4.1.2 on a s3 mini). On android, I'm capable of running GUI applications which have different UID/GID-s on the system as seen ...
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Does an android app show all permission it can access?

Generally when you install an application, a list of permission is shown what thing that app can access in your phone. But do they show all the permissions? The app developer don't want you to know ...
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Removing permissions from apk

I'm trying to remove permissions* from certain bank app to prevent abuse. I've managed to download apk file using emulator (AVD) and appextractor. I've used toolapk to extract the apk file and ...
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com.whatsapp_preferences.xml periodically gets overwritten how to prevent that from happening

on a magisk rooted Android 10 device com.whatsapp_preferences.xml ( /data/data/com.whatsapp ? ... can't remember that path now ) has been updated with non default parameters as I needed but it ...
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What permissions does root give to an app?

All of the normal permissions are listed here, but it does not say anything about root permissions. I can't find the names of individual permissions anywhere else either so I am asking here.
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Android Permissions and Malware

Can an Android Malware App "hide" certain important permissions thereby fooling the user to be "good" (or intended to do only what its posed purpose is). Thus can the user "believe" the App to be ...
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permissions to manage google drive automatically removed if app removed?

I recently tested an app called "Autosync Google Drive" by Metactrl. When testing it, I had to give it permission to my google drive. After testing it, I decided to just use a USB cord to sync my ...
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Contacts permission for Google Account

Some games ask for Contacts permission for logging in using Google Account. Is it safe? Why some other games and applications don't ask for Contacts? For example SoundCloud, it doesn't for, but ...
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Modern apps to manage app permissions

In doing research on app permissions and cool "l33t hax0r" apps to put on a rooted phone, I stumbled across a category of app permission managers. They seem to be relevant to Android 1.x and 2.x, ...
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Baidu Android Store automatically installed without permission

Android Store (com.baidu.androidstore) is automatically installed on my device without permission. It happens in last 2 weeks. Two months ago, I had installed Baidu Browser (com.baidu.browser.inter) ...
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Galaxy S20: Access sdcard/Android/data

I'm using apps e.g. Autoguard and others that record files to their directory (e.g. sdcard/Android/data/com.hovans.autoguard) and I'd like to back them up locally. Unfortunately due to the disastrous ...
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Package manager has died while checking permission

Caused by: java.lang.RuntimeException: Package manager has died at android.app.ApplicationPackageManager.checkPermission(ApplicationPackageManager.java:427) Caused by: android.os.DeadObjectException ...
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“Screen Recording” in LG Android [duplicate]

I have an LG V40, and in both Android 9 and 10, it seems that the "Screen Recording" app is always running, and not possible to keep it Stopped. Greenify shows it as running in "...
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'Network permission' notifications for apps in Android 10 - turning off

I have Android 10 on my phone. In the 'Settings - SIM card & mobile data - Mobile Data - Network Permissions' menu, I have set wifi & mobile data access as "disable network" for some ...
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Why would an app ask for location permission when configuring an IP camera?

Why would this android phone app for this IP camera need location services to be turned on before it gets set up? Surely that's a security risk. If the camera company's database is ever hacked, an ...
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Can application see all WIFI SSID?

I read the Wi-Fi scanning overview, but I am not sure if an application has the ability to read the Wifi access points around me. I don't give location permissions. I turn location service OFF. The ...
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Are device administrator permissions a security risk?

I would like to use t-igra's SwipeLock+ app, but it requires device administrator permissions. Google Play Store lists the following permissions: receive data from Internet view network connections ...
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Google Search On Screen does not work

I have the following problem: when I long-tap home button, a Google Now with search field appears, instead of Search on screen. I've tried to grant all perms to allow it use screen contents, but ...
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Permission problems with LinuxDeploy

I installed LinuxDeploy and got Debian Jessie up and running. It was all relatively easy. The issue that I am having is that the user I define in the ui is not able to write to custom mounts (like sd ...
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The Android phone app wants to know my location - why?

I'm running CyanogenMod 13.0 without Play Services. I launched the Phone app and wanted to search through the contacts. Then a popup appeared, that: Allow Phone to access this device's location? ...
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Setting permissions for which networks an app can access

New to this forum, not sure if this is a duplicate. Is there a way to restrict which networks an app can use? For example, I don't want to use a location-based dating app (or similar , e.g. Snapchat) ...
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Making Tasker write into the external SD card

I'm using Tasker on Android Lollipop (5.1.1). I've come to know that applications now can write to external SD card in Android 5.1.1 update but with the use of an API, for which the user needs to ...
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If a specific app doesn't require full network access permission means it's completely privacy safe?

If they can't access internet, they can't steal my data in the back which is safe right? I wanna try this file encryption app from play store. Before i proceed, i wanna make sure that the app itself ...
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Android won't let me change configuration file

So, because of some hardware issues I'm having, I need to disable Android's HDMI Digital Audio Output and let only the analog sound card of my A10 chipset work. Just for info - the issue is that there'...

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