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How can I see all records of every time my mic and camera have been accessed and which app accessed them?

How can I see all records of every time my mic and camera have been accessed and which app accessed them? Not quite sure I'm fairly new to this stuff.
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How much does a factory reset help in hiding a device's identification details?

I got banned from a couple of websites like Reddit, and my idea is to use a VPN to hide my IP and then factory reset my Android device so that the website can't recognise the device. After looking ...
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How to use YouTube with History enabled, but no Ad personalization? [closed]

On my desktop: youtube.com, clear cookies, refresh, and clicking the [more options] button shows two options. I can disable "YouTube History", and/or "Ad personalization on YouTube&...
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How to disable nearby device on my phone (for privacy reasons)?

I'm using Infinix Note 30 with Android 13. I'm currently trying to achieve location privacy on my phone. I have denied location permission for all apps (except system apps and Google Play Services, ...
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Couldn't revoke authorization on MIUI

I have been trying to disable the authorizations like the Updator or msa through Password & Security in Settings on MIUI. But unfortunately I have been getting the same error message every time &...
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Difference between "Picture-in-picture" and "Display over other apps" permissions and their security vulnerability

What are the differences and security vulnerabilities of these two permissions? Picture-in-picture Display over other apps Is it possible that I'm typing something in chat heads of an FB Messenger ...
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Should I keep the serial number of my phone private?

I've just purchased a new, sealed Samsung Galaxy S24 online and the seller is now asking me for a picture of the "About phone" page. He says it's to "keep track of the item", but I'...
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Does Google get a list of APK packages installed outside of Google Play?

I use Gmail on my Android 11 phone, not only for email but also for some other services of Google such as Maps). Due to privacy concerns, I've been thinking about installing some applications (such as ...
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Remove list of running apps from the lockscreen

When I pull down the notification shade twice when the phone is locked, I have an entry at the bottom of the shade showing "X apps are active". When I tap the entry, not only can I see a ...
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"Changing sensor privacy requires the following permission: android.permission.MANAGE_SENSOR_PRIVACY" when trying to change sensor_privacy

I would like to use the following command from ADB service call sensor_privacy 4 i32 1 to turn OFF my sensor, but it gives me Changing sensor privacy requires the following permission: android....
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How safe is factory reset if I didn't have a pin or password?

Some months ago I had to return a phone to the store and all I did was factory reset to erase everything (I did it two times too). Now I'm getting paranoid about how safe my information is and if it's ...
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How to prevent mobile Android app from tracking when you uninstall and reinstall apps?

I would like to create 2 accounts for the same Android app. First one account, them remove the app, install it again and make new account. However I need to make sure that the app cannot recognize ...
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How to setup a good defense from unwanted content

I have an android phone, xiaomi if it matters. I want to set-up a defense for my phone, so that: I can't view pornography in any possible form. No websites, no games, and not even "soft ...
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Does Android AOSP communicate with third-parties?

I'm trying to eliminate all Google and Meta services from my digital life. (I don't like their policies.) So I thought about buying a new smartphone, removing the pre-installed ROM, and installing ...
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How does Tinder get SMS verification code? [duplicate]

When you log into Tinder you can use your mobile number. Tinder sends you a verification code via SMS. Tinder automatically detects this number and can log you in. Tinder has only permission to show ...
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Why is Google's Play Store suddenly trying to update apps installed via F-Droid?

Historically, Google did not mess with Android apps installed via the open source F-Droid project. Suddenly, however, Google's Play Store is now trying to update apps installed via F-Droid. There are ...
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Share to app: Remove suggested people to share with (non-rooted Android 14)

When you want to "share" a file to an app, a line of "recommended people to share with" appears above the apps: Problem: I often need to perform demos on my phone, and for privacy ...
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Got recommend YouTube videos that my friend is watching from his offline laptop

So, my friend was watching a movie. His laptop was offline for the last 2 days. When I opened my YouTube, I got recommended a scene from the same movie. It is highly unlikely to be a probable incident....
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About Data safety section in Play store?

In the "Data safety" section of apps in Play Store, when it shows Data collected: photos and videos or Data shared: photos and videos. What does it mean? Or if some apps do not show it, ...
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How do I physically remove the radio chips on a phone?

I recently dived down into the world of privacy and looked at how many privacy advocates would physically remove the microphones and cameras on their phones by desoldering them. However, when I ...
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Unsual Firewall Traffic from Phone and Messaging Storage Group

I'm using Rethink DNS to monitor traffic. I'm curious as to why the 'Phone and Messaging Storage' group would be reaching out to google domains in addition to app.hubspot.com. Attached are the ...
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Why does Firefox app connect to Facebook sites very often according to TrackerControl?

I noticed for a while using the app TrackerControl that Firefox connects to Facebook sites very often while I surf the web, for example a simple search on Google, or a search on Startpage.com which ...
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Remove devices from 2FA of Google sign in

I have 7 devices (mostly tablets and smartphones) where I am logged in with my Google account. However, 4 of those devices I usually take to shows/concerts and I am afraid of someone stealing them or ...
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Blocking specific app notifications access is cleared after app update

This behavior is consistent both on real Pixel devices running the latest version of Android 13 and on emulated devices running Android 13 in Android Studio. A specific app, let’s call the app “X”, ...
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What are some ways to prevent an application from getting a device "fingerprint"?

Despite using a VPN, an application natively running on an Android device can get lots of information about its host (like hardware IDs or SIM card information) which defeats the whole point of using ...
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How to give an app permission to see a subset of contacts

Some apps require access to my contacts list in order to function (e.g. WhatsApp). I am concerned about the privacy implications of giving permission to apps to see my entire contacts list, which may ...
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"Read phone status and identity" privacy issue

Multiple apps released in my country require the android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE permission which means not only they get to know my phone number, they also get my IMEI. My second concern is that ...
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DuckDuckGo App Tracking Protection

As you might be aware duckduckgo recently launched there app tracking protection to block hidden trackers account apps in the device. Link: app-tracking-protection Now, I have been running this ...
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Firefox for Android: How to specify timezone ≠ UTC with `privacy.resistFingerprinting=true`?

I use Firefox for Android (Mull). I have "resist fingerprinting" (privacy.resistFingerprinting in about:config) enabled. That results in Firefox being forced to report its time in UTC to ...
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Local contacts only under Android 11?

I'm using Android 11 on my rooted Pixel 5 phone. It turns out that the Contacts app under this OS does not allow access of device-only contacts. I can only access contacts via a shared Google account. ...
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Can an app access my browser history from other apps?

I've always thought that if an app has to get access to certain information on your phone, you have to give it permission in the "permissions" settings in phone settings. However, on Google ...
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The Android system can access the microphone when it is used?

The android blocks multiple aplications using the microphone at same time, for example, but the internal apps or the system can have access to it even on use? I'm asking this question because I want ...
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How to completely remove Google from an Android device?

So tired of Google running in the background even when I block it. Installing unauthorized apps. Monitoring and snooping. It's involved in many places and not security minded. I am for privacy and I ...
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How to revoke all authorizations (to private data) given to Xiaomi in MIUI?

On Xiaomi Mi Note 10 there are three prompts asking for authorizations: When opening Bereinigung (the stock cleaning app; I tried using that because I still can't delete caches with Xiaomi Mi Note 10)...
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How do I know if files have been copied from my phone to a laptop via USB. Knowing I gave permission for file transfer

I connected my phone to someone's laptop so they could give me a certain file but I'm suspecting they used the opportunity to copy files from my phone to their device. Is there any chance a log is ...
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Why does this app from F-droid ask for location?

I find Syncopoli interesting for backup of own data. It's like rsync for the phone. But it asks for location and I wonder why would the app need it? I'm not terribly paranoid, I'm just privacy aware.
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ADB/PM command to disable data and wifi access for Apps

Is there a way via adb shell to disable an apps access to WiFi and Data? I'd like to turn off internet for all apps and then selectively turn it on for required apps. I know the manual way by going to ...
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Turn off section called "new" in Google Photos app

When I want to show pics to people, Google Photos first shows whatever is "new", for instance "Screenshots" below: It is often unflattering. Question: How to remove the "new&...
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Why does Phone Link require internet access?

I noticed that Microsoft's Phone Link app does not work without an internet connection. Some other apps discover and connect directly to your mobile device via your local Wifi or USB. I am concerned ...
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Is it safe to give accessibility permission to an app?

So I use the app from Cleanbrowsing and gave the accessibility permission to it and saw that it can view my screen, action and inputs, perform actions and control the display. Is this app even safe to ...
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What are all those different localhost domains that apps connect to?

I'm using the Blokada adblocker on my phone, which acts as a vpn and can show me all the domains that apps request to connect to and let me switch them between an accept list and a deny list. Whenever ...
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I keep seeing a popup in Android: "Install now to control when your device updates" - is my phone compromised?

I am seeing this popup displayed occasionally over more than one app (in this image, it is appearing over my calendar app). This appeared on a Google Pixel 6 Pro, which is updated to the latest ...
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Rescind 'find my device' location permission in Google account

I had lost my phone somewhere in the same room I was in. To make it ring in Google's find my phone feature, I had to give it full permission to process it's location data. How do I rescind these ...
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How do Android apps access phone's simcard and determine the location/country without permission?

I noticed there are apps like Shazam or Tiktok that can find my location/country and offer local content even when I use VPN. my VPN doesn't have any IP/DNS leak. When I remove the simcard or make it ...
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How is Google Assistant listening all the time without a notification?

In Android, if an app wants to run in the background, it usually needs to create a service that runs in the background (and/or after boot is completed). So, if the app wants to listen to the ...
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Web browsers' privacy - how much does the OS know?

TL;DR: When using 3rd-party web browsers (e.g. Firefox), how much does the OS (Android) know about the user's activities? Most information on the internet about privacy-focused web browsers focuses on ...
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Does a bank see email address of a Google account if I add a credit card to google pay

If I add a credit card to my Google pay what Google account details is my bank able to see if any?
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Encryption and deleted data

I have a galaxy S8 using "default password" meaning no startup password or secure start up. The device is still encrypted by default so all data should not be recoverable after a factory ...
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Do Google & OEMs always have backdoors in Android devices?

In a helpful comment on this Android Stackexchange question, prominent contributor alecxs states: google and OEMs will always have own backdoors in propritary [sic] blobs for baseband/modem etc - you ...
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Privacy of in-app purchases: how much user data does the app developer get?

When a you do an in-app purchase like buying a feature or subscription the the app and the developer is getting data on your purchase. I searched a bit the Google documentation but I wasn't able to ...
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