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What information is available to an application?

What information about the phone is available to an app without extra permissions? E.g., if the app asks for permission to see my contacts, and I agree, it will see all my contacts (obviously). ...
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Which system service apps could I disable to protect my privacy

I have a non-rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a Google account and would like to know what system, root and service apps I could disable. The purpose of this is, I want to stop or making it difficult ...
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Does “Draw over other apps” permission allow the app the see the content of the background app?

For example, if I have the messenger bubble open in the foreground and I am browsing through my photos in the background, can the app like messenger see the photos in the background and record this ...
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How to secure install untrusted app

I need to use of Google Play Store app for my project. This app is prepared by unknown to me Chinese GPS devices' manufacturer and I want to use it to communicate with device. App is published on ...
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Is there a fully secure way to do speech-to-text?

Is there a secure way to do speech-to-text that ideally uses end-to-end encryption and guarantees my privacy on an android phone? A solution that requires root access is acceptable, as is a solution ...
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What information does stock Android send to Google by default, and how do I opt-out?

I'm about to buy my first Android phone. My understanding is that, in order to download apps and get updates from Google Play, I need to be permanently signed into a Google account that's linked to my ...
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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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Unknown apps - My Consumer Cellular and Prip

I've purchased MotoG4 Plus (Unlocked) around Summer 2016 at Amazon(India). I've been using the phone since then and have been extremely cautious about the apps I use on my phone. Whilst playing ...
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K-9 Mail not working with Openkeychain

K-9 does not seem to find the installed Openkeychain app. OKC works fine and so does K-9 except for this problem. Both programs have been installed from F-Droid and are the the latest version. I am ...
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My Android Samsung won't switch on or charge after it got wet

My phone got wet. So I left it in rice and blow dried it with a hair blower. I've left it on charge for a day and it did not switch on or showed that it's charging. I left the battery outside for ...
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Taking the odd photo that is confidential and shouldn't be synced or posted anywhere

I use Google Photos to backup all photos. For my camera app I use OpenCamera. On the occasion I take a picture of something confidential (for work or personal use). What is the easiest/best way to to ...
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How can I save and protect sexy pictures sent by my girlfriend?

I'm traveling and my GF wants to send me some racy pictures. Of course I will accept that offer, but I need to save them on my phone in a safe way. My phone uses Activesync, so it's possible for my ...
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It that possible for the wallpaper cache saved in Android /data folder being hacked? (Not Rooted)

My boyfriend was kidding with me, setting my private photo as wallpaper. I deleted the photo but the wallpaper still remains there... After browsing through some information on the net, I found out ...
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Can Hike messenger steal our whatsapp data

As per new update of Hike messenger, giving reward upto ₹10000 for making your friend join Hike. To do this Hike asks accessbility permission. And when you refer a friend or a group, all messeges ...
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How can I delete synchronized Google data? (contacts, app data etc)

Apparently Google synchronized various data without my explicit permission. I don't want Google (and any parties that will ever have access to their data) to fetch any of my personal data without me ...
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Prevent apps from getting list of installed apps on phone

How I can prevent apps from knowing which apps I've installed? Is there something in premissions in settings or hack or trick with root access apps?
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To list apps reading/writing contacts?

I would like to get the better overview of applications reading and writing my phonebook i.e. contacts. TrueCaller incidence shows that I do not have sufficient understanding and full control of the ...
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Why no native support for phone call blocker by Regex +44.* in Oreo?

There are many privacy problems in phone call blockers such as TrueCaller leaking your phonebook (thread Does TrueCalller App leak your phonebook?) in Android phonebook blockers. I really think the ...
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Captive Portal parameters

There are several captive portal parameters one could apply to an Android device via settings put global – the most famous probably being settings put global captive_portal_detection_enabled 0 to ...
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Introspecting/monitoring apps to see whether they steal user data

It appears that a number of apps on the market place require a number of 'permissions' such as permission to access the files/photos, text messages, contacts, browser history, etc of the phone, ...
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How to use GPS without using Google Location Services

Because I do not want to consent to the Google Location Services privacy agreement I have this switched off. By doing so I know some location functionality like cell-based and wifi-based location will ...
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QR scanner that doesn't want to access my contact list

(I am new to Android and to this site, so please bear with me if my question is extremely stupid and if I got the tags all wrong. Feel free to improve, though.) I want an app to scan the occasional ...
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What permissions are granted to an app with device administration privileges?

Does a Device Administrator application have any/all permissions such as contacts, storage, etc.. ? It's not clear from developer.android.com device-admin whether or not these admin rights also imply ...
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Turn off search history on Chrome?

If I search for for example "lemon" in the address bar in Chrome on Android, days later if I start typing "L" it will show "lemon" in bold text as a suggestion. I have already gone to the Activity ...
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Does Android keep activity logs or save keystrokes?

I want to know whether Android phones records activity logs of what I have done in a whole day. I've already checked that there is no Carrier IQ. Is this true that after switching off the phone all ...
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Someone is sending FB messages that appear to come from my android! HOW?

We recently had a house guest who asked to use my phone. She is sending Facebook messages drom her Android phone that appear to be coming from me! This is causing serious problems! I want to catch her....
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Privacy in Google Assistant

The other day my phone upgraded from Google Now to Google Assistant. I was having a conversation with a coworker and noticed my phone vibrate. Google Assistant had recorded the conversation and tried ...
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Does TrueCalller App leak your phonebook?

Sometimes, I cannot find new contacts that I add to Truecaller phonebook, but sometimes, I think if it shares/leaks my contacts to public. It shows other people contact details that I never added ...
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How private are separate Android users?

My new job uses Workplace by Facebook, and Workplace Chat is their preferred messaging platform. However, Facebook's apps asks for about every possible permission (see below), which is why I don't use ...
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How to do Factory Reset

I know the topic has been covered here. But this is something different. I got a Tablet in my workplace to work with. It has a primary email Id for which I don't know the password. So to remove this, ...
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Make all new chrome Windows incognito

Is there a way to make all new Google chrome Windows on my Android be in incognito mode? Thank you!
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Add contact to “Only Phone”

I can't save contacts to "Only Phone" as long as I'm logged into Xiaomi account. I have to log off to be able to (If not, I'm forced to sync new contacts either with Google account or Xiaomi's). This ...
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How to prevent Google from “synchronizing” my personal data after a factory-reset, adding a new Google account or software updates?

It seems that after a factory-reset, whenever a new Google account is enabled on a device and potentially after some software updates sync will be enabled again even if it was turned off in the ...
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How can I automatically clear my browsing data when I exit Chrome?

I don't like having my searches and web history hanging around forever. Therefore, I wonder: Is it possible to automatically clear browsing data on exit in Google Chrome? If it cannot be done with ...
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How to create a guest account on Android phones?

I want to create a "phantom account" or "guest account" on my smartphone Android to let other people accessing and using my phone without needing to enter the fingerprint pattern, on the one hand, and ...
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WhatsApp saving contacts with nicknames in a group

for the 99.99% of it - I am pretty sure the answer is No because it'd violate privacy norms - but in my school reunion whatsApp group - I have nicknamed my school mate contacts pretty badly ( gave ...
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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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If I have to accept new terms, where I can read them up?

My favorite example for this is whatsapp. Somewhat around May 2014 I got notified that terms had been changed and that I have to accept them and update whatsapp. Since this was just some days after ...
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Screen privacy : Xposed module for keeping away prying eyes

I was traveling by crowded metro the other day and was engaged in a WhatsApp conversation tying up the exact location of our meeting. I realised that my chat was pretty much visible to others close ...
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Does Gboard remeber what is said?

I was using Gboard to write a message (with the microphone message). I said something rude I don't want it to save or repeat in predictions. Does Gboard save what is said anywhere, and if so how do I ...
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Google maps keeps disabling Privacy Guard on cyangenmod

This is pretty serious Rooted with Cm11. Google maps is on sdcard, play services and play store are on system. I keep seeing google maps privacy guard getting disabled. Once in a while. Is it ...
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What data flows through AirDroid's servers?

When using AirDroid do your text messages and/or data get transmitted through AirDroid's servers or is that data kept locally between your Android device and your computer? My understanding is that ...
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How to prevent google to parse my calendar?

I use Android 6.0.1 on a Samsung Galaxy J5. I have my own mail + contacts + calendar server on a dedicated server. I noticed that when I put some entrys in my calendar (smartphone) with an address, ...
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Are there benefits to using Greenify with Android Nougat?

Greenify by Oasis Feng (donation package) is a well-regarded tool to manually and automatically freeze apps that are not in use. Typically, Greenify's benefits are to: increase battery duration ...
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What is the use case for the Google Wi-Fi Assistant?

The Google Wi-Fi assistant is available on the Pixel and Nexus devices running Android 5.1+, in some countries. The description at Settings->Google->Networking is Wi-Fi assistant: Automatically ...
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Disable Carrier Phone Number for Google Voice Number

This seems similar to this question, but that one doesn't have a clear answer, and this is a bit different. Is there a way in Android to block all incoming calls that target the carrier number, but ...
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What does it mean if a “device administrator” can “change the screen lock”?

If a corporate policy requires a mobile device management app (like Microsoft Intune), what does it mean in Settings-> Security-> Device Administrators when "Change the screen lock" is listed? Is ...
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How can I disable Google's offer to post personal photos for businesses?

The Android Google Maps app observed that I have taken some photos in a toy store. The following day, Google Maps is offering me to post these pictures along with Google's photos for that business. I ...
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How can I most effectivly secure and anonymize my specfic Android device?

I would like to setup my phone to be able to browse/use apps as anonymously as possible. I realize that will require Tor/VPNs, and I am working on getting that information elsewhere. Here I am ...
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Warn or Block Internet Access When No VPN? [duplicate]

I use a paid VPN service (TorGuard) and when I run it on my computer, I am able to configure the client to completely block Internet access if the VPN is disconnected... The Android version of my VPN ...