App Permissions

App permissions

by Alex Gustman

Updated: July 21, 2021

Applications make smartphones very valuable and important for us. One can easily access thousands of apps by heading to Play Market and searching for something they want their devices to do. There are typically different programs that you can choose from for every scenario you can imagine. If you want to remove advertisements or extend the functionality, feel free to buy the subscription. If you don’t feel like it – find another, less marketing-packed one.

However, in order to function properly, the programs need to access certain data that we possess. Filming app cannot work right without being able to turn on the camera; messenger will hardly do anything useful without being able to use the internet and read your contacts. As the device owner, you are the one to decide which permission to allow for an app on your Android phone. Let’s find out the ways to do that.

What is app permission, and what are the types?

App permission on Android is a request to use specific data. You can check the entire list before actually installing a program. Do the following:

1. Open Play Market.

launching google play

2. Find the program you are about to download.

app search

3. Scroll down until the Description field.

application page
about application

4. Tap it to see detailed information.

scroll down on the application page
app permissions

5. Go all the way down until you see the very last line.

app permission list

Open app permissions to see the information you need to share for the program to function right. Keep in mind that the programs are updated regularly by the developers. Newer versions might need even more access, such as data from sensors or geographical location. In this case, you are usually notified before you use a specific feature.

The Google app permissions names are self-explanatory. If the program is saving or uploading the content, it has to read and make changes to the storage. Organizing applications have to record and write events to the calendar. The same principle applies to the camera, microphone, or SMS.

What is app permission management?

When you first launch an application, it asks you to allow doing certain actions to work. If you use a map, GPS access is required to show your current whereabouts. However, the users have the right to call away app permissions in settings at any time. You will be able to access the interface and use some functions, but this will undoubtedly limit the list of capabilities. 

If you deny GPS permission for a taxi program, it will still show you the map, the cars and give the possibility to enter the address manually. However, it will not be able to automatically fill in location information making it less convenient to utilize. If you deny microphone access to a guitar tuner, for example, you will only be able to enjoy its design.

How to access app permissions on Android?

If you wish to adjust the shared information for a particular program, do the following:

  • press the cog icon on your home screen to enter the settings,
  • enter Apps menu,
  • press the icon in your right top corner and choose Permissions,
  • pick the program you wish to restrict.

Toggling the sliders next to the menu names on and off will grant or deny the information sharing. If you shut something down, applications will ask to share the information again once you launch them.

Android app permissions control by type

Instead of checking every program one by one, it might be more convenient to look at all applications using certain permission types at once. To do that:

1. Scroll until Apps in the main Settings.

main settings
application section

2. Tap on the icon in your right top corner.

gear icon

3. Select App permissions.

App permissions in seting.

4. Pick the one you wish to modify.

list of permissions in settings

5. Toggle the switches to your preferences.

permission switch

Using common-sense is the best method to define whether an app needs certain information or not. The flashlight does not have to have access to your physical location. Depending on the phone manufacturer, some permissions types might always be allowed or only while the program is in use. For example, MIUI phones have this feature for Location services.

Applications we need cannot function without our information; they do not work without our consent. We are the ones to define what is the information we wish to share. If you are uncomfortable with your map app reading your contacts, the simplest way is to delete it. You will certainly be able to find a suitable replacement among the variety of options available in the Play Market.

Is it safe to give app permissions?

If you install apps from Google Play, in most cases it is safe. But some malicious programs may ask for permission to spy on or use personal data. Therefore, it is important to not only check what permissions apps ask for, but also to install programs from official, verified sources.

How change app permissions android?

You need to enter “App permissions” in the phone search box. Select the permission type and disable the permission for a specific application.

FAQ

What are app permissions?

This is permission to access certain functions of the device for full functionality. Most programs operate with basic functionality and require permission when interacting with sensors or data.

What is app permissions storage?

Permission to access device memory with the ability to read and write data.

Can’t change app permissions android

Reboot the device and try again.

How to remove app permissions on google?

You need to enter “App permissions” in the phone search. Select the permission type and disable the permission for the Google app.

Why do apps need permissions?

So that the default programs do not take full control of your device.

Are app permissions dangerous?

Yes, it can be risky if you install applications from sources other than official and if you give permission rashly.

How do I grant superuser permissions to an app?

It is necessary to install a program that will grant superuser rights. For example, SuperSu.

Why do apps need so many permissions?

Each function requires a separate permission. Often programs ask for too many permissions.

Can apps spy on your phone?

Yes, they can and do.

Why do apps need permission for photos?

Permission is required to access the camera.

Can apps read your text messages?

Yes, they can read, if given permission.

Can apps steal my photos?

Yes, some apps can steal photos. That’s why you should install verified applications from official sources, when the developer values his reputation.

Can apps use your camera without you knowing?

Yes, if the appropriate permission is given.

Conclusion

Here we’ve described what app permissions on Android are, how to access app permissions, and how to manage it. Typically validated Play Market applications need to access specific data on your phone for correct work; otherwise, apps won’t work properly.

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