How to View and Manage App Permissions

There are lots of apps that require special permissions to function. Such a thing might be unclear sometimes because you don’t always know for what the permissions are used. The first type of app permissions came as a complete package. It required all permissions, and some people didn’t think twice, granting them. Then, the rules changed, and we witnessed an upgrade. Starting with Android 6.0, apps need to have access to permissions only when they’re in use.

With the release of Android 9.0 and Android 10, stricter controls have been implemented. For example, SMS and call logs are now separated from the old permissions. They’re grouped into Phone. Still, why do they need specific permissions? Also, which are the permissions?

About App Permissions

Apps that utilize the latest authorization model let you change permissions. Google ranks some permissions as “dangerous permissions,” such as:

  • Call logs;
  • Calendar;
  • Contacts;
  • SMS;
  • Microphone;
  • Location;
  • Memory;
  • Telephone;
  • Body sensors;

There are permission packages that mix lots of partial permissions. A flashlight app can capture videos of you because it requires the camera permission for LED handling. Such a thing makes it all more significant for app devs to follow Google’s transparency for users and detail why their app needs granting permission. As for the the apps ranked as “normal,” starting from Android 8.1, they are:

  • Bluetooth admin;
  • Network status;
  • Change network status;
  • Notification guidelines;
  • Internet;
  • Use the fingerprint sensor;
  • NFC (Near Field Communication);
  • Stop background processes;
  • Disable battery optimizations;
  • Change the background picture.

Apps demand those authorizations upon installation, and we can’t revoke them later.

Dangerous App Permissions

Call logs

Android 9.0 introduced an additional permissions group in the Settings menu. The Malicious Behavior policy by Google will let you switch off the call logs permissions for almost all of your apps.

Contacts

This group has some types of permissions. Apps can either view available smartphone accounts or read your contacts. An app might store your contacts on its servers, so you should be careful!

Camera

Usually, flashlight apps demand this odd permission, getting full access to your camera.

Microphone

This type of permission lets audio recordings to be made immediately. So, if recordings are being made in the background, you’ll be notified by your system.

SMS

WhatsApp doesn’t come with SMS functionality. But, it can use this permission to read the SMS when you receive a verification code. You can always deny permission and choose to enter the code manually.

Other dangerous app permissions include Calendar, Body sensors, Location, Memory, and Telephone.

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