Make sure none of your applications access things they should not be able to do. We show you how to control permissions on Android.
Every time you install an application on your Android device, it can request access to various parts of the system, such as drawing in other applications, saving photos to your camera roll, viewing your contact list and more.
Although some of them make sense, the messaging application asks to see your contacts, for example, others might reach out and invade your privacy or security. Besides, wallpaper apps don’t need to be able to make calls.
We show you how to manage and change permissions granted to applications on your Android smartphone or tablet.
How to see permissions that an application has on Android
When you search for apps on the Google Play Store, the description will tell you what permissions to expect. This is not on the front page, so to see the request tap About this app, scroll down and until you see App permissions then tap See More.
This will reveal a list of all permissions that the application is looking for. Although it might look a little overwhelming in some cases, you can always turn off some of this after it’s been installed, as we will describe below.
How to change application permissions
Some applications will ask for access to parts of your system when you use it for the first time. You might see this pop-up box, where you will be asked to Allow or Decline permissions.
Use your judgment about what you think is suitable for each application but remember that they need certain things to function. So, denying social media applications access to your camera and photos means you will not be able to share pictures or use the video chat feature.
How to manage permissions for installed apps
Applications with excessive permissions can sometimes drain your battery or security, so it’s best to check what you think might be causing problems. This is easy to do, because you only need to open Settings then select Apps & notifications (or something that depends on the version of Android that is running).
Find the application in question, tap on it, then select Permissions. You will see a list of all current settings, with each permission activated or deactivated via the switch to the right of their name.
Change the settings to suit your needs, so you will be able to continue knowing that your weather map will not make secret phone calls while you sleep.
Armed with this transfer permission, you can check our recommendations for the best Android applications and permanently delete apps that you no longer need.