How to view and manage app permissions

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Most of us use an Android smartphone now and we all know that to get any app, game, or anything one has to go to play store. We also know that while clicking on install on an app, a window appears titled app permissions, this is because Android requires that app to let you know what kind of permissions they’re asking to authorize whenever you install one from the Google Play Store. Some of us may pay close attention to these while most others just glance over them on their way to hitting the “Install” button. So, those of you who knows what the app permissions mean and how they affect your device are one step ahead of the game on avoiding malicious software.

How to see App Permissions after installation

Before installing an app, the list of permissions is visible and from there you can see what the app will do if installed. And if you have an app pre-installed and want to do so then, you can do it the following way:

Step 1 – Head to Settings > Apps > Downloaded to see a list of applications installed on the device.

Step 2 – Selecting an app will display details about it. The permissions will be listed by scrolling down to the bottom.

Step 3 – If you click on each of the permissions, a small summary of what exactly they mean/do will pop up.

How to manage Permissions

It’s all fine and easy to be able to view what permissions an app has, but what if one wants to change them? With some “Permission Apps” one can at least provide some kind of control into what kind of permissions an app can have and what one deem “unnecessary”. But while doing so one should remember that playing around these might cause apps to go wonky or stop working all together and also that a SMS app will of course require access rights to read contacts and send messages to function properly.

Apps to view and manage app permissions

There are many apps that can help a user to view and manage an app’s permissions and some of them are mentioned below.

ASpotCat

aspotcat

This is a very good app for viewing app permissions. With this app, you can see a quick and compiled list of all your apps listed by the permissions that they access and also provide a good identification of what the permission actually does and how it affects your device.  However, you cannot modify or change any of the permissions but then too it’s a great tool for getting the information of what apps are doing and what exactly that means for your device. This app is available both for free with ads and for $2.50 for its premium version.

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Advanced Permission Manager

Advanced Permission Manager

This app goes one step further than aSpotCat because this app in addition to showing you what permissions an app is accessing, also gives you a chance to modify or even remove certain permissions without even requiring root privileges. However, this app does come with some limitations and not all permissions can be modified while using Advanced Permission Manager, but then also it does provide a quick and easy alternative to those who haven’t rooted their device.

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F-Secure App Permissions

F-Secure App Permissions

The F-Secure App Permissions app offers a bit more on the filtering side of things when it comes to finding out what exactly permissions are doing. With this app you can look into permissions that are reducing the battery life on your device, permissions that may end up costing you data and money, as well as creating your own customized searches based on specific permissions. So this can be one of the best apps in this list.

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The above mentioned procedures and apps can really help you if you want to view and manage app permissions.

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