Thursday, June 4, 2020

Why Does an Android App Need So Many Permissions After the Install?

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If you were an Android user, you might have come across this every time you install an app on your mobile phone.

The setup will ask for specific permissions to access Core system apps, such as Location, Phone Storage, Call, SMS, Camera and much more.

But have you ever thought why these apps asked so many permissions when you install them on your mobile phone?


It has been over ten years the Android operating system has been in existence, and today the Android system has evolved and has made it more secure.

Previously there weren’t any permissions required, but the Android apps certainly accessed core functionalities offer the smartphone to give better service.

Such as, a Maps app would require to access the location of your phone to offer you better service. Third party camera app would require access to the camera to take photos and would need storage access to save those photos to on your smartphone.

But some developers started to take advantage of it by asking additional access, such as a Camera app would ask for location access, or it would ask for SMS axis and so on.

It raised various security questions, in there have been apps in the past that were caught red-handed exploiting this.

That is why Android has evolved into something you experience today. Every app has to ask for the permission of the user to allow them access to specific core functionalities of the mobile phone.

This way you are aware as to what access is given to what apps, and you can deny access if you feel that the app does not need it.

Such as, if you are installing a third-party Camera app, and it asks for permission to access your contacts, there isn’t any need for a camera app to read Contacts so you can deny the access. Similarly, a game app wouldn’t require to access your phone services or SMS.

In short, permissions are an excellent way for a user to protect their privacy by denying unwanted permissions from mobile apps.

So, the next time you install an app, do notice what permissions is it asking and deny all the permit that you think won’t be needed for the app to perform better.

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