How To Change App Permissions Android

In the modern age where data is not only an incredibly important asset, but also highly valued by companies and their apps, you need to know how to limit access to the apps that collect it. While some people think this is a very complicated or technical process, it’s actually much easier than you may think on android, and you can gain full control of your data and app permissions in under a minute! We are here to show you how.

How To Change App Permissions Android

There is no need to be worried if an app is listening to your calls, or collecting your private contacts, or showing companies your location. Your device will tell you exactly which apps are doing what, and you have the power to change those permissions.

Whatever android device you have, changing your app permissions is identical and easy to do. Following the below steps will show you precisely how to dig into your device and change your permissions as you please.

Go to device settings

Your setting can be most easily found by dragging your finger down from the top of your screen to pull open your quick-access menu. At the top right, you will see a cog wheel. This is your settings menu. Tapping on it will open the menu and allow you to scroll through your device’s directory of options.

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Go to apps list

If you scroll down the list, near the bottom you will find the apps tab. You will notice that in the subtitle it says, “permission manager,” this is a nifty little tool which we will explain a but more in depth later, but for now, just tap onto your apps tab to open it.

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Find your app

Once you’ve opened your apps menu, you will see an A-Z list of all the apps on your android device. You can either scroll down to find the app you are looking for or tap the magnifying glass icon at the top and you can type in the name of your app to be directly taken to it.

Tapping the three dots next to the search icon will bring up an additional menu where you can sort by name, size, last used and last updated to find relevant apps you are looking for. You can also reset all app preferences to default from this menu if you feel as though you’ve made a mistake, or something has gone wrong.

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Go to your permissions

Once you find the app you are looking for and tap it, the app ino menu will pop up.There are a bunch of options but the one you are looking for is near the bottom under “app settings” and is called Permissions. Tapping on Permissions will open your App Permissions menu listing different features of the apps that are allowed or denied.

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Allowed

This section currently has enabled permissions in the app, and whatever you find here will be enabled to send data.

Denied

This section currently has disabled permissions in the app. These features will be inaccessible for their data.

Change permissions

By tapping on a displayed option in either the allowed or denied sections will bring up  the “allow” or “deny” selection box. Tap either of these to change the permission for the app for that specific feature.

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Permission manager

Your permission manager can be used to check if any apps have a specific permission on your device. It’s a quick and easy way to see a summary without having to open each app one by one and check its permissions. If you don’t want any app to give location data for example, you can check it here and disable all, or enable all if you choose.

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These menus also show whether an app is using either the always allowed or allowed only while in use settings, which can be very helpful when deciding how you want your apps to operate

Conclusion

It’s very easy on android to change your app permissions and manage them to your heart’s content. You shouldn’t have to worry what data companies are accessing on your device when you understand how to enable or disable what access their apps have. With this in mind, you should be reassured that your data and permissions are yours to decide who is allowed or denied access.

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