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When we install apps on Android, we usually ask for a series of permissions so that they can be more efficient. This is normal, although having been viewed more than once, we have seen how applications or games infringe or violate these permissions over the phone, which can cause us problems.

That is why good permission management on Android is required. There are many factors that we should take care of so that you know more about this, which allows us to behave better. Because while many programs are required to work, we should not give more than what is needed.

What are permissions on Android and what are there

Permits are another existing security systems on Android. When installing an application or game, it asks us to access certain resources on the phone (files, call log or camera, among others). Depending on the type of application, it makes sense that you have access to certain services, the camera system will need access to the phone's camera, for example.

By granting these permissions to Android apps, we are allowing them access to those resources. It is important to be aware of what they are asking for, because if the app is requesting permission that has nothing to do with your work (camera app that requests permission to make phone calls), then something is suspicious and probably a malicious application.

Permission list

In Android Settings, in the Applications section we get the permission category. There, we get a list of all the attendees and we can also see which apps have access to each of them. The permissions list on Android stands as follows:

  • Calendar: The app has access to the phone calendar and agendas, to be able to see what's included in it. Permission required for calendar and email applications, or tasks.
  • Contacts: The app in question will have access to the phone's contact list.
  • Camera: By granting this permission, the app has access to the camera and can do things like take pictures or record it.
  • Memory or Storage: The app will have access to the phone memory and see the files stored in it.
  • Microphone: The app in question will have access to the microphone, be able to listen to what is said or said or recorded.
  • Call logs: This permission provides access to the application specified in the phone call,
  • SMS: Messages are given access to the phone message log.
  • Body Sensors: The app can access the body's sensors. It is a permit commonly given to health or sports apps, those designed to measure your physical activity.
  • Tel: This permission points to a call to stop an app, in addition to being able to drive, view a register, check phone status and many actions, as we told you in its day.
  • Location: The app is allowed to always reach that location, such as mapping or navigating apps or games like Pokémon GO.
  • Other permissions: There are certain special or exceptional, less important, permits that fall into this category. They may vary depend ing on the applications you have installed.

How to manage permissions on Android

As they release new versions of Android, Google has changed the way in which such permissions are administered. Previously you had to provide them all in order for the application to work on the phone. Fortunately, this has changed, and now, when we install an app on a phone, we can choose which permissions we want to issue and which are not. It is a great way to prevent them from reaching something they don't really need.

When you install an app on your Android phone, you should check the permissions you have requested. If you request permissions that go beyond what is required, go through the app function itself, you don't have to provide it. In addition, it's easy to check if we really want this program on the phone, since it's normal for malicious apps to want to take advantage of various permissions on Android, to do something, as we've seen so many times.

Check permissions

If at any time we give you permission for a request, but we believe that it is not necessary or desirable, we may remove it regularly, so that you do not have access to certain resources on the phone. Although it is good to note that this is possible restrict or affect the performance of the said application on the phone. If you want where possible to review these permissions and manage them, remove one from the program. It is done as follows:

  1. Open settings.
  2. Enter the application category.
  3. Click on Permissions.
  4. Enter the permission you want.
  5. Search the app in that list.
  6. Remove the permission by pressing the switch to turn it off.

You will need to repeat this only for those permissions that you want to remove from applications that are running on your Android phone. If in a moment you change your mind, you can also give her permission to follow the same steps. There are also times when the system itself will ask for it, especially to do certain things.

Report suspicious apps

If you have downloaded an app from the Play Store, which is requesting too many permissions or violating any of the permissions you have granted, good to report it, to avoid that many users end up suffering this problem. How to report apps on Google Play is simple, we've already shown you. We just need to follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Play on your Android phone.
  2. Enter the profile of the application or game you want to report.
  3. Click on three vertical points.
  4. Click on the "Flag as inappropriate" option.
  5. Select one of the options in the list provided by Google to determine what's the problem.
  6. Hit send.


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