Every Android phone owner needs to check the settings – someone might be watching

APPS have access to all kinds of features on your phone, but thankfully, you can control most of them.

Many of them will likely have a perfectly legitimate reason for requesting access to a specific part of your phone.

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For example, WhatsApp needs permission to access your contacts to find friends and allow you to message them.

But others may ask for things that make you scratch your head a little.

For example, why does a photo editing app need to know my location?

Android lets you see and control the permissions apps have on your smartphone – here’s how.

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What types of app permissions are there?

There are many features that apps can request permission for.

Some may not be relevant to your phone, e.g. B. Body sensors located on wearable devices instead.

  • body sensors
  • calendar
  • call logs
  • camera
  • contacts
  • location
  • microphone
  • Bluetooth devices nearby
  • phone
  • physical activity
  • SMS
  • storage
  • files and media

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How to see what permissions an app needs

An app should send you a notification asking permission to use a phone feature.

This gives you the option to allow or deny it.

You can also see what permissions an app wants before you download it by looking at the description on the app’s Google Play Store page.

It’s possible to change permissions after you’ve installed an app if you’d like by following the instructions below.

How to change app permissions on Android

To change an app’s permissions from an Android phone, first open settings then search applications.

Select the app you want to customize – you may need to tap Show all applications if you can’t see what you’re looking for.

Next go to Permissions.

Tap on permissions you don’t like and switch to them Don’t allow.

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Location, camera and microphone options may differ.

In addition to disallow, there is also Allow only while using the app and ask every time.

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