How to Change App Permissions on Android

Introduction

Android has historically not made it easy to see or change an app’s permissions. This is important because permission management is what you use to control whether an app has access to your Android device’s camera, microphone, calendar and more. Thankfully, the process to manage app permissions on Android is much better in Android 10. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Change App Permissions on Android

  1. Swipe up on your Android device’s home screen to display the Apps screen, and then tap “Settings.” The Settings screen is displayed.
  2. Choose “Apps” in the list on the Settings screen. A list of apps installed on your Android device is shown.’
  3. Tap the app you want to change app permissions for. The information screen for that app is displayed.
  4. Tap “Permissions” in the App Settings section. The App Permissions screen is shown where you’ll see Allowed and Denied sections that will show you whether you’re letting that specific app access functions like the camera, microphone, calendar and contacts or not.
  5. Tap the specific function you want to change permissions for to open a window for that function, and then choose whether to allow or deny the function for that app. The permissions for that app will be changed automatically.

5 Reasons to Change App Permissions on Android

1. Enhancing Privacy

One top reason to tweak app permissions on Android is to enhance your privacy. Many apps request access to personal data. This data can range from your location to your contacts. By managing these permissions, you control who sees what. This is crucial in an age where data breaches are common. Limiting access can reduce the risk of personal information leaks. Every app doesn’t need to know your location or have access to your camera. By denying unnecessary permissions, you protect your private information. Regularly check and update these settings as apps often update their permission requirements.

2. Conserving Battery Life

Adjusting app permissions can significantly conserve battery life. Some apps run background processes that drain your battery. These might include location tracking or constant data syncing. By disabling these permissions, you prevent apps from running needless operations. This can lead to longer battery life. It’s especially important for apps that aren’t essential for daily use. Imagine your battery lasting longer during a busy day. This simple adjustment ensures that only critical apps use your battery power. Regular audits of app permissions can keep your device running efficiently longer.

3. Saving Mobile Data

Changing app permissions can help save on mobile data usage. Some apps use data in the background for updates or content fetching. If you’re not on an unlimited plan, this can be costly. By controlling app permissions, you can prevent apps from using data in the background. Only essential apps should have the liberty to use mobile data. This can drastically reduce your monthly data consumption. It’s a smart move for anyone looking to cut down on extra charges. Plus, it keeps apps from eating up data for unnecessary tasks.

4. Improving Device Performance

Modifying app permissions can improve your device’s overall performance. When apps have fewer permissions, they often use fewer resources. This means less RAM and CPU usage, leading to smoother operation. It can also reduce the likelihood of apps crashing or freezing. If your device has been lagging, try reviewing your app permissions. Allow only essential functionalities. This can free up resources and enhance your device’s speed and responsiveness. A well-performing device is essential for efficient daily operations, making this a worthwhile effort.

5. Maintaining Control Over Personal Content

Controlling app permissions means maintaining control over your personal content. Some apps request access to your media files, like photos and videos. Not all apps need this to function properly. By restricting these permissions, you keep your personal content private. This prevents apps from potentially misusing your information. It also gives you peace of mind knowing that your personal content is secure. Review permissions whenever you install a new app or after an app updates. This ensures that you always know which apps can access your personal content.

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