Manage Android App Permissions to Protect Your Privacy

Do you actually read the list of permissions that Android apps are asking for before you install them?
I know most of us treat those permissions like terms and conditions, blindly tapping our way through. But if you actually do, you would be aware of their reach.
  • Some of your apps can make phone calls
  • Some can track your location
  • Some can read your browsing history, contacts, SMS, photos, calendar
Even share this personal information with third parties without your knowledge. But, do they need all those permissions?
No doubt, Google’s Android mobile operating system has a powerful app permission system that forces app developers to mention the exact permissions they require.
But, there is one major issue for Android users:
By default it is a take-it-or-leave-it situation, which means you can choose to install the app, providing all the permissions or simply not install it.
It seems like every app developer wants access to many of my phone!
However, managing these permissions when a user is possible, and there are apps that make it easier for you individually authorizes you to check an app.
Knowing how many apps with problematic permissions that you have installed:
First you can an app like Permission Explorer which allows you to install apps and permissions filter categories, giving you a lot more detail on the permissions granted to the app.
You can also try similar apps like App Permissions Permissions Observatory too. These apps will help you know if there are any apps with problematic permissions should be revoked or even removed completely.

Revoking App Permissions

 Once you have found some offensive apps with unnecessary app permissions, it’s time to pull those rights. One of the most popular apps Ops App that allows you to block permissions for individual apps.
App Ops — Permissions Manager App
This is the great app that allowed me to unnecessary app permissions of certain apps on my Android smartphone that have nothing to do with the main function of the apps, as well as grant permissions that app is allowed to block use.
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For example, if you do not want your flashlight app for your geo-location data, which is used by collection agencies, you can tap to withdraw the permission for that particular app a button.
Google released App Ops in Android 4.3, although it’s the function of Android 4.4.2, claiming it was released accidentally.
How to get started with App Ops?
Installing and using the App Ops is very simple. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:
  • Open the Google Play Store on your root Android device
  • Search for App Ops
  • Locate and tap Install
  • Read the permissions listing, if acceptable, tap Accept
By rooting your Android device, you grant yourself access to the inner workings of your smartphone’s operating system.
Once launched, you will find a Launcher App Ops in your app drawer. Tap to launch the launcher App Ops shortcut and launch the app.
How to Disable Unnecessary App Permissions?
Tap an app from the App list, and you can see where the app is special and when that app using permissions permissions. All mentioned permissions an ON / OFF button to its right, and you can use any permission to disable.
To demonstrate, let’s disable contact permission from the Facebook app.
  • Open App Ops
  • Swipe to the right to go to the Messaging tab
  • Scroll down and tap Facebook
  • Within Facebook, touch the ON/OFF button for ‘Read and Modify contacts’ to place them OFF

That’s it! Now, Facebook no longer has the permission to read or edit your contacts.
In the same way you can go through every app on your device and, with full control, or disable any permission apps according to your wishes.
App Ops is available in Google Play Store and supports Android 5.0. It is also accessible on Android 4.3, 4.4.0 or 4.4.1 if your device is rooted.
If you upgrade your smartphone to Android 4.4.2, then the first to start a root authentication and necessary start your device.

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