When you install a particular application on your mobile phone, you will see a list of all the permissions that you need to grant the app. Since many people does not know much about app permissions, they tend to skip them very fast without paying attention to them. If you just allow all the permissions without paying attention to them, you might install a malware or Trojan to your phone which has different accessibility and can damage your phone or steal your data. The point here is that you yourself have granted all the permissions to the malware and this malware is working under your own permission. In this article, I will provide you with all you need to know about app permissions and how to change app permissions on Android and iPhone.
Change app permissions
In general, app permissions are a list of permissions the application needs in order to be able to offer its services. For example, music player applications require permission for access to all or a part of internal and external memory. It also requires permission to access phone speaker. If we do not grant permission to this app to access speaker, this will not be able to play music via phone speaker so it will be unable to offer its service to the user.
Now that you are more familiar with the concept of app permissions, you may want to know how to manage app permissions or change app permissions. Now, what you need to know is that the ability to change app permissions has been added to Android devices recently and old Android phones does not offer the feature to manage app permissions. But in the newer phones, the users has the ability to change app permissions and manage the permissions the way he or she wants.
The ability to manage or change app permissions is in close relevance to the phone security. If we do not have enough knowledge about app permissions, we may grant the app access to our private data including our bank account data. Another point you always need to remember is that hack and spy tools usually require to many permissions and this is in fact one of the ways we can detect a spyware.
Change app permissions on Android
To change app permissions on Android 6 and higher, there is a method you can use right from the settings without the need to install a third-part application. All you need to do is to head to the Settings on your Android phone and find App permissions. I App Permissions section, you will see a list of different permissions and by tapping on them, you will see the apps which have access to that that particular permission.
In order to revoke app permission to access a particular part of your phone, all you need to do is to toggle off the option and the app will no longer have access to that section. For example, a music player app does not require access to Contacts and if you see such a permission, it is much safer to revoke this permission.
Unfortunately, on mobile phones with Android below 6, there is no option to manage app permissions and you will see app permissions only when you are installing the app. If you would want to change app permissions or revoke a particular permission, all you can do is to uninstall the app completely. There are some applications which are designed to limit applications on such devices, but most of them are not much effective. It is recommended that you upgrade your Android to higher versions to be able to change app permissions.
Change app permissions on iPhone
There are several ways you can use to manage app permissions on your iPhone. You can manage a single app’s permissions right from the settings menu. When you tap on the name of a particular app, you will see a list of permissions for that particular app. You can change app permissions by toggling the options on or off. As you can see in the photo. All the permissions are allowed for Telegram application on this iPhone.
Most types of permissions are grouped together under the “Privacy” section in phone Settings. This includes location services (GPS), contacts, calendars, reminders, Bluetooth, microphone, camera, health, HomeKit, and motion activity. Apps can also request access to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, and that permission is stored here, too.