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No, you don’t need to give this Android app access to your camera

Mobile apps are notorious for requesting permissions they don’t have to. Some android apps can ask for permissions that are excessive and totally unrelated to their intended purpose – like if a flashlight app asks for access to your camera, microphone, or location. When an app asks for excessive permissions, it’s usually to collect as much your data possible and sell it to third parties like advertisers and data brokers.

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Be careful of potentially invasive app permissions such as access to your location, camera, microphone, contacts, browsing history, and photo library. An app can collect a lot of sensitive personal information from these permissions and can put your privacy at risk. That’s why it’s important to manage app permissions on your Android devices.

It’s a good idea to keep app permissions to a minimum. Grant your apps permission to access only what they need on your device to provide the functionality you need. For example, a weather app or a navigation app will naturally need access to your location to function properly, but it usually won’t need access to your camera or contacts. And in some cases, you might not even need to provide them with location data if you can manually enter your zip code or city.

Luckily, it’s easy to change app permissions on your Android device – and you can choose whether you want to manage permissions by app or by permission type. Here’s how to manage app permissions on your Android device:

Note that the steps outlined below apply to devices running Android 11 and later.

How to Manage Android App Permissions Per App

If you are concerned about the permissions given to a certain app on your Android device, you can manage permissions on an app-by-app basis. Here’s what to do:

1. Faucet Settings

2. Faucet apps

3. Scroll down and tap the app in question (or you can search for the app by tapping the magnifying glass icon)

4. Faucet Permissions

5. Tap a permission to allow or not

You can also access the Permissions menu from any app by long pressing the app icon on your phone screen. Press the Information icon in the upper right corner of the window that appears to access the Application Information menu and press Permissions Of the.

From Application Information menu, you can also activate the Remove permissions if the app is not in use feature, which removes permissions for the app if you haven’t used it for three months.

How to Manage Android App Permissions by Permission Type

If you want to see which apps you have denied or granted access to a certain permission, like your microphone or location, you can manage your app permissions by permission type. Here’s how:

1. Faucet Settings

2. Faucet Privacy

3. Faucet Authorization manager

4. Tap the permission type to see which apps allow the selected permission

5. Tap an app and select Allow Where Don’t allow

How to Universally Manage Camera and Microphone Access for All Apps

You can even universally deny all apps access to your camera and/or microphone with a single toggle switch if you want to take a hard line with those two permissions. Here is how you can toggle camera and microphone permissions on all apps on your Android device:

1. Faucet Settings

2. Faucet Privacy

3. To toggle Access to the camera and Microphone Access On or off

Going this route can be a great way to ensure that no app has access to your camera or microphone. However, keep in mind that video communication apps such as Zoom or Skype, which rely on your camera and microphone to function, will not work properly if these permissions are set to the “off” position.

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