One of the ways to safeguard personal data in your Samsung device is by making sure that you only allow app permissions when necessary. Permissions is Android’s way of granting an app access to certain data in a device, effectively dictating what an app can or cannot do.
There’s a wide range of data being stored in your phone or tablet but not every app needs all of them. Some apps may require a variety of permissions in order to use your data. These data can include information about your device’s location, calendar, camera, contacts, microphone, storage, or telephone.
If you are not careful with what permissions you grant to apps, you may compromise your personal information. Since apps can’t automatically grant permissions to themselves, you actually have the power to prevent apps from stealing your information or using them in less than ideal ways.
Keep in mind that well-built apps can continue working even when permissions are denied. Some malicious developers though may create apps that may stop their apps from working if a certain permission is not allowed so be careful with such products. If you smell something fishy, don’t proceed with the app installation. If you think that an app is suspicious, be sure to uninstall it from your device.
Change app permissions during installation of an app
Android devices are now forced to show a permission prompt right after an app has been installed. This prompt will ask the user whether or not the newly added app is allowed to access certain data like a device’s location information. All you have to do is to tap on Allow or Deny depending on the app. We highly recommend that you keep vigilant in allowing permissions to avoid compromising your personal data.
If you think that an app on your Samsung device can continue working without certain permissions enabled, be sure to deny a permission being asked. Certain permissions may be necessary in order for an app to work properly so be sure to decide reasonably. For instance, a navigation app will obviously need to access your device’s location data so be sure to grant it.
Changing permissions after app has been installed
Another way to modify permissions for an app is by going into the App info menu. Here’s how you do it:
- Open Settings app.
Find Settings app in the Home screen or Apps Tray.
- Tap Apps.
Scroll down and find Apps.
- Select the app you want.
Tap on the app you are working on.
- Tap Permissions.
Find Permissions among the options and open its menu.
- Select the permission to allow or deny.
Depending on the app, there may be many different permission categories in the list. Tap on the permission you want to enable or disable.
- Tap Allow or Deny.
Select either Allow or Deny.
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