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Decide whether to give an app permission

Some apps and websites ask to view, change, or create certain information or take actions in your Google Account. Here are some examples:

  • An app that schedules workouts with friends asks to see your Google Calendar and Contacts.
  • An email app asks to manage your Gmail so you can view, create, and delete emails.
  • A social media app asks to make posts for you.

Important: These apps and sites aren't made by Google. Follow the steps here to decide if you want to give permission.

When you'll be asked

If an app or site wants to use info or take actions in your account, you'll be asked for permission or get a warning.

In most cases, you'll see these screens after you choose an option on an app or site to:

  • Sign in with your Google Account
  • Connect to a Google service, like Drive or YouTube

If the screen says "This app isn't verified"

Don't give permission. To leave the app or site, select Back to safety.

What this warning means

Google hasn't reviewed the app or site. We don't know if the developer who made it is who they say they are.

To help keep your account safe, don't give permission to apps or sites that have this warning.

Give permission anyway

If you know and trust the developer of the app or site, you can give permission:

  1. On the "This app isn't verified" screen, select Advanced.
  2. Select Go to ____ (unsafe).
  3. Follow the instructions.
  4. On the screen that asks for permission, select Allow.

If you're the developer, learn how to have the app reviewed so this warning doesn't show up.

If the screen asks for permission

Follow these steps before you decide what to do.

Step 1: Find out more

On the screen that asks for permission, learn more about the app and how it will use your info.

  • Make sure you recognize the app's name. To learn more about the developer, click or tap the app's name.
  • Read what the app wants to do. If available, select Information Information. You'll get more details about the request.
  • Learn how the app will use your info. If the app's terms of service and privacy policy are linked, read them carefully.

If you're not comfortable with the app or what it wants to do, don't give permission.

Step 2: Ask these questions

If you answer "No" to any of these questions, click or tap Cancel:

  • Do you recognize the app and developer?
  • Do you feel comfortable that the app will have the info described?
  • Do you trust the app to handle your info responsibly and keep it secure?
  • Do you trust the app to take the described actions for you?
  • Are you comfortable with the app's terms of service and privacy policy?

Step 3: Know what happens

If you give the app permission:

  • The app or site will open. You won't have to give permission each time you use it.
  • You'll get an email from Google to confirm your decision.
  • The app can use info or take actions as described unless you remove permission. Learn how to remove and view permission for apps.

Important: If you remove permission for an app, this action won't delete the info the app already has. However, the app can't use new info or take actions from that point on.

Step 4: Give permission or not

If you've followed the steps above and want to give the app permission, select Allow.

If you don't want to give the app permission, select Cancel.

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