Change permissions for apps on your Android phone

You can allow some apps to use various features on your phone, such as your camera or contacts list. An app will send a notification to ask for permission to use features on your phone, which you can Allow or Deny. You can also change permissions for a single app or by permission type in your phone's Settings.
Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Change permissions for an app

  1. On your phone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications.
  3. Tap the app you want to change. If you can't find it, first tap See all apps or App info.
  4. Tap Permissions.
    • If you allowed or denied any permissions for the app, you’ll find them here.
  5. To change a permission setting, tap it, then choose Allow or Deny.

Change permissions based on their type

You can check which apps have the same permission setting. For example, you can check which apps have permission to view your calendar. 
  1. On your phone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Privacy And then Permission manager.
  3. Tap a permission type.
    • If you allowed or denied permission to any apps, you’ll find them here.
  4. To change an app’s permission, tap the app, then choose Allow or Deny.

Types of permissions

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

Below is a list of permissions and what they do when turned on for an app.

  • Body sensors: Get sensor info about your vital signs.
  • Calendar: Use your default calendar.
  • Call logs: See and change your call history.
  • Camera: Use your camera to take pictures or videos.
  • Contacts: See your contacts list.
  • Location: Ask to get your device’s location. Learn about location settings.
  • Microphone: Record audio.
  • Phone: Make and manage phone calls.
  • Physical activity: Get info about your activity like walking, biking, step count, and more.
  • SMS: See and send SMS (text) messages.
  • Storage: Get photos and other files on your phone.

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