How To Manage App Permissions On Android 6
With the launch of Android 6 Marshmallow, it gives you a special feature where you can manage the permissions for applications that you download. So now you need not worry about the safety of your personal information and your device getting hacked!
Now you don’t have to forcefully agree to the terms of the app in order to get it installed. You can customize and manage the permissions. So this is how it works! When you download an application, it asks for permissions. However, when you download applications that are made for Android 6.0, you can manage the permissions once you start using the application.
So, when you start using an application, for instance Watsapp, and you need to click a photo or send a voice note, the app will seek permission for using the camera or the microphone. When a certain application needs to use the GPS, it will seek to the permission of accessing the GPS of the phone. You can either hit the ‘allow’ or ‘deny’ option, as per your preference. If you wish to customize these settings afterwards, then you can simply go to the Settings and select Apps. Select the desired application from the list and you can turn on or off the notifications for the particular application.
The Android 6.0 gives you another feature. If you don’t want to manage applications one by one, then you can simply tap on the menu button the top right side and click on Configure Apps and then tap the App Permissions options. You can select all the applications and collectively command which permit needs to be turned on or off. If you need to stop all the applications from using a camera then, tap camera option and then tap on turn them all off!
However, if your app developer hasn’t updated their Permission System, then there are possibilities that the application may crash if you deny its permission. Hence, Google is encouraging the developers to update the new permissions system as soon as possible. While you enjoy all the benefits of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, denying permissions limits the functionality of the applications. If you have denied permission for Watsapp to use the camera, then you don’t need to be surprised if the camera feature doesn’t work in it.
In case of auto updates, it won’t ask you the permission to update. The new updates downloaded will ask for app permissions again, in the case of applications made for Android 6.0. If you want to view each update manually, then you can turn off the auto update option from the settings.
Picture courtesy – androidauthority.net
by techtalks @TechTalks March 29, 2016 4:38 AM UTC