1. pullpanelinoneswipe's Avatar
    Galaxy A8 user here. There's a preinstalled app from Samsung called Voice Recorder. When I tap its icon there's a little alert box popping up and asking for permission to record audio. Without allowing it I cannot use the app. All the previous smartphones I've owned never asked me such a thing for a voice recording app, they just up and worked when I needed them to. My question is privacy based. Does this permission it asks for, gives it a right to only record when I turn it on or otherwise, to spy on my conversations, send them to a server, match them against a database and serve me more relevant ads? Viber already does this so I'm interested whether this is the case too.
    02-25-2019 04:23 PM
  2. hallux's Avatar
    In order for the voice recorder to record audio it needs access to the microphone so it would make sense that it asks for this permission. What else it does with this permission is hidden in the code for the app, only the developer will know.
    02-25-2019 05:23 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    What Android versions were your previous phones running? Starting with Marshmallow, permissions became more granular, so apps would have to ask for specific permission the first time they needed them.
    02-26-2019 02:07 PM
  4. pullpanelinoneswipe's Avatar
    Is that why when I download a new application from Play store, it doesn't ask any permissions right away before downloading, but when the app is actually opened/used?
    I used a fairly old device, I think it used Kitkat or Jelly Bean.
    02-27-2019 05:28 AM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    You're exactly right! You can always review which permissions an app will ask for in the Play Store app page, and you can always deny a permission when it gets requested. Of course, depending on the permission, that might significantly interfere with the app's function.
    02-27-2019 11:43 AM
  6. hallux's Avatar
    You can also go into the app manager on your device and revoke permissions if you decide you don't like what it's doing.

    I use a poorly-coded app for ordering from a particular establishment, it uses GPS to find the nearest location but it has a hard time releasing the GPS usage when I exit the app. My solution is to disable the GPS permission for that app when I'm not using it, next time I open the app it prompts me to enable the permission.
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    02-27-2019 11:49 AM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I use a poorly-coded app for ordering from a particular establishment, it uses GPS to find the nearest location but it has a hard time releasing the GPS usage when I exit the app. My solution is to disable the GPS permission for that app when I'm not using it, next time I open the app it prompts me to enable the permission.
    You wouldn't be talking about Starbucks, would you? Their Find a Location feature is annoying -- I think if you agree to let it use Location, it'll automatically turn on Wi-fi and Bluetooth Scanning as well to improve location accuracy.
    02-27-2019 12:23 PM
  8. hallux's Avatar
    @B. Diddy Nope, Jersey Mike's...
    02-27-2019 12:43 PM
  9. pullpanelinoneswipe's Avatar
    So unless it prompts me for a new permission it won't, let's say upload my photos or copy my contacts?
    03-01-2019 04:03 AM
  10. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Right. If it doesn't have permission for either of those, it can't access them.
    03-01-2019 02:36 PM

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