1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Recently I went through Apps on my phone, trying to restrict the number that have access to private information unnecessary.

    I later found that Gallery will not run at all when you have access to Contacts and Calendar disabled.

    Why?

    I can't see why a simple picture viewing App needs any access to private information except company's desire to collect as much information as possible for advertising purposes.
    06-13-2018 02:28 AM
  2. chanchan05's Avatar
    Recently I went through Apps on my phone, trying to restrict the number that have access to private information unnecessary.

    I later found that Gallery will not run at all when you have access to Contacts and Calendar disabled.

    Why?

    I can't see why a simple picture viewing App needs any access to private information except company's desire to collect as much information as possible for advertising purposes.
    Depends. What gallery app is this? Every phone manufacturer bundles a different one.

    If this is Samsung, the Samsung Gallery app has the Stories, Timeline and auto-tag features. Basically it matches the pictures you take to dates, so it automatically creates those stories and suggests tags among your friends for it.
    djrakowski likes this.
    06-13-2018 04:45 AM
  3. Lundavra's Avatar
    It's Samsung.

    I have never used tagging and no interest in using Stories, Timeline and auto-tag features.

    I rarely use the phone's camera, I prefer to use a proper camera.

    Will have to check whether I can just enable (preferably only one) Contacts or Calendar on the rare occasions that I need to use Gallery.
    06-13-2018 06:15 AM
  4. djrakowski's Avatar
    I've only given Gallery permission to read storage, and it works just fine.
    06-13-2018 08:12 AM
  5. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    Contacts and Gallery are probably linked because you have the ability to set display photos for your contacts.
    06-13-2018 09:34 AM
  6. Lundavra's Avatar
    "djrakowski

    I've only given Gallery permission to read storage, and it works just fine. "

    Interesting, I tried re-enabling just Calendar on its own but would still not run unless I enabled Contacts also.
    "L0n3N1nja

    Contacts and Gallery are probably linked because you have the ability to set display photos for your contacts. "
    'Have the ability' but not required to use so no need to insist on access to Contacts
    06-14-2018 05:33 AM
  7. chanchan05's Avatar
    You could just use the Photos app instead. That's the gallery app by Google.
    06-14-2018 05:45 AM
  8. Mike994's Avatar
    Indeed... I intended to post a similar thread. Am using Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and I could not use Gallery unless I gave access to Contacts and Calendar.
    I just want to view images - photos, screenshots.

    If I launch any 3rd party photo viewer on my Windows desktop PC, it will not ask me permission to access private matters like contacts.

    For that reason I refused permission. Gallery doesn't work then.

    Are there any other apps that do -not- require such permissions?
    Probably not.
    12-26-2018 08:53 AM
  9. chanchan05's Avatar
    Indeed... I intended to post a similar thread. Am using Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and I could not use Gallery unless I gave access to Contacts and Calendar.
    I just want to view images - photos, screenshots.

    If I launch any 3rd party photo viewer on my Windows desktop PC, it will not ask me permission to access private matters like contacts.

    For that reason I refused permission. Gallery doesn't work then.

    Are there any other apps that do -not- require such permissions?
    Probably not.
    The gallery on my S9 works fine with only storage permissions.
    12-26-2018 09:14 AM
  10. Mike994's Avatar
    You are lucky I guess. 'My' Gallery doesn't.

    Maybe it has something to do with Android version ?
    It is Samsung = old (v6.01)

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    12-26-2018 09:32 AM
  11. chanchan05's Avatar
    You are lucky I guess. 'My' Gallery doesn't.

    Maybe it has something to do with Android version ?
    It is Samsung = old (v6.01)

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    As I recall it at some point Android updated to allow more granularity in its permissions. Older versions, apps won't work unless all permissions are allowed. Your Gallery app is probably a carry over from that period and hasn't been updated to the newer ones which allowed permission granularity.
    12-26-2018 09:28 PM
  12. Mike994's Avatar
    As you are using Gallery you probably never checked, but .. still: are you aware of any other reliable apps that do not require such permissions?
    12-26-2018 10:38 PM
  13. chanchan05's Avatar
    As you are using Gallery you probably never checked, but .. still: are you aware of any other reliable apps that do not require such permissions?
    This one.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ls.gallery.pro

    It's widely recommended for a simple basic gallery, and it's only permissions are storage and use of fingerprint hardware.
    12-27-2018 04:04 AM
  14. Mike994's Avatar
    Hi chanchan05 - MANY thanks indeed. I have purchased the Simple Gallery Pro app just now. Looks really nice indeed. There are some other Gallery apps, but they contain adds. I tried one: could get the add away! The [Close] button did not respond, even after trying half a dozen times. Ad remained on screen. Closed the screen, went on, got advertisements everywhere that I could not close. Removed it. Better pay a (very) small amount and get something decent.
    Again thanks!
    12-27-2018 05:03 AM

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