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Temporary permissions, available for devices running Android 11 and newer, can be applied for sensitive permissions such as the camera and GPS.
If your phone has an older version of Android, you can take advantage of a third-party paid app called Bouncer to set up one-time permissions. Here’s how to use them.
Grant temporary permissions on Android
When you first start an app on Android and ask it for access, the permission window has three options. Select “This time only” to approve a temporary permission. This means that once you exit that app, Android will automatically revoke it and the app will prompt you for it again the next time you open it.
To enable one-time permissions for existing apps, navigate to Settings app> Apps & notifications> View all apps.
Find the app whose permissions you want to edit.
Go to ‘Permissions’ and choose the permission the app should ask for every time you use it, such as ‘Microphone’ or ‘Camera’.
Enable the ‘Ask every time’ setting here.
Grant temporary permissions on Android with Bouncer
Once you’ve installed the Bouncer app on your Android phone or tablet, launch it and follow the onscreen instructions to configure the service.
Whenever you grant permission, Bouncer sends you a notification asking whether you want to keep or delete it. If you need the permission for a few moments, such as when you’re trying to stop an Uber and don’t mind the app reading your GPS data, you can click the ‘Schedule’ button in the notification, which instructs Bouncer to then withdraw it for a specified period of time.
Bouncer remembers your habits by default. So when you ask the app to remove or keep permission for an app, it will automatically repeat the action next time. For example, if you always revoke Uber’s location access, Bouncer will do it itself after the first time.
If this feature is not available by default, you can enable it manually by tapping the gear icon in the top right corner of the Bouncer app and enabling the “Auto-delete” option.