It’s no secret that smartphone apps can access many permissions, if you allow them. It is important to ensure that apps do not abuse permissions to protect your privacy. Android makes it easy to see which apps can access your location.
Android apps are required to request permission to access your location. As of Android 1
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No matter how well you check permissions, it’s a good idea to occasionally check which apps can access your location. It’s done easily.
First, access the Settings menu on your Android phone or tablet by swiping down from the top of the screen (once or twice, depending on your device manufacturer) to open the notification shade, then tap the gear icon.
Then go to the “Privacy” section.
Select ‘Permission Management’.
The permissions manager lists all the different permissions apps can access. Here you will find everything from body sensors to call logs. The one we want is ‘Location’.
This screen may look slightly different depending on what Android version you have and the manufacturer’s skin. At the top you see the apps that have ‘All The Time’ access to your location. Below that it says “Only during use” and finally you see apps that you have denied access.
To change the location permission for an app, select it from the list.
Now you can change your consent preference.
That is it! This is a handy way to easily change permissions for a number of apps at once. It’s a nice central location for a consent check.