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How to see which apps can access your location on Android

Android location icon

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

1, you can even grant apps one-time access to your location. This means you don’t have to worry about apps grabbing your location after you exit the app.

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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.

open the device settings

Then go to the “Privacy” section.

privacy in the settings

Select ‘Permission Management’.

select permission manager

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’.

location permission

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.

location permissions

To change the location permission for an app, select it from the list.

select an app from the list

Now you can change your consent preference.

change the location permission

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.

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