When you install an app from Google Play on a device running Android 6.0 and up or on a Chromebook, you control which capabilities or information that app can access—known as permissions. For example, an app might want permission to see your device contacts or location. You can control which permissions an app can access after the app installs on your device.
Tip: To find which version of Android your device uses, open your device's Settings app. Then, tap SystemAbout phone or About tablet.
When you install an app
When you download apps from the Play Store, some apps will ask for permission to use information before you install. When you download apps that are built for Android 6.0 and up, you can allow or deny permissions once you start using them.
- Open the Play Store app.
- Go to an app's detail page. To review permissions before installing, scroll to "Developer" and tap Permission details.
- Tap Install.
- Some apps will install right away. When you use an app, you can allow or deny individual permission requests before the app uses that type of data.
- For other apps, Google Play shows you all of the permission groups an app will be able to access before you install. This information can help you decide whether you want to install the app.
When apps are installed on your device
When an app installed on your device updates, there may be changes to the permissions for that app.