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See how easy it is to change app permissions on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

When you download a Google Play app, do you read and review the permissions you are granting it? Most likely, no. The overwhelming majority of users, eager to test the new app soon, simply click Accept when downloading the app. This has changed since Android 6.0 and has so far been maintained on Android N. In this article I show you an easy way to revise these permissions and change them.

If you are a AndroidPIT reader, you may already be tired of knowing that this option exists. However, the recent Android Marshmallow, and as soon as your phone gets the update, believe me, you'll be glad to read this article.

So let's get down to business. To view and edit the permissions of apps installed on your phone, open the device settings, and then tap Apps located in the Device section. Then touch a gear cone in the top right corner of the screen, and then touch App permissions.

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Accessing Application Permissions / ANDROIDPIT

So, let's say you want to see which applications have access to your location. Just tap Location to see the list of apps that may know your current location. Next to each app name is a button that turns this option on and off.

If you don't want a particular app to have access to your location, just find it in this list and turn it off. In the example below, we have turned off Chrome's ability to know our location. Do the same thing with the other permits.

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Turning off Chrome / ANDROIDPIT's findability

However, this screen only shows applications installed on your phone. If you want even deeper control over system permissions, you can view the system services that are active on your smartphone.

To do so, tap the three dots at the top right of the screen, then tap Show system. Ready! This will display all native Android services that have some kind of permission on your device.

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Also showing permissions of system services / ANDROIDPIT

So far, we've shown how you can revoke permissions from multiple apps at the same time. However, you can also revoke the permissions of a single application by viewing all areas of the system in which it operates.

To do this, go back to your phone settings, tap Apps, and choose the app you want to review. In our case, we chose Chrome. Now just look at the areas in which he acts and revoke the permit where you wish.

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Reviewing individual app / ANDROIDPIT permissions

These are the main ways to review the permission of all your applications. It is important to do this periodically in order to maintain a certain level of privacy and security of your data. We have seen that the whole process does not take more than 15 minutes of your time.

So, do you usually analyze all the permissions you grant to your apps?

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