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[Kopitiam] MIUI and Apps permissions: Been there, Done that

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12:09, Jun-17-2015 | From PC
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In my personal experience, MIUI has been on the forefront dealing with apps permissions. MIUI allows users to restrict some app permissions that Apps ask for. This has been going on for a long while and only just recently, with the announcement of Android M, was Google's OS able to let users manage app permissions.

Finally, Google. Waaaay too slow because MIUI has been there and done that.

How app permissions work
Apps need permissions to access parts of your phone in order to do its job. It could be something simple as asking to "prevent phone from sleeping", something complex like "precise location (GPS and network-based)" or even something suspicious and shady like "Read/Write Contacts".

Different apps require different types and amount of permissions. But some apps seem to ask for more than they should. Most people download apps without consideration, ignoring the permissions list (just like how we usually ignore the terms and conditions).

@Yodhruv has a thread that lists down what App permissions actually means and how it affects your device.

Understanding app permissions
It's not difficult to identify what an app needs in order to function. A good developer will explain why they need certain permissions in their app. This is usually listed in the Play store page or in the developer's website. You can also read the comments and reviews in the Play store. Users are always quick to feedback when something goes wrong with the app. Lifehacker provides a reasonable set of questions that you can ask yourself before downloading an app:
  • Is this app from a trustworthy developer? Does it look like malware?
  • Do I understand why this app needs these permissions?
  • Does the developer explain to me why they need these permissions? (Are they listed at Google Play, along with the reasons for each permission request? Often, they are.)
Managing Permissions with MIUI
It's quick and simple! Just head into the Security app > Permissions. On the top right, click on the Settings button (the corkwheel) and turn on Permission Manager.

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Return back to Permissions and tap on Permissions. You can choose to list Apps or Permissions.
Tap on an App and it lists the permissions the App has asked to access. Tap on one of the permissions and you'll get a choice to Accept (means allow access every time), Prompt (ask you for permissions every time) or Deny (block access every time).

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What permission is reasonable for the App to access?
We've understood that apps need permissions to work effectively. For example, Whatsapp would need to read contacts to know your contact list. That's reasonable because it's a messaging app.

But would a typical racing car game need access to your contacts? You're just racing for your own entertainment, there's no multiplayer and there is no in-app purchases (which is on its own another permission). They could be farming your information, selling it to parties who wants a marketing list. To help you see the impact (and creepiness) of what some apps know about you, @snuky has a thread that shows an infographic on the kinds of permissions that popular apps need.

So if you want to protect your contacts and private data from apps, restricting app permissions will do the job.

Do you manage your apps permissions manually or do you leave it to MIUI to manage for you? Do you read permissions before downloading an app and do you use that knowledge to manage permissions?
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13:06, Jun-17-2015 | From PC
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Tralalaa. I manage it manually, for sometimes I don't really like the pre set given permission. *paranoid user*

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15:59, Jun-17-2015 | From PC
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Miui prompt is good, and if I dont like the apps required permission I skipped the apps.

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16:04, Jun-17-2015 | From PC
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i am manage permission manually for some apps and the other is from MIUI for manage permission
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22:47, Jun-17-2015 | From PC
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now I learn something new~ Awesome~ Thanks for sharing this useful tips!

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11:15, Jun-18-2015 | From PC
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have to agree on this ! . the new features on their latest 6.0 is already present in MIUI. :P

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I set them manually. MIUI doesn't do good job with it.

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have to agree on this ! . the new features on their latest 6.0 is already present in MIUI. :P
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MIUI does a good job of prompting
permissions on its own

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