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How to control what data your Android apps transmit

If you are concerned about what personal information apps want from your Android, here are some settings you can tweak to send only the information you want from your device.
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Check your permissions

Look at settings on your Android to view the permissions for each app installed. You can customise permissions to allow or deny access to other components of your Android device.

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Settings - Apps

All the useful features to control what data apps send are in settings. Select apps from the list.

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App list

You will see a list of apps installed on your Android device.

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Permissions

Select an app from the list. This screen shows "notification" permissions for the app and other permissions such as "open by default."

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Assigning permission

Select permissions and use the slider to select which of the components you want the app to use.

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Granular control

Some apps such as Facebook require a lot of permissions. This installation has 34.

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Notifications slider

You can control notifications, pop ups, and security features from the app screen.

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Allow or reject

You can configure each app to allow, reject, or ask (in some versions of Android OS) for access to each of the features.

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Select your permission level

Tap the feature that you want to change and select your option.

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Adjust the slider

Some versions of Android have fewer permissions, but you can still modify them to suit your requirements

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Choose which feature you want to use

For each app, select which features you want the app to use. Here, I have disabled the calendar camera, storage, and telephone.

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Check each component

Some apps have fewer permissions that you can modify.

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Choose features

Configure the features you want to use. Remember, some features of the app may no longer work if you have disabled a key function that the app needs to work as normal.

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