See what permissions an app needs before you install it, now that they don't appear on Google Play

2022-10-31 10:57:40

In the past, you had to review the permissions an app needed before downloading it from Google Play, but that changed with Android Marshmallow and runtime permissions. Since then it was possible to see permissions as part of the information displayed on Google Play, but now the app store no longer shows the data in exchange for the new privacy section.

If for whatever reason you want to know what permissions an Android application needs before installing it and without having to interpret the "Application Security" list, we tell you two ways you have to do it, whether it is an application that you are going to install from Google Play or if it is an APK file.

Google Play doesn't tell you, but Aurora Store does

The permissions an app needs tells us a lot about it. Some of these permissions serve as a gateway for malware or simply let us see that something is not normal when, for example, a flashlight app needs to access your calls and location. In a way, permissions help us know if it is worth installing an app, regardless of whether we are going to grant them or not.

Google Play no longer tells us what permissions an application uses, but instead shows us the Data Security section, in theory less robotic and with simpler explanations of what type of data the app uses, as long as the developer has included it in its description.

In Google Play the permissions section no longer appears, as it has been replaced by the Security of your data

Google Play no longer shows the permissions used by an application or on Android or on its website, although that app does not yet have the data security information. If you want to know them, you must resort to a third-party application such as Aurora Store.

Aurora Store is a great alternative to Google Play that you can use even without signing in. What is in Google Play, is in Aurora Store, but also shows some technical information that Google hides from users, such as the version of Android on which it is based or if it uses known trackers.

Permissions still appear in the Aurora Store, an unofficial Google Play customer

This information also includes the Permissions section, where you can access the classic list with each and every one of the permissions that the application has included in its Manifest file.

What if you have an APK?

If you have the application on your mobile in APK format, then you will need another method to know what permissions it uses. One of the best options is to use the APKAnalyzer application, a great free app with which you can know a lot of information about an app before installing it, analyzing its APK file.

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APK Analyzer works both with the applications that you already have installed on your mobile and with any other that you have in APK format. In this case, you need to use the floating button to locate the APK file in the mobile storage.


After opening and analyzing the APK, in the Used permissions tab you can see all the permissions that the application includes in its Manifest file and decide if you want to install it or not based on it, as well as many other information from