Uses Permissions

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Project > Options > Uses Permissions

Use this dialog box to specify the permissions that your Android application requires to work. Appmethod adds the permissions you specify in the AndroidManifest.xml file.

For example:

  • InterBase requires certain permissions:
    • Internet: Allows applications to access network sockets. If you are building Client/Server apps accessing remote InterBase databases, this permission is a must-have. This permission is also required by InterBase "call home" silent license registration.
    • Read external storage/Write external storage: Allows access to the external storage location where InterBase files, including your database files, are delivered. This permission is required for applications to perform read/write operations.
  • Some FireMonkey components require certain permissions. For example:
    • TCalendarEdit requires Read calendar and Write calendar permissions.
    • TLocationSensor requires Access coarse location and Access fine location permissions.

Caution: Carefully review the list of permissions that are configured for your Android application. You should disable permissions that your application does not need, because:
  • Android devices prompt your users to accept every requested permission when they run your application for the first time.
  • Application stores such as Google Play may use permissions to filter out applications.
    For example, if your application requires the Call phone permission (which is required by default), application stores might not let users install your application on tablets.

Some Basic Android Permissions are Set for All FireMonkey Android Apps

New Android mobile applications have the following required permissions set by default:

Options Description

Target, Apply, Save

See Target Options.

Common items

See Common Items on Project Options Pages.

Basic Uses Permissions

The following uses permissions can be used as required for most Android applications. Some of the most commonly used basic permissions are preset by Appmethod when you create an Android app.

Permission Description

Access coarse location

Allows an app to access approximate location derived from network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi.

Access fine location

Allows an app to access precise location from location sources such as GPS, cell towers, and Wi-Fi.

Access location extra commands

Allows an application to access extra location provider commands.

Access mock location

Allows an application to create mock location providers for testing.

Access network state

Allows applications to access information about networks.

Access wifi state

Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.

Add voicemail

Allows an application to add voicemails into the system.

Authenticate accounts

Allows an application to act as an AccountAuthenticator for the AccountManager.

Battery stats

Allows an application to collect battery statistics.

Bind accessibility service

Must be required by an AccessibilityService, to ensure that only the system can bind to it.

Bind device admin

Must be required by device administration receiver, to ensure that only the system can interact with it.

Bind input method

Must be required by an InputMethodService, to ensure that only the system can bind to it.

Bind remoteviews

Must be required by a RemoteViewsService, to ensure that only the system can bind to it.

Bind text service

Must be required by a TextService.

Bind vpn service

Must be required by an VpnService, to ensure that only the system can bind to it.

Bind wallpaper

Must be required by a WallpaperService, to ensure that only the system can bind to it.

Bluetooth

Allows applications to connect to paired Bluetooth devices.

Bluetooth admin

Allows applications to discover and pair Bluetooth devices.

Broadcast sticky

Allows an application to broadcast sticky intents. These are broadcasts whose data is held by the system after being finished, so that clients can quickly retrieve that data without having to wait for the next broadcast.

Call phone

Allows an application to initiate a phone call without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call being placed.

Camera

Required to be able to access the camera device.

Change configuration

Allows an application to modify the current configuration, such as locale.

Change network state

Allows applications to change network connectivity state.

Change wifi multicast state

Allows applications to enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode.

Change wifi state

Allows applications to change Wi-Fi connectivity state.

Clear app cache

Allows an application to clear the caches of all installed applications on the device.

Disable keyguard

Allows applications to disable the keyguard.

Expand status bar

Allows an application to expand or collapse the status bar.

Flashlight

Allows access to the flashlight.

Get accounts

Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.

Get package size

Allows an application to find out the space used by any package.

Get tasks

Allows an application to get information about the currently or recently running tasks.

Global search

Allows the global search system to access the data of specific content providers.

Typically Global search is used when the provider has some permissions protecting it (which global search would not be expected to hold), and is added as a read-only permission to the path in the provider where global search queries are performed. The Global search permission cannot be held by regular applications; it is used by applications to protect themselves from all other applications except for global search.

Internet

Allows applications to open network sockets.

Kill background processes

Allows an application to call killBackgroundProcesses(String).

Manage accounts

Allows an application to manage the list of accounts in the AccountManager.

Modify audio settings

Allows an application to modify global audio settings.

NFC

Allows applications to perform I/O operations over NFC.

Process outgoing calls

Allows an application to monitor, modify, or abort outgoing calls.

Read calendar

Allows an application to read the user's calendar data.

Read call log

Allows an application to read the user's call log.

Read contacts

Allows an application to read the user's contacts data.

Read external storage

Allows an application to read from external storage.

Read history bookmarks

Allows an application to read (but not write) the user's browsing history and bookmarks.

Read phone state

Allows read only access to phone state.

Read profile

Allows an application to read the user's personal profile data.

Read SMS

Allows an application to read SMS messages.

Read social stream

Allows an application to read from the user's social stream.

Read sync settings

Allows applications to read the sync settings.

Read sync stats

Allows applications to read the sync stats.

Read user dictionary

Allows an application to read the user dictionary.

Receive boot completed

Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting.

Receive MMS

Allows an application to monitor incoming MMS messages, to record or perform processing on them.

Receive SMS

Allows an application to monitor incoming SMS messages, to record or perform processing on them.

Receive WAP push

Allows an application to monitor incoming WAP push messages.

Record audio

Allows an application to record audio.

Reorder tasks

Allows an application to change the Z-order of tasks.

Send SMS

Allows an application to send SMS messages.

Set alarm

Allows an application to broadcast an Intent to set an alarm for the user.

Set time zone

Allows applications to set the system time zone.

Set wallpaper

Allows applications to set the wallpaper.

Set wallpaper hints

Allows applications to set the wallpaper hints.

Subscribed feeds read

Allows an application to allow access the subscribed feeds ContentProvider.

Subscribed feeds write

Allows an application to allow write the subscribed feeds ContentProvider.

System alert window

Allows an application to open windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other applications.

Use credentials

Allows an application to request authtokens from the AccountManager.

Use SIP

Allows an application to use SIP service.

Vending billing (In-app Billing)

Allows using the In-app Billing service. See the Android documentation for additional information.

Vibrate

Allows access to the vibrator.

Wake lock

Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.

Write calendar

Allows an application to write (but not read) the user's calendar data.

Write call log

Allows an application to write (but not read) the user's contacts data.

Write contacts

Allows an application to write (but not read) the user's contacts data.

Write external storage

Allows an application to write to external storage.

Write history bookmarks

Allows an application to write (but not read) the user's browsing history and bookmarks.

Write profile

Allows an application to write (but not read) the user's personal profile data.

Write settings

Allows an application to read or write the system settings.

Write SMS

Allows an application to write SMS messages.

Write social stream

Allows an application to write (but not read) the user's social stream data.

Write sync settings

Allows applications to write the sync settings.

Write user dictionary

Allows an application to write to the user dictionary.

The documentation in the Description column of the table above is licensed under Apache 2.0. Copyright © Android Open Source Project.

Advanced Uses Permissions

The following uses permissions are only necessary for advanced Android features, and most applications should not need any of them.

Items Description

Access checkin properties

Allows read/write access to the "properties" table in the checkin database, to change values that get uploaded.

Access surface flinger

Allows an application to use SurfaceFlinger's low level features.

Account manager

Allows applications to call into AccountAuthenticators.

Bind appwidget

Allows an application to tell the AppWidget service which application can access AppWidget's data.

Brick

Required to be able to disable the device (very dangerous!).

Broadcast package removed

Allows an application to broadcast a notification that an application package has been removed.

Broadcast sms

Allows an application to broadcast an SMS receipt notification.

Broadcast WAP PUSH

Allows an application to broadcast a WAP PUSH receipt notification.

Call privileged

Allows an application to call any phone number, including emergency numbers, without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call being placed.

Change component enabled state

Allows an application to change whether an application component (other than its own) is enabled or not.

Clear app user data

Allows an application to clear user data.

Control location updates

Allows enabling/disabling location update notifications from the radio. Not for use by normal applications.

Delete cache files

Allows an application to delete cache files.

Delete packages

Allows an application to delete packages.

Device power

Allows low-level access to power management.

Diagnostic

Allows applications to RW to diagnostic resources.

DUMP

Allows an application to retrieve state dump information from system services.

Factory test

Run as a manufacturer test application, running as the root user. Only available when the device is running in manufacturer test mode.

Force back

Allows an application to force a BACK operation on whatever is the top activity.

Hardware test

Allows access to hardware peripherals. Intended only for hardware testing.

Inject events

Allows an application to inject user events (keys, touch, trackball) into the event stream and deliver them to ANY window.

Install location provider

Allows an application to install a location provider into the Location Manager.

Install packages

Allows an application to install packages.

Internal system window

Allows an application to open windows that are for use by parts of the system user interface.

Manage application tokens

Allows an application to manage (create, destroy, Z-order) application tokens in the window manager. This is only for use by the system.

Master clear

Allows you to call CheckinService.masterClear(), which resets the device settings to factory defaults and removes any user data.

Modify phone state

Allows modification of the telephony state - power on, mmi, etc. This is only for use by the system.

Mount format filesystems

Allows formatting file systems for removable storage.

Mount unmount filesystems

Allows mounting and unmounting file systems for removable storage.

Read frame buffer

Allows an application to take screen shots and more generally get access to the frame buffer data.

Read logs

Allows an application to read the low-level system log files.

Reboot

Required to be able to reboot the device.

Set activity watcher

Allows an application to watch and control how activities are started globally in the system.

Set always finish

Allows an application to control whether activities are immediately finished when put in the background.

Set animation scale

Modify the global animation scaling factor.

Set debug app

Configure an application for debugging.

Set orientation

Allows low-level access to setting the orientation (actually rotation) of the screen.

Set pointer speed

Allows low-level access to setting the pointer speed.

Set process limit

Allows an application to set the maximum number of (not needed) application processes that can be running.

Set time

Allows applications to set the system time.

Signal persistent processes

Allows an application to request that a signal be sent to all persistent processes.

Status bar

Allows an application to open, close, or disable the status bar and its icons.

Update device stats

Allows an application to update device statistics.

Write apn settings

Allows applications to write the apn settings.

Write Google services

Allows an application to modify the Google service map.

Write secure settings

Allows an application to read or write the secure system settings.

The documentation in the Description column of the table above is licensed under Apache 2.0. Copyright © Android Open Source Project.

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