How to Toggle App Permissions in Android Marshmallow

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 12 Oct 2015

In Android, Marshmallow is now totally revamped, and how you manage app permissions. It’s a change that’s apparent every time you download an app from Play. You’ll get a new, more detailed permissions notice, but it goes much deeper than that. Don’t want Chrome to be able to see your location? Not a problem. With Android Marshmallow, You can pick and choose what sorts of information which system resources any given app can access. Here’s how to find and use this new feature. Open the Settings app, then tap Apps under the Device subheading. Next, tap the Gear icon in the upper-right corner, then tap App permissions on the following screen. From here, you’ll get a list of all the sensors, information. And the other features of your phone that apps can access. Tap on any of these to see which apps can get at that feature. For the sake of this tutorial. I’ll look to see which apps can access my phone’s camera to snap photos, so I’ll tap the camera.


Here you can see every app that can use your phones camera.

To revoke an app’s permission, tap the toggle switch to flip it to the Off position. It’ll switch from blue-green to gray. To re-grant permission, tap the toggle switch again.
By default, you’ll only see apps here, not Android system services. To see which system services have permission to access something. Tap the Options button, those three dots in the upper right, then tap Show system.

Viewing permissions on a per-app basis.

If you prefer to view permissions on a per-app basis rather than a per-feature basis, go to Settings > Apps, tap an app’s name, then tap App permissions. From there, you’ll see what features and information that particular app can access and toggle permissions accordingly.

Play’s permissions alert in Android Marshmallow. Tap the downward pointing arrows to get more information on what each means.

When you download an app from Play, you’ll get a message explaining the permissions an app requires, just as before. Still, it’ll now provide more information on the privacy implications. Unfortunately, most Android apps still don’t specifically say how they will use your data. Still, Android Marshmallow’s improved permissions features make it easier to make sense of a confusing state of affairs.

Note that some applications haven’t been adjusted to account for Android’s new pick, choose permission model. You can still toggle individual permissions, but it could cause those apps to behave weirdly or not work at all. If you have an app that isn’t working right, you may want to revisit its permissions.