- Apr 24, 2016
Google announced today that support for a recently released Android privacy protection feature would be backported to billions of devices running older Android versions later this year.
The permission auto-reset feature, first introduced with Android 11, is designed to protect users' privacy by automatically removing runtime permissions for apps that haven't been used for months.
Runtime permissions (aka dangerous permissions), as Google explains, display prompts to request access to sensitive or private user data.
When this feature starts rolling out to older Android devices, it will be made available on all devices with Google Play services and running Android 6.0 (API level 23) up to and including Android 10 (API level 29).
"Starting in December 2021, we are expanding this to billions more devices. This feature will automatically be enabled on devices with Google Play services that are running Android 6.0 (API level 23) or higher," Google explained.
"On these devices, users can now go to the auto-reset settings page and enable/disable auto-reset for specific apps.
"The system will start to automatically reset the permissions of unused apps a few weeks after the feature launches on a device."