Apps I use every day marked "unused", and permissions reset



  • The automatic permission removal of unused apps is a great feature that I quite like (and therefore don't want to necessarily disable for a bunch of apps). However, my phone does not correctly identify unused apps. There are apps I use every day that get their permissions removed every 3 months (seems to be the interval the phone checks).

    For example: I use Android Auto which calls up Maps (built-in Google Maps app) just about every day, and every so often, location permission for Maps gets revoked "due to not being used". I use Google Voice (via forwarding) for my voicemail, and permission for contacts gets revoked, etc.

    It would seem whatever is supposed to track app usage does not function, and I wonder if there's a way to diagnose/fix that?

    Under my Google account "Activity controls", I do have basically everything turned off for privacy, and I hope that's not the issue: (web and app activity -> off, location history -> off, YouTube history -> off, Ad personalization -> off)

    As of right now, at least several of the apps that got permissions revoked are listed in the battery usage statistics (from the last charge), so evidently some parts of the system can correctly track usage.

    Details:

    • Samsung A52 5G
    • Android 11 One UI 3.1 (using Nova launcher if that matters)

  • QA Engineer

    So, I don't know much about android or coding for it. But I had a similar problem with an app. It was an app that comes up automatically under certain use cases. I'm pretty sure it was a texting app. Well months would go by where I did not click on the app to open it. Only on notifications that popped up, and this would happen to me too. Unless I either closed the app in recently used applications and opened it, or went and pressed on the icon. I know when in the car Android auto can auto connect and give you a notification. Maybe that is why, I don't know I'm just spit balling, but, when I started to open the app at least once a month manually it stopped happening. This was a Galaxy S8 too, I have a pixel 4xl now. But that stopped it for me. Almost seemed like the OS forgot the app was running in the background. It's not an educated guess cause like I said I don't know a lot about Android, or various flavors of it, but maybe it's a similar issue?




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