How to Revoke an App's Permissions

Many apps use permissions to access your personal information via social networks. In some cases, this is done in order to personalize your in-app experience. In others, permissions are in place so that you can easily share your app statistics and information on Facebook or Twitter. The issue is that many mobile users don’t actually realize that these permissions are in place, and therefore feel like their privacy has been infringed upon when they discover that their apps are mining information about them.

If you don’t like the thought of your apps accessing your social profiles, it’s pretty easy to revoke all (or most) app permissions. Follow the steps below to do so on your iOS device.

Step 1
On your iOS device, go to the app store and search for “permissions.” You should find a free app called MyPermissions (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/permissions/id535720736?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4) as your top result. Download it to your device.

Step 2
Once the download is completed, launch the MyPermissions app. You will have to sign up for an account by providing an email address and a password.

Step 3
After securing an account, you will be prompted to add social media services to the app. Log in to your Facebook, your Twitter, and any other social platforms within the app to scan them for permissions. The app will tell you which apps have access to your social media information, and will give you the option to revoke those permissions.

Recap
Mobile apps can be fun and helpful, but sometimes, they get a little bit too close to your personal information. With the MyPermissions app, you will be able to keep better tabs on your apps and their permissions—in turn giving you greater control over your own privacy.
 
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