Why do some Android apps need permission to update?

Kamil K September 18, 2013

Hi everybody, how are you? Why do some apps on my Android tablet need permission to update even though the app has “update automatically” checkmarked?
Thanks :)

  1. Nikhil G
    October 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Each app has a permission list. You need to accept them while installing the app. The auto-update would work fine till the time the permission list doesn't change.

    If the application requires more permission, it will ask you during the next update. Hope this helps.

  2. Hovsep A
    September 19, 2013 at 8:09 am

    perhaps they changed permission list so they need approval.

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  3. Alan W
    September 19, 2013 at 6:40 am

    In a couple of words, so they can access your details etc.

  4. Dalsan M
    September 19, 2013 at 5:19 am

    There are newer policies that Google made so that users can be informed of any "questionable" permissions apps have, basically so users cannot sue them for not letting the user know of the activities the apps may take. Most users do not take the time to read and learn what the possibilities are when apps are allowed certain permissions (such as wallpapers needing to have permission to view your contact list and access your phone dialer). Many apps should not have such permissions to work, but the permissions are there, and if you choose not to allow the permissions, the apps won't install. It's just a warning that you cannot sue them for ignoring their warnings.