Granting App Permissions Using ADB Without Root

Granting App Permissions Using ADB Without Root

21 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Managing app permissions is a crucial aspect of Android development. Sometimes, developers need to grant permissions programmatically using ADB (Android Debug Bridge) commands. However, doing this without root access can pose challenges. This guide will provide you with effective steps to grant permissions using ADB without requiring root privileges.

Enabling Developer Options

To begin, you need to enable Developer Options on your Android device:

  • Open the Settings app on your device.
  • Scroll down and select About phone.
  • Find the Build number and tap it seven times until you see a message indicating that Developer Options have been enabled.

Configuring USB Debugging and Security Settings

Next, you need to configure USB debugging and additional security settings:

  1. Navigate back to the Settings menu.
  2. Scroll down to Developer Options and tap to enter.
  3. Enable USB Debugging.
  4. Scroll further down and enable USB Debugging (Security settings). This option allows the device to grant permissions and simulate input via USB debugging.
  5. Restart your device to ensure the changes take effect.

Granting Permissions Using ADB

With the necessary settings configured, you can now use ADB to grant permissions:

  1. Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Open a terminal or command prompt on your computer.
  3. Verify that your device is recognized by ADB with the following command:
  4. adb devices
  5. If your device is listed, you can proceed to grant permissions. Use the following command, replacing packageName and permissionName with the appropriate values for your app:
  6. adb shell pm grant packageName permissionName
  7. To ensure the changes take effect, you may need to force stop the app before granting permissions:
  8. adb shell am force-stop packageName

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter issues, here are some additional tips to consider:

  • Ensure that USB Debugging (Security settings) is enabled and that you have confirmed all warning prompts.
  • Make sure your device is in File Transfer mode when connected via USB.
  • Restart both your device and computer to refresh the ADB connection.

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