iOS vs Android Permissions: Why iOS is Better

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Gone are the days when Android geeks used to feel privileged for having a permission system for all individual apps. Today, iOS has a seamless permission system wherein the app users are able to make a number of decisions. Plus, the iOS permission system is far more practical compared to the permission system incorporated within the Android powered apps. In this post, I’ll be discussing key differences between iOS and Android permissions, thereby helping you understand why iOS permissions are better compared to Android permissions.


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Exposing users to risks

Unlike iOS, Android doesn’t offer users a control over the kind of permissions that the apps could have. That means, if the user doesn’t like a particular app permission, he/she is completely refrained from installing the app and its components. On the other hand, Apple has offered users the convenience of installing the iOS apps and when at a later point in time a certain kind of functionality is required, the user is prompted to give his/her permission.

Comfort level of normal users

If you’re a normal user who is interested in playing mobile games without getting your contacts and location collected by the app, then ditching Android for iOS will help you. With iOS app permissions, you are able to attain a greater control over the game, thereby preventing the security of your personal details from getting compromised in any way.

Management of app permissions

Even though Android (version 4.3) is equipped with a default settings menu that manages app permissions, this menu is usually not visible and not accessible to app users. That means, in order to manage your app permissions (post app installation) you need to invest a great deal of time and effort.

‘Use it or leave it’ VS ‘Use it as you like it’

With Android apps, you can either choose to allow all app permission during the installation process or just opt for not installing the app. iOS users, however, can go ahead with accepting some app permissions, while denying others. That means, you can install an iOS app whether you choose to accept or deny any of the app permissions. All in all, the iOS app permission system renders an in-depth understanding of the scenario of accepting or rejecting a specific app permission.

Reason for a particular app permission

While the Android apps don’t inform you about the reason(s) behind particular permission(s), iOS apps specify the reason(s) behind permissions expected from the user at the time of app installation.

Clarity about all the app permissions

Since Android app installation just informs you about all the permissions, you’re left confused as to what the app is going to do with all the permissions granted by you. On the contrary, iOS apps offer a clear explanation of when and how the permission would be used.

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Knowing the device elements that the app would be accessing

Though Android has always stayed ahead of iOS in context of user-friendliness; the Android app permissions don’t tell anything about the smartphone elements that would be accessed and used by the app. In contrast to this, iOS app permissions inform the user about the different device elements that would be accessed by the app.


Unlike the Android app permission system, the iOS app permission system will alert the users about the privacy settings the very first time when the app tries accessing a particular element like photos, videos, contacts etc. Therefore, iOS users are well aware about the right time at which they should change the privacy settings for keeping their device safe from spamming attacks and annoying bulk advertisements.

To Conclude

Defenders of Android app permissions need to realize the fact that denying app permissions can easily lead to app crashes. Here’s hoping the Android app permission problems highlighted in the above post will motivate you to shift to iOS which is equipped with a much simpler and intuitive app permission architecture.

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