Just like our latest smartphones apps acquires permission to access our phone’s certain features like camera, location, microphone, app gallery etc. similarly Windows 10 provides this feature for certain apps to allow and disallow access for certain desktop features to be manipulated. Windows 10 allows you to take control of app permissions like camera, documents, location, photos, and microphone. Some Windows apps like Traditional Windows app has no way to be controlled and they have all the permissions, so only apps that are downloaded from the store also known as Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps can be controlled. So in this article, I will walk you through each feature and step from where you can manage app permissions in Windows 10.
So let’s start with the step-wise guide.
Step 1: From Windows Start Menu App Tiles
The Windows universal apps are mainly located on the Windows start menu in the form on Tiles. So to access them first click on the Windows Start icon, from the Windows app Tiles, right-click on the app as we did on the Calendar app as highlighted above. From the menu, hover the pointer on the More option which will cascade another menu as shown above. From this menu click on the App settings as highlighted above.
After clicking on the Apps Settings, you will be directed to the Apps Settings Windows as shown above. From the App settings windows, under the App permissions, you can see a list of features that the specific apps have access to. With each feature of App permission as a toggle button against it, this toggle button turns the access of feature to be ON or OFF.
Similarly, you manage permissions of other apps.
Step 2: Manage Permissions from App and Features
Another way to manage permissions in the Windows 10 is by manipulating the settings of App and features from the Windows settings.
To open Apps and Features settings, open up the window start menu and then click on the Settings icon as highlighted above.
From the Windows Settings, click on the Apps settings option as highlighted above.
In the Apps settings, click Apps & features from the navigation pane as highlighted above. From the Apps & features, scroll down where you can see a list of apps as shown above. Click on the particular app which will enable you the app’s advanced options button as highlighted above. Now click on the Advanced options button.
From the Advanced option, you will be directed to the App Settings, under App permissions you can control the features that the app has access to as highlighted above.
Step 3: Manage App permission from Privacy Settings
From the Windows Settings, click on the Privacy settings option as highlighted above.
From the left navigation Pane, scroll down to the App permissions as shown above. From App permissions, you can see a list of features that have access to certain apps. Click on the particular feature from the Privacy navigation pane as shown above. From the feature, (Location in our case) scroll down to the Choose apps that can use your precise location as highlighted above. From here you can toggle control which app can access the specific feature.
Similarly, from the navigation pane, you can manage the App permissions of Camera, Microphone, Contacts, Calendar, Email, Photos, Videos, and Documents. The other features might not show the apps they have access to not only because they might not use by any app but also because they have some system settings that shouldn’t be manipulated, so we don’t recommend changing them.
That’s it! Hope this article helped you to know how to manage App permissions in Windows 10. If you have any query or found any other way to manage permissions, we would like to know in the comment section below.