Privacy in Android Q

Android Q extends the transparency and control that users have over data and app capabilities. For developers, these features can affect specific behaviors or data that your app may be depending on.

All developers should review the privacy features and test their apps. Impacts can vary based on each app's core functionality, targeting, and other factors.

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Top privacy changes

New limits on access to files in shared external storage. Apps can store in their own sandbox or in common collections for media and downloads.

New user option to allow access to device location only while your app is in the foreground.

New restrictions on launching activities from the background without user interaction.

New restrictions on access to device hardware identifiers such as IMEI, serial number, MAC, and similar data.

Apps now need FINE location permission to do wireless scans Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, telephony, and camera metadata.

Get started with privacy updates

  1. Review the privacy features — Learn about what's changing and assess your app.
  2. Test your app on Android QGet the Beta as soon as possible, test, migrate as needed.
  3. Update your app — Targeting Q if possible, test with users via beta channels or other groups.

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