The Android 11 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

The Android 11 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

If you're lucky enough to be in the first batch of recipients, you might already have Android 11 up and running on your phone; if not, it'll be rolling out to your handset in the weeks and the months ahead.


As with most major Android updates, security and privacy features get plenty of attention, and there are now more integrated tools and options than ever to keep you and your smartphone safe from snoops and data thieves. Let's take a look at them.


One-Time Permissions


You're likely familiar with the process of granting apps permission to parts of your phone like the microphone and camera, but with Android 11 there's a new setting to be aware of: A one-time permission that means that an app can use your camera (or microphone, or location) for now, but will have to ask again next time it wants access.

It's perfect for apps that you don't altogether trust or that you don't use very often—it's less suitable for apps that you always use (approving Instagram's access to the camera every time you want to take a snap would quickly get tiresome).


You'll see the new option appear on key permissions—camera, microphone, location—when apps need them, so choose wisely. Android 11 has another new and related feature that's less obvious: If you don't use an app for a few months, all its previous permissions will be reset, and it will need to request them again.





Permissions will be reset on apps you don't use.


Screenshot: David Nield

Scoped Storage


Not very exciting from an end-user perspective, but import ..