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Why does the Android app ask for so many permissions?

We try to keep the permissions we ask for in the Splitwise Android app to the smallest number possible, but as we add more features, we've added more necessary permissions. Below you can see the current list of features that depend on permissions.

Push notifications
  • retrieve running apps
  • control vibration
  • prevent device from sleeping
Google login
  • find accounts on the device
  • use accounts on the device
Use contacts when adding friends and group members
  • read your contacts
Storing data locally for users with USB storage for apps
  • read the contents of your USB storage
  • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
PayPal payments (permissions dictated by PayPal)
  • view Wi-Fi connections
  • read phone status and identity
Background data sync
  • receive data from Internet
  • view network connections
  • full network access
  • read sync settings
  • toggle sync on and off
  • create accounts and set passwords

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