What Is The Privacy Dashboard In Android 12? What Does It Do?

Have more control over app permissions!

what is privacy dashboard in Android 12
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Google’s eighteenth iteration of Android, Android 12, brought much-needed features and improvements, making the version one of the biggest Android updates in the OS’s history. One of the welcome additions to Android 12 was the Privacy Dashboard. If you’re unaware of the same, take a look at what the Privacy Dashboard is for Android 12.

What is the Privacy Dashboard?

As the name suggests, the Privacy Dashboard gives you insights into how all apps access your device’s system resources at a particular time in the last 24 hours. The feature is currently only available on Android 12, and you can access the same by going to Settings > Privacy and Security > Privacy Dashboard. Here’s what the feature helps you track:

  • Location
  • Camera
  • Microphone
  • Body Sensors
  • Calendar
  • Call logs
  • Contacts
  • Files and Media
  • Nearby Devices
  • Phone
  • Physical Activity
  • SMS

How does It work?

Now, the timestamps of apps usage are shown only in the case of Location, Camera, and Microphone. Whereas, in other options, only the apps allowed or not allowed to access the option are shown. 

Privacy Dashboard home screen
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For example, I’ve allowed only these apps to access my Calendar on my phone. The apps that were not permitted to access the same can be found by scrolling to the bottom, in the “Not allowed” section.

Privacy Dashboard Calendar and permissions
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Heading over to the locating usage section, you can see that every app’s timestamps are very well laid out. Tap on a particular app will take you to the app’s permissions list, where you can enable or disable the same.

Privacy Dashboard allowed location usage timestamps manage permissions
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Tapping on the Manage permission button in Location usage will take you to the Location settings. There you can see the list of apps that can access your location. You can then enable or disable the same.

Speaking of Location, Google also added a cool feature where you can choose to give the app your precise location or approximate location, which was also a cool addition. The feature is not limited to third-party apps; you can also see system apps by tapping on the three dots on the top-right corner > Show System.

Overall, we think Privacy Dashboard is a helpful and thought-out feature that helps you gain more control. If you’re interested in learning more about Android 12, check out our comprehensive Android 12 guide about the features that make it the best Android release ever (and the features that people didn’t like much).

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Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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