App permissions

Some apps or games in the Windows Store are designed to take advantage of specific hardware or software capabilties on your Windows device. For example, a photo app might need to use your phone's camera, or a restaurant guide might use your location to recommend nearby places.

In Windows 10, in many cases, you can choose which apps can use a particular feature. Go to Start > Settings > Privacy. Select the app (for example, Calendar) and select which app permissions are on or off. Apps with permission to “Use all system resources” are not listed. You can't use Windows Privacy Settings to control which individual capabilities these apps can use.

For apps that don't have permission to “Use all system resources” you can use Windows Privacy Settings to control individual capabilities.

To see the capabilities for an app, go to the app product page in Windows Store. If you don’t want an app to use any of the features listed, you can choose not to install it.

More information on some Permissions

Use all system resources: May use any system resource (such as camera, microphone, or location) without further notification. You can't control app permissions for individual system resources via Windows Privacy Settings.

Use your location: May access your location data from your device. Control of this resource may be found in Windows Privacy Settings.

Use your webcam: May activate and use the camera on your device. Control of this resource may be found in Windows Privacy Settings.

Use your microphone: May activate and use the microphone on your device. Control of this resource may be found in Windows Privacy Settings.

Use your music library: May access any music files from the Music library on your device.

Use your pictures library: May access any picture files from the Pictures library on your device.

Use your video library: May access any video files from the Video library on your device.

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Article ID: 10557 - Last Review: Nov 7, 2016 - Revision: 13

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