United Kingdom Mobile App Statistics 2024
Last update: 18 Apr 2024 CET
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What Are the Most Common App Permissions Used by British Mobile Apps?

The following shows the top 10 most common app permissions used by British mobile Apps on Google PlayGoogle Play.

  • 1st

    Internet Access

    android.permission.INTERNET makes it possible for app publishers to create network sockets and use custom network protocols within their apps.

    97%
    Number of Apps
    35.96k+
    97%

    This permission is not required for internet connection however, as the mobile browser provides all apps with the ability to send data to the internet. 97% of the apps from British publishers use the Internet Access permission.

  • 2nd

    Network Information Access

    The android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE permission can be leveraged by app developers to enable their apps to view information about network connections.

    90%
    Number of Apps
    33.19k+
    90%

    This information includes such things as which networks exist and which already have connections. 90% of the apps from British publishers use the Network Information Access permission.

  • 3rd

    Phone Sleep Mode Preventation

    android.permission.WAKE_LOCK gives apps the ability to prevent the phone they are running on from going into sleep mode.

    76%
    Number of Apps
    28.15k+
    76%

    This is good for apps, like YouTube, that get extended periods of engagement that do not necessarily require the user to touch the screen or otherwise interact physically with the device. 76% of the apps from British publishers use the Phone Sleep Mode Preventation permission.

  • 4th

    Push Notification

    com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE can be used within apps to allow them to accept cloud to device messages sent by the app’s service.

    61%
    Number of Apps
    22.35k+
    61%

    It should be noted however, that using this service will incur data usage, and malicious apps could cause excess data usage. 61% of the apps from British publishers use the Push Notification permission.

  • 5th

    Write External Storage

    android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE makes it possible for app developers to enable their apps to modify or delete the contents of users’ SD cards.

    58%
    Number of Apps
    21.28k+
    58%

    58% of the apps from British publishers use the Write External Storage permission.

  • 6th

    Install Referrer

    Apps often advertise other apps. By leveraging com.google.android.finsky.permission.BIND_GET_INSTALL_REFERRER_SERVICE apps can make sure that installs of other apps launched via their ads are properly attributed.

    51%
    Number of Apps
    18.90k+
    51%

    51% of the apps from British publishers use the Install Referrer permission.

  • 7th

    Read External Storage

    The android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission allows app developers to enable their apps to read the contents of user SD cards.

    49%
    Number of Apps
    18.17k+
    49%

    49% of the apps from British publishers use the Read External Storage permission.

  • 8th

    Vibration

    android.permission.VIBRATE makes it possible for app builders to give their apps control over the vibrating function of the devices they are running on.

    44%
    Number of Apps
    16.19k+
    44%

    44% of the apps from British publishers use the Vibration permission.

  • 9th

    Start At Boot Time

    android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED gives apps the ability to start themselves as soon as the system it is running on has finished booting.

    42%
    Number of Apps
    15.68k+
    42%

    It should be noted, however, that this can often slow down the phone start time. In addition, it can slow down the device generally by enabling the app to run constantly. 42% of the apps from British publishers use the Start At Boot Time permission.

  • 10th

    android.permission.FOREGROUND_SERVICE

    41%
    Number of Apps
    15.08k+
    41%

    41% of the apps from British publishers use the android.permission.FOREGROUND_SERVICE permission.

This chart provides a near real-time ranking of the 10 most common app permissions used by British mobile Apps on Google PlayGoogle Play.

Currently, Internet Access is the most common, followed by Network Information Access, Phone Sleep Mode Preventation, Push Notification, and Write External Storage.

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