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eWeLink App Permissions Explained

When install eWeLink app on your phone or update a new version, it requires certain permissions in order to function on your phone. For example, the app might need to use your phone’s camera, or track your location. You can view and manage the permissions, choose which one to grant. You might worry about your privacy and data, or even have denied some permissions, which may affect normal usage of some functions. So it is very important to learn about these permissions. Below we’ll introduce you all the permissions eWeLink app asks for. Please note that once you have denied these permissions, related functions will not work.

1. Access and change files on internal storage: May activate when app auto-update, submit feedback, record short video with camera, or capture screenshot by camera. Permission notification is showed as below:

Allow this permission, the app can:

  • A. Save apk file on phone when the app auto-update.
  • B. Read and send the log that contain error message when submitting a feedback
  • C. Support camera related functions, such as record short videos and save on phone, capture screenshot and save to phone

2. Get device info: Obtain your phone IMEI number, it pops up when there is app update or when you enter into app. This permission is for non-native android 6.0. Permission notification is showed as below:

Allow this permission, the app can:

  • A. Obtain phone IMEI number. It allows you to directly log in eWeLink without entering account and password next time
  • B. Push alarm messages from eWeLink supported security equipment, such as camera, door lock

3. Access camera: Scan QR code to read the user manual of eWeLink supported products. Permission notification is showed as below:

Allow this permission, the app can:

  • A. Scan QR code to read the user manual of eWeLink supported products
  • B. Scan the QR code on GPRS/GSM and bluetooth device to do pairing

4. Get location info: Helps to add device. Permission notification is showed as below:

5. Change WLAN connectivity: Switch network when adding a device. Permission notification is showed as below:

This is a very important permission. Once allowing this permission, the app can scan WLAN network name and switch to connect WLAN network. This means the app can auto-search and add first generation eWeLink supported products, including Sonoff, Sonoff RF, Sonoff SV, S20 Smart Socket and Slampher.

Many users complain that they are failed to add the products to eWeLink. Most of them have denied this permission.

6. Record audio: Record audio for audio related products, such as smart camera.

7. Read the list of installed applications: U-push to check whether user has installed Mi Store. You’ll need to be view this permission on system settings.