Android Permissions

We utilize Google play store to avoid fake “ProtonMail apps” being distributed. The Play store provides security functionality that only allows the owner of an application to publish updates to the application. This keeps our users safe from malicious apps that may try to impersonate ProtonMail.For more details, please see related discussion here.

We plan on hosting the ProtonMail Android APK in the future.

Permissions

Device & app history: Helps save battery life while using the ProtonMail app, and keeps your app secure by allowing PIN lock functionality. This permission gives the app the ability to know if it is being actively used or in the background of the device.

Identity: Allows push notifications when you receive new messages through the ProtonMail app. Unfortunately this is the only solution to provide push notifications at this time. We will continue to look for alternate solutions.

Contacts: ProtonMail syncs your device contacts with the app, allowing you seamless access. Contacts from your device are not uploaded to your ProtonMail account.

Photos/Media/Files: Access to files is needed to send and receive attachments.

 

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  1. john

    I type on Samsung Android in English and my friend can read my texts ok. My friend also has Samsung Android but her texts are mixed up rubbish. I think it may be because she is typing English on a French azerty keyboard. Her address is experte@protonmail.com my proton address is sputnikdan@protonmail.com. Can you help her by sending a message. We are not computer literate people.

  2. ProtonMail Support

    Please contact us on contact@protonmail.ch or via the Report bug button.

  3. Robert

    A test mail indicates the email being sent will end up in junk mail of receiver – perhaps because it appears to come from out of USA. When emailing someone new they will not have you in their address book. Any comments?

  4. ProtonMail Support

    All messages arrive in your inbox, unless you have a filter that sends messages to the Spam folder, or a custom filter that you have set up. For now the custom filters are available only for the Visionary users.

  5. ben

    Waiting for the APK…. Why did you even decide to use Google Play? You probably know it has a backdoor which basically gives access to the entire OS.. Use spyware to download secure software… Mozila has solved the problem by implementing a self-updating feature on Firefox for android.

  6. ProtonMail Support

    As it is stated in this article, we utilize Google play store to avoid fake “ProtonMail apps” being distributed. The Play store provides security functionality that only allows the owner of an application to publish updates to the application.

  7. jakko

    Yes, but Google is one of the worst offenders of privacy invasion… they’re too big and to do anything within the entire Google family you have to give/allow access to other data in your profiles. I use some Google products but not when I want privacy, secure mail. The fact that I use their Gmail which means I have a Google account, I have to sign in to access their Play Store and would rather not have them know every single thing I download; most of which they know already but they are not my ISP.

    I had been looking for an apk download for the android app as well. I think I’ll need to install a Tor browser for things like that or other important or private document transfers since I’m accessing through non-tor windows site on Google Chrome now to get started. So then I searched for your GitHub, where many apps that come as apk are in repository.

    I have Tor browser on my DROID android and tried to see if link there, from your onion site would list a link for apk file download and was surprised.

    I completely understand about not wanting fake ProtonMail apps, but thought they would not show up on your onion site as easily as they might elsewhere including Google. Just my preference.

  8. Paul Richards

    As you must have gathered by now, many people do not want to use Google Play Services for precisely the same reason that they want to use Protonmail: privacy. You said in mid 2016 that you would be hosting the APK yourself, but that doesn’t appear to have happened, unless I have overlooked something. When will this happen?

  9. Denis English

    Using your Android app then, I have the choice of sending my email in encrypted or non-encrypted form. If I send them non-encrypted, any recipient can read them but if they are sent encrypted, my recipients need a key sent to them separately, correct? Do I make that choice in “settings”?

  10. ProtonMail Support

    When sending to a non-ProtonMail user, you select the password for the message when activating the encryption for outside users: https://protonmail.com/support/knowledge-base/encrypt-for-outside-users/.

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