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. 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?

  8. 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”?

  9. 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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