Malwarebytes permission functions on Android device

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Malwarebytes on Android devices offers several protection layers which require user permission to function. Below are descriptions for each different permission and how Malwarebytes uses them.


Device Administrator

This setting gives Malwarebytes full permissions on your device. This allows us to protect you from ransomware, to enable Real-Time Protection features and to safeguard against the possibility of malware uninstalling Malwarebytes. This setting is only available to Premium and Trial users.


Access SMS

Malwarebytes requires SMS permission to filter phishing messages in SMS, perform SMS device control, and show recovery instructions in case of a screen lock due to ransomware.


Usage Access

This permission provides additional meta-information on Apps installed which may require this information, such as Real-Time protection or Your apps screen.



This permission is required for monitoring all HTTP/HTTPS calls as part of the Safe Browsing feature. When activated, Safe Browsing Service monitors text on screen, paying special attention to web URLs and email links. When it finds a potentially malicious link, it scans the link against known phishing URLs to find a match and block. The user is notified if anything suspicious is found.


Access Storage

Malwarebyte's Real-Time Protection requires Storage access to perform any manual or scheduled scanning operations.


Draw over other apps

This permission allows an app to show a "popup" window above all other apps, even if the app is not in the foreground. This Android permission helps Malwarebytes notify users of malicious web links or attachments before they cause problems. When switching SMS Device Control to On, Malwarebytes first checks if Draw over other apps and Device Administrator are enabled. If any are not enabled, a prompt appears to ask permission to enable them. Once all prerequisites are granted, Malwarebytes prompts the user to create a PIN number which is used for Remote SMS Control functions.


Contacts and/or Phone

Contacts, Call Log, and any other Phone related permissions are required for Call Protection functionality.



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