How does Scanbot for Android use permissions and for what?

Bennet Conrads -

In this article we describe how Scanbot for Android makes use of permissions. These permissions are needed to be able to let Scanbot work seamlessly and to a full extent. Please note that we comply with the strictest security standards. For further details also see our Privacy Policy.


  • WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE – allows us to save scanned documents.

  • READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE – allows us to upload saved documents to a cloud service.

  • CAMERA – Scanbot for Android uses this permission to be able to access the camera device to perform scanning.

  • GET_ACCOUNTS – is used to connect Google Drive to our app.
    This is a sub-permission of GET_CONTACTS. We don't access your contacts at all.

  • INTERNET – this permission is needed to let Scanbot access cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, OneDrive etc.

  • READ_GSERVICES – Scanbot uses this permission to be able to read Google’s services, which in turn is required to use these services, in particular Google Drive.

  • ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE – this permission is for your battery life as your data is only uploaded while there is Wi-Fi Internet connection.

  • WAKE_LOCK – is used to perform periodical synchronization with cloud services.

  • CHECK_LICENSE – we’re using this permission to verify that your application was installed from Google Play.

  • ACCESS_WIFI_STATE – we need this permission for being able to connect to a WiFI spot mentioned in a QR code.
  • CHANGE_WIFI_STATE – this one is also needed to access and change a WIFI spot mentioned in a QR code
  • ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION – this permission is needed to provide the correct location when using smart naming

  • ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION – this permission is needed as well to provide the correct location when using smart naming

  • READ_CALENDAR - this permission is used in Smart Naming. With Calendar permission you can use the names of your calendar entries as a part of your document names.


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