Many of the apps that you install on your iPhone will want access to some of the default apps and files on the device. In many cases these permissions make sense. For example, an app that allows voice search is going to need access to your microphone so that it can hear your voice.
But some of these permissions might seem a little strange when you think about them, which can lead you to wonder about which apps have access to different places on your iPhone. One menu that’s worth checking is the one that shows which apps have access to your Photos. Our guide below will show you where to find this information so that you can decide if any of the apps on that menu don’t really need access to your iPhone’s photo album.
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How to Check Photos Permissions on an iPhone 7
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.2. Note that you will be able to disable permissions for any app with access to your Photos that is shown on the menu in the final step below. If you open that app later and find that it isn’t working because you have disabled the permissions, you can always return to that menu and re-enable those permissions later.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Privacy option.
Step 3: Touch the Photos button.
Step 4: Tap the button to the right of any listed app for which you wish to change their Photos permissions.
Step 5: Choose whether that app has Read & Write access, or if it should Never have access.
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Gary Thompson has been in IT consulting since the mid 2000s, and enjoys writing about mobile devices and computers. His primary topics of interest include iPhones and Windows, but he has written about many other devices and applications.