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Samsung Health Update - permission to make and manage phone calls?

(Topic created on: 17/04/21 23:32)
Tony_B
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I have just been prompted to update the Samsung Health app.

During the process it requested permission to "make and manage phone calls"

Why does it need this?

So far I have denied this permission, the app upgrade process does not complete, and I cannot revert to the existing version.

So I am stuck until I give permission for something that I do not understand.

Can anyone advise why this permission is required?

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GoanGeek
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I guess if you have a watch which can make phone calls then it can use it with all the other functions .

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GoanGeek
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I guess if you have a watch which can make phone calls then it can use it with all the other functions .

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papashaun
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Don't know why it needs it - I gave it the initial permission so the app worked then immediately went in to Settings- Apps - Samsung Health and removed the phone permission and the app still works
Tony_B
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Yes - silly me...I had forgotten that the Watch 3 can accept and make calls, without having to touch the phone.

Note to self:  Do not attempt anything technical after consuming alcohol whilst enjoying the sunshine...;-)

GrumpyG33k
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The watch is not the issue, it's the fact that they want the health app to manage your phone calls. that to me is a no way!

Papashaun provides a good workaround.

As customers we should not need to do this and Samsung should really help us with our privacy rather that exploit it.

I just hope that it was a mistake, someone may have left the mandatory all permissions ticked.

Will have to look for a new fitness app now.

I think Samsung has behaved shockingly on this, I think everyone has increased their fitness during the lockdowns and are doing what they can to measure progress.

 

Very unhappy.

Beamma
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I think it's because they use it for the 2 Factor Authentication, they force you to set up next.

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Wrong answer.

Where is the official explanation?
My old samsung watch has used the telephone to make calls for years without this permission - and synced exercise data.

Others suggest that samsung is looking for an unique ID for selling marketing data.

Bad behaviour from samsung.

Now looking for an alternative.

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SteveM51UK
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Just to say, that tip worked for me too. Thanks for posting it.
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VickyVey
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I'm uninstalling any app that wants full permission
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