Zero Permissions Required; Some Permissions Optional

Basic Features require Zero Permissions

On all recent versions of Android from Marshmallow and above, Hermit requires absolutely no permissions to work. That means you can set up Lite Apps, run them, and use as many features as possible without granting a single permission.

Compare this to many other browser apps that refuse to run unless you grant it access to sensitive information such as your Device ID, or SMS, or all sorts of permissions unrelated to the core functions of the app, that are used solely for tracking and advertising purposes.

With Hermit, the basic browser features work with zero permissions.

Advanced Features require Relevant Permissions

But we don’t want to stop at building a basic browser, we want to make it a full-featured browser. So if you do want to use any of the advanced features, you must grant additional permissions that are relevant to the feature.

For example:

Not Yet Running Android Marshmallow?

If you have a really old device running Android Lollipop, Android gives you no option to pick and choose your permissions. There is absolutely nothing we can do about it from our end, except recommending that you should try to get an updated Android OS or a new phone as soon as possible.