Permission is only granted to system app

The question:

I have a System app that uses system permissions and I have those permissions listed in the manifest. Eclipse gives the following error when I try to make a build(command line build works):

Permission is only granted to system apps

I’m already aware that my app requires system permissions and it is not a problem for me because my application will be used only on rooted phones. So I want to suppress this error, anyone knows how?

My project already compiles fine on command line, installs, runs etc.. My problem is about eclipse giving an error for a legit manifest file.

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

In Eclipse:

Window -> Preferences -> Android -> Lint Error Checking.

In the list find an entry with ID = ProtectedPermission. Set the Severity to something lower than Error. This way you can still compile the project using Eclipse.

In Android Studio:

File -> Settings -> Editor -> Inspections

Under Android Lint, locate Using system app permission. Either uncheck the checkbox or choose a Severity lower than Error.

Method 2

To ignore this error for one instance only, add the tools:ignore="ProtectedPermissions" attribute to your permission declaration. Here is an example:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_PRIVILEGED_PHONE_STATE"
    tools:ignore="ProtectedPermissions" />

You have to add tools namespace in the manifest root element

<manifest xmlns:android=""

Method 3

Have same error from time to time (when I set install location to “prefer external” in manifest). Just clean and rebuild project. Works for me.

Method 4


Try adding this attribute to that permission.

Method 5

Path In Android Studio in mac:

Android Studio -> Preferences -> Editor -> Inspections

Expand Android -> Expand Lint -> Expand Correctness

Uncheck the checkbox for Using system app permission

Click on “APPLY” -> “OK”

Method 6

when your add permission in manifest then
in eclipse go to project and clic

  1. click on project
  2. click on clean project
    that’s all

k on clean project

Method 7

Preferences –> EditorEditor –> Inspections –> Android Lint –> uncheck item Using System app permissio

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