Allow or deny Apps permission to access Account info, Name and Picture

Every application that we use in Windows 10 by default has its own set of permissions. It allows or denies the interactions between a few other applications based on its own needs. Sometimes, you may have noticed a message displayed on your system screen, prompting, This app wants to access your account info or This app wants to access your pictures. And these are followed by two buttons asking to either “Allow” or “Deny”. You can always click on any of these, based on your choice, which determines the permission of your application.

Account info, Name and Picture

In Windows 10, users can allow or deny apps to access their account info, name, picture, and other account info. Read on to know how to change Privacy settings to allow or deny apps permission to access account info for your account, for all users, and specific apps in Windows 10.

Allow or deny Apps permission to access Account info, Name & Picture

In Windows 10, your user account information is part of the ‘Privacy’ data, which can be easily controlled with the ‘Settings’ application. You can revoke or grant access permissions for your account info, for all users, and specific apps. Here’s how to do that:

Allow/deny apps permission to account info for yourself

Apps permission

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Privacy to continue.
  3. Scroll down and select Account info.
  4. Turn off Allow apps to access your account info.

Denying access will block apps from accessing your account info.

Note: When you allow access, you can select which apps can access your name, picture, and other account info by using the settings on this page.

Allow/deny apps access to account info for all users

Apps permission

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on the Privacy icon.
  3. Scroll down and select Account info on the left side.
  4. Click the Change button under Allow access to account info on this device.
  5. Turn off Account info access for this device.

This setting will turn off account info access for all the users, thereby ensuring none of the apps on your system can access your account info, name or pictures. When this setting is disabled, it automatically disables account info access for all the apps as well.

Allow/deny specific apps access your account info in settings

Apps permission

When the toggle switch under ‘Allows apps to access your account info’ is turned on, all apps get access permissions by default. You might want to customize app access permissions for individual apps, follow the below steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on the Privacy icon.
  3. Scroll down and select Account info on the left side.
  4. Under Choose which apps can access your account info turn On or Off apps that you want to share or not share your details with.

You can easily control account info access for specific apps discretely. Every listed app under Choose which apps can access your account info has its toggle option which can be enabled or disabled.

Final Thoughts

Windows 10 provides a wealth of data access, which can make applications a lot more useful and valuable. But these capabilities construct an easy gate for even the not so useful apps to unnecessarily accessing our data. Now since you know how to manage app permissions, you now have better control on sharing of your account info on Windows 10.

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Ankit Gupta is a writer by profession and has more than 7 years of global writing experience on technology and other areas. He follows technological developments and likes to write about Windows & IT security. He has a deep liking for wild life and has written a book on Top Tiger Parks of India.

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