We’ve run into the same problems and our app got suspended because of this (we didn’t notice these permissions until later). This causes Google to consider the app harmful and deceptive, since it starts on boot and requests permission to install additional pacakges.
Is there something wrong with the Expo build service?
List of additional permissions the standalone app will request upon installation,
along with the minimum necessary for an Expo app to function.
To use ALL permissions supported by Expo, do not specify the "permissions" key.
To use ONLY the following minimum necessary permissions and none of the extras supported
by Expo, set "permissions" to . The minimum necessary permissions do not require a
• receive data from Internet
• view network connections
• full network access
• change your audio settings
• draw over other apps
• prevent device from sleeping
To use the minimum necessary permissions ALONG with certain additional permissions,
specify those extras in "permissions", e.g.
ExpoKit: to change the permissions your app requests, you'll need to edit
AndroidManifest.xml manually. To prevent your app from requesting one of the
permissions listed below, you'll need to explicitly add it to `AndroidManifest.xml`
along with a `tools:node="remove"` tag.
As far as I know those are all required for functionality that is built in to Expo (e.g. OTA updates, etc.). I think that if you want an app that does not have the above permissions you will need to eject to the Bare workflow.
EDIT: I’m not sure what some of the permissions listed in your first message are for and at least android.permission.REQUEST_INSTALL_PACKAGES is quite surprising.
Both SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW and REQUEST_INSTALL_PACKAGES fall under this.
Google does not allow you to download and install new code for an app from outside Play Store. Android and Google Play actually have a feature for this called app bundles, which is what should be used here.
You can say what you want about these rules, but those are the ones that Google decided on and you might get suspended for breaking them (which is what happened to us).