[URGENT] Remove permission from manifest without updating the app?

  1. SDK Version: 45
  2. Platforms(Android/iOS/web/all): Android

I have received a warning from the google playstore, saying that I have a few days to remove the REQUEST_INSTALL_PACKAGES permission from my app’s manifest or justify its use or they will take my app down from the store.

I do not need this permission, as it was added automatically. However, I cannot update my app on the playstore until I have justified why I need this permission.

It’s an infinite loop and I am not sure how to solve it. Is there a way to remove a permission from the manifest without having to upload a new apk to the play store?

I think you should be able to submit a new version of the app without this permission. Make sure you get rid of/supersede any “testing” versions in the play console as well.

Unfortunately, the playstore page specifies that I can’t update the app until I fill the form explaining why I need this permission. :frowning:

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