Android Location Permissions

AreaMetrics Snippet requires the ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION and ACCESS_BACKGROUND_LOCATION permissions if targeting Android 10+.

Targeting Android API 29 and above

Android 10 changes the presentation of location permissions so that a user may opt for "Allow all the time" or "Allow only while the app is in use" in addition to "Deny". Although the snippet gracefully handles the "Deny" and "Allow only while the app is in use" scenarios, "Allow all the time" is necessary for the snippet to fully function and monetize the user.

Add the ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION and ACCESS_BACKGROUND_LOCATION permissions to your AndroidManifest.xml, like so:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_BACKGROUND_LOCATION" />

Ask for location permission on a screen in your app where the user will understand the context and be receptive to agreeing. It is a good idea to specify to the user that "Allow all the time" permission is preferred before presenting the prompt.

MyActivity.java
if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.Q) {
if (ContextCompat.checkSelfPermission(this, Manifest.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION) != PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED || ContextCompat.checkSelfPermission(this, Manifest.permission.ACCESS_BACKGROUND_LOCATION) != PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {
ActivityCompat.requestPermissions(this, new String[]{Manifest.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION, Manifest.permission.ACCESS_BACKGROUND_LOCATION}, 1);
}
} else {
if (ContextCompat.checkSelfPermission(this, Manifest.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION) != PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {
ActivityCompat.requestPermissions(this, new String[]{Manifest.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION}, 1);
}
}

Alternatively, Google provides a good example of how to ask for the location permission and background permission in a defined sequence. It is up to your app to implement an approach that you believe will work best. Please see the code example here: https://developer.android.com/training/location/receive-location-updates#request-background-location‚Äč

Targeting Android API 28 and below

Our Altbeacon dependency already adds ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION to your AndroidManifest.xml, so all that's left is the code for showing the runtime permission prompt. Ask for location permission at a moment in your app the user will understand such as after on-boarding or in a specific area of your app.

MyActivity.java
if (ContextCompat.checkSelfPermission(this, Manifest.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION) != PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {
ActivityCompat.requestPermissions(this, new String[]{Manifest.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION}, 1);
}