Handling Permissions in Android with Kotlin

Android apps often require access to certain device features and data, and it's essential to request and handle permissions properly. In this guide, we'll explore how to handle permissions in Android using Kotlin for a seamless user experience.

Requesting Permissions

To request permissions in Android, you need to specify the required permissions in your AndroidManifest.xml file. For example, to request the camera permission:

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

At runtime, you can request the permission like this:

val cameraPermission = Manifest.permission.CAMERA
val requestCode = 1
if (ContextCompat.checkSelfPermission(this, cameraPermission) != PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {
ActivityCompat.requestPermissions(this, arrayOf(cameraPermission), requestCode)

In this code, we check if the camera permission is not granted, and if not, we request it using `requestPermissions`.

Handling Permission Results

After requesting permissions, you should handle the results in the `onRequestPermissionsResult` method of your activity or fragment:

override fun onRequestPermissionsResult(requestCode: Int, permissions: Array<String>, grantResults: IntArray) {
when (requestCode) {
1 -> {
if (grantResults.isNotEmpty() && grantResults[0] == PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {
// Permission granted
} else {
// Permission denied

In this method, you can check the `grantResults` array to see if the permission was granted or denied.

Checking Permission Status

You can also check the status of a permission at any time in your code:

val cameraPermission = Manifest.permission.CAMERA
if (ContextCompat.checkSelfPermission(this, cameraPermission) == PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {
// Permission is granted
} else {
// Permission is not granted


Handling permissions in Android is essential for ensuring that your app works smoothly and respects user privacy. Kotlin makes it straightforward to request, check, and handle permissions, providing a secure and user-friendly experience for Android app users.

Happy coding!