Basic behaviour of Android applications can be configured by editing AndroidManifest.xml file. It is located under android folder inside your monaca project as shown below:

For Cordova 6.2 or higher, AndroidManifest.xml file is removed from Monaca framework. Therefore, in order to config Android application settings, use Cordova Custom Config Plugin .

AndroidManifest.xml (Main elements)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

  <uses-permission />
  <uses-sdk />
  <uses-feature />
  <supports-screens />

            <action />
            <category />



Is the root element of AndroidManifest.xml file. The child element of <manifest> is <application> and it must contain xlmns:android and package attributes.

Attribute Type Description
xmlns:android String An Android namespace attribute. This attribute must always have this value:
android:versionCode String An internal version number. It is used only to determine whether one version is more recent than others. Higher number indicates a more recent version. This version number is not shown to users.
android:versionName String A version number which is visible to users.
package String Package name


<manifest xmlns:android=""
    android:versionName="%%%VERSION_NAME%%%" package="%%%PACKAGE_NAME%%%">


Is API level settings of the application. This element is contained in <manifest>.

Attribute Type Description
android:minSdkVersion Number Minimum API level required for the application to run. Android uses this value to determine whether the application can be installed in a device.
android:targetSdkVersion Number API level that the application targets.


<uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="14" android:targetSdkVersion="22" />


Is permission settings. The permission is granted When the application is installed. This element is contained in <manifest>.

Attribute Type Description
android:name String Name of the permissions to be granted for the Android system. The name of the permission can be defined as Camera, Network and etc.

How to Define <uses-permission>

<components/loader.js> needs ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE permission to run. You may exclude this file from <uses-permission> if it’s not necessary for your application.

<uses-permission android:name="%%%PERMISSION_NAME%%%"></uses-permission>
Permission PERMISSION_NAME Description
Access Coarse Location android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION Allows an app to access current location of a device.
Access Fine Location android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION Allows an app to use location-based services of a device.
Access Network State android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE Allows an app to access the Network state.
Access Location Extra Commands android.permission.ACCESS_LOCATION_EXTRA_COMMANDS Allows an app to access extra location provider commands.
Bluetooth android.permission.BLUETOOTH Allows an app to connect to paired bluetooth devices.
Bluetooth (Admin) android.permission.BLUETOOTH_ADMIN Allows an app to discover and pair bluetooth devices.
Camera android.permission.CAMERA Allows an app to use the Camera.
Flashlight android.permission.FLASHLIGHT Allows access to the flashlight.
Internet android.permission.INTERNET Allows an app to use Internet connection.
Modify Audio Setting android.permission.MODIFY_AUDIO_SETTINGS Allows an app to change global audio settings.
Read Phone State android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE Allows read-only access to the phone state.
Receive SMS android.permission.RECEIVE_SMS Allows an app to intercept SMS messages.
Record Audio android.permission.RECORD_AUDIO Allows an app to record audio.
Read Contacts android.permission.READ_CONTACTS Allows an app to read the contacts.
Vibrate android.permission.VIBRATE Allows an app to use the Vibrator.
Write Contacts android.permission.WRITE_CONTACTS Allows an app the write access to the contacts.
Write External Storage android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE Allows an app the write access to External Storage.


Permissions for Camera

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


Declares hardware or software features used by the application. For instance. If the application requires Camera feature, the user whose device has no camera cannot install the application. This element is contained in <manifest>.

Attribute Type Description
android:name String Feature name
android:required Boolean Specifies whether the application requires the feature set in android:name. If you set the value to true, you are indicating that the application cannot function without the feature. If you set it to false, it means that the application prefers to use the feature, but can still function without the feature.


The code below specifies that the application needs Camera feature.

<uses-feature android:name="" android:required="true" />


Is an Application tag. This element is contained in <manifest>.

<application android:icon="@drawable/icon"
Attribute Type Description
android:name String Defines a name of the application. It is a fully qualified name of the class that you extend from Application class.
android:icon String An icon for the entire application as well as a default icon for each of the application’s components
android:label String A label for the entire application
android:theme String An Application level theme
android:screenOrientation String Application level Orientation settings


Defines the process of intent filter. This element is contained in <activity>. The child <action> element must be defined.

    <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
    <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />


Specifies an action for an intent filter. The element is contained in <intent-filter>.

Attribute Type Description
android:name String Action name


Specifies the category of the intent filter. The element is contained in <intent-filter>.

Attribute Type Description
android:name String Category name