Android Authorization

This tutorial shows you how to use Auth0 to create access roles for your users. With access roles, you can authorize or deny access to your content to different users based on the level of access they have.

Sample Project

Download a sample project specific to this tutorial configured with your Auth0 API Keys.

System Requirements
  • Android Studio 2.3
  • Android SDK 25
  • Emulator - Nexus 5X - Android 6.0
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Before You Start

Before you continue with this tutorial, make sure that you have completed the User Profile tutorial.

Create a Rule to Assign Roles

Create a rule that assigns the following access roles to your user:

  • An admin role
  • A regular user role

To assign roles, go to the New rule page. In the Access Control section, select the Set roles to a user template.

Edit the following line from the default script to match the conditions that fit your needs:

if ('') > -1)

The default rules for assigning access roles are:

  • If the user's email contains, the user gets the admin role. If the email contains anything else, the user gets the regular user role.

Depending on your needs, you can define roles other than admin and user.

In the demo app, we use to validate the user:

  var addRolesToUser = function(user, cb) {
    if ('') > -1) {
      cb(null, ['admin']);
    } else {
      cb(null, ['user']);

Test the Rule in Your Project

Once you have the user profile, you can save the profile and access it at any point. To learn more about user profiles, see the User Profile tutorial.

The user profile contains the access role assigned to the user.

// app/src/main/java/com/auth0/samples/activities/
List<String> roles = (List<String>) mUserProfile.getAppMetadata().get("roles");

if (roles.contains("admin")) {
 // perform any action

Application metadata cannot be modified by users but the user metadata can be modified. Because of that, the information about user roles is stored in the appMetadata HashMap, not in the userMetadata HashMap.

Restrict Content Based on Access Level

Now you can recognize the users with different roles in your app. You can use this information to give and restrict access to selected features in your app to users with different roles.

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