Explanation of Google Play Services now included directly in Android

Permissions of Google Play Services many key features on Android devices that might not be obvious to end users, and Google is now offering an explanation right on your phone as part of a new approach.

If you go to Settings > Apps > View All > Google Play Services, the first thing you’ll see in the app info list under Disable and force stop is a new item “All Services”. With a tap you can “View details about the services used on your device”. Google’s general explanation of Play services follows:

Google Play services help make your device safer and more reliable. It is an important part of many functions on your device and is different from the Play Store app.

Note that disabling services may affect how your device works.

The last line specifically refers to how some people disable it. Google highlights 17 skills. Tapping takes you to the settings pages, while the About button next to things takes you to various support/help articles.

Of the devices we reviewed today, this only appears on Android 13 Pixel phones. The feature that allows Play Services to add this “All Services” page to app info requires the latest version of the operating system.

account management: Used for secure login and better control of your Google account

  • Settings links for: Device phone number and Google account

To sue: Used to control ad settings and prevent ad spam

  • Allows you to: reset advertising ID, delete advertising ID or enable debug logging for ads
  • Also displays the advertising ID of the device

Autofill with Google: Used to enter your information such as passwords and payment methods

  • Displays settings to enable/disable AutoFill with Google
  • Links to your stored personal information, addresses, payment methods and passwords and settings

contacts: Used to sync your contacts with your Google account and other devices

  • Links to Settings for: Sync Google Contacts and Restore Contacts

data backup and transmission: Used to backup and restore your data, app settings and account information

  • Settings links for: Settings > System > Backup

developer features: Used for features that app developers can integrate to make their apps better and more reliable

device connections: Used to connect to other devices, such as a car, watch, or Chromebook

  • Links to Settings for: Cast Options, Chromebook, Devices and Nearby Share

fitness: Used for fitness services in apps, e.g. B. Training tracking and data exchange with other fitness apps

  • Links to settings for: connect apps and devices and manage data

games: Used for auto-login, leaderboards, achievements and managing your gamer profile

  • Links to settings for: Game Dashboard and Play Games

location accuracy: Used to improve location accuracy using Wi-Fi, cellular networks, and sensors

  • Allows: enable/disable location accuracy improvement

share location: Used when sharing your location with others

  • Displays active shares

Security & Emergency: Used for emergency notifications and services, e.g. B. to share your location during emergency calls and to receive crisis alerts

  • Links to settings for: COVID-19 exposure notifications, earthquake alerts, emergency location service, and silent notifications while driving

security: Used for security features like encrypting passwords, locking your device, blocking spam calls, and locating a lost device

  • Settings links for: Find my device, Password Manager, SMS verification codes and Smart Lock

Support: Used for features such as device setup, feedback to Google, and contacting Google Support

system diagnostics: Used to collect data about your device and services and to improve the device experience

  • Links to Settings for: Usage & Diagnostics

system management: Used to keep system services up to date and improve device performance

wallet: Used to pay for purchases made on this device, including contactless payments

Thanks Dee!

Dylan Roussel contributed to this article.

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