What Is Android System Intelligence? Should You Disable It?

Google has many apps on Android that hold the operating system together. Over the past decade, Android has evolved to the point where various apps now rely on other apps for many tasks and to enable various features, making it sophisticated. One of those apps is Android System Intelligence, which offers a lot of cool and smart features that many people use. In this guide, let’s take a look at what exactly Android System Intelligence is, what features it offers, and whether you should uninstall Android System Intelligence.

What is Android System Intelligence?

Android System Intelligence is an app that comes pre-installed on Android devices and enables features such as Live Captions, Live Translate, Smart Autorotate, notification action buttons and more. While the app is part of every modern Android device, there are a few features that are only enabled on Pixel devices, such as Assistant Voice Typing, Now Playing, and App Predictions in the Launcher.

Android System Intelligence app Android

The Android System Intelligence app is not new and is a rebrand of the Device Personalization Services app that was introduced during Android 9 (Pie) days. Google’s description of the app reads: “Android System Intelligence is a system component within Private Compute Core that powers intelligent functions in Android while keeping your data private.”

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Android system intelligence features

Android System Intelligence app features pixel

As mentioned earlier, Android System Intelligence enables new features on all Android devices, with the only exception being Pixel devices where the app is responsible for enabling exclusive Pixel features. Here are all the features it brings to Android.

  • Live subtitles
  • Screen attention
  • Smart auto-rotate (Pixel exclusive)
  • Enhanced copy and paste (Pixel exclusive)
  • App predictions in the launcher (excluding Pixel)
  • Notification management
  • Smart text selection
  • Linkify text
  • Live Translate (Pixel exclusive)
  • App search (Pixel exclusive)
  • Assistant Voice Typing (Pixel exclusive)
  • Now playing (Pixel exclusive)
  • Google Pay: boarding pass with a screenshot

As for permissions, since Android System Intelligence is designed to get to know you better, provide suggestions and add data to the above functions, it needs access to call logs, camera, contacts, location, microphone, nearby devices , telephone and text messages.

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Should You Uninstall Android System Intelligence?

One thing many Android users do when they discover a mysterious app is try to uninstall it. This is because they confuse it with something that could be harmful to their device, or because they never remember installing the application. Android System Intelligence is completely safe, and while you can uninstall it, you’ll miss out on smart features if you do. However, it doesn’t hurt to disable Android System Intelligence; you can use normal functions such as calling, messaging, social media apps and more.

Info screen of the Android System Intelligence app

It is advisable to keep the app on your Android phone. Not to mention that Google continues to bring new features to Android with every update that can only be accessed with Android System Intelligence installed. Moreover, you can’t just uninstall it like regular apps, but you can also disable it.

How to Uninstall or Disable Android System Intelligence

To disable Android system intelligence:

1. Go to Settings and type ‘Android System Intelligence’ in the search bar.

How to disable

2. Tap the app to open app info and tap Disable.

3. Once disabled, you will no longer be able to use the above functions. However, you can turn it back on at any time.

If you want to completely remove it from your Android device, you will have to use an ADB command. We have a special guide to help you install ADB drivers on your Android smartphone. Once done, connect your Android device, enable USB debugging and run the following command.

adb uninstall com.google.android.as

Where “com.google.android.as” refers to the Android System Intelligence package name.

All in all, it’s an essential part of the Android experience and you shouldn’t remove it or you’ll miss out on many existing and future features. That said, if you absolutely want to remove it, there’s no harm in doing so.

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