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    What different functions and/or permissions does a system app get over a user app? Say I converted my gmail app to a user app via Titanium, backup, does anything change? This is my first time ever posting, so please bear with me as I get used to using a forum for the first time ever in my life. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wardawgmalvicious View Post
    What different functions and/or permissions does a system app get over a user app? Say I converted my gmail app to a user app via Titanium, backup, does anything change? This is my first time ever posting, so please bear with me as I get used to using a forum for the first time ever in my life. Thanks!
    I was wondering the same.. if someone could reply to this question, it would be awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by wardawgmalvicious View Post
    What different functions and/or permissions does a system app get over a user app? Say I converted my gmail app to a user app via Titanium, backup, does anything change? This is my first time ever posting, so please bear with me as I get used to using a forum for the first time ever in my life. Thanks!
    Other than the ability to uninstall it with native tools there is no difference that you, the user, can see. Just as a fair warning: if you uninstall a system app, it will not be installed in a factory reset. You will have to flash the stock images to get them back to system apps. Titanium backup may be able to 'convert' the apps for you but I can't remember. Maybe someone else does?

    I personally have moved all Play apps other than the Play Store to user apps. It makes it easier to install updates before the rollout hits me. Plus if it decides to misbehave I can quickly uninstall and reinstall. And I can uninstall what I don't need and a factory reset doesn't mean I have to hunt through them again to remove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gidgiddonihah View Post
    Other than the ability to uninstall it with native tools there is no difference that you, the user, can see. Just as a fair warning: if you uninstall a system app, it will not be installed in a factory reset. You will have to flash the stock images to get them back to system apps. Titanium backup may be able to 'convert' the apps for you but I can't remember. Maybe someone else does?

    I personally have moved all Play apps other than the Play Store to user apps. It makes it easier to install updates before the rollout hits me. Plus if it decides to misbehave I can quickly uninstall and reinstall. And I can uninstall what I don't need and a factory reset doesn't mean I have to hunt through them again to remove.

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    I have done the same as well lol. Also I do have the factory images just in case, just was wondering if there was any functional difference.

    Thank you for your reply.

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    There's no difference in terms of app performance when it comes to having the apps on /system as opposed to /user. As stated, /user apps allow the user to delete apps. /system apps usually are apps and services that may affect device performance or services if removed or modified. Google services is one such example. If deleted, you'll likely have problems connecting to the various services offered by Google.

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