1. Super Spartan's Avatar
    Someone suggested I disable usage access for all apps excluding the Google Play Services and AR services

    So I see Device Health Services, Device Personalization Services, Google, Digital well being.

    I know I don't care about the Digital well being app but any harm in disabling the Device Health Services and Device Personalization Services and Google?

    I want to ensure that this doesn't mess up with me receiving OTA updates for Android and do you think it will actually improve battery life?
    07-04-2020 02:26 PM
  2. Scott337's Avatar
    If you disable Google then Assistant will stop working
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    07-04-2020 02:28 PM
  3. eric002's Avatar
    Why are you looking to disable usage access for all your applications though?
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    07-04-2020 02:28 PM
  4. Scott337's Avatar
    Good question above ^^. For me, I only disable apps that I have no intention of using. I never really get too deep into disabling app usage and things like that.
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    07-04-2020 02:29 PM
  5. eric002's Avatar
    Good question above ^^. For me, I only disable apps that I have no intention of using. I never really get too deep into disabling app usage and things like that.
    Yeah, me too. I mean 8 disabled apps that I'm never going to use. Especially on a Pixel phone, that doesn't happen very often. Lol. I mean I turned off accessibility for digital well-being which saves a ton of battery but that's about it.
    07-04-2020 02:32 PM
  6. mustang7757's Avatar
    Just be careful what you turn off in search for better battery, can cause notification delays .
    07-04-2020 03:11 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    For other folks reading this, it's important to note that turning off Usage Access isn't the same as disabling an app. Look at item no. 7 here: https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-...her%20details.
    07-04-2020 03:17 PM
  8. mustang7757's Avatar
    For other folks reading this, it's important to note that turning off Usage Access isn't the same as disabling an app. Look at item no. 7 here: https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-...her%20details.
    Good point
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    07-04-2020 03:18 PM
  9. Super Spartan's Avatar
    For other folks reading this, it's important to note that turning off Usage Access isn't the same as disabling an app. Look at item no. 7 here: https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-...her%20details.
    Thanks a lot for this link! I got the answer:

    Usage access allows an app to track what other apps you're using and how often, as well as your carrier, language settings, and other details. While this can be useful for specialized apps, it can be harmful if the permission falls into the wrong hands.

    Settings > Apps & Notifications >
    Advanced > Special App Access >
    Usage Access
    Scroll through the list in the above menu. Things like Digital Wellbeing, Device Health Services, Google Play Services, and other stock apps should be left alone to ensure proper functionality, but most third-party apps can safely be disabled here. To do so, select the app from this list, then tap the toggle switch next to "Permit usage access."
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    07-04-2020 04:25 PM
  10. Super Spartan's Avatar
    Why are you looking to disable usage access for all your applications though?
    As I mentioned, this guy on another forum told me that by disabling access usage for everything but Google Play services will give me more battery life. The battery has been excellent so far that's why I made this post to see what y'all think?
    07-04-2020 04:26 PM
  11. mustang7757's Avatar
    As I mentioned, this guy on another forum told me that by disabling access usage for everything but Google Play services will give me more battery life. The battery has been excellent so far that's why I made this post to see what y'all think?
    I don't think you'll notice much of a battery improvement there.
    07-04-2020 04:27 PM
  12. Super Spartan's Avatar
    I don't think you'll notice much of a battery improvement there.
    Right, I've left them alone. Although to be frank, I don't care for that Digital Well being app. Is there a way to uninstall it?
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    07-04-2020 04:28 PM
  13. mustang7757's Avatar
    Right, I've left them alone. Although to be frank, I don't care for that Digital Well being app. Is there a way to uninstall it?
    On the pixel just restricte access, permissions, on my Samsung I disable with package disabler pro but that's not for pixels.
    07-04-2020 04:30 PM
  14. Scott337's Avatar
    For me Digital Wellbeing has used 0 data and no battery since I've had my phone in April. It can't be disabled or uninstalled on my phone but I just never use it and it uses no data and no battery.
    07-04-2020 04:43 PM
  15. kmf1's Avatar
    Good point
    Regarding: Advanced > Special App Access...I don't see this in any of my apps, system or 3rd party. Why is that?
    07-27-2020 06:18 AM
  16. eric002's Avatar
    As I mentioned, this guy on another forum told me that by disabling access usage for everything but Google Play services will give me more battery life. The battery has been excellent so far that's why I made this post to see what y'all think?
    when I disabled using the access from digital being I noticed my battery life on my Pixel 3 XL slightly improved a little bit. So for me that was enough. I never actually used digital welding app so for me just like mustang says, I didn't really care to too much.v
    07-27-2020 06:21 AM
  17. kmf1's Avatar
    Regarding: Advanced > Special App Access...I don't see this in any of my apps, system or 3rd party. Why is that?
    Update. I now see that it is on the main Apps & notifications screen. Thanks! I only have one allowed that I'm not sure if I should or not, and that is "My Verizon Services."
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    07-27-2020 06:23 AM
  18. mustang7757's Avatar
    Regarding: Advanced > Special App Access...I don't see this in any of my apps, system or 3rd party. Why is that?
    Whats missing,
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    07-27-2020 10:06 AM
  19. kmf1's Avatar
    Whats missing,
    When I first started looking for the Special App Access category, I didn't notice it listed on the main Apps & notifications screen. Sorry for the confusion. So, when I did see it listed, I clicked on it, and saw the apps asking for this Special Usage, including "My Verizon Services." I made a comment about this in the post, just above your response to me. Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for checking mustang7757.
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    07-28-2020 05:51 AM
  20. mustang7757's Avatar
    Update. I now see that it is on the main Apps & notifications screen. Thanks! I only have one allowed that I'm not sure if I should or not, and that is "My Verizon Services."
    If you use their services leave it alone .
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    07-28-2020 09:58 AM
  21. kmf1's Avatar
    If you use their services leave it alone .
    I use their services, so I'll follow your advice, mustang7757, and leave it alone. Thank you!!
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    07-28-2020 03:09 PM
  22. mustang7757's Avatar
    I use their services, so I'll follow your advice, mustang7757, and leave it alone. Thank you!!
    Your welcome!
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    07-28-2020 03:20 PM

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