The Android Device Configuration Service periodically sends data from Android devices to Google. This data helps Google ensure that your device remains up-to-date and is working as well as possible.
What data is collected
The Android Device Configuration Service collects information from Android devices, including:
- Device and account identifiers
- Device attributes
- Software and security software versions
- Network connectivity and performance data
Devices usually connect to the Android Device Configuration service every few days. Except for a few data points (e.g. Timestamps), the Android Device Configuration Service keeps only the latest copy of the information sent from your Android device, replacing previous data with new information when your device sends it.
What Google does with this data
We use the data we collect from the Android Device Configuration Service for various purposes, such as:
- Help ensure that your device receives software updates and security patches: For example, the security patch level on your device is used to determine if you need an update.
- Make apps and services work consistently across a wide variety of Android devices with different specifications and software: For example, Google Play may use attributes, like your screen layout, to ensure you're offered compatible versions of software.
- Protect your device and the Android ecosystem from fraud, abuse, and other harmful behavior: For example, to protect your account, we use device identifiers to help us detect suspicious login behavior.
- Maintain aggregate metrics about Android devices: For example, we use anonymized data about how devices connect to mobile networks to optimize the trade off between maintaining connectivity and preserving battery life.
Can I delete this data?
If you sign out of your Google Account or delete it entirely on your Android device, the configuration information will no longer be associated with your Google Account. The Android Device Configuration Service will automatically delete your data after a period of inactivity.
Find out what data the Android Device Configuration Service collects
You can download a copy of the Android Device Configuration Service data linked with your Google Account. Learn more about downloading your data.
- Visit the Download your data page.
- Choose Android Device Configuration Service, and the data for devices associated with your account will be included.
- Click Next.
- Choose the archive's preferences.
- Click Create Archive.
Categories of collected data
Here are some examples of the data collected through the Android Device Configuration Service and what we use them for:
Examples of data
How Google uses the data
|Device & account identifiers||
||To protect your account, we use device identifiers to help us detect suspicious sign-in behavior.|
||Google Play may use attributes like screen layout to ensure you're offered compatible software versions.|
|System & security software versions||
||The security patch level on your device is used to determine if you need an update.|
|Network connectivity & performance||
||We use anonymized data about how devices connect to mobile networks to optimize the trade off between maintaining connectivity and preserving battery life.|
*If more than one account is signed in to a single device, Google Account information may not be provided in the data download.