About Google Settings

Some of this information applies only to devices running Android 5.0 and higher. If your device is running 4.4 or lower, the Menu icon looks like this . If your device is running 4.3 or lower, the Settings icon looks like this .

You can use Google Settings to manage settings for Google apps and services on any Android device that has Google Play installed. To use Google Settings on your device, touch All Apps , then Google Settings .

Settings you can manage

Expand the sections below to learn more about settings you can manage with Google Settings:

Connected apps
Touch Connected apps to manage apps that are connected to your Google account. This includes apps with Google+ sign-in permissions and apps connected with Google Fit.
Play Games
Touch Play Games to manage your game profile visibility, notifications, and other settings for games you've downloaded from the Play Store.
Touch Location to manage location settings, Location Reporting, and Location History. Learn more about managing location in Google Settings.
Google Fit
Touch Google Fit to manage all fitness information tied to your Google Account and share it with the other apps and devices you use to stay healthy. Learn more about managing your Google Fit settings with Google Settings.
Search & Now
Touch Search & Now to manage settings and preferences for the Google Search app   and Google Now.
Touch Ads to manage Google ad preferences, opt out of interest-based ads, and reset your advertising ID.
Android Device Manager
Touch Security to manage settings for remotely locating and erasing a lost device with Android Device Manager. Learn how to set up and use Android Device Manager.
Verify apps
You can verify apps prior to installing to know if they're potentially harmful to your device. To verify apps, touch Security, then turn on "Scan device for security threats." Learn more about protecting your device against harmful apps.
Drive-enabled apps
Touch Drive-enabled apps to manage sync preferences for Drive-enabled apps.
Account History
Touch Account History to manage your account history. Only you can see your account history. From this menu you can control your settings and manage any existing saved data.

For some account history settings, you can also turn reporting from specific devices on or off. If you turn it off, activity from that device won't be recorded in your account history. Learn more about managing your account history.

Clear third-party app data

You can clear third-party app data that's being stored using cloud save. To clear app data, touch Menu Menu > Clear app data on the main Google Settings screen.

Get verification codes

You can get verification codes for Google sign-in screens even if your device is offline. To do this, touch Menu Menu > Get verification code.

Usage and diagnostics

You can help improve the Android experience by allowing information to be sent to Google about how you use your device and how it's working. To manage these settings, touch Menu Menu > Usage & diagnostics.


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