Learn about the Android Device Configuration Service

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?

Because the data in the Android Device Configuration Service is critical to ensuring your device is functioning and updated properly, you can't delete the data if your device is in use. The Android Device Configuration Service follows Google's Privacy Policy.

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.

  1. Visit the Download your data page.
  2. Choose Android Device Configuration Service, and the data for devices associated with your account will be included.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Choose the archive's preferences.
  5. 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:

Category

Examples of data

How Google uses the data

Device & account identifiers
  • IMEI, MEID, and ESN numbers
  • Device serial number
  • Google Services Framework Android ID (or "Android ID") Note: This is different than the Settings Secure Android ID.
  • Google Account (when it's activated)*
  • MAC addresses
To protect your account, we use device identifiers to help us detect suspicious sign-in behavior.
Device attributes
  • Hardware type
  • Product
  • Model
  • Manufacturer
  • Supported native platforms / CPU types
  • Keyboard, navigation, & screen layout types
  • Screen size (height & width in pixels)
  • Total memory
  • Locale
  • Time zone
Google Play may use attributes like screen layout to ensure you're offered compatible software versions.
System & security software versions
  • OS build string (also known as OS build fingerprint )
  • OS build timestamp
  • Android version
  • Google Services version
The security patch level on your device is used to determine if you need an update.
Network connectivity & performance
  • SIM & mobile operators
  • IP address
  • SIM subscription data (SIM operator MCC/MNC, carrier name, roaming state, defaults roles for the SIM, truncated IMSI with last 5 digits rounded down, Group ID Level 1)
  • Timestamps for the last 50 configuration connections to the Android Device Configuration Service & the build information for the last 10 connections with build changes
  • Timestamps & HTTP response codes for the last 10 configuration connections that failed
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.

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