Get personalized actions, app suggestions, and more with Device Personalization Services

You can get suggestions while you use your Pixel phone based on how you use it.

Types of suggestions your phone can give

Captions for your videos, podcasts, and audio
When Live Caption is turned on, captions automatically appear from any media you play on your Pixel device, like videos, podcasts, or voice notes. All captions are processed on your device. Learn more about Live Caption.
Keep your screen on

Screen Attention can prevent your screen from turning off when it detects that someone is looking at it. Screen Attention works even if you don't tap the screen. For example, your screen could stay on when you read the news or an e-book, or when you cook from recipes on your phone. 

Screen Attention uses the front camera to determine if someone is looking at the screen before it turns off. Screen Attention works only on your device, and images are never stored or sent to Google.

Learn how to turn screen and display settings on or off.

Actions related to your notifications

Sometimes a notification contains actionable info such as:

  • Addresses
  • Contact info
  • Package tracking numbers

Device Personalization Services adds smart action buttons to that notification to help you: 

  • Get directions
  • Add contacts
  • Track packages

No data about these notifications will be shared with Google. Learn more about notifications.

Improved copy & paste

Improved Copy & Paste reduces the number of taps, cursor adjustments, and other edits needed to copy text from one app to another. 

Your device will help pick relevant text from what you copy, like: 

  • Telephone numbers, if you’re going to call someone
  • Addresses in maps apps, like Google Maps or Waze

The info is never shared with Google, uploaded, or saved. It improves the quality of its suggestions by using the Content Capture API to understand where good suggestions belong.

Apps to open
Your phone can recommend apps that you may want to open. When suggesting apps, your phone uses this info:
  • Your phone's approximate location. Learn how your phone finds its location.
  • Whether or not the headphones are connected.
  • Time and date.
  • Apps you have opened.
  • How long you’ve used certain apps.

To make more helpful suggestions, your phone remembers its approximate location for 2 weeks, and other info for 5 weeks.

How to use text you've selected
When you select text, your phone can suggest what to do next, like:
  • Copy or paste.
  • Open a related app.
  • Share via text message.

For example, if you select a restaurant name, your phone could suggest opening a maps app so you can get travel directions.

When making a suggestion, your phone sometimes uses its approximate location. Learn how your phone finds its location.

Manage or delete permissions and data

Control which info is used for suggestions

By turning permissions on or off, you can control which types of device info are used to create personalized suggestions for you. To change permissions:

  1. On your phone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications.
  3. Under the app icons, tap See all apps.
  4. Tap Device Personalization Services and then Permissions.
  5. Tap a permission, then tap Allow or Deny.

Delete device data

  1. On your phone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Privacy and then Device Personalization Services.
  3. Tap Clear data.
  4. Choose how much data you'd like to clear.
  5. Tap Clear data.

How your data is protected

When your phone stores info to make personalized suggestions, that info is encrypted before it's stored.

Your phone doesn't back up any info used to make personal suggestions to your Google Account, except info that's used to suggest apps. So if you move to a new phone, your new phone can recommend apps.

All info is encrypted when it's backed up. Learn about data backup on your Pixel phone.

Your phone may use privacy-preserving techniques like Federated Learning and Analytics to analyze and improve the performance of features. Learn about federated learning.

If you’ve opted into sending usage and diagnostic information to Google, some features will send anonymous data to evaluate performance and support future improvements. Learn how to share usage and diagnostics information with Google.

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