What the Pixel’s “Settings Services” app does is described by Google.

You might be aware of Settings Services because the Pixel Battery widget just received more scaling options, and a Google support post now thoroughly describes what the app is in charge of.

Your phone’s Settings app makes use of Settings Services, which are essential system software. The software enables setup, connection, and modification of your phone’s settings as well as those of some apps.

Prior to the release of Android 12 QPR3 in June, you would have seen it in the widgets list even though Pixel owners are not supposed to engage with it. Since 2018, updates have been made to the application.

The operating system grants the Settings Services rights for tasks including showing details about network connections and linked devices, establishing rules for when to turn on do not disturb mode, or delivering notifications.

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Settings Services Pixel-

The Pixel help article goes on to describe each permit that was granted:

Mobile network connection: The Settings Services program checks to see if your phone is linked to a mobile network. Linked devices: This permission enables widgets to show status information for Bluetooth-connected devices that are connected to your phone. Notifications: Settings Services shows status updates and notifications. Every notification has a different set of preferences. Location-based changes that you frequently make in Settings, such as turning your phone to quiet when you get to work, can be automated with the aid of Rules. Rules must have constant location access in order to function properly. Your phone’s location information is kept there and is not transferred to Google. Rules settings and location permissions can be modified. In terms of privacy, Google notes that if collection of Usage andamp; diagnostics under Settings andgt; Privacy is turned on, Settings Services may gather phone or other IDs, app interactions, crash logs, and diagnostics.

Today’s Pixel phones have over a dozen background service programs, including Settings Services, that are updated through the Play Store:

Google’s connectivity services include Adaptive Connectivity Services, Android System Intelligence (previously Device Personalization Services), Carrier, Device Health, Google Play Protect, Google Play Services, Google Play Services for AR, Google Support, Pixel Camera, Private Compute, and Speech Services.

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