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Google Play Services is a program that’s installed by default in most Android smartphones and tablets. It’s technically not a mobile app per se; if you open it, it doesn’t really do anything. But it provides a set of APIs that allow your applications to updated independently of Android OS updates and help ensure that your apps are running smoothing.

Reasons to uninstall Google Play Services

Despite the importance of Google Play Services, many people still decide to uninstall it. Some of them are concerned at the amount of data that the program consumes, while others are wary of the amount of storage memory it takes up. Even though Google Play Services usually eats up just five to ten percent of your device’s battery life, this can increase up to 90 percent, which usually happens when there’s an incompatibility issue between your device and Android OS. This huge battery consumption can make you decide to get rid of the program.

Removing Google Play Services from your device

Before doing anything else, you have to remember that removing Google Play Services can affect the way your device functions, particularly if you use Google products like Gmail and Google Maps. You also have to realize that uninstalling Google Play Services requires you to root your phone by downloading and installing a custom ROM in your device. Rooting frees up your Android device and gives you more freedom to customize it, but it can also void your warranty, expose you to security risks, or even brick your phone.

If you’re not ready to face the dangers of rooting, you can instead disable Google Play Services in your device. To do this, you need to go to Settings, choose Applications, open Google Play Services, and tap the Disable button. If the Disable button has been grayed over and cannot be tapped, you can work around this by going to Settings, choosing Security, tapping on Device administrators, and deactivating Android Device Manager. Go back to the Application menu; you should be able to disable Google Play Services now that the Android Device Manager has been deactivated.