What is “com.google.android.packageinstaller” and is it safe?

If you’ve found an app called com.google.android.packageinstaller, you might be wondering what it does and if it’s legit. Here is the answer.

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes to make a smart device like your phone or tablet work. A plethora of invisible built-in services run consistently and transparently in the background to ensure your experience remains smooth.

One such service that your Android device regularly uses is com.google.android.packageinstaller. In this article, we’ll explain what it is, what it does, why it’s important, and whether it’s safe.

com.google.android.packageinstaller is the package name of a pre-installed system application on the Android operating system called Package Installer. For reference, the package name of Google Chrome is com.android.chrome.

Package Installer is the service that runs in the background when you install, update or uninstall apps on your Android device. Simply put, it’s an app that installs and uninstalls other apps.

Whenever you install something on your Android device, including third-party apps such as Spotify or Discord, APK files, or official software updates, Package Installer does it.

Like all other system apps, you can’t search for Package Installer in your app drawer like you do for your normal apps. And it’s done for a good reason; letting users search and play with important system apps can, at least, crash a few features and at worst, crash your entire phone.

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Is the package installer safe?

Yes, Package Installer is completely safe. This is a system app verified by Google and protected by Play. You should not delete or alter this application in any way. Also avoid downloading any other app that installs APK files on your device as they can be unreliable and dangerous.

If you’re curious, you can find Package Installer by going to the apps your device settings menu and activation Show system apps. But don’t force stop the app, deny it any of its existing permissions, or make any changes to it. Unless you’re an app developer (or a nosy cat), you have no reason to pay attention to these system apps.

Behind the scenes of Android

Making a working smart device is not easy; there are tons of processes running at all times that contribute to your experience as a user. Diving too deep into your system settings can be risky, especially if you don’t know what those system apps are doing.


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