Before the advent of smartphones, mobile phones used the T9 predictive text technology for sending text messages but typing was really complicated and the typing speed was slow.
This was because a user had to type on numeric keypads where they had to press a single button more than once to choose a specific letter and this meant that a single sentence took a long time to type.
As smartphones began to roll out, developers figured out ways to make typing easier and faster by introducing a better version of T9 technology called the Xt9 technology.
In this article, I’ll explain what is Xt9 dictionaries, what is it used for, and should you uninstall it.
What is Xt9 Dictionaries App and What is it Used For?
Xt9 Dictionaries is a preinstalled Android system app that uses the Xt9 text predicting and correcting algorithm to provide auto suggestions, next letter prediction, autofill, and error correction features while typing on smartphones with full keyboards. The main goal of this app is to make typing easier and faster.
The Xt9 Dictionaries app contains a database of your commonly used words, corrected spellings, and suggested texts which are presented on the top bar of your Android Keyboard while typing.
The Xt9 technology was first developed for devices that used stylus pen but later it was modified for smartphones with touchscreens. It is a successor of the T9 predictive text algorithm and contains all the features of T9 plus additional features that are exclusive to Xt9.
Is Xt9 Dictionaries Safe?
Xt9 Dictionaries is absolutely safe and is present in all Android devices as a built-in application. It doesn’t cause any intentional damage to your device so it’s not a virus or malware.
Since this app keeps a database of your most commonly used words, some users believe that it is spying on your phone but it actually isn’t. It keeps a record of your used words to provide suggestions while typing so it is not Spyware.
It is an important application that can reduce the time taken to type and make the whole typing process easier. It is not Bloatware that uses your system resources unnecessarily.
What Permissions Does Xt9 Dictionaries Require?
The Xt9 Dictionaries app doesn’t require any permissions. Most Android apps require users to accept certain permissions before they could function but some system apps don’t require any permissions.
If you have any doubts about this you can check the permissions used by going to Settings > Apps > Show System Apps > Xt9 Dictionaries > Permissions. You’ll find the permissions written as “No Permissions Required.”
Can You Uninstall Xt9 Dictionaries?
You can uninstall the Xt9 Dictionaries app from your phone using the Titanium Backup app or the System App Remover application but both methods require you to root your Android device.
If you want a simple method to stop this app from functioning you can simply disable the app. To disable Xt9 Dictionaries follow these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Tap Apps.
- Tap the Ellipsis icon(three vertical dots) in the upper right corner
- Tap Show System Apps.
- Find the Xt9 Dictionaries app and tap on it.
- Tap Disable.
It is not recommended to uninstall the Xt9 Dictionaries app because it provides helpful auto suggestions and autofill from your commonly used words so disabling or uninstalling the app will remove this feature and you won’t be able to use it.
If you still want to uninstall this app and remove all the data related to this app from your phone then follow any one of the two methods mentioned below.
Uninstall Xt9 Dictionaries Using Titanium Backup
This app requires you to root your device. You can follow our Android rooting tutorial. After rooting your device, follow these steps to uninstall this system app.
- Download and install the “Titanium Backup” app.
- Launch the app.
- Locate the Xt9 Dictionaries app and tap on it.
- Tap on the “Un-install” option to uninstall this app.
Uninstall Xt9 Dictionaries Using System App Remover
System App Remover is an application that allows you to uninstall system applications. After rooting your device, follow the steps below to uninstall this app.
- Download and install the System App Remover application.
- Launch the System App Remover application and search for the Xt9 Dictionaries app.
- Select the Xt9 Dictionaries app by tapping on the checkbox next to it.
- Tap on the Uninstall button to completely uninstall the app.
Does Xt9 Dictionaries Cause Battery Draining?
Xt9 Dictionaries is a small application that has a minimum battery usage so there is no way this app could cause high battery consumption or even battery draining.
It consumes a little battery charge only when you’re using auto suggestions while typing on the keyboard and even then the battery consumption is minimal (around 0.1%).
It doesn’t use consume battery when the device is idle so we can safely say this app doesn’t cause high battery consumption.