Required for both basal and inducible autophagy. Determines the localization of the autophagy-specific PI3-kinase complex. Plays a role in autophagosome formation and MAP1LC3/LC3 conjugation to phosphatidylethanolamine. Promotes BECN1 translocation from the trans-Golgi network to autophagosomes. Enhances PIK3C3 activity in a BECN1-dependent manner. Essential for the autophagy-dependent phosphorylation of BECN1 (PubMed:23878393). Stimulates the phosphorylation of BECN1, but suppresses the phosphorylation PIK3C3 by AMPK (By similarity).