I have a non-rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a Google account and would like to know what system, root and service apps I could disable. The purpose of this is, I want to stop or making it difficult for Google spying my phone data etc. As you can see I have already disabled some apps like Google Calendar Sync or Google Contacts Sync or Google account Managerenter image description here

But I want to know if there are more apps to disable which are sending data to Google or other third-parties.

And an other problem is the Google Play store is'nt working anymore with my actual disabled apps. The only Google-Services I don't want to disable are that which are required for using Google Play Store, updating and installing apps via that. All other services and system apps with are not for using the Play Store required like Calendar or Contact sync and other syncroisations services for personal data I want do disable.

And I want not only Google syncronisation services to disable, also Samsung, Facebook and other apps which are spying my phone I want to disable.

So. I would be very grateful if you could list me all apps and services which I can disable without to waive the Google Play Store.

If you don't know specific to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 you can say it general for all android devices.

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    You need an active Google account to use the Play Store, so it's safe to say you shouldn't disable the account manager. Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 20:53
  • Thanks for the tip, therefore I'm asking what apps I can disable and whitch not! Commented Mar 12, 2016 at 20:37

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Root the phone, you won't regret it. Unless you're on Verizon of course. Verizon hates modders and security enthusiasts.

The spyware apps you definitely want to get rid of are RootPA, Silentlogger, DT Ignite, and Carrier IQ (man, I hate those bastards.)

The rest is just bloatware for special features (ANT+ for S-Health, T-mobile/Verizon's ringtone apps, freemium services for watching movies, music, etc)

I forgot, since you have Samsung, there is a way to disable system apps without rooting. It's called Package Disabler Pro - Google Play and it only works on unrooted Samsung devices (some kind of device loophole per se). You can disable any system app from there that Settings.apk won't allow.

You can also use a VPN firewall without root, such as this one, to protect sensitive data from ever getting out there. Otherwise root and use DroidWall, more secure, doesn't rely on a third party VPN.

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    Just a remark, rootpa is definitely not a spyware, it's used for provisioning a secure storage space on device to store sensible information.
    – Leo
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 13:56

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