Is there a way to temporarily disable apps I downloaded from the Google play store without having to uninstall them?

  • Can you please give some background on why you want to do that, and whether solutions requiring a computer are acceptable? There might be possibilities not doing exactly what you ask here now, but fitting your requirements nevertheless.
    – Izzy
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 5:31
  • Does this answer your question? How do I temporarily disable an app when there is no "Disable" option
    – Suncatcher
    Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 8:27

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See Determine the package name of your app to get the package name of the concerned app and use shell to execute these commands:

adb shell
pm disable PACKAGE              # disables the app and hides it in Settings -> Applications 
pm hide PACKAGE                 # alternative; for Android Lollipop and above
cmd package suspend PACKAGE     # alternative; package remains visible in Launcher and Settings app but cannot be used; a feature of Device Administration

PACKAGE refers to package name of the app

To reinstate the app, replace disable with enable, hide with unhide, and suspend with unsuspend in the said command and execute it with root privilege.

If you've Android KitKat or above and do not have root access, use in PC to execute this command:

adb shell pm block PACKAGE         # for Android KitKat
adb shell pm hide  PACKAGE         # for Android Lollipop only
adb shell pm disable-user PACKAGE  # alternative to `pm hide`; for Android Lollipop and above; this works just like disabling an app through Settings app

To reinstate the app:

adb shell pm unblock PACKAGE   # for Android KitKat
adb shell pm unhide PACKAGE    # for Android Lollipop and only if you used `pm hide` earlier
adb shell pm enable PACKAGE    # for Android Lollipop and above

Changes would take place immediately.


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