The thing is that I'm fed up of some stock adware apps on my Micromax phone and want to disable them for good. So, as per this answer, I used adb shell to disable the app, but I'm getting the following error:

shell@Q4260:/ $ pm hide com.micromax.trendingapps
Error: java.lang.SecurityException: Neither user 2000 nor current process has android.permission.MANAGE_USERS.
1|shell@Q4260:/ $ 

The error message indicates that I need android.permission.MANAGE_USERS to achieve that. So I even tried granting that permission to the shell app, but no use!

shell@Q4260:/ $ pm grant com.android.shell android.permission.MANAGE_USERS     
Operation not allowed: java.lang.SecurityException: Package com.android.shell has not requested permission android.permission.MANAGE_USERS
1|shell@Q4260:/ $ 

Is there any other way to get myself that permission?

Finally, the smart-phone is Micromax Q4260 running Marshmallow if that matters. This could probably be solved by rooting, but I don't have any intention of rooting as it could be risky on this little known model.

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I solved my problem with a little help from Google and XDA Forums. Though this doesn't answer the exact title question, I found an alternative way to disable OEM bloatware on Android M+ without requiring MANAGE_USERS permission or root:

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.micromax.trendingapps

(you may use or not the -k option, which is to keep the data and cache directories)

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    Your hint allowed me to remove the apps "AudioFX" and "FM Radio" to clean up a bit further my phone (Redmi 5A - LineageOS 15.1). Thanks! Jun 17, 2019 at 0:46

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