I have an older Google Nexus 4 (by LG), running 5.1.1 Lollipop (latest supported version). I want this to be my daughters first smartphone, and want to lock it down as much as possible.

So besides my own user account on the device I created a second user account for her. I installed the apps she should be able to use, but want to restrict others.

So I went on and disabled all apps she should not be able to use. However, all disabled apps keep re-appearing on her account after a day or so.

I went on and disabled automatic app updates on my own user and on her account, then went on and again disabled all apps on her account, but they keep re-appearing.

Question is: How can I permanently remove apps (especially the pre-installed apps like YouTube, Google, News, GMail, Hangouts, Play Books Play Music etc.) from her user account?

Rooting the device is not an option.


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Try this way:

  1. Connect device via ADB
  2. Go to ADB shell

    adb shell
  3. Find your target app by listing all the apps

    pm list packages
  4. Remove app like this

    pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.inputdevices

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