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Is there any other way to get updates to frozen apps?

I freeze problematic apps in hope of waiting for a better update. When frozen, the apps once did update like normally. I've turned on automatic updates in Google Play Store.

Now I've noticed that apps that are frozen does not seem to get updates.

Is this a problem with the way I freeze apps? I use Link2SD app to freeze apps.

Or is it because of the updated latest versions of Google Play Store doesn't allow updates for the frozen/disabled apps? (Google play store shows "Enable" button over the place of "open/update" for installed frozen apps.)

My Google Play Store version: 3.10.10

  • Frozen apps are basically "no longer there" (that is why you freeze them). Still there seems to be a way with updates, as your question suggests. I remember Titanium Backup having an option whether "market links" should be wiped when freezing an app, which seems to point to that direction: Maybe using TB, and keep the "market links" on Freeze would do the job -- maybe you give it a try (Link2SD requires root, so your device is rooted -- I cannot believe there's a rooted device w/o TB :)
    – Izzy
    Dec 20, 2012 at 7:42
  • @Izzy Market links are there. That is why google play can "see" frozen apps. I prefer Link2SD over TB. TB feels more heavy on my small phone.
    – Irfan
    Dec 20, 2012 at 10:07

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Based on one of the comments in an AndroidPolice article about Google Play Store v3.7.15, you can't update frozen / disabled apps anymore.


Just a bit more insight into this:

Since ICS, Google allows you to disable system apps via the applications menu - this is the same as freezing.

As such, Google Play needed to improve their system to allow them to detect 'Disabled' system apps that reside on the market - such as apps added their by OEM's.

As such, Google Play now detects frozen/disabled apps and doesn't allow you to update them until they are unfrozen/enabled.

  • I guess I'd have to wait for an update to the Play Store that hopefully fixes this..
    – Irfan
    Dec 22, 2012 at 16:12

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