How can I disable system apps that have been updated through the Play Store without doing "Uninstall Updates"?

For instance, Maps is a system app, which has been updated. How can I disable it without uninstalling the updates?

I would also like to know how to "Disable" User Apps, without Root!

My device is a Sony Xperia U.

  • Can you explain disable it without uninstalling the updates?
    – Sid
    Jul 8, 2013 at 13:13
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    Easy: He wants to keep the currently installed version, but freeze it -- so he might "unfreeze" when he really needs it. A quite common requirement for Google Maps; I do that with TiBu, but that requires root. Without root, via Settings->Apps, it seems one has to "uninstall updates" before one is able to freeze a system app.
    – Izzy
    Jul 8, 2013 at 13:46
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  • My vote is for eldarerathis's answer, if you have 4.x then you can just disable it in the apps section in the settings. No way around the un installing updates option [unless you root], sorry
    – spences10
    Jul 8, 2013 at 15:09
  • Would also help if we knew what device it was for, i.e. if you have a nexus you could boot a custom recovery flash the most up to date gapps then reboot, staying unrooted but with up to date apps
    – spences10
    Jul 8, 2013 at 15:11


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