I would like to freeze, or in any way disable Google Play on my Android 2.3.6. I tried to prevent the autorun: it always finds its way. I tried to freeze it with Gemini App Manager: even blocked it starts.

How can I definitely block or even uninstall this damned application ? Has someone succeeded in doing so ?

The reason: every time it starts, my whole phone becomes extremely slow, barely usable.

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    So, you don't ever want to install or update apps?
    – ale
    Commented Jun 20, 2014 at 0:21
  • As Al said, if you do uninstall Google Play you can't download or update any apps at all. I guess you could occasionally install the store apk file and do it then uninstall. Google Play is a system app so you'd need Root and an application like Root Uninstaller (downloaded from Play Store ironically) and then uninstall system apps.
    – RossC
    Commented Jun 20, 2014 at 7:53
  • My phone is already rooted, and I already tried to block/freeze Google Play, but like I said, for Google Play it does not work, the apps unblocks itself one way or another. I wanted to avoid uninstalling it completely to be able to sometimes use it, but maybe this is the only way. I suppose I can then use another store app to install and update my applications.
    – Zini
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 14:49
  • Do you have also unlocked phone? I mean unlocked bootloader, so you are able to make changes in system partition.
    – Velda
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 9:20

4 Answers 4


Not sure how well this works but if you have root you could try this F-Droid app.


The most straightforward method would be to just flash a custom ROM without GApps, so you would have a clean device. Just backup all your apps with TitaniumBackup or oandbackup before doing it.

  • If your phone is rooted, then you can rename Google Apps APK file extension to ._ap_k or something like that. You can also move it outside the system/app folder. This will definitely prevent it from starting.
  • You can also use startup manager and task killer apps to kill it.
  • If the disable option is available in Settings -> Apps - All, then it you can disable it. Otherwise, try to disable Google Framework or Google Account. Google Apps is dependent on them.

If your phone is rooted you can use the pm command in terminal.

Instructions: 1. Install https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jackpal.androidterm 2. In the terminal emulator type "su" (without the "") and hit enter in order to obtain root permissions. 3. Then you need to type

pm disable package_name

Replace the package_name with the package name of the app you need to disable. It should work.

To enable a package do the same but replace disable with enable.

  • The package name of the play store should be com.android.vending Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 6:31

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