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To temporarily disable an app without uninstalling it, it can be "frozen". This has nothing to do with an "app freezing" in terms of "not responding to input".

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Why can't I uninstall/disable all bloatware through ADB without root?

I recently tried to disable bloatware in my cheap Vivo and Oppo smartphones. These apps named Themes, Game Center, etc. keep giving me notifications that can't be disabled through the UI. The ...
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Reinstall apps/services via phone directly?

I uninstalled certain apps/services via adb, then disabled the USB Debugging option. After restart the phone's settings option is not working. Please suggest how to enable developer options, usb ...
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Turn an old Samsung Galaxy S6 into a GameBoy/eBook reader

I have a Galaxy Tab S6 (I know, old...) and I would like to turn it into something that, once turned on, will do two things: GameBoy (via an emulator) Ebook (via the Kindle reader) I want to make ...
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What EXACTLY does "pm uninstall" do on an unrooted Android 9.0 device?

There seems to be confusion regarding the behavior of pm uninstall from the ADB shell, see also here and here. Question: What configuration files does pm uninstall write to, is it /data/system/...
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Cannot log in after disabling Android package from TWRP or with ADB

I have Google packages on Android disabled for security. Today I enabled the Play Store, Framework, and other stuff and now I can't log in to Android without restarting. I can't remove the package ...
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How to list suspended apps?

You can "suspend" user apps via cmd package suspend <packageName> (which acts kind of like pm disable; the differences are explained in this answer by @Firelord), and later unsuspend ...
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How to enable and disable app using LADB?

So far, I only could find this related discussion from this site regarding disabling app on android by ADB, but I'm using LADB app and confirm whether these commands are correct or not since the ...
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Cannot remove google account from Samsung android phone. Remove button greyed out

I cannot remove my google account from my android phone. Samsung XCover 4s Android 10. This is a work phone and I only used my account to download whatsapp for work communication group. I have deleted ...
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pm Disable activity

Have been asked many times, how to block the installation of applications from an apk file, how to block the package installer ... The common answer is that it is impossible because even if you will ...
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Enable Package Installer

I have rooted OnePlus 5t, I used Lucky Pacher to disable Package Installer and when I reboot my device I got boot loop... Is there something I can do beside factory rest? is there an option to enable ...
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Does `pm uninstall` also automatically execute `force-stop` and `clear` on a non-rooted device?

This is for non-rooted stock ROM's. To get rid of one single app, I've been executing the following commands: (Step 1) disable-user (2) force-stop (3) clear (4) uninstall (5) clear Steps (1) and (2) ...
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"Screen Recording" in LG Android [duplicate]

I have an LG V40, and in both Android 9 and 10, it seems that the "Screen Recording" app is always running, and not possible to keep it Stopped. Greenify shows it as running in "...
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Bundled Microsoft apps keep getting updated even though they are disabled

My phone came with several non-uninstallable "factory apps". Three of these are Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Even though I have disabled these, and uninstalled any updates to save space, the ...
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Google Chrome and picture reenabling and reinstalling without authorization or interaction?

As somebody really wary of Google in general, the first thing I did on my phone was to disable Chrome and Google Pictures, and replaced them by apps from F-Droid For a few days now, I've seen them ...
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How to stop update notifications for disabled apps on a Family-Link managed device?

Running Android 6.0.1 on Nexus 7 device, where I have disabled the following apps: Google Play Movies and TV Google Play Music Google Play Newsstand Google Play Books Before disabling, I cleaned ...
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How to disable an activity containing a special character?

What is the correct way to disable the activity: com.android.settings/.Settings$SystemDashboardActivity When I try to disable it via pm disable command it disables the whole Settings activity and ...
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How to enable a disabled app in Samsung

Phone: Samsung Galaxy S9, Android 10, OneUI2.0 After updating my OS last month, the "Enable" button disappears from App info panel(Settings | Apps | (app) | Enable, said How to enable a disabled app)....
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How to disable redmi note 7 recommended apps

Since one of the last updates, my phone has started showing me recommended apps when opening a folder on my screen. How do I disable such behavior? I tried following some guides online involving ...
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Can disabled application influence / modify system and UI

This is somewhat a follow up to my 1,5 year old question (still not answered). I already know that applications displayed as disabled may still be running in background in certain scenarios (mostly, ...
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How to safely remove, disable, freeze system apps on rooted device?

How to safely remove, disable, freeze system apps on rooted device (Xiaomi Mi9)? I tried doing it old school on my Mi9 but after removing just absolute bloatware system doesn't boot, had to reinstall ...
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Disable specific apps access to stock browser?

With a productivity lock in place with an access code that is set by someone else, the phone user cannot directly open the "stock browser" unless Android asks: Sign into public wifi network if I ...
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How to uninstall/disable system apps on Fire HD 8?

I want to uninstall or disable system apps on my Amazon Fire HD 8 2017. How can I do this? The FireOS version in "System Updates" menu is 5.6.2.0.
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Getting rid of Samsung's Gallery app notifications? (or even the entire app)

I'm currently using a Galaxy S5 mini with Android 5.1.1 and one thing that I find particularly irritating is Samsung's Gallery app that keeps giving notifications. For some reason I can't seem to turn ...
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How can Android run a disabled application?

I have just run into a situation described in this blog: Can any one explain this to me? How can Android run a disabled application? What good do we have from marking applications as disabled, if ...
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list disable package feature/component

we can use pm list packages -d to list disabled packages. but how can I list disabled feature/component inside a package? for example I disable all fitness related stuff from gms pm disable com....
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How do some system apps prevent themselves from being disabled?

I have been researching about this for quite some time and frankly I haven't found anything that reproduces this effect in any phone that I have tried, as you know there are a few system apps that ...
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How to disable Google Apps in Mi Phones

I observed in case of Mi phones like Redmi Note 4 & Mi Max2. We’re not able to disable Google Apps like Chrome, Play Music, Play Movies & TV, etc. Please let me know, how to disable Google ...
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Android 7 ignoring Auto Updates turned OFF. Any solution?

In Settings -> System apps updater, I've turned "Auto updates" to OFF. However, I've just received a message "5 apps updated". In fact it has updated Gmail, Maps, Chrome, Google Photos and Telegram. ...
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how to disable system apps without root?

How to disable system apps without root? My phone model is vivo x5 max+ and android 4.4.4 I have tried Debloater but it failed to connect (I am sure I've allowed USB debugging).
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How can Instagram cause wakelocks when disabled?

Can somebody explain me the logic behind how Instagram can still be the top app in my wakelook detector app even when it is disabled with Package disabler??:O
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How can I see all installed packages, including those that have been hidden?

Recently I used ADB to hide a bunch of packages on an old phone (Verizon 2013 Moto X) I intend to use for development. I hid most of the phone-related packages, including the SIM Toolkit and the ...
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Are there benefits to using Greenify with Android Nougat?

Greenify by Oasis Feng (donation package) is a well-regarded tool to manually and automatically freeze apps that are not in use. Typically, Greenify's benefits are to: increase battery duration ...
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Remove Backup and Factory reset option from Settings app [duplicate]

I want to remove some features from my settings app (device is rooted) I used adb shell pm disable 'com.android.settings/.Settings\$SecuritySettingsActivity' to disable security settings and it ...
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Disabling certain applications on Android 6.0.1

I am trying to disable certain applications from being run on our android company issued cellphones. We tried simply downloading Applock on the play store but apparently some employees have gone ...
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Is there a method to freeze and thaw an application vs uninstall/reinstall?

On a non-rooted Android 5.1 phone, is there a way to "freeze" an applications, settings, and data? I don't want to uninstall or need to consistently kill a process. I would like to archive an ...
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Do frozen/disabled apps get triggered by broadcast receivers?

If an app is frozen/disabled, does it still get executed if triggered by a broadcast receiver?
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PM error Could not access the Package Manager

I am trying to freeze an app on my phone using the solution given here. I am using the Terminal Emulator app to execute the commands: su pm disable {package_name} But am getting an error: ...
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How to prevent apps to become auto install without user interaction?

In my mobile some app automatically install without my any action. Some times thos apps are auto install even I already uninstalled them, but every time I uninstalled thos apps are automatically ...
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Init.d script trouble shooting

I'm trying to run an init.d script when my rom boots to disable system services, and they aren't running. The script is as follows #!/system/bin/sh su -c pm disable com.google.android.gms/.update....
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How do I disable Google App?

I'm using Android 6.0 (non-rooted) phone. Holding home button opens up Google App which I never use. I don't think that I can change the behavior of holding home button at least as non-root user. (If ...
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Why does Android require you to revert back to factory version in order to disable a system app?

In Android, you can go to the App info page and do things like see how much data storage it's using, force stop the app, and uninstall it. If the app isn't installed via the Play Store or APK (ie, it'...
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Disable system apps without closed-source tools?

After spending more than an hour searching through F-Droid for an app to disable system apps, I gave up. The only thing I was able to find was Disable Manager and that doesn't seem to be able to ...
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How do some android apps remember that this is not the first time they are being installed?

Some android apps are can remember whether they were installed on the same device earlier. Suppose you uninstalled an app a year ago. After one year if you install that same app again, that app will ...
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Consequences of disabling com.android.SystemUI

I have not been able to find the consecuences of disabling the SystemUI app (com.android.systemui) on Android Lollipop. The tablet is rooted so to disable it I just have to send the command pm disable ...
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Uninstalling versus disabling apps

When I select the menu entry called "Uninstall/Disable apps" - from the apps drawer which can be reached from any home screen by tapping the 16-square icon in the lower-right hand corner - I can ...
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Disable default Internet app on Android 6.0.1 on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

I'm trying to disable the default "Internet" app. I can't deactivate it via the app manager. I need it disabled, because the Tablet should not be allowed to use an internet browser, but other apps ...
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Which apps cannot be disabled (without root)?

I need to know more about disabling built-in apps. Some apps can be disabled, but there are some which has "disable" button disabled. Is there any way how to find out which apps cannot be disabled? (...
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How to check if a package is enabled via shell?

I have been writing a tasker task to enable/disable a package. I know adb shell pm enable com.android.contacts will enable the package and adb shell pm disable com.android.contacts will ...
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Disabling downloaded app

In Android, you can disable a built-in app so it won't run and will disappear from the app list. But it will still remain on the phone and can be easily re-enabled. However, there's no such option ...
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How to disable third-party apps without uninstall? [duplicate]

Is there a way to temporarily disable apps I downloaded from the Google play store without having to uninstall them?
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