Questions tagged [disable-app]

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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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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How to block from installing APK?

there are apps to blocks Play Store from installing apps but how to block APK from being installed. I want like user needs to input password before downloading or use pre-downloaded apps and not ...
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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?

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

All my searches on this topic just return results about how to disable (built-in) apps on Android, which is the opposite of what I want. I want to know how it is that some apps do not allow disabling ...
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Greenify ruins my Samsung Keyboard Input Languages

I've installed this Greenify app on my non-rooted Galaxy S3. It really does the magic after hibernating some of the non-system apps (e.g. FB, Twitter, etc.) - phone runs faster, battery drains down ...
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Why are disabled apps still running?

I've noticed that apps (such as Google Contacts Sync) that have been disabled using the stock Android (KitKat) app manager still show up as running when using process observer tools. This is true ...
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Is it safe to disable Network Location process?

I only use GPS in case of navigation and not the others methods(determine location using wireless networks); so is it safe that I disable 'Network Location' process? this process spawn three other ...
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Disable option greyed out, how to disable the app then?

(Click image to enlarge) I am having a problem with the Play Store. I searched for a solution, it noted that we need to make sure our Download Manager is disabled. But the "Disable" button is greyed ...
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Disabling the Google App

A while back, I disabled the Google App (com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox). IIRC, disabling the app caused some problems which I discovered over time. Unfortunately, all my notes on the topic ...
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Is disabling an app functionally similar to unistalling it? [duplicate]

I don't know much about how apk and apps in android work. Title says it all. In my specific case, I installed icon packs from a playstore app to be used along with Nova Launcher. Now I want to get rid ...
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Cannot boot into Android after freezing Blink Feed Launcher in HTC One M7

Using Titanium Backup Pro I froze Blink Feed Launcher. Now all I see on the screen is just logo and bootloader page by using Power and Volume buttton. I have an HTC One M7 running Lollipop 5.0.2. ...
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How to permanently disable mediaserver service?

I am trying to permanently disable the notorious power hogging mediascanserver or mediaserver (whatever it's better known) service on a rooted Jiayu S3. Here are my ADB commands: su pm disable com....
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Disable disable option

Is it possible to disable the disable option for a system app? For example, if I turned Google now launcher into a system app, the disable option is grayed out. However, if I do the same for Google ...
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Is it safe to disable system google apps

I am looking on to using some of the applications provided from the manufacturer and was wondering if it is safe to disable some google applications. I am looking to disable: GMail (this is my ...
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Is disabling built-in apps fine?

I am using Moto E(1st gen) with Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It is unrooted. I wish to disable some of the built-in apps, which I do not use, e.g. Motorola Assist, Motorola Migrate, Google Play Books etc., ...
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How can I disable a stock app that has its Disable button greyed out?

There is a pesky bloatware app (specificlly VUDU Version 1.0) that came preinstalled on my device. Whenever I boot my device, it starts up an app process, so every time I boot I have to open up the ...
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Sim change alert - Unforunately, Settings has stopped

I'm trying to disable the SIM change alert in my phone, but both "Remote Controls" and "SIM change alert" options in my Settings app are crashing it with the message "Unfortunately, Settings has ...
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Running an Android phone as a pure phone - disabling the computer part

This question is not about pre-installed apps but more about apps which are part of Android. What are all the apps (which come in the factory condition) which I can disable if I am planning to use an ...
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Is it safe to rename, delete or disable system/bin/mediaserver?

mediaserver is constantly running in the background eating up CPU. I don't care at this point if I don't get to use the gallery app and I'm fed up with having to reboot every time I hop out of my car....
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Made hangouts handle my SMS. Any downside to disabling Messanging?

If I've made Hangouts handle my SMS, is there any downside to disabling the default Messaging app? Does anything rely on that app being enabled?
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Re-enable Disabled App (Enable option greyed out)

I disabled my default Messaging app some time ago, but now I need to Re-enable it, but when I go to the Disabled tab under Apps, the option to Enable it is greyed out.
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what does the “disable” button do?

When I go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Downloaded I see an application list. If I select some applications I see button "disable". What does this button mean? What ...