Questions tagged [system-apps]

A System app is an app which is placed under /system/app folder in an Android device. As /system is read-only, such an app cannot be uninstalled by an "ordinary" user.

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Suspicious Pre-installed Google Files App on Infinix HOT 10

I'm using Infinix HOT 10. I got tired of the buggy pre-installed File Manager, so I started looking for alternatives on Google Play Store. To my surprise, I found Google Files app (which is supposed ...
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How to start service 'package' with ADB

Using adb, I uninstalled some system apps on my device. Sadly, I uninstalled something important, and now the device is in a bootloop. During boot there is a window of time which I'm able to login ...
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Does uninstalling system apps using ADB commands increase internal storage?

I just wanted to know if uninstalling system apps or bloatware using adb commands frees up storage space. I know that uninstalling system apps using adb doesn't actually removes the app from your ...
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🤔❓APK components - services, activities, broadcast & content receivers where's their data Stored?

As I understand Every APK install is associated with these components. Trying to figure out precisely where they are stored. Services Activities Broadcast receivers Content receivers For most apps ...
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FM Radio on Motorola moto e6s

I have a Motorola moto e6s 2020 (model: XT2053-1) which hasn't got FM Radio. In an attempt to enable it I found that in /system/priv-app there is in fact a file named FMRadio.apk which I was able to ...
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Which Apps can be deleted from an Android?

Are there any pre-loaded apps that can be deleted without affecting the operation of the phone, or of other apps? The purpose is for ease of use, and to save space. Hi, thank you. I have a Wiko 2 ...
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Tried to ungoogle my android device, but accidentally removed a vital package, and neither it or google play store reinstalls through adb or apk's

I've got Coolpad Porto S, which is running Android 5.1. The apps I have been trying to reinstall were com.android.vending and com.google.android.webview (I don't have concrete evidence but after ...
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What is the Root app in Android and why is it connecting to the Internet?

The Root app is showing up in ProtectStar Firewall, but not the Settings app list with System Apps visible. It tried to connect to 99.86.100.101, an AWS (Amazon Web Services) IP address according to ...
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Why is impossible to remove system apps and preinstalled apps like 'Facebook' (with Android OS & without rooting) and can they be suppressed?

What is the explanation offered by manufacturers and vendors for why this is the case? Have there been legal challenges to this practice? For instance, I can't remove the apps 'Facebook' (not OS-...
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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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Chrome app returns after restart

I have a rooted OnePlus 5t, I'm trying to remove the Chrome app (same problem with Google Duo), using a system app remover, or through Total Commander delete it from its folder. As soon as I do that ...
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Does android keystore and “Clear data” of the “Settings” app are related?

I am working on a system app where i am storing some sensitive data in EncryptedSharedPreference. I realise that my app is not working as expected if I do clear data of android Settings app. That is ...
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How can be deleted the com.android.cts.priv.ctsshim?

I have been told this is a compatibility test suite, but it is safe to delete? if so, how can be deleted from the device?
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Trichrome library [duplicate]

I was downloading android system webview from apkmirror due to downloading an unsupported version through aurora store, and there when I found the right version for my system the page said that it ...
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What Is "Font Server"? And is it a virus?

I've been doing malware scans for my phone pretty often recently, along with browsing and searching up apps/ files on my internal storage. I found one called "Font Server" which has a blue ...
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Phone app keeps crashing

Launch the Phone app, then 3 dots > Settings and every time the app crashes with the message "Phone has stopped". I was trying to block a number. How do I go about diagnosing why this is ...
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Getting devices with custom system app

So, I am looking into getting devices with a custom app pre-installed from factory on the system image in a "device as a service" scenario. I am specifically interested in the app having ...
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Can factory reset recover deleted built-in apps?

If ill root my phone and delete the browser and the play store for example... and then ill go into recovery mode and make a factory reset, will those app will come back? If yes, is there a way to ...
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HELP getting preinstalled apps running, or get apps working in System/app

I'm trying to get preinstalled apps to work, ideally in their own preinstall folder, but also trying to install as a system app, adding to system/app the app installs after flashing & opens the ...
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How can I restore Google Chrome after I deleted it on my rooted phone?

I have a rooted Mototrola G6 Play, and today I deleted google chrome because I don't use it, but once I deleted it a bunch of apps stopped working like LastPass and Coursera just to name a few... I ...
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Sideload non-'Android TV' app to show on the home screen

I've sideloaded an app on my Xiaomi Mi Box adb install myapk.apk. It worked and I can start it. My problem is, that it got installed as system app, which is only accesible over the settings and ...
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Which phones have the purest Android?

I'm looking for phones with stock Android. I was able to find articles on the internet, but they mention mostly new phones, and I'm more interested in older (cheaper) versions. I have Google Pixel (...
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I uninstalled/deleted a system privileged app (from /system/priv-app) by mistake. Where can I get the apk of it?

My /system/priv-app/DocumentsUI is empty obviously. Putting any 3rd party DocumentsUI.apk in it results in bootloop. I have a custom rom (Aosp extended). Flashing the /system again would fix the ...
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Side effects of Android CarrierConfig reporting a foreign network as ”not roaming”

Android has a system app, CarrierConfig, which sets certain network parameters based on the carrier which supplied the currently inserted SIM card. Among others, the CarrierConfig app can tell Android ...
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Installing as System App - Boot failed

I am trying to install the app as System app. My APK works fine when I install in the normal way: adb install apk-file-name.apk I have reviewed the following discussion threads : How to Install App ...
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Company owned devices options for system apps

My questions regard the possibility to temperate which phone application could be set up while using Google Workspace (or any other MPA). Specifically: can I set up an application to replace the phone ...
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Generate a root debloat script from a package list after a successful non-root debloat

There are two ways to get rid of apps to debloat a ROM: adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 (run on PC) rm -rf (on device, in Terminal of TWRP) The first method has one big advantage - deleted apps ...
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What package is responsible for the "Recents" button to work?

Background: I wanted to customize my phone a little bit, a Samsung Galaxy A70 (SM-A705FN), and that process included de-bloating it. I opened xda-developers, looked around, and finally found a list of ...
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Nearly every app I open directly crashes

As specified in the title my problem is only that. Any app I open in my phone crashes with the message "Unfortunately the app has stopped working". Only the Google apps, Edge browser, Camera ...
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How to remove Messages app for SMS from Android 10 Wiko View 4 phone?

I want to remove the default messages application called Messages which handles sms sending and receiving from my Wiko View 4 Android 10 device. The reason I am wishing to uninstall this app is that I ...
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Suspected malware on stock apps in a Mediatek mtk65* based phone

I have an old(2016) Mediatek mtk6580 chipset phone(non rooted/stock). Couple days back, I downloaded an app called "Apk extractor" from play store, and extracted the system apps to the ...
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How to list system packages uninstalled (for a user) via ADB?

I want to research the bloatware that I disabled using pm uninstall -k –user 0 <package> and I just realized that I don't know how to make a list of those specific apps. I can list the file ...
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Mysterious vibrations from "System Interface"

For some time my Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vibrates for no apparent reason. It's a very short vibration with no notification of any kind so at first I thought I'm imagining things. But I noticed it's ...
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Persist changes to /system partition on A/B device (Android 9)

I’m trying to add the F-Droid Privileged Extension using the OTA .zip to a Fairphone 3 on which I’ve installed /e/ OS. I tried modifying the update-binary script because the mount points assumed in ...
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Files app (com.android.documentsui) crashes on Recent tab

I have a Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 with Android 9. There's this factory app called "Files" (which is com.android.documentsui) that's not working properly anymore. I have some apps on my phone like ...
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What are "T Google Enrolment" and "X Google Enrolment"

In my Pixel 3 with stock ROM I can see (among other) apps called "T Google Enrolment" and "X Google Enrolment". What are these and what do they do? Can I safely disable them? UPDATE: If, as alluded ...
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Prebuilt apk doesnt launch when preloaded but launches when installed on device

I am working to integrate a vendor's prebuilt apks onto my AOSP build Android 10. The earlier versions used to work fine. The prebuilt apk was made as certificate: platform and privileged: true ...
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Replacing Malware System Apps with Clean Versions of Apps

I have many times found devices or ROMs that have malware installed as system apps. This thread is intended to define a recurring problem and discuss and determine solutions. Background: In many ...
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How to combine ODEX and VDEX files with an APK file?

I have an .apk file, also comes with it two files, one .odex files, another .vdex file. The files were pulled from the /system/app folder of another phone. The files hierarchy on the original system ...
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Why preinstalled apps have more privileges than third party apps?

This question is based on an observation of Android's powerful security features, In my old Android Lollipop third party apps had read access (but no write access) to external SD card, but my Android ...
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How to install split-apk as system app?

I would like to know if its possible to convert a split-apk user app to a system app. One example is the google messaging app, it has a couple of apk files, lib and oat folders and base.dm file in its ...
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Android system keeps resetting default USB configuration upon PC connection

Whenever I'm connecting my Samsung Galaxy A40 running Android 9.0 to a laptop or PC, I'm getting an annoying prompt to allow data transfer, and the following setting which I had set to "Charging phone ...
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List of Android OS services/system apps with dependencies?

Is there a list of Android OS services/system apps including dependencies, similar to what can be displayed and configured in Windows using msconfig.exe? Researching every single one individually is ...
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System Application was uninstalled and could not be recovered in android

I have rooted my device. I have installed crDroid-7.1.2-20171202-j5nlte-v3.8.3 and android 7.1.2 I am using j5nlte model of samsung. I have accidentally uninstalled contact and contact storage ...
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How to modify /system/priv-app in Android 10?

I use ES File Explorer to modify /system/priv-app in the past with root permission given via magisk. After upgrading to Android 10, ES File Explorer can no longer modify the /system/priv-app giving ...
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removing privileged permissions from pre-installed apps

Many pre-installed apps get privileged permissions, which are defined in /etc/permissions/privapp-permissions-*.xml files. Given a rooted device, it would be possible to edit those files in order to ...
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/data/system/packages.xml does not update after install/uninstall of apps. Is that expected?

I am using a android board with a custom ROM based on Android 4.4.2. I was trying to override a /system/priv-app/ app by installing an updated version in normal partition. While testing I realised ...
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Can a System-App read the data of other apps on Android 9?

I want to know if a system-app is able to read the data of other apps (the data stored in /data/data.) on Android 9. Thanks!
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How does Package Disabler app work? [duplicate]

There are two apps that can disable system apps (bloatware) from Samsung and LG devices. Those do not need root or any special permission. Can anyone explain how this works?
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What happens if I ignore the warning: "If you deny this permission, basic features of your device may no longer function as intended"?

If I go into the permissions settings for the Google app and change the Location permission from "Allow all the time" to "Allow only while using the app" or "Deny," I am presented with a warning: "If ...

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