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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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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Is there an Alarm app that would ring even if the phone is turned off? [duplicate]

I use a Realme phone, which is good for its price tag, but the system apps included in it are not that feature-rich. This is especially true for the Alarm app, which is very bare-bones, but this app ...
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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 do I turn off automatic download of update in Realme 5i running color OS 6(Android 9)?

I have realme 5i phone running Android 9 with color OS 6 skin. (Same software of oppo phones) My phone automatically downloads system update (OTA) without asking. So when my data balance is low it'll ...
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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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Uiderrors.txt: Relax SCAN_REQUIRE_KNOWN requirement

/data/system/uiderrors.txt gets all these relax errors at every restart Relax SCAN_REQUIRE_KNOWN requirement for package com.miui.compass com.miui.player com.android.vending ... That's a ...
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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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Weird apps on my wifi data usage. I wonder is this the problem to my phone being really slow and overheating? Does anyone have them aswell? [duplicate]

My phone would sometimes get really slow. Like it would take it 15 seconds to close the app that I was currently using and everything starts glitching. It would also heat up when that happens. So I ...
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How can I replace the default web browser and keyboard on Android 5?

I want to replace Google Chrome and Gboard with Firefox and OpenBoard. I used an app called /system/app mover to make system apps of the above-mentioned apps, however the result was that they both ...
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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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un-specified apps have unrestricted data usage when data saver is on…data usage is 3gb /day and every switch is off

my data usage is sky rocketing and and i cannot find the apps that are responsible. the permissions show 2 apps with unrestricted data usage when data saver it off. and when data saver is on there are ...
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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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Reinstalling prebuild apps

I have uninstalled inbuilt gallery app and several other bloatwares from my Huwei Honor 7x device (Running Android Pie) using adb tool to avail more disc space. But now the inbuilt camera app ...
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How to change the pen tip size in google photos markup?

There is a markup tool in google photos where I can draw lines. But I wonder how can I change the pen tip size and opacity.
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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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Map the home button to wakeup device on lineage os 16 (android 9.0)

I have a Samsung j5 2015 j500H with lineage os 16 installed (android pie) this rom doesn't have an option to control the mapping of the home button (maybe that just because there are no phones with ...
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Neffos X9 prevents me from uninstalling or turning off any application

tl;dr: Except for some weird games, I cannot uninstall or even turn off any application that is installed on my TP-Link Neffos X9 phone / Android 8.1. Is there anything I can do with this? So far I'...
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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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Can a virus/spyware install itself on a system partition remotely?

If I install malicious app accidentally can it copy itself onto the system partition? Or if a hacker gains access to my phone remotely can he install spyware onto the system partition? I have read ...
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Which process is responsible for capturing (mobile/WiFi) data usage?

The problem is that it is broken for me. I customized quite a bit, specifically installing a firewall that uses root and disabling broadcast receivers and services in many Huawei and Google apps that ...
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How can I launch a system app that doesn't appear in the app drawer?

Just for context, I have an unrooted OnePlus 6. There's a system app called "Zen Mode" (not in the play store) that gives you notifications when you use your phone for 2 hours. I tapped on the ...
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What is the system app “Bluetooth share” for?

I have a system app on my Android 7.0 android device. The app is called "Bluetooth share". What exactly is this app used for?
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Button/ toggle access

What is the symbol of a phone with an ! In the middle. It shows up in enabling all permissions in appp settings. I have a note 5 on nouget 7.0. is it a secret access switch and if so how do I access ...
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System storage is showing full even when it is not. So I can't install apk as system app

I have OnePlus 6 with latest Open Beta. It is rooted. I have done everything but I still can't install any app as a system app. I have tried Link2SD and Titanium Backup. I have tried to copy/paste ...
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Detect blacklisted phone's presence

Okay, so basically i need a way to alert me if someone unwanted is around me. I mean I'd have a list of whitelisted people (devices). If anyone except these are found around i want the app to alert me....
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I can't integrate updates to system

I am using Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. Unlocked the bootloader and installed TWRP recovery. Then installed Magisk as root agent. Everything seems to be working fine. But I can't integrate updates of the ...
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Android Keeps reinstalling Apps Removed with System App Safe Remover

I rooted my phone and uninstalled all the bloatware with System App Safe Remover. Google Drive, Galaxy Store, Samsung Music, etc. When in restart the phone Android re-installs them. It's a Galaxy S5 ...
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How to remove a system app from the Play Store updates list [duplicate]

I wonder how I can remove SwiftKey Keyboard form the updates list. Notes It's a system app. Its Disable button is grayed out.
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Why deleting system files on a rooted Android says “device or resource is busy”?

I have FX Explorer, I was trying to delete some stuff in /system/app (the stuff are just empty folders) but it keep saying The operation isn't permitted on a mounted filesystem. What should I do to ...
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Developer permissions

Is there a way to remove or deny permission of system packages Example an app has permission to com.android.vending.BILLING? I have root access
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Getting signature error while installing a different version of the app

Recently I install a custom ROM named eelo https://e.foundation/. It comes with pre-installed Telegram app. After much research I was able to uninstall if from the system with the command adb shell pm ...
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Get Android activities and sub activities path programmatically

This is my first question on AE forum, so excuse me for my ignorance. I'm searching for a method to get the complete path through the system apps like Music, Video, Settings, etc... The goal is to ...
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how to replace android system.apk with one custom made version of it

I have created a copy of one of the main system apps(android system.apk) in which i have replaced some files to improve graphical view of my phone. is there any way to replace the two files or any ...
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Does deleting your Android apps data delete your personal files?

I use Redmi Note 3 with Android 6.0.1. Out of 10 GB internal storage, 4.5 GB is occupied only by apps. I see that app data and app cache eat up a lot of free space. I safely delete app cache data.But ...
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Convert system app to a user app without root

Is there any way to make a system app a user app using adb and without root?
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Reinstall System app which is uninstalled for the current user?

So, I have already posted this on reddit, but I might reach a better audience here. I "uninstalled" google play games using this guide by XDA. Now I need to reinstall it. This is the command, how I ...
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Backup System App

I have my phone rooted with magisk and am running a ROM based on Android Pie, which doesn't come with GApps, and therefore has builtin apps to do stuff, my interest is in the gallery app. I configured ...
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How to install Split APK as system app?

I have copied it's APK to /system/app, but it crashes after a restart and also tried using Lucky patcher to move to system, but failed. Android 7.0 Rooted with SuperSU.
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Problem with installing a system app on rooted device

I rooted my device to install an app as a system app. However after the installation of the app, I see the following error in the log cat 2019-03-14 18:19:19.319 4197-4197/? E/zygote64: Dex checksum ...
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How do I get rid of com.android.Pet.mediaproxy?

I found this on my phone on my Files after I woke up. I accidentally fell asleep and I have a housemate who likes messing with my things and decided to put something on my phone that is actually a ...
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Reinstall app removed via ADB

I removed 'MusicFX' via adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 'musicfx package' And now I'm having issue with playing Bluetooth media audio, so I thought maybe it's that Can it be reinstall, maybe an ...
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Looking up words easily in the dictionary

Would it be possible for an entry to be installed on the menu that shows up when I highlight a word, so that I can look up the word on a dictionary, for example from an installed app such as Merriam-...
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Moving app from “/data/app” to “/system/priv-app” leads to reboot (Magisk, Android 8.1) [duplicate]

I have a rooted device Samsung SM-T590 (Galaxy Tab A, 2018, 10.5, Android 8.1.0) I have Root Explorer app installed When I try to move some app from "/data/app" to "/system/priv-app" (using Root ...

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