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How do some android apps remember that this is not the first time they are being installed?

There are multiple ways to identify a unique device or its user: Keep a file in some (non-default) directory: You already said this; apps can often write to the internal storage of a device. This ...
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How to check if a package is enabled via shell?

pm list packages -d 2>/dev/null will list up all disabled packages, one per line, preceded with the keyword package: – so output looks like package:com.android.exchange package:com.android.email ...
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how to disable system apps without root?

Provided that you've adb setup and functioning, use this command in a console: adb shell pm block PACKAGE # for Android Kitkat adb shell pm hide PACKAGE # for Android ...
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How can I see all installed packages, including those that have been hidden?

If you run adb shell pm you would find many options and parameters for pm. One of the parameter is -u to show uninstalled packages. (Hidden packages are treated as uninstalled packages.) On an ...
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How do I disable Google App?

You can change the behavior of holding home button even as non-root user (at least on my LG G Flex 2 with Android version 6.0.1): Settings - Apps - Configure apps - Default Apps (in Advanced section) ...
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Disabling downloaded app

Requires root (at least on 6.0.1). System permissions (uid<=1000) is required but adb runs as userid 2000. The Package Manager (pm) will do exactly what you want. In either adb or Terminal ...
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How to disable third-party apps without uninstall?

See Determine the package name of your app to get the package name of the concerned app and use adb shell to execute these commands: adb shell su pm disable PACKAGE # disables the app ...
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Consequences of disabling com.android.SystemUI

Is it safe to disable com.android.systemui? from Stack overflow : If you completely remove SystemUI.apk from the system, your device will hang on start-up and never fully boot again. Tried it ...
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Cannot log in after disabling Android package from TWRP or with ADB

Answering my own question. If you have a package that is crashing or restarting at boot, you can disable it by using a recovery shell from TWRP. You can disable packages by editing the /data/system/...
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Disable default Internet app on Android 6.0.1 on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

From https://www.xda-developers.com/uninstall-carrier-oem-bloatware-without-root-access/: WARNING Uninstalling system applications can be dangerous so please know what you’re getting rid of before ...
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How to prevent disabling of apps

If you have root, you move the app to /system/priv-app; privileged system apps can't be disabled through normal user methods. Otherwise, it's up to the application to support Device Administration. ...
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How to stop update notifications for disabled apps on a Family-Link managed device?

Have you tried resetting the Play Store? It is possible (although very unlikely) that the Play Store has failed to detect that the apps have been disabled. Go to Settings → Apps → Play Store → ...
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How to permanently disable mediaserver service?

I am not a programmer by any means, but Adups might be the issue. They were in the news today for installing software on phones that dumps data from your phone regularly into a Chinese server. Heres ...
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Uninstalling versus disabling apps

In order to uninstall apps on touch-wiz, go to the apps folder then tap the left soft button. Now tap uninstall and touch the minus button for the app you want to remove. Finally, tap yes when it says ...
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How do some android apps remember that this is not the first time they are being installed?

It is not connected to storage, but to the cloud. That is how it remembers even though you deleted your data. In order to switch this off, go to your device's settings app, tap accounts google under ...
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How to check if a package is enabled via shell?

There are apps that have similar names, so just a simple grep might be problematic. Take the following apps for instance. com.amazon.dcp com.amazon.dcp.contracts.framework.library If the short one is ...
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How do some android apps remember that this is not the first time they are being installed?

GiantTree's answer covers it best, but there is another point to think about. It would clearly be a "dark pattern" but this identification could also be done through fingerprinting certain user data - ...
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Why does Android require you to revert back to factory version in order to disable a system app?

No, no, no. Reverting to the factory version is not required to disable an app. It's simple. The dev team think that by disabling, you mean you don't need that app anymore so it's of no use to keep an ...
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Is there a method to freeze and thaw an application vs uninstall/reinstall?

You shoud try a software developped by gatesjunior, a Recognized Developer at XDA-Developers. I doesn't require root for hiding/blocking apps. Download debloater.exe here (mirror) for Windows (May ...
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list disable package feature/component

Not as straight-forward as listing packages. Here's an except (Bash code) on how my tool Adebar does it (for all apps on a device, spooling results to a file as pm disable comands in the way your ...
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How to disable redmi note 7 recommended apps

It is the same as the "more apps folder promoted apps issue" Open the More Apps folder (in your case Giochi?) Tap on the folder name ‘More Apps’ or whatever you renamed it (tap on the Giochi as seen ...
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Reinstall apps/services via phone directly?

Resolved the issue using 3P apps for adding shortcuts to following: About Phone. (Entered Developer Mode) Developer Options. (Enabled USB debugging) Connected via USB, ran adb shell cmd successfully ...
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How to disable Google Apps in Mi Phones

If you can't disable it normally in settings or the disable button has been greyed out for some reason then I'd suggest you'd follow this procedure given in this MIUI form thread: Disable Google Apps ...
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Android 7 ignoring Auto Updates turned OFF. Any solution?

Updates to Android (the operating system) are completely separate from updates to apps. You can only control the former through the system Settings app. To disable automatic updates for applications:...
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Are there benefits to using Greenify with Android Nougat?

In my personal experience and opinion, no. I have tried using it for about a 3 weeks, and haven't seen any improvement. Maybe it works for rooted or custom Rom devices, but generally Nougat does a ...
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Remove Backup and Factory reset option from Settings app

The name of the activity was SubSettings (how intuitive!) adb shell pm disable 'com.android.settings/com.android.settings.SubSettings' You can find the name of any activity that's onscreen. Use ...
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Is there a method to freeze and thaw an application vs uninstall/reinstall?

As your targets are "downloaded apps" you've installed yourself, I'd suggest you take a look at Greenify: Greenify (source: Google Play; click images for larger variants) Greenify help you ...
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Is there a method to freeze and thaw an application vs uninstall/reinstall?

If you have ADB enabled on your device and the app allows to backup it's data you can use the connected PC to backup the app data and the app APK file using the adb backup command: adb backup -f ...
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Do frozen/disabled apps get triggered by broadcast receivers?

If the application is truly disabled, it won't get executed even if it receives broadcasts intents. I have a disabled application, which if it was enabled, is woken up by various intents such as; ...
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PM error Could not access the Package Manager

The problem has to do with your version of the su binary. I was using ChainFire's updated binary and it didn't work. I re-rooted with Kingoroot and it's now working.
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