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Old October 10th, 2013, 05:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Palm2droid View Post
I would like to prevent, block, etc OTA updates to my vzn s4.

I plan to root it, and do not want to lose the root capability. I also do not want changes to other items, particularly google maps.

So on a non rooted phone, can it be blocked? how?
once I have rooted my phone, can it thereafter be blocked? how?

I read some other threads, but it did not look specific to this phone.
your device needs to be rooted in order for this to work but here are the instructions:

first try : ---> Long press on the notification, select app info, and disable notifications, that should
stop notifications for updates. (dont need root for this one.)

--->OR....Try one of these methods <---

#1: Run the ‘Root explorer’ app (or es file explorer)
Mount /system as read/write
Navigate to /system/app/
Delete these: 'fota.client.apk’ and ‘fwupgrade.apk’
You can also delete these ‘fotaclient.odex’ and ‘fwupgrade.odex’.

#2: Run the ‘Root explorer’ app (or es file explorer)
Mount /system as read/write
Navigate to /system/app/
Rename ‘wssyncmldm.apk’ to ‘wssyncmldm.apk.bak’

Both methods are confirmed to work for the S4. Word of warning though, after a while the notifications might pop back up (unconfirmed), if so just repeat the steps to remove it again.
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