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  1. droidscape

    droidscape Member

    I do not want to install updates that I receive for factory installed apps that I don't use so that I can save storage space. However, the updates continue to appear in my Updates Notification List. Is there a way to remove these unwanted updates and notifications?

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  2. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love VIP Member

    Unless I am mistaken, the only way to do that is if the app will allow you to uninstall it. As long as it is installed you keep getting the update notice.
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  3. Harry2

    Harry2 Well-Known Member

    On my HTC One X, I can de-activate these pre-installed apps.
    Then the size of these apps in phone storage will be set to 0.0B.

    I don't know, if this new feature is an ICS or a Sense feature :)

    Update:
    Regardless of deactivation I get update notifications of these apps :(

    Harry
  4. kristalsoldier

    kristalsoldier Well-Known Member

  5. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love VIP Member

    I would think so, but to be honest, I am not really sure.:confused:
  6. bruce73

    bruce73 Well-Known Member

    My understanding is that the phone must be rooted in order to remove these pre-installed apps. But the updates overwrite existing files, so you're not really using up more space, I would think. It's more tedious than anything else to keep unused apps up to date.
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  7. Mr. Lucky

    Mr. Lucky Well-Known Member Contributor

    Root your phone, and then freeze (using Titanium Backup, Super Manager, or Bloat Freezer) the pre-installed apps in question. Doing that, I have never received an update notification for the multiple AT&T bloatware apps.
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  8. droidscape

    droidscape Member


    Thanks. I'm considering rooting my phone. Considering that I plan to keep this one for a long time, are there any long term pros and cons to rooting (other than warranty void)? Also, a phone can be unrooted and reset to factory, right?
  9. sanibel

    sanibel Well-Known Member

    So why, then, the pre-installed apps? I understand the relationship(s) between phone makers/carriers/app developers, but consumers should be given a choice here: we pay for our phones and service, do we not?:mad::confused:
  10. tenchy

    tenchy Well-Known Member

    This exact thing annoyed me.
    On ics you can go to apps via settings and disable them. It'll give you some scary yap, but I have done that for Google books, movies, +, and talk.
  11. Harry2

    Harry2 Well-Known Member

    ... but they'll give you further update notifications ...

    Harry
  12. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Give this post a thorough read through:
    http://androidforums.com/faqs/443432-what-root-being-rooted-mean.html
    Most phones can be unrooted and set to factory settings if you need warranty work, but not all (and some can be quite difficult to do). What phone do you have?
  13. Mr. Lucky

    Mr. Lucky Well-Known Member Contributor

    The only thing I would advise is to be careful what you do to your phone after rooting. If you mess up permissions without first making a backup, or at least taking a "before" screen shot (or writing down the settings), you could end up with broken functionality or even a totally disabled phone. As long as you don't indiscriminately delete system apps or mess with permissions, you should be fine though. As for unrooting... yes, most devices can be unrooted (see below).
    [UNROOT] Unroot any android device - xda-developers
  14. ktchong

    ktchong Well-Known Member

    I uninstalled Google+, Google Car Home, Google Mail, Google Play Book, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music, Google Search (yes, Google Search,) Google Street View and Google Talk from my phone sometimes ago. Not all at once, but I got rid of them one at a time. They were factory-installed in my phone. I took care of them, and I have not had any problem.

    The only Google app you do NOT want to permanently uninstall is Google Play.
  15. Mr. Lucky

    Mr. Lucky Well-Known Member Contributor

    OR Google Talk. From Google Support:

  16. droidscape

    droidscape Member

  17. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    In order to not be reminded every thirty-five seconds to update Google Maps, I moved from Play to Appbrain, where you can individually select apps to be ignored.
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