is it possible to block ota updatesSupport


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  1. Palm2droid

    Palm2droid Member This Topic's Starter

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    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.
     

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  2. KJohns

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    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 &#8216;Root explorer&#8217; app (or es file explorer)
    Mount /system as read/write
    Navigate to /system/app/
    Delete these: 'fota.client.apk&#8217; and &#8216;fwupgrade.apk&#8217;
    You can also delete these &#8216;fotaclient.odex&#8217; and &#8216;fwupgrade.odex&#8217;.
    Reboot

    #2: Run the &#8216;Root explorer&#8217; app (or es file explorer)
    Mount /system as read/write
    Navigate to /system/app/
    Rename &#8216;wssyncmldm.apk&#8217; to &#8216;wssyncmldm.apk.bak&#8217;
    Reboot

    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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  3. Palm2droid

    Palm2droid Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks for the reply, and pardon the ignorant follow up question:

    you state: "first try : ---> Long press on the notification..." which I find where?
     
  4. KJohns

    KJohns ROM/Application Developer Developer

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    if a system update is available a notification may randomly pop-up which is where the long press comes in.

    i overlooked a basic option, you can also go under settings>apps and force close the notification that way also. This would work until the device powers off/on and would need to be repeated.
     
  5. Palm2droid

    Palm2droid Member This Topic's Starter

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    It would appear that I have to catch the phone in the act of notifying me as well. Previously, they just 'pushed' the update, once while I was using the phone for navigation! Boy was I Pi... er, unhappy.

    I was hoping that I could disable it altogether, which appears to require root.

    thx.
     
  6. KJohns

    KJohns ROM/Application Developer Developer

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    yer welcome! Good luck!
     
  7. Palm2droid

    Palm2droid Member This Topic's Starter

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    So I did the following...

    upon getting that annoying white screen message that there was an update, I did a swipe-down, and on the notification I did a long press, and tapped 'app info'. I tapped 'force close'. and the message disappeared.

    But only temporarily... Sometimes it would pop up in 2- 3 minutes, at other times after a few hours. ...?

    So after much deliberation and a modicum of trepidation, I rooted my phone -gasp-. It was actually far easier than previous iterations to do so. I used the current method where you run the scripts off of the SdCard. The most annoying part was waiting for the re-formatting to exFat of the card.

    Having root, I was surprised that 'disable' was not made an option when I once again tried to disable the update, so I did the following:

    I first tried 'Titanium Backup', but "freezing" is not available in the free version. So I used 'App Quarantine' to, well, quarantine "SDM" which is the offending app. So far I have not had to use the more rigorous methods #1 or #2 you described; hopefully will not need them.

    Thank you for your help!! :D
     
  8. DaveSyd

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    Folks it can easily be disabled by going to settings, More, Application manager. Then go to the ALL tab, on the right. Scroll down to "Software Update" which I think is the one you are trying to stop, tap that then hit the Disable button.
     
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    sprint doesnt allow you to disable
     
  10. Palm2droid

    Palm2droid Member This Topic's Starter

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    DaveSyd,

    Perhaps you are referring to your S2? This thread is about the S4. 'Disable' is not an available option, and on the S4 it is 'FWUpgrade'; there is no "Software Update".

    One thing Apple has over Android is ONE os, vs 10 million variations...
     
  11. ironass

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    For rooted phones, use Titanium Backup to freeze, "FotaClient.apk", if it appears in your firmware list for your model and firmware of Galaxy S4.
     
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    On my S4 from MetroPCS I have the following listed in Titanium Backup Pro:

    FWUpgrade 1.2.0 (/system/app/FWUpgrade.apk and FWUpgrade.odex)
    LocalFOTA v2_1305_3_1 (/system/app/LocalFOTA.apk)
    Software update v3_1304_2_1 (/system/app/FotaClient.apk and FotaClient.odex)
    Software update v6_1304_1_3 (/system/app/SyncmlDM.apk and SyncmlDM.odex)
    Wssyncmlnps v42_1304_5_4 (/system/app/wssyncmlnps.apk and wssyncmlnps.odex)


    *I have no idea what the last one is but was the closest file to wssyncmldm.apk in KJohns option 2 method
     
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    Wssyncmlnps is the same as FotaClient on some firmwares.
     
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    Nope on my S4 - it appears your network has not allowed this. I have a unlocked, unbranded version. I have many apps disabled because they annoy me such as "Storybook" a cutsie Samsung app that runs in the background all the time if not disabled. Also have disable Software Update, Google+, MyFiles, Talk (so I don't get the Hangouts update), HP Print Service (I don't have a HP Printer) etc etc.

    I need to update my profile :D
     

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