[Rooted user] Two questions; one, disabling Google Play Services, two, Unrooting


  1. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    Hey

    So I have two separate problems, and hence two separate questions.

    One. I've disabled Google Play Services to increase the One's battery life. Which helps *quite* a lot. But I've ended up loosing a lot of sync functions etc. Any ideas?

    Two. Mine's a rooted phone, but I wanted to upgrade to 4.3. I used a stock ROM, the result being that now I'm on Androind 4.3... along with HTC Sense 5.0. And OTA upgrades don't really work.

    The phone is also quite buggy, perhaps because of a mixture of the above two.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  2. InfernalByte

    InfernalByte Well-Known Member

    What happens with Google Services is that if you disable one function it can have a detrimental effect on another completely unexpected function. The best way around that is to pick a rom with Aroma installer that lets you select what functions you want installed.
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  3. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    Can I root without losing any of the data I have?
  4. clsA

    clsA Guides Guide

    if your already unlocked you won't loose data
    unlocking the bootloader at HTCDEV completely wipes the phone
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  5. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    No it's already unlocked.
    I quite like Sense et alia, all the features I have. Can you recommend a mod compatible with these?
    And any way I can simply update to 4.3 with Sense 5.5 and still get the installer?
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  6. clsA

    clsA Guides Guide

    I'm not sure I understand your question
    your phone is unlocked bootloader .. do you have custom recovery installed ? Like TWRP or CWM ?
    Are you looking to install custom Roms like cyangenmod or google play edition, MIUI, Insertcoin ...etc ?

    what do you mean by "still get the installer" ? you referring to OTA Updates ?
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  7. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    I apologise, I was referring to the Aroma installer InfernalByte mentioned.

    Yeah, I'm using a custom recovery. TWRP.
    I'm looking to upgrade to Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5, but I'd like to activate enough of the Google Play Services to make sure I get my Calendar and Attach Picture and all working, while keeping my battery life as long as it is.
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  8. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    If you are thinking of installing a custom ROM, even one based on the same base software that you are currently running, I'd advise backing up all of your apps and data first (and, of course, taking a backup using the custom recovery in addition - always do this before flashing anything at all).

    You might get away with just flashing a custom ROM over the current one, if they are similar enough. But if you have problems you may need to do a factory reset to fix them, so it's best to have done all the backups just in case (so that you can restore your stuff after the reset).

    How did you apply your current update? If you are already having problems then you may be due a reset anyway.

    There are plenty of good Sense ROMs you can use. In fact there are quite a few Android 4.4/Sense 5.5 ROMs these days, though personally I'm running 4.3 (ViperOne, which I've found to be very solid and trouble free). The Aroma installer IB refers to is the install script which most ROMs use, including many Sense ROMs.

    Do you know which bit of Google Play Services is the problem? Sometimes Google just screw up bits of this, e.g. there was a period recently when location services were sucking a lot of power (maybe still are - I have mine off most of the time).
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  9. clsA

    clsA Guides Guide

    In that case I highly recommend insertcoin 6.0.5 (4.3+5.5) The viperrom mentioned above has tons of settings and options and is also 4.3+5.5
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  10. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    I'm not quite sure which specific services are draining the battery; I've switched Location Services off, but switching Play Services on still drains the battery.

    I flashed by current update, but I was already facing the issues even without it.

    And ViperOne or InsertCoin are similar to have to probably not cause problems with old data?
    And would using either help with the battery life?
  11. clsA

    clsA Guides Guide

    your old data has to go in most cases
    Google keeps track of everything you install from the play store so it's not that big of a deal to reinstall your apps. Battery life is very user independent what works for me may suck for you, that being said InsertCoin has amazing battery life. I'll post a graphic of the last weeks battery usage on my phone

    Attached Files:

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  12. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    I'm sorry, I might just be reading it wrong; that's a whole weeks usage?
  13. clsA

    clsA Guides Guide

    Yeah the graph shows 12 days of usage
    the main point of it is my phone never goes below 50% with normal day to day usage
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  14. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    Wow okay. Nice.
    Is there a guide to flashing a custom ROM onto your mobile without losing data? Or attempting to not lose data, as it might be.
  15. clsA

    clsA Guides Guide

    what Data ? your sdcard will remain but your app's will be removed and reinstalled
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  16. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    I don't want to lose the widgets and the folders and shortcut placements, to be honest.
  17. clsA

    clsA Guides Guide

    think of it more like getting a brand new phone
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  18. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    And I would lose the BBM chats and the messages too right?
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  19. scotty85

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    Don't forget,you can make a nandroid backup prior to flashing the new Rom. If the resetup becomes to much of a pain,or the Rom does not fix your issues you can always restore it and exactly where you were wen you made it.

    You can also use an app like titanium backup or my backup pro to back up all of your user apps and their corresponding data,wich will make the re-setup considerably quicker.

    As long as all your contacts,calender,etc are synced with google,they will all automatically come back you you sign into gmail on the new Rom.
  20. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    Okay, so I flashed insertcoin, without formatting anything. A simple installation, so to say. But the battery still seems to be draining rather quickly when Play Services are on.
  21. scotty85

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    You're not giving the Rom a fair shot. As we've said,you need to do a full wipe and start fresh.
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  22. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    Okay. I'll do that then.
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  23. CaseyDGeek

    CaseyDGeek Active Member

    So I've been using InsertCoin for the past few days, after formatting everything and the whole nines. It's doing pretty well. The battery last quite a while despite the fact that Play Services aren't disabled now. (Thank you guys for that.)
    One problem I'm still having, though. Messengers, like WhatsApp BBM and Facebook Messenger, suck up a lot of battery, when in use. I don't suppose anything can be done about that?

    Edit: It's actually quite surprising. The battery level would stick to one percentage for hours, then I'd use a messenger for a short period of time, and it'll drop four-five percentages.
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  24. scotty85

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    Glad its working better for you. :cool: there is nothing that I know of that can be done with those apps,but I don't personally use either. Maybe someone else will have some advice for you on that issue :)
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