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Discussion in 'Android Development' started by EvoVAlpha, May 25, 2020.

  1. EvoVAlpha

    EvoVAlpha Member
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    Hope this is in the right sub, but I'll make it quick either way... I've been using App Inspector to help identify apps I want to uninstall for a while... I found the instructions on another forum about how to get rid of bloatware. With that said, I'd love to be able to get rid of Google Assistant for any number of reasons.

    So does anyone know the name of the APK? I looked around Google and didn't find anything helpful, and I'd love to find it so I could at least give it a try... Thanks in advance!
     


  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    what phone do you have? is the phone rooted?
     
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  3. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Google Assistant is part of the "Google" app. It doesn't have a separate apk of its own. I don't offhand know the package name (my current phone isn't rooted, and my previous one didn't have Assistant).

    Since this lives in the ROM you won't gain any more space by removing it (root required, obvs) than you would by uninstalling updates, clearing data and disabling (no root required). Getting rid of it, however it is done, will also kill the Google search widget if you use that, and I think might kill voice search in at least some apps. As I never use any of those things I disabled it a few years ago, with no adverse effects on the features and apps I use.

    Do note that if you have ever enabled Assistant that will have enabled every form of data collection and history logging Google can do, and turning Assistant off will not revert those settings. So if you are trying to control Google's data collection you will have to go through everything and turn off what you don't want manually.
     
  4. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator
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    The package name is com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox. Like @Hadron said, that package provides a lot more than just the Assistant so be sure that you're fine with losing ALL of that before you make the decision to nuke the app.
     
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  5. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    The advantage of disabling is that you can easily reverse it if it has adverse consequences. That's why I'd suggest trying that first: you can always remove the app completely later once you are sure you've not lost anything you care about.
     
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  6. EvoVAlpha

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    @ocnbrze – An LG Tribute Empire, and nope no root!

    @Hadron – Makes sense, and yeah honestly I really don’t use any of those features, so if they were messed with in any way I’d be fine. With this phone I haven’t enabled it but sure, I wouldn’t be surprised with needing to recheck settings and the like. But I love how when you randomly touch something or do so for too long, it comes right back up ready and willing to go!

    @codesplice – Great, I checked for it in App Inspector and didn’t see it, but I’ll try to uninstall it anyway and go from there… And no worries, like I said I really don’t use those features and can reset if necessary.
     
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