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How to disable apps on Android and improve your experience

The "disable apps" option has been available on Android since Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0. It serves to freeze applications that you do not use and which, when active, end up affecting operating system performance. Learn how to disable applications on the platform and what are the benefits of this process.

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The Benefits Behind Disabling Embedded Applications

Even applications you do not use consume system power, for example when they update automatically. To prevent this from happening, the best option is to uninstall such applications. However, this is not always possible unless you root your device when you have administrative access to the device. Thus, the way to use system resources to improve the performance of the hardware of the phone by disabling such bloatwares.

In this case, disabling an app, such as Facebook on the Galaxy S7, will stop it from sending notifications, updating data, or running in the background. Doing so removes the app from your app drawer and disables any other functions and interactions with the system.

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Even disabled, the app still uses the device's internal memory / AndroidPIT

However, while disabling such applications has the benefit of using processor resources only for services we often use, frozen applications continue to use the device's internal memory.

This is hardly a problem when storage exceeds 32GB. But when we talk about smartphones with 4 and 8GB this process is not so effective. To do so, I recommend rooting the device and using Titanium Backup to uninstall embedded applications.

How to disable and reactivate preinstalled system applications

Disable preinstalled system apps

  1. Access the Settings of the device;
  2. Select Apps;
  3. Tap the system app you want to disable;
  4. Select option Deactivate.

Reactivate preinstalled system applications

If you have disabled an app and would like to reactivate it, you can do so with these steps:

  1. Access the Settings on the device;
  2. Swipe to see list All the applications;
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the list to see disabled system apps;
  4. Tap the system app you want to activate from the list;
  5. Select Enable.

After this reactivation process, it will already be visible in the app drawer.

Which apps can be disabled without problems

With the freedom provided by Android, we often opt for third party services and never use the native app. Thus, the system is overwhelmed with equivalent services running in the background, and only one of them is used. We show below applications that can be disabled without damage to the system:

App Name
App ID
Browser com.android.browser
Downloads com.android.providers.downloads.ui
Email com.android.email
Gallery com.android.gallery3d
Camera com.android.camera2
SMS / MMS com.android.mms
Sound recorder com.android.soundrecorder
Language choice com.android.voicedialer
Video Studio com.android.videoeditor

What happens when I disable these apps?

When disabled, apps disappear from the app drawer. If you delete your data, they will no longer receive updates and will no longer run in the background.

In addition, many actions that depended on these apps are also discontinued. That's why it's very important to know for sure which apps can be disabled (disabling Google Services, for example, causes numerous problems for your smartphone).

And do you often disable apps to optimize the performance of your Android?


The purpose of this article is to gather in one place all information about how to disable apps on Android. Thus, updating and republishing this subject will become necessary over time.

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