Saturday, May 10, 2014

Turning Off unwanted apps in Android phones

With the introduction of the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), Google provided a wonderful feature of Turning Off/Disabling apps. 

The reason you may want to turn off an app could be because the app is a bloatware or it is never being used at all. Most of the phones comes with pre-installed apps called bloatware, they cannot be uninstalled by a simple 'uninstall'. Bloatwares could be really annoying when it slows down your phone or when it gives some unwanted notifications while running continuously in the background consuming your RAM.

Let's take a look at how to turn off an app. The navigation shown below is from Samsung Galaxy S3 running on Android 4.3. Navigation for other phones could vary a little.

Go to Settings --> Application manager --> Select an app which you need to Turn Off/Disable --> Click Turn Off/Disable

The app which is demonstrated here is S Voice. NOTE that by simply turning off a system app may cause serious problems to your phone. Do not turn off an app unless you are sure what you are doing.

In Android 4.3, it allows us to see the list of Turned Off apps as shown in one of the below snaps.

List of TURNED OFF apps

Turned Off apps can be Turned On by clicking the 'Turn on' button as shown below


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