How to disable Google services and system apps you aren't using on Android (root)

How to disable Google services and system apps you aren't using on Android (root)
Here at PhoneArena, we've touched down on the freedom of throwing all those pesky, resource-eating carrier and vendor bloatware apps in the bin that's bestowed upon you by a rooted Android device. When it comes to certain system apps and services, however, completely uninstalling and banishing them into oblivion might not be the best way to slice that cake. What if you uninstall a vendor app, then come back looking for it in vain, as it hasn't been put online or inside the Google Play Store. Or what if uninstalling a particular services ends up breaking another app's functionality?

To ensure you have a safe way out of these swamps, the better option is to disable, or "freeze" said apps and services, rather than to outright get rid of them. This shuts them down completely, but it lets you easily enable them later on. So we'll show you how to do just that, using the quick and lethal Disable Service app. Grab it from the Play Store and we'll take it for a spin, disabling some unneeded mumbo jumbo from our Lollipop 5.0.1-running test bunny!

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22 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Really? You need to be rooted before you guys can do this?

2. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

What phone do you have? You can't kill everything on every phone. There is still stuff running in the backgrounds. Unless your phone is completely off. You just go by what is listed on the task manager.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Try Restrictions menu in iOS 3 and on

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Most apps (even system ones) can be disabled from within the system without the need for root. But certain services you can't. I'm not sure why you are so surprised, since iOS nor WP allows disabling all services either (not without JB/root).

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

PA is going about doing things in a stupid way. If you don't want certain stuff running, just disable the app. It isn't as if live wallpapers is doing anything is you, GASP, don't run a live wall paper! This article is pathetic. It's trying to make Android look like s**tty windows.

8. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I can assure you that you have no idea of what this app does :)

4. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Should be able to get any device down to 3 processes at most. Otherwise I suggest you rethink your app selection.

6. boostedDroid unregistered

3?!? How lol.

7. _NBH_

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I think they are missing the point with this app. If you don't want to use whole apps like cloud print then just freeze it or disable it from within Android. Disable service can specifically disable certain services but leave the other services the app needs running. For example I disabled MqttPushService for facebook to stop it from attempting to run Facebook in the background but I can still use Facebook just fine, it is for disabling specific services, not to turn them all off to disable an app.

9. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

people just like to bash anything without having any knowlage about it... good post

11. AlikMalix unregistered

You mean like App Permissions? Yeah, it's pretty simple... ....on iOS

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

So how do I get rid of that facebook and twitter entry in the settings menu?

15. AlikMalix unregistered

That's like asking "how do I get rid of the settings menu?"

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

True, but my dad doesn't use either and I was wondering if you get rid of it, by disabling a service

17. AlikMalix unregistered

If you dont have the app installed - it should not appear anywhere unless you allow per app... For example, I allow Facebook to appear when I click on share icon in my photos library. I dont use Twitter, Flickr, or Vimeo yet so that's switched off and does not appear in any context menu's, but only within the settings as an option to "add" it. I can make all of them not show up on any share menu's. In the share menu (the one that has the arrow pointing up from a square) tap on MORE button (its white with 3 dots) and switch off Twitter or/and Facebook... Tada! I kinda prefer to have Facebook interlaced within the OS - since I use it sometimes, but it can easily be put out of sight... Is that what you're asking?

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The problem is not so much my dad, but the iPads at work. They are not alllowed to use the iPads for personal things (some stupid Dutch laws), so we use a mobile device management tool to hide the appstore icon. But in the settings menu, there are those two (Facebook, Twitter) and from there you can install the apps. But since the appstore is hidden/forbidden, the installation fails, leaving some weird icon on the homescreen that does nothing. So it could be nice to have those settings disappear all together.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Rebel, I just tried something like that: restrict app installation, go to Facebook/Twitter set up and it still shows [install] button, but just like u said, it initialized install, but does not install it - so it does its job correctly by restricting the install, but it also left the "grey" icon which I couldn't delete (at first). So it's the same result as yours. I was able to get rid of the "grey" icon by allowing app installs in restriction menu, start Facebook install again and you can either CANCEL when asking for password OR let it install and delete by holding the icon for 2 seconds - either way it will remove the icon completely. I think it's an oversight in coding, when restricting app installs - it should not give you the option to even initialize the Facebook and Twitter apps or at least pop-up a reminder that your app installation is disabled (which would require a password to allow it to install).

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I have to look into it if the mobile device management tool can do this remotely. Problem is, a lot of restrictions are set on the Ipad itself and not using MDM tool. For some restrictions you even need to have the Apple configuration tool installed on a mac and connect the iPad to it. It's quite bothersome to tell you the truth. Also a slightly minor bug, when you hide the Appstore using MDM, but are pushing apps using the MDM tool that are in the Appstore (public apps), the Appstore icon shows for 5 minutes when installing the app from the MDM catalog. Thus allowing users to install apps that are not allowed.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Your needs in this matter are way above most iOS users. Sorry bro, but VPN and enterprise uses are a bit above my interest in mobile devices.

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No problemo :) Thanks for thinking with me

13. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

PA writers also use Adblock, and expect us not to use it........... :) :P

14. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

PA writers also use Adblock, and expect us not to use it........... :) :P

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