If you’ve been using Android for any amount of time, you know that sometimes you get an app that acts buggy or is eating up system resources. Usually these apps come with your Android device, which means you cannot uninstall them without going down the rabbit hole that is rooting and custom roms.
Fear not, there’s still hope. Here I’m using a Transformer Prime, but the process is similar in newer versions of Android smartphones or tablets. If this doesn’t work for your version of Android, let me know what your working with in the comments.
Go into your settings, tap Applications. Then tap the All tab.
Locate the problematic app and tap on it. Here I’m using the stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich web browser application. I’ve noticed in Watchdog it constantly uses more system resources than it should, plus I’m using Chrome Beta, so I don’t need it enabled.
You will get a pop up warning you about disabling built in apps. Tap OK.
Now you should see the Browser application has the Enable button highlighted. To re-enable the application, simply tap Enable and you’re good to go.
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