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Disable Problematic Android ICS Built In Apps

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.

Android Application Settings

Go into your settings, tap Applications. Then tap the All tab.

Find the problem App

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.

Tap Disable

You will get a pop up warning you about disabling built in apps. Tap OK.

Tap Enable to re-enable

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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6 Responses to Disable Problematic Android ICS Built In Apps

  1. harvey cobb April 8, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    I have an HTC thunderbolt android mentioned that in order to uninstall pre installed apps u have to root the phone. How does one root a phone

  2. eddieras April 12, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    thanks! i was having the exact same problem with browser and watchdog-really appreciate it!

    • Mat Lee May 4, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading.

  3. arman May 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    hi im wondering what would happen to some of my apps when i disable a built-in app. it says “disabling a built-in app may cause errors in other apps” afraid to tap “ok” . can you cite some specific or common problems that may occur when disabling a built-in app?? thanks

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