1. Its_Jahmezz's Avatar
    I am not sure if this is something that is possible or not. But this is what I want to try to do.

    Is it possible to only disable an app you downloaded from the Play Store without fully uninstalling it. I know you can disable stock apps but wasn't sure about what I am asking. I've tried doing a Google search for the answer but I am not finding any results on this.

    Reasons why I would like to do this:

    1) I have a game that I want to stop playing for a while (either because I am bored or I want to see if the app is killing my battery), but I don't want to lose my high score, settings, etc. However uninstalling will most likely make me lose that info. I'd like to just disable it temporarily and come back later on.

    2) There is an APP that I believe is causing my battery to die quickly. I don't want to really uninstall it unless I really have to due to specific setting I have in the app (like MMS settings for a texting app). I do want to see what happens if the app isn't active on the phone but I don't want ALL the non-stock apps disabled b/c then I wouldn't be able to pinpoint the issue.

    I hope these scenarios make enough sense and someone might be able to answer this. I have a Motorola Droid 4 running Android 4.1.2 (Un-Rooted)


    Or another way is there a way to freeze an app without rooting?
    10-28-2014 03:11 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I believe Greenify can do that.
    10-28-2014 03:17 PM
  3. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Greenify, I believe, can only 'quarantine' apps if rooted. For non-rooted devices, all it does is automatically force stop the apps, but even then, if the app is stubborn, it just re-spawns itself.

    You could try going into Safe Mode on your phone (which one is it, by the way?) and that way your phone boots with only system apps. Then, you can run the apps you want manually. That way you know if the issue is being caused by a certain app.

    For something more long term like seeing if your app is eating through your battery, you might want to try just force-stopping it and making sure that no other app calls it or that the app's settings don't make it run on its own again.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    10-28-2014 03:22 PM

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