1. erasat's Avatar
    **(Thanks to ikon8 from XDA) **

    No root necessary.

    For those of you who wants to block the annoying Whats New from the Home Button launcher (when swiping up from the Home icon) use the following: (you must open an ADB Conenction to the phone, if don't what I'm talking about, just look for ADB on Google)

    adb shell
    pm block com.sonymobile.advancedwidget.entrance
    exit
    adb reboot


    If you want to also remove the Small Apps ( I love them, but for those of you who hate them):

    Make sure to reboot before proceeding if you're removing both items.

    adb shell
    pm block com.sony.smallapp.launcher
    pm block com.sony.smallapp.app.widget
    exit
    adb reboot
    lrrowley likes this.
    10-29-2014 05:58 PM
  2. punyweakling's Avatar
    Hey man, a quick note to say THANK YOU. Smallapps are find and all, but sicking them in the multitasking view is a massive fail. Was the number one hangup with my new Z3 and now solved. Thanks again.
    02-05-2015 04:21 AM
  3. sjenehzdv's Avatar
    Hello guys, thank you so much for this litlle thread, it was very useful. But I wanted to mention, for futur users, that the "Block" Command does not work for me (on Lollipop). So what I tried instead was to replace the word "Block" with "Hide", and it worked !

    So, for example, if you wanna delete the small apps launcher on Lollipop, you'll have to do this :

    adb shell
    pm hide com.sony.smallapp.launcher
    exit
    adb reboot
    03-20-2015 02:33 PM
  4. Lu99ke's Avatar
    Hello guys, thank you so much for this litlle thread, it was very useful. But I wanted to mention, for futur users, that the "Block" Command does not work for me (on Lollipop). So what I tried instead was to replace the word "Block" with "Hide", and it worked !

    So, for example, if you wanna delete the small apps launcher on Lollipop, you'll have to do this :

    adb shell
    pm hide com.sony.smallapp.launcher
    exit
    adb reboot
    Bam!! Awesome thanks!! HATED those small apps!!

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    03-30-2015 06:44 AM
  5. RafaelLVX's Avatar
    Hello guys, thank you so much for this litlle thread, it was very useful. But I wanted to mention, for futur users, that the "Block" Command does not work for me (on Lollipop). So what I tried instead was to replace the word "Block" with "Hide", and it worked !

    So, for example, if you wanna delete the small apps launcher on Lollipop, you'll have to do this :

    adb shell
    pm hide com.sony.smallapp.launcher
    exit
    adb reboot
    I had no idea I could do this kind of stuff with ADB. The pm hide command worked here (Z3 Compact on Lollipop).

    Perhaps someone can answer a few questions:

    Does this work like disabling apps, or what's difference? I suppose what is important sometimes is to keep apps like these from occupying precious RAM space, so does this process help with that?

    Does this work with any app, only needed to know the app reverse-domain-name in question?

    Also how to bring apps back?
    06-19-2015 05:11 PM
  6. xd1936's Avatar
    Does this work like disabling apps, or what's difference? I suppose what is important sometimes is to keep apps like these from occupying precious RAM space, so does this process help with that?

    Does this work with any app, only needed to know the app reverse-domain-name in question?

    Also how to bring apps back?
    Disabling apps does just that; Totally disallows them from being allowed to start, or do anything. `pm hide` only hides them away. They can still run in the background and stuff.

    This should work with any app, yes. Some common ones:
    Code:
    com.microsoft.office.onenote
    com.microsoft.skydrive
    com.skype.raider
    com.whatsapp
    com.instagram.android
    com.facebook.orca
    com.twitter.android
    Bring apps back with `pm unhide` in the same way.

    EDIT: You can also use `pm disable` to disable apps. See here for more info:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/z3/g...lipop-t3078243
    06-25-2015 12:51 PM
  7. vaderag's Avatar
    I know this is old, but i wanted to say thank you! Exactly the same method worked for my Z5
    03-27-2016 03:22 PM
  8. Schiman's Avatar
    Disable work only on rooted devices, hide works for others, thanks - Xperia Z3+
    06-24-2016 03:13 AM
  9. vaderag's Avatar
    So I followed this trick and it worked until yesterday on my Z5. I tested out Ultra Stamina mode and after reboot it's back.... any way to not have to run this every time i run Ultra Stamina mode?
    07-06-2016 02:53 AM
  10. Emad Mohamed's Avatar
    Thanks so much man , it worked but I used "hide" instead of block and I was running Marshmallow!!
    10-29-2016 10:48 AM

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