Trouble turning off unnecessary preinstalled apps (Android Note 3)

KeenAndroid3

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Every time I try to 'Turn Off' an app like ANT Radio Service, I get the message:

"This application will be replaced with the factory version"

How can I 'Turn Off' unnecessary apps successfully (without installing something else automatically) ?

Do I need ANT Radio service to connect to my home wifi ?
 

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Ant is for Bluetooth. The reason that you have to uninstall was because it was updated. You have to remove the update before can disable it. Optionally, you can disable automatic updates, however if the app already updated then you will have to uninstall the update manually.

You can do a factory data reset to restore all apps to the default state, and disable automatic app update, if it bothers you so much but personally I don't think it would be worth the effort.

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Welcome to Android Central! I second what dpham00 says. If you uninstall updates, it will seem like it's installing something new, but all it's doing is reverting back to the original factory version of the app. Once that is done, you can then turn it off.
 

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Thanks very much, guys! I understand now. I do use BT to connect to my car, so I also now realize that ANT is one I really do want to keep.

I will search for threads related to APPs that I should turn off. The phone recently has become slower
 

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In Android you don't need to turn off apps, if you even can.

He's referring to Disabling an app--I think it's called "Turn Off" if the system language is set to English (UK). Disabling an app can improve efficiency a little by preventing completely unused apps from opening automatically and taking up system RAM that could be used for another app that you're more liable to use.
 

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Disabling an app can improve efficiency a little by preventing completely unused apps from opening automatically and taking up system RAM that could be used for another app that you're more liable to use.

Sure, but you can't disable pre-installed apps on an unrooted device. They'll simply 'restart' automatically. Within minutes.
 

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Sure, but you can't disable pre-installed apps on an unrooted device. They'll simply 'restart' automatically. Within minutes.

You might be thinking of Force Stopping, which will not prevent the app from restarting on its own. Disabling the app will make it go dormant until you Enable it again.

That being said, not all preinstalled apps can be disabled.

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