Have a Samsung Galaxy 5 phone. Not really a phone nut, but it has a decent
Just recently it's started showing a pretty picture saying good night when
plugged in for its overnight charge. Then some bl***y ads in the morning.
I've not installed any new apps, so no idea where this has come from. Or
more to the point how to get rid of it.
*I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.*
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
It'll be an update to an existing app, probably from a no-name
developer, start by noting all apps you have, then uninstall/disable any
that are not from companies with a reputation/brand to protect, reboot
and make sure the unwanted behaviour is gone, and then re-enable other
apps one-by-one ...
On Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:05:03 +0100, Andy Burns wrote:
That's *if* you can disable/uninstall them.
If it's a network supplied phone there will be all sorts of cruft
^H^H^H^H^H shit that the owner can't change.
Unless you root it. Which is a PITA, and can make the phone less useful
On Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:47:43 -0000 (UTC), Jethro_uk wrote:
I wouldn't like to bet on that. I've had apps that just did what they
where supposed to do with no fuss get new "must have features" that
effectively made the app a right PITA to use. There was enough
customer noise to make them revert though...
Not that difficult to install a custom ROM on a Samsung device these
days and it doesn't have to end up rooted.
If Dave's S5 is on Andriod 7.1 the Settings > Developer Options(*) >
Running Processes ought to let you kill/uninstall anything. Somewhere
there is a list of things set to run on startup as well.
As for "less useful in the future" ROM upgrades to my Galalxy SIII
mini and Galaxy Tab II 7.0 have given both a new lease of life. Apps
where no longer getting updates, a few didn't work properly. No ROM
upgrades from Samsung for years, they where on 4.4 and 4,2 IIRC. Both
now on Lineage and Android 7.1.2. Up to date apps that work properly.
(*) Normally hidden, go to Settings > About locate Build Number and
tap it 7 times.
On Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:44:39 -0000 (UTC), Jethro_uk wrote:
Only had one "corporate app" complain and refuse to run. That was the
AA (breakdown service) one, WTF that needs a "secure" enviroment I
can't imagine. Only occasionally used it for the fuel price bit so
it's been replaced by the "Petrol Prices" app.
As an employee and my employer required me to run an app on my phone
it would have to cope with the enviroment that I operate my phone in,
custom ROM, rooted, what ever. If it can't then they would have to
supply and pay the bill for a device that can.
I don't let online banking any where near my phone or any of the
NFC/Q code payment things that might have a link to a bank/card
account. I do have the PaybyPhone app for use in extremis (if I can
remember the login), that doesn't complain.
If it's cruft that's supplied in the factory ROM you should be able to
at least uninstall any updates to go back to the initial version, with
stock android you can disable most apps, if it's been tweaked by the
manufacturer or network YMMV.
On Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:51:05 +0100, Andy Burns wrote:
Tesco locked Facebook and Twitter into their version of Android that ran
on SWMBOs MotoG. Couldn't disable them. Couldn't uninstall them. There
was also a Tesco "app" you couldn't stop. Which meant less memory for
apps she did want.
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