Manage Android system apps

If you have the legacy free edition of G Suite, upgrade to G Suite Basic to get this feature. 

System apps, such as Clock and Calculator, are preinstalled on Android devices. Many of these apps can’t be uninstalled, and they aren’t available in managed Google Play for whitelisting. However, you can manage access to them on company-owned Android devices.

You can allow or disable all system apps. You can also specify a custom list of apps to allow or disallow. If you disable system apps, the apps aren’t uninstalled, but users and other apps can’t access them.

Disable or allow system apps

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Device management.

    To see Device management, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  3. On the left, click App management and then System applications on Android.
  4. (Optional) On the left, select an organization. If you don’t select an organization, the settings are applied to all users.
  5. Choose an option:
    • To make all system apps available, select Allow all.
    • To remove access to all system apps, select Disable all.
      Note: This setting doesn’t remove access to apps you whitelist for Android devices. For details, see Whitelist Android apps.
    • To customize access, select Allow custom system apps and then enter the app package name.
  6. (Optional) Under Disallow system apps, click Add system app package name and then enter the app package name. 
  7. Click Save.

If you don’t know the package name of an app, check the mobile device details in your Admin console. If the app isn’t listed, contact the device manufacturer or reseller.

The change typically takes effect in minutes, but it might take up to 24 hours to be reflected across all of your users’ devices.

Critical system apps

Some system apps are critical for a device to function correctly. You can’t disallow these critical system apps:

  • android
  • com.android.bluetooth
  • com.android.contacts
  • com.android.keychain
  • com.android.keyguard
  • com.android.launcher
  • com.android.nfc
  • com.android.phone
  • com.android.providers.downloads
  • com.android.settings
  • com.android.systemui
  • com.android.vending
  • com.google.android.apps.enterprise.dmagent
  • com.google.android.deskclock
  • com.google.android.dialer
  • com.google.android.gms
  • com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
  • com.google.android.gsf
  • com.google.android.gsf.login
  • com.google.android.inputmethod.latin
  • com.google.android.nfcprovision
  • com.google.android.setupwizard
  • com.samsung.android.contacts
  • com.samsung.android.phone
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