Disable & enable Google Play system apps

On devices running Android 4.0 and higher, you can disable pre-installed Google Play system apps through your device Settings. After a system app has been disabled, it will be hidden on your device.

Please note that disabling a built-in app may cause other apps to misbehave and will delete your associated data for that app.

Disable pre-installed system apps

  1. Go to your device's Settings menu.
  2. Select Apps.
  3. Touch the system app you’d like to disable.
  4. Select Disable.

Re-enable pre-installed system apps

If you’ve disabled an app and would like to enable it, you can find and re-enable the app using the following steps:

  1. Go to Settings on your device.
  2. Swipe to view the list of All apps.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the list to view disabled system apps.
  4. Touch the system app from the list that you’d like to enable.
  5. Select Enable.

Once a system app has been re-enabled, it can be viewed and opened from your main apps screen.

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