(How-to) prevent Android Market app from updating itself
BEFORE REPLYING: please know that I have tried all of the standard suggested solutions to prevent Market from updating, including freezing Market Updater, using pm disable on it, and turning off auto-updates for apps, and these do not work on Market versions >= 3.0.
On my Samsung Galaxy S2, the latest market app (3.4.4) randomly freezes my entire phone, causing me to have to hold the power button down to reboot. Happens nearly every time I browse for apps in that version. I can "uninstall updates" to get back to the version in /system, but it updates itself to 3.4.4 every time I run it. My goal: prevent the automatic updates.
Plenty of threads here and elsewhere have tips for preventing the updates. The problem is that none if them work for market versions beyond 3.0. I've discovered a method for preventing the updates even on more recent market versions.
- Do "uninstall updates" on the market app (in "manage applications").
- Open the terminal app.
- Run "su" to become root.
- Run: touch /data/app/com.android.vending-1.apk
- Run: chattr +i /data/app/com.android.vending-1.apk
This will put a bogus APK file in the way of where Android wants to put the new version. The chattr command makes the file "immutable", so that even root can't remove it. Just setting it read only with chmod isn't enough.
This will pin your market to the version included in your ROM. This trick might work if you want to pin a version that's already in /data/app, if you skip the "uninstall updates" and the "touch" command... Haven't tested this.