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[INFO] Disable OTA update notification

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17th November 2012, 08:06 PM   |  #1  
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When an OTA update becomes available, there is a recurrent notification prompting to upgrade.
The below method tricks the OS into thinking that it is already at the latest version, in effect stopping the update notification from appearing.

I am not responsible for anything you do with your device.

Pre-requisite
  • Device must be rooted

Steps
  1. Download FOTAKill apk
  2. Put the apk in "/system/app"
  3. Set proper file permissions (644, or rw-r--r--) for the apk
  4. Clear "/cache" (e.g. boot into CWM and clear cache)
  5. Reboot

Check "Settings > About tablet > System updates" and it should show "up to date" now.
Note that after rebooting there may still be a notification to update, after clearing no further notification will appear.

Rollback
  • To re-enable OTA update notification, delete the apk and reboot!
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18th November 2012, 01:16 AM   |  #2  
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lately since Android 4.2 OTA update became available for my device, there was a recurrent update notification prompting me to update..
as i dont want to upgrade yet due to app incompatibility issues not being resolved, i asked for help and was given a solution after searching and reading some posts..
it worked for me and i would like to share it here as i found that there were other users looking for a solution like i did..

ur device needs to be rooted to follow the steps below..

steps:
(1) download FOTAKill (firmware over-the-air kill) apk
(2) put the apk in "/system/app" with a file explorer
(3) set proper file permissions (644) for the apk
(4) clear "/cache" (i booted into CWM and cleared cache there)
(5) reboot
(6) check "Settings > About tablet > System updates".. should tell you "up to date" now..

note that after rebooting i still got a notification on update, but after clearing it there was no further notification since then..


Thanks,worked great, I didn't even need to clear the cache. On reboot, it said updating.... I panicked for a second, but it only reported for a coupe of seconds, then once booted, it said update available. I cleared the message and now the update has gone! In about phone - system update it reports upto date
18th November 2012, 11:57 AM   |  #3  
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Worked great, better than messing around with Google services framework.
18th November 2012, 03:33 PM   |  #4  
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Another possibility to get rid of OTA updates reminders on 4.1.2:

In the file "/system/build.prop" find the string starting "ro.build.fingerprint" and after symbol "=" add the following "google/nakasi/grouper:4.2/JOP40C/XXXXXX:user/release-keys"
Instead of XXXXXX place the figures from the string "ro.build.version.incremental"
Make the nandroid backup prior to this.
For editing file use Root Explorer.
After editing - reboot and connect to the Internet - the reminding should stop.
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OR... download Autorun manager from the Play store and disable the following in Services( must enable system settings in preferences)

Receiver com.google.android.gsf.update.SystemUpdateService

Requires root access
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18th November 2012, 10:52 PM   |  #6  
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Thanks,worked great, I didn't even need to clear the cache. On reboot, it said updating.... I panicked for a second, but it only reported for a coupe of seconds, then once booted, it said update available. I cleared the message and now the update has gone! In about phone - system update it reports upto date

Same here thank you iamelton!
23rd November 2012, 06:29 AM   |  #7  
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Same here thank you iamelton!

Same here didn't need to clear cache. The whole thing took about 30 seconds.
Thank you

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23rd November 2012, 06:31 AM   |  #8  
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the clear cache part is for those who might have already downloaded the update package file (which is about 80MB) by the ota service.. it removes this file and frees up some cache space..
23rd November 2012, 06:07 PM   |  #9  
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What does FOTAkill actually do to your system?

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What does FOTAkill actually do to your system?

That's a GREAT question.

iamelton do you know the specifics? It would also be interesting to know what permission if any are effected with this method.

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