Permanently detach apps from Google Play Store?

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Taxmaster

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Hello all!

Is there any way to PERMANENTLY detach an installed app (that you wish to keep installed) from the Google Play store in order to prevent it from updating or checking for updates? Titanium Backup provides a detach option but for some reason it isn't permanent (lasts hours and/or next reboot).

Thank you!

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Get the apk from /data/app and make a copy and put it on /sdcard/. Uninstall from the play store and then install from the apk. Make sure you have unknown sources checked. Then it won't update from the play store because it'll be installed by something other than the play store. :) I hope this helps.
 

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Hello! I will let you know if this works for me! I just did the installation !

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Taxmaster

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Alright awesome let me know!

Unfortunately, this didn't work for me :( , as I keep getting prompted to update the app.

Does it matter that it's a Google app like maps or music?

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mrlaigle

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I have found the way to so this... At long last I have found a way.


In the play store press menu / my apps / scroll over to the right to view all previously downloaded apps. There is a x on th left of all of them.

This removes them from the list.

I have looked for this for years, only to notice it this afternoon.

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shangrila500

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I have found the way to so this... At long last I have found a way.


In the play store press menu / my apps / scroll over to the right to view all previously downloaded apps. There is a x on th left of all of them.

This removes them from the list.

I have looked for this for years, only to notice it this afternoon.

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That just deletes the apps from your previously installed list, it doesnt permanently detach them from the Play store.

AFAIK nothing really works anymore. I have tried myself and can get anything to permanently detach them. The only thing I can think of is to decompile them and take out anything that has to do with the Play store and then recompile them.

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mrlaigle

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That just deletes the apps from your previously installed list, it doesnt permanently detach them from the Play store.

AFAIK nothing really works anymore. I have tried myself and can get anything to permanently detach them. The only thing I can think of is to decompile them and take out anything that has to do with the Play store and then recompile them.

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Ahh I thought you wanted to get it off the list of previously installed apps. I see what you mean now. You want to install it without plays tore showing it's installed.

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shangrila500

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Ahh I thought you wanted to get it off the list of previously installed apps. I see what you mean now. You want to install it without plays tore showing it's installed.

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I'm not the OP but yes I am in the same boat, I have a couple apps I got from elsewhere that show as different apps in the Play store, because my version is only sold on Amazon (ie Angry Birds Ad Free), and it keeps getting updated with a different version.

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cthulu

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The only way to do this I've found so far is to :
* get the Apk you wanna detach (eg using TitaniumBackup)
* install ZipSigner from play store
* re-sign the extracted Apk using ZipSigner and test key
* uninstall the original app and install the re-signed Apk

This worked for me to get rid of new version of Facebook requiring all kind of permissions
 

Taxmaster

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The only way to do this I've found so far is to :
* get the Apk you wanna detach (eg using TitaniumBackup)
* install ZipSigner from play store
* re-sign the extracted Apk using ZipSigner and test key
* uninstall the original app and install the re-signed Apk

This worked for me to get rid of new version of Facebook requiring all kind of permissions

Is there a certain setting you're using for signing it? Whenever I reboot it shows up in the update queue.

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tibibond

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The only way to do this I've found so far is to :
* get the Apk you wanna detach (eg using TitaniumBackup)
* install ZipSigner from play store
* re-sign the extracted Apk using ZipSigner and test key
* uninstall the original app and install the re-signed Apk

This worked for me to get rid of new version of Facebook requiring all kind of permissions

thank you! I just detached Pulse and it worked! All hail cthulu!!!
 
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The only way to do this I've found so far is to :
* get the Apk you wanna detach (eg using TitaniumBackup)
* install ZipSigner from play store
* re-sign the extracted Apk using ZipSigner and test key
* uninstall the original app and install the re-signed Apk

This worked for me to get rid of new version of Facebook requiring all kind of permissions
This worked, I have been looking for a reliable method for a while now. I wish TI would fix the detach feature, it's been broken for a very long time.
 

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The only way to do this I've found so far is to :
* get the Apk you wanna detach (eg using TitaniumBackup)
* install ZipSigner from play store
* re-sign the extracted Apk using ZipSigner and test key
* uninstall the original app and install the re-signed Apk

This worked for me to get rid of new version of Facebook requiring all kind of permissions

Thank you so much for this. It worked perfectly for me!!!
 
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Taxmaster: ( Permanently detach apps from Google Play Store)

The post is too old, but if you are still facing the problem, :
For android, go to google plus settings, then account settings for the particular email ID. Then go to Apps with google plus sign in. Disconnect (remember to check app activities).
Hope that helps :)

Sj
 

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The only way to do this I've found so far is to :
* get the Apk you wanna detach (eg using TitaniumBackup)
* install ZipSigner from play store
* re-sign the extracted Apk using ZipSigner and test key
* uninstall the original app and install the re-signed Apk

This worked for me to get rid of new version of Facebook requiring all kind of permissions


Does not work, app is still shown as installed in playstore.
 
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    The only way to do this I've found so far is to :
    * get the Apk you wanna detach (eg using TitaniumBackup)
    * install ZipSigner from play store
    * re-sign the extracted Apk using ZipSigner and test key
    * uninstall the original app and install the re-signed Apk

    This worked for me to get rid of new version of Facebook requiring all kind of permissions
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    Another Technique

    Found this thread while trying to figure out a way to stay with Nova 3.3 instead of their buggy (so far) update to 4.0 and 4.0.1. It was annoying to keep getting the Play reminder to update and, as someone else said, it also means you can't do an "update all"
    But I had trouble making the zipsigner approach outlined herein work, but these steps (found in another thread) worked for me.

    1. Find the Nova apk (or other app apk you're trying to detach) in your data/app file and copy to somewhere you can find easily
    2. Download APK Permission Remover (by Steelworks) from the Play Store (it's free)
    3. Open APK Permission Remover and find the apk of the app you want to detach from the Market
    4. Your app will be opened, with all of its permissions revealed. Choose one that is not important to lose -- and tap it to disable (e.g., for Nova, I got rid of a permission to read the HTC launcher) (since I'm on a Note 3).
    5. Then choose the option within APK Permission Remover to uninstall the existing version of your app and install this new (missing one permission) version.
    6. Voila. The change in the APK appears to work to disconnect the app from the market. Survived a reboot too.

    Yes, I get the Nova Prime warning, but it doesn't seem to limit its functionality -- it's just saying don't go to them for support (not that I've gotten any response to my multiple emails outlining some of the bugs of 4.0)
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    Get the apk from /data/app and make a copy and put it on /sdcard/. Uninstall from the play store and then install from the apk. Make sure you have unknown sources checked. Then it won't update from the play store because it'll be installed by something other than the play store. :) I hope this helps.
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    You can do it without root.

    First, uninstall the app that you don't want to get updates. Then add different Google account on your phone. On Google play from the new account install the app that you want. At last delete the account from your phone.

    The app won't be updated cause it's attached to an account that doesn't exist on your phone any more :)

    The best part is that I was searching for a solution for a long time and that just came into my head.
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    Hello all!

    Is there any way to PERMANENTLY detach an installed app (that you wish to keep installed) from the Google Play store in order to prevent it from updating or checking for updates? Titanium Backup provides a detach option but for some reason it isn't permanent (lasts hours and/or next reboot).

    Thank you!

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    Unlocked, Overclocked, and Undervolted
    Bean's ROM 18 w/Perseus 33.6 Kernel
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