From time to time, Google decide to fix some bugs regarding Android Market and they automatically push the updates to compatible devices, without testing the app thoroughly. This article will show you how to disable automatic update of Android Market app so that it will not encounter stability issues or force close.
Upon checking the XDA-Developers forum and upon receiving numerous reports from users who encountered serious issues when the Android Market got updated, we decided to inform as much people as we can about how they can disable the automatic update.
A comment from a user of the XDA Developer forum caught our attention. He said that he faced serious issues with the latest Android Market app (v3.4.4), causing his device to completely freeze without any solid reason. The issue is recurrent as it seems to happen each time the browse apps function is used; holding down the power button will make the phone reboot.
Please note that a requirement for the how to disable automatic update of Android Market app guide is to have an already rooted Android device and BusyBox installed. If you have not done so until now, act accordingly and come back to the guide once done. Our website will not be responsible for any damages that may happen to your Android phone if something goes wrong.
To disable automatic update of Android Market app you will first have to open the Android Market settings. You can do this by going to the Settings menu, then to Applications and Manage Applications. Here you will have to open the Market menu and then select the ‘uninstall updates’ option to revert to the Android Market version that initially came with your Android phone.
Now you will have to use a terminal app to run a few commands. If you do not have one currently installed, you can search for Android Terminal Emulator and install it on your device.
Once installed, run the Android Terminal Emulator and type in su to open the super user command, as the next steps will require full access to the device. To disable automatic update of Android Market app you will have to first type in touch /data/app/com.android.vending-1.apk and then chattr +i /data/app/com.android.vending-1.apk.
Typing these commands in the Terminal Emulator will create a ‘bougs’ APK file which will always be accessed by your Android operating system, each time it wants to update the Android Market to the latest version available.
The syntax that will disable the automatic update of Android Market app for your phone is the one that starts with ‘chattr’. The creator of this tweak on the XDA Developer forum said that it would be possible to disable the Android Market update directly by typing in the commands if you already have super user access enabled but it has not been tested in any way.
While some users did not experience any issues when updating the Android Market app to the latest version, I think that our how to disable automatic update of Android Market app guide will really help the ones that encounter serious stability issues with the new one.