How To Safely Remove Google Play Store On Android Phone

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Google Play Store is one of the most annoying app for most Android users, especially for people who normally subscribe for a limited data plan or those who are using entry-level Android phone. The most annoying issue about Play Store is its auto update, which sweetly consumes data without permission. It also consumes lots of RAM when running in background. Today, we'll be sharing how you can safely remove this app without affecting Google service framework on your Android device.

Before proceeding, we recommend you do nandroid backup (fully back up your phone via custom recovery). Also, make sure you have root explorer installed on your phone—we recommend ES File Explorer. The Play Store app is normally located under System -> App folder, first you need to download another Play Store app and save it to your phone memory card,  you can download it from HERE.

Now, follow the below steps.

Open ES File Explorer menu by clicking the phone menu button

click tools

Click 'Tools"

select root explorer

Select "Root Explorer" from the list. Make sure it is turned "ON" as highlighted in the picture above (simply tap the OFF/ON switch)

Mount R/W

Choose "Mount R/W" among the options

give read write permission

Tick RW box for both "Path" and "/system" and click OK

Navigate to Device -> System -> app, search for vending.apk among the list of applications in the folder and delete it.

we suggest you back up the file (vending.apk) because you may need it later, you can do so by using this app.

After deleting the "vending.apk" file in system/app folder make sure you don't restart or turn off the phone. Install the Play Store you downloaded earlier and launch it from app drawer.

Now, this is how to get rid of it, go to Phone Settings -> Apps -> Manage Apps, and search for the Play Store you've just installed under list of applications, uninstall it and restart the phone.

That's all.

All other Google apps such as Google Search, YouTube, Google Calendar, Gmail, Google+ will still work. You can download Mobogenie Market to access and download apps instead. If later you change your mind and decide to install Play Store back, just copy the vending.apk file you backed up, paste it back to System/App folder and restart your phone.


In some smartphones running custom Android OS or with custom UI, the "vending.apk" file may not be located in the system -> app folder. We have also witnessed some cases where "Google Play Store" will not be named as "vending" but will be given an entire new name. These mostly depends on the ROM developer and system configurations applied when developing the ROM.

In this case, we will need to dig out the path and folder where the Play Store is located. There is a small app we are going to use for this purpose, it is called Lucky Patcher. Mind you, we are not going to patch anything we just want to borrow one of its unique features.

Lets get started

If you don't have Lucky Patcher, download it from here.

Launch the app, you should arrive to a page that looks exactly like the one below.

Apps list

Find "Google Play Store" among the list of apps

Options menu

Click on it, a menu will appear underneath. Select "App Info"

File info
Now, you will see some details regarding the app. We only need the "App path" which in this case is system -> priv-app -> Phonesky.apk

The "Phonesky.apk" is the Google Play Store we are looking for and it is placed inside a folder called "priv-app" within System folder.

priv-app folder
Phonesky app file

In this case, the "Phonesky" is the phone pre-installed Play Store which we are going to delete and replaced with the one we downloaded earlier.

Do let us know if you face any problem via comment.

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  1. @Caleb, I disagree with you on this topic there isn't need to remove google playstore from that HTC Driod because Most of the Smartphones accrue apps, files compatibile for their device from playstore.

    1. Playstore have various compatibility on different smartphones and will only get its workable app from their.

    on Monday last week, I try to install Flashshare on HTC Desire but it couldn't so I navigated round the playstore and found that it was not there.

    That means Flashare aren't compatibile with HTC Desire but works on Techno P5 and M3 respectively.

    2. Mobogene atimes has its apps working 100% on majorly China -made smartphones and also Techno.
    Anyway it might work well to some users sha.


  2. What really matters in all android phones is the Google Service Frameworks, as long as you have that without tampering it i believe every apps should be able to work. Google store is once called "Market" before the name was changed to Play Store. I have HTC Droid Inc 2 and flash share works without any issues, currently i've removed Play Store that comes with my phone and replace it with Mobogenie and my phone still works, am able to download any apps via Mobogenie. What really matters is a working Google Service Framework.


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