How You Can Install User Apps as System Apps On An Android Device

Last updated: November 17th 2017.

System Apps On An Android Device

It is easy to install apps on an Android device.  You just search the Google Play Store and then hit Install.  Or you can load APKs on an Android device by going to Settings menu enabling Apps from Unknown Sources from there.

It’s easy to install new apps, but it’s a lot harder to remove apps that were preloaded on the device.  Preloaded apps or system apps can’t be removed without rooting your device.  You also can’t install an app as a system app if you don’t have SuperSu permissions on the device.

Why would you want to make a user app a system app? So they will not be killed by your system.  How can you make a user app a system app? We have a method for you.

Prepare your device:

  1. You will need root access. If your device is not yet rooted, root it.
  2. Back up all the important data that you have on your device.
  3. Charge your device to at least 70 percent.

 

How to Install User Apps as System Apps in Android

Installing a System App with ES File Explorer

  1. Download and install ES File Explorerfrom Google Play Store.
  2. Open ES File Explorer app and click the hamburger icon (horizontal three lines) at its top left corner.
  3. You will see the option to enable Root Explorer at the bottom of the menu. Toggle the option to enable it. If prompted, grant Super SU permissions.

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  1. Click the Path drop down menu and then select Device.
  2. Go back to the main screen of the app and then tap “/”. You should go to device.  Go to /data/app folder

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  1. When the folder opens, you should see all user apps that are currently installed on the device. Each of these apps will be contained in a folder with their essential library files.
  2. Select app that you want to have as a system app and click cut.
  3. Go to /system/app location then past app folder cut in step 7 there. If you are asked for root permission, grant them.

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  1. Change the permissions on the folder and the APK that was pasted in /system/app folder.
  2. Long press the folder you moved to /system/app. Choose Menu>Properties>Permissions>Change. Set them according to what you see in the photo below.

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  1. Now, click on the APK that is in the folder and set the permissions .

 

You should now reboot your device in order for the changes made to take effect.

Have you changed user apps to system apps?

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