How to disable Google Play Magazines on Note II(no root)

If you, like me, live in country that is unsupported by Google Play Magazines, than you don’t need this app on your phone.
But here is the tricky part:
I have updated my phone firmware with kies to 4.1.2
(I’m talking about Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 BTW, but you can apply this to any phone/firmware with similar problem)
Every thing was great until I noticed a battery drain. So I looked in battery usage statistics, and so there Google Play Magazines eating my battery for 9 hours(active time). ‘I will just disable this app in application manager’, i thought to my self. But the app wasn’t there. WTF?! I checked the APK in system/app: it was there. Application manager: no Magazines. Had I rooted my phone, I would just delete the apk, but I didn’t.

So here is the solution if you find your self in this situation and don’t know what to do:

  1. download Magazines.apk
  2. enable ‘Settings->Security->Unknown sources’ on your phone
  3. install the apk using file manager
  4. go to ‘Settings->Application manager->All’ find Magazines and tap it
  5. uninstall updates
  6. disable

thats it. No root needed.


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