How to Block a Specific App From Being Downloaded Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

Are you tired of certain apps cluttering up your Android device? Do you want to prevent a specific app from being downloaded altogether?

Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to block a specific app from being downloaded on your Android device.

Step 1: Enable Unknown Sources

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to enable the “Unknown Sources” option on your Android device. This option allows you to install apps from sources other than the Google Play Store. To enable it, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings: Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  • Navigate to Security: Scroll down and tap on “Security” or “Security & privacy.”
  • Enable Unknown Sources: Look for the “Unknown Sources” option and toggle it on. You may see a warning message, but don’t worry – we’ll be cautious in the next steps.

Step 2: Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge)

ADB is a versatile command-line tool that allows you to interact with an Android device. To block a specific app from being downloaded, we’ll use ADB commands. Follow these instructions to install ADB:

  1. Download ADB: Visit the official Android Developer website and download the appropriate version of ADB for your operating system.
  2. Extract ADB: Once downloaded, extract the contents of the ZIP file to a folder on your computer.
  3. Add ADB to PATH (optional): For convenience, you can add the path of the extracted folder containing ADB to your system’s PATH environment variable. This step is optional, but it allows you to run ADB commands from any directory in the command prompt or terminal.

Step 3: Connect Your Android Device to Your Computer

Now that we have ADB set up, it’s time to connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable. Make sure USB debugging is enabled on your device by following these steps:

  • Go to Settings: Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  • Navigate to Developer Options: Scroll down and tap on “Developer options” or “Developer settings. “
  • Enable USB Debugging: Look for the “USB debugging” option and toggle it on.

    If you don’t see this option, you may need to enable developer mode first. This can usually be done by tapping on the “Build number” in the About phone section of your device’s settings multiple times.

Step 4: Block the App Using ADB Commands

With ADB and your Android device connected, we’re ready to block the specific app from being downloaded. Follow these instructions:

  1. Open Command Prompt or Terminal: On your computer, open the Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (macOS/Linux).
  2. Navigate to the ADB Directory (optional): If you didn’t add ADB to PATH in Step 2, navigate to the folder where you extracted ADB using the ‘cd’ command.
  3. Type the ADB Command: In the Command Prompt or Terminal, enter the following ADB command, replacing “package_name” with the actual package name of the app you want to block:
    • adb shell pm block “package_name”
  4. Press Enter: Hit the Enter key to execute the command.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully blocked the specific app from being downloaded on your Android device. The app will no longer appear in the Google Play Store or any other app store on your device.


If you ever wish to unblock the app and allow it to be downloaded again, simply replace “block” with “unblock” in the ADB command. For example:

  • adb shell pm unblock “package_name”

Remember, blocking apps using ADB commands requires caution and should only be done if you’re sure about what you’re doing. Be mindful of which apps you choose to block and always double-check the package name before executing any ADB commands.

With these steps, you now have the power to control which apps can be downloaded on your Android device. Enjoy a clutter-free experience!

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