Note 7 – Avoid The End

The Samsung Note 7 was easily the best phone that has come out. From it’s beautiful screen, amazing camera, and always useful SPen, there’s really no other phone like it. Well, with the reported “issues” with their batteries Samsung was forced to recall the devices. I say “reported issues” because many of them were found to be insurance fraud or people using cheap charging cables. Without going into a big rant, charging cables are not regulated and can over charge your batteries or allow surging through the lines.

I am one of the 7% of the original Samsung Note 7 owners who decided to keep their Note 7 as their primary device. However, Samsung is now trying to pressure users to turn their devices over by pushing an update that will kill off charging on the device, making it the nicest paper weight you’ll ever own. So what are your options? You could exchange the phone with your carrier or keep it and take precautions to try and avoid the update. However, you will need to do this before the update is pushed.

Update schedule:

  • AT&T: January 5th, 2017
  • T-Mobile: December 27th, 2016
  • Sprint: January 8th, 2017
  • Verizon: January 5th, 2017

Some people have found that if you hold out and argue with your carrier you can get better deals. For example, more money back on your bill, compensation for the frustrations, free phones.

For those who want to take the rebellious route, there’s a few steps you need to take but it will only cost you a 99¢! I was hesitant to if it worked and I can tell you with certainty that it does. The T-Mobile update came out a week ago and those users are still safe. Please be careful though of what you disable outside of the suggested as it could mess up your phone. So for that reason we are not responsible for what could happen to your phone.

Rebellious Route:

  1. Go to the Google Play Store and under settings disable auto app updates.
  2. Now download the BK Package Disabler from the store.
  3.  After you buy it wait 2 minutes and press refund. Wait 2 more minutes and buy it again. You need to remove the refund button because it has an 8 day trial. Once the refund button no longer appears you have a valid license.
  4. Once you have got the refund button to go away you want to open the app and go through allowing permissions and setting it up as a device administrator (don’t disable anything).
  5. Once you’ve gone through setting up the app uninstall it again. (I will explain why later). You will need to remove it as a device administrator before it will in install.
  6. Now go to a Google Drive Share and download the BK Package Disabler.apk then whichever carrier you have, open that folder and download the XML file in there.
  7. Once you download the new APK you want to open it and go through the install of it. This is an older version of the one in the app store.
  8. Go through the setup of the app and give it device administrator permissions.
  9. Go to the setting in the BK Package Disabler and import XML. You’ll import the XML file from step 6.
  10. This will disable all the proper apps according to the Note 7 Rebel community

 

The reason you have to install and uninstall is because Samsung required the developers to republish their apps that wouldn’t block the update. So the older version still works. Unfortunately you will have to manually update your apps but it’s a small inconvenience to have the award winning Note 7 (2016 Best Smartphone of the Year). Just make sure you never update the BK Package Disabler.

If there are any changes to suggested packages to disable I will update them here and the XML file in the Google Drive share. Any questions or concerns please post in the comments. Thanks!!

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System Analyst with a background in networking, several coding languages, and basic desktop support. I'm hoping to help people become more comfortable with technology and shed light on things that there may not be a lot of information on out there.

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