How To Remove Voice Command From Galaxy S2 Without Rooting

For as long as I've owned a Galaxy S2 the V-Lingo Voice Command app that comes with it has driven me mad. Always popping up when you don't want it to (would you ever want it to!?) asking "what would you like to do?" in that annoying voice.

Like most of the other stock Samsung apps they've made it so you can't remove them. Which is really annoying. Although I did find out how to remove it without rooting your phone:

  1. Install Apex Launcher (free)
  2. Add a new icon for the Voice Command app to the (now blank, but don't worry about that for now) home screen
  3. Long press the new icon and drag to the Remove "hotspot" at the top of the screen.
  4. Confirm uninstallation of app.
  5. Uninstall Apex Launcher (your home screen and shortcuts return to normal at this point)
  6. Job done. Enjoy.

I've now upgraded to a Galaxy S3 on which you can disable Voice Command app without any of the above steps, but I thought I'd share the above anyway.

I can't wait until Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) is released. It comes with Google Now, which looks very nice. It could be any amount of time until it arrives on my S3. So I pre-ordered a Nexus 7 which comes with Jelly Bean on it. They're so cheap it was hard to resist and the reviews so far have all been really good. And I need a mid-sized tablet, right!? For, errrm, testing websites.


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    • Brian Miller
    • Tue 10 Jul 2012 08:17 AM

    One thing to be careful of:

    Verizon, here in the US, has taken to putting in an init script that will actually RE-INSTALL the bloatware apps, if you've uninstalled them without having an alternate ROM.

    So, make sure your carrier hasn't done the same thing. Reboot your phone, and make sure that app hasn't come back from the dead.

  1. shadows of Mac OSX mouse acceleration. "why would you want it?" "Can't uninstall it!" If ever there were an anti-case for closed systems.

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    • Mike
    • Tue 10 Jul 2012 10:11 AM

    Jake -

    I'm curious what your thoughts are on the S3, specifically around size. I'm moving off blackberry (*sniff*) and ordered the HTC One S, although I contemplated the S3.

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      • Jake Howlett
      • Tue 10 Jul 2012 01:56 PM

      I love the S3. More so than I have any other phone I've owned.

      As for size. Yes, it's big. But that's good. Big = more screen = easier to use. It's not too big though. Not for me. Maybe for other people. As I see it, as long as it fits in my pocket comfortably I'm ok. It's in my jeans pocket now and I'm sat at a desk and had to check it was there (I didn't know if it was or not). Point being it's not like it's annoyingly large.

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    • Andrew
    • Fri 14 Dec 2012 10:07 PM

    This post saved my life. I was considering throwing my phone off the top of a tall building due to this supremely annoying voice command problem.

    Thanks so much!

    • avatar
    • Stu
    • Mon 17 Dec 2012 10:49 AM

    What are your opinions of the nexus 7, better than Ipad Mini ????????

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