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Willhound
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Remove, disable or at least fix Lenovo Weather!

A new owner of just a lowly Tab E (TB-X104F) but for the cost I don't really have any complaints. Except, the silly Lenovo weather widget that seems to be embedded and can't be removed or disabled? I wouldn't mind so much if at least it was accurate, but it hasn't updated since the day I received the tablet. I did manage to remove the large display from the home screen, but the notification still shows at the top and can't get rid of it. I did try some of the suggestions I found in the forum for the P10 etc, but none seem to apply with my model. Ideas?

 

EDIT: Sorry, should also mention running Android 8.1.0

I2k4
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Re: Remove, disable or at least fix Lenovo Weather!

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Settings / Apps and notifications / Show all / tap three dots upper right to show System apps / tap each Weather app to disable it.  I recall the second Weather app appearing and active after the Oreo upgrade - puzzling because I'd disabled it under Nougat.  But it's disabled  now, as above.


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Willhound
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Re: Remove, disable or at least fix Lenovo Weather!

Thanks for that suggestion 12k4 but no go on my Tab E. I can get to the app, but can only Force Stop. Disable button will not highlight or function. So as soon as Tab restarts it's right back.

I2k4
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Re: Remove, disable or at least fix Lenovo Weather!

Sorry, I agree it's a nuisance app.  There seem to be various configs of Oreo for these things.  [Update]  I could have mentioned, I use Greenify (Oasis Feng) to "hibernate" apps with unwanted background activity - don't know if it will work on Lenovo Weather.   Once hibernated an app is dormant until / unless the user launches it - it's a good general resource-saver:

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oasisfeng.greenify&hl=en_CA


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HenryZ
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Re: Remove, disable or at least fix Lenovo Weather!

You can disable the app by following this guide (it requires a little effort though):

https://www.xda-developers.com/uninstall-carrier-oem-bloatware-without-root-access/
Willhound
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Re: Remove, disable or at least fix Lenovo Weather!

Thanks for the suggestions guys. Greenify didn't work, it won't even show the Lenovo Weather app it is that well protected. The programming fix is a little more in-depth than I'd like to tackle for this particular issue, but I will keep it in mind for future use.

For the time being, I sort of have a work around. I installed Accuweather and the widget for it (I like Accuweather anyway) and was able to make that the dominant weather/time app that shows on my home screen. At least it's accurate. If I swipe down though, Lenovo Weather is still showing in notifications.

I2k4
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Re: Remove, disable or at least fix Lenovo Weather!

Have you tried Settings / Apps and notifications / Notifications / three dot to Show system.  I have turned off irritating notifications from 8 active apps e.g. Kindle, without affecting their functions.  Since I fully disabled Lenovo Weather can't say if this works for it, but keeps the rest out of the swipe list.

 

I'd check Security and location / Apps with usage access and make sure LW ain't there either.


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Willhound
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Re: Remove, disable or at least fix Lenovo Weather!

"Have you tried Settings / Apps and notifications / Notifications / three dot to Show system"

 

No three dot menu visible. Can't get to system apps it seems. 

I2k4
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Re: Remove, disable or at least fix Lenovo Weather!

A shame.  I'd been thinking well of Lenovo for my ability to delete or disable its preinstalled stuff, but LW seems to be a snooping app it won't let go.  I doubt China's President Xi is watching you from his desk, but still don't like it.  I wouldn't personally try radical removal techniques while under warranty.  Good luck.


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HenryZ
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Re: Remove, disable or at least fix Lenovo Weather!

It's not a "radical" technique as it doesn't involve unlocking the bootloader (that would interfere with the warranty). It doesn't even really remove the app, so when you do a factory reset, it's back to normal.

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