How to Stop AT&T Live Updates on AT&T Android Phones

We’re all tired of the extra software AT&T puts on their smartphones. One of the worst is interrupting users with updates that many users don’t want. The AT&T Live news app will show notifications for new stories that most users don’t want to see. We will show you how to get rid of these notifications without rooting the phone.

Rooting an Android phone implies a type of hack that allows users to customize their phone in a way that the manufacturer or wireless carrier would prefer users not to do. For example, Samsung includes a feature called Knox security that will show when a user has rooted their phone. If a Samsung phone’s Knox detection feature shows that usage has rooted it, Samsung may deny user warranty service.

AT&T Live is just one of the pre-installed apps that confuse Android phones.

Rooting is the only way to completely remove annoying pre-installed apps like AT&T Live. However, rooting may void the warranty. So disabling the app will cause the app to hide notifications without turning on Knox on Samsung phones.

This process applies to more than just AT&T Live. Any pre-installed application that does not provide any benefit to the users can benefit from this deactivation.

What is AT&T Live?

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The AT&T Live app displays the news. Some people may want to get their news from the app. If so, then stop reading. However, some other news apps do a better job of showing the news.

These are just the two. Also get the app for your favorite news channel in the TV or newspaper/magazine app. All of these options work better than the AT&T Live app that hardly anyone would have installed if AT&T didn’t push us.

How to Stop AT&T Live Updates

Here’s how to stop updates from AT&T Live without rooting the phone. Enter the phone’s settings. This post shows screenshots from a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, but the steps work similarly on other phones running different versions of Android.

Settings in notifications on Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for AT&T

Swipe down from the top of the screen on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and most other Android phones from AT&T

Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Settings icon somewhere in Notifications. Alternatively, go to the phone’s app drawer, the icon that opens the screen showing all installed apps on the phone. Find Settings and tap it.

find apps in settings

The Apps section of Settings is where you’ll find the AT&T Live app’s customization settings.

Search for Applications or Application Manager in Settings. On the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge find it under the Device tab. Tap Apps. Then tap on Application Manager and find the list of apps labeled All.

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at&t live in apps

Scroll down until you see the AT&T Live entry and tap on it. First, clear the clutter of the app by tapping the CLEAR DATA and CLEAR CACHE buttons. Then tap FORCE STOP to close the app. Finally, tap on DISABLE. This will stop the phone from working again the next time it reboots.

disable at&t live

Get rid of AT&T Live notifications by disabling the app in Settings.

If AT&T sends an update on the Google Play Store, the app may reactivate itself. Repeat these steps until the next time it’s updated.

Disable Other Pre-Installed Apps

This also works with other apps. Search for other AT&T apps in the list. Be careful, because some apps provide important functionality. If a feature you like stops working, re-enable apps one by one until the feature starts working again.

After the user disables an application, it appears in the Disabled list in Application Manager.