Disable Google Apps on Xiaomi without Root

You might have noticed that there isn’t any option to disable Google Apps on Xiaomi phones without rooting them. So Here is a working method on how to disable gapps on MIUI 8.

People who have been using Xiaomi and Huawei smartphone always have some issues when it comes to Google apps. In few Xiaomi phones with chinese ROM. You cant even install google apps or services easily. In the latest operating system of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 that is MIUI 8. There is a strange issue.In the current settings you can not disable google apps or uninstall them. Although, there is a workaround to disable gapps on any Xiaomi phone without root.

Disable Google Apps on Xiaomi phones running on MIUI 8:

It can be really annoying when you can’t operate your Android phone as you want to. The best thing about Android is its ability to allow the user to customise each and everything according to his needs. Limitations in some features can be really frustrating.

In the below guide I will tell you how you can disable Google apps on Xiaomi phone. Following is the detailed guide with the screenshots.


  • Xiaomi phone with MIUI 8. Or any phone running on MIUI.
  • Quick Shortcut Maker App. (You can download it from Google Play Store from here.)

Steps to disable Google Google Apps on Xiaomi Phones:

  1. First of all download Quick Shortcut Maker App from Google Play Store.
  2. Once installed, open the app and enter “Installed” in search bar and tap on search.
  3. Now select the Settings icon with $Manage Applications Activity in Subscript. Like in the screenshot below.
  4. Tap on Create to make its shortcut on the home screen.
  5. Once done, a new shortcut will appear on the home screen of your Xiaomi phone.
  6. Open the shortcut and select the app you want to disable.
  7. Tap on Disable. You might get a warning “Disabling app might uninstall the updates“. Uninstall the updates and carry on to disable the app.

Disable Google Apps on Xiaomi without Root

Tip: If you are using Nova launcher for your Xiaomi phone. You can easily create the shortcut using widget.

Note: Be careful with this guide on what apps you disable. Extra google apps should be fine, but do not disable the Google app. I’ve heard people who had done so with this method and had the phone bootloop.

That’s all. I hope this guide was helpful and you managed to disable google apps on your Xiaomi phone running on MIUI 8 like Redmi note 3.

If you have any queries or confusion. Feel free to ask me in the comments. If you know of some other method to disable Google apps on Xiaomi MIUI 8. Do share with us.

  • wmk3

    So it works on Redmi 3S tested on DEV Global.
    However, when running the shortcut does not load the application list. Solution. Run a shortcut, exit to the desktop via the home button. Run setup systems and get into installed applications. Go back to the desktop with the home button. Run the created shortcut and immediately we have all the applications. Now you can turn off.

  • Zephyrus

    Works like charm on Redmi Note 4 With MIUI 8.2 ? Thanks Bro! #Kudos

  • Nikhil Jain

    Great Worked for me…on Redmi Note 3 (Qualcomm)miui 8.1

  • Abdull

    Worked on Mi Note 2

    Thank you sooooooo much 😀

  • Anonymous

    it works on xiaomi redmi 4a, thank u!

  • Himanshu Chourasia

    Thnks for this.

  • John C. Kotsaridis

    If disable the google apps and then can safely remove the shortcut or uninstall the Quick Shortcut Maker without the google apps come back ?? Can in the future install again the Quick Shortcut Maker to enable the google apps ?? Thanks in advance !!