Amazon has been selling discounted LG G6s, which is LGs flagship phone for 2017, under their Primes Exclusive Phone’s deal. Unfortunately, by purchasing a phone from this deal, you agree to have Amazon plaster you with ads on your lockscreen.
Fortunately, there is a way to disable the Amazon ads if you purchased your LG G6 under the Amazon deal, and this guide will walk you through it.
- ADB installed on your computer (see Appual’s guide How to Install ADB on Windows)
How to Disable the Amazon Lockscreen Ads for LG G6
- First begin by downloading the LG mobile driver on your PC from HERE
- On your LG G6 device, go to Settings > About Phone > tap Build Number 7 times until Developer Options is activated. Now go into the Developer Options and enable USB Debugging.
- Send a text message to yourself (yes, to your own number) to create a notification that minimizes the Amazon lockscreen ads.
- Connect your LG G6 phone to your PC via USB, and open an ADB command window (Shift + Right Click inside of your main ADB folder and select ‘Open a Command Window Here’)
- Confirm the ADB pairing dialogue on your phone, and in the ADB command window on your PC, type: adb shell
- Now to display a list of all the Amazon packages, type into ADB: pm list packages | grep ‘amazon’
- A complete list of all the Amazon packages on your device will be displayed. To eliminate them one by one, type into ADB: pm uninstall -k –user 0 <name of package> (without the brackets)
Please note the following packages can not be uninstalled:
- package: com.amazon.widgets
- package: com.amazon.device.information.provider
- package: com.amazon.phoenix
- package: com.amazon.alphafirstrun
However, you can disable these packages by using the following ADB command: pm disable -user –user 0 <name of package> (without the brackets)
Now you should not see any Amazon ads on your lock screen after a reboot. The only issue you may encounter is that you need to double-tap the fingerprint reader to unlock your device (fix for this is below), and the ads may come back for some reason.
If the Amazon ads return on your LG G6 after performing the above steps:
- Connect your LG G6 to your PC via USB and launch an ADB window.
- Re-enable the following Amazon packages with the command: pm enable com.amazon.<name> (for example, pm enable com.amazon.phoenix)
- Now disconnect your phone from the USB, and go to Settings > Lockscreen. Choose a wallpaper of your choice.
- Send yourself an SMS text message to create a notification that minimizes the lockscreen ads.
- Connect your phone to your PC via USB again, launch a new ADB terminal, and disable the packages you just enabled earlier with: pm disable -user –user 0 com.amazon.<name>
This should once again remove all Amazon ads from your lockscreen.
How to Unlock your LG G6 with a single fingerprint after disabling Amazon ads
Note: This procedure needs to be repeated every time you reboot your phone, so you may consider just living with double-tapping your fingerprint to unlock your phone. At least you got rid of the Amazon ads, right?
- Go into your Settings > Security and completely remove any unlock security you have set on your device.
- Connect your LG G6 to your PC via USB and launch a new ADB terminal. Enable the following Amazon packages:
- Now disconnect your phone from the USB, and repeatedly lock and unlock your phone a bunch of times. Like, 50 times in a row, just lock/unlock/lock/unlock over and over again. You should see ads but they’ll disappear.
- Now go to Settings > Fingerprint & Security > setup your fingerprint authentication again.
- Connect your LG G6 to your PC via USB, launch a new ADB window, and disable the Amazon packages you just enabled.