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Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Enable the Disabled Applications

Uninstall some unused apps is one thing that you can do to free up your phone's memory. Unfortunately, for certain apps you may be unable to uninstall them. In this case, disable apps is a methods that you should consider to do. This methods will causes the app hide from the menu list, not perform updates, can't run, can't use any resources and can't be called by other apps.

See also: How to Disable Applications on Samsung Galaxy S3

For the record, this methods is not the same with uninstall apps because the apps is still on the phone's memory so later you will be able to enable them again if you want to use them.

How to enable the disabled apps?
If you wants to enable the disabled apps, then kindly follow the steps listed below:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Applications manager.
  3. Tap All tab.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, usually the disabled apps will listed there and labelled as disabled.
  5. Tap the desired apps you want to enable.
  6. Tap Enable button.
  7. Finish. The apps has been enabled and the enable button will replaced with the disable button.

Once you've done these steps, now the apps will be shown in the menu list and you will be able to use it again. This apps also will be able to be called by another apps and use any resources. So, hope this helps :)


  1. Perhaps due to a software update, my samsung galaxy s3 does not show disabled apps at the bottom of the 'all' tab, but instead has a separate 'disabled' tab. When I tap the app I want to re-enable, there is no option to do so. Any ideas?

    1. Hi Holly Taylor,
      Thanks for coming.
      Yes, you're right. in Android 4.3, all disabled apps will be shown in the separate tab (turned off tab / disabled tab). Tap the disabled app under Turned off/Disable tab and then tap "Enable" or "Turned on" button to re-enable the app. By the way, can you please tell me what's app you wish to re-enable?

  2. I dont know what's going on but my Internet app (it was pre-installed) but it wont turn back on.

    1. Hi Peyton Nunn,
      Thanks for coming.
      Did you disable the Internet app in the past and then you couldn't enable it again? Is the "Enable" button in the app info grayed out? Can you find this app in the apps menu?

  3. The enable button is grayed out

    1. Hi Peyton Nunn,
      Just to make it clear, I've just checked in both my phone, the Internet app is one of the stock app that can't be disabled. So, I think you have only managed to hide that app accidentally. To check this: go to Apps menu from the Home screen, tap the Menu key and then select "Show hidden applications", If the Internet app is listed there, select the app and then tap Done button to bring it back to the Apps menu.
      If the Internet app isn't listed in the hidden apps list, try to go to Settings> tap "More" tab> tap "Application manager"> under the Downloaded tab, tap the Menu key and then select "Reset app preferences". It'll re-enable all disabled apps.

    2. I have tried all of these suggestions but the apps can not be re-enables. The button remains gray. Can you tell me how to reset my Galaxy 3J?

  4. Replies
    1. Hi Peyton Nunn,
      Have you finally managed to re-enable the Internet browser app in your phone?


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