How To Remove The Default Music Player In Android

I am sure a lot of people are looking for the answer to this question. I did not know the answer to that question , until recently, when It started interfering with my music functions in my HTC HD2 (I am using android version 2.3.7).

So an average person may ask why would I want to remove the default music player in Android?

Well, there are many reasons. The first and foremost is that it ain’t that pretty. I am using Winamp, which offers far more superior sound output and has tons of features as compared to the default music application that Android has. Secondly, every time you use a music function in your Android to control Winamp or any other third-party music player, Android’s native music player receives the same commands and starts interfering with your music. And if you happen to be a music lover, interference may cause you to smash the phone into a thousand pieces!

After searching a while on Google, I did not find a direct solution and decided to hack the phone myself! (after all, its just Linux!). And I have successfully been able to to thus.

Now without wasting anymore of your precious time, lets get to the solution.

Warning! this will only work on rooted devices (It means you need to have access to the system files)

Follow these steps (user interface might differ from phones to phones, so I presume, you have what is popularly known as common sense!):

1) Download and Open ES File Explorer. This application can be found on android market (Google Play)

2) Navigate to the root level – You may be asked to grant Super user permissions at this point

Remove Android Music Player


3) Look for, and open the  system directory in the above list.

Remove Default Music Player Android

4) Open the app directory

Remove Native Music Player Android


5) Look for Music.apk in the list and rename the file to Music.apk.back

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Remove Native Music App Android


Uninstall Android Music App


6) Reboot your phone. You are DONE!

So the whole trick is to navigate to the path /system/app and rename Music.apk , which is the launcher for the native android music player. This way, Android wouldn’t be able be able to located the default music player!

This method is pretty safe. You can always rename Music.apk.back to Music.apk should you wish to switch back to the native android player (although that is very unlikely!)

Let me know if this solves your problem in the comments section below.

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  • JingleHack

    Thanks techluminati!

    • Yusuf

      Sure. You’re welcome!

  • no9schmack

    You could also use Bloat Freezer app if you have root access also.

    • Yusuf

      Well you certainly could, but given this situation, I don’t really prefer installing applications when all you have to do is just rename a file!

  • Tony Mo

    I installed es file manager but can’t get to the root and I’m not being prompted for admin rights super or otherwise – any suggestions?

    • Yusuf

      Are you sure your phone is rooted? Could you give me some details about your android version/ mod version (if any)

  • Justin

    Once this is done, the music controller is stuck on the notification bar. Is there any way to remove this?

    • Yusuf

      Can you try and reboot your phone?

  • Deven

    Hello, I was not able to rename the file as u mention, my phone have android 4.0.4 version ICS.

    in properties of the music folder its mention WRITABLE: NO.

    I have not been asked for any admin/ super user permission either.

    Can you please help with this, because it is really annoying when music start when i insert headphone and when ever i make/ receive call, the call get drop midway and music starts playing.


  • RowlettC

    Newer version of ES File Explorer will require you to turn on an option to allow root exploration and you’ll also need to / as writable ( which grants write to /system/app/ ). Both of these are done in the options under root settings.

  • nabhan

    Ummm hi right now the es file explorer has updated soo differently
    so do u mind doing update version thank u

  • Chris Macdonald

    Thank you so much, Yusuf! Those system app removers just didn’t work for the default music player. I’m a delivery driver so spend all evening listening to music in the car. I swear to god if I pressed play on the car bt stereo and heard a jazzed up “Over the Horizon” ringtone via Samsung Music instead of my Spotify playlist one more time, I was gonna smash this phone to bits!
    You’re a genius. Well maybe that’s a bit strong. You’re a smart man. Thanks again.