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Do Not Use the Google Framework Services "Trick"

Do Not Use the Google Framework Services

If you start getting impatient, look into the manual installation process. Do not use the Google Framework Services "trick." 

For many years, the Google Framework Services "trick" was promoted as a way to force an OTA update. While it might work, it has the potential to harm your device. As a reminder, here's what a Google engineer had to say about it:

"Doing this changes the primary ID by which Google knows your device. As far as the servers are concerned, the device was basically factory reset. There are many downstream effects of this, but a big one is that this invalidates the tokens used by any app that uses GCM (which is nearly all the Google apps, and a ton of third-party apps.)

How apps react to GCM IDs changing varies by app. With Play Store you have to log out and log back in, I think Gmail usually handles it transparently eventually but won’t get new mail notifications for a while, etc. Some apps you may have to clear data on to recover. All apps will simply stop getting GCM push-messages, until they get a new GCM ID; some do this frequently, others rarely, and some apps use the GCM ID as an ID on their own servers (as it is opaque and basically random), so other things besides push messages may not work.

Nothing bursts into flames, but it makes a ton of nuisances on the device, including some that can look pretty mysterious. Your mileage will vary depending on what apps you use."

If that's not convincing enough, take a look at what Google itself has to say about this "trick." Don't use it. Sideload or wait for the OTA.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Kyle Ruggles

    10/08/2015 at 6:37 am

    The title is wrong I think, should be “Some time” not “sometime” :)

  2. Kyle Ruggles

    10/08/2015 at 6:39 am

    You can also use multirom as well and load up Lollipop as a fallback.

  3. EEGuy

    01/01/2016 at 7:04 am

    After my 6 upgrade, battery life went way down. I checked everything in this article and then some. Got rid of battery app even. What I found is the wi-fi was on even though it was set to be off when asleep – the only way was to manually turn off wi-fi and that cut the drain. I use a Kindle app so I don’t know if that was a contributor or not. Could there be a bug in the OS for the wi-fi sleep?

  4. Alec

    01/03/2016 at 3:13 pm

    in my case I had used a fake APN to disable regular internet traffic while keeping mms and other free data. That seriously drained the battery fast.

  5. Carutah

    01/24/2016 at 10:07 am

    On my nexus 6, I lost the ringer disable timeline option. No longer can I select permanent. temporary or on when I use my volume button on the phone side. I also get a phantom notification box on the status bar at the top of the screen.

  6. Thebug

    01/25/2016 at 6:17 pm

    I can’t hear the other person on the phone during a phone conversationsince I’ve installed this!

  7. Benita

    04/13/2016 at 9:32 am

    My volume turns itself back on from having it muted. Is there a fix for that yet?

  8. Samit

    05/29/2016 at 7:58 am

    After the automatic Marshmellow install on my Samsung S5, the WiFi is ALWAYS switching on by itself.
    I have not installed any apps since it upgraded.
    Cant find a cure ..Battery also drains

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