How to replace app with dummy version

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  1. Mark_Calamus

    Mark_Calamus New Member

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    Hi newbie so be gentle with me! ;)

    I’m looking for a way to make whatsapp look like it isn’t working. The ideal solution would be to have an app that mimicked the look and feel of WA but didn’t actually work. Alternatively I would like to replace the WA app with a fake app that does nothing. A dummy app that opened a convincing screen saying “cannot connect” or such would be great! This is only a bit of fun really and I don’t want to spend ££££ on this so don’t want to go through a software developing company. Don’t really want to root the phone either.

    I did think of looking into corrupting the WA app itself or maybe preventing it from contacting it’s servers but it seems a complex solution.

    Anyone have any ideas? Cheers.

    UK 3 network. Android OS. HTC Desire EYE.
     
  2. GoCliffGo05

    GoCliffGo05 Super Moderator
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    Just out of curiosity, can I ask why? It seems as though if you didn't want the app to work you'd Uninstall it.

    Sent from my Note 4
     
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    Ahhh but that wouldn't satisfy my (childish) plan! ;)

    I want someone to be tricked into thinking the app isn't working or connecting, but that it is installed.
     
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    Only thing I can think of would require a good knowledge of how to decompile an APK and make some internal changes. Not anything the everyday user can do.
     
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