“Unfortunately, Start has stopped” error on Vodafone UK Sony Phone

Amusing message “Unfortunately, Start has stopped.” on my freshly factory reset the android phone… “Start” is a piece of crap pre-installed by Vodafone in the UK that can’t be uninstalled without root (they have disabled official Sony bootloader unlocking too) 😞

Any way to get rid of it?

Unfortunately, Start has stopped

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  1. Nils Ullrich
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    Interesting.. does it only happen to vodafone provided phones?

    • Felicita Larkin
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      This particular error, yes. I don’t recall seeing it before, but whilst doing initial config after a factory reset it popped up a few times and has been fine since.

      Annoyingly, there’s now an official stock Android 7 (Nougat) ROM without the Vodafone rubbish but I think o need my bootloader unlocked to install it and Vodafone aren’t doing OTA updates yet – probably so they have time to make a ROM with their junk baked in 😞

      • Nils Ullrich
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        ohh could be.. possible voda vlan error or you know if you’ve got postpaid plans your provider gots its own uid on it.

  2. Kyle Baker
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    What the heck, how are companies still allowed to lock bootloaders and bloat the phone with their bullshit of apps?

    • Felicita Larkin
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      It’s what happens if you buy the phone on a contract over here. It’ll be SIM locked (although they’ll usually unlock that for a fee) and where possible also looked down to prevent alternative ROMs or root.

      Like with HTC, Sony now offer an online bootloader unlocking service for developers, but Vodafone has also set the bit in the phone which says that the bootloader can’t be unlocked 😕

      • Kyle Baker
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        Ok I guess living in a small country like Latvia has its benefits. Locking a phone to a specific network/sim card was forbidden years ago, just as adding their own apps. I don’t remember when was the last time I couldn’t tweak the phone every way possible right after purchasing, except maybe when it was a recent model and hadn’t been unlocked by xda guys yet.

        • Felicita Larkin
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          You should try living in a small county like Little Brexit Britain 😂

  3. Liam Edwards
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    Tried enabling debugging mode and using debloater? Even if it can’t remove it without root it can usually block it from trying to start.

    • Felicita Larkin
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      I’ll look into debloater as I’ve not heard of it before – it would be great to kill off a load off stuff as Sony also include a tone of junk – it’s a joke: 16gb phone comes from the factory with only 8gb free storage because of all the shit they add 😕

      • Liam Edwards
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        Does it take an SD card to expand storage? If so try App2SD or similar apps, they enable the moving of applications from phone memory to SD card even if that app doesn’t normally support the move. I have an LG G5 with 32Gb on board, and a 128Gb SD card.

        • Felicita Larkin
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          So the reason I did a reset is because it was at 15.9 used out of 16 and I couldn’t account for the space, even with disk analysis apps and the like. It got get confusing because it would say my podcast app was using 5g internal storage but the files were 100% definitely on the SD card.

          Since resetting the first thing I did was to reformat the 64g SD as a mixed device with approx 12g assigned as “internal” storage. By default, Sony has disabled this standard Android 6 feature but from adb, it’s still possible.

          However, as warned by the blog I used for instructions, the phone now gives a bullshit answer about the storage space used/free. Now it shows 17 GB used of 16 GB.

          • Felicita Larkin
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            What I don’t like about this approach is that Android encrypts the “internal” partition of the SD card with a key that’s only retrievable if you have root (and then you can LUKS decrypt it and mount it on Linux). So if my phone dies by the SD is okay I’ve still lost any data not backed up 😕

  4. Jamie Holmes
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    Stop starting Start at the start and start starting Start after startup. 😀

  5. Thomas
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    It’s usually possible to disable builtin apps on most android phones. Not remove them but disable. At least that POS wouldn’t autostart anymore.

    • Felicita Larkin
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      I’ve just been reading that you can apparently disable most apps through adb even if it’s disallowed through the GUI – Guess What? The Disable button is grayed out for this app. I’ll try with adb later.

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