Nov 242012

I’ve been with T-Mobile since the release of the original G1 android phone. Overall, I am a happy customer, but the quantity of bloatware on their phones does seem to be increasing. The G2 shipped with a few odds and ends you couldn’t install, such as Twitter and Facebook. This wasn’t extremely annoying, as they were popular 3rd party apps. I’ve now upgraded to a “flagship” Samsung device that arrived with a fairly large quantity of lousy Samsung and T-Mobile apps. I’m stripping out much of this, but rooting the device and returning to stock Android is not attractive, because this device has specialized apps for a stylus (Samsung Galaxy Note II).

The first item, one that I’ve seen mentioned in reviews, is that your data and text message usage numbers are shown in the notifications bar. Not a huge deal, but it does take up a lot of space. The reviews I read stated that the usage notification can’t be removed, but I did find the setting.

The second item, which I found ridiculous, is a “reboot alert” which prompts the user to power cycle the phone every week. That’s worse than an old Windows 95 PC. It makes me fear what the 1-star Samsung and T-Mobile apps are doing that requires such frequent reboots.

Reboot alert from T-Mobile Android app

T-Mobile recommends that you restart your device soon in order to enable the best device performance.

For optimal device performance, T-Mobile recommends that customers routinely restart their Android devices.

Changing T-Mobile Account Settings

  1. Go to the apps list/menu (where all your app icons are listed). This is usually an icon at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Scroll over to T-Mobile My Account and select it.
  3. Press the Menu button on the phone.
  4. Select Options from the bar which appears at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Uncheck the items which annoy you. In my case, Show Device Restart Alert and Display usage information in the notification bar:
    List of settings in T-Mobile Android app
  6. Select Save.

Removing Apps from the List

To get useless applications out of the Android apps list, there are two options: hiding them or placing them in a folder. Hiding them was much easier on my device:

  1. Go to the apps list/menu (where all your app icons are listed). This is usually an icon at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Once the list opens, press the Menu button on the phone.
  3. Select Hide applications.
  4. Check all the applications you hope to never see again.
  5. Select Done.

If hiding apps isn’t an option, you should be able to add a new folder. Then select Edit and drag the useless applications into it.


There were several other aggravations. I had to remove a plethora of terrible widgets. There are a number of locked-in apps that I’ve yet to successfully remove, but at least they are off my home screens, notification bar and Apps list.

  3 Responses to “T-Mobile Restart Alert and Data Usage Notification”

Comments (3)
  1. It is really distracting to see notifications and widgets, particularly those that you don’t need or use. I can totally relate to your problem. Thanks for sharing your strategy on how to control and remove those annoying notifications.

  2. Thanks for this help for an annoying issue!


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