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Samsung Epic 4G All Things Root Guide
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Samsung Epic 4G: All Things Root Guide
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Safe List of Apps To Remove/ Do Not Remove
AccountAndSyncSettings.apk - It does what its name implies don't delete it.
AlarmClock.apk - If you don't need the alarm clock or use a third party app for it then you can delete it.
amazonmp3.apk - Amazon mp3 purchase and downloads. You can delete this.
ApplicationsProvider.apk - Don't remove this
Asphalt5_DEMO_ANMP_Samsung_D700_Sprint_ML.apk - Demo game, can be removed
audioTuning.apk - Unknown
BluetoothOPP.apk - Bluetooth, if you don't use it you can remove it but it can impact wifi as well. I had issues with wifi after removing the bluetooth services (everything).
BluetoothServices.apk - Bluetooth, if you don't use it you can remove it but it can impact wifi as well. I had issues with wifi after removing the bluetooth services (everything).
BluetoothTestMode.apk - Bluetooth, if you don't use it you can remove it but it can impact wifi as well. I had issues with wifi after removing the bluetooth services (everything).
Brightness.apk - I've removed this but sliding your finger on the top status bar will no longer adjust brightness without this installed.
Browser.apk - Can remove if you use a third party browser instead of the stock one
BuddiesNow.apk - Can be removed, social network crap
CallSetting.apk - Don't remove
Camera.apk - You can remove it but obviously your camera won't work
CameraFirmware.apk -You can remove it but obviously your camera won't work
CertInstaller.apk - I believe this loads security certs from the SD card but I'm not sure
cm-android.apk - Needed for visual voice mail
Contacts.apk - Self Explanatory
ContactsProvider.apk - Self Explanatory
CT.apk - I don't know what it does leave it
DataCreate.apk - Don't remove it
DeviceManagement.apk - Don't remove
DialerTabActivity.apk - Don't remove
Divx.apk - Video playback, don't remove
Dlna.apk - If you won't use it you can remove it
DM.apk - This does a lot of stuff don't delete it
DownloadProvider.apk - Don't delete it
DrmProvider.apk - some people say you can delete this I ran into trouble with media scanner not being able to pick up my files after removing this and the other *DRM*.apks
DrmUA.apk - some people say you can delete this I ran into trouble with media scanner not being able to pick up my files in certain applications
Dun.apk - Dial Up networking. if you won't use your device to connect via bluetooth for DUN you can remove this
Email.apk - Secondary Email app. You can delete this if you don't use it
EnhancedGoogleSearchProvider.apk - This can be deleted. it controls search results popping up as you type in google search fields
Facebook1.2.apk - you can remove this
FactoryTest.apk - I removed this with no issues, do not know what it does
FlashPlugin.apk - Flash light plugin you can remove this
FlashSVGPlayer.apk - Flash light player it can be removed
Gallery3D.apk - Do not remove this
GlobalSearch.apk - You can remove this, I found zero impact
Gmail.apk - If you don't use gmail you can remove this
GmailProvider.apk - remove this if you remove Gmail.apk
GoogleApps.apk - Leave it
GoogleCheckin.apk - I left it, you can remove it others have said it doesn't have an impact
GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk - leave it
GooglePartnerSetup.apk - leave it
GoogleSearch.apk - This can be removed, the device will still search goolge
GoogleSettingsProvider.apk - leave it
GoogleSubscribedFeedsProvider.apk - leave it
GpsSetup.apk - I have deleted this with zero issues
gtalkservice.apk - Do not remove, breaks market
HiddenMenu.apk - Do not remove force close
HTMLViewer.apk - you can remove it, junk
InputEventApp.apk - Not sure what this does so far not issues after removing it
JobManager.apk - removed no issues, ties in with included task killer perhaps?
KeyBoardSlideUpCounter.apk - counts how often your keyboard slide is used. Removed.
Keytracer.apk - Not sure what this does, leave it.
kickback_1.0.0_market.apk - can be removed
LatinImeTutorial.apk - keyboard tutorial when you boot, I removed it
Launcher.apk - Stock Android launcher you can remove it if you use a third party one or Touch Wiz
lcdtest.apk - removed with no issues
LiveWallpapers.apk - If you don't use them you can remove them.
LiveWallpapersPicker.apk - allows you to pick live wall papers. Remove it if you don't use it
LogsProvider.apk - DO NOT REMOVE IT. You will get force closes. This works hand in hand with DeviceManagement.apk.
Maps.apk - Google maps. Can be removed if you don't use it
MarketUpdater.apk - leave it
MediaHub.apk - included samsung app that will eventually allow movie / TV rentals, perhaps purchase. Can be removed.
MediaProvider.apk - Leave it
MediaUploader.apk - Leave it
Memo.apk - included memo app. Can be removed.
Mms.apk - If you use picture mail don't remove this. SMS might still work with some third party apps but its better to not remove this.
MobileAP.apk - This has to do with sprint tethering. Wireless tether works fine without this. Can be removed.
Music.apk - self explanatory
MusicService.apk - Leave it
MyFiles.apk - included file manager. Remove it and get a better one from the market
nascar09-prod-release.apk - Nascar, can be removed
NetworkLocation.apk - leave it
ODB.apk - leave it
OtaProvisioningService.apk - leave it
PackageInstaller.apk - leave it
Phone.apk - leave it
PhoneCrashNotifier.apk - leave it. I ran into problems removing this if my phone got force closed.
PhoneErrService.apk - leave it
PhoneInfo.apk - Leave it
PicoTts.apk - Text to speach. Google nav uses this otherwise if you don't care you can remove it.
qik_0.3.74.apk - Quik video chat, can be removed.
SamsungWidget_CalendarClock.apk - widget remove it if you don't want it. Part of touch wiz.
SamsungWidget_FeedAndUpdate.apk- widget remove it if you don't want it. Part of touch wiz.
SamsungWidget_ProgramMonitor.apk- widget remove it if you don't want it. Part of touch wiz.
SamsungWidget_StockClock.apk- widget remove it if you don't want it. Part of touch wiz.
SamsungWidget_WeatherClock.apk- widget remove it if you don't want it. Part of touch wiz.
SelectiveReset.apk - leave it
serviceModeApp.apk - leave it
Settings.apk - leave it
SettingsProvider.apk - leave it
SetupWizard.apk- I'm pretty sure this can be removed once initial set up is finished.
sfl-prod-release.apk - Sprint nfl app can be removed
shutdown.apk - removed without any issues
SisoDrmProvider.apk - leave it
SN28-1092-sprint-signed.apk - part of sprint nav can be removed
SnsAccount.apk - I believe this run sns and snsfacebook which are the backround framework for the app.
SnsProvider.apk - See SnsAccount
SoundRecorder.apk - does what it says you can remove it if you don't care
Sprint_App_Updater.apk - used for ota updates. You don't want them if you are rooted anyways so remove it.
SprintAndroidExtension.apk - removed without issues
SprintTV.apk - this can be removed if you don't use it
SprintTVWidget.apk - this can be removed
SprintZone.apk - this can be removed
StaticIP.apk - leave it
Street.apk - street view, if you don't need it you can remove it
Swype.apk - swype keyboard, you can remove this if you want to
SystemUpdater.apk - I have this on ice right now without issues. Caused my radio to restart when icing it. Fine thus far
Talk.apk - leave it
talkback_2.2.1_market.apk - leave it
TalkProvider.apk - leave it
TATLiveWallpapersDandelion.apk - if you don't want this live wall paper you can remove it
TATLiveWallpapersLuminescence.apk - if you don't want this live wall paper you can remove it
TATLiveWallpapersOceanWave.apk - if you don't want this live wall paper you can remove it
TelephonyProvider.apk - leave it
thinkdroid.apk - Can be removed, might be part of
TouchWiz30Launcher.apk - can be removed if you use a third party launcher
TouchWizCalculator.apk - you can remove it if you use a third party one or don't need it
TouchWizCalendar.apk - calendar leave it
TouchWizCalendarProvider.apk - Calendar, leave it
TtsService.apk - text to speech, google nav will use this for giving you voice directions you can remove it if that doesn't matter to you.
UserDictionaryProvider.apk - leave it
Vending.apk - leave it
VideoPlayer.apk - can be removed but no more video play back
VoiceDialer.apk - can be remove if you don't use it
VoiceSearchWithKeyboard.apk - can be removed if you don't use it
VpnServices.apk - leave it
WiBroPath.apk - leave it
WiMAX_NETEST.apk - leave it
WiMAX_RC.apk - leave it
WimaxConfig.apk - leave it
WiMAXLineTest.apk - leave it
WlanTest.apk - leave it
YouTube.apk - You tube. You can remove it but not more you tube.
Source is here:
[Files & Guide] All *.apks & Framework / Apps safe to remove - xda-developers
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