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Full list of apps and apks that are removable and non-removable with root (Pre-Gingerbread)


  1. aldo

    aldo Well-Known Member

    UPDATED FOR 2.2
    I've compiled the full list of apps in the system/app folder and have tried to put them in different categories based on whether or not they are safe to remove.

    There are several ways to get rid of these (Titanium Backup, adb, etc), but I recommend using root explorer to simply rename the file from .apk to .bak so you do not have to worry about finding the file again if you delete it.

    Zip file of all apk's for 2.2 and 2.1 is here: Free File Hosting Made Simple - MediaFire.

    I will try to keep this list as updated as possible with new information for each apk.

    Proceed at your own risk.


    OK to remove/delete/rename
    AdminFeedNotifier.apk
    AdService.apk
    amazonmp3_1.8.11_signed_zipaligned.apk
    Blockbuster.apk
    Calculator.apk
    CityID.apk
    ClockWidget.apk
    cmas.apk
    com.vznavigator.DROIDX.apk
    Conversations.apk
    DLNA.apk
    DlnaSystemService.apk
    FileManager.apk
    FMRadio.apk
    FMRadioService.apk
    FriendFeed.apk
    GenieWidget.apk
    HelpCenter.apk
    HomeSyncWizard.apk
    LiveWallpapers.apk
    LiveWallpapersPicker.apk
    MagicSmokeWallpapers.apk
    MessagesWidget.apk
    Messaging.apk
    Mynet.apk
    MyVerizon.apk
    NewsWidget.apk
    PhotoWidget.apk
    QuickContactWidget.apk
    QuickOffice.apk
    redding-7648-signed-zipped.apk
    Skype_mobile.live.apk
    SocialMessaging.apk
    SocialShare.apk
    StatusWidget.apk
    Stk.apk
    StickyNoteWidget.apk
    Swype.apk
    UniversalInbox.apk
    VpnServices.apk
    Vvm.apk
    WeatherWidget.apk
    WorkContacts.apk




    Do NOT remove/rename
    ArcPhotoworkshop.apk
    BackupAssistanceClient.apk
    Gmail.apk
    GoogleBackupTransport.apk
    GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk
    GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
    GoogleFeedback.apk
    GooglePartnerSetup.apk
    GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk
    GoogleServicesFramework.apk
    LatinIME.apk
    Usb.apk


    Not recommended/Proceed with caution
    android-syncservice-app.apk
    ApplicationsProvider.apk
    BatteryManager.apk
    BatteryReport.apk
    Bluetooth.apk
    BluetoothDun.apk
    Browser.apk
    BuaContactAdapter.apk
    blur-services.apk
    BlurAlarmClock.apk
    BlurCalendar.apk
    BlurCalendarProvider.apk
    BlurCamera.apk
    BlurContacts.apk
    BlurContactsSync.apk
    BlurEmail.apk
    BlurEmailEngine.apk
    BlurHome.apk
    BlurPhone.apk
    BlurSNMessagingEngine.apk
    BlurUpdater.apk
    MediaGallery.apk
    MediaProvider.apk
    MediaSync.apk
    MediaUploader.apk
    MotoAtCmdPlugin.apk
    MotoAttAtCmdPlugin.apk
    MotorolaSettingsProvider.apk
    NetworkLocation.apk
    oma1motService.apk
    OMADownload.apk
    OMAProvisioning.apk
    Setup.apk
    SetupProvider.apk
    SetupWizard.apk


    Unknown

    ArcVideoEditorLite.apk
    AtCmd.apk
    AudioEffectSettings.apk
    CalendarSync.apk
    CarDock.apk
    CertInstaller.apk
    CompassCalibrate.apk
    ContactsData.apk
    ContactsProvider2_0.apk
    ContactsUnconnected.apk
    DatamanagerApp.apk
    DataManagerService.apk
    DefaultContainerService.apk
    DMService.apk
    Dock.apk
    DownloadProvider.apk
    DrmProvider.apk
    DroidEye.apk
    ExtDispService.apk
    FirewallService.apk
    Fota.apk
    GlobalUnplug.apk
    HTMLViewer.apk
    Location.apk
    LocationProxyDmPlugin.apk
    Maps.apk
    MarketUpdater.apk
    MasterClearErrorReport.apk
    MtlrNotifier.apk
    Music.apk
    OverlaySettingsProvider.apk
    PackageInstaller.apk
    PhoneAddons.apk
    PhoneConfig.apk
    PicoTts.apk
    PNI-Moto.apk
    PolicyMgrProvider.apk
    PolicyMgrService.apk
    ProgramMenu.apk
    ProgramMenuSystem.apk
    Protips.apk
    RichTextCommon.apk
    ScreenReader.apk
    SDMService.apk
    Settings.apk
    SoundRecorder.apk
    StorageMonitorService.apk
    Street.apk
    Superuser.apk
    SyncML.apk
    Talk.apk
    TelephonyProvider.apk
    Term.apk
    ToggleWidgets.apk
    TtsService.apk
    Upgrader.apk
    UserDictionaryProvider.apk
    VClipboard.apk
    Vending.apk
    VideoPlayer.apk
    Visualization.apk
    VisualizationWallpapers.apk
    VoiceCommands.apk
    VoiceSearch.apk
    WmdrmDla.apk
    WmdrmWebpush.apk
    YouTube.apk
    ZoomService.apk

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  2. HalfFrozen

    HalfFrozen Well-Known Member

    Titanium Backup is free and can also remove the basic apps.
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  3. humungus

    humungus Well-Known Member

    Okay to delete as in, you've done a factory reset and their absence didn't cause any problems?
  4. JrzDroid

    JrzDroid Well-Known Member

    awesome list =]
  5. jadambpharm

    jadambpharm New Member

    Full list of apps I've deleted and subsequently performed a factory reset with no issues:

    Removing the Bloat

    Proceed at your own risk...
  6. PerCompLLC

    PerCompLLC Well-Known Member

    A couple from the Unknown list:

    Messaging.apk (stock messaging app) safe to remove if you use another, like Handcent

    Vvm.apk (Visual Voice Mail) This is the paid Verizon app. If you are not going to be paying for it, it is not needed. Google Voice is better anyway.
  7. Airmaxx23

    Airmaxx23 Well-Known Member

    I've removed messages and messaging and I'm still able to send and receive text/picture messages without an extra messaging app.

    Here's what I've removed and then performed a factory reset afterward.

    Kindle
    Amazon MP3
    City ID
    Blockbuster
    Weather 2.1
    Emergency Alert
    Corporate Directory
    3G Hotspot
    Home Screen Tips
    Skype
    Swype
    My Verizon
    Email 2.1
    FM Radio 2.1
    FMRadioServices
    Help Center
    Messages 2.1
    Messaging 2.1
    News
    Social Messaging 2.1
    Social Messaging Services
    Social Network
    Social Sharing
    Social Status
    VPN Services
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  8. PerCompLLC

    PerCompLLC Well-Known Member

    Interesting... I wonder if it has to do with notifications? On the original droid the messaging app was Mms.apk.
  9. Sheba611

    Sheba611 Well-Known Member

    I used Titanium Backup to uninstall Blockbuster and City ID.
  10. jadambpharm

    jadambpharm New Member

    I have removed:


    • amazonmp3_1.7.22_signed_zipaligned
    • WeatherWidget
    • WorkContacts
    • redding-7648-signed-zipped (Kindle)
    • ZoomService
    • VisualizationWallpapers
    • UniversalInbox
    • VoiceCommands
    • Visualization
    • VideoPlayer (if you don't plan on playing back your recorded vids)
    • TtsService (will leave you without voice navigation - which I hate anyway [​IMG]
    • ToggleWidgets
    • StickyNoteWidget
    • Swype
    • SoundRecorder
    • StatusWidget
    • Skype_mobile.live
    • ScreenReader
    • QuickOffice
    • QuickContactWidget
    • PicoTts - same as above w/ navigation
    • PhotoWidget
    • CityID
    • Calculator
    • BlurEmail
    • DLNA
    • AudioEffectSettings
    • CarDock
    • Blockbuster
    • Gmail
    • GmailProvider
    • Stk
    • FMRadio
    • ClockWidget
    • HelpCenter
    • Dock
    • LiveWallpapers
    • LiveWallpapersPicker
    • MagicSmokeWallpaper
    • MessagesWidget
    • Messaging - I use google voice, so I don't need it
    • Mynet
    • MyVerizon
    • NewsWidget
    • MediaSync
    • ArcVideoEditorLite
    • VoiceSearch
    • Vvm
    • MotoGAL
    • cmas
    • YouTube
    • FriendFeed
    • BlurSNMessagingEngine
    • SocialMessaging
    • BlurEmailEngine
    • HomeSyncWizard
    • FMRadioService
    • Protips
    • BlurUpdater
    • Conversations

    And a few others without issues so far. You can also rm BlurHome but you'll want to do so after adding a home replacement. Also, I'm not sure what removing BlurHome does w/ a factory reset. As for the ones listed above, I was also able to perform a factory reset without having the semi-brick issue that has been mentioned. Obviously, do this at your own risk! [​IMG]
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  11. aldo

    aldo Well-Known Member

    I've updated the list as best I could. For some apps, there is no easily corresponding APK name so I could not add it to the safe to remove list.
  12. Gamble

    Gamble Well-Known Member

    I'm going to request sticky on this.
  13. meshdub

    meshdub Member

    After removing Text Messaging app (Conversation service), I wasn't able to receive MMS messages using Handcent, but was able to send them. Weird... (I also have Moto's Messaging service removed).
  14. verdegallardo

    verdegallardo Well-Known Member

    Thanks all for the lists. Removing all these things has to speed the phone up! Especially that damn social networking crap.

    Kind of a dumb question, I haven't rooted yet, but am considering it. Anyway, if I rename a file, let's say blockbuster from .apk to .bak and then change my mind and decide to 'reinstall' it - is it just as simple as changing the file name back to .apk?

    Thanks :)
  15. D13

    D13 Well-Known Member

    Yep its that easy as long as you have root explorer:D
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  16. verdegallardo

    verdegallardo Well-Known Member

    Excellent thanks :)
  17. dommmmmy

    dommmmmy Member

    Same thing here..does anyone know how to fix this? How do you reinstall messging.apk. I did a standard install and now the stock Text Msg app just crashes everytime I open it. Is there a certain way that I have to install this?
  18. aldo

    aldo Well-Known Member

    Did you delete or rename? If you renamed, just rename it back to apk.

    If you deleted, put the original file back into the system/app folder. There's a zip with all of the apps in the OP.

    I'll edit the post to reflect that it may screw with MMS.
  19. dommmmmy

    dommmmmy Member

    Actually I just figured out the problem. I had to install conversations.apk and then messaging.apk. Lol..Man I was getting worried there for a sec. Thanks for the reply though Aldo. I appreciate it.
  20. dropkicked

    dropkicked New Member

    Does anyone know the apk for Emergency Alert? I would like to delete this via command line.

    Also, I deleted Talk.apk with no issues. As long as you keep the talk service (for other apps like market) you shouldn't have any issues.
  21. verdegallardo

    verdegallardo Well-Known Member

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  22. Dark Matter

    Dark Matter Well-Known Member

    Incase this happens to anyone else, I renamed BackupAssistanceClient.apk and did a factory reset that lead me to a black screen after you activate the phone..all I did to fix was double tap home to get voice commands and managed my to apps. I downloaded installer app(to install my root explorer apk) then opened root explorer, then renamed BackupAssistanceClient.apk to its original name and I could continue the set up....thought id share my experience
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  23. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    Where can I find these in Titanium to freeze?

    I've found all of the rest that I wanted to freeze, but can't find these.
  24. aldo

    aldo Well-Known Member

    I just did a rename with Root Explorer. I'm not sure where Titanium would see them. Perhaps data/apps?
  25. Candroid

    Candroid Well-Known Member

    Nice list... Have you noticed a difference in speed? Do you have any lag at all? Have you done any bench mark testd, if so, before and after scores?

    Thx Man!

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