List of apps safe to remove


  1. edodonnell

    edodonnell Well-Known Member

    These apps can safely be removed from the LG Optimus M.

    Just because an app is listed here does not necessarily mean that it is useless or that you will want to remove it. It only means that it can safely be removed without damaging anything else.

    If you remove an .apk, then you can also remove the corresponding .odex. Not all apps will have an .odex.

    Apps safe to remove:

    • AnalogClockWidget.apk - Analog Clock widget
    • Boingo_Wi-Fi.apk - Boingo WiFi
    • Calculator.apk - Calculator
    • Calendar.apk - Calendar App
    • CalendarProvider.apk - Supports the calendar. Remove only if Calendar.apk and CalendarWidget.apk have been removed.
    • CalendarWidget.apk - Calendar Widget
    • CarHome.apk - Car Home - Remove CarHomeLauncher.apk if this is removed.
    • CarHomeLauncher.apk - Car Home Launcher - Linked to CarHome.apk
    • ClockWeatherWidget.apk - Clock Weather Widget
    • DeskClock.apk - Clock app
    • DigitalAlarmWidget.apk - Alarm Clock widget
    • DualClockWidget.apk - Dual Clock widget
    • Email.apk - Email app - Safe to remove if you use Gmail or some other email app
    • GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk - Google Search widget and app
    • Homeselector.apk - Home Selector - Will not work if LGHome.apk is removed
    • LG-MS690_MetroBackup_1.27_PRODBuild_10082010.apk - MetroBackup
    • LGHome.apk - LG Home launcher - Safe to remove only if another launcher is installed. Home Selector will not work if this is removed.
    • LGMS690_MetroNavigator_4.9.1_Build_57_10222010_rel_signed_PROD.apk - MetroNavigator
    • LGMS690_MetroPCS_EasyWiFi_V4.0.90.apk - EasyWiFi
    • LiveWallpapers.apk
    • LiveWallpapersPicker.apk
    • Loopt_Android_2.4.1_Oct.13.2010.apk - Loopt
    • MagicSmokeWallpapers.apk
    • Metro411.apk - Metro411
    • metroappstore-v1.3a.apk - MetroPCS App Store
    • MobileBanking.apk - Mobile Banking
    • MobilePosse.apk - MyExtras
    • Mocospace-1.2.4.apk - Moco Space
    • MPCS-MobileIM-0.4.24.2.apk - MobileIM
    • Music.apk - Music Player
    • MVC.MetroPCS.android02.apk - Virtual Card
    • PEX-3.1.1.1-metro-rc.apk - Pocket Express
    • PGA_Android.apk - Free Games
    • Protips.apk - Tips widget
    • RSSViewerWidget.apk - RSS Reader
    • SNS.apk - LG Facebook and Twitter app
    • Talk.apk - Google Talk
    • thinkdroid.apk - Think Free Office
    • UNO_DEMO_LG_MS690_EN_NONIGP_MetroPCs_TS_307.apk - UNO Game
    • YouTube.apk - YouTube video player
    • z7-android2x.apk - Mail@Metro


    These apps SHOULD NOT be removed:

    • Browser.apk - MetroWEB - Required for Android Market
    • Phone.apk - Phone app/dialer
    • Settings.apk - Settings menu

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  2. edodonnell

    edodonnell Well-Known Member

    These are apps that I have not tried to remove, or I am not sure what they do.

    Unknown Apps:
    AccountAndSyncSettings.apk
    ApplicationsProvider.apk
    BookmarksWidget.apk
    BrcmBluetoothServices.apk
    Camera.apk
    CameraApp.apk
    CDGHiddenMenu.apk
    CertInstaller.apk
    Contacts.apk
    ContactsProvider.apk
    DefaultContainerService.apk
    DownloadProvider.apk
    DrmProvider.apk
    DunServer.apk
    ExternalMemoryTest.apk
    Gallery3D.apk
    Gmail.apk
    GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk
    GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
    GoogleFeedback.apk
    GooglePartnerSetup.apk
    GoogleServicesFramework.apk
    HTMLViewer.apk
    LatinIME.apk
    LgHiddenMenu.apk
    LGSetupWizard.apk
    Maps.apk
    MarketUpdater.apk
    MediaProvider.apk
    MediaUploader.apk
    MemoWidget.apk
    MessageWidget.apk
    MetropcsHiddenMenu.apk
    Mms.apk
    MoviePlayer.apk
    Mvpdm.apk
    NetworkLocation.apk
    OPP.apk
    PackageInstaller.apk
    PhotoWidget.apk
    PicoTts.apk
    PowerOff.apk
    SettingsProvider.apk
    SetupWizard.apk
    SoundRecorder.apk
    Stk.apk
    Street.apk
    Swype.apk
    TelephonyProvider.apk
    TtsService.apk
    UserDictionaryProvider.apk
    Vending.apk
    VisualizationWallpapers.apk
    VoiceDialer.apk
    VoiceSearch.apk
    VpnServices.apk
    WapService.apk
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  3. andyo70

    andyo70 Well-Known Member

    I've removed all of those, plus:

    Calculator = Sure it's convenient but if I ever want to add anything up I can usually do it in my head or just download an alternative one.

    ClockWeatherWidget = I have Beautiful Widgets installed which provides a much nicer looking clock and weather.

    GoogleQuickSearchBox = I can use a browser to search google

    Music = I use doubleTwist as my music player

    RSSViewerWidget = Don't care about RSS Feeds

    Youtube = Dolphin HD browser as well as the Default browser plays Youtube videos just fine
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  4. ChazzMatt

    ChazzMatt Well-Known Member


    I agree with the list that you can uninstall the items you listed.

    I would add a caveat. 99% you do want to uninstall -- quickly and with haste, to get a better phone experience. But two items on the list ARE useful:


    • Easy Wi-Fi gives you free access to over 500,000 wi-fi hot spots nationwide. Just might need it sometime. One of those "can't hurt/might even help" apps.
    • Also "Think Free Office" lets you view and edit Word, Excel, Powerpoint documents someone might send you. It's quite useful! Another "just in case" app you should probably keep. It was actually nice this included this, preinstalled. See more here: ThinkFree Mobile for Android Smartphones

    The rest? Yeah, trash.
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  5. TexDaddy57

    TexDaddy57 Well-Known Member

    ...am very new to droid and smartphones. I have rooted my phone. Now, how do I remove these apps?
  6. ChazzMatt

    ChazzMatt Well-Known Member

    download and install Root Explorer.

    Open it. You should be in the main OS folder.

    go to the system/app sub-folder. You will see all the list of apps, with extensions like ".apk".

    up at top of the phone display (in Root Explorer), click on "r/o" (read only) to change it to "r/w" (read/write). this give you permission to change stuff instead of just looking.

    click the left hardware button down at the bottom of the phone. this will bring up a Root Explorer software menu that covers the lower portion of the screen. It has several choices.

    choose "multi-select". this will put blank checkmarks on the right side beside every item in the "app" folder.

    then scroll through the apps folder, touching each app you wish to choose. this will put a green checkmark beside the app.

    when you finish checkmarking the apps -- and you double check your list! -- then on the bottom software menu where you chose "multi-select", now choose "delete".

    done.

    (when you delete Boingo it will protest and put up error messages. Wrestle it to the ground by forcing a Power Off of the phone. Turn phone back on, Boingo gone.)
  7. TexDaddy57

    TexDaddy57 Well-Known Member

    Thanks so much...going to try it!!
  8. c0nejit09

    c0nejit09 Member

    Just did mine thanks!! Dumb metro -xtras were driving me crazy!
  9. c0nejit09

    c0nejit09 Member

    Any. Body know how to remove Facebook and twitter for LG? ?? Not the ones downloaded from the market? Its not on the system/app...
  10. ChazzMatt

    ChazzMatt Well-Known Member

    YES it is in the system app folder. Go at the list again. Look for LG Facebook, LG Twitter.

    You posted before actually reading the list. ;)

    At the top of this thread, it has the list of apps that can be removed.
    Left side is the file name, right side is what it's called by us.
    Now go look over the list carefully. OK, I'll even post the list again here:

  11. c0nejit09

    c0nejit09 Member

    Oh shoot thanks I can't believe I missed. It lol
  12. edodonnell

    edodonnell Well-Known Member

    I may have been wrong about Browser.apk. I deleted it and now the market app is not working right. I will post details later. I am stranded in the snow storm now and can't get to my pc.
  13. edodonnell

    edodonnell Well-Known Member

    After deleting Browser.apk, whenever I tried to install an app from the market, it would download and then crash without installing. The error message was "The process android.process.media has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again." The app would eventually install after I restarted Android Market several times. Replacing Browser.apk fixed this.
  14. edodonnell

    edodonnell Well-Known Member

    I agree that many people will find those apps useful. I was am really just trying to get a complete list of which apps can safely be deleted without damaging anything else, regardless of how useful they may be.
  15. ChazzMatt

    ChazzMatt Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the update. I went back and edited any posts where I quoted your list, so that the browser package was not mentioned. Thank you for compiling this list. It's the most complete I've seen yet.

    I understand and I was not criticizing you for listing those two apps -- "Easy Wi-Fi" and "Think Free Office". It's just I know people get enthusiastic and what *can* be removed should not be confused with what *should* be removed. ;) I was just adding some context that not everything on the list is bloatware. :)
  16. richiedaze

    richiedaze Well-Known Member

    Many of these apk's sync with the OS or other apks using shared id's. Pulling one from the circle can break others or disturb the process of the OS. Lg w/ MPCS have made it nearly impossible to modify its contents, going as far as even using encryptions on even their pictures (.png's) inside the apk's... Sorry to be the bearer of the bad news...
  17. McKenna

    McKenna New Member

    I have downloaded the Root Explorer and am able to access the system and app's folders and see at the top where it says r/o and I know I need to change it to r/w o but I'm not able to select it and change it. Please help! There are so many annoying applications.
  18. wilberfan1

    wilberfan1 Well-Known Member

    This is a GREAT thread--so glad I found it!!--but I don't understand why apps like "MobileBanking" are still showing up in my menu after I deleted the .apk! There may be a couple of other apps doing this, too... What am I not doing??

    I've tried rebooting, as well as powering down the phone and restarting it...
  19. ma2ga

    ma2ga New Member

    Greetings, I have been perusing this site and all I can see is recommendation to buy "Root Explorer" in order to remove bloatware on our Optimus M. Why buy an app when it can easily be done on a ROOTED phone? ASSUMING your phone is ROOTED, and you have the proper USB driver loaded on your PC with Android SDK You will have c:\sdk\tools folder Start\Run\cmd cd\ cd sdk\tools this will take you to: c:\sdk\tools type in: adb shell (this will take u to $ prompt) su (superuser) ---> will take u to # prompt #mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system #cd /system/app #ls ---> this simply lists the files in the /system/app subdirectory You will see a listing of all the .apk and corresponding .odex files Simply type: #rm filename.apk (please do not type "filename.apk") then, remove any corresponding .odex file, if any #reboot That's it, for those of you that are looking for instant gratification without the desire to learn, please feel free to download Root Explorer or Android Mate from market to accomplish this. Good luck.
  20. edodonnell

    edodonnell Well-Known Member

    ma2ga, you are right about not needing root explorer. You can also the terminal emulator, which is available free in the market. I have not purchased root explorer, and have used only adb shell and terminal emulator to remove apps, but I have been using Linux for years, and such things are easy for me. Some people may prefer to use a graphical file manager.
  21. Aplus

    Aplus Well-Known Member


    While what you said is absolutely true, I still believe root explorer is an invaluable tool. I use it all the time as I'm not always sitting at a computer with my phone plugged in. If you only want to get rid of the bloatware and don't want to buy (or try to find it for free) then you can certainly do as stated above. Also, as you stated, using root explorer is an easy way to get rid of all the garbage for those who are not comfortable using adb.
  22. jeffzz421

    jeffzz421 Well-Known Member

    I agree with both of you guys. I actually love root explorer especially since I did not have to pay for it. A search on our favorite engine of the apk name and version number is what worked for me. That being said as a person that grew up with dos being able to do command line stuff on our phones is awesome and a great way to get stuff done.

    And since no one responded to my other posting, I have seen all over that talk.apk cannot be removed without affecting the market functionality. I removed it and have had zero issues with the market as I have downloaded 10 apps since then no problem. Anyone know if talk.apk is now no longer needed or what? My curiosity must be quenched.
  23. shiiko

    shiiko New Member

    I'm an absolutely, fresh minted newbie.
    Basic question: Do you have a link to...Root Explorer?
  24. Aplus

    Aplus Well-Known Member

    It's in the Market.
    It's extremely useful and well worth the couple bucks. If for some reason you can't pay for it I'm sure you can find it somewhere but supporting Android developers is invaluable.
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  25. shiiko

    shiiko New Member

    Aplus,

    Thanks for your help. Further research points to my MetroPCS, LG-MS690, Android Version 2.2.1 not being rootable. Have you seen otherwise?

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