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  1. groston

    groston Newbie
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    I just downloaded from my pone (rooted, running Android 10) a list of all the apps installed (and their versions). When I went through this list, I found a number of things to discuss.

    The vast majority of the apps are from com.android and com.google.android. I presume that these should simply be left alone and that those whose version is simply 10 are a part of the OS?

    I was unable to figure out what the following six apps are:
    • com.breel.wallpapers18
    • com.qti.ltebc
    • com.qti.qualcomm.datastatusnotification
    • com.qti.xdivert
    • com.quicinc.cne.CNEService
    • com.tmobile.grsuapp
    Should I be concerned about any of these? The ones from qualcomm and tmobile are moderately concerning since my phone is on Google Fi.

    The following apps, to me, seem like they should be removed:
    • com.felicanetworks.*
    • com.customermobile.preload.vzw
    • com.qualcomm.*
    • com.verizon.*
    • com.vzw.apnlib
    • org.codeaurora.ims
    Does my thought about removing them make sense? If it does, how can these apps be removed?

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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    what phone do you have? are you on a custom rom?
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  3. GameTheory

    GameTheory Android Expert

    ^You can google the package names to figure out what they are for most. The first on the list is the Pixel wallpapers and the second one is from Qualcomm and so on.

    ^First one on this list is a marketing network.

    Now if you wish to remove any system apps you have 2 options:
    1. Since you're rooted you can simply remove the app with a file explorer or 3rd party app that handles this.
    2. You can remove them with ADB which is safer and I posted a tutorial in the following link.
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  4. groston

    groston Newbie
    Thread Starter

    GameTheory - Thanks. I googled the package names and didn't learn much. Anything anyone can tell me about those apps would be appreciated. Thanks for providing the link to removing the apps with ADB, but any any of them safe to remove?
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  5. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    do you have twrp recovery? if so just make a nandroid backup and remove them. if it does not render your phone useless, you can move on to the next one. if something breaks your phone, you can just go into recovery and nandroid restore your backup.
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  6. groston

    groston Newbie
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    ocnbrse - Your suggestion makes sense and suspect that once upon a time, I did have TWRP installed on some phone. However, it is not installed on the 3XL and I fear what might happen, i.e., go wrong, should I try installing it now.. Installing it onto a new phone with no data is not an issue, but...
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  7. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    first off if you root a phone, your first thing should always install a custom recovery. second twrp will not delete data. and thirdly......yes you should install it as soon as you can.
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  8. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Qualcomm make the processors used in a large number of phones, so it's very likely that those apps are there for a reason.

    com.qti is also qualcomm. Let's consider com.qti.ltebc: since "qti" is Qualcomm, and "lte" is "long-term evolution", i.e. the 4G network standard, I would strongly advise leaving things like that alone.

    "tmobile" and "verizon"/"vzw" are US service providers - not sure why the phone would have apps from both.

    I will give one bit of advice: don't remove any system apps unless you either have a nandroid backup (i.e. a backup made using a custom recovery) or know how to reflash to stock firmware (and know where to find a compatible firmware image). If you get this wrong the phone may not boot, so you need to have the means to recover it before you start fiddling. One of my top rules for root users is "take a nandroid before you change anything in the system, no matter how trivial).

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