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AT&T "Bloatware" getting in your way? Delete some of it!

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by maerlim, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. maerlim

    maerlim Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter


    I purposefully do NOT include the commands to DELETE the AT&T apps. I am simply renaming the applications to something Android ignores. The reason for this is that this deletion is PERMANENT. It will persist through a factory reset. By renaming and not deleting, we can UNDO this if necessary. If you're squeamish about AT&T seeing that you've tinkered with your phone, a back-out procedure is included at the end of this post. If you don't care, delete away, but I'm not responsible for any problems you incur.

    Here's how you can remove some (I stress SOME) of that AT&T bloatware from your app list.

    You'll need the Android SDK (guide to download and install is here)
    You'll need the USB drivers (Stickied post in this forum)
    You'll need root access ( look for the Captivate Root thread by chaoscentral)
    You'll need Busybox (available on the market after you root the phone)

    Turn on USB debugging on your phone.
    Plug in your USB
    Open command prompt on your computer, cd to your SDK install directory.
    cd to tools within the SDK directory
    type this:
    adb shell
    mv /system/app/ATTNav-Samsung-Vega-1488.apk /system/app/ATTNav-Samsung-Vega-1488.tmp
    mv /system/app/ATT_Radio_2.1.07.apk /system/app/ATT_Radio_2.1.07.tmp
    mv /system/app/MobiTV_800x480_320_20100610_1.0.0.15-118829.apk /system/app/MobiTV_800x480_320_20100610_1.0.0.15-118829.tmp
    mv /system/app/MobileBanking.apk /system/app/MobileBanking.tmp
    mv /system/app/attmaps20-1094.apk /system/app/attmaps20-1094.tmp


    If you can find the install path to some of the other AT&T "tools", please post in this thread.

    The above procedure persists through a factory reset. If for some reason you're planning a factory reset of the phone and you want the above apps to show up again, do the same as above BEFORE you do the factory reset, but in the renaming section (all those 'mv' commands), do this instead:

    mv /system/app/ATTNav-Samsung-Vega-1488.tmp /system/app/ATTNav-Samsung-Vega-1488.apk
    mv /system/app/ATT_Radio_2.1.07.tmp /system/app/ATT_Radio_2.1.07.apk
    mv /system/app/MobiTV_800x480_320_20100610_1.0.0.15-118829.tmp /system/app/MobiTV_800x480_320_20100610_1.0.0.15-118829.apk
    mv /system/app/MobileBanking.tmp /system/app/MobileBanking.apk
    mv /system/app/attmaps20-1094.tmp /system/app/attmaps20-1094.apk


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  2. maerlim

    maerlim Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    There's another step to this. Once you've renamed the files, you can delete the application remnants from the phone. This will NOT delete the renamed .tmp files or affect the back-out procedure in any way.

    On the phone..
    Settings->Applications->Manage Applications

    You'll see several unusual entries. like "com.mspot.android.music.radio". These are the remains of your AT&T Bloatware. Simply click on them, then hit the "Uninstall" button. Use your noggin, match up the apps you're deleting to the apps whose apk files you renamed in the previous post.
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  3. mesasone

    mesasone Well-Known Member

    Although we can mostly read what it is in the commands, it would be nice if you would specify what specifically we are deleting incase it there was something a user wanted to keep.
  4. subie41ife

    subie41ife Member

    agree, please update what is what thank you
  5. keredini

    keredini Member

    Each "mv" command is for one application. The five applications from top to bottom are:

    AT&T navigator
    AT&T radio
    Mobile banking
    AT&T maps
  6. subie41ife

    subie41ife Member

    thank you sir!
  7. Jack45

    Jack45 Android Expert

    I understand the desire to get rid of this crapware, but all in all - how much memory was freed up?
  8. maerlim

    maerlim Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    For me, it was less about memory and more about getting them out of the app list
  9. subie41ife

    subie41ife Member

    ditto for me
  10. keredini

    keredini Member

  11. YellowGT0

    YellowGT0 Well-Known Member

    Whats the allshare?
  12. maerlim

    maerlim Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I believe that's the DLNA (media sharing) app.
  13. rohizzle121

    rohizzle121 Lurker

    according to the galaxy site it only works for samsung tv's made after 2010

    when i try and do this i get a permission denied message
    i am rooted
    i installed busybox but i have no idea what that is lol

    what should i do?
  14. YellowGT0

    YellowGT0 Well-Known Member

    Anyone else do this and now have the phone stuck in Debugging mode?
  15. maerlim

    maerlim Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Yes, actually, but I'm not sure if it's a byproduct of this or of my other method to enable side-loading apps (or neither). It's kind of weird, earlier when in debug mode my phone wouldn't allow me to use it as mass storage. Now, I have debug mode AND can use as mass storage at the same time.

    Did you only do this procedure, or did you also enable side-loading in my other thread? I'd be interested to know which one (if either) is causing this. That way I can at least post a warning in the original post.
  16. maerlim

    maerlim Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    When you type "su" in the ADB shell, your phone should have a pop-up that asks for permission to run it. You'll need to allow it.
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  17. MisterEd

    MisterEd Android Expert

    Or simply (after rooting) download the free Titanium Backup app from the Market, find the app(s) you don't want in the Titanium Backup list and touch "delete." Why go through all that ADB crap?
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  18. maerlim

    maerlim Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Many edits to original post. I've confirmed that this procedure does NOT affect USB Debugging in any way. I've also included a back-out procedure in case you want the AT&T apps back.
  19. maerlim

    maerlim Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Have you tested this? I was unaware Titanium Backup could delete the apps even with root.

    Also, my way allows for a back-out procedure if for any reason you want those AT&T apps back on the phone.
  20. immortel

    immortel Newbie

    This DOES work, just tested. Clicked the Family maps, and ATT maps and clicked remove. They are gone from my app list
  21. MisterEd

    MisterEd Android Expert

    I've done it on every rooted Android phone I have had including 2 models of MyTouch 3G and my former EVO. As long as it is fully rooted it works fine. The original root on the EVO didn't work, but when they got the full root it worked fine. Can't see why it would be any different on this device if it is truly rooted. You can also restore with TB. You can also save all the files you have removed.
  22. MisterEd

    MisterEd Android Expert

    Reboot to make sure they are really gone. They should be. If not the phone isn't fully rooted.
  23. MisterEd

    MisterEd Android Expert

    If you made a backup first you can easily restore what you have removed by simply touching "restore." :)
  24. rohizzle121

    rohizzle121 Lurker

    hmm, weird i tried that and i didnt work

    so i went to superuser app and told it to forget everything and then i tried it again and it worked with out asking me..

    thanks tho!

    no more att bs. i wish it was easier to delete tho.
  25. YellowGT0

    YellowGT0 Well-Known Member

    Connect USB to phone with USB Debugging ON
    Command prompt
    cd to SDK install directory
    cd tools
    adb shell
    chmod 777 /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db

    That will fix your phone 100%.
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