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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bg4m3r, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I've been working on removing apps that I have no use for. I wanted to share what I've been able to successfully remove without killing the phone. This is not all bloat! Some of it is just stuff that I know I will not use, so why have it on the phone?

    While both keyboards can be removed, doing so will cripple the stock launcher in safe mode (however, if you make another keyboard a system app, you'll be fine).
    Removing LGATCMD Service and/or Software Update will prevent PRL/Profile updating.
    Removing NFC Service will completely block NFC functionality.
    Removing Qremote will disable use of the IR blaster. There are NO other apps that can be used on this phone at this time.

    If you don't want to go through the whole list, a basic summary is that anything that you can re-install from the Play Store or LG App Updates and anything that the stock system will let you disable can be removed.

    Another option is to run this debloat script:

    Light Debloating (what I've removed)
    Code (Text):
    1. All Google Apps aside from the Play Store and Services
    2. Android Keyboard
    3. Browser
    4. Camera
    5. DLNA
    6. Email
    7. Face Unlock
    8. Fav Contacts Widget
    9. LG Backup
    10. LG Keyboard & Themes
    11. LGSearchWidgetProvider
    12. Live Wallpaper Picker
    13. Lumen Toolbar
    14. Memo & Widget
    15. Messaging
    16. Mobile ID
    17. Multi-photo
    18. Music & Widget
    19. QuickMemo
    20. Smart Screen
    21. SmartShare Push
    22. SmartShare.Beam
    23. SmartShareProvider
    24. Swype
    25. Tags
    26. Talkback
    27. Tasks
    28. Voicemail Shortcut (not the actual app, the other thing)
    29. Voice Mate
    30. Weather & Theme
    31. Wireless Storage
    32. zone-libentertainment
    Moderate Debloating (courtesy of nerdmax)
    Code (Text):
    1. Books
    2. com.qualcomm.location
    3. Google Drive
    4. LGFOTA
    5. LGNLPService
    6. LGQremote
    7. LGQVoice
    8. LGTTSPAService
    9. LG Update Center
    10. LG Voice Command
    11. LG Voice Command Service
    12. Magazines
    13. Maluuba QVoice
    14. MLT
    15. Music
    16. Play Games
    17. PlusOne
    18. SprintExtensionProvider
    19. SprintID/MobileID
    20. Sprint Installer
    21. SprintSDM
    22. SPR Skyfire Observer
    23. SPR Skyfire Toolbar
    24. TraditionalVM
    25. UnifiedEULA
    26. Videos
    27. Vtt-Sprint
    28. WIFIOffloader
    29. xtra_T_app
    30. YouTube
    31. zonelibentertainment
    Heavy Stripping (courtesy of eduardog131)
    Code (Text):
    1. Accessibility
    2. Alarm/Clock (Superseded by Timely)
    3. App Updates
    4. Browser
    5. Calendar + Calendar Storage
    6. Camera (Superseded by Motorola Camera)
    7. Chrome
    8. Clock Widget
    9. com.lge.divx.permission
    10. com.lge.lgfota.permission
    11. com.lge.permission
    12. com.qualcomm.atfwd
    13. ConfigUpdater
    14. Connections Optimizer
    15. DLNA
    16. Drive
    17. EasyHome
    18. Email
    19. Face Unlock
    20. Favorite Contacts Widget
    21. Feather
    22. File Manager
    23. Flashlight
    24. Font Server
    25. Gmail
    26. Google Calendar Sync
    27. Google Partner Setup
    28. Google Play Books, Games, Movies, Music, and Newsstand
    29. Google Search
    30. Google Text-To-Speech Engine
    31. Google+, Hangouts
    32. Home Theme – BunnyFairy
    33. LG Backup
    34. LG Keyboard, Black Theme, Lovely Theme, Natural Theme
    35. LG VoiceCommand SpeechPack
    36. LGATCMD Service
    37. LGInstallService
    38. License Provider (LGApps)
    39. Live Wallpaper Picker
    40. Lock Screen Settings (Superseded by LGLockScreen3)
    41. Maps
    42. Market Feedback Agent
    43. Memo
    44. Memo widget
    45. Multi-Photo
    46. Music Widget
    47. Photo Album
    48. Picasa Uploader
    49. Plug & Pop (Sort of like Touchwiz’s Page Buddy, it’s contextual)
    50. Polar Bear
    51. Preferred Activity Setter
    52. Print Spooler
    53. ProcessObserver
    54. Qualcomm Izat
    55. QuickMemo
    56. QuickRemote
    57. Quickset SDK Lite
    58. Quickset SetUp
    59. Smart Screen, SmartShare Push, SmartShare.Beam, SmartShareProvider
    60. Sprint Installer
    61. SprintExtensionProvider
    62. Streaming Player
    63. Street View
    64. Swype
    65. Tags
    66. TalkBack
    67. Task Manager
    68. Tasks
    69. testAPI
    70. The Little Prince
    71. ThinkFree Viewer
    72. Unified EULA
    73. Unused apps
    74. Update Center
    75. Video Trim
    76. Videos
    77. Voice Command
    78. Voice Mate
    79. Voice Recorder
    80. Visual VoiceMail
    81. VpnDialogs
    82. Weather
    83. WeatherTheme
    84. Wfd Service
    85. Wireless Storage
    86. YouTube

    #1 bg4m3r, Sep 23, 2014
    Last edited: May 6, 2015

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  2. donjuro

    donjuro Android Expert

    Do you have any idea what dlna, multi photo and tags is for?
  3. donjuro

    donjuro Android Expert

    Never mind. Found out dlna is a sharing server and multi photo is a live wallpaper, but I still have no idea what tags is.
  4. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Multi-Photo lets you have a different wallpaper on each screen of your homescreen. Tags is for use with NFC stuff.

    DLNA is that tap to share stuff...you know, because security isn't important. :p
  5. Complainter

    Complainter Newbie

    ***UPDATE*** - Did a factory reset in stock recovery fixed it.

    I am now bootlooping. Disabled, stopped, cleared data and cache before uninstalling in link2sd. Next I cleared all app caches, cleaned up dalvik and rebooted now it's bootlooping (re-booting after boost mobile logo animation).

    Why? What can I do now?

    Everything worked fine EXCEPT, I could not move any apps to the real SD in link2sd. Partitioned with minitool and mounted 4ext.

    The only app I uninstalled that is not on the above list was google search and that was yesterday.

    **Currently rooted on v3 and have not updated**
  6. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Not sure what you did to your phone here, but it sounds like you're going to have to flash a new ROM. Have you tried booting without the SD card in? Having it formatting ext4 might be confusing it. ?


    Also, Google Search is listed above...it is included with 'All Google apps except Play Store and Services' ;)
  7. Complainter

    Complainter Newbie

    When this bootloop happened I did remove the SD but same bootloop. After factory data/wipe in stock recovery it fixed the bootloop. I don't know what could of possibly happened inside the phone its brand new. The first thing I did was towelroot it bought a fresh new sdhc card , partitioned for link2sd and that's when I discovered my problem I didn't want: not being able to move apps to SD .

    Also, im pretty positive 4ext is the only option for link2sd to work on the volt. This is what I need to do achieve .
  8. SPHM900

    SPHM900 Newbie

    ive noticed once i start removing apps that show up in the settings (like LG backup) my settings APK crashes. i cant open my settings menu. and the only thing that fixes it is a restore of a previous backup. ive tried reinstalling all the deleted apps and also tried reinstalling the settings app itself!!! debloating is giving me a friggin headache
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  9. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    When removing system apps, your phone is likely to freak out occasionally. Clearing dalvik cache and the cache partition should resolve the issue (can be done in cwm). Sometimes a factory reset may be needed, depending on what you have removed.

    Always proceed with caution when messing with your phone.

    The reason removing things like LG Backup is whacking out settings is because its controls are provided within the settings app. Once you wipe dalvik and cache, the settings app will adjust to it being gone and not display the options anymore.
  10. SPHM900

    SPHM900 Newbie

    see i really want to download http://androidforums.com/threads/zv4-de-sprinted-and-de-lged-mostly.876451/page-6

    however reading through it eduardog131 removed the activation app. im not so much concerned as about the radio, or totally bricking my phone because i have so many backups and ive basically perfected the V3 restore method lol. im just trying to figure out which APK to backup so i can insert it into his ZIP before i flash it


    reread thru the post. downloading the new version now. little worried about radio problems as i have those with stock recovery. this is irreverent to this your tho lol
    #10 SPHM900, Dec 24, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2014
  11. DaKillaWilla

    DaKillaWilla Well-Known Member

    Check private message
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  12. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Fyi- the second list in this thread is everything that he removed from that ROM.
  13. phillk6751

    phillk6751 Newbie

    I'm posting here because I found a fix for an issue I had resulting from trimming a little too much...

    One of the apps you listed:
    -LGATCMD Service

    and another you didn't:
    -Software Update

    I found out at least both of these are required to be installed in order to perform a PRL/Profile update. If you have Software Update and not LGATCMD Service, and try performing a PRL/Profile update you'll get an error saying "LGATCMD Service has stopped.". I restored the service (app only in Titanium Backup) and still got the error, but when I reset the cache+data in settings->apps->all it was fixed.

    I'm not 100% sure but here's some other apps that I believe might be associated as well, but haven't tested if they're required:

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  14. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Those are from the second list, which is what is removed from eduardogs ROM. I will add a note about that to the post. Thanks for the info. :)
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  15. Krisoliver8

    Krisoliver8 Lurker

    So Removing these apps, we just delete them from the file system?
  16. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Well, no, you should use something like Titanium Backup, Ultimate Backup, or Link2SD to uninstall them.
    You also need to be careful because removing some stuff, particularly in the second list can remove some functions.
    You need to be rooted as well, these are mostly system apps.
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  17. Krisoliver8

    Krisoliver8 Lurker

    Alright, I wasn't sure, I don't know how much I'm gonna get rid of at this moment, I was just asking because there was nothing in the first post as to how we go about this(i.e. Programs or apps), and i don't recall in any of the other LG Volt root pages giving any reference to the tools we should use to "De Bloat". (I'm not being nit picky, just thorough for first timers like myself).

    Also in my case as I stated in another LG Volt Root section I'm rooting an LG Volt that I have no Desier to use as a phone, are there any suggestions as to what phone functions could I remove without bricking it?
  18. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    The reason you won't find details like how to remove an app is because in the root forum, a certain level of familiarity is assumed. How to uninstall a system app is considered to be general knowledge, and if someone has to ask it lets us know you are very inexperienced or a complete novice. No disrespect intended, we all were completely clueless once, but it tells us you may need a little hand holding or extra explanation. In the mean time, it prevents you from driving your phone off a cliff.

    Everything in the lists above can be safely uninstalled without bricking your phone. Some of the stuff in the second list will disable some functionality, like removing the LGATCMD app will disable PRL/Profile updating, which isn't a concern for you since you aren't going to activate it (it may have other negative effects that have not been noticed yet though). However, if you were to uninstall the NFC Service app, you will lose all ability to use NFC functions due to losing access to the hardware. The phone will still work, it just won't be able to do that anymore. Conversely, the DLNA app can be removed because it is just a protocol and can be replaced with a different app.

    I add notes as issues arise so people know what to expect when they drop a given app.

    Just be careful when removing apps. Make sure you know what it does, and if you aren't sure, either leave it alone, just freeze it, or make a backup of it before uninstalling.

    Many of these app are tied into other apps or functions and suddenly removing them can make the phone freak out. Go slow, and if something starts acting weird, reboot and see if it stops, otherwise you might have to wipe the system cache and/or dalvik-cache, or do a factory reset.
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  19. bumpymind

    bumpymind Lurker

    So dumb question that maybe someone knows the answer to:

    I finally rooted my volt to zv5 and came to this thread for debloating advice. After the removal of what I considered unnecessary programs with system app safe remover, I no longer have the ability to switch fonts in system settings>display>font type. I tried other methods of changing fonts, like the apps ifont and Hifont, but neither change nearly as much text font as the stock font settings. Which program did I delete that did this, and can I redownload it? Or maybe I didn't have that option to begin with in zv5?

    TL;DR: rooted, debloated, can't change stock fonts. What do wrong?
  20. kwknott

    kwknott Android Expert

    Probably fontserver.apk
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  21. bumpymind

    bumpymind Lurker

    Unfortunately it isn't that apk, I still have that one downloaded. Could someone confirm that this functionality works on their version of zv5? I don't want to reflash if it doesn't work to begin with.
  22. jothe 1

    jothe 1 Member

    I dirty flashed over zv4 I can still change the fonts
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  23. shadowsl4yer

    shadowsl4yer Member

    Can you give me the lg backup apk?
  24. Daigoro

    Daigoro Newbie

    crap. i deleted calendar storage apk when i installed a new calendar in place of the stock one like a dope. would anyone be kind enough to upload a copy of the Volt calendar storage apk pretty please?


    edit: er... never mind? it seems to be fixed somehow... no idea what happened there. its working though. very odd.
    #24 Daigoro, Apr 16, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2015
  25. bg4m3r

    bg4m3r Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I've uninstalled it, someone else might have it though.

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