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  1. digitaljeannie

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    I managed to free up some internal space by moving Maps, Voice Search, Google Search, and YouTube to the SD Card.
    (Only works with those apps which re-downloadable from the market)

    First, you MUST have a rooted phone.
    Install Move2SD Enabler with External enabled and a file explorer with similar functionality to Root Explorer (ability to r/w system folders).
    I personally use Root Explorer.

    Not required, but I also use App 2 SD (the app). I find it very handy and a better overview of moveable apps than the built-in app manager.


    Go into the /system/app folder and delete the apk's.
    Also go into the /data/app folder and delete the update apk's
    Reboot into recovery and wipe the dalvik-cache.
    Reboot the phone.
    Go into the Market and redownload the removed apps.
    They should now be installed on your SD card freeing up a little bit more internal space on your phone.
     

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    Good tutorial!

    I just wish someone would figure out how to move apps to SD without root access! I don't plan on rooting my phone anytime soon, but I want to get rid of some bloatware!
     
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    Unfortunately the only way you're going to get rid of the bloatware is to have root and superuser permissions. There is no other way to gain read/write access to the system folders.
     
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    can you do a temp root just to get rid of bloatware and then unroot and go back to normal?
     
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    Cool! Do you think this can work for other phones (Optimus-T, etc)?

    It'd be great to move some of the (android) apps that don't have the option to be moved.. without fear of ruining the phone when the sd card dies, or is removed/replaced.

    Any one know ( or try ) moving the other google hog - Market? Or other 3rd party apps that force themselves onto the phone's memory only?

    BTW, I have 220M of internal memory capacity and I'm at 90% usage. However using App2SD, I only see about 50Megs of apps under "Phone Only". Does the Android 2.2 OS itself take up 170M?!
     
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    I "did not plan" to root my OV from January to August... but did a week ago, and now have over 100mb free! I didn't really "need" to since I was keeping it to 30-40mb, but I just wanted a few large apps added. Rooting and Link2SD did it! Look for "Gingerbreak", it's really very easy.

     
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    It worked well for me too, I won't mess with other ROM's but, as I posted another thread, I didn't think you could get rid of the bloatware with Gingerbreak but you can.
     
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    Sorry to just jump in, but I'm new here (and a newbie to android/optimus v) and am considering rooting the phone (which is under 2 weeks old). I'm a techno ZERO and am trying to read and understand everything before making the decision.

    Questions...how do you get rid of "bloatware" once you are successfully rooted?

    AFter rooting, does your phone look "normal" and act "normal" as it did before the root process?

    I'm just not sure what to expect. I do want to increase internal storage and also fix the TWS bug I think I have (and loss of signal, too). I'm reading that I need to change to a custom Rom to do all that? Much to learn...

    TIA for any input and answers!!!
     
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    I used Titanium Backup (a paid app) to uninstall some things (twidroid, scvngr) and freeze some other things that would always appear in my running apps even though I had never run them

    Yes, it does. Think of rooting as when you go to install a new program on your mac (or change a system setting) and it asks for the super user password. That is all root really does, it elevates your permissions. Nothing else changes... Unless you change it.
     
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    Just wanted to add, that even with some custom ROMs, you're phone still won't act or look any different. Harmonia for example, is basically a stripped out stock ROM. All the bloat has been pulled from it, and you're left with a lot more storage space. Bumblebee is the same. I'm totally new to rooting and romming and all this stuff, but I've tried both, and I'm very happy I went and did it. Installing either Harmonia or Bumblebee will do everything you want: fix the TWS bug, and give you a ton more internal storage.

    It's never wracking at first, but just read all you can on rooting. Gingerbreak is pretty fool-proof though just to get root. Once you get the hang of loading new custom ROMs up, doing backups from recovery, you'll get addicted to trying different ones. It's fun!
     
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    I've tried to move Youtube several times, but my phone gave the following error: "Application cannot be installed in the default location". How to get rid of the error?

    P.S. It worked fine on Gmail
     
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    The problem with stock's apps (located in system/app) is that they can't be normally uninstalled (without root), and any update for these apps is not a really update but second download of upgraded app. If, for example, our phone dealer installed youtube as system app which has 7MB (apk file), when we will try to update the youtube, second 7MB apk will be downloaded and installed in different folder than system/app, but still in phone memory. You can uninstall an upgrade in any time, which will delete the second apk file, but the stock version will be leaved intact. When system application is upgraded, the stock apk is no longer in use, but it takes storage space.

    EDIT: google maps and youtube apps didn't allow to install, when I had install location set to sd card. But when I set it to auto, both apps has been installed to sd card.
     
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