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  1. J-Bert

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    Is there a program out there to get rid of the native apps after root? Just ran unrevoke tonight.
     

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    root explorer, be careful
     
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    See the rooting for dummies thread about what is safe to remove/freeze. While you can remove them using root explorer (in /system/app), a much safer way is to freeze them with titanium backup. If you insist on removing them (to save space), start by making a nandroid backup. Then, instead of completely removing stuff, move it to a different location. That way, if you want it back, you can just copy it back.
     
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    Thanks gang.

    I just want to delete some of the apps that are forced on the phone by sprint.
     
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    sdxAppRemoval worked for me. You will have to update all before you can start deleting apps. I found this app on the website provided below. Use it wisely.

    source: **Guide** Remove Unwanted Stock Apps - Safe .APK's to Remove and How To
    Credit: newfireorange

    How to Remove APK's
    **Your Device Must be Rooted to Remove APK's**
    Updated 10-6-10 11:21 AM EST

    Remove DRM service if you have experienced poor battery life after the OTA updates. This does not affect the functionality of the phone in any way.
    Scroll to bottom of this post to see what APK's to remove for the DRM service.

    What?
    The file that Android reads for an app is .apk. This is the actual application in the system memory. We see it as an icon that we click and it opens the application. Just like a PC, these can be removed if not needed. Android makes it difficult though to remove applications that come pre-loaded on your phone. You need a rooted phone in order to remove them.

    Why?
    Free's up RAM and saves on battery life. For example. When you first turn your phone on and let it load for about two minutes, the Sprint Hotspot and navigation app will be loaded into your RAM (you can view this with the Advanced Task Killer App [a must have]). Even though you didn't open the app, it is already opened because Sprint/Samsung think that those major features need to be accessed very quickly when needed. However, if the app is not needed or even ever used, they still stay in memory running in the background draining your battery. Before removing any APK's my phone usually had 110-130MB of RAM available. Now, with over ten apps and countless apk/odex/folder/xml files deleted, I have 150-170MB of RAM available.

    How Can I Increase Battery Life Besides Removing APK's?
    JuiceDefender
    It is free and works superbly with the Epic. It saves battery life dramatically by disabling 3G data while your phone screen is off. You can still receive texts/mms and phone calls. Your apps that use the internet such as FriendStream and Facebook will not update until your phone screen is on and unlocked or data enabling through time intervals via JuiceDefender. For example, I have my app set to enable data for two minutes every thirty minutes. This gives my phone enough time to update without me having to turn the screen on and unlock it. I don't want constant updates, and going through all my apps telling them when they can update is a pain. This program does it all for you.

    Advanced Task Killer
    There is a plethora of reasons why you don't need a task killer on your phone. If you believe that then skip this program. I have it set to close my selected apps when my screen turns on. For example, I will play Asphalt 5 HD for about ten minutes then receive a phone call. I answer the call and forget that Asphalt is still in the background. It may not be running and eating CPU do to the way Android handles apps. It is just loaded into the RAM and this does not eat battery. Why have the app open though? If I know that I do not need it suspended in the background, then I have no problem with me terminating the process when I flick the screen on and off. You HAVE to make sure you do not terminate any Android system processes if you want your phone to continue to run properly. One wrong click and you may not be receiving text messages. This app is very simple to use but also has advanced settings that show all processes on the phone. Advanced Task Killer is free and a battery saver for sure from my months of experience with previous Android phones.




    Via Your Device
    .apk and odex
    Remove from rooted Epic 4G
    Via Root Explorer (Android Market) or SDX app remover
    Make sure you select R/W (read and write) to get out of R/O (read only) mode at the top of Root Explorer
    Push menu ->Search->Search Term ex. "SprintTV.apk" ->Delete results that have the search term in it.

    Or

    Via Your PC

    Make sure you have the Samsung drivers installed on your PC. Install drivers then connect your Epic via USB and turn on USB Debugging.
    32-bit
    64-bit

    If those links don't work download directly from Samsung's website here.

    Make sure you have the Android SDK installed for adb shell on your computer.
    Windows/Linux/Mac

    Open Command Prompt

    Navigate to your android sdk installation folder. It it's directly in C: then type this below.
    Type each step one at a time, or copy and right click paste in command prompt (do not control+v)

    1. cd C:\android-sdk-windows\tools>adb shell
    2. $ su
    3. # mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    4. # cd /system/app
    5. # ls
    6. # rm Stock.apk
    7. # rm Stock.odex
    On steps 6-7, replace "Stock.apk" and "Stock.odex" with apk's you want to remove.
    Step five lists the currently installed programs on your phone.

    Before you delete the files, please back them up by copying them to somewhere safe for example your SD card.

    This way, you can just paste the file back over if something bad happened when you deleted it.

    APK's Safe to Remove

    Sprint NFL: sfl-prod-release.apk and/or com.handson.h2o.nfl.apk

    Sprint Nascar: nascar09-prod-release.apk

    Sprint TV: SprintTV.apk + SprintTVWidget.apk and/or mobitv.apk and odex

    Sprint Navigation: com.telenav.app.android.sprint + sn28-1092-sprint-signed + telenav

    Sprint Hotspot: mobileap.apk and odex

    Sprint Zone: SprintZone.apk

    Amazon: amazonmp3.apk

    Facebook: Facebook1.2.apk

    Asphalt 5 Demo: Asphalt.apk and odex

    Media Hub (Samsungs movie downloading service) mediahub.apk and odex

    Myfiles (Samsungs pre-installed file explorer) : myfiles.apk and odex

    Email: Email.apk and odex (uninstall if you only use gmail app on your phone)

    Voicemail: cm-android.apk (uninstall only if you do not use stock voicemail)

    Task Manager: jobManager.apk + jobManager.odex (Samsung's stock task manager)

    Qik: qik_0.3.74.apk

    ThinkFree Office: thinkdroid.apk + thinkdroid.odex

    DRM Service "OmaDRMconfigService.drm" (installed with first OTA update) - drmprovider.apk + drmUa.apk + sisodrmprovider

    TouchWiz 3.0
    Make sure you have another launcher already set as your default such as LauncherPro.
    Remove these APK's in order to delete TouchWiz:

    BuddiesNow.apk/odex
    MediaHub.apk
    SamsungWidget_CalendarClock.apk/odex
    SamsungWidget_FeedAndUpdate.apk/odex
    SamsungWidget_ProgramMonitor.apk/odex
    SamsungWidget_StockClock.apk/odex
    SamsungWidget_WeatherClock.apk/odex
    TouchWiz30Launcher.apk/odex

    Do NOT remove Launcher.apk/odex. This is the stock Android launcher. Leave it.

    Restarting your phone is fine. Apps should not come back. If they do, try using the SDX stock app remover linked above.

    If you have any trouble after uninstalling any app above please post so I can update.
    If you have removed any other apps successfully post and I will update.



     

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  7. Mr. Ed

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    good post, but you might consider editing the samsung info out of it...as the HTC Evo will not have any of that stuff and this may confuse some.

    For multiple reasons we also suggest freezing apps vs completely removing them.

    Here is the post I linked above


    If you have not already bought Titanium Backup, now is the time, and the reason to do it! Titanium Backup gives you the ability to FREEZE the apps you do not want running on your device. Rather than uninstalling them (this can cause a conflict with updating to a new OTA in the future (if you are not using a custom ROM)).

    STEP 1: Download Titanium Backup PRO version $5.97
    STEP 2: Open Titanium Backup
    STEP 3: Press "Backup/Restore" section
    STEP 4: Find the APP you want to FREEZE
    STEP 5: Click the APP > press FREEZE!

    APPS SAFE TO FREEZE (Bonus: Apps you freeze will remove themselves from the App Drawer)

    browser.apk (if you use a different browser - will also remove your bookmarks from the HTC bookmarks widget, and it randomly crashes if you try to re add it to a home page)
    Bluetooth.apk - if you do not use bluetooth
    mail.apk - if you use gmail or other
    amazonmp3.apk - amazon mp3
    appsharing.apk - app sharing app
    calculator.apk - calculator app
    Calendar.apk - calendar app/widget
    CalendarProvider.apk - calendar sync
    CarHomeGoogle.apk - car dock search
    CarHomeLauncher.apk - car dock launcher
    CertInstaller.apk - (web?) certificate installer
    ChromeToPhone.apk - chrome to phone
    DeskClock.apk - clock and alarm app
    Development.apk - development app
    com.htc.FMRadioWidget.apk - FM Radio widget
    com.htc.NewsReaderWidget.apk - News widget
    com.htc.StockWidget.apk - Stock widget
    com.htc.TwitterWidget.apk - Twitter widget
    com.htc.rosiewidget.tipcalculator.apk - Tip calculator app
    DCSStock.apk (not sure what this does)
    DCSImpl.apk (not sure what this does)
    DCSUtility.apk (not sure what this does)
    Flashlight.apk - flashlight app
    Flickr.apk - flickr app/sync
    Gallery.apk - gallery
    Gallery3D.apk - 3D photo gallery
    Geniewidget.apk - Google's news widget
    GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk - Google quick search
    htcbookmarkwidget.apk
    HtcCalculatorWidget.apk
    HtcCarPanel.apk
    HtcFootprints.apk
    HtcFootprintsWidget.apk
    HtcLocationPicker.apk
    HtcLocationService.apk
    htcmailwidgets.apk
    HTC Location.apk
    HTCMobileGuide.apk
    htcsmswidgets.apk
    HtcPhotoWidget.apk
    HtcProfilesWidget.apk
    HtcRingtoneTrimmer.apk
    HtcRingtoneWidget.apk
    HTCSetupWizard.apk
    HtcSoundRecorder.apk
    HtcStreamPlayer.apk
    HtcTwitter.apk
    HTMLViewer.apk (seems to be a pdf viewer of sort)
    LatinIME.apk (if you use a different input method such as swype, etc.)
    LatinIMEtutorial.apk
    MagicSmokeWallpapers.apk (HTC's live wallpapers)
    Maps.apk (reinstall from market)
    Music.apk - music/video player - if you use something else
    Mode10Wallpapers.apk (google's live wallpapers)
    NewsReader.apk
    PicoTts.apk (text to speech)
    QuickLookup.apk
    Quickoffice.apk
    Rss.apk
    SocialNetworkProvider.apk
    Sprint_NASCAR.apk
    Sprint_Navigation.apk
    Sprint_NFL.apk
    Sprint_Promotion.apk (Needed to dial Sprint using *2, but can be bypassed by dialing 611 or #2)
    Sprint_Qik.apk
    Sprint_TV.apk
    Sprint_VVM.apk (If you use google voice)
    SprintTVWidget.apk
    Stock.apk
    Street.apk
    teeter.apk
    TelephonyProvider.apk
    TtsService.apk (text to speech)
    VisualizationWallpapers.apk (some more wallpapers)
    VoiceDialer.apk
    VoiceSearch.apk - reinstall from market
    VpnServices.apk - Virtual private network app
    WidgetDwonloadManager.apk
    WifiRouter.apk - Sprint's stock hotspot app
    Clicker.apk - calibrates stock keyboard
    DebugTool.apk
    FieldTest.apk
    FieldTrial.apk

    DO NOT REMOVE THESE APPS!

    EPST.apk *Needed for ##DATA# phone command
    Vendor.apk *Needed for market
    PCSII.apk *If you use HTC Sync
    Contacts.apk - contacts app in Call Log, Contacts, and Favorites
    ContactsProvider.apk - Contacts sync
    DefaultContainerService.apk - needed to install apps
    DownloadProvider.apk - handles downloading files
    DrmProvider.apk - DRM functions, access media files (including ringtones)
    MediaProvider.apk - access media files (including ringtones)
    Phone.apk - phone app/dialer screen
    Settings.apk - Phone's settings menu
    SettingsProvider.apk - settings sync?
    TelephonyProvider.apk - Phone sync?
    camera.apk - camera app
    Networklocation.apk - gps using network location instead of sattelites

    Kudos to [WIP] /system/app APK's - Safe to remove list and functions - xda-developers for the list!

    More Will Be Added when Known.
     
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    How does one acquire this app?

    I've tried buying it several times with no luck, the Market doesn't accept my CC info for whatever reason.
     
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    good thread great list of that to delete/freeze
     
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    i didn't see google voice on either of the lists that it's either safe or unsafe to freeze using titanium backup. please let me now
     
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    Welcome to the forums :). Google Voice is not a system app. It is not required, and doesn't even come stock. You can just uninstall it. That is, of course, unless you're referring to something else.
     
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    sorry the application i was refering to is "talk" i think it is by google. it is pre-loaded and i cannot uninstall.
     
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    I figured you might have meant that :). From what I understand, it's safe to remove. Make a nandroid backup, try freezing it, and make sure everything works. You should be fine with that one.
     
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    If you have a Mac OS X, you can download iSynchr from the Market (4.99, I think), connect it to your computer with a USB cable, set the phone to USB Mass Storage when the USB-menu comes up (after you plug it in). Go to Finder on the Mac, open iSynchr, your phone's files will appear just as your computer's files do. You can delete whatever you wish (be sure you know what you're deleting, though; I just deleted the games, for example). You can also delete music/photos and synch them with your Mac. (You can actually "drag and drop" photos from iPhoto to the media card folder you create on the phone).

    I have a Droid X.
    It is NOT rooted (when I rooted it with AntTek App Root, I got caught up in an endless reboot cycle and had to do factory defaults - nasty).

    I also back it up with RerWare backup which claims that it even backs up the location of your icons on the various homepages (just like the BlackBerry Storm software used to do). The RerWare is also available from the Market, does not require you to Root your phone (I'll never do that again), and allows you to back up online or to your SD card: Apps, Media, and Data.

    Hope this also helps.
     
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