Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by J-Bert, Jan 1, 2011.
Is there a program out there to get rid of the native apps after root? Just ran unrevoke tonight.
root explorer, be careful
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.
After Root , Section 2
I just want to delete some of the apps that are forced on the phone by sprint.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
ThinkFree Office: thinkdroid.apk + thinkdroid.odex
DRM Service "OmaDRMconfigService.drm" (installed with first OTA update) - drmprovider.apk + drmUa.apk + sisodrmprovider
Make sure you have another launcher already set as your default such as LauncherPro.
Remove these APK's in order to delete TouchWiz:
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.
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
HTMLViewer.apk (seems to be a pdf viewer of sort)
LatinIME.apk (if you use a different input method such as swype, etc.)
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)
PicoTts.apk (text to speech)
Sprint_Promotion.apk (Needed to dial Sprint using *2, but can be bypassed by dialing 611 or #2)
Sprint_VVM.apk (If you use google voice)
TtsService.apk (text to speech)
VisualizationWallpapers.apk (some more wallpapers)
VoiceSearch.apk - reinstall from market
VpnServices.apk - Virtual private network app
WifiRouter.apk - Sprint's stock hotspot app
Clicker.apk - calibrates stock keyboard
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.
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.
good thread great list of that to delete/freeze
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
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.
sorry the application i was refering to is "talk" i think it is by google. it is pre-loaded and i cannot uninstall.
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.
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.