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Removing bloatware

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by sfcrangerdoc, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. sfcrangerdoc

    sfcrangerdoc Lurker
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    I am no stranger to root, or removing VZW bloatware...however, I am stumped with this new bionic i have. I have done basic root on stock rom (most current version of OS) Following the remove bloatware instructions does not seem to work, however, and I'm wondering if i'm doing something wrong. I have used Root Explorer to move .apk files (such as gotomeeting and citrix) to the sdcard-ext and they successfully move. However, when I go check the app list, they still show up and still run even tho the .apk files are on the sdcard-ext in a .bloatware folder. Any thoughts?


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  2. New Rising

    New Rising Android Enthusiast

    Don't delete the apps, buy titanium backup and freeze the apps. If there's an ota update you won't be able to take the update unless you fxz your phone back to stock.
  3. sfcrangerdoc

    sfcrangerdoc Lurker
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    I didn't delete the apps, just moved them to the sdcard-ext which is one of the accepted methods of removing bloatware. Why do the apps still show up, and why do they still run, when they're not even in the right place anymore? how do I get them to go away perm?

  4. New Rising

    New Rising Android Enthusiast

    I have never tried your method of removing bloatware, so maybe someone else can answer your questions on that. From what I've learned though Titanium Backup is the recommended and preferred way of removing bloatware. You can freeze any application you want which will remove it from your app drawer and make it unusable until you unfreeze it again. So maybe that's something you would want to look into.
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  5. SNeitzel

    SNeitzel Android Enthusiast

    To expand on what New Rising is saying, there is even a "batch defrost" option in TiBackup that lets you easily put things back to normal when it's update time.

    Your method may work as well once you figure out the secret and there's nothing wrong with doing it that way, but TiBackup is very easy....
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  6. Groid

    Groid Android Enthusiast

    Another way is to just rename the app by adding a .bak extention to it. Leave it in place and rename it back if you need to for an update.
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The Motorola Droid Bionic release date was September 2011. Features and Specs include a 4.3" inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, TI OMAP 4430 processor, and 1735mAh battery.

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