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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by elicec89, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. elicec89

    elicec89 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I have an HTC Droid Eris with Verizon. It came installed with several apps that not only do I not use, but that in some cases start automatically. These include Amazon MP3, Footprints, Google Talk, Teeter, and YouTube. I would like to uninstall them, but I am not given that option (like I am for third-party apps) when I go into "Manage applications" in Settings. Is there another way of removing them from my phone?

  2. jwmacdon1231

    jwmacdon1231 Android Expert

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is, as far as I know, no way to remove any of the preinstalled apps. I had the same question when I first got my G1. The only way that I could do that is to root (jail break) my phone.
  3. Calidris

    Calidris Lurker

    I just ran across a application management app that might work. It's just called "App manager" by Best App. It brings up pre-installed apps like you would expect the built-in application manager to do, and appears to give you the option to uninstall. I haven't tried uninstalling a per-installed app.

    I was looking for a way to clear search caches, but no luck yet for pre-installed apps like Market or Maps.

    Good luck.
  4. elicec89

    elicec89 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I installed it and you're right, it does seem to give the option to uninstall them - but when I choose it, I get an error message saying that it could not be uninstalled. Thanks anyway though! Anyone else hear of anything?
  5. jabbergypsy

    jabbergypsy Lurker

    To remove pre-installed apps, touch and hold the app you want removed. The phone will vibrate, letting you know that you are in edit mode. Without lifting your finger, drag the app down to where the "Phone" button was, but which now says "Remove". Voila.
  6. ttran97

    ttran97 Android Enthusiast

    That's not uninstalling. That's just taking the shortcut off the screen.
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  7. W4LLY

    W4LLY Android Enthusiast

  8. Grizzld

    Grizzld Member

    Valiant effort, my friend. :D
  9. spartan141

    spartan141 Android Enthusiast

    i loled a little.:D
  10. Ataranine

    Ataranine Android Enthusiast

    Can't uninstall pre-loaded HTC apps unless the phone is rooted. That's being worked on.
  11. thecoard

    thecoard Member

    Voila is what made that post special.
  12. SalsaShark

    SalsaShark Lurker

    Originally coming the French term "Vio la" meaning "Here it is." Used to build suspense.
  13. I registered an account here and necro'ed this thread specifically to say that you are completely wrong about voil
  14. bdbull

    bdbull Newbie

    Don't know if it works on the Eris, but this works on my Droid. I can drag the icon to the bottom of the screen and drop it when it turns red. That will simply remove the icon. However, if I hold the icon over the trash can for a second or two a dialog pops up that says 'drop to uninstall.' If I drop it, it goes through the uninstall process and the app is gone.

    That being said, I tried it with a preinstalled app and it said the uninstall was unsuccessful.

    Almost forgot, I'm running Home++ so it may just be a function of that software.
  15. andrew8806

    andrew8806 Well-Known Member

    OMG... im sorry but that is funny....:p
  16. acmeinc

    acmeinc Newbie

    So I assume we can now remove these by just removeing the .apk from /data/app?

    Is there any risk removing the apk?

    Is there any other location where we should remove other pieces of the app?

    There needs to a text based version of the Google Market for apt-get type terminal control :)
  17. jxnrxy

    jxnrxy Well-Known Member

    this does come up with the option to uninstall, but it when you try to actually uninstall the app you get "Uninstall Unsuccessful" message
  18. Sinclair

    Sinclair Newbie

    There is a thread around here somewhere on how to remove preinstalled apps (bloatware)

    Be very careful on what you uninstall. I removed all 3 stock apks, default browser apk, stock messages apk, tweeter and twitter apks.

    Some apks have to remain the the basic function to work. I believe the default mail app is an example

  19. jxnrxy

    jxnrxy Well-Known Member

    pretty sure you have to be rooted...
  20. Sinclair

    Sinclair Newbie

    Yes you do... as far ask i know...
  21. droidkevlar

    droidkevlar Android Expert

    Yes you have to be rooted. If you have root explorer, you can always copy the apk to your SD card if you feel it might FC your phone. Also, you can do a NAND backup before trying to remove more than obvious apk's. I have removed mms, stock, twitter, foot prints, youtube, just to name a few and no problems.
  22. Romparoo

    Romparoo Android Enthusiast

    +1 :eek:
  23. acmeinc

    acmeinc Newbie

    Perhaps we should compile a list of known apk's which can be removed...as well as any other file locations which need removed to complete the removal. Thanks droidkevlar for the start :)
  24. cgh

    cgh Member

    +1 to that...
  25. acmeinc

    acmeinc Newbie

    I keep getting read only file system errors when attempting to mess with anything in /system/app. Ideas?:
    Code (Text):
    1. # rm -fR com.htc.StockWidget*
    2. rm -fR com.htc.StockWidget*
    3. rm: cannot remove 'com.htc.StockWidget.apk': Read-only file system
    4. rm: cannot remove 'com.htc.StockWidget.odex': Read-only file system
    5. #

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The HTC Droid Eris release date was November 2009. Features and Specs include a 3.2" inch screen, 5MP camera, 288GB RAM, MSM7600 processor, and 1300mAh battery.

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