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  1. jasonb1985

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    ok, so we all hate CityID and hate the fact that HTC and Verizon stuck us with this crap. well now it can be removed with root. what else can be safely removed? can we remove backup assistant as well? it always starts up when the phone boots but its something i will never ever use.
     

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    Footprints I HOPE!
     
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    I killed FootPrints, FriendStream, and Peep. with no ill effect so far....

    I did while root in recovery:
    /system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcFootprints.apk
    /system/bin/rm /system/app/FriendStream.apk
    /system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcTwitter.apk
     
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    nice! i figured because it was all part of sense that we couldn't get rid of them. i use friendstream but i doubt i'll ever use footprints.
     
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    For those who took out footprints does your Nav still work? I know on the eris they had to do a lot of recoding to be able to take Footprints out and keep Nav working. Just FYI.
     
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    I have not tried, I'll test this out...

    UPDATE: Seems okay to me. I had my phone navigate to two different places. Seemed just fine to me. But to be honest, this was the first time I used the navigation.... Can someone else confirm?

    Also, I have noticed that my phone is still showing the widgets for these removed apps. Anyone know how to remove them?
     
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    /system/bin/rm /system/app/com.htc.FriendSteam.widget.apk
    /system/bin/rm /system/app/com.htc.TwitterWidget.apk
    /system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcFootprintsWidget.apk
     
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    nice! thanks for posting these up. nothing really bothered me except city id, but it's nice to have a thread sharing what else can be safely removed.
     
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    Has anyone tried removing to Stocks(app&widget), Backup Assistant, and Visual Voice Mail?

    Any known ill effect if I remove these? I do not use any of them

    UPDATE: Do NOT remove Backup Assistant from Verizon. Accounts&Sync in settings with force close.

    I have removed without noticing any ill effect(Does not mean that there is not, just means that I have not found one)...
    FriendStream
    FootPrints
    Peep
    Stocks
    Stock-Visual(or Verizon, not sure) Voice Mail <-I use google voice
    QuickOffice
    FaceBook <-Updated Version in market
    Facebook Integration
    YouTube <-EVO has better version IMO

    The PDF Viewer is next on my list....

    I'm also going to see what happens when I do a factory reset, just curious what will happen. :p
     
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    thanx for this info, i'm also curious what will happen after the reset
     
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    SWEET! I really thought that I would loose root after a factory reset(Via Recovery). But I did not! I still have it!


    Before I did the reset, I had icons in my app drawer from uninstalled apps, spacers for the widgets I removed, odd little remnants of the uninstalled apps in the Application Manager, and force closes in Accounts&Sync from removing BackUp Assistant.

    Now, everything is great! No icons for uninstalled apps, no spacers for widgets I removed, and no force closes in Accounts&Sync. I also removed the default PDF viewer.

    Now, since I have everything almost the way I want it. I'm off to do a nandroid backup of my "perfect" incredible phone!
     
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    cool
    thanx for posting this
     
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    wow, I'm jealous... I may have to do my first root with Android. Never had a reason to, but I really hate that CityID junk
     
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    how r we doing nandroid backups? i wasn't aware of us having a custom recovery yet.
     
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    We have a custom recovery, we just can not flash it it the phone yet. But you can run it and do a nandroid backup.

    h t t p://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=699809
     
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    oh i saw that. i'll wait for it to be persistent first. right now a reboot sets it back to the stock recovery.
     
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    I have rooted and am running root explorer, can I just remove these .apk's via root explorer? what about the .odex file?
     
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    While we can remount the /system partition, it is still NAND locked. Meaning we do NOT have write permissions. One the NAND gets unlocked, then yes. We could just delete them with root explorer.

    I also removed the odex files.
     
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    No one has mentioned those crappy songs that came with the phone? I got rid of them with a quickness.
     
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    I deleted those the first day i got the phone. Just mount the internal drive and delete them on the computer
     
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    dont need root for this...
     
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    Anyone else getting a permanent "refresh/sync" icon next to the location icon after removing some apps?

    I removed FootPrints, Twitter, and FriendStream and now I have that icon that wont go away, :|

    EDIT: looks like it was from FriendStream, I put the apk back in /system/app and the icon went away
     
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    I did not... Anyone Else?
     
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    There's really no reason to DELETE them. I just created a directory /system/app.disabled moved everything I didn't want into there.

    Doing so avoids the situation whereby you decide you want to put something back and have to go asking around for APKs. ;)
     
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