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    [HOW TO] Remove bloatware

    Once your Droid X is rooted, you can start to remove some of the crap Verizon and Motorola decided to make a quick buck off of. You'll need to have ADB or a terminal emulator (I suggest Better Terminal) from the market. You should be at least a little familiar from rooting.

    Before I go on, I want to note a few things. READ THIS:
    1) The method we are using here is RENAMING the files. That way, if you decide you want an app back, you can rename the file back to it's original name.
    2) If you're not sure what an app is or what it does, don't touch it! Several people have changed a file they weren't sure about and it affected the phone in some way they didn't realize.
    3) Further, understand that removing some apps will break functionality in others. They interact in ways you can't predict. If you have a problem, rename the file back.
    4) Don't touch BackupAssistantClient.apk. Apparently it can cause a huge disaster when doing a system recovery. Leave it alone.

    The Easy Way
    If you don't mind paying (I think it's $1.99) for Root Explorer, get it from the Android Market. Open it.
    - Press the Mount r/w button first
    - Click the system folder
    - Click the app folder
    - You should now see /system/app at the top of the screen
    - Long press on the app you want to rename, then change .apk to .bak


    The Free Way
    If you're using ADB (and remember, you're not asking in this thread what that means), with your Droid X plugged in, open a command prompt on your computer and type:
    adb shell

    Now, in either ADB or terminal, type (Thanks biggestmexi):
    su
    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    You're now ready to start removing/moving the apps you don't want. To get a list:
    cd /system/app
    ls

    You'll notice most look more or less like the names you see in the app drawer. Pick out the ones you don't want and use the command below to rename them (we're renaming instead of deleting so you can rename them back if you break something). If you're not sure what something is, I'd recommend NOT renaming it. Renaming the CityID, for example:
    mv CityID.apk CityID.bak

    CityID.apk is, obviously, the name of the app. After renaming it to .bak, Android won't recognize it as an app. After you're finished, update the list of apps Android sees:
    sync


    What file should I rename?
    Quote Originally Posted by nanoera View Post
    You can check with Android Mate by selecting system apps tab, and long press for properties. It'll tell you the file name.

    Did you delete something?
    You can download all of the apks from /system/app here:
    http://www.hawkeye411.com/droidx/systemapp.zip
    !

    Or here:
    Droid X System Dump for those who deleted apps without backing up
    Last edited by qoncept; 07-22-2010 at 02:20 PM.
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    Do NOT remove BackupAssistantClient.apk, HelpCenter.apk or ANY files starting with "Blur"

    Here's a list of apps you might want to remove. Remember, these filenames are CASE SENSITIVE.


    • CarDock.apk
    • CityID.apk
    • MyVerizon.apk
    • Skype_mobile.live.apk
    • Vvm.apk
    • WorkContacts.apk
    • amazonmp3_1.7.22_signed_zipaligned.apk
    • Blockbuster.apk
    • Mynet.apk (3G Mobile Hotspot)
    • MotoGAL.apk (Corporate Directory)
    If you renamed the Backupassistantclient.apk, you can change it back by reversing the filenames above. If you've deleted it, steven.rn was kind enough to upload a copy: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/att...anceclient.zip
    Last edited by qoncept; 07-26-2010 at 02:56 PM.
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    Sweet deal! Thanks. I was just thinking about that!
    Currently running 5 Ubuntu machines, 2 Android Phones and 2 Linux Devices. I am always looking for more Linux!
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    Help.
    I was able to move some apps from /system/app to another directory /system/app.disable (created myself).
    I did not do sync command. After reboot, the /system/app does not give permission (even under root) to chmod, move, or rename anything.
    Why?
    Thanks.
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    You'll have to type su again every time you reboot, maybe every time you open terminal/adb.
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    Question

    Quote Originally Posted by qoncept View Post
    You'll have to type su again every time you reboot, maybe every time you open terminal/adb.
    I did. Even on the phone in the terminal.

    Permission:
    /system: drwxr-xr-x root
    /system/app: drwxr-xr-x root
    /system/app.disable: drwxrwxrwx root

    When:
    mv Mynet.apk ../app.disable

    It gives error:
    failed on 'Mynet.apk' - Read-only file system

    mount gives:
    rootfs / rootfs ro 0 0
    ...

    Read only...
    How to change to rw?

    I already have wifi tether and SetCPU running, plus several bloatwares in the app.disable directory, so the X should have been rooted.

    Thoughts?
    Last edited by nanoera; 07-22-2010 at 11:32 AM.
    No more palm or ; on BB Froyo; Droid X rooted .
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    Quote Originally Posted by qoncept View Post

    You'll notice most look more or less like the names you see in the app drawer. Pick out the ones you don't want and use the command below to rename them (we're renaming instead of deleting so you can rename them back if you break something). If you're not sure what something is, I'd recommend NOT renaming it. Renaming the CityID, for example:
    mv CityID.apk CityID.bak

    CityID.apk is, obviously, the name of the app. After renaming it to .bak, Android won't recognize it as an app. After you're finished, update the list of apps Android sees:
    sync

    That's it!
    do you mean "NOT removing it. Rename it"?

    That why the app will be there no matter what?

    Also.

    There is A LOT of blur names here for a "non-blur" phone
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    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    do that to mount system to read write.
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    a couple of questionable ones.

    tell me what you think


    megamaid.apk

    ToggleWidgets.apk are these the blur ones?

    Protips.apk is this the homescreen tips widget?

    FriendFeed.apk Is this the social messaging widget?

    Mynet.apk This might be the 3g thing.

    SocialMessaging.apk NM about th one earlier. will taking this out ruin something?

    AsService.apk ?????????

    BlurUpdater.apk ?????

    Calculator.apk who needs the stock pooey one


    oh. where is the darn kindle app?
    Last edited by biggestmexi; 07-22-2010 at 11:38 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biggestmexi View Post
    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    do that to mount system to read write.
    Thanks a lot!! This works!
    Is there any fstab I need to change to prevent it mounting ro again?
    No more palm or ; on BB Froyo; Droid X rooted .
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