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Discussion in 'Droid RAZR Hacks' started by smalltowngirl13, Feb 12, 2012.
Woot, congrats! Glad you got it...enjoy!
Now, one last question before I start "playing," if I'm reading everything correctly, I can't receive or install OTA updates if I remove bloatware apps. I can freeze them in TiBU and would have to un-freeze them to do an OTA update...correct? So, if I really wanted them gone, would I be able to install these updates from a leaked DL on here? I really can't stand having a bunch of crap on my phone that will never get used. Even if I hide it, I know it's there taking up space...even if it's just a single byte for the icon. Just wondering what all
I can do to clean up my phone now that I'm rooted and what y'alls opinion is of the best thing to do with the Razr, short of flashing a different ROM.
Correct on the OTA's...you will need to have the phone back to its stock form (root doesn't matter but bloat must be intact)...I don't generally recommend deleting said apps but I understand how they bother some people being on the phone...we do have restore files which if you delete files or have a booboo while modding it, you can flash back to stock 2.3.6 in this utility... http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-razr-hacks/198379-updated-droid-razr-utility-windows.html
OK, then let me ask this...is there a way to hide the unwanted apps? I count no less than a dozen in my app drawer that I will never click on...just wasted space and clutter for me to sort through. If I know I can get the same updates and flash them myself, rather than OTA, then I'd probably just remove them completely. But, in the meantime, as I learn more about the Razr and get used to it, I'm content with freezing them so they don't run, but can I hide them? Out of sight, out of mind...
Well, yes there is...if you use an alternate launcher such as Go Launcher EX, ADW.ex, launcher pro, etc...or you can use root explorer and rename the files (/system/app) to bloat.apk.bak (adding the .bak extension should remove the app from the file drawer). When the next OTA comes, you will need to rename them back by removing the .bak extension.
I think I hear what you're saying. I do use GO Launcher, so this may be something to try. You're saying go into my /system/app folder and find the apps I don't like...I'll use flkr as an example...rename "blur_flickr.apk" to "blur_flickr.apk.bak" and that should hide it? Then, when an OTA is available, I would just go back into RE and delete the .bak on those that I renamed? Soounds easy enough. If that's the case, tell me if this would work: Could I back up ALL system apps & data in TiBU, then delete everything I don't want? Then, when an OTA is available, just restore all the back up files?
I know I'm basically asking the same thing over and over, but here's where I'm coming from...I've had a Droid 1 for quite a while and as we all know, it didn't have much memory. I ran quite a few custom ROMs, mostly Liquid ROMs, which slim it down quite a bit. If everything ran smoothly, I wouldn't flash another ROM unless I eventually ame across a problem. If the Razr is running smooth, and I like the ROM that's on here, I probably won't care about too many OTAs unless they decide to drop ICS. It seems more worth it to me to free up memory, and thus speed, than to have a bunch of crap "hidden" on here that will never get used just in case an OTA drops. From my past expierence, ROMs are usually leaked here before the OTA anyway, and I could flash it then...correct? Or, will I sitll not even be able to flash a leaked ROM without the bloat?
Would my TiBU idea work? Backing it all up, deleting garbage, then restoring backup before flashing updated ROM?
Yes, in theory that should work - however, I think when you restore them, they will have to be restore to the /system/app area with the correct permissions (is generally always rw-,r--,r--)...however, make sure that some of the blur you are going to be removed is safe to remove - some of the blur is system dependant and although you have no use for it, it might be needed to make the gallery app function correctly. There should be a list of bloat that is safe to remove and that would be the best place to start...
Also, you can use Razr Bootstrapper & make a nandroid backup and use that for restore as well...
Let me see if I can find the link for bloat that is safe to remove.
Link to bloat that has been noted as safe by various users... http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-razr-support/200131-droid-razr-bloat-safe-removal.html - as always, use / try at your own risk as YMMV...
Didn't think about making a nandroid. That would definitely be the easist route. Is there a link for Bootstrapper, or did it install when I rooted? I assume Bootstrapper is an equivilent to RZRecovery (think that's what I used last on the Droid).
It might be similiar, I never rooted my D1 ...but I know that our bootloaded on the Razr is locked and we have to have the bootstrap app to access recovery...
Here are a couple of links...the first is the Razr Utility- keep it handy alot of good stuff in there ... http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-razr-hacks/198379-updated-droid-razr-utility-windows.html
The 2nd link is just for the bootstrap app...http://www.droidforums.net/forum/ni...razr-bootstrap-recovery-updated-2-8-12-a.html
Thanks a ton! You have been of MUCH help! I guess the only thing left to do is start playing.
You are welcome and yea, I think that is about it ...good luck and enjoy!