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Hiding apps in the app drawer?

Discussion in 'Android Hacks and Help' started by Axium, Jun 3, 2010.

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    Was wondering if you could do this, as I have Handcent now and wish to hide the Messaging app cause I heard you still need it for Handcent to work. Want to maek my app drawer look a bit smaller dancedroid
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    I believe you can change the extension from .apk to .bak and it will not show in your app drawer. Not sure if that will still make the Handcent app work though...if you need the messaging app to make it work...
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    In order to change the extension you need to be rooted.
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    oh, sorry, forgot to say yes I am rooted. Currently running buglessbeast 1.1 :) so I am familiar with some of these things.
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    rmmms script in terminal emulator to remove the stock messaging app.
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    I'm pretty sure Handcent uses the stock messaging app to do it's grunt work. Hancent is basically a UI/feature enhancement but still relies on the stock messaging app to work.

    To answer your question, yes, you can hide the stock messaging app by adding .bak to the end of it so it would look like this: Mms.apk.bak
    But if you do that, the stock app will no longer be able to provide function that other app needs/relies on to work itself.

    The best way to see if it work is to go ahead and rename the stock app to Mms.apk.bak
    Reboot your phone. Then try using Handcent by sending yourself a text and see if it goes through.
    If not, then you will have your answer ;)
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    Could theme the icon to be transparent, lol... but it would look odd having a blank spot in your app list. :)

    Seriously though, to the best of my knowledge you'd need unencrypted access to the AndroidManifest.xml file in the apk in order to remove this line <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />.
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