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How to disable bloat

Discussion in 'Droid Razr and Razr Maxx ICS discussion' started by William_04_x, Jun 23, 2012.

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    This is only for apps you you didn't DL, as they can be uninstalled.

    Open your app drawer, long press the app you want to disable, and drag it to the top of the screen where it says more options. An option screen should pop up and select app info. On the app info screen in the upper right corner you will have the option to either uninstall updates, or disable. Click disable if available. Once disabled, it won't show up in your app drawer, and shouldn't run in the background.

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    If not, uninstall the updates, and go through the the process from the beginning again. The second time around the option to disable should be available. This is what I saw with google +. Although disabled, I was prompted to update it the next time I checked my apps in the PS.

    To re-enable an app, open your app drawer and hit the hard menu button on the bottom of your phone. Tap manage apps. Make sure you are on the All list. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the list and your disabled apps are listed.


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    Click the app you want back, click enable.

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    Now it looks as if updates won't be prompted for disabled apps. :)

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    Can someone post a list of bloat items that are safe to disable?
    Some items seem important like voicemail app, but is this just a link to Verizon's visual voicemail? A list of items to disable with a short reason why they are just bloat would be nice. Thanks in advance!

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    VZW has made it so you can't do this with some of their pre-installed apps. I saw that coming. :angry:
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    What can't you get rid of? I haven't found one yet.

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    Here is a list of what I disabled :
    Kindle
    Color
    Facebook
    Google+
    Mog
    Motoactiv
    NFL mobile
    Slacker
    Vcast tones
    Verizon video
    Video calling
    Vz navigator
    Motoprint

    Did I miss any other obvious bloat ware others have disabled?
    Is there a good reason any of these shouldn't be disabled?

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    I haven't played with it that much yet to see which ones. But the first one I tried was Motoactv.
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    Anyone know what this app "color" is? It wants to link to my fb and I don't want anything that's going to spam my wall with "Caesars wants you to join him in color" lol.
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    Ty

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    Motoactv is one where you go through the process and uninstall the updates, then start from the app drawer and repeat process. The disable option should be available the second time.



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    Color is actually pretty cool. Streams live video to your FB page. I actually had it installed already.

    Tap'd from my Maxx
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    Color is irritating and annoying. Once you install it, it nags you to death.

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    Are we able to freeze processes? Actual apps I have the gist of, but things like that zumo crap, I can't figure out how to freeze. I went to manage apps-but the disable option is greyed out, I'm sure a 1click root will be out soon either way :).
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    I don't have ICS yet, but I did go into the app manager and tried uninstalling some bloatware just to see what would happen. I was successfully able to uninstall Blockbuster and Goto meeting. Is that normal? I thought they were apps that couldn't be removed? Now I'm worried when ICS comes it won't install properly if I'm missing my bloatware.
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    Verizon actually listened when people complained about bloatware and not being able to uninstall it. They started allowing some apps to be uninstalled like blockbuster. Let's golf and madden football are other examples of apps you are allowed to uninstall now. This will not affect your ability to install ics. When you install the ota it will not reinstall any bloat you have previously uninstalled.

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    Oh that is awesome! Thank you!
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    You can root with Matt's 1.7 Utility then use Titanium to freeze anything (apps and/or processes).
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    Thats what I did -- along with three quarters of the crappy Blur applications that I don't use. Freed up a CRAPLOAD of ram.
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    An easier way would be to root, purchase Rom Toolbox and break all the market links along with freezing the apps.
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