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questions about removing Verizon/Pre-installed apps

Discussion in 'Android Hacks and Help' started by jbg25, Feb 22, 2010.

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    I tried typing a search...but there are no topics that I could find re: these particular questions.

    OK...so I know how to do it. Just not sure I understand all the ramifications.

    I want to remove Corp Cal, Corp email, email, amazon MP3, and possibly visual voicemail.

    Once I do this...What are my potential issues moving forward? Will this prevent me from updating to a ROM in the future?

    Does removing these increase my memory? or just get the icons out of the way and out of the app drawer?

    Thanks,
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    well im using the sholes now droidmod ROM and i know that they have the option to remove all these when installing the rom, and i havn't had any issues after removing corp cal, amazon, or visual voicemail, while briefly checking out other ROMS just for fun.. as far as increasing memory, im not sure so hopefully some one can chime in and help you further..

    so for me no issues removing them, no icons in app drawer, and im not sure on the effect of the phones memory..
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    I'm removed several of the 'stock' apps while flashing ROMs and I have had zero issues. No problems switching ROMs either.
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    OK...I am not totally sure how I should proceed?...I have seen two sets of commands Move (mv) and Remove (rm)

    To start I type:
    adb shell
    su
    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock4 /system
    cd /system/app

    this is where I am unsure....

    If I type: "mv Email.apk Email.bak" that does not pull it but rename and make it unavailable.

    If I type: "rm Email.apk" that actually pulls the app from the phone.

    Is this correct?

    Also...If I uninstall something other than VVM which can be downloaded from the market. How do I put it back if I need it later?
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    I believe so. Here is what I used to remove the faulty Launcher2.apk...

    su
    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock4 /system
    cd /system/app
    rm Launcher2.apk
    mount -o ro,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock4 /system
    sync
    reboot

    Just replace the bolded part with the app you want to remove, capitalization counts. If I am wrong, someone more experienced than me will come along shortly to set us all straight. :D

    -Mike
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    a much easier way to go about this is to use xeudoxus's xUltimate program...
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    when you update a rom you may have to remove the apk's again. i renamed car home to .bak, because i hated it and found it useless. when i updated from BB7.4 to BB7.5 i had to do it all over. when i installed AdamZ Smoked Glass rom v4.5 i also had to do it once again. i also renamed email, and coprcal since i don't use them either.

    i have never seen any bad side affects from doing this. i see no issue with removing stock apps that you don't like or use.
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    a much easier way would also be to use "root explorer" from the market. go into system/apps and then either rename the app to a .bak to hide it, or delete it if you want to permanently remove it.

    i did this to launcher2, email, car home, and the corporate calender. i renamed them all to a .bak, just in case i ever decided i wanted to use them again.
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    Re: Root Explorer (ref by JasonB)

    Hello JasonB,

    I downloaded the Root Explorer to my Droid X since it had great reviews and you also recommended it. :)

    I went into the path/ directory of "system/ app" and see many of the pre-installed applications there. When I select one, my phone does not give me an option to delete. Instead, I get "Package Installer. This is a package installer. What action would you like to perform? Install, View, or Cancel". Those are my only options. :icon_eek:

    How do I actually delete one of these applications?

    I seem to be missing something obvious.

    Thank you for your help.

    dancedroid
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    Re: Root Explorer

    Hmmmm, I think I figured it out.

    If you press down on the item you wish to remove and hold it there for a few seconds, it brings up another menu which gives the option to delete.

    Well then, please disregard the previous then.

    For those who wish to delete or rename those pre-installed apps, that's what you do - download Root Explorer, follow the path of "system/ app" and hold down the item you wish to change or delete. Not sure if the pre-installed apps are affiliated with any other applications or items in there, but if I have any further trouble I'll repost here.
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    Get root explorer go into the folder system/apps and delete away :)
    You can use the multiselect to speed up the process located in the menu or you can just hold and select delete. Make sure to select the icon at the top right to make your phone read and write
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    PortlandPotpourri

    It may already be too late...but be very very careful what you delete with the DroidX. If you delete the wrong thing...you will have yourself a very expensive brick.
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    Not so familiar with the droid x only know about the droid 1 but i know the guide in my signature will unbrick anything. :) It might work as well for the droid x
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    Should not be titled will unbrick anything....maybe any D1.

    The DX has a locked bootloader and the efuse protection. When the phone boots up the efuse will look for certain things in the boatlaoder, rom and kernel. and if it does not find it will brick your phone(ok...Moto can fix...but until you send it in and admit you borked it with root...it is bricked).

    With a locked bootloader RSD is useless...at least for now.
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    Will root explorer only work with rooted phones?
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    yes...only if you have root
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