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Removing Unwanted Included Apps

Discussion in 'Droid Concepts' started by Agrajag, Jul 8, 2011.

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    I have a few apps I'd like to kill off in my desire to free as much space as possible.

    I'm assuming each of these are not tied to the OS (or at least most of them) but I don't use any of them so I'd like them gone. What's the process for removing them as you can't do so with the default Uninstall approaches:

    Calculator (I use Retro Calculator)
    Latitude (boring battery draining)
    Music (I use Music, in other words the new cloud app from Google)
    News and Weather (total waste)
    QuickOffice (I don't use Office so another waste for me)

    Thanks.
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    Assuming you're rooted, use 7zip to open the ROM archive before flashing. Go to system/apps and delete any .apk's you don't want to install.

    If already installed check the ROM to see if it has scripts for removing system apps.

    If not, use a program such as Root Explorer to browse to system/apps and delete the .apk's from there.

    Be careful with any of these choices. DO NOT delete anything you are unsure about.
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    if you have Titanium Backup you can also remove any programs via the Backup/Restore Menu. Just press on the app and then select uninstall
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    Did the Titanium Backup approach and it worked. Thanks. The music is working fine without the core music app. Calc gone. News gone (I need to check that as I think someone else mentioned it was used for some odd core functionality). QuickOffice gone. I'll be damned if I can find Latitude so I won't worry about it.
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    Latitude is incorporated into Google Maps I believe.
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    you can remove all of those minus latitude, because its part of the stock maps app, but the rest are fine to remove


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    I'd like to remove the stock skimpily dressed women wallpapers.. haha ..
    don't do much for me. can you tell me how?
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    if you don't care for any of the DC wallpapers then you can just remove that whole app using root explorer. the default one you should be able to replace with your favorite either by long pressing homescreen and choosing your paper of choice or use your favorite backgrounds app. the default one is written into framework i think, which makes it harder to remove from the phone altogether but once it's replaced you shouldn't see it again unless you revert back to stock for some reason.
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    If you pull it out the way I posted about just above you can open the app and save the wallpapers you like to your SD card.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
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    the one is built in, the other is in the DCWallpaper app, you can either remove the app altogether if you wish, and once you change wallpapers you wont see the default one anyway. And if you backup your settings google should automatically change to the wallpaper you had set before rather than going to the system default.

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    Hey woodyman,

    to make room for the new vending.apk that came out I had to delete a few things in/system/app.

    I deleted

    1) Launcher2(i use LPP)
    2) the sony launcher
    3)geniewidget.apk(should be news/weather)
    4)quick office

    Are these 4 safe?
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    no problems as long as you have a replacement launcher :)
    and the other 2 aren't needed neither. :)

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    Thanks for the speedy reply, great ROM!
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    Thanks man, glad your having a blast with it!!

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    So being new to the ROM ( 11 was my first flash), I am curious.


    Do you have any idea how close you are to a final build? Looks like you've been working on this for a good 3+ months now , if not longer.

    Just curious how the devs personally feel about its completion. I think the ROM is kick-ass as it is and only needs a few minor things such as init.d. As far as performance/stability, it is amazing!!
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    Any time you're wanting to remove a system app but don't know whether it'll cause a problem, Titanium gives you the option to "freeze" them. That prevents them from running - It won't uninstall, but will give you an idea as to whether you can do without it. If you can't, you just "defrost" them.
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    There will be a thread up soon after the release of DC-B-12, which will be sooner than you all may think, explaining the future of the Builds and the reasons behind certain things. Don't worry builds are going to continue to flow after 12, don't worry.. :)

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