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    Default Re: Droid 3: Apps That Are Safe To Remove Once Rooted

    I am trying to do a mv on the files and I am getting

    failed on "IMPresence.apk" - Read-Only File system

    can someone please help me this is on a DROID3
  2. #27  

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    can you please help me out.. on a droid3 if I try to do a mv on the file I get a Read-Only file system error?
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    You have to switch from read-only to read-write. In Root Explorer, I think you just have to press the small button in the upper-left (shows your current permission state).

    Sent from my DROID3 using Tapatalk
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    I used the RadioComm hack and use the stock hotspot app for tethering. Nothing has shown up on my bill.

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    Just wanted to throw this out into the ether.

    I use Skyfire 4.0 for web browsing. Whether I freeze the native browser or rename it, Skyfire will not work properly. It will launch, but pressing the "Bookmark" tab with cause an immediate force close of Skyfire.

    Skyfire is the only Android browser I like. For this reason, I keep the native browser in its original state.

    A question that hopefully someone can answer: Does renaming a service (Citrix, for example) automatically detach it from the Android Market? Titanium Backup gives you that option, but it doesn't seem to be a permanent fix. After awhile, the apps I detached show up on the update list in the Market.

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  6. #31  

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    The free way, or atleast this is what I did:

    1. Get an app list

    - Install SSHDroid
    -Make sure your phone is connected to wifi, and SSH to your phone.
    I use Linux Mint, but if you use windows just go to ninite.com and install putty so you can SSH to it.
    -When connected type (without the quotes): "cd /system/apps"
    -After that type(without the quotes): "ls -a > /sdcard-ext/applist.txt"

    -Then connect your phone to your PC and copy and paste your applist.txt from your phone to any where on your PC. Now you have your app list and can enable disable whatever you want. I would suggest reading about them before you just disable them and screw up your phone.

    2. Make/use a script to remove/disable the apps - thanks to psouza4 for his script and his post here

    [Script] Safe bloat removal script (50+ apps) [UPDATED 9/1/2011] - xda-developers

    -Go there and download and extract his script and then copy it to your phone. Run his script first then decide if you want to remove more apps.
    -Install Script Manager
    -Open script manager navigate to your /sdcard-ext/ and click the script then click SU then Run. Your phone will ask some questions answer them, and then it will reboot and your apps will be gone.

    3. Remove more apps, if you ran the script above then you might want to rerun an app list. I reran an app list and pasted it into Calc(Excel) and filtered by ends with .bak so I can see what was left on my phone.

    -After I ran Pete's script there were some others I wanted to get rid of, so this is what I did:

    In Linux create a file remove_more.sh, in windows use notepad ++ and save the file as "remove_more.sh" (with the quotes)

    and paste the following in your file:

    #!/system/bin/sh

    echo ""
    echo "Are you ready to run this? [y/N]"
    read opt_ready

    case $opt_ready in
    y|Y)ready_flag=1;;
    *)ready_flag=0;;
    esac

    if [ "$ready_flag" -eq 0 ]; then
    echo ""
    echo "Aborted!"
    exit 0
    fi


    echo ""
    echo "Working, please wait..."

    mount -o remount,rw /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system 2>/dev/null

    cd /system/app

    # Remove More Stuff
    mv VCast.apk VCast.apk.bak 2>/dev/null

    #Follow the format above, mv appname.apk or.odex then appname.apk.bak or odex.bak followed b
    y 2>/dev/null
    #Finished

    mount -o remount,ro /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system 2>/dev/null

    reboot

    -After adding all the apps you want to remove (Corey's list is a huge help) then save the file and copy it to your phone, and open script manager again and run the new script.
    -If you want to reenable something just open the remove_more.sh file and reverse the .apk and .apk.bak in that line of code.

    By the way blur_yahoo messes up your contacts, so don't do anything to that.

    -Hope that helps, and have fun!

    Zepol~
  7. #32  

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    Sorry if this is a silly question. I'd love to rid my Droid 3 of bloatware but I can't see any of the pictures in Cory's post. Each picture says:

    "This image exceeds bandwidth with too many views"

    Is there any way to see the pictures? It's hard to follow without them! Thanks!
  8. #33  

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    Guys - thanks for a great list! This bypasses the need to put CM7 on the phone, to avoid all the bloat!

    Many thanks!

    Sean
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    THANK YOU SO MUCH

    This is a very well written method on removing bloatware!
  10. #35  

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    I am not able to use your "original stock apps" link. Can you please help me find the stock apps to download back? I did the same thing and uninstalled a whole bunch of apps before thinking... or backing up. I cannot go back to stock because I have flashed my phone to another carrier that charges everytime I mess up my phone... I can't help myself! I love modding my phones. thanks in advance for anyone's help with this issue.
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  11. #36  

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    Hello All, I am new at this whole thing with rooting. I have read your process through and did the "renaming" part.

    Does the renaming of the bloatware/unwanted apps make those apps unusable? I am trying to cut down on the amount of memory that those bloatware/unwanted apps are using on my phone and it doesn't appear to renaming them increases my available RAM.

    Maybe I am just getting this wrong or don't quite understand, if so can you please shine some light on this situation.

    Thanks!
  12. #37  

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    i have found this page after knowing that droid 3 has so many preinstalled apps that wont be necessary, even before buying droid 3 and just decided i will, i may have to wait for 2 - 4 weeks before i can get my hands on it.

    ill start by rooting my phone, just finished researching on how to do it, thanks to this site. and next is removing apps.

    after removing those apps, can i backup every file i removed into my computer (not to sd card) and unroot droid 3?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosstweed View Post
    Hello All, I am new at this whole thing with rooting. I have read your process through and did the "renaming" part.

    Does the renaming of the bloatware/unwanted apps make those apps unusable? I am trying to cut down on the amount of memory that those bloatware/unwanted apps are using on my phone and it doesn't appear to renaming them increases my available RAM.

    Maybe I am just getting this wrong or don't quite understand, if so can you please shine some light on this situation.

    Thanks!
    Once you rename the app and it doesn't load at startup anymore, that app will not use ram and/or run in the background like before. However, the way android works is that whenever a program starts it is cached in the ram. As more apps start and ram depletes, android will automatically remove a process from the ram that is not in use. So you are making you phone faster and freeing up ram for other processes and activities on your phone. Download Android System Info, a free app from the play store. It will tell you exactly what processes and apps are using your ram. Hope this helps.
  14. #39  

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    I recently rooted my phone (last week), after months running stock. I actually do not mind stock at all, and I think that debloating is way over-hyped.

    Anyway, I decided to debloat, just to see what would happen. And, with my phone set up *exactly* as it was before, I do generally have more available free RAM (stock it generally sits at 50 MB; debloated it is about 70-75 MB). However, my battery life is *exactly* the same.

    I do like the fact that I will not accidentally start the bloatware by hitting the wrong icon (which never happened very often), but debloating will not give you very much extra battery life.
  15. #40  

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    Cory

    I have what probably sounds like a rather stupid question: Are the tables part of your original post apps that can be safely removed from the Droid 3? The reason I ask this is the little bit at the top that says "Do Not Remove."

    My confusion is that this note is above an empty table, but has several of the other tables below it. I was reading through the posts and saw Masheen's post, but wasn't sure how to interpret it in light of your original post.

    Masheen says that the apps on his list can be safely removed, and you have several of those on your list (with the "Do Not Remove" statement). That leads me to believe that I'm simply reading your list wrong, and that all of the apps on it can be removed/deleted.

    Can you help answer my question? thanks for your time.

    Tmoore
  16. #41  

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    The lists ("Do Not Remove", "Verizon Applications", etc.) in the original post appear to be blank. However, if I "REPLY WITH QUOTE", I can see the APK filenames. I've observed this both with Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.
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    I'm aware of this and will fix it. vB4 doesn't have a bbcode that we used in vB3. All data that utilized this code was lost after the upgrade. I still have a backup of vB3 and just need some time to transfer it over. Probably around lunch time PDT today.
  18. #43  

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    I can't see the lists. so a plain text copy would be helpful, if you can do that?
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    This is a good post, thanks! Going to try it soon.
  20. #45  

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    Under the lists, I'm not seeing anything. It says "Do not Remove:" and then there's nothing after it. Same for the other lists. Also, is using an app like Gemini App Manager safe and does it do the same thing in the processes listed in this thread? I just got a droid 3, am relatively ignorant when it comes to all this stuff, and I would like to just clean up my phone a little bit. I'm not trying to do anything crazy, just want to free up some ram and clean up the app section a little bit. Any up to date help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Precourt View Post
    Under the lists, I'm not seeing anything. It says "Do not Remove:" and then there's nothing after it. Same for the other lists. Also, is using an app like Gemini App Manager safe and does it do the same thing in the processes listed in this thread? I just got a droid 3, am relatively ignorant when it comes to all this stuff, and I would like to just clean up my phone a little bit. I'm not trying to do anything crazy, just want to free up some ram and clean up the app section a little bit. Any up to date help?
    This was never cleared up (see Cory Streater's post a few above yours).

    Pete Souza prepared a script to debloat for an older version of the firmware, but it still works if you run it. It's here: [Script] Safe bloat removal script (50+ apps) [UPDATED 9/1/2011] - xda-developers

    This takes care of almost everything. Just run it before you update any built-in apps on the Play Store. (If you already updated them, then go into them individually and ninstall updates, for things like Zumocast, Verizon Videos, etc.)
  22. #47  

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    Thanks for posting this process, but as for specifics: Error? You have sections for lists of bloatware apps, but there is nothing displayed within the sections; blank. :/
    Last edited by Jaben Highley; 09-24-2013 at 02:43 PM.
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    I took the time to register and still cannot see the lists!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbmclendon View Post
    I took the time to register and still cannot see the lists!
    safe to remove .apk(s)
    AdService.apk, android-syncservice-app.apk, ArcVideoEditorLite.apk, BackupAssistanceClient.apk, Blockbuster.apk, BlurHome2.apk, BlurSNMessagingEngine.apk, BlurTasks.apk, BlurUpdater_VZW.apk, BooksPhone.apk, CitrixReceiver.apk, CityID.apk, Conversations.apk, DLNA.apk, DlnaSystemService.apk, FriendFeed.apk, gotomeeting-stub-1.0.74.apk, GuidedTours.apk, HelpCenter.apk, IMPresence.apk, IndexingService.apk, Kindle.apk, MessagesWidget.apk, Messaging.apk, MOTOPRINT.apk, MSExchangeService.apk, MyVerizon.apk, NewBayVault_4.2.99.36.Market.apk, NFLMobile.apk, OnlineAlbum.apk, PhotoEditor.apk, PortalStandAlone.apk, Preloaded.apk, RichLocationVzW.apk, SkypeBourbon.apk, Slackerradio.apk, SocialMessaging.apk, SocialShare.apk, StatusWidget.apk, SuggestionsProvider.apk, SuggestionsRuleCheckerCore.apk, SuggestionsServiceScheduler.apk, Swype.apk, ToggleWidgets.apk, UniversalInbox.apk, Upgrader.apk, VCAST_TONES_4_5_7.apk, VCASTMusic.apk, VCASTVideo.apk, VSuiteApp.apk, vzw_vnav_DROID3_rel_PROD_signed.apk, VZWIM.apk, VZWInstaller.apk, WeatherWidget.apk, ZumoCast_1.0.17.apk
    [ROOT] Framaroot, a one-click .APK to root
    I have verified it works with these Motorola devices running android 2.3.4
    Droid 2 (a955), Droid 2 Global (a956), R2D2 (a957), & Droid X (MB810)
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