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    Default DROID Bionic: Apps That Are Safe To Disable (now that you are on ICS)

    Just thought I'd get a list going, focusing on the apps that came on the phone/Blur ICS ROM -

    To disable an app, Settings > Apps > All tab.

    Select App. If necessary, Uninstall Updates. Option to Disable should appear.

    Amazon Kindle
    Apps (the Verizon Apps app)
    City ID
    Facebook
    MOG Music
    MOTOACTV
    Music Store
    My Music
    NFL Mobile
    Slacker Radio
    Slingbox
    Swype
    V CAST Tones
    Verizon Video
    VZ Navigator


    You should be able to uninstall these:

    Blockbuster
    Let's Golf
    ZumoCast
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    You can add NFL mobile to that too.

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    Default Re: DROID Bionic: Apps That Are Safe To Disable (now that you are on ICS)

    Quote Originally Posted by hokiesteve View Post
    You can add NFL mobile to that too.

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    Ah true.

    (But I use it)

    Will add to the list.
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    Thanks! So what's the difference between disabling and uninstalling? Since you can't uninstall these. That is, what's this doing for me? Just got ICS on bionic about 30 min ago.
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    Hey Ry, do we know if Slacker Radio is safe to disable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spskeldon View Post
    Hey Ry, do we know if Slacker Radio is safe to disable?
    Yes. I'll add that to the list.
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    Default Re: DROID Bionic: Apps That Are Safe To Disable (now that you are on ICS)

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankn Stein View Post
    Thanks! So what's the difference between disabling and uninstalling? Since you can't uninstall these. That is, what's this doing for me? Just got ICS on bionic about 30 min ago.
    Disabling an app keeps that app's resources from ever running. Its launcher icon is gone until you re-enable it. But this doesn’t free up any space because pre-installed apps are included in the read-only system storage.

    Uninstalling would remove the app completely but since the pre-installed apps are in the read-only system storage, you can't completely uninstall them.
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    Default Re: DROID Bionic: Apps That Are Safe To Disable (now that you are on ICS)

    So if we disable these apps do we have to reenable them in order to receive future updates? If so, how do you do so?
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    Default Re: DROID Bionic: Apps That Are Safe To Disable (now that you are on ICS)

    You do the same thing except you click on enable instead of disable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaleGriggs View Post
    You do the same thing except you click on enable instead of disable.
    Doesn't look like the disabled apps are available in the all Apps list to switch them back. {Edit: Sorry, saw the disabled apps listed down below. My Bad}
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    Default Re: DROID Bionic: Apps That Are Safe To Disable (now that you are on ICS)

    I found a number of apps you can disable that I doubt will hurt the phone per se. The thing to watch for is will it interfere with usability. For example, you can safely disable the built in browser and Gmail apps, but you will need a replacement app for them if you still want to access the net and Gmail account.

    I think any apps that would hurt stability if disabled have that option greyed out.
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    Default Re: DROID Bionic: Apps That Are Safe To Disable (now that you are on ICS)

    2 of the apps that i removed did not have the disable option,only uninstall. i think it was blockbuster and let golf 2.
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    Default Re: DROID Bionic: Apps That Are Safe To Disable (now that you are on ICS)

    Great tip, thanks a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamawM View Post
    2 of the apps that i removed did not have the disable option,only uninstall. i think it was blockbuster and let golf 2.
    For the apps that don't show the 'Disable' button, do the 'Uninstall Updates' step and then go back to it and there will be the 'Disable option - do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom in Bristol View Post
    For the apps that don't show the 'Disable' button, do the 'Uninstall Updates' step and then go back to it and there will be the 'Disable option - do it.
    Thanks Tom, but I already uninstalled them. I hope it doesn't cause problems down the line. I don't think it will because I had uninstalled lets golf 2 while we were on 2.3 and had no problems going forward to ics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
    Just thought I'd get a list going, focusing on the apps that came on the phone/Blur ICS ROM -

    To disable an app, Settings > Apps > All tab.

    Select App. If necessary, Uninstall Updates. Option to Disable should appear.

    Amazon Kindle
    Apps (the Verizon Apps app)
    City ID
    MOG Music
    MOTOACTV
    Music Store
    My Music
    NFL Mobile
    Slacker Radio
    Slingbox
    Swype
    V CAST Tones
    Verizon Video
    VZ Navigator
    I disabled all of these (except Slacker, which I use).. I did a Clear Data for City ID first... Uninstalled Blockbuster
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom in Bristol View Post
    For the apps that don't show the 'Disable' button, do the 'Uninstall Updates' step and then go back to it and there will be the 'Disable option - do it.
    From factory reset (246), there will be no Uninstall Updates (and of course no Disable) option for Blockbuster and Lets Golf, just Uninstall
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    Also, you do not have to go into settings to disable or uninstall. Just open the app drawer, long press app (as if you wanted to add to home screen) and DO NOT PICK UP FINGER when home screen comes up, at the top of the screen where the trash icon usually sits it will say more, drag app here and let go. If an app can be uninstalled it will come up as an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_animal99 View Post
    Doesn't look like the disabled apps are available in the all Apps list to switch them back. {Edit: Sorry, saw the disabled apps listed down below. My Bad}
    Where are they? I can't seem to find them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobb View Post
    Where are they? I can't seem to find them.
    Scroll all the way down when in the Apps tab.

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    Default Re: DROID Bionic: Apps That Are Safe To Disable (now that you are on ICS)

    did any of you notice that they seem to have slipped the official facebook app in with the update! I hate the official facebook app and use a 3rd party app. and when i checked in settings it had the disable function available (this doesn't come up on apps that you install from the play store). And to beat that, facebook was in the list of running apps as was slacker sync for ford (i drive a dodge). They are both in my list of disabled apps now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamawM View Post
    did any of you notice that they seem to have slipped the official facebook app in with the update! I hate the official facebook app and use a 3rd party app. and when i checked in settings it had the disable function available (this doesn't come up on apps that you install from the play store). And to beat that, facebook was in the list of running apps as was slacker sync for ford (i drive a dodge). They are both in my list of disabled apps now.
    I've added Facebook to the list.
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    I've disabled all of the above using titanium pro with the exception of nfl and my battery life is noticeably better. Thanks everyone. Keep the good info coming.
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    Can I remove citrix receiver?
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    Quote Originally Posted by londonham View Post
    Can I remove citrix receiver?
    Yep. In fact, you can uninstall it.
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