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    Lightbulb Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    My main reason for rooting a non-Nexus phone is to, of course, remove the bloatware. It really does significantly increase the phones speed because many of the bloat apps persist in the phone's active RAM (and cache) until the phone's RAM capacity is fully in use, then Android automatically kills off processes that it deems low in priority to make room for the processes one demands. This is the main reason behind Why Task Killers Are Useless

    I have much experience changing the suffix of the apks via root explorer to remove bloat, as I have with my OG Droid, Droid X and various other Verizon phones that my friends had. I made an aggressive list in the developer section of the Droid 3 for Corey, (Droid 3: Apps That Are Safe To Remove Once Rooted) which he added to his post. However, Google's App menu does not allow every app to be disabled. Most can.

    My aggressive DL is as follows... This is tested and proven to work and will not damage or prevent your phone from running correctly. *If you use any of these apps ie: Google Music then obv do not disable. This is just a list of the apps that are able to be disabled:

    This does NOT require root, and is a perfect solution to those who want to de-bloat and not have to root their phones.

    Updated for Kit-Kat v.4.4.4

    Active Display (most useful OEM feature for Android imo)
    Amazon (App Store)
    Amazon app suite
    Amazon Kindle
    Amazon MP3
    Android Live Wallpapers (I Don't use live w/p)
    Appstore (Amazon app store)
    Assist (Moto Assist)
    Audible
    Audio Effects (Built in EQ)
    Badger
    Basic Daydreams (I find daydream useless)
    Black Hole (live wallpaper)
    BrowserMessage (Don't know but looks like it has to do with email)
    Bubbles (live wallpaper)
    Calculator
    Calendar (I dl the Google one, do not disable calendar storage as this affects the Google one from the play store as well)
    Call My Droid (touchless control feature that rings droid)
    Caller ID (not accurate)
    Camera (I guess you could...if you use 3rd party camera software)
    Chrome
    Clock
    Cloud (Verizon Cloud)
    Cloud Print
    com.android.wallpaper.holospiral (live wallpaper engine)
    com.google.android.voicesearch (does not prevent touchless control from working properly)
    com.motorola.devicemanager (Moto device manager/remote wipe)
    Device Management (Moto device manager)
    DROID Command Center (Does not work with 3rd party launchers)
    Dictionary Provider (SwiftKey rules all)
    DROID dream (Useless)
    Droid Zap (cool but slow and not super useful. Gmail is faster)
    Email (I personally just use Gmail)
    Emergency Alerts (might be good if you get tornados near you)
    Face Unlock (cool gimmick, not really)
    Google+
    Google Keyboard (SwiftKey all day)
    Google Pinyin Input (I don't think I'll be inputting Pinyin anytime soon)
    Google Play Books
    Google Play Games (just what I need to be doing in law school)
    Google Play Magazines
    Google Play Movies & TV (tablet for this)
    Google Play Music
    Google Play Newsstand
    Google Search (Google Search Bar)
    Google+
    Hangouts (Google cross-platform messenger and video chat)
    Help (that's what Android Central is for!)
    Home Screen Tips (tips, yeah okay)
    HP Print Service Plugin (don't need to print off my phone)
    Ingress (I rather play real life)
    Isis Wallet
    Market Feedback Agent (don't know, but assume its for leaving Google Play reviews)
    Magic Smoke Wallpapers (live wallpaper)
    Messaging (If other than stock android)
    Mobile Hotspot (they keep changing tether permissions)
    Motorola bgapp1 (this is that family locator distress thing)
    Motorola Car Dock
    Motorola Migrate (One and done. don't need this after you use it]
    Motorola Connect (send/receive texts through Chrome on a computer. Requires plug-in)
    Motorola Checkin (Not sure)
    Motorola Contextual Services (Not sure)
    Motorola DriveAvtivator (Assume its Google Drive related)
    Motorola ID (Not sure)
    Motorola Modality Services (Don't know)
    Motorola One Time Init (Don't know)
    Motorola Sensor Services (Don't know)
    Motorola Skip Setup NFC unlocking of phone
    Music Visualization Wallpapers Live Wallpapers
    My InfoZone (Vzw data widget still works w/o this)
    My Verizon Mobile Vzw app and data widget
    NFL Mobile (thank God they let us disable this now)
    Photo Screensavers
    Picasa Uploader (May affect Google+ uploads and/or auto backup?)
    Print Spooler
    Setup )new device set-up)
    Sound Recorder (we don't have the stock option to record calls or sound, all voice activation and voice texts works without this still)
    Sync Service (Verizon backup assistance)
    Tags used by NFC
    TalkBack (this is for the handicap, some type of accessibility option)
    Updater used by Motorola to push OTA updates
    User Dictionary (SwiftKey Rules All)
    Verizon Login (don't need it)
    Verizon Support & Protection (don't watch porn on your phone, Virus scare cman..)
    Verizon Tones (can do this online, don't need this app)
    VMware ready (don't know, don't care)
    Voicemail (I use Google Voice)
    VZ Navigator (Google Maps is the truth. Waze accident updater built in. Nice touch)
    Weather (I use WeatherBug and AccuWeather)

    That's my list so far. If anybody has any questions please feel free to ask.
    If anybody has anything to add, please PM me or post. Thank you!
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    Default Re: Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    A few days after I got my Maxx I went through the app list and disabled most of those apps I would not use and after that had issues with Chrome not working nor loading new screens. So then was forced to do a factory reset to restore all the apps and get the phone running smooth again. Have you had any issues after your hack?

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    Default Re: Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    No issues with all of this disabled. Running lean. Best guess is that you disabled a com.xxxxx or something important.
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    I have deleted a lot of that list and have not had any issues as well. Running smooth.
    P.S. - My Maxx is not rooted tho. At least I don't think so lol......

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    Default Re: Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    wish the backup assistant cant be disabled.
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    Default Re: Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    Quote Originally Posted by ulnek View Post
    wish the backup assistant cant be disabled.
    It can. While the official apps "Backup Assistance Plus" and "Backup Assistance + Contacts" cannot be disabled, by disabling "Sync Service" it kills the engine for BAC and stops it from syncing.

    Edit: I took the time with my Droid X and ex gf's Droid 3 to learn what most of these processes do. I have had some crazy stuff happen as a result. For example, I lost all my contacts after disabling Yahoo Messenger which was a stupid consequence imo, and had recurring force closes after disabling Vpn client where the fix was to remove your battery and it went away after the phone restarted. I can see why one would be apprehensive to disable an apk titled "Sync Service" but in reality that particular item doesn't control anything more than Verizon's BAC, while google has its own engine for Syncing which is still perfectly in tact.
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    Default Re: Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    Have you seen much improvement in performance and battery life after disabling the apps? Just wondering...
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    Default Re: Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    Yes, I've noticed a significant increase in speed. Battery life as well since some of the disabled apps connect to or ping the internet repeatedly.
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    I disabled almost all the listed Apps and if it has made any difference in battery life its so small compared to other variables as to make the difference negligible. My battery drain is 2% per hour under minimal usage and about 4.5% per hour under heavy usage. I have noticed no speed difference. I wonder if having a "night mode" with background data and non essential functions reduced would make any difference?
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    Default Re: Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    Quote Originally Posted by like2angle View Post
    I disabled almost all the listed Apps and if it has made any difference in battery life its so small compared to other variables as to make the difference negligible. My battery drain is 2% per hour under minimal usage and about 4.5% per hour under heavy usage. I have noticed no speed difference. I wonder if having a "night mode" with background data and non essential functions reduced would make any difference?
    It is definitely not a negligible difference. I have shared this with personal friends that have the Maxx, amongst others who have phones with an extraordinary amount of bloat, such as the SGS4. To me, the SGS4 is unusable of the box. On the SGS4, I disabled a ton of apps for people, including Samsung's copycat apps where they try and mimic those of Google's. When I was finished, there was no more launcher and window lag present, and the phone operated much more fluidly than before. With the Maxx it is a bit harder to detect, due to the beauty of the X8 processing technology which optimizes task handling even beyond that of Android itself. Battery is minimally affected because only some of the pre installed apps ping the internet. Apps such as backup assistance, and My Verizon data widget perform tasks that impact the battery. Thats basically it as far as battery drainage. But as far as speed enhancements, I felt the difference after disabling unnecessary apps.

    Battery drainage is very subjective. It is different for everybody. The amount of accounts, weather it be social media or email, affect drainage. Then it depends on the frequency that those accounts refresh themselves and the volume of items being synced. Then there are apps which cause drainage. Apps such as ones for weather are updating their information via internet to provide real time information, that takes away from battery life. The list goes on...

    Basically my attitude now is that I use my phone the way that I want to. The Droid Maxx was the best thing that has happened to me electronic-wise. I no longer have to use my smartphone like I would a clamshell one, not having any widgets or background syncs. I have the battery life now to use an Android powered phone the way that it is intended to be used, and not have to worry about what will drain the battery. It is a beautiful thing coming from a Galaxy Nexus which lasted 4-6 hours with 30m-1.5 hour screen time at most. If you really need to save battery, re-adjust sync intervals on accounts and apps that connect to the internet in the background, turn off data completely when you're sleeping or when it is not important to receive current information, and turn the brightness down on the screen.
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    Default Re: Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    In settings under accounts verizon backup assistant plus is still listed despite me deleting all of the other names verizon apps . Is they away to get this completely removed

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    After playing with disabling things for a few months, nothing really has changed. Still 1.5% per hour with everything turned off, 2% with WiFi/sync enabled. Apps running in the background does not effect it.

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    I don't know . Since I disabled a bunch of these apps when my phone is laying dormant it's now losing less than 1 percent per hour . Before that it was losing around 2 percent per hour .

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    Default Re: Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    Will disabled apps mess up anything in the Kitt Katt update process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMasonDragonDad View Post
    Will disabled apps mess up anything in the Kit Kat update process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMasonDragonDad View Post
    Will disabled apps mess up anything in the Kitt Katt update process?
    We don't know anything about the KitKat update process yet. There is a current soak test right now but it is not KitKat.

    But, no, based on what we have seen in other updates, if you are unrooted and you used the settings->apps to disable the app, the update will not be messed up.
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    Default Re: Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    Quote Originally Posted by GMasonDragonDad View Post
    After playing with disabling things for a few months, nothing really has changed. Still 1.5% per hour with everything turned off, 2% with WiFi/sync enabled. Apps running in the background does not effect it.

    Sent from Droid Maxx
    Like I said, battery drainage is very subjective. It is different for everybody and a lot depends on synchronized accounts and frequency of update intervals. Disabling apps is more of a speed enhancement than battery extender. TBH... some of you people are just never happy. You have a freakin Droid Maxx, you no longer have to worry about battery life! ! ! Point blank period. 2% per hour? OH MY GODDD that means in 50 hours your phone will die. Thats still two days.

    Quote Originally Posted by GMasonDragonDad View Post
    Will disabled apps mess up anything in the Kitt Katt update process?

    Sent from Droid Maxx
    No disabling apps will not affect anything. Don't pay attention to the guy who quoted you and replied. This is NOT like freezing bloatware in the past using titanium backup and/or root explorer to change the suffixes. You do not have to re-enable the apps either when the update comes. One of my brothers just got the SGS4 update and he has about 50 apps disabled and after the successful update the apps were still disabled. This will most likely be the case for Kit Kat as well. Using a feature that Google bakes in to their OS will not prevent you from getting their updates. It just doesn't make sense.
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    The MotoX forum has a similar thread that points to Motorola's help board for the same issue. To those who think it is not a big deal.. Well I paid $300 for this "premium" phone after having two other bad experiences with previous Motorola droids. If crapple gets bigger screens that fit my clunky hands.. They may get my next upgrade dollars. You can only P- off customers a limited amount before they feed your competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMasonDragonDad View Post
    The MotoX forum has a similar thread that points to Motorola's help board for the same issue. To those who think it is not a big deal.. Well I paid $300 for this "premium" phone after having two other bad experiences with previous Motorola droids. If crapple gets bigger screens that fit my clunky hands.. They may get my next upgrade dollars. You can only P- off customers a limited amount before they feed your competition.

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    What exactly are you talking about? What issue?

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    Default Re: Motorola Droid MAXX - App Disabling For Maximum Speed & Battery Life

    He must have posted on the wrong thread. Haha

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    The issue with my Droid Maxx is the draining 1.5%-2% per hour when idle (deep sleep) with everything (that I can think of) turned off.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/mot...y-life-14.html

    Below is the motorola link spoken about in the MotoX thread.
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    If you are experiencing bad idle drain and/or high Android OS usage, please go post in https://forums.motorola.com/posts/afdf80c0dc. I think actual Motorola employees monitor those forums and report issues to engineers.
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    I generally enjoy the phone, but am irked about this issue that I have with my phone and that others seem to be having with their Moto X. I have disabled and "force stop" countless apps. I am happy to report that most apps that I found make little difference, but the underlying drain is ongoing. Restarting the phone improves things greatly for a day or two.

    Whatever insights folks have.. will be appreciated. Don't mean to rant.. but it does not seem to be just me having the issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMasonDragonDad View Post
    The issue with my Droid Maxx is the draining 1.5%-2% per hour when idle (deep sleep) with everything (that I can think of) turned off.
    It really doesn't bother me. I just need the phone to get through an 18 hour day with enough battery in the worst radio conditions.

    I'm not going to read through the whole thread you linked. Are you using Google Now? Do you have Google Now set to track locations? Go into Google Now - the easiest way is to slide up from one of the capacitive buttons and put your finger on the circle that says "Google". Scroll to the bottom, and tap the menu control on the bottom right. Tap settings, Privacy & accounts, Google location settings. Turn off Location Reporting and Location History for all Google accounts.

    The reason I wonder if Google Now location tracking is the culprit for battery problems is that I see that most of my wakelocks are with NlpWakeLock and NlpCollectorWakeLock, and I think that these processes are Google Maps location services.

    I like Google Now, so I haven't turned these off, and my phone tends to 35-50 hours on a full charge, so I'm ok with the battery drain as it exists. But I wonder if turning off these services (if they are on) will help?
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    Try clearing cache... That brought me down from 1.5%-2% to about 1%/hr idle overnight connected to wifi.

    It was the suggestion of level 2 moto tech support. Plus they found that my YouTube app was crashing frequently in the background, so I cleared data and disabled the app. Eventually enabled it again and battery drain remained at 1%.

    I think 1% is still high for a phone with a 3500 mah battery.

    I also recently enabled Google now and saw a minimal change in idle drain... Maybe 0.1%/hr more.

    I do suggest contacting moto tech support for battery drain issues. Once you get to level 2 they are reasonably helpful once you get past the suggestion to FDR.

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    I have always on: WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, all location tracking features, Google Now; I stream music for about 2 hours, plus browsing, reading, YouTube... And my phone lasts me from me getting out of bed til I get back into it. And usually the phone has at least 35%

    Is that 1% idle discharge per our? 2%? 3%?

    I don't give a flying frisbee if it is or not. My 2 cents

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    I don't know what happened to fix the drain issue. Got the update, cleaned cache.. 46 hours on 21% usage. This is what I paid for!

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