How to uninstall youtube
I have just bought my wife a fascinate and i have managed to root it. Now she does not wnat youtube as she never uses it. Can someone tell me what the command line should be for uninstalling it or even what the apk name for it is? Thanks so much.
By the way I am a noob to android so thanks for a great site and awesome info. Here is where I learned to root.
- 01-23-2011, 07:39 PM #2
- 01-24-2011, 11:40 AM #3
sdmf has the right idea.
** You need a root-enabled File-manager or terminal **
Navigate to /system/app
Rename Youtube.apk to Youtube.apk.bak (or whatever)
Youtube app should now be gone from app list. It's still taking up space, but its best to leave it as is, as I've heard of some phones refusing to accept OTA firmware updates if all the stock apps are not found. You can just rename it back from "Youtube.apk.bak" to "Youtube.apk" if she ever wants it back / need to update stock firmware.
- 01-24-2011, 10:12 PM #5
- 01-25-2011, 09:01 AM #6
ok i tried the command line mv youtube.apk youtube.apk.bak. After i pressed enter it said failed on 'youtube.apk' - no such line or directory
I am now trying to use android terminal off of the market. Do I have to cd to a different directory or what am I doing wrong.
I also tried to navigate to /system/app and it said permission denied. I am rooted because i have superuser installed as well as busybox.
I also tried ls/data/app and ls/system/bin and it brought up cd: HOME not set. Sorry but I am thoroughly lost.
Last edited by jhm83; 01-26-2011 at 09:12 PM. Reason: to add last info
- 01-27-2011, 06:10 AM #8
- 01-27-2011, 04:01 PM #9
Otherwise, you're not able to access /system/app folder. You need to be in that folder before you do the mv command.
I just quick tried it here and where I was going wrong was that I did not type in su first. When i did that it granted me superuser permission. I tried the rename command ( mv ) and remove command ( rv ) and i keep getting read only file system messages. any sugestions?
Last edited by jhm83; 01-27-2011 at 07:28 PM. Reason: added last part
- 01-28-2011, 10:54 AM #11
I downloaded the terminal emulator just to try it out for myself. Used su to get superuser permissions and tried to do the mv and got the same error. Turns out the entire /system/ folder is mounted to be read-only. I used Root Explorer (paid app) to remount it to read-write so I could rename but I always assumed that was just a safety net of the app.
Try the command below at your own risk
mount -o remount,rw /dev/mtdblock3 /system
mv Youtube.apk Youtube.apk.bak
mount -o remount,ro /dev/mtdblock3 /system
su gives you superuser permissions
mount remounts the entire /system/ folder with read/write access which should allow the mv
second mount command returns the system back to normal
Last edited by Japots; 01-28-2011 at 11:00 AM.
- 01-28-2011, 01:31 PM #12
- 01-28-2011, 02:20 PM #13
- 01-28-2011, 03:58 PM #14
So if anyone wants to do the above command and you get a no such file message just try YouTube.apk instead of Youtube.apk
Not knocking you at all Japots Thanks for all the help resolving my isssues and putting up with a newbie.
Last edited by jhm83; 01-31-2011 at 10:25 AM. Reason: to make it more readable
- 01-31-2011, 12:46 PM #16
You can actually rename files from within root explorer (long press on file name). I used it to rename a bunch of crap that came pre-installed. Much easier than typing on a touchscreen
I should have double checked the actual apk name before posting those instructions, haha. Either way, good to hear you finally got it resolved.
thanks for the tip about root explorer. I might have to try that out. I want to learn how to use Linux code so maybe do it manually till I am a little better at it lol.
So just wondering if I rename a buch of files does it actually mean that they are no longer using memory or are they just not visible anymore?
- 01-31-2011, 02:47 PM #18
Renaming .apk files is equivalent to deleting/moving them. Since the Android OS is expecting .apk extension to signify application packages, changing the extension will prevent the OS from finding/running it.
You can verify by going into Settings > Applications > Manage Applications and checking the "Running" tab.
As a result, be sure that what you're renaming is safe to disable, otherwise, you might unknowingly disable some core functionality.
- 02-26-2013, 06:04 PM #19
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can you please do me a quick favor
I've rooted my phone and flashed a custom ROM (AOKP) and it does come with the original YouTube app that came on our nexus 4 and I wish to install that one than the one that is on the play store. Their different because it does come with connect TV option can you please send me it at [email removed] thanks.
Last edited by Lumenii; 02-26-2013 at 06:20 PM. Reason: Removed email address.