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    Default How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    I've read some posts about people getting rid of VZW bloatware (or at least hiding it).

    Just curious if anyone has a list of what and where to get rid of, or if anyone has made a video of which apps, etc. to get rid of.


    Thanks all...
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    I think we will have to wait till we get root. Then a dedicated thread will be created I'm sure.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Quote Originally Posted by DroidXcon View Post
    I think we will have to wait till we get root. Then a dedicated thread will be created in sure.
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    Thanks but I think I'm keeping this one unrooted!!
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Can't remove them right now, will have to wait until we can root the device. The only thing you can do is HIDE the apps. Go into your app drawer, tap the menu button and tap HIDE APPLICATIONS. I've done that so at least I don't have to look at the bloatware but they still remain on the device.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Quote Originally Posted by jodyberry View Post
    Thanks but I think I'm keeping this one unrooted!!
    more than likely you will have to root to actually get rid of it, hiding you can follow the post above
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Or disable them
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Quote Originally Posted by BossHogg38 View Post
    Or disable them
    Many of them can't be disabled right now.
    Amazon mp3, NFL mobile, IMDB, and several others.

    Edit: Now I see. You have to uninstall updates, then disable.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    I've disabled the following with no negative effects so far:

    AllShare Play
    Amazon (two of them, 2.0.11 and 2.0.5)
    Amazon Kindle
    Amazon MP3
    Audible
    Google Play Books
    Google Play Magazines
    Google Play Movies & TV
    Google+
    Group Cast
    IMDb
    Kies air
    Media Hub
    Music Hub
    News Daemon(EUR)
    NFL Mobile
    S Voice
    SNS
    Talk
    Talkback
    Viewdini
    VZ Navigator
    Yahoo Finance
    Yahoo News
    Zappos
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    I'm sorry, this may be a dumb question, but how exactly do you go about disabling these apps?

    Never mind, I found out how. For those who wanted to know the same thing, go to setting and go to applications, and scroll over to all applications. When you select an app, you have the option to disable it.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Another dumb question-- disabling doesn't free up space does it!? It just takes them out of your app list?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonOfUncleSam View Post
    I'm sorry, this may be a dumb question, but how exactly do you go about disabling these apps?
    Menu, Settings, Application manager, scroll to the right to "All", then select an app, in the upper right is a button to disable. If it's grayed out, you have to uninstall any updates to the app first, then the disable button should appear.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Quote Originally Posted by Synycalwon View Post
    Menu, Settings, Application manager, scroll to the right to "All", then select an app, in the upper right is a button to disable. If it's grayed out, you have to uninstall any updates to the app first, then the disable button should appear.
    Thanks! Although I found out shortly after I posted that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sudbury78 View Post
    Another dumb question-- disabling doesn't free up space does it!? It just takes them out of your app list?
    It doesn't look that way, it just prevents the app from running, and takes it out of the app drawer.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Yeah root is the only way to truly remove these apps and get that space freed up.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    I recommend freezing the apps or moving them to a different directory.
    Deleting apps has in the past prevented OTA updates.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Do u mind explaining how to freeze and move them? Thx
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    You can disable many of the apps now.
    Settings - apps, select the app you want to disable, uninstall updates, disable.

    If you plan on rooting then you can use titanium backup to freeze apps, even the ones that you cannot currently disable.
    Also with root you can use a file explorer with root access such as ES file explorer, root explorer, etc, navigate to the directory where the app resides, cut and paste it in a different directory.

    I use the mv command using busybox, of course that too requires root.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pool_shark View Post
    You can disable many of the apps now.
    Settings - apps, select the app you want to disable, uninstall updates, disable.

    If you plan on rooting then you can use titanium backup to freeze apps, even the ones that you cannot currently disable.
    Also with root you can use a file explorer with root access such as ES file explorer, root explorer, etc, navigate to the directory where the app resides, cut and paste it in a different directory.

    I use the mv command using busybox, of course that too requires root.
    as a complete noob to android I am just hoping to root and delete the boat ware from internal storage the easiest and most efficient way possible. I guess I wouldn't mind putting them on my sd card as well. Just scared to root and brick my phone. An expert friend said he would do it for me when it's available.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Root is available now but I'm going to wait for it to stabilize.
    If you remove the preinstalled software, I suggest that you keep it somewhere, because if you want an other the air update from Verizon, you will need to have those apps installed or the update will fail.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Yeah don't remove it, just rename it. You will need it for any otas

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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Try this.

    For situations where you want to completely remove an app that came default with the phone, I found this method without rooting or special software.

    Tested on Android 4.1 1 (jelly bean)

    1. Go to preferences > application manager
    2. I wanted to remove "nfl mobile", so I went All and found nfl.
    3. Cleared it's cache, force stop, and disable
    4. Once done, nfl did not show up in application manager or the Apps button

    I think the only way to restore it would be to do a factory reset. So be careful and make sure you never plan to use that app.

    Let me know what you guys think or find.







    Quote Originally Posted by jodyberry View Post
    I've read some posts about people getting rid of VZW bloatware (or at least hiding it).

    Just curious if anyone has a list of what and where to get rid of, or if anyone has made a video of which apps, etc. to get rid of.


    Thanks all...


    Sent from Samsung galaxy note 2 (Verizon)
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrxblue View Post
    Try this.

    For situations where you want to completely remove an app that came default with the phone, I found this method without rooting or special software.

    Tested on Android 4.1 1 (jelly bean)

    1. Go to preferences > application manager
    2. I wanted to remove "nfl mobile", so I went All and found nfl.
    3. Cleared it's cache, force stop, and disable
    4. Once done, nfl did not show up in application manager or the Apps button

    I think the only way to restore it would be to do a factory reset. So be careful and make sure you never plan to use that app.

    Let me know what you guys think or find.











    Sent from Samsung galaxy note 2 (Verizon)
    I already explained how to disable the apps in this thread.
    Disabling does NOT remove the apps. If you follow your own steps, then scroll all the way to the bottom, you will see the apps that you think you've removed.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Word on the net and the street and whatever: Verizon was supposed to send down an app that actually got rid of the apps on our phones due to little demand for their branded apps since the Play Store has that covered.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Quote Originally Posted by somenothingness View Post
    Word on the net and the street and whatever: Verizon was supposed to send down an app that actually got rid of the apps on our phones due to little demand for their branded apps since the Play Store has that covered.
    Typical Verizon - that app will come down in 6 months.
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    Default Re: How to get rid of VZW bloatware?

    Quote Originally Posted by somenothingness View Post
    Word on the net and the street and whatever: Verizon was supposed to send down an app that actually got rid of the apps on our phones due to little demand for their branded apps since the Play Store has that covered.
    If I get what you are saying, that would never happen on purpose. Anti trust lawyers would be lining up

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