Removing the Bloat

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    Cool Removing the Bloat

    Updated info also in this thread for 2.2 users... http://www.droidxforums.com/forum/dr...easy-free.html

    This thread is going to be for removing all the bloat that is on this phone. This is a good way for us to find how, or what is safe to remove. I'll start:

    Safe to remove:
    • Amazon Mp3
    • City ID
    • Skype
    • MyVerizon
    • CarDock
    • Kindle
    • Blockbuster
    • NFS
    • Mobile Hotspot
    • Verizon Visual Voicemail (if you remove this it WILL disable the Voicemail button on your dialer)
    • HelpCenter
    DO NOT REMOVE:
    • Verizon Backup Assistant
    • Blur Files (corp directory, files, voice commands, etc) until we get a SBF File, or until we can do Nandroid backups!
    Quote Originally Posted by addroidx View Post
    (On DroidForums) Thought I would post this here, it's a tweet from birdman (the guy that figured out root):

    DO NOT REMOVE BACKUP ASSISTANT CLIENT if you do, get it back on there NOW! a factory reset will result in a near brick.
    The Above was Added By JimMariner-ADMIN

    That's all I know right now, because I'm not sure how other "blur" related apps connect with each other. Don't want to screw anything up without nandroid right now.

    How to:
    • Easiest way is to buy "Root Explorer" app from the android market. This app is like astro, but can see all of the system files, and change them.
      1. Open Root Explorer
      2. Find System and open
      3. Find app and open
      4. Click the Mount R/W to change to Mount R/O in the upper right corner
      5. Find the "bloat" app and either delete or change the name to .bak
        • Example: CityID.apk ---> CityID.bak
    • The other way is through ADB Shell on your CMD or Terminal
      1. Connect phone (make sure USB Debugging is turned on)
      2. Open CMD/Terminal
      3. Navigate to your Tools folder (from your Android SDK)
      4. Type in "adb shell" you should see a $ sign
      5. Type in su (this gives you permission)
      6. Type in the command that relates to the app you want to remove
        • Example:
          If you wanted to remove CityID:
          /system/bin/rm /system/app/CityID.apk
    • Some Apps like Myverizon are odd it's directory is /data/app/com.vzw.hss.myverizon.apk and is also in /system/app/MyVerizon.apk
      • In other words, you may have to just search around until you find it.
    Post what you have been able to remove without any issues, or conflicts. When you post an app that is safe to remove please post where you found it.


    Disclaimer: This is at your own risk. I, nor the Droidxforums Staff take no responsibility to any harm this may cause your phone.
    Last edited by smalltowngirl13; 09-29-2010 at 06:30 PM. Reason: Added thread info for 2.2


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    Worked Perfect over cmd, Thanks!

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    Blockbuster and Amazon Kindle are safe too, I've removed them from my X.
    Also check in the X's application viewer to remove update information as well.

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    How do we find out the filenames of the other ones, like Amazon MP3?

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    Thank you! I needed these directions

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    Tweet 5 mins ago from the Birdman:


    (birdman's tweet) "DO NOT REMOVE BACKUPASSISTANTCLIENT if you do, get it back on there NOW! a factory reset will result in a near brick"

    just sayin... be careful ;-)
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    I just removed Swype, and Skype.... Home screen refreshed, waiting to see if everything is still ok.


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    This is Kindle:

    /system/app/redding-7648-signed-zipped.apk

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    Root Explorer worked great. Get owned AmazonMP3 and CityID (wtf is CityID anyway..)

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