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Old 16. Apr 2013, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I rooted the phone. I thought now I would get an uninstall button against the stock apps, or pre-installed apps under Application Management, but I don't see that. So, I guess that's not how it works.

I searched, and one method is to go to System --> app/apps and delete the apk file for that app. Is that all?

Another method is via Titanium Backup. I have installed Titanium Backup, but with all those options, it looks a bit complex to me right now, and I think I will have to read up more on it. Also, I guess it does not have any option to uninstall individual apps? I mean, from what I saw, I think we have to create filters, and then run the actions. Well, I will have to read up more on it.

Will also have to read on what to backup, and how to use Titanium Backup. Lots of options in there. Does not look straight-forward as yet.

Also saw some other apps like Root Uninstall, Root Explorer, etc, which can be used to uninstall apps too. Are they good enough, or any better than the above two methods?
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Old 16. Apr 2013, 09:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I understand your reservations about removing pre-installed apps. I worry about one app depending on another app, so I'm taking it slow and reading up on it.
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Old 17. Apr 2013, 06:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Anupam,

You can learn a lot using the official Titanium Backup KB.
http://www.titaniumtrack.com/kb/titanium-backup-kb

If you want to back-up and restore individual apps just hit the tab in the middle labeled "Backup/Restore". That will show a list of all the apps installed on your phone. Just perfomr a quick tap on any of them to see the available backup/restore options. If you tap and hold on a listed app for long you'll see a different set of options (the advanced ones) which are somewhat complex and you don't want to mess with them unless you know what (and why) you're doing it.

The videos below should prove helpful too.

Titanium Backup How-To:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm3jiT5JnXw

How to remove bloatware:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAkm4wVFUhY

Personally, I'd stick to TitaniumBackup. It is the best app backup tool and it is also very powerful once you get to know how to use it.

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Old 17. Apr 2013, 09:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot for the links IO.Hazard, will read up. Yes, presently, the options look all complicated to me. Will have to spend a bit of time reading about it.

I thought it would be simple to uninstall a pre-installed app, but it isn't. Although, the apk can be deleted from System --> app... but I don't know if deleting just one file would be enough. For example, in case of Aldiko e-book Reader... suppose if I delete the apk, will the system remove files associated with it automatically, or uninstall it on its own? Because there must be some files somewhere else on the system like its database, or the e-books that I downloaded. Must be stored somewhere else.

Similarly for other apps.
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Old 17. Apr 2013, 09:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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OK, I just tapped on the app name in Backup/Restore in Titanium Backup, and I see the Uninstall button . I had not gone there before...LOL. So, is it as easy as pressing that Uninstall button? Will it remove the app and all its associated files?
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Old 17. Apr 2013, 11:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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OK, I saw the video about uninstalling the bloatware, which answers my questions. DUH me.. the video was right there... LOL. Thanks again IO.Hazard, you are a big help here in the forum for us Android users .
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Old 17. Apr 2013, 01:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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an easy way is just to rename the file to .bak (like NAME.apk.bak) in the system/apps folder. Restart the phone (most likely not even needed). Once it is renamed, it goes away from the app drawer. It still takes up space but if you are only looking to see if it doesn't affect anything then it's fine.

Once you decide to remove it, either copy .bak to sd card for backup, or rename it to .apk, backup with titanium backup then uninstall it from there

edit: the settings files are stored in another folder (like the appdata folder on windows). this can be any place depending on app, most of the time it's in a /data folder either under system/data or just root/data.

here's a list of apps that android requires, its for cyanogen but you can filter out what you have on your phone by seeing if you have the file or not. http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Barebones
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Thanks eyeb.

I guess everyone has their own methods of doing things. I like the way of doing it from TitaniumBackup. Obviously, the app is good at it, and has a simple Uninstall button, so I will prefer it, rather than doing things myself, and poking around.

The video for uninstalling bloatware which IO.Hazard shared was great, and answered just the questions that I had in mind. I like that TitaniumBackup gives the option to restore the app after uninstall, so that if any problem is there with removal of that app, it can be restored. As told in the video, if there is no problem noticed in functioning of the phone, then the app can be deleted, and it will be gone forever from the ROM.

Caution should be applied though, because once deleted, it goes from the ROM forever, and won't return even if a factory reset is done. Gone means gone forever. Well, one good thing is that since it's gone forever, means ROM will become light, and therefore phone should run lighter. Also, some of these apps kept running in background even when it was not required, like Daily Briefing on my phone... it was pretty annoying. Even after a forced close, it would come back. I had absolutely no use for the app, and it took precious RAM. I finally got rid of it after rooting. Happy to do so. One app less taking up RAM.

I removed 7 such pre-installed apps I think, which were of no use to me at all. They were just taking up space. It's great to finally get rid of them. I think the vendors should atleast give the option to uninstall non-important non-system apps, even if they pre-install some of them. Thank God for rooting .

Although I am absolutely sure that the apps I removed were of no use, I will still not delete them yet, and watch for a period of time, as told in the video. Then, I will delete them.

eyeb, the link you gave for list of apps is not very useful, because its for CM10/10.1, and these are custom ROMs, which come with minimum bloatware I think.

I found this list to be more useful:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1987028

It has a Google doc sheet in it. This was sent to me by Joe A.TT last year. I didn't had any use for it then, but it came in great use now. Many of the apps I wanted to remove, and see, were there. Although, the list is not up to date, but still, it's quite good, atleast for me it is. Good thing I kept Joe's message till now. I knew it would come in use.

Thanks Joe .
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...I didn't had any use for it then, but it came in great use now.
That's exactly the reason why I thought about you when I first came across that list . I'm glad it's a help to you now .

Although there are reasons why I haven't rooted my own Android device yet, I've been following your adventures with it. Quite interesting indeed. I'll surely be venturing into that sort of thing some day - just not right now.
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Thanks again Joe .

Yea well, I had not planned to root my phone this early, but when I faced problems recently, particularly with upgrading firmware of the phone via Kies, I was a bit frustrated. That's why I decided to root the phone, and I now plan to install a custom ROM soon, after I have done the reading, and I feel confident enough to do it.

Maybe it was good that I faced problems, which prompted me to do rooting. There's nothing much to rooting, if you are sure you are using the right files for your phone. It only takes a few seconds.

But it's also that, there's nothing big to rooting either. Means, it's not like the phone will be magically transformed, and you will now have several options in front of you, and that you will be able to uninstall apps easily, or make various changes to the phone easily, and can magically transform into something great. Nothing like that.

Rooting the phone essentially gives you more control over the phone, in fact all the control. You get the ability to make changes to the phone, but has to be done with certain apps like Titanium Backup. Since you get full control of the phone, it's a bit of a dangerous thing too, and it's understandable why the phones don't come rooted. Because such an amount of control in hands of novices, or general users is dangerous. A few mistakes, and the phone will be damaged.

But yes, for geeks and users who are experienced, and who want more control of the phone, rooting is something to go for. It opens up several options. Making backup of phone, including user and system apps... using a firewall... and making more knowledgeable changes.

I now can use the firewall of Avast on my phone .
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