Delete Factory Apps

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    Delete Factory Apps

    How do I delete factory installed apps on my LG lw690 (optimus)? Like brick breaker and uno, snd and photobucket. I don't use them they run in the background and take up space. Thanks!

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    Can not in install factory apps but you may be able to install an task manager to keep the closed

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    To uninstall factory apps, first of all you must have root access to your device(i.e. be rooted). Once rooted you go to your system/app folder where all your factory apps are installed. Long press on the app that you want to delete(though i recommend that you save them to a different folder as sometimes deleting them can cause problems with your device). Reboot your phone and then the app's icon should be gone from your home screen or subsequent screens. Good luck

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    Forgot to mention, this should be done with some type of file manager. I use Root Explorer.

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    You want to be careful in deleting factory installed apps. What *you* consider bloatware may be tied in with a program which is necessary for booting your device. Rather than delete things, if you're rooted, use a program like Titanium Backup to *freeze* the program. That way, the program is still physically present on your system, but deactivated. If you find yourself in need of that program at a later time, it's easier to unfreeze it and restore it rather than to go looking for the app on the internet because your phone needs it to boot up.
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    I'm not quite sure I'm understanding this you are saying we need a back up app

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    I'm not sure if the question was directed to me or one of the previous posters. In order to back up the apps you need a program like Titanium Backup and in order to use Titanium Backup, you need to be rooted. Titanium Backup will allow you to freeze the apps that you consider to be bloatware, and my point in the earlier post was to approach removing apps that were pre-installed with EXTREME caution. The natural desire is to jump right in and say "Well I never use THIS app, so it's outta here!", and while that may be momentarily satisfying, it can also land you in a good deal of trouble. Pre-installed apps may be tied in with other apps that your phone needs in order to boot up. Freezing the app has much the same effect as removing it, except that if it turns out that you DO need that app, it's a lot quicker and easier to unfreeze it than to comb the Internet to recover the exact app whose absence is preventing your phone from booting.
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    Thank you for the replies. I haven't messed with anything but the titanium backup thing sounds like a good idea.

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