Removing Crapware

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    Junior Member codemonkey's Avatar
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    Lightbulb Removing Crapware

    Just a tip for fellow rooters out there. When you're trying to remove the ATT apps (crapware), be sure you first "adb remount" before attempting to delete any files in the system directory.

    Steps:
    c.. "adb remount" (remounts as read/write)
    c.. "adb shell" (starts linux shell)
    # "cd system/app" (changes working directory to system/app)
    # "ls" (to list files in the app folders)
    # "rm ... .apk" (remove a given .apk [case sensitive!])

    c.. stands for windows shell
    # is the linux shell for your phone
    (neither of these get typed nor does the quotes)

    Please backup using some sort of backup software before attempting this.
    Removing certain system files will brick your phone, so remove carefully.

    Here's a list of applications which are safe to remove, along with some tips on replacing certain "features". (thanks mcpweev)

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    The crapware doesn't bother me that much, but thanks anyways.
    Credit goes to ee0r.com for my avatar.

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    It says not to remove ATT Music nor ATT Radio because they're needed for the music app, but do I still need them if I use a different app? (e.g. Meridian)

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    It's a little odd, but they say not to remove them, then at the end of a post on m3 that you can remove them and replace them with the stock music app.
    I played it safe for now since I use a 3rd party app as my default, and just left it alone. Maybe just install the stock app first, and then see if it's worth yanking the AT&T one's? Don't know.

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    For what it's worth, I removed them (both music and radio) and copied the stock app provided in the post. The stock app won't load by itself and if I try to open it via file manager it won't let me open because it comes from an unknown source.
    I can still use meridian (my default player) without any issues, so no damage. On a worst case scenario I still have a backup of the att files.

    UPDATE:
    I was able to run the stock Music.apk by running

    Code:
    pm install /system/app/Music.apk
    from the terminal emulator. Seems to be playing songs fine and the widget works, too.

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    Codemonkey, I can't get "adb remount" (without quotes) to work. Here's what I did.

    1. From the command prompt in the folder where the SDK is located, I entered adb kill-server
    2. After that instruction, I entered adb devices and my Backflip was "found"
    3. Next, I entered adb shell and ended up with a "$" prompt.
    4. I entered su
    5. I entered adb remount
    6. Received Permission denied

    I'm obviously missing one or more steps. Any suggestions?

    Thanks, mojohn

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    If you're rooted, get Titanium Backup (free). Besides backing up all your apps, it will use superuser access to uninstall protected apps. No messing around in command prompts needed.

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    OK. I'll give it a shot. Thanks, mcpweev!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojohn View Post
    Codemonkey, I can't get "adb remount" (without quotes) to work. Here's what I did.

    1. From the command prompt in the folder where the SDK is located, I entered adb kill-server
    2. After that instruction, I entered adb devices and my Backflip was "found"
    3. Next, I entered adb shell and ended up with a "$" prompt.
    4. I entered su
    5. I entered adb remount
    6. Received Permission denied

    I'm obviously missing one or more steps. Any suggestions?

    Thanks, mojohn
    You have to "adb remount" before you enter the "adb shell".

    However, It sounds like Titanium Backup is a better gui way of removing apps. I would suggest using that first.

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    Titanium Backup worked like a charm! Thanks to all who did the heavy lifting on getting us root!

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