How To: Remove (Almost) Every Trace of AT&T

This is a discussion on How To: Remove (Almost) Every Trace of AT&T within the Samsung Captivate Hacking forums, part of the Samsung Captivate category; Here you go! Ripped straight from my article: How To: Remove AT&T From Captivate . Instructions WARNING: I am not responsible for any bricked, messed ...

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    Post How To: Remove (Almost) Every Trace of AT&T

    Here you go! Ripped straight from my article: How To: Remove AT&T From Captivate.


    WARNING: I am not responsible for any bricked, messed up, ruined devices. You modify your phone at your own risk. These processes are not necessarily safe for your Samsung Captivate or any other device.

    Root the Samsung Captivate

    First things first. You’ll need to root your device to continue with many of the modifications listed below. For our “How to Root the Samsung Captivate” guide, click here. It’s very very easy. Even a total noobie can do it! If you have questions, post a comment and we’ll get back to you A.S.A.P. Look below if you get the idea, check out our “How to Root the Samsung Captivate” guide if you don’t.

    1. Plug in your Captivate to your computer. When the phone notifies you that the USB has been plugged in, scroll down your notifications bar and click on “USB connected: Select to copy files to/from your computer.”
    2. Click “Mount”
    3. Now, you’ll probably see a popup telling you a new USB drive has been inserted, open it up on your computer. In Windows, click “Open folder to view files.”
    4. Drag into the Captivate USB drive (on the top level… do not navigate into folders)
    5. Turn off the Captivate (Power Off)
    6. Hold down the Volume Up/Down rocker and the power button until you see some action. Your phone is now booting into recovery.
    7. Use the volume down button to scroll down to “Reinstall packages”
    8. Click the power button to select that option

    Enable App Sideloading

    AT&T has some weird reservations against app sideloading. That means, AT&T Android users can not use any apps not downloaded on the Android Market. Have no fear! You can remove this restriction easily. Check below for the basic instructions, or click to go to our “Enable Captivate App Sideloading” guide.

    1. Turn on USB debugging: Settings >> Applications >> Development
    2. Plug in your Samsung Captivate
    3. Open up Command Prompt on your computer (Windows: start, search, type “cmd”, right click cmd, Run as Administrator)
    4. Type in: cd _____PATH TO ANDROID SDK FOLDER______\tools
      Example: cd C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop\android-sdk-windows\tools
    5. Type in: adb shell
    6. Type in: su
    7. Type in: cp /dbdata/databases/ /sdcard/settings.db
    8. Type in: cp /dbdata/databases/ /sdcard/settings.db.backup
    9. Type in: exit
    10. Type in: exit
    11. Type in: adb pull /sdcard/settings.db %userprofile%\desktop
      Leave Command Prompt open
    12. Open SQLite Manager in Firefox by pressing Tools >> SQLite Manager
    13. Click “Database”
    14. Then click “Connect Database”
    15. Navigate to “settings.db” on your Desktop
    16. Expand the tables
    17. Click “Secure” on the panel
    18. Scroll down to ID 6, “install_non_market_apps”
    19. Double click it and change “value” from 0 to 1.
    20. Close SQLite Manager
    21. Go back to the command prompt window, type in: adb push %userprofile%\desktop\settings.db /sdcard
    22. Type in: adb shell
    23. Type in: su
    24. Type in: cp /sdcard/settings.db /dbdata/databases/
    25. Type in: chmod 777 /dbdata/databases/
    26. Type in: reboot
    27. Disconnect your Captivate from your computer while your phone reboots.

    Remove AT&T Bloatware Apps

    Must have root and BusyBox installed before performing this process!

    1. Open up Android Market and search/download “Titanium Backup”
    2. Make sure your phone is not “Mounted” with USB
    3. Press the Backup/Restore button
    4. Click on each app and press un-install if you’d like to get rid of it. Do not delete apps off of this list, unless you know it is safe! This deletes these potentially forever… so be sure about things!
      • AT&T Navigator
      • AT&T Radio
      • AT&T Maps
      • AT&T Music
      • AT&T Mobile Hotspots
      • Mobile Banking
      • Mobile Video
      • Where
      • YPmobile
      • AT&T FamilyMap
      • Mini Diary
      • MobiTV
      • Write and Go

    Remove AT&T Market Restrictions

    Market restrictions? What? You mean AT&T really censors what apps I can and cannot see on my Samsung Captivate? Yes they do. But, no problem. Android developer Andrea Baccega has developed an app called "Market Enabler" to remove the censorship by emulating the T-Mobile market on the Samsung Captivate as well as other devices. Instructions below if you've already got root access:

    1. Download “Market Access” and install the latest version of the APK file on your Captivate.

      • Don't know how to install .apk files? Copy the file to your phone and then install "Apps Installer" or "Astro File Manager" from the market. It's easy! Just double click the .apk when you find it!
    2. Close the Market down fully. If you were running the Market previously, reset the phone so it is not a running task. Or use a task killer and end the Market app.
    3. Open up the Market Access application and go to "Backup value" in case you need to get back to the AT&T market
    4. Then click "Providers" and find: "T-Mobile [US]"
    5. Click and hold that option until it says "Emulate "T-Mobile" SIM?" -- click "Yes" there
      1. You may have to Allow Market Access in Superuser Permissions

    6. Click back to "Settings" click the checkbox next to "Emulate on boot"
    7. All done. Now your Market is uncensored.

    Remove AT&T and/or Samsung Logos on the Device

    Not quite yet! Check back later. We are working with some chemistry-experts to see if we can dissolve those logos. Have you seen how sexy the Captivate is without logos? Click here to check out the video.


    Big thanks to the XDA-Developers forum users for all their hard work on posting Captivate guides. User: nbs11 – bloatware removal. User: clubtech – market censorship removal application. User: blackjackboy – original root guide. User: kirbo20 – app sideloading.

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    Junior Member cuddles's Avatar
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    ok im trying to enable app sideloading and everytime i get to the part that says su it says permission denied what am i missing??? i followed root instructions and it says my phone is rooted someone help please. thanks

    Update:::: i got past the part listed above however, im stuck on the app sideloading. i dont have a file on my desktop called settings.db what did i do?? please help!!!

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    I am also trying to enable the sideloading and I keep getting an error when attempting step #7. It keeps stating that files cannot be found, I thought I was doing everything correctly but I guess I am missing something, although I am following the above guide.

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    Member icebear's Avatar
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    i tryed doing this as well it was way to hard for sideloading sooo i just used the wonder mechine to side load apps rly easy

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    I just finished the enable 3rd party app part of the above guide. It went smoothly, no issues and now I am enjoying not having to use the sideloader wonder machine.

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    Junior Member Damani311's Avatar
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    how to get past a failing step seven? people never gave their solutions

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