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Permanently deleting factory installed apps?

I couldnt find the answer in the search function.
Is there a way to delete factory installed apps such as the calendar, alarm clock, voice dialer, corporate calendar, etc.?


#1 yzingerr, Jan 7, 2010
Yeah you can. You have to root the phone to gain superuser permissions. Then you can just get into the /system/apps folder and either rename or delete them.
#2 Fabolous, Jan 7, 2010
I guess ill have to figure out how to root my phone.
#3 yzingerr, Jan 7, 2010
That's not too difficult to figure out. Search these forums! :D
#4 GDroid, Jan 7, 2010
I'm surprised nobody's warning him how this ruins your handset fpr future updates.
#5 Optimus, Jan 7, 2010

If you simply RENAME them from .apk to .bak, then you can just name them back to .apk before updating the phone.

No harm done.

Now, if you DELETE them, then yeah, you're potentially screwed.
#6 DroidJnkie, Jan 7, 2010
Right after he suggested rooting i researched it. It doesnt really look like my cup of tea just to remove a few measly programs.
Thanks for the info!
#7 yzingerr, Jan 7, 2010
FYI, this does let you do some cool things to your phone and it voids you warranty. There are alot of great forums out there showing step by step on how to root and how to flash you phone back to its original state good luck
#8 DocEsp, Jan 7, 2010
I don't even know why everyone bothers to mention the fact that it voids your warranty. Technically, that's true, if you're stupid enough to take it in in a rooted state.

Anyone who roots should know how to unroot in order to "unvoid" their warranty.
#9 DroidJnkie, Jan 7, 2010
True but not everyone is aware of that or bricking, which looked like the OP didn't know anything about. Better to be informed than to be SOL when walking into VZW store.
#10 DocEsp, Jan 7, 2010
Good point.
#11 DroidJnkie, Jan 7, 2010
Ok I am sorry and am very much a noob on this .....just rooted my phone Samsung Galaxy Prevail and I wanted to delete the crap preloaded apps like twidroid and hookt .....this phone has a really small memory and I never use these apps !! I read what you said and was wondering if you could explain in a little more detail . I was wondering how I access the systems file for the phone . Sorry I know that this is probably common sense ...but it took me like 6 hours till I found a root that would work and my brain is now mush .....thanks for any help that you can offer !! :eek:.....Cyn :O)
#12 cyntalkz87, Nov 5, 2011
how do you permanently delete apps.. i know how to delete apps but how do you getris ofbthe leftover stuff from the app to make sure its definitly gone ??
#13 sparkly568, Dec 30, 2011
Must be rooted to do very much.
What I do is use Titanium Backup to move the apps to the SD Card. In fact, most apps I have are on the SD Card now, which makes for a slower startup, but faster once it gets going. There are exceptions. I use Thick Fingers Keyboard, which must be in the phone to work properly and there are others you may want to keep handy.

Then I use the same program to "freeze" the apps like Facebook that I never use and this will make them invisible to the launcher. There are also some tools in there to remove unneeded files in the Dalvik cache and move some files in the Dalvik cache to the ROM.

By doing these things, I shaved off a whole lot of RAM usage.

I hope I am not blowing the noobs minds here, but if they Google dalvik cache, freeze apps etc, they will understand better, I think.
#14 vey, Jan 3, 2012
Rooting is good after your contract ends and you want to still be able to use your c-phone to the fullest. Some cell phone service disable your phone entirely when contract is not renewed. Since you paid hundreds of dollars for the phone embedded in the "contract" deal why shouldn't you be able to still use it after the contract ends? Hence, this is when rooting come in handy: rooting would remove whatever restrictions there might be preventing you from using your cell phone features like the camera, calendar, email using wifi if you have a smart phone, etc. There should be law allowing and enabling you to what you want to your c-phone after the contract period ends--you paid for in full; you own it and should be able to use as you like. This is one reason to root the phone--especially for the iPhone owners: to be able to use the camera, listen to your music, etc. A lot of the older iPhones are sold and rooted for resale at a cheaper price and a lot of people buy them in the black market.
#15 openandroid, Dec 27, 2012
Welcome to Android Forums.

I'm a little confused by what you are saying ...

I had a Droid X un-root-ed with Verizon Wireless and had it deactivated when I purchased the Droid Bionic un-root-ed. I can do everything on the Droid X except access the tower for voice or data. I can connect through wi-fi for data without restriction.

... Thom
#16 Thom, Dec 27, 2012
Actually, when you buy a subsidized phone
from a carrier, you're NOT paying full price. That is what the meaning of subsidized is.

Also, see below.

In addition, using a SIP service and Google Voice, you can *still* use it for voice, too.

I have my Motorola DROID as a backup but it currently can make and receive calls via Google Voice....

And none of this requires rooting.
#17 johnlgalt, Dec 28, 2012