[TUT] Remove Some of the Bloatware

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    Hello again everybody.
    Here is a little tutorial to get rid of the crap thats shipped with the phone
    and get it on a sweet diet of slimfast.

    If you think to yourself "HEY! that shouldn't be removed!"
    I most likely removed it because there is a Market alternative.

    *Always be careful when modifying /system*

    First we need to remount our phone and make /system/app - R/w
    adb remount

    then type:
    adb shell

    *In Shell ($)

    su (IMPORTANT)
    cd /system/app/
    ls

    Now you can start removing the bloat.

    rm Launcher.* (ONLY IF YOU HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE LAUNCHER INSTALLED!)
    rm Maps.*
    rm SystemTutorial.*
    rm LatinIME.* (MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ANOTHER KEYBOARD INSTALLED)
    rm Email.*
    rm Calculator.*
    rm EmotionWeather.*
    rm EmotionPhotoWidget.*
    rm EmotionCalendar.*
    rm EmotionPhotoAlbumWidget.*
    rm EmotionBookmarksWidget.*
    rm EmotionEvents.*
    rm Twidroid.*
    rm EmotionMemo.*
    rm EmotionRSSReader.*
    rm EmotionVideoWidget.*
    rm EmotionClockWidget.*
    rm HwIME.*

    as always, reboot.

    and, as with most things in the filesystem, this can also be done
    with Root Explorer

    If you messed something up, it probably wasn't meant to be
    removed and most likely wasn't listed above. Start over from scratch...
    unless you made back-up of course :)


    If i missed anything, shoot me a message!
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    Why remove the Maps app? Is there something better?
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    you can just get the most recent version in the market and this removes it from your /system/ internal memory, when you install from the market it installs to your current setup. say if you use a2sd then it installs there.
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    facebook app can also be removed this way from system apps.

    rm Facebook.*

    it can be reinstalled from market as regular app
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    Or titanium backup
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    Mods - respectfully request that this thread be made a sticky! Thanks.
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    I agree, it's interesting :D
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    Ok, I've gotten some of the useless (to me) things off, like Facebook, Yahoo, & Twitter.

    What things would you say should "never be removed?" Probably the keyboard, the launcher, and the LatinIME?

    That is, of course, that you definitely know what you're doing, or know someone who does...
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    I was having trouble trying to (remount?) the internal card. I used the System App Remover to remove stuff instead.

    entering adb remount, it appeared to be successful (no message followed) but when I tried to remove a file, it said things were still read-only. Does that mean I didn't root correctly?
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    I accidentally deleted gtalkservices.apk,:( I thought it was the google talk app. I can't download apps from the market after that, had to reflash the rom.
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    @music: try to manually remount system to read/write. adb remount never works for me either. The commands are:

    Code:
    adb shell
    su
    mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock1 /system
    @frankbo168: you do need to be very careful about what you delete. You could just back them all up to your sdcard first.
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    I had to put the original Maps back in. The one from the market would not search provide directions. It also forced closed when adding layers.
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    I hear or read this a LOT. I really hope it all means the EXTERNAL SD CARD, including partitioning it for things like Links2sd
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    It is easy enough to just do a

    busybox cp -a /system/app /sdcard/backup

    that would give you the ability to individually bring stuff back. If you delete the wrong thing totally, you may brick your S7, in which case a Nandroid backup would be useful.
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    OK so i had to do fresh reload of 2.2.2 due to the fact i removed the Huawei home app......... because it kept rebooting into H home and not my launcher pro that was set as default.

    So i would advise not to remove Huawei home app as i believe that was the culprit of my boot loop..........was just stuck on IDEOS boot up screen after i uninstalled Huawei home app and rebooted.

    Can we get confirmation on all bloatware that can be removed with the new 2.2.2 , can we get rid of all the Emotion stuff still and not cause any boot loops ?

    thx
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    I've removed all the Emotion stuff, and even the Home launcher. No problems at all, no reboot loops. Currently using Zeam for my launcher.
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    i've removed home a bunch of times, on official and custom 2.2.2 roms, no problems. the instructions are the same as for 2.2.2. never tried it with launcher pro, i use adw.
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    I'm using Zeam too.

    What risks would I run if I remove the Home launcher? If the Zeam launcher crashes too, did I just brick the device? Maybe a good definition of "brick your device" would help.
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    k so all the Emotion stuff can be removed then?

    I'm still gonna keep H home loaded , some ppl hve removed it with no probs , but when i did it stuck me on boot screen, forcing me to redo the 2.2 upgrade

    everything is running great, just dealing with the lockscreen and wifi turning itself off on start or reboot ~ can live with that tho


    loving my s7 !

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