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By H-Emmanuel, Member on 25th April 2020, 07:46 PM
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Hey everyone,

I've spent the last couples days going through all the installed packages, cross-referencing different debloating guides and testing my changes. I'm running the latest EMUI 10.1.0.134 (C636).

RECOMMENDATIONS: if you can, follow this debloating guide right after a factory reset; this simply guarantees a fresh clean start. Otherwise, start by backing up your apps and important files to an external device. The built-in backup app is ideal for preserving your apps and their settings, but make sure to move these backups OFF THE PHONE. Then, you can either remove all the apps (in my guide) all at once, or remove a few at a time and reboot the phone in between. Rebooting in between reduces the chance of "shocking" the OS with too many changes all at once which could result in boot looping. Just keep in mind that I did not find that to be necessary when debloating right after a factory reset, but your mileage may vary.

Here is what I personally debloated without any adverse effect, after 2 weeks of daily use:
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hicloud ****** Huawei cloud features
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.browser ****** Stock browser, replaced with Mozilla
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.browserhomepage ****** Stock browser component
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.bookmarkprovider ****** Stock bookmark content
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks ****** Stock bookmark content
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.wallet ****** Huawei Wallet app
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.music ****** Stock music application, replaced with PowerAmp (use the APK from their website, it does not rely on Google Services)
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.phoneservice ****** Huawei customer support, also known as HiCare
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hifolder ****** AppAdvisor
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.parentcontrol ****** Digital balance, parental control features
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hicard ****** Huawei Cards, no info but recommended in some guides, no negative consequences
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hitouch ****** Allows you to shop for an object that you took a picture of
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hiassistantoversea ****** HiVoice. Huawei's voice assistant to replace "Hey Google"
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.fastapp ****** Quick App Center, another type of app distribution
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.imedia.sws ****** Histen. Special sound effects found in the sound settings. I only care about my EQ settings in PowerAmp
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.intelligent ****** Huawei Assistant. Shopping recommendations
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.magazine ****** Magazine unlock. Downloads wallpapers for your lock screen. I don't need my phone needlessly connecting to remote servers
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hwblockchain ****** I don't do anything blockchain related
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hwstartupguide ****** A one-time setup app that is no longer needed
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.onetimeinitializer ****** A one-time setup app that is no longer needed
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.android.instantonline ****** No information but recommended in some guides, no negative consequences
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hwpanpayservice ****** This is payment related, I don't use my phone as a payment method nor do I use Huawei Wallet
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.bjbyhd.screenreader_huawei ****** An accessibility feature for visually impaired people
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.search ****** HiSearch. This does not affect the search bar in the Settings
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hwdetectrepair ****** Smart Diagnosis app. It diagnoses hardware problems which I could do myself
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hiview ****** This supposedly displays details/attributes of pictures. After removing this, I can still access the picture attributes in the stock Gallery so I'm not sure what this is actually about
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hiviewtunnel ****** Related to HiView.
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hidisk ****** Stock file explorer, replaced with File Manager +
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.android.chr ****** HwChrService, this collects data about your usage of the cellular network. No thanks
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.bd ****** Huawei User Experience app
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.android.karaoke ****** Self explanatory
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.desktop.explorer ****** I don't need Huawei doing anything on my PC
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.android.FloatTasks ****** Navigation Dock, I don't care for that UI feature
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.languagedownloader ****** According to some guides, this is unsafe but I don't need another downloader for something that I'll never use
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.lbs ****** Location Service. Sounds scary but I am still able to use all my GPS and location services. My location based weather widgets, Waze and Google Maps connect just as fast and accurately as before
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.featurelayer.sharedfeature.map ****** Huawei Map Service. I removed it and have no issues using Waze and Google Maps
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.hisi.mapcon ****** This is apparently not recommended when using WiFi calling, which I don't
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.himovie.overseas ****** Stock video application, replaced with VLC. This integrates perfectly with the stock Camera and Gallery apps
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.stk ****** SIM Toolkit. Not supported by US SIM cards
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.mms ****** Stock SMS application, replaced with Pulse. I can still send/receive SMS & MMS. Textra looks like a good alternative too
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.HwMultiScreenShot ****** Scrollshot. Basic screenshots still work, I don't use the knock feature
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.smartshot ****** Smart screenshot. Basic screenshots still work, I don't use the knock feature
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.bluetooth ****** Allows importing phone contacts via Bluetooth, something I've never done in my life
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.swiftkey.swiftkeyconfigurator ****** Older version of SwiftKey, replaced with the latest SwiftKey APK
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.touchtype.swiftkey ****** Older version of SwiftKey, replaced with the latest SwiftKey APK
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.pcassistant ****** Used when connecting your phone to your PC using HiSuite
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.egg ****** A hidden animation that no one needs to see
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.backupconfirm ****** Google Backup, unusable without Google Services. This does not affect Huawei's backup app, I was able to back up all my apps and settings
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.calllogbackup ****** Google Call Log Backup/Restore. This does not affect Huawei's backup app, I was able to back up my calls successfully
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.scanner ****** AI Lens. Shop for objects that you take a picture of. I can't stand these "features" that revolve around shopping. This de-clutters the camera interface by removing the AI Lens button on the top left corner and does not break the AR Measure app.
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.contacts ****** Dialer & contacts app. I first installed my dialer replacement, True Phone (version 2.0.0-hw rev 99 from the AppGallery) and then ran this command. Although this should not actually delete your contacts, make sure to back them up. I've had absolutely 0 issue making or receiving calls after deleting the stock dialer.
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hwsearch ****** Petal Search widget. I personally use APKPure and sometimes the AppGallery.


NOTICE THAT I DO NOT INCLUDE THE -k PARAMETER IN MY COMMANDS, unlike most guides found online. I do not get any error running the commands as such, and it actually clears the data created by those apps. In other words, we're not only debloating your user interface but also your storage!

To restore any app removed via ADB:
adb shell cmd package install-existing <package_name>

I always try to uninstall apps through Android before resorting to ADB. I did not really keep track of apps that I uninstalled through the menu, so it's just easier to tell you which stock apps I kept installed. By stock app, I ONLY MEAN actual apps that you can open from the home screen:
-AppGallery. This requires com.huawei.hwid to work. I needed it to get Snapchat, I might ADB-uninstall it now that Snapchat is installed
-Phone Clone. This could always be useful for porting apps over
-Optimizer
-Themes
-Live wallpaper (com.huawei.livewallpaper.paradise, also known as Brocade)
-Calendar widget/app
-Camera. Obviously. Who in their right mind would get this phone lacking a major component of Android (Play Services), if not for the camera
-Gallery. For pictures and editing
-Contacts. This is also the phone dialer. I have now uninstalled this app and replaced it with True Dialer 2.0 by Hamster Beat (available on AppGallery)
-Compass. Works great
-Smart Remote. If I ever decide to make use of my IR blaster
-AR Measure. I usually don't care for stuff like this but this actually works great and looks awesome

Here are apps/system processes that actually have an uninstall button but that I DID NOT UNINSTALL:
-Backup (com.huawei.KoBackup). I use this app to create backups periodically. Without root, this native app is able to backup a lot more than any other 3rd party backup app
-com.huawei.game.kitserver (I don't play games but if I ever decide to, I'd like to avoid breaking features)
-Contacts Sync (com.huawei.contacts.sync). I have now uninstalled this app as I no longer use the stock dialer (com.huawei.contacts)
-Storage manager (com.android.storemanager)

My goal is to remove low quality, "spyware" or unnecessary apps without removing or breaking useful features. "Useful" is always a little subjective, so decide for yourself based on my descriptions and comments!
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4th May 2020, 09:09 PM |#2  
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I added AI Lens to my debloat list.

I just updated to 10.1.0.122 and did not find new packages installed or restored as part of the ROM update.
8th May 2020, 03:10 AM |#3  
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thank you very much my friend ! just did this on Mate XS !!!
finally !
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thank you very much my friend ! just did this on Mate XS !!!
finally !

You're more than welcome. I've been doing some network analysis using the AdGuard Firewall and I might update this guide with my findings. I found out the phone is phoning back home (to China) quite a bit, especially Huawei Cloud and HiCloud servers despite not using any of these apps or Huawei cloud services.
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how do i do this?

i cant use adb i have developer options and usb debugging on but adb devices dont show the phone
9th May 2020, 01:06 AM |#6  
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It's probably a driver problem. Take a look at this guide: https://androidmtk.com/download-mini...-fastboot-tool
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It's probably a driver problem. Take a look at this guide: https://androidmtk.com/download-mini...-fastboot-tool

thank you got i to work had to revoke usb debugging
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Originally Posted by H-Emmanuel

Hey everyone,

I've spent the last couples days going through all the installed packages, cross-referencing different debloating guides and testing my changes. I'm running the latest EMUI 10.1.0.114 and here's what I debloated so far:
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hicloud ****** Huawei cloud features
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.browser ****** Stock browser, replaced with Mozilla
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.browserhomepage ****** Stock browser component
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.bookmarkprovider ****** Stock bookmark content
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks ****** Stock bookmark content
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.wallet ****** Huawei Wallet app
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.music ****** Stock music application, replaced with PowerAmp (use the APK from their website, it does not rely on Google Services)
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.phoneservice ****** Huawei customer support, also known as HiCare
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hifolder ****** AppAdvisor
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.parentcontrol ****** Digital balance, parental control features
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hicard ****** Huawei Cards, no info but recommended in some guides, no negative consequences
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hitouch ****** Allows you to shop for an object that you took a picture of
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hiassistantoversea ****** HiVoice. Huawei's voice assistant to replace "Hey Google"
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.fastapp ****** Quick App Center, another type of app distribution
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.imedia.sws ****** Histen. Special sound effects found in the sound settings. I only care about my EQ settings in PowerAmp
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.intelligent ****** Huawei Assistant. Shopping recommendations
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.magazine ****** Magazine unlock. Downloads wallpapers for your lock screen. I don't need my phone needlessly connecting to remote servers
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hwblockchain ****** I don't do anything blockchain related
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hwstartupguide ****** A one-time setup app that is no longer needed
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.onetimeinitializer ****** A one-time setup app that is no longer needed
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.android.instantonline ****** No information but recommended in some guides, no negative consequences
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hwpanpayservice ****** This is payment related, I don't use my phone as a payment method nor do I use Huawei Wallet
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.bjbyhd.screenreader_huawei ****** An accessibility feature for visually impaired people
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.search ****** HiSearch. This does not affect the search bar in the Settings
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hwdetectrepair ****** Smart Diagnosis app. It diagnoses hardware problems which I could do myself
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hiview ****** This supposedly displays details/attributes of pictures. After removing this, I can still access the picture attributes in the stock Gallery so I'm not sure what this is actually about
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hiviewtunnel ****** Related to HiView.
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.hidisk ****** Stock file explorer, replaced with File Manager +
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.android.chr ****** HwChrService, this collects data about your usage of the cellular network. No thanks
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.bd ****** Huawei User Experience app
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.android.karaoke ****** Self explanatory
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.desktop.explorer ****** I don't need Huawei doing anything on my PC
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.android.FloatTasks ****** Navigation Dock, I don't care for that UI feature
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.languagedownloader ****** According to some guides, this is unsafe but I don't need another downloader for something that I'll never use
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.lbs ****** Location Service. Sounds scary but I am still able to use all my GPS and location services. My location based weather widgets and Waze connect just as fast and accurately as before
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.featurelayer.sharedfeature.map ****** Huawei Map Service. I removed it and have no issues using Waze
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.hisi.mapcon ****** This is apparently not recommended when using WiFi calling, which I don't
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.himovie.overseas ****** Stock video application, replaced with VLC. This integrates perfectly with the stock Camera and Gallery apps
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.stk ****** SIM Toolkit. Not supported by US SIM cards
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.mms ****** Stock SMS application, replaced with Pulse. I can still send/receive SMS & MMS. Textra looks like a good alternative too
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.HwMultiScreenShot ****** Scrollshot. Basic screenshots still work, I don't use the knock feature
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.smartshot ****** Smart screenshot. Basic screenshots still work, I don't use the knock feature
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.bluetooth ****** Allows importing phone contacts via Bluetooth, something I've never done in my life
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.swiftkey.swiftkeyconfigurator ****** Older version of SwiftKey, replaced with the latest SwiftKey APK
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.touchtype.swiftkey ****** Older version of SwiftKey, replaced with the latest SwiftKey APK
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.pcassistant ****** Used when connecting your phone to your PC using HiSuite
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.egg ****** A hidden animation that no one needs to see
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.backupconfirm ****** Google Backup, unusable without Google Services. This does not affect Huawei's backup app, I was able to back up all my apps and settings
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.calllogbackup ****** Google Call Log Backup/Restore. This does not affect Huawei's backup app, I was able to back up my calls successfully
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.huawei.scanner ****** AI Lens. Shop for objects that you take a picture of. I can't stand these "features" that revolve around shopping. This de-clutters the camera interface by removing the AI Lens button on the top left corner and does not break the AR Measure app.


NOTICE THAT I DO NOT INCLUDE THE -k PARAMETER IN MY COMMANDS, unlike most guides found online. I do not get any error running the commands as such, and it actually clears the data created by those apps. In other words, we're not only debloating your user interface but also your storage!

To restore any app removed via ADB:
adb shell cmd package install-existing <package_name>

I always try to uninstall apps through Android before resorting to ADB. I did not really keep track of apps that I uninstalled through the menu, so it's just easier to tell you which stock apps I kept installed. By stock app, I ONLY MEAN actual apps that you can open from the home screen:
-AppGallery. This requires com.huawei.hwid to work. I needed it to get Snapchat, I might ADB-uninstall it now that Snapchat is installed
-Phone Clone. This could always be useful for porting apps over
-Optimizer
-Themes
-Live wallpaper (com.huawei.livewallpaper.paradise, also known as Brocade)
-Calendar widget/app
-Camera. Obviously. Who in their right mind would get this phone lacking a major component of Android (Play Services), if not for the camera
-Gallery. For pictures and editing
-Contacts. This is also the phone dialer
-Compass. Works great
-Smart Remote. If I ever decide to make use of my IR blaster
-AR Measure. I usually don't care for stuff like this but this actually works great and looks awesome

Here are apps/system processes that actually have an uninstall button but that I DID NOT UNINSTALL:
-com.huawei.game.kitserver (I don't play games but if I ever decide to, I'd like to avoid breaking features)
-Contacts Sync (com.huawei.contacts.sync). I use the stock dialer and I'm not sure whether this can be safely removed
-Storage manager (com.android.storemanager)

My goal is to remove low quality, "spyware" or unnecessary apps without removing or breaking useful features. "Useful" is always a little subjective, so decide for yourself based on my descriptions and comments!

Thanks for this have you noticed any improvement with battery life after debloating all of these apps?
Any issues after debloating?

Also, can you please tell me the exact command you have to type to debloat? Starting from ADB shell, what is the next command please? And what software /hardware do I need to debloat?
10th May 2020, 03:01 PM |#9  
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Thanks for this have you noticed any improvement with battery life after debloating all of these apps?
Any issues after debloating?

Also, can you please tell me the exact command you have to type to debloat? Starting from ADB shell, what is the next command please? And what software /hardware do I need to debloat?



setting click build 7 times enable developer mode
go in developer mode enable usb debugging

download adb

open folder shift + right click
open commend window

adb devices to see if your device is found

then copy paste each commend
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Originally Posted by Thanos88

Thanks for this have you noticed any improvement with battery life after debloating all of these apps?
Any issues after debloating?

Also, can you please tell me the exact command you have to type to debloat? Starting from ADB shell, what is the next command please? And what software /hardware do I need to debloat?

No issues, no crashes and no weird behavior. If you read my comments, I explain what each command does and whether or not it's removing an important feature.

You simply have to copy/paste the commands in bold, these are the full commands.

I pretty much debloated the phone as soon as I got it so I can't really speak about battery life improvement.

A few days ago I even removed the stock Huawei dialer in favor of True Phone (2.0.0.0-hw rev 99 found on the AppGallery). I just updated my first post to reflect that.
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No issues, no crashes and no weird behavior. If you read my comments, I explain what each command does and whether or not it's removing an important feature.

You simply have to copy/paste the commands in bold, these are the full commands.

I pretty much debloated the phone as soon as I got it so I can't really speak about battery life improvement.

A few days ago I even removed the stock Huawei dialer in favor of True Phone (2.0.0.0-hw rev 99 found on the AppGallery).

Thanks!! I stupidly uninstalled something I shouldn't have, restarted the phone and phone wouldn't boot past the huawei logo 😭😭 had to perform factory reset. Be very careful with what you uninstall
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