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By Bxsteez, Senior Member on 25th June 2010, 12:16 AM
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I thought I would provide information that I've been compiling and will continue to compile on which apps are safe to remove. I'm going to be testing what other apps can be removed. I suggest pulling your entire app directory before you start removing apps as well as doing a nandroid backup first. I've attached a bat file for windows users.

To mount \system folder:
1. Reboot into recovery mode ( power device down then hold power button + volume -)
2. choose partitions
3. choose mount \system

NOTE: Remove Facebook account from device before remove friendstream widget. Do not remove Friendstream.apk

Code:
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/com.htc.TwitterWidget.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcTwitter.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcFootprintsWidget.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcFootprints.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/Stock.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/com.htc.StockWidget.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/VVM.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/Quickoffice.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/PDFViewer.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/Calculator.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/Mail.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/htcmailwidgets.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/htcmsgwidgets.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcRingtoneTrimmer.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/Flickr.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/CityID.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/com.htc.FriendStreamWidget.*
I updated this post with the recovery directory. Just unzip to root of C: drive and run the bat file and it should push all the removed apps back to your device. You must be in recovery mode to do this and you must mount \system directory as well.

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25th June 2010, 12:21 AM |#2  
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Very nice, just what I've been waiting for.


Thanks!
25th June 2010, 12:24 AM |#3  
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Talking from previous experience I wouldnt just remove the apps unless you first have a backup to restore from. It is safer to just mv example.apk example.apkback then to rm the apk.

Also when removing VVM.apk I saw on Killa200 that it did something with the sms apk.
Here is killa200's findings so far.
http://bluraynetworks.com/android/
25th June 2010, 12:48 AM |#4  
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Originally Posted by zerf

Talking from previous experience I wouldnt just remove the apps unless you first have a backup to restore from. It is safer to just mv example.apk example.apkback then to rm the apk.

Also when removing VVM.apk I saw on Killa200 that it did something with the sms apk.
Here is killa200's findings so far.
http://bluraynetworks.com/android/

I 100% agree. Although i was never able to get the mv to work so i just pulled all apps to my desktop and then i push them back if i need to restore them.
25th June 2010, 12:50 AM |#5  
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Worked great Thanks. I just edited the file for the ones I wanted to keep and then ran the .bat while in recovery.
25th June 2010, 12:51 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by zerf

Here is killa200's findings so far.
http://bluraynetworks.com/android/

Excellent list as well. I'm not sure about VVM.apk. I removed it and i still have the htc messaging app. I don't use that message app but its still there and opens just fine.
25th June 2010, 04:18 AM |#7  
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Originally Posted by Bxsteez

I thought I would provide information that I've been compiling and will continue to compile on which apps are safe to remove. I'm going to be testing what other apps can be removed. I suggest pulling your entire app directory before you start removing apps as well as doing a nandroid backup first. I've attached a bat file for windows users.

NOTE: Remove Facebook account from device before remove friendstream.

Code:
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/com.htc.TwitterWidget.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcTwitter.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcFootprintsWidget.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcFootprints.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/Stock.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/com.htc.StockWidget.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/VVM.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/Quickoffice.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/PDFViewer.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/Calculator.* 
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/Mail.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/htcmailwidgets.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/htcmsgwidgets.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/HtcRingtoneTrimmer.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/Flickr.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/CityID.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/FriendStream.*
adb shell /system/bin/rm /system/app/com.htc.FriendStreamWidget.*
I updated this post with the recovery directory. Just unzip to root of C: drive and run the bat file and it should push all the removed apps back to your device. You must be in recovery mode to do this and you must mount \system directory as well.

For us noobs, what is the command to mount the /system directory?
25th June 2010, 04:31 AM |#8  
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you mount it with the recovery on the phone.. click partitions on the custom recovery
25th June 2010, 09:46 AM |#9  
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Originally Posted by WhammyDroid

For us noobs, what is the command to mount the /system directory?

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Originally Posted by yojoe600

you mount it with the recovery on the phone.. click partitions on the custom recovery

Added mounting information to first post. I'm a NOOB to android as well
25th June 2010, 10:45 AM |#10  
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I noticed i kept seeing the syncing notification even though nothing was actually syncing so i pushed friendstream(See recovery.bat) back onto the device and that seemed to fix it.
25th June 2010, 11:20 AM |#11  
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I also removed the Teeter game without any issues using the following:

/system/bin/rm /system/app/teeter.*
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