[Guide]List of apps safe to remove

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TheManii

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This is a list of safe/unsafe apps to remove from stock roms.

Generally for other regions/carrier roms anything not included should be safe to remove.

Safe in this case is defined as "will not affect the stability of the rom" removing carrier apps is "safe" for the rom, but weither or not it's useful to keep is beyond the scope of this guide. An example is removing the carrier specific mms app. It can function correctly without it, but you lose any carrier specific enhancements.

General Guideline
NOT safe to remove:
  • com.android.*
  • com.dell.* (excluding com.dell.launcher, com.dell.stage.*)
  • com.google.android.* (that isnt available on market)
  • PreLoadNetworkSettings.apk [com.oem.prenetworksetting]

Safe to remove:
  • com.oem.engineeringmode.*
  • anything available on market
  • anything not listed here

Possibly Not safe to remove:
  • Package (OTA) util
    • PackageChecker.apk [com.oem.packagechecker]
    • PackageUpdate.apk [com.oem.packageupdate]

Safe to remove:
  1. AMOLED.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.amoled]
  2. CableDetection.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.cabledetection]
  3. Calibrator.apk [com.oem.calibrator]
  4. CellInfo.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.cellinfo]
  5. ConfidentialRunningTest.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.runningtest]
  6. DisplayVersionInfo.apk [com.oem.mode]
  7. dtretriever.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.dtretriever]
  8. ECompass.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.ecompass]
  9. EMList and subapps
    • audioEM.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.audioEM]
    • BluetoothEM.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.BluetoothEM]
    • cameraEM.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.cameraEM]
    • EMList.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.emlist]
    • EMLoader.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.EMLoader]
    • EMwifi.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.wifi]
    • GpsEM.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.gpsem]
  10. FactorySuiteUtility.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.suitutility]
  11. FakeCB.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.fakecb]
  12. GPIO subapps
    1. Gpio.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.gpio]
    2. GpioSleepMode.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.gpiosleepmode]
  13. GSensor.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.gsensor]
  14. Logging apps
    • LogMaster2.apk [com.oem.log]
    • LogService.apk [com.oem.logservice]
    • Lota.apk [com.oem.lota]
  15. MaxPowerTest.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.maxpowertest]
  16. mccmnc.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.mccmnc]
  17. mminfo.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.mminfo]
  18. NetWorkSetting.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.networksetting]
  19. NVEngMode.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.nv]
  20. OOD_OOM.apk [com.oem.testkits.ood_oom]
  21. PermissionToAccessLocApi.apk [com.qualcomm.permission.locapi]
  22. PowerMonitor.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.powermonitor]
  23. security.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.security]
  24. SensorsInfo.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.SensorsInfo]
  25. SIMInfo.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.siminfo]
  26. TouchPanel.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.touch]
  27. Verification apps
    • FactoryTestSIMCard.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationsimcard]
    • Verification.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification]
    • VerificationAudio.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.VerificationAudio]
    • VerificationBluetooth.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.bluetooth]
    • VerificationCamEEPROM.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationcameeprom]
    • VerificationEcampass.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.ecampass]
    • VerificationGaugeIcTemp.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.gaugeictemp]
    • VerificationGaugeIcVoltage.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.gaugeicvoltage]
    • VerificationGSensorTest.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationGSensorTest]
    • VerificationHdmi.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationVerificationHdmi]
    • VerificationHeadset.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.VerificationHeadset]
    • VerificationKey.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationkey]
    • VerificationLCD.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationlcd]
    • VerificationLPSensorTest.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationLPSensorTest]
    • VerificationLPSensorUtility.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationlpsensorutility]
    • VerificationSDCard.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationsdcard]
    • VerificationSingleTouch.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.singletouch]
    • VerificationUsbCharging.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.usbcharging]
    • VerificationVibratorAndLed.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.crt]
    • VerificationWifi.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationwifi]

Bundleware (available in market):
  1. ACCUWX.apk [com.accuweather.android.simpleweatherlite.dellstreak]
  2. amazonmp3.apk [com.amazon.mp3]
  3. com.adobe.air.apk [com.adobe.air]
  4. com.facebook.katana [com.facebook.katana]
  5. com.twitter.android.apk [com.twitter.android]
  6. copilot.apk [com.alk.copilot.dell.trial]
  7. evernote.apk [com.evernote]
  8. Gallery3D.apk [com.cooliris.media]
  9. KindleGold.apk [com.amazon.kindle]
  10. KongregateArcade.apk [com.kongregate.android.kongarcade]
  11. Napster-Tablet.apk [com.napster.bishop]
  12. NeroDellSync.apk [com.nero.android.dellsync]
  13. oovoo.apk [com.oovoo]
  14. PageOnce.apk [com.netgate]
  15. Quickoffice.apk [com.qo.android.oemec]
  16. radiotime.apk [tunein.player]
  17. RoxioNow.apk [com.roxio.rnow]
  18. ZinioReader.apk [com.zinio.mobile.android]
  19. ZinioSettingsProvider.apk [com.zinio.android.settings]

GApps (available in market):
  1. Gmail.apk [com.google.android.gm]
  2. GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk [com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox]
  3. Maps.apk [com.google.android.apps.maps]
  4. Street.apk [com.google.android.street]
  5. VoiceSearch.apk [com.google.android.voicesearch]
  6. Youtube.apk [com.google.android.youtube]

StageUI:
  1. BooksStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.books]
  2. ContactsStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.contacts]
  3. EmailStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.email]
  4. HomeStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.home]
  5. MusicStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.music]
  6. NewsStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.news]
  7. PicturesStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.pictures]
  8. RadioStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.radio]
  9. SocialStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.social]
  10. StageLauncher-release.apk [com.dell.launcher]
  11. VideoStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.video]
  12. WebStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.web]

Non system apps:
  1. CarDock.apk [com.google.android.carhome]
  2. DRMPlayer.apk [com.arcsoft.drmplayer]
  3. swype.apk [com.swype.android.inputmethod]
 
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Strephon Alkhalikoi

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It's time consuming to go through and delete the unwanted stuff using Root Uninstaller, but I believe it to be time well spent if only to provide a bit more space on the internal MicroSD. Perhaps someone should write an automated script that will allow the user to delete the APKs in the "Safe To Remove" section of the post?

Removing things like Stage UI and the bundleware should be left out of such a script, since every user is different.
 

TheManii

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The bundleware is more or less safe to remove, just as much they're usually older versions of what's available on market, you'd still need to update and would end up with 2 copies on your system. The current version at /data/app and the original older version at /system/app

Root explorer has a mass select button btw if you use that, I believe it also works for deleting but I'm not 100% sure. Only thing to be careful of is uninstalling a system critical file, though you can just as easily manually uninstall one by accident.

There's actually more stuff that can safely be removed, only the rom is the only way to get it as you cant download it normally. (eg swype and drmplayer, though swype beta is available as a slightly different thing)
 

TheManii

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Added a couple more apps into list, turns out everything in com.oem.* is not required (if you ignore being able to use OTA updates, but as noone uses them to begin with)

Dont remove dellsettingsprovider.apk though, it's needed for dock mode with an official dock.
 
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TheManii

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If you force them to run by making a custom activity shortcut, they mostly do exactly what they sound like.

Majority of them lets you test a single function (ie what they're named after). They're all essentinally debug utils. Dell might have them included because it makes fixing returned devices easier (ie warrentied devices)

Or just as likely they left them in because they're lazy, the entire build system for the s5 is a bit of a mess. They fixed it for building venue and streak 7 roms but they never bothered to go back and fix it.

Though all these apps are also included in stock venue and s7 roms
 

borijess

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So before removing these apps do a nandroid backup. Will the nandroid save these files? Also can u do this with Gingerstreak?

Sent from the SuperStreak! ;-)
 

TheManii

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Of course nandroid saves it, unless you intentionally dont do a nandroid of system\, which defeats the point of nandroid.

SD2.3 doesnt include these nor does SD2.0
 

crashDebug

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so I decided to remove completely all those apps; so far so good and I'll surely like the slightly higher amount of available RAM :)

I have found something odd though (albeit almost irrelevant). after uninstalling (via titanium backup) all these apps I have lost one of the two wallpapers galllery (the one with a lot of pictures). Unfortunately I cannot tell which is the app responsible for this as I uninstalled them in bulk (I am not even 100% sure the two facts are related as more tweaking was going on and I discovered the issue only hours later).

well as I stated before it's not what you call a deal breaker, who uses stock wallpapers anyway :) but you'd better be advised than sorry!
 

TheManii

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you likely removed something in com.android.*

wallpapers are set with either:
gallery app
stageui's set
default android live wallpapers
whatever others you downloaded
 

crashDebug

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mmh unlikely mate. I'm not betting my house on this but I'm quite confident I deleted only the apps that are in this very OP. the LWP and the 2-images-only galleries anyway are still there, i think it's something related to stage.
 

asianftw

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mmh unlikely mate. I'm not betting my house on this but I'm quite confident I deleted only the apps that are in this very OP. the LWP and the 2-images-only galleries anyway are still there, i think it's something related to stage.

It is the stage UI. I LOVE the "beach & sea" one and lost it after removing stage ui

Sent from my Dell Streak using Tapatalk
 

TheManii

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Updated list, there are a couple com.oem apps that are boarderline cases of being safe to remove, as they break functionality, but which depends on if that's a good or bad thing.

Case in point: the ota tools can be safely removed, but obviously break ota updates. If you're on a custom rom this wouldnt work anyway as custom roms dont support ota updates.
 

mackeb

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Experience uninstalling these apps, based on 2.2.2 351 00:

Deleted the package apps = could not uninstall using Settings - App. Tried restarting phone as possible solution but got stuck on boot image.

Does cabledetection have anything to do with attaching with usb to pc? Gone, cannot use Streak as USB storage device in pc.

Note that many other appd can be removed too. Check Cyanogen barebones for detailed descriptions.

Question: Why is it impossible to "restore" apps I remove? Titanium simply does not work. At least with such far out ventures as removing, by accident though, and I had made a backup of everything, so it shoulf have been possible, the Accounts and Sync Settings apk.

Analogously - copying and pasting in RootExplorer does nothing at all, as is the case with trying to reinstall removed apps.

Anyways, lots of stuff can be removed. I even removed Market, to save resources, since I never download any apps from there anway.
 

Strephon Alkhalikoi

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You would be better off doing a nandroid backup before you muck around with the files. That way if something DOES happen you can go back to the original configuration. As to Titanium Backup, various versions of the app have had problems with restoring apps, corrupting not only the app, but the app's data as well. For backup purposes, Titanium Backup is not recommended. Nandroid instead.
 

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    This is a list of safe/unsafe apps to remove from stock roms.

    Generally for other regions/carrier roms anything not included should be safe to remove.

    Safe in this case is defined as "will not affect the stability of the rom" removing carrier apps is "safe" for the rom, but weither or not it's useful to keep is beyond the scope of this guide. An example is removing the carrier specific mms app. It can function correctly without it, but you lose any carrier specific enhancements.

    General Guideline
    NOT safe to remove:
    • com.android.*
    • com.dell.* (excluding com.dell.launcher, com.dell.stage.*)
    • com.google.android.* (that isnt available on market)
    • PreLoadNetworkSettings.apk [com.oem.prenetworksetting]

    Safe to remove:
    • com.oem.engineeringmode.*
    • anything available on market
    • anything not listed here

    Possibly Not safe to remove:
    • Package (OTA) util
      • PackageChecker.apk [com.oem.packagechecker]
      • PackageUpdate.apk [com.oem.packageupdate]

    Safe to remove:
    1. AMOLED.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.amoled]
    2. CableDetection.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.cabledetection]
    3. Calibrator.apk [com.oem.calibrator]
    4. CellInfo.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.cellinfo]
    5. ConfidentialRunningTest.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.runningtest]
    6. DisplayVersionInfo.apk [com.oem.mode]
    7. dtretriever.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.dtretriever]
    8. ECompass.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.ecompass]
    9. EMList and subapps
      • audioEM.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.audioEM]
      • BluetoothEM.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.BluetoothEM]
      • cameraEM.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.cameraEM]
      • EMList.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.emlist]
      • EMLoader.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.EMLoader]
      • EMwifi.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.wifi]
      • GpsEM.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.gpsem]
    10. FactorySuiteUtility.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.suitutility]
    11. FakeCB.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.fakecb]
    12. GPIO subapps
      1. Gpio.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.gpio]
      2. GpioSleepMode.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.gpiosleepmode]
    13. GSensor.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.gsensor]
    14. Logging apps
      • LogMaster2.apk [com.oem.log]
      • LogService.apk [com.oem.logservice]
      • Lota.apk [com.oem.lota]
    15. MaxPowerTest.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.maxpowertest]
    16. mccmnc.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.mccmnc]
    17. mminfo.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.mminfo]
    18. NetWorkSetting.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.networksetting]
    19. NVEngMode.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.nv]
    20. OOD_OOM.apk [com.oem.testkits.ood_oom]
    21. PermissionToAccessLocApi.apk [com.qualcomm.permission.locapi]
    22. PowerMonitor.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.powermonitor]
    23. security.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.security]
    24. SensorsInfo.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.SensorsInfo]
    25. SIMInfo.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.siminfo]
    26. TouchPanel.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.touch]
    27. Verification apps
      • FactoryTestSIMCard.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationsimcard]
      • Verification.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification]
      • VerificationAudio.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.VerificationAudio]
      • VerificationBluetooth.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.bluetooth]
      • VerificationCamEEPROM.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationcameeprom]
      • VerificationEcampass.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.ecampass]
      • VerificationGaugeIcTemp.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.gaugeictemp]
      • VerificationGaugeIcVoltage.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.gaugeicvoltage]
      • VerificationGSensorTest.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationGSensorTest]
      • VerificationHdmi.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationVerificationHdmi]
      • VerificationHeadset.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.VerificationHeadset]
      • VerificationKey.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationkey]
      • VerificationLCD.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationlcd]
      • VerificationLPSensorTest.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationLPSensorTest]
      • VerificationLPSensorUtility.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationlpsensorutility]
      • VerificationSDCard.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationsdcard]
      • VerificationSingleTouch.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.singletouch]
      • VerificationUsbCharging.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verification.usbcharging]
      • VerificationVibratorAndLed.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.crt]
      • VerificationWifi.apk [com.oem.engineeringmode.verificationwifi]

    Bundleware (available in market):
    1. ACCUWX.apk [com.accuweather.android.simpleweatherlite.dellstreak]
    2. amazonmp3.apk [com.amazon.mp3]
    3. com.adobe.air.apk [com.adobe.air]
    4. com.facebook.katana [com.facebook.katana]
    5. com.twitter.android.apk [com.twitter.android]
    6. copilot.apk [com.alk.copilot.dell.trial]
    7. evernote.apk [com.evernote]
    8. Gallery3D.apk [com.cooliris.media]
    9. KindleGold.apk [com.amazon.kindle]
    10. KongregateArcade.apk [com.kongregate.android.kongarcade]
    11. Napster-Tablet.apk [com.napster.bishop]
    12. NeroDellSync.apk [com.nero.android.dellsync]
    13. oovoo.apk [com.oovoo]
    14. PageOnce.apk [com.netgate]
    15. Quickoffice.apk [com.qo.android.oemec]
    16. radiotime.apk [tunein.player]
    17. RoxioNow.apk [com.roxio.rnow]
    18. ZinioReader.apk [com.zinio.mobile.android]
    19. ZinioSettingsProvider.apk [com.zinio.android.settings]

    GApps (available in market):
    1. Gmail.apk [com.google.android.gm]
    2. GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk [com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox]
    3. Maps.apk [com.google.android.apps.maps]
    4. Street.apk [com.google.android.street]
    5. VoiceSearch.apk [com.google.android.voicesearch]
    6. Youtube.apk [com.google.android.youtube]

    StageUI:
    1. BooksStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.books]
    2. ContactsStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.contacts]
    3. EmailStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.email]
    4. HomeStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.home]
    5. MusicStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.music]
    6. NewsStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.news]
    7. PicturesStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.pictures]
    8. RadioStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.radio]
    9. SocialStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.social]
    10. StageLauncher-release.apk [com.dell.launcher]
    11. VideoStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.video]
    12. WebStageWidget-release.apk [com.dell.stage.widget.web]

    Non system apps:
    1. CarDock.apk [com.google.android.carhome]
    2. DRMPlayer.apk [com.arcsoft.drmplayer]
    3. swype.apk [com.swype.android.inputmethod]
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