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davebugyi

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Hello all,

I found a nice little guide, which works on most of the android phones - if you want to remove system apps, but do not want to root.
All credits to dosangst on Reddit!

Working ADB connection is required.

And as always, be careful what you remove! Removing critical apps will result in bootloop and you have to reflash firmware/ROM.

1. connect device, make sure ADB is working (check with CMD "adb devices")
2. go to shell, using CMD "adb shell"
3. get list of install packages using CMD "pm list packages" (use google to find out what does each package name means).
4. remove package using CMD "pm uninstall -k --user 0 $packagname" (e.g. pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.inputdevices)
5. if correctly typed, you receive message "SUCCESS"

Optionally a reboot might be required.
 
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Tamscerty

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In fact , we can use some data erase software , of course ,we need to install it form its website, it isn't free
 
Could anyone please enlighten me (and all others who might wounder) which of the system apps that can be removed "safely"?

I went form a OnePlus X and got the P10 mainly cause I got it for 359$ / 313€ without contract but I really don´t like bloat apps. HiCare might be OK to have but Notes, Music, Videos, E-mail, Health, Gallery and possibly some more apps are just a waste of space since I prefer other apps for that. I guess I just could make a folder and put all Huawei bloat inside of it and just feel a little sick each time I scroll by it so it would be nice to remove as much of it as possible.

I would happily donate a beer to the person who comes up with a list of "safe" apps to remove.
 
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Could anyone please enlighten me (and all others who might wounder) which of the system apps that can be removed "safely"?

I went form a OnePlus X and got the P10 mainly cause I got it for 359$ / 313€ without contract but I really don´t like bloat apps. HiCare might be OK to have but Notes, Music, Videos, E-mail, Health, Gallery and possibly some more apps are just a waste of space since I prefer other apps for that. I guess I just could make a folder and put all Huawei bloat inside of it and just feel a little sick each time I scroll by it so it would be nice to remove as much of it as possible.

I want to know too, what apps we can remove safely.
 

azreen91

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Is it safe to remove "Huawei Mobile Services"? Also, it is so weird that my P10 has facebook and facebook messenger as system app...
 

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Music, Videos, E-mail, Health, Gallery and possibly some more apps are just a waste of space since I prefer other apps for that. I guess I just could make a folder and put all Huawei bloat inside of it and just feel a little sick each time I scroll by it so it would be nice to remove as much of it as possible.
 
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How is this possible?
Android mount /system as readonly when device boots. Due to that (seems) not possible to uninstall apps from /system. I think you are uninstalling apps that are installed on /data/app but not /system apps.
Apps installed on /data/app can be unistalled accessing to android settings -> apps -> [select a app] -> uninstall

Hello all,

I found a nice little guide, which works on most of the android phones - if you want to remove system apps, but do not want to root.
All credits to dosangst on Reddit!

Working ADB connection is required.

And as always, be careful what you remove! Removing critical apps will result in bootloop and you have to reflash firmware/ROM.

1. connect device, make sure ADB is working (check with CMD "adb devices")
2. go to shell, using CMD "adb shell"
3. get list of install packages using CMD "pm list packages" (use google to find out what does each package name means).
4. remove package using CMD "pm uninstall -k --user 0 $packagname" (e.g. pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.inputdevices)
5. if correctly typed, you receive message "SUCCESS"

Optionally a reboot might be required.
 

davebugyi

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How is this possible?
Android mount /system as readonly when device boots. Due to that (seems) not possible to uninstall apps from /system. I think you are uninstalling apps that are installed on /data/app but not /system apps.
Apps installed on /data/app can be unistalled accessing to android settings -> apps -> [select a app] -> uninstall

I do not know the technical background, but probably it evokes some special user priviliges hidden in the system.
To be honest I never checked where are those apps located.

For example try to uninstall GBoard (vtr-l29, B151)- not possible, not even the disable function. With this method it could be removed.
 

DaRdamnDoG

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I was practising this method months ago and I just found out that after I rooted my phone apparently the apps are still inside data folder. Or maybe something happened in between that I wasn't aware of.
 

maly82

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People if you don't like the original Huawei apps you probably don't like the default launcher. Why not just use for example nova launcher and hide all the apps that you don't use from launcher. Also you can change settings in advanced apps settings to use apps you prefer as default. Like gmail as main mail app, Google photos for gallery and so on.
64GB is enough to keep all those apps there.
 

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    Hello all,

    I found a nice little guide, which works on most of the android phones - if you want to remove system apps, but do not want to root.
    All credits to dosangst on Reddit!

    Working ADB connection is required.

    And as always, be careful what you remove! Removing critical apps will result in bootloop and you have to reflash firmware/ROM.

    1. connect device, make sure ADB is working (check with CMD "adb devices")
    2. go to shell, using CMD "adb shell"
    3. get list of install packages using CMD "pm list packages" (use google to find out what does each package name means).
    4. remove package using CMD "pm uninstall -k --user 0 $packagname" (e.g. pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.inputdevices)
    5. if correctly typed, you receive message "SUCCESS"

    Optionally a reboot might be required.
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    Below are the packages that I've disabled on the P10 plus and it runs great. Sorry, there's no notes as to what they do but I didn't plan on sharing it at the time.

    You should have an alternate app installed if you plan on disabling some of these (for example, if you disable Chrome, have your preferred browser installed. If you disabled the launcher you should already have your preferred launcher installed and set as the default). If you've disabled something you wish you hadn't, factory reset is the answer. There are more that could be disabled, I am sure. Please let us know what else you have disabled!

    Disclaimer: This is at your own risk. I can only tell you that it worked for me.

    com.android.bookmarkprovider
    com.android.calendar
    com.android.chrome
    com.android.dreams.basic
    com.android.egg
    com.android.email
    com.android.emergency
    com.android.managedprovisioning
    com.android.mediacenter
    com.android.nfc
    com.android.partnerbrowsercustomizations.tmobile
    com.android.printspooler
    com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks
    com.android.stk
    com.facebook.appmanager
    com.facebook.services
    com.facebook.system
    com.google.android.apps.docs (google drive)
    com.google.android.apps.tachyon
    com.google.android.tts (text to speech)
    com.google.android.feedback
    com.google.android.gm
    com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
    com.google.android.inputmethod.latin
    com.google.android.marvin.talkback
    com.google.android.music
    com.google.android.onetimeinitializer
    com.google.android.printservice.recommendation
    com.google.android.setupwizard
    com.google.android.videos
    com.google.android.youtube
    com.hisi.mapcon
    com.huawei.android.chr
    com.huawei.android.CotaDecompressService
    com.huawei.android.FloatTasks
    com.huawei.android.launcher
    com.huawei.android.thememanager
    com.huawei.appmarket
    com.huawei.contactscamcard
    com.huawei.geofence
    com.huawei.hiboard
    com.huawei.hidisk
    com.huawei.hifolder
    com.huawei.himovie
    com.huawei.hiview
    com.huawei.hiviewtunnel
    com.huawei.hwid
    com.huawei.HwMultiScreenShot
    com.huawei.hwstartupguide
    com.huawei.iconnect
    com.huawei.indexsearch.observer
    com.huawei.lbs
    com.huawei.nearby
    com.huawei.phoneservice
    com.huawei.vassistant
    com.huawei.videoeditor
    com.huawei.watch.sync

    Below are some that I think should be left alone:

    com.huawei.iaware (prioritizes apps to avoid slowdown)

    com.huawei.sarcontrolservice (reduces radio power when phone against ear)

    SmartcarddService (apparently how the phone interacts with the sim card)

    com.android.keyguard (Huawei Magazine Lock Screen)

    Finally, here's a few sites that were helpful in deciding what to disable. The first one is in Chinese and P10 specific. The second is in German and about the Mate 9 but still helpful. Both can be opened in Chrome on your Windows machine for quick translations. The last one is about the Honor 6, also helpful.

    https://post.smzdm.com/p/625233/

    https://www.android-hilfe.de/forum/huawei-mate-9.2879/bloatware-mate-9.869797.html

    https://forum.xda-developers.com/honor-6x/how-to/guide-list-bloat-software-emui-safe-to-t3700814
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    Could anyone please enlighten me (and all others who might wounder) which of the system apps that can be removed "safely"?

    I went form a OnePlus X and got the P10 mainly cause I got it for 359$ / 313€ without contract but I really don´t like bloat apps. HiCare might be OK to have but Notes, Music, Videos, E-mail, Health, Gallery and possibly some more apps are just a waste of space since I prefer other apps for that. I guess I just could make a folder and put all Huawei bloat inside of it and just feel a little sick each time I scroll by it so it would be nice to remove as much of it as possible.

    I would happily donate a beer to the person who comes up with a list of "safe" apps to remove.
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    nice

    Music, Videos, E-mail, Health, Gallery and possibly some more apps are just a waste of space since I prefer other apps for that. I guess I just could make a folder and put all Huawei bloat inside of it and just feel a little sick each time I scroll by it so it would be nice to remove as much of it as possible.
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    Huawei Honor 9 Unnecessary App Removal

    I removed this apps and included names of them to get you started - that way you can pick and choose yourself.

    # Huawei Honor 9
    App Name | Package name
    Not sure | com.huawei.himove-overseas
    Health | com.huawei.health
    Tips | com.huawei.tips
    Honor Store | com.honor.global
    HiCare | com.huawei.phoneservice
    Huawei Services | com.huawei.phoneservice

    Play Books | com.google.android.apps.books
    Play Music | com.google.android.music
    Play Movies | com.google.android.videos
    Google+ | com.google.android.apps.plus
    Google News | com.google.android.apps.magazines

    Facebook Services | com.facebook.appmanager, com.facebook.system, com.facebook.orca, com.facebook.services, com.facebook.katana

    To uninstall `pm uninstall -k --user 0 <package-name>`
    To clear app data `pm clear <package-name>`