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Removing preinstalled apps

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Does anyone know how to remove all that vodafone bloatware and game demos? I really do not want to play Sims 3 (demo)!

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you need to root the phone first then get an app off the market called root uninstaller. job done

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Thanks.

I have got rid of the odvious things like the demos. What other things are safe to be removed? I dont want to unistall something important.

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i just did everything vodafone social networking and crappy game demos

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1) Install Root Explorer

2) Mount the system/app folder as RW.

3) Carefully remove the stuff you don't need

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I accidentally removed the stock calendar app thinking it was a vodafone one.

Apparently i can get it back by extracting the relevant calendar apk files from the img file paul provided.

Can anyone provide info / links on how to do this?

I already have the superrecovery folder.

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I think my previous post on the other thread is more appropriate here :rolleyes:

Just extract them using WinRAR or 7-Zip, then transfer them over to the microSD card on your phone

install Root Explorer and copy them over to the relevant place

Reboot phone and it should work

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That hasn't worked unfortunately.

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I think your opening the wrong file, it's not the recovery.img it's the system.tar file you need

So go here and download the big system.tar file and then follow my previous post

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Managed to do all that, but when i select the apk to install, it just says 'app not installed'.

The only option i get then is 'done'.

I have the 'allow installation of unknown sources' box ticked.

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Copy them to the system app folder using root explorer and make sure the permissions are set the same as the rest of the apks in that folder. Job done. They wont install normally.

1) Install ES File Explorer or File Expert.

2) Install Remount.

3) Using Remount mount the system/app folder as RW.

4) Copy the missing .apk to System/App using ES File Explorer or File Expert

5) Reboot

:D

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Did all that but couldn't view system/app with es file explorer. Using file expert i copied the file but it wouldn't paste!!! Struggling! There must be some reason why the files won't paste or install.

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Did all that but couldn't view system/app with es file explorer. Using file expert i copied the file but it wouldn't paste!!! Struggling! There must be some reason why the files won't paste or install.

In a rush so just a quick thing, the app you are changing the file to RW when you select it are going going into that apps settings and selecting save , so the operation is saved. I forgot to do this modding the OMC and thought I could not change file properties but it was that after changing I was not saving the change as nothing asked me to, you had to know to go into the app and click save.

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I use rom toolbox for stuff that involves the root of the phone. Its layout Is very easy to navigate and it's free. Its always one of the first apps I download.

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Right, in es explorer, go menu>settings.

Tick root explorer, you'll get a super user pop up, click allow.

Then tick mount system as writable.

Now you'll be able to copy the app into there

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i downloaded root explorer and managed to remove google+ and twitter but cant for the life of me find the demos or vodafone stuff on the system/apps folder, can someone direct me to were i can find them so i can delete them/

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data/data app for games.

There is so much bloat in that folder, but going to. leave it there for now incase phone develops a fault.

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some of the Vodafone stuff may be needed for future ota updates so be very careful.

I see a mobile protect unsigned apk in there. any idea what it is or what it does? never seen it heard of it before

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Ok i managed to finally copy and paste the calendar apk file into system/app and it is there at last, widget too.

Thanks to everyone who helped i appreciate it.

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Yay! :D

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Please can someone "list" the apps that can be removed without any harm to the phone...? I'm a little worried now I've read some apps causing problems I wouldn't have imagined.... Please...

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the game trials, facebook, twitter can be safely removed for now. The rest might mess up the ota update in the future.

You could freeze or block permissions for anything you don't use or need.

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Thanks, Davidoff.

I'll stick to that for now!

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Titanium backup could not find the apks so could not remove them with titanium including use the force removal option. Managed with another app.

Removed games, qype, facebook, and TouchPal languages like french, italian,spanish, german.

AlSo books removed.

I presume system rom has now increased. can someone please post what theirs is at with stock rom. mine is at 309 MB now

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Would vodafone music store etc really stop ota update?

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