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LeslieAnn

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Safe apps to remove
« on: February 24, 2014, 04:10:55 PM »
This is the list I have so far.
This leaves every function intact, but removes bloat. Also, bear in mind, I remove apps on the Play Store because as soon as they update, you now have two versions on your phone.


Note: Remember to remove both APK and ODEX
Books
ChromeWithBrowser
FileManagerbin
GMS_Maps
GoogleDrive
Magazines
PlayGames
PlusOne
PolarisViewerbin   (I would keep this if you have no other document viewer)
QTranslatorbin
Shopper
Zone-Sprint
Street
YouTube


WARNING:
Hangouts        BEWARE: Hangouts has a "feature" that leaves you signed in permanently. If you can, try to sign out before removing it, otherwise Google will show you as "away" for weeks or months, meanwhile, no messages will get to you, or forward to your Gmail account.  Thanks Google! This can be fixed, but can be a lot of work, and even then, still may or may not work. Solutions range from changing passwords to faking the app id.

Note: Google knows of the issue and pretty much has no solution. Here's an idea Google, remove the permanent sign in! Who the heck thought that was a brilliant idea?
« Last Edit: February 24, 2014, 08:41:52 PM by LeslieAnn »

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Re: Safe apps to remove
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014, 08:14:26 PM »
Update:
Added Zone-Sprint to list and GoogleDrive
« Last Edit: February 24, 2014, 08:41:42 PM by LeslieAnn »

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Re: Safe apps to remove
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2014, 09:32:28 PM »
Another person did this and made what looks to be a comprehensive listing here:

http://androidforums.com/showthread.php?p=6341298

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Re: Safe apps to remove
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2014, 01:23:36 AM »
That is for Metro and T-Mobile, the Virgin model lacks many of those apps.

There is more that can be removed, but you will start losing function pretty quickly. Things like Gallery and Gmail can be done, but removing Gmail makes registering a bit more difficult and removing Gallery can have some odd effects when sending attachments. I've taken out taskbin before as well, and everything worked, until you went into a certain section of settings, and then it would crash.

So while that list me be complete, some things should carry a warning.

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Re: Safe apps to remove
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2014, 12:42:30 PM »
Thanks for the warning! I hadn't had a lot of time to check it out completely, just saw that it seemed longer than your list and wanted to share it.

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Re: Safe apps to remove
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2014, 03:58:46 PM »
This is the list I have so far.
This leaves every function intact, but removes bloat. Also, bear in mind, I remove apps on the Play Store because as soon as they update, you now have two versions on your phone.

Pardon my ignorance, but how does that happen, getting two versions of an app? I'm currently using a Kyocera Event as my daily driver. The F3 should be in my hands in a few days.

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Re: Safe apps to remove
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2014, 11:07:46 PM »
This is the list I have so far.
This leaves every function intact, but removes bloat. Also, bear in mind, I remove apps on the Play Store because as soon as they update, you now have two versions on your phone.

Pardon my ignorance, but how does that happen, getting two versions of an app? I'm currently using a Kyocera Event as my daily driver. The F3 should be in my hands in a few days.
Pre-installed apps are stored in system/apps. Since these cannot be removed or updated, it puts any update into the data/apps folder.

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Re: Safe apps to remove
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2014, 03:41:20 PM »
Okay, thanks for explaining the issue, LeslieAnn.

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Re: Safe apps to remove
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2014, 09:11:43 AM »
Adding:

Mobile ID
Swype

to this list. I don't think deleting Mobile ID will break anything. So far it hasn't for me. As for Swype, if you like it and don't want to pay for it, keep the version this phone comes with.

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Re: Safe apps to remove
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2014, 11:53:29 AM »
Thanks as always LeslieAnn!

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