Removing Bloat / Unwanted Apps
Posted 05 April 2013 - 11:55 AM
Big list incoming. These have all been frozen with no averse affects. They can even be uninstalled if you don't care about updates and/or have a backup. If you aren't sure about an app or if you don't trust me, research first. I'm 100% positive that these can safely be removed, but if you remove something that then takes away an app you use, don't blame me. I will provide description for some but not all.
It should go without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway:
If you are not sure if it's okay to freeze due to numbers or any other issue, do not freeze it in your first batch. If this is the case, freeze it separately so you can know exactly what causes the issue if something goes wrong. Secondly,
Do not uninstall a single thing until you know your phone functions with it frozen. That is all.
Now, the list:
AcousticWarning __ Removes "music too loud" warning.
Android keyboard (AOSP) __ REMOVES STOCK KEYBOARD. Make sure to have another keyboard installed first if you remove this.
Android Live Wallpapers __ This removes choices, but you can still use live wallpapers.
Backup Asistant Plus __ Removes Verizon backup; does not affect Google syncing (contacts and email and whatnot).
Backup Assistant+ Contacts Client __ Removes Verizon backup; does not affect Google syncing (contacts and email and whatnot).
Backup Assistant+ Media __ Removes Verizon backup; does not affect Google syncing (contacts and email and whatnot).
Bubbles __ This is a Live Wallpaper.
Calculator __ Removes Calculator app; I use a TI-89 Emulator.
Chrome __ Removes Chrome app from system; I use Dolphin Beta, Opera Beta, or Chrome Beta installed from Play Store.
Circles __Removes Circles Widget which can't be used anywhere but on stock launcher.
com.motorola.vmm.filemanager __ Removes Files app; I use ASTRO and Root Explorer.
DlnaSystemService __ Removes DLNA functionality.
Downloads __ This app is only a shortcut and UI to the section of your SD card. It is pointless to have if you have a file manager.
Emergency Alerts __ Removes Emergency Alerts.
Files __Again, removes Files app; I use ASTRO and Root Explorer.
Google Play Books __ Obviously removes Books app.
Google Play Magazines __ Removes Magazines app.
Google Play Movies & TV __ Removes Movies & TV app.
Google Play Music __ Removes Play Music; I use PowerAMP.
Help __ Removes Help app.
Home screen tips __ Removes Home screen tips widget.
Homescreen __ DO NOT REMOVE UNLESS YOU HAVE A BACKUP LAUNCHER. I use TSF Shell.
IMDb __ Removes IMDb app.
Magic Smoke Wallpapers __ Removes choices, not functionality.
Mobile Hotspot __ Removes Verizon Mobile Hotspot app; I use Barnacle Wifi Tether.
Modem Fastdormancy Monitor Service
MotoChineseInput __ Removes Chinese Input.
Moto Smart Handwriting
Motorola Dock Helper Service
Motorola Dock Service
Movie Studio __ Removes Movie Studio app.
Music Visualization Wallpapers __ Removes certain Live Wallpapers.
Netflix __ Removes Netflix app.
NFL Mobile __ Removes NFL Mobile app.
Quickoffice __ Removes Quickoffice app; I use OfficeSuite Pro.
Setup Wizard __ I have no idea why there are two.
SmartActions __ Removes SmartActions app.
Smartactions Android Framework __ Removes SmartActions app.
Smartactions Android Proprietary Framework __ Removes SmartActions app.
Sound Recorder __ Removes Sound Recorder app.
Talk __ Removes Talk app.
Vehicle Mode __ Removes Vehicle Mode app.
Verizon Login __ Removing can cause problems enabling Avast Anti-Theft, but it can be unfrozen and refrozen if you use that.
Verizon Remote Diagnostics __ Removing can cause problems enabling Avast Anti-Theft, but it can be unfrozen and refrozen if you use that.
Voice Commands __ Just removes the app -- Voice recognition still works.
Voicemail __ Removes Voicemail app; I use Google Voice.
VZ Navigator __ Removes VZ Navigator app, which has been irrelevant since the original Motorola RAZR.
PS: About the Live Wallpapers, as long as you don't freeze Live Wallpaper Picker, you can still use them, just not the ones that are preloaded on the phone.
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An ad blocker will get rid off most if not all ads that come with free versions of apps and things like that.
Posted 07 February 2014 - 06:58 PM
I froze com.motorola.android.motovzwlocationservice and messed around without having it for a day or so and decided I didn't want it so I removed it. Of course the next day I realized that my maps didn't have my precise location anymore. I have the Droid Razr Maxx XT912 with Android JB 4.1.2. I've removed almost everything else with great success. IS there anyway to get an APK to reinstall com.motorola.android.motovzwlocationservice?? Please help!
Posted 29 September 2014 - 11:18 AM
Posted 29 September 2014 - 11:34 AM
I removed a few of these and now my dad's work number is missing from the address book and on the text messaging app (default) only numbers show up on conversations and no names. What did I do and how can I fix this?
You deleted one of your backup apps, either the Verizon one or the Google one. Do you have your contacts backed up to Google? If so, go into your contacts settings, choose accounts, and pick Google as the account you want to use for your contacts. You might have also deleted your phone's people app, but hopefully you have everything synced with Google.
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