I have an android device that doesn't start because it tries to activate carrier's network. Its out-of-contact CDMA mobile which was ported to another carrier. I accidentally did a reset and after that it always tried to activate carrier.

Currently when I connect it, I can see it as MTP Device, but I don't see the filesystem. Is it possible for me to go to the filesystem directly and remove possible apk files that cause this?

I am thinking of chroot-ing or something similar into the system and remove all the stuff that could trigger this activation. Do I need to use ADB shell or to connect to the device?

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    You'll need root permissions to modify the file system. Once you get that, you'll be able to do anything you want. Sep 8, 2015 at 20:46
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    Rooting the OS while the device does not boot up seems tricky, however ;-)
    – U. Windl
    Aug 12, 2022 at 23:49

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To get access to the filesystem you need to be rooted and you need to use ADB. MTP is way to limited for the low level access your needing.

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