I have a rooted Lolipop 5.1 phone and I was wondering if uninstalling built in apps safe like Lookout, Hangout or Google+.


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Yes you can. You can manually delete them from the /system/app or /system/priv-app directory, or maybe using an system remover app. Also, not all apps can be removed safely, for example, there are some core phone apps like framework-res, SystemUI. Do not delete them! If you're unsure, I suggest you to get information about it first.

  • The OP mentioned in the question that his phone is rooted. Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 6:57
  • Whoops, ok edited
    – user217498
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 7:03

You can use a app like System app remover for that. And most of the apps are safe to remove, as the mentioned app shows if the app to be removed is a core component.

  • Please add a link to the mentioned app. Also, most apps are not safe to remove - very few system apps are safe to remove. However, in case of the OP, the apps he/she is considering for removal is safe to remove. Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 6:52
  • My bad, I tought adding links was illegal.
    – Vlusion
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 6:53
  • It's not illegal - it's recommended as per site policy (even when you are involved with the app, like being its developer - then you have to disclose your involvement). Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 6:55

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