If ill root my phone and delete the browser and the play store for example... and then ill go into recovery mode and make a factory reset, will those app will come back?

If yes, is there a way to prevent simple factory rest to recover those app? ty

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If you have deleted those apps from system partition using root permissions (via su) then a factory reset will not restore those apps (see also this question for details).

Only installing a new firmware or manually installing an "firmware update" via recovery that contains the deleted apps (e.g. a OpenGApps package containing PlayStore) can restore them.

  • Is this app will do the job, or do i need to delete specific files manually? play.google.com/store/apps/…
    – Joe
    Feb 24, 2021 at 12:36
  • @Joe For deleting a system app you need to remount the system partition writable. How to do so can differ from device to device, therefore such apps can work or not. You only know if it works if you have tried it. Note that deleting the wrong app can make your system unbootable, hence you would have to reflash the system firmware (if it is available).
    – Robert
    Feb 24, 2021 at 12:39
  • I'm speaking about a rooted phone, i know how to do that, its very easy on Pixel and OnePluse phone's. in my old phone that i already rooted i use this app and give her SU permissions. and it deleted the system app's i wanted. My question is, if this app delete those app properly to prevent recovery by factory reset or not?
    – Joe
    Feb 24, 2021 at 12:46
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    @Joe Sorry but I cant' answer you the question if an app works "properly" or not. Try it out and check what it modifies. Usually a system app is just an .apk file and an .odex file of the same name in the same directory.
    – Robert
    Feb 24, 2021 at 12:56
  • The last sentence you said was the answer I was looking for! ty man!
    – Joe
    Feb 24, 2021 at 13:09

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