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How can I uninstall applications that are locked by phone vendor?

Is there an easy way to remove pre-installed apps on my HTC Droid Incredible?

  • Amazon MP3
  • Car Panel
  • City ID
  • Footprints
  • Friend Stream
  • Skype mobile
  • Stocks
  • Teeter
  • VZ Navigator

Are there risks involved in removing them, such as a voided warranty?


  • I wonder if there's anything handset-specific about this question? I have the same question about a Droid X and it looks like the answers are equally applicable. Sep 24, 2010 at 13:59
  • Unless you use a non HTC based ROM, I wouldn't recommend removing Peep and FriendStream. Devs that have always end up putting them back in because of the issues it causes removing them. If you are going to use a CM based ROM you should be fine for sure.
    – Webs
    Sep 29, 2010 at 12:41
  • @Webs - Why? HTC Sense does not require those apps. I've removed them before.
    – Arda Xi
    Sep 29, 2010 at 16:47
  • I'm not really sure, but any ROM developer for the HTC Evo that has removed them from an HTC Sense based ROM has ended up putting them both back. For some reason they seem to be threaded in HTC Sense. Fresh, Damageless, and Virus have ended up putting them back in their ROMs and one of them stated on their XDA thread they put it back due to issues and FCs.
    – Webs
    Sep 29, 2010 at 17:03

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You can only fully uninstall pre-installed applications by using ADB. You need to find out what the package name is for the specific app, and enter this in the ADB prompt:

adb uninstall <package.name>

For example, to remove the Maps application:

adb uninstall com.google.android.apps.maps

So far I haven't found an easy way to figure out the package name for an app though.

  • Do this require a rooted phone? Sep 24, 2010 at 14:00
  • @Chris - As @Bryan said above, yes, it does.
    – Arda Xi
    Sep 24, 2010 at 21:37
  • This isn't 100% true Arda. Many devs now have flashable zips you can run in recovery that will remove apps for you. In fact there is a whole thread for the Evo where someone wrote a script that allows you to create your own flashable zip and choose what apps it will remove.
    – Webs
    Sep 29, 2010 at 12:43
  • @Webs - Guess what rooting is? Flashing a zip like that is basically running software as root.
    – Arda Xi
    Sep 29, 2010 at 15:57
  • My comment was directed toward your Answer, not comment, which states that "You can only fully uninstall pre-installed applications by using ADB." I was attempting to state that such a statement is not 100% true.
    – Webs
    Sep 29, 2010 at 16:45

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