6

My main android device is a phone. I recently aquired a tablet which I don't really use for email, calendars, etc. Therefore I want none of that data on the tablet.

I have disabled sync for all entries under my Google account, but the emails/calendars/hangouts which were already synced remain on the device.

How can I remove my emails/calendar entries/hangouts/etc from the device while keeping the play store credentials?

11

I'm not 100% sure for all apps involved, but for most the "general rule of thumbs" applies:

  1. go to Settings→Apps
  2. select the "All" tab (to also show pre-installed apps)
  3. walk the apps one-by-one, open their entries, and select "Clear Cache" plus "Delete Data"

Especially exclude things like "Google Play Services", but include the "Calendar Provider" and "Contacts Provider" (or similar named entries).

It's a good idea to first make a (just in case), and also to keep log of what you cleared. The former in case you hit one app too much, the latter in case you need to perform a one day – as after that, sync would be automatically enabled by default, and you can only disable it after having finished the wizard and re-created your account – so all calendars, contacts, etc. would be back.

  • 3
    That worked just fine, thank you! Now there is no more data on my device. – Robert Munteanu Sep 2 '14 at 19:33
5

As always do a backup of your device before removing anything

If you don't understand something that is stated please ask, before continuing

1) go into settings and turn off all syncs. Goto settings/apps/ locate the Google apps you don't want running. Clear data and disable each, one at a time. [Leave PlayStore, Play Services, Services Framework, and Accounts Manager intact; I'm not sure about Partner Setup and One Time Init, try those and if not working properly re-enable]

OR

2) assuming you are rooted: you can manually uninstall most of the Google apps. If you know which ones to remove!!! [Leave PlayStore, Play Services, Services Framework, and Accounts Manager intact; I'm not sure about Partner Setup and One Time Init]. I use /system/app-mover [ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.j4velin.systemappmover&hl=en ] to switch apps from system to user space, then delete from there.

OR

3) assuming you are rooted: the easiest way of slimming down on the Google apps would be to flash a minimal GApps to your device, that have the core requirements necessary for your apps from PlayStore to function properly. you can add-on any of the other features after that as needed.

Like I stated at the top, make sure you make a backup/nandroid so any issues can be easily corrected.

Good luck

  • Thanks for the answer, good pointers. I'm not rooted so I won't be able to uninstall them, but clearing the data worked. – Robert Munteanu Sep 2 '14 at 19:34
  • 1
    @RobertMunteanu Check this link out for rooting and rom! Works with Primus QS!! forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2316845 – HasH_BrowN Sep 2 '14 at 20:11
  • 2
    Disabling unwanted apps is a good pointer indeed, which I didn't think of with my answer. +1 for that! What is not needed doesn't need to be running :) – Izzy Sep 2 '14 at 20:25
  • 1
    As someone asked (but removed that comment): Here's the preliminary report: Android without Google 6: Self-Experiment – Izzy Sep 7 '14 at 11:43
  • 1
    @Izzy awesome testing, amazing how much "energy" Google uses – HasH_BrowN Sep 7 '14 at 18:13
3

Great answers are posted already. If your device is rooted, you can look for a custom rom such as Cyanogenmod, AOSP rom etc. These roms do not have Google apps by default. You have to flash them separately. If available, you can install a custom rom compatible with your device, then install a micro gapps package (also known as minimal google apps). The micro gapps package basically just include Play store and core services without all the extras such as hangout, google+, maps, etc. A good resource for custom rom is XDA forums.

  • I don't think there's a custom ROM for my device ( vonino primus qs ), so I'll go with clearing the app data. – Robert Munteanu Sep 2 '14 at 19:35
  • 2
    With a custom ROM you could even go without GApps at all, and use the BlankStore from NOGAPPS to access Play (details here). Its latest version (just published a few days ago) even works for updating paid apps – just buying new ones is not possible from BlankStore. – Izzy Sep 2 '14 at 20:28

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.