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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?

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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.

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    That worked just fine, thank you! Now there is no more data on my device. Sep 2, 2014 at 19:33
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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]

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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.

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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

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  • Thanks for the answer, good pointers. I'm not rooted so I won't be able to uninstall them, but clearing the data worked. Sep 2, 2014 at 19:34
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    @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, 2014 at 20:11
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    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, 2014 at 20:25
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    As someone asked (but removed that comment): Here's the preliminary report: Android without Google 6: Self-Experiment
    – Izzy
    Sep 7, 2014 at 11:43
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    @Izzy awesome testing, amazing how much "energy" Google uses
    – HasH_BrowN
    Sep 7, 2014 at 18:13
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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.

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  • I don't think there's a custom ROM for my device ( vonino primus qs ), so I'll go with clearing the app data. Sep 2, 2014 at 19:35
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    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, 2014 at 20:28

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