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Some time ago I read somewhere that Chinese carriers are removing Google-specific software (Google Search, Google Play, etc) from Android devices they carry.

What I wanted to know is if this is difficult to do on already rooted Android tablets?

I know that I can log into a rooted Android tablet through a USB cable and delete packages, I am just not sure which ones can be deleted without causing dependency issues.

Is it sufficient to delete Velvet.apk, or do other ones need to be deleted to remove all out-of-the box Google apps?

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    If your on a custom ROM you can reflash it without the GApps package....no Google Apps!! :) – HasH_BrowN Dec 14 '14 at 5:11
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You can install an app like Root Uninstaller or Link2SD and remove any unwanted system apps from there. It is typically safe to remove:

  • Cloud Print
  • Drive
  • Google Photos
  • Google Play Books
  • Google Play Games
  • Google Play Magazines
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Google Play Music
  • Google Play Store
  • Google Photos
  • Google Search
  • Google Text-to-speech Engine
  • Google+
  • Google Text-to-speech Engine
  • Hangouts/Talk
  • Translate
  • YouTube

Be careful, removing these may break some functionality:

  • Gmail (reinstalling as user app may break functionality)
  • Google Backup Transport
  • Google Calendar Sync
  • Google Contacts Sync
  • Google Maps
  • Google Now Launcher (do only if there's an alternate launcher installed as system app)
  • Google One Time Init
  • Street View

Do not remove these:

  • Google Account Manager (causes FC's if you don't remove other gapps)
  • Google Partner Setup (may cause unexplained crashes)
  • Google Play Services (causes FC's if you don't remove other related gapps)
  • Google Services Framework (may cause crashes if you don't remove other gapps)
  • Setup Wizard

You may want to disable these apps first (Settings > Apps > All > [Selected system app] > Disable) or Freeze using Link2SD to test functionality with those apps removed.


Thanks to user1261104's comment for contribution to this answer.

  • Also safe to remove: Gmail,Google+,Google (the search app),Google Play (the market),Youtube and I think SIM toolkit as well. Just disable these apps via Settings>Apps>All apps> [Choose an app] >Disable. If you find that everything still works like you'd expect, delete them with Titanium Backup or Root Uninstaller like LyricWulf says. – user1261104 Dec 16 '14 at 15:17
  • Lollipop won't allow you to disable Play services / Google Now – Hello World Aug 7 '15 at 17:36
  • @HelloWorld That may be true, but with root access, disabling and removing GApps is possible. As OP stated, the target device is rooted. – LyricWulf Aug 12 '15 at 6:52

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