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Why can't I uninstall/disable all bloatware through ADB without root?

I recently tried to disable bloatware in my cheap Vivo and Oppo smartphones. These apps named Themes, Game Center, etc. keep giving me notifications that can't be disabled through the UI. The ...
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How to reinstall an uninstalled system bloatware app through ADB?

My phone is an unrooted Oppo A1K running Android 9.0. Yesterday when removing bloatware from my phone, I accidentally uninstalled a system app using the adb command; when I Open MY PHOTOS and click on ...
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How to disable bloatware for secondary users?

I have a rooted Samsung A7 Lite tablet. I rooted it and installed Ice Box from Google Play store. It is given root access in Magisk and I use it to disable some Samsung bloatware. However I realize ...
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Uninstalled Game Optimizing Service on Samsung Galaxy A50 (Android 9) will be re-installed immediately

I am trying to uninstall Game Optimizing Service bloatware on Samsung Galaxy A50 (Android 9): adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.samsung.android.game.gos As soon as i post this command, I see that ...
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Phone connecting to lot of domains when not in use

I have noticed that my Redmi smartphone is connecting to a lot of sites when I am not even using it. While going through the DNS logs in 1.1.1.1 vpn app, I have found these domains. FindMYDevice?? ...
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Turn an old Samsung Galaxy S6 into a GameBoy/eBook reader

I have a Galaxy Tab S6 (I know, old...) and I would like to turn it into something that, once turned on, will do two things: GameBoy (via an emulator) Ebook (via the Kindle reader) I want to make ...
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How to disable app background data usage via adb without root

I'm trying to disable unnecessary apps and their background data usage on an Android 10 device, using the following commands: adb shell appops set package_name RUN_IN_BACKGROUND ignore adb shell ...
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Cannot remove default apps on TCL 30 XE 5G using ADB shell

I'm trying to remove a few apps that came pre-installed on my TCL 30XE 5G. I read online that I could use the... ADB, SDK, something like that, platform tools? So I downloaded those, got the files ...
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No recent apps screen after disabling the launcher

My phone came with a launcher I didn't really like very much. So I installed Nova Launcher and disabled the in-built launcher. Now the recent apps screen won't come up. I looked up and most of the ...
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Why uninstalling system apps through ADB cause problems like battery drain?

I have an Android 10 phone (realme) which came preinstalled with a lot of bloatwares. Few days ago I used adb to uninstall a lot of apps, like the default browser, file manager, facebook bloatwares, ...
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Does uninstalling system apps using ADB commands increase internal storage?

I just wanted to know if uninstalling system apps or bloatware using adb commands frees up storage space. I know that uninstalling system apps using adb doesn't actually removes the app from your ...
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Why is impossible to remove system apps and preinstalled apps like 'Facebook' (with Android OS & without rooting) and can they be suppressed?

What is the explanation offered by manufacturers and vendors for why this is the case? Have there been legal challenges to this practice? For instance, I can't remove the apps 'Facebook' (not OS-...
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How can be deleted the com.android.cts.priv.ctsshim?

I have been told this is a compatibility test suite, but it is safe to delete? if so, how can be deleted from the device?
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turn off phone services notification

A happy owner of a palm phone, though every time the phone is turned off then on or restarted, it shows a notification that a non-verizon sim is being used. I understand these were exclusively verison ...
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How to determine default enabled permissions for for pre-installed applications?

Many Android apps that are pre-installed by manufacturers have extensive and intrusive requested permissions. When looking at the permissions of each app via Settings > Apps, some of the ...
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How can I remove Amazon Prime Video from my Android device using the Android Debugging Bridge (ADB)?

I'm following this guide to remove bloatware on my Android device. So far I was able to remove the apps that I didn't want on my phone, but whenever I try to uninstall Amazon Prime Video using ADB I ...
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Can't remove bloatware after rooted

After my phone is rooted (confirmed by Advanced Root Checker*) using this tutorial, I can't remove bloatware. Normally this can be done by System app remover pro, but now the removal keeps failing. Do ...
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How to automatically force stop a user-specified application after every reboot

One of my phones is a Samsung Galaxy Edge S7. One of the apps, Samsung Pay, is uninstallable bloatware. The problem is that when Samsung Pay is running it takes up the bottom edge of the home screen ...
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Which phones have the purest Android?

I'm looking for phones with stock Android. I was able to find articles on the internet, but they mention mostly new phones, and I'm more interested in older (cheaper) versions. I have Google Pixel (...
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How to root CovrWare Android phone?

NOTE: This is a very specific question on manufacturer name of the Android phone I am talking about... Hey, guys, I am needing to try and root a CovrWare manufacturer-made Android phone, from https://...
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Is it a viable option to modify ROM image directly instead of compiling?

I have an archive of my stock ROM with partition images inside and I have combined sparsechunks into a single images (this specific because it seems that there are various formats with ambiguous ...
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Deleting the security app in miui?

Read contradicting things about deleting that bloatware default security app (redmi note 8 pro). Some say its safe to do so but others say its tied down to some core system functionalities. Has anyone ...
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how to delete system apps from stock rom before flashing in windows

I want to remove apps from stock rom. Tool that I used is "MTK extractor". I unpacked system.img using MTK exractor tool, after unpacking I got "system " folder. One youtube tutorial told me if I ...
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How can I remove system apps on my amazon fire 7 9th gen tablet using adb commands? [duplicate]

I'm tired of bloatware on my amazon fire 7 tablet (9th gen)
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Permanently delete apps using Titanium Backup (they keep re-installing!)

Phone is rooted, running a custom ROM. I am using Titanium Backup, it has been given root privileges. I am trying to uninstall the following: default Files (I prefer X-Plore, yet, many apps keep ...
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How to clear all of this Bloatware that is insidiously being put on my phone? [duplicate]

As is probably a very regular question here, I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo and I'm having problems with the amount of memory being clogged up by what I will assume is garbage. I have installed on my ...
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Can system reserved memory be recovered after debloating?

Say I have a rooted phone, and I "debloat" it by removing some system apps. This means removing apk files from /system folder. On the other hand, user-installed apps on internal memory go to /data/app ...
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Nokia phone has pre-installed survey: how can I remove it? [duplicate]

I just bought a Nokia 6.1 phone. On the whole I like it, but today this popped up: The app is called "NPS" ("Net Promoter Score"?) version 9.0010.50. I found a discussion of it here, but the only way ...
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Remove Bloatware on my Xperia L

I'm try to remove bloatware on my old xperia, but then this is happening shell@android:/ $ pm uninstall -k --users 0 com.google.android.apps.books Error: Unknown option: --users and then I try this, ...
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Does OnePlus support removing NetFlix?

I noticed that my new OnePlus 7 Pro has Netflix preinstalled. This is awkward being the phone is so much more than prior models, and OnePlus has always prided itself on not shipping bloatware. Is it ...
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Error mesages after uninstall samsung scloud and youtube

After uninstalling Samsung bloatware (*) (using root), I am receiving the errors "Unfortunately com.samsung.android.scloud has stopped" and "Unfortunately com.google.android.youtube has stopped" even ...
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Will deleting all system apps from Android for debloating purpose prevent it from starting up?

The motivations of profit driven corporations like Google, Samsung, Microsoft alongside the motivations of the secret services like GCHQ and the NSA are at odds with my desire to use the expensive ...
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How to prevent phone to install bloatware automatically

I have a THL T9 Plus. I just wonder, why are applications installed automatically in background. I already installed NoRoot Firewall and Avira Antivirus. These are in most cases "HotKnotBean" and "...
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Prevent bloatware which gets reinstalled from starting

I had a problem with this app (I found on a package with the same name on Google Play, but I doubt it's the same thing) which kept getting installed all by itself again and again, and once istalled, ...
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How to remove apps which doesn't allow uninstall option without rooting smartphone? [duplicate]

I'm using Samsung J7Max recently I updated MY AIRTEL app and try to uninstall it app uninstalled but leaves an duplicate MY AIRTEL app which tell me download MY AIRTEL app from playstore. I can't ...
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AppMgrIII doesn't uninstall android bloatware - only disable

I have an old LGLS660 with 4 MB internal memory making install of new apps almost impossible - added MicroSD card to expand by 16 GB - rooted successfully with kingoroot. So I d/l this app I was ...
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How do some system apps prevent themselves from being disabled?

I have been researching about this for quite some time and frankly I haven't found anything that reproduces this effect in any phone that I have tried, as you know there are a few system apps that ...
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SHOULD I remove stock internet app on galaxy J5 2015?

I have rooted my samsung galaxy J5 (2015), but I am not sure whether or not I should remove the preinstalled "Internet"-app. The phone came with both that AND google chrome, and so the question is ...
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How to delete Alcatel File Manager?

I have an Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 model 60451 running Android 6.0.1 and it updated a few days ago turning File Manager into adware that would reinstall itself no matter what I did. I tried everything ...
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Is it possible to remove OAT files for unwanted system apps? [rooted locked device]

I have not enough free space on my Moto X, so I want to free up some space in data partition used by system apps bloatware. For example, disabled Slides with uninstalled updates still consumes 31 MB ...
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Verizon app on UK Pixel

I have an original Pixel, running Android 8.1.0(OPP5.170921.005), but the update seems to have added the Verizon app. (I'm in/from the UK and use EE.) I have 2 questions: Is this expected behaviour? ...
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Installing an app after deleting its apk using Bloatware removal tool

I'm working on Samsung Galaxy On7, Android 6.0.1-Marshmallow. It's unrooted. My phone has a lot of apps preinstalled that I don't use, like Google Play music and movies and TV. I want to remove these ...
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How does an Android system application restart after you kill it on Rooted devices?

So to clarify, I would like to know how a system app is able to resurrect itself (auto start) after I issue a kill command. There are ways to remove apps, by using apps-removal apps as well as ...
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Is it OK to remove this SaleTracker app?

I was going through apps I could uninstall and discovered this app called "Launcher" which lives in /system/app/SaleTracker.apk. Googling for the APK name suggests this is some sort of malware (...
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Did kingoroot install bloatware on my phone? Or is this a legitimate android locksreen?

Long story short, I have rooted my phone in order to resolve 'low on internal storage' issues (turned out the cache folder grew to almost 2GB). I have used kingoroot as suggested in this answer and it ...
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The process of rooting

Rooting is the process of installing the "Super User" account in Android. Which are the processes carried out in rooting ? I mean how actually it's done ? Apps like Kingroot can root many devices in ...
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How can I remove a System App from my rooted phone?

I have rooted my device, and removed several System apps successfully, including this one. However, I then accidentally restored this particular app and now I seem to be stuck with it. I've also ...
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Android communication sync keeps installing itself

My Android 4.4 based phone somehow gets 'Android communication sync' program which can be removed from downloaded apps. This program shows fullscreen ads whenever I unlock phone. My phone is rooted. ...
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How to remove bloatware in non-rooted android smartphone? [duplicate]

Is therr anyway to remove the system app via adb or else ? I am not talking about disabling application!?
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Deleting system files

I've been trying for a few weeks to root my android device. I'm running a ZTE Whirl 2 (Z667G) and none of the 25 one-click root programs have worked on it. I've given up on that path. So I started ...
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