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Removing "factory Installed Apps"

by glbizzy / May 9, 2011 4:06 AM PDT

Does anyone know how to remove the apps that come pre-loaded on the phone, i.e. Skype, Madden NFL 11 (teaser), City ID, etc?

Sorry if this has been discuseed ad naseuam...I'm a newvbie to the community. Thanks.

Droid X.

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If you're phone is as-is
by Sovereign Forum moderator / May 9, 2011 4:35 AM PDT

meaning it is not rooted, you can't uninstall those. There are apps that can automatically kills those factory apps when they are starting up, however, if you're not careful with those, it can make matters worse, so I'd suggest to just leave them alone -- everyone has to deal with them.

~Sovereign

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You have to root your phone!
by OfficeNinja / May 11, 2011 8:06 AM PDT

The only to get rid of these apps is to root your phone, and probably install a customized rom. Just like when you buy a new PC and there's tons of bloatware it is just something you'll have to deal with. Manufacturers put these on your phone to make extra money (even though its YOUR phone, and you paid for it). Unlike a PC, you just can't uninstall them. Just google, rooting Droid X. The longer the phone is out, generally the easier it is to root and generally the safer. This will void your warrenty so if something happens to your phone you likely won't be able to take it back

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There is a way...root your phone.
by Abro86 / May 11, 2011 9:04 AM PDT

So I have been scouring the Android market, and the internet looking for a non-root-your-phone answer to that very question and everything I've found points to the only way to have access to really delete the pre-installed apps is to root your phone. Officeninja had it right though, rooting your phone will void the warranty, and theres always the possibility of "bricking" your phone if the root is interrupted, or done incorrectly (or it just could anyway).

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thanks to all
by glbizzy / May 12, 2011 1:30 AM PDT

Thanks for all the good advice.from everyone. I think I'll live with the apps for now as I don't like the idea of voiding my warranty or potentially bricking the phone. The apps in question aren't enough of a nuisance to risk it. THANKS TO ALL!

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yesssss, my pretty
by Anonymous44 / May 13, 2011 1:46 AM PDT
In reply to: thanks to all

" I think I'll live with the apps for now ..."

Yes, that's just what google et al. would like you to do.

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