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Removing System Apps with ADB

If you ROM comes with some unwanted applications, like Stocks, Teeter, News Reader or any other application you don’t use and the uninstall button is disabled, here’s how to get rid of them:

  • You need a rooted phone
  • Boot the phone in recovery. Plugin the USB cable, and connect to the phone open a command prompt
  • First, you need to mount the /system folder:
adb shell
mount /system
  • List all the installed apps:
cd /system/app
ls

Note: if you see some strange characters when the apps are listed, click here

  • To remove an application, you have to enter
rm {application.apk}

For example, to remove Teeter:

rm Teeter.apk
  • Removing Stock:
rm com.htc.StockWidget.apk
rm DCSStock.apk
rm Stock.apk
  • Removing HTC Mail:
rm htcmailwidgets.apk
rm Mail.apk
  • Removing HTC Radio:
rm com.htc.FMRadioWidget.apk
rm HtcFMRadio.apk
  • Removing HTC News reader:
rm HtcGreader.apk
rm HtcGreaderWidget.apk
  • Removing HTC Likes:
rm HtcRecommends.apk
rm HtcRecommendsWidget.apk
  • Removing Flickr:
rm Flickr.apk

Now, reboot the phone and these apps should be gone.

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  • Red-hawko

    Actually from this how to i’m a little bit confused. Alredy in first step, what do u mean ‘mount system folder’ can U write some examples ?

  • Bhavikk Shah

    Same here….didn’t get the first step itself….rest of it is simple as it looks….but what to type in command prompt???

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