How to Uninstall Sprint Apps from from Your Android Device

When I got my phone I didn’t like that it came loaded with useless apps from Sprint, like NFL, Nascar, SprintTV, I immediately wanted to remove them, but unfortunately they couldn’t be removed. What now? After some research, I found out that the only way to remove them is by rooting the phone and using some adb commands. So, here is a little tutorial on how to remove them.






First, you have to root your phone, since I have Sprint Hero, this is the How To from TheUnlockr. If you have a different phone, just google “How to root yourPhoneName”

After you are rooted, you need to set up ADB to interact with your phone. If you haven’t done so, follow this how to: Linux, Windows.

WARNING: Before proceeding I suggest you do a nandroid backup first in case you remove something important, that way you will be able to restore the phone to the original state.

ADB Commands

Using cmd under Windows or Terminal under Linux.

This will drop you into a basic linux command shell on your phone with no parameters

adb shell
* daemon not running. starting it now *
* daemon started successfully *
#

This will get you into super user

# su

This will remount some system file into read-write mode

# mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

With this you will browse to the directory where the Sprint apps are installed and display them

# cd /system/app
# ls
Browser.odex
HtcClockWidget.apk
htcsearchwidgets.odex
Calendar.apk
VoiceSearch.apk
DrmProvider.odex
.
.
.
GoogleSubscribedFeedsProvider.odex
Mail.apk

And finally this will remove the desired apps.

# rm Stock.apk
# rm Stock.odex

Now the complete code

adb shell
* daemon not running. starting it now *
* daemon started successfully *
$ su
# mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
# cd /system/app
# ls
Browser.odex
HtcClockWidget.apk
htcsearchwidgets.odex
Calendar.apk
VoiceSearch.apk
DrmProvider.odex
.
.
.
GoogleSubscribedFeedsProvider.odex
Mail.apk
# rm Stock.apk
# rm Stock.odex

**Disclaimer: Do it at your own risk. I am not responsible for any damages done to your phone.**

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Esau Silva
Software Engineer at Region One ESC
Microsoft Full Stack Application Developer
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