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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  4. mike says:

    Hey, this is great! Thanks for sharing this info. How do I do this, I mean, how do I get started? I just plug up my phone, then go in to cmd window, then enter the commands you posted? Is that all? Are there any apps available now where I can just click on the widget of the app I don’t want. email me and lemme know. Thanks.

    • jgezau says:

      1. You have to root your phone. There are different ways to root a phone, depending on your phone’s manufacturer and carrier, and if you are running Windows or Linux. I recommend to do a search in this forum http://forum.xda-developers.com/ (Tell me what phone you have and I point you in the right direction)
      2. Once you are rooted, set up ADB Drivers, For Linux [https://esausilva.com/2010/05/13/setting-up-adbusb-drivers-for-android-devices-in-linux-ubuntu/], for Windows [http://theunlockr.com/2009/10/06/how-to-set-up-adb-usb-drivers-for-android-devices/]
      3. Once you have root, and ADB drivers under Windows/Linux, follow my tutorial.
      4. Shoot me another comment if you have more questions.
      5. There are no apps available to do this.
      6. Do it at your own risk. I am NOT responsible if you brick your phone due to an incorrect typed command from your part, and last but not least, you will most likely void warranty.

      • jgezau says:

        Forgot to tell you. After rooting the phone, make sure you do a nandroid backup in case something bad happens (like bricking the phone), that way you can always go back the way it was before.

  5. Marina says:

    they have a few way to do it none really worth anintyhg as you? need to root you device to complete, below is a non rooting way .I have seen quite a few way to change/edit the score but the app dev does a fix every few months to keep people from doing it.Easter Bunny Easter EggIf you have the latest version of the game you can enter the case sensitive password Bunny’ as your name and your doodle will appear in a bunny outfit.

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