Can you uninstall bloatware without rooting?
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I recently heard about Ting, and I'm checking out the service.  

I searched the forums to see if pre-installed apps can be installed from the smartphones.  I haven't found a definitive answer.  Everyone discusses rooting first, and no one states if they are able to uninstall these pre-installed apps.  

So, can you uninstall pre-installed apps?  Is it different per smartphone?  Also just to be greedy, can Ting co./current users list all of the pre-installed apps their devices came with (i.e. [Device Name] | [List of Pre-installed Apps]?

Thanks in advance.

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  • Hi Ebonie,

    Currently, our phones arrive with the default apps. We have plans to one day offer phones with no apps (or some variation of minimalism). The default apps can't be removed by normal means so most customers just move them to a folder and forget about them.

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  • Thanks for the response.  So the default Android apps (Market/Play Store, Gmail, Maps, Places, Navigation, Camera,  Calendar, Browser, Gallery, Latitude, News& Weather, Music, Phone, Search) are the only pre-installed ones.

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  • Investigate Titanium Back and/or any program like it on the market.  I know I can remove apps with Titanium back up but I'm also rooted and I don't recall if I ever tried it without root.  In the more I consider it, the more certain I am that you do need root, sorry.  But do check those out just in case some smart dude came up with something I don't know about yet.

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  • Ebonie,  the "default" apps include the defaults for a Sprint phone.  So you get various useless Sprint music, games and social networking apps too.

    But they don't really seem to matter too much other than appearing on the applications list.

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  • Wayne by "But they don't really seem to matter too much" do you mean that they can be uninstalled?

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  • Correct, on my SGII there are several Sprint apps can cannot be uninstalled without rooting.  My wife's HTC phone has less of this, but more HTC custom widgets.  (The default HTC crud still generally more useful/attractive)

    However none of these are large or cause any problems that I can tell.

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  • The default Sprint apps like Sprint NASCAR?  Sprint TV?   Those did bloat my  HTC EVO with automatic updates.  When I uninstalled updates, even though I couldn't uninstall the apps,  I freed a lot of storage.

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  • Only way I found to remove those apps on my phone was to root first, then run Link2SD to uninstall them (and to move others that are useful, but large, to the SD card)

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  • I rooted my LG Optimus S and installed a custom rom called CleanROM, which as the name implies, it came clean and free of all the bloat Sprint apps such as Sprint Zone, Sprint ID, Sprint TV, and a couple other non-useful ones.

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  • How do you "root" a phone???

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  • Hi Barbara,

    Rooting your phone would allow users to gain privileged (or root) access to the Android's operating system. This is beyond the services offered through Ting and just as a heads up, would void any applicable warranties you may currently still have on your device. 

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