Saturday, April 23, 2011

Removing built in apps from Android Tablets?

Removing built in applications from Android Tablets?

We’ve received another email today that has got us stumped! Janar writes:
I bought Samsung Galaxy GT-P1000 tablet in Saudi Arabia. In this tablet some of the applications like Quran, prayer timings, direction for Khbha etc. can not be removed or uninstalled. Can somebody give solution in this regards.
I had no idea that this sort of thing would occur anywhere in the world, but if you know how to remove these applications from a Samsung Galaxy tablet please comment to this post and we’ll try to let Janar know the good news.

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IIRC, then you can delete the apps. Deleting is a bad idea though, in case you ever need to restore them. The best thing to do is rename them by changing the extension. Using .bak is a common practice. You would navigate to the system folder after mounting and do something like this:

mv CorpCal.apk CorpCal.bak

That would change the Corporate Calendar app so it is no longer a valid application. If you ever need to restore it, you can just "mv" backwards so it's an APK again.

If I made a mistake here, please correct me. It's been a while since I used linux and I'm not an expert on Android terminal commands.

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