I just got another Samsung S3 I9300 sold by Personal (the phone carrier). After unlocking the phone, I noticed I had no permission to remove all the annoying Personal’s applications.
If you want to remove these apps without having to install a different firmware in your phone, there is another option. Use the Android Debug Bridge (ADB).
Before you start, ensure to have the following:
- USB cable to connect your Android phone to your PC
- Install the Kies software for phone drivers
- ADB *
Follow the steps below, and make sure you do it in this order:
- Install Kies in your PC and make sure that your phone is recognized when connected via USB.
- Decompress ADB and make sure the application is at <some_drive>:\ADB (e.g. C:\ADB)
- Enable USB debugging on your phone. It should be somewhere within your Settings (in Samsung S3 Android 4.0.4 is under Settings > Developer options).
- Connect your phone to your PC via USB
- Open the Command Prompt (go to Start > Run and type cmd.exe)
- Go to the C:\ADB directory and type adb devices. The result should display your phone’s ID.
- Now access the ADB shell by typing adb shell.
- Bloatware apps are usually in the systems folder. In order to delete them you need super user access. Type suto change to super user mode.
- Now type pm list packages -f to list all installed packages (including bloatware apps).
- After listing all packages, you need to mount the device in order to remove anything. Type mount -o remount,rw -t rfs /dev/stl5 /system to mount the device.
- From the previously listed packages, copy the name of the package (including the path) and type rm -r /system/app/[app-name].apk. For example, to remove AllShare type rm -r /system/app/AllshareMediaServer.apk. Follow this step until you remove any unwanted bloatware apps.
- Type exit to exit the shell.
That’s it. Let me know if you have any questions.
* If you don’t want to download the Android SDK to extract ADB, just Google “download ADB” to download the compressed ADB files.