Uninstall Bloat from the /e/ (e.foundation) Operating System (Android)
I recently dropped LineageOS because shortly after the unwelcome manual upgrade (read: install from scratch) from 15.1 to 16 it broke down after a nightly update that would have required additional steps (but the updater app did not inform about this).
Currently testing /e/ because it's more conservative yet security-aware, but I really need to uninstall or at least disable a few apps:
- the e.foundation app store (I use f-droid)
- microG (I have no use for that)
- the rather horrible default launcher
- the weather provider/app
su is not required here:
pm list packages|grep -i apps pm uninstall -k --user 0 foundation.e.apps pm list packages|grep -i weather pm uninstall -k --user 0 org.lineageos.openweathermapprovider pm uninstall -k --user 0 foundation.e.weather pm uninstall -k --user 0 org.cyanogenmod.weatherservice pm uninstall -k --user 0 org.cyanogenmod.weather.provider pm list packages|grep -i launcher pm uninstall -k --user 0 foundation.e.blisslauncher
Now a reboot for good measure. /e/ still boots and appears usable. Good.
adb shell, on to the gritty stuff:
pm list packages|grep -i microg pm uninstall -k --user 0 org.microg.nlp.backend.ichnaea pm uninstall -k --user 0 org.microg.nlp.backend.nominatim pm uninstall -k --user 0 org.microg.gms.droidguard
Another reboot. /e/ still boots and appears usable. Good.
Now only a system update can show how useful all that was.
This has been working well enough. However, recently something called "/e/ Drive" appeared on this system, and kept crashing.
$ pm list packages|grep -i drive package:foundation.e.drive $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 foundation.e.drive Success
Done. And while I was at it, I re-checked the old ones. One caught my eye:
$ pm list packages|grep -i apps package:com.android.apps.tag $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.apps.tag Success
Let's hope this helps and doesn't break the system.
No ill effects so far.
According to this I also uninstalled
There's a similar article on the highly valued kuketz-blog.