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

XDA-develoers tells me to use adb for this.
First I installed the f-droid app via adb. Then I installed a launcher through f-droid.

adb shell

Apparently 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.

Starting another 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.

Edit 28.9.19:
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
$ pm uninstall -k --user 0 foundation.e.drive

Done. And while I was at it, I re-checked the old ones. One caught my eye:

$ pm list packages|grep -i apps
$ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.apps.tag

Let's hope this helps and doesn't break the system.

Edit 29.9.19:
No ill effects so far.
According to this I also uninstalled com.android.stk. Scary.

There's a similar article on the highly valued kuketz-blog.