AT&T LG Optimus G Pro: Safely remove bloatware/pre-loaded apps

After successfully achieving root access, now we can carry out some tweaks that can improve the performance of this phone, for instance delete or disable a lot of pre-loaded apps. There are many advantages that we can get after removing or freezing bloatware / pre-installed apps on the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro (LGE980), now we are able to free up some storage space, save RAM usage, which can also boost life of the battery, as a result of the reduced background process from the bloatware apps.

Unlike other phones, the LG android smartphones have unique protection, which checks some required apps before boot up, in cases the required apps are missing then you’ll get a Security Error message on boot screen as happened to its predecessor. This means you need to be careful when picking apps to be removed from the LG Optimus G Pro. For me personally, it’s better to freeze the bloatware instead of deleting it as the apps are still placed on the device but is not active, so the chances of us getting a security error is very small.

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Screenshot: Titanium Backup/XDA

For those who want to freeze or remove pre-installed/bloatware apps from AT&T LG Optimus G Pro (E980), you can follow the below steps:

  1. Without a doubt, we need root privileges to do this, since all are system apps that found in the system partition.
  2. We can get rid of the pre-loaded apps located in “/system/app” folder manually by using a file manager app such as ES Explorer, X-plore, Root Browser, etc.
  3. To make it easier, you can also use tools like Titanium Backup Root, ROM Manager or MyBackup to remove, backup or freeze the apps.
  4. Here is a list of pre-installed/bloatware apps that are safe to freeze/remove, most of which are AT&T’s apps:
    myAT&T
    AT&T Address Book
    - // – Code scanner
    - // – Family map
    - // – Hot spots
    - // – Locker
    - // – Messages
    - // – Navigator
    - // – Ready2go
    - // – Smart WiFi
    Facebook
    Live TV
    Yp Mobile
    Finance
    Social+

If you feel the list is not complete you can try to freeze some other apps before deleting it, and be sure not to remove Google apps (Books/Music) because there will likely be able to trigger a security error on Optimus G Pro (LGE980).

 

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