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Get Rid of Those Annoying Stock Apps on Your Droid Razr Maxx

One of the biggest killers to battery life on a Droid Razr Maxx is the stock apps. There are a number of apps that Verizon and Motorola decided you needed to have. In most cases, users don’t actually want these apps. To make matters worse, the apps are lodged in there pretty tight, taking up storage and using RAM. Here’s how to remove them.

Before proceeding, you need to make sure you’ve rooted your Droid Razr Maxx. I wrote up instructions on how to do that here. There are probably ways to remove these stock apps without rooting, but if you’re scared to root your phone, you shouldn’t even think about removing stock apps. You might mess things up and force yourself to flash back to the stock ROM. This is a good point to tell you that I’m not responsible for what happens when you follow these directions. They’re merely a reference for what worked for me.

Droid Razr Maxx

Image via Motorola.com

Droid Razr Maxx Stock Apps You Can Remove

Here are the apps you can remove from your Droid Razr Maxx:

  1. Amazon Kindle
  2. MOG
  3. NFL Mobile
  4. Quickoffice
  5. Slacker Radio
  6. Slingbox

There are probably others that you can remove, but these are the stock apps that I successfully removed from my Droid Razr Maxx without issue. If you’ve removed something else and had no problems with the phone, even after a few days, please let me know in the comments.

Removing the Stock Apps

Once you have your rooted phone, and you’ve made a backup of the apps you’re going to remove (not required, but suggested. You can use something like Titanium Backup), you need to download Root Explorer from the Play market. Yes, this app is $4, but it’s worth it. Don’t be stingy.

  1. Open Root Explorer
  2. Don’t go into any folders.
  3. Tap the small button at the top to “mount as r/w”
  4. Tap the search button.
  5. Search for the app you’re trying to remove.
  6. Press the menu button, then tap multi-select.
  7. Select all.
  8. If you made backups, check through the list of results. Your backups are probably flagged in the list and you don’t want to delete them. Unselect any backup files. (Titanium backups are clearly labeled with “Titanium” in the file path.)
  9. That’s it! You may find the app still listed in Manage Apps, but with a size of 0MB, until your next reboot.

If you removed the wrong app, the most likely solution is restoring from your backup. You did make one, right? I would discourage removing more than one or two apps at a time, and try to limit other installations and updates for a couple days. You might even want to disable updates from the Play market. After all, the more changes you make at one time, the harder it’s going to be to track down the cause of a problem.

You may have an issue with apps not properly deleting. That is, after deleting them with the method above, you may still see them in the list of running processes. The best thing to do in this case is stop the process from Manage Apps and then repeat the search/delete steps.

If you liked this How To you might be interested in my other articles on the Moto Droid Razr Maxx available here.

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