Ridding your Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch SPH-D710 of bloatware and stripping it down to essential apps

March 30, 2012

It’s great if your phone comes with pre-installed applications that you actually use, however most phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch come with bloatware. These are applications pre-installed on your device but which you don’t actually (or frequently) use and which you cannot uninstall. The only way around it is through root access.

You can opt not to remove such unnecessary applications, however they tend to slow down the performance of your device and consume significant storage and RAM. There is now a way to get rid of them–Calkulin’s Bare ROM Converter, an application developed by XDA Developers member Calkulin.

The Bare ROM Converter is meant to bust most of the bloatware on your phone. Removing such pesky apps can help you save some precious memory and your phone’s performance will most likely improve.

According to the developer, the Bare ROM Converter moves apps into a folder on the phone’s SD card, where they will stay unable to bog down your system any longer.  The following apps are moved to /sdcard/Removed_Apps as of version 2.0 of the Bare ROM Converter:

  1. AnalogClock.apk/odex
  2. BluetoothTestMode.apk/odex
  3. Books.apk/odex
  4. BooksPhone.apk/odex
  5. BuddiesNow.apk/odex
  6. CCR.apk/odex
  7. DefaultHomeSelector.apk/odex
  8. DigitalClock.apk/odex
  9. DownloadProviderUi.apk/odex
  10. DrmProvider.apk/odex
  11. DrmUA.apk/odex
  12. DualClock.apk/odex
  13. FactoryTest.apk/odex
  14. GOLauncherEX.apk/odex
  15. GOLauncherEXNotification.apk/odex
  16. GoogleFeedback.apk/odex
  17. Keytracer.apk/odex
  18. Kies.apk/odex
  19. KiesAir.apk/odex
  20. kieswifi.apk/odex
  21. lcdtest.apk/odex
  22. MediaHub.apk/odex
  23. MinimalHome.apk/odex
  24. MobilePrint.apk/odex
  25. MobileTrackerEngineTwo.apk/odex
  26. NovaLauncher.apk/odex
  27. PanningTryActually.apk/odex
  28. PhoneCrashNotifier.apk/odex
  29. PhoneErrService.apk/odex
  30. PlusOne.apk/odex
  31. PolarisOffice.apk/odex
  32. PreloadInstaller.apk/odex
  33. PressReader.apk/odex
  34. Protips.apk/odex
  35. SamsungAppsUNAService.apk/odex
  36. SamsungWidget_News.apk/odex
  37. SamsungWidget_ProgramMonitor.apk/odex
  38. SamsungWidget_StockClock.apk/odex
  39. SamsungWidget_WeatherClock.apk/odex
  40. SecDownloadProviderUi.apk/odex
  41. SecretWallpaper1.apk/odex
  42. SecretWallpaper2.apk/odex
  43. SelfTestMode.apk/odex
  44. SisoDrmProvider.apk/odex
  45. SmartDeviceManager.apk/odex
  46. SlateTest.apk/odex
  47. SnsAccountFb.apk/odex
  48. SnsAccountLi.apk/odex
  49. SnsAccountMs.apk/odex
  50. SnsAccountTw.apk/odex
  51. SnsDisclaimer.apk/odex
  52. SnsImageCache.apk/odex
  53. SnsProvider.apk/odex
  54. SocialHub.apk/odex
  55. Sprint_Installer.apk/odex
  56. SprintID.apk/odex
  57. SprintMobileWallet.apk/odex
  58. SprintZone.apk/odex
  59. Term.apk/odex
  60. vlingo.apk/odex
  61. Voice.apk/odex
  62. VoiceToGo.apk/odex
  63. WiMAX_NETEST.apk/odex
  64. WiMAXLineTest.apk/odex
  65. WlanTest.apk/odex/odex

Quite a long list, huh?  If you want to strip down your Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch to the bare essentials, go ahead and give Calkulin’s Bare ROM Converter a try.

Requirements

  • Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch SPH-D710 — must be rooted and must have custom recovery (e.g., ClockworkMod Recovery).  See our guide for rooting the Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch.
  • Backup of your important phone data and files–just in case.
  • Latest version (currently, version 2.0) of the flashable ZIP package of Calkulin’s Bare ROM Converter — Get it from here (Calkulin’s_Bare_ROM_Converter_for_E4GT_v2.0.zip, 145 kB)

Instructions

Note: Use this guide at your own risk. We will not be held liable for any damage on your device as a result of following this guide.

Here’s how to flash Calkulin’s Bare ROM Converter on your Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch SPH-D710:

  1. Copy Calkulin’s_Bare_ROM_Converter_for_E4GT_v2.0.zip to your phone’s SD card.
  2. Turn off your phone.
  3. Reboot the phone into recovery mode, as follows: hold down the Volume Up and Power buttons.  Release the buttons when you see the recovery screen.
  4. From the main recovery menu, select “Install zip from SD card” and select Calkulin’s_Bare_ROM_Converter_for_E4GT_v2.0.zip.  Confirm that you want to flash the package.
  5. Return to the main recovery menu.
  6. Reboot your phone.

Congratulations!  You’ve disabled most of the inessential bloatware on your Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch by flashing Calkulin’s Bare ROM Converter.

Comments

  • travis mciver

    my samsung epic galaxy 2 s will not turn on at all. is that due to the battery being shot or is the phone bricked, can it be fixed ? how ?

    • Rob

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      • Sa

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.robertson.1293 Bryan Robertson

    Can this be applied in stock Android recovery mode and not just CWM recovery?