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

March 30, 2012
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    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.


    • 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)


    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.


    • 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?