Some time ago, after an (un ?) fortunate chain of events, I got my hands on an Alcatel Pixi 8079 – which has really-really low performance. This is why some of the preinstalled apps need to go.
The problem is that some applications simply cannot simply be uninstalled. ADB provides a method to uninstall apps. One such application is Facebook.
- Install ADB on your computer
To install ADB on your computer, follow the steps in the tutorial here.
- Identify versions
Use App Inspector to identify which programs you want uninstalled.
Uninstall an app
- Enable USB debugging and allow the debugging connection;
- Open a terminal;
adb devicesto see the available devices;
App inspectorto find the version of the app you want to uninstall – in our case it’s the Facebook app;
adb shell pm list users
View the list of users – this is not a mandatory step, but everything is ok if you see the user
adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.facebook.katana
This is the uninstall command for the Facebook app identified on the Pixi tablet
These are random commands ran in the terminal of a MacOS operating system. If ran on other operating system, some tweaks might be needed:
adb shell pm list packages | grep alcatel | sed -n 's/^package:*//p'
List all packages with
alcatelin their name and without the
adb shell pm list packages | grep alcatel | sed -n 's/^package:*//p' | xargs -n1 echo hey: $1
This does the same as the above, but for each line it runs the echo command.