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Debloat Pixel 4A

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My Oneplus 5T has been randomly freezing for a few months now. I have tried reinstalling it and tried to downgrade it from lineage 17.1 to the stock rom. Nothing helped. I’ve been looking for a new phone for the past few months and have tested several phones. I eventually bought the pixel 4a. This is, in my opinion, the best phone on the market right now. It is easy to unlock, and there are many ROMs available for it.

After I received the phone, I installed GrapheneOS. GrapheneOS is a great rom, it works out of the box without any bugs. But after a few dag of using Graphene, I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t manage to get the GPS working (like any other service, the GPS uses Google services to work and Graphene doesn’t come with any Google services.).

I decided to switch back to stock-android. I really like stock-android but I really hate the Google spyware. So after tweaking all the privacy settings and installing FOSS applications like f-droid, I tried to remove the Google services and applications that I dont use.

I used ADB to uninstall the spyware from the default user profile. This is the command I used:

adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 NAME_OF_APPLICATION

Here is a list of applications I managed to uninstall:

    bookmark provider
    com.android.bookmarkprovider

    Device Personalization Services
    com.google.android.as

    Google Partner Setup
    com.google.android.partnersetup

    Google Market Feedback Agent
    com.google.android.feedback

    Google Carrier App Logging
    com.google.android.apps.carrier.log

    Google Connectivity Metrics
    com.android.connectivity.metrics

    Partner Bookmarks
    com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks

    Google Wearables Companion
    com.google.android.apps.wearables.maestro.companion

    Tethering (Un)Entitlement
    com.google.android.tetheringentitlement

    Verizon - Specific Stuff
    com.verizon.mips.services com.customermobile.preload.vzw com.verizon.llkagent com.verizon.obdm_permissions com.android.vzwomatrigger com.customermobile.preload.vzw

    Chrome
    com.android.chrome

    Stock Youtube App
    com.google.android.youtube

    First Run Setup Wizard
    com.google.android.setupwizard

    Digital Wellbeing (battery drain)
    com.google.android.apps.wellbeing

    GMail
    com.google.android.gm

    Google Docs
    com.google.android.apps.docs

    Youtube Music
    com.google.android.apps.youtube.music

    Google Play Movies & TV
    com.google.android.videos

    Google Safety App
    com.google.android.apps.safetyhub

    Google search App
    com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox

Example command:

adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 com.google.android.youtube

(With this command you can uninstall the stock Youtube app.)