Change or Clear Defaults for Android Applications

Delete default android appsHave you ever wanted to uninstall or remove the DEFAULT applications from your Android mobile phone? Then we will guide you in the same so that you can remove the unwanted and un necessary default applications. There are many such applications which are actually not worth of having them on our mobile phone. For people who don’t prefer to open the eBook reader, it is actually not worth keeping this app in their device and if anytime you wish to read the eBook then you can easily install the same eBook reader again from Android Market place. Many of us flash our mobile phones with third party operating system which is nothing but called as a ROM. But do you know that you can create your own custom ROM very easily. So, let’s take advantage of Open source of Google Android platform which will help you to uninstall or remove the applications which are present in the device by default.

Before we proceed you need to make sure that you have resources like Windows XP SP3 or even Home edition will do, Java Run Time Environment JRE Pack, WinRAR or WinZip and an obvious Android phone with you. There is no need to back up your data as in this procedure there is no fear of losing any data. Also, this is not something wherein you will be required to root or any other thing like that, so the procedure can be followed easily.

Procedure to uninstall or remove the default applications in Android:

  • First of all you need to download any of your favorite custom ROM in your computer.
  • Next up after downloading the custom ROM, you will need to download the Auto sign in your computer.
  • After downloading, you need to copy the file in the Auto Sign folder and rename the entire folder as
  • Now, after doing this you need to open the by double clicking on the, Please note that you need not unzip the folder, just you need to open it.


Now, you can see that in the above snapshot, a new pop up will be opening up where there will be two directories under the Android folder as mentioned below:



Now, after opening the folder, you can see that there will be lot of applications. For every application you will see that there are two files, one with extension of .apk and other with an extension .odex. If you want to delete say browser then you need to delete both apk and odex both of this corresponding file. You can use WinRAR for deleting these files.

apk file list

As soon as the applications are removed, now you need to sign into your ROM by double clicking on it and need to run Sign.bat. Please make sure that the folder is in the same folder of Sign.bat.

After the apps been removed, sign your ROM with Double click to run the Sign.bat (*Make sure the is under the same folder as Sign.bat)

Auto Sign Screen

So, as soon as you complete this process a file called gets created after which you can flash your mobile phone with the customized ROM. Please ensure that the files deleted by you are the files which are not required by you. As if you are deleting an application and then to get that back you again need to flash with the original firmware of the device which will be again time consuming,in some cases you can find the equivalent applications in the Android Market place. If you encounter with any problems then do lets us know about this. Also, this technique was successfully tested in Samsung Galaxy S smart phone and is not tested in any other phones.

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  1. Benjamin

    March 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Two questions.
    1) I have a macbook pro. Can I do the same thing using my MAC? If so how do I do that?
    2) I have a Galaxy S II. Will this work on the S II? and is it possible to revert to the regular gingerbread or ICS OS afterwards and still not have the default apps?

    Thank you.

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      yes you can install KIES for MAC and wait for the official update to arrive!

  2. Aditya

    September 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm


    I came across an application that eases this pain and does the required superbly. The app is called Default App Manager. You can clear you previous defaults as well as set new ones. Probably this could be useful..

    • Shalabh

      September 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Nice App..though I had to search and find it in the market. Here is the link for other users:

      • Benjamin

        March 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

        @Shalabh, I tried looking for the default app manager but could not find it.
        How did you get it?
        Thank you.

  3. chethan

    August 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    hi i want to run this cutom rom in eclips how can i run??? plz any body help me

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      which phone you are using?

      • chethan

        August 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm

        actually i am building one application in eclipse for that i need this one.. till now i created my own custom ROM but i am not getting how to run that in eclipse … where can i place that one to acess.. plz tel the procedre…

        • NeaL Pradeep

          August 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm

          but have you tried re applying the update!?

  4. chethan

    August 6, 2011 at 12:30 am

    hi i am new to this android… wat u suggest the procedure above i tried that one i get that folder and i am using eclipse Indigo to develop my android application will u plz help me how to use this update_siged emulator in my eclipse…

    thanx for in advance for any body reply….

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      kindly root the phone again as its not rooted!

  5. Manajit

    July 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm


    What zip file are we talking over here. I have upgraded to 2.3.4 XXJVP. Where do I get the zip file? Also, do I need to do a factory reset to update this ROM.

    I am using Galaxy S

  6. Mietsie

    July 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I’m using galaxy S I9000
    After the gingerbread upgrade using Kies I want to have live wallpapers back & also the email changed because some silly reason you cant choose in general settings to only download headers as in the froyo email version.

  7. Mietsie

    July 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Can I use any firmware for this like i9000 XXJVO? When I click on that zipfile I only see the CSC, PDA & PHONE tar files?

    • Neal Pradeep

      July 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      No, its a phone specific update, which Android phone u are using!?

  8. Cirtex Review

    January 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    A good tutorial. Erasing the Google default account in Android was what I had needed since long, and this one worked.

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