This list may not be suitable for all users. Read the description of each app before uninstalling, and if you’re not sure that you use/need it, don’t uninstall.
I am not responsible for any mess you make by following the steps outlined. This is your risk, not mine.
The updated list
I recently (Feb 2020) went on an extreme debloat hunt with the F1, F2 and Power 3. Use this list in addition to the original list below.
“Privacy Protection” by LIFECorp. I believe this allows you to password-protect apps.
A poweron/poweroff scheduler.
Can’t find any integrations to this app anywhere, and I really dislike the idea of an autodialler as a background service.
This is MediaTek’s MMS service. Note, MediaTek’s. Not Android’s. This is not needed and will not stop you from sending or receiving MMS messages.
“Wireless Update” app for over-the-air updates. Not expecting any further updates to this device, so we may as well get our 190MB RAM back.
Don’t be fooled by the name. This is Mediatek’s default camera app but isn’t used.
Made by Samsung, so I imagine this is the app that Droi used to build its camera library. Not needed – camera works fine without it.
Low battery or “hot” battery warning. It’s useless; if your phone is hot, you can’t hold it!
Recommend you install “WebView Canary” from Play Store, then go into Developer Options and set this as your default WebView app instead. Then you can safely remove this one.
MediaTek’s version of Google Carrier Services. Might work with some Huawei-driven networks in EU or US, but if your carrier actually supports IMS you will 100% want to use Carrier Services & Android IMS instead. Safe to get rid of this.
IMS is a replacement for old SMS and MMS. Kinda useful if your carrier supports it, but otherwise another system service running for no reason.
Useful apps for developers, but never touched by us regular users.
This is the backup restore wizard used for pulling Android system backups from your Google account. You only need this if you factory restore the phone, in which case it’s automatically reinstalled for you.
MTP/PTP is an old-school ‘digital camera’ protocol that’s used via USB to transfer photos to a computer. In the age of Google Photos and Dropbox it’s pretty useless.
Supposed to receive default APN settings from carrier networks, but it’s unlikely that your network will know what “Droi F2” is.
Droi’s screenshot app. It’s broken – sometimes doesn’t save screenshots to the filesystem. Better off removing this app, then using the built-in screenshot option via long-pressing power button.
GPS testing and debugging, accessed via Engineer Mode. Doesn’t stop GPS from working by removing – and you will explicitly know if you need these.
For some reason it logs WiFi data. Not needed.
Memory test utility for factory testing.
Supposed to be a search feature for Settings, but doesn’t work.
Uploads your recent calls to Google’s cloud. Spyware!
Backup wizard for “your” files, like downloads and pictures. Used to transfer to a PC or Chromebook. Most users won’t use this.
Part of Engineer Mode, but doesn’t stop it from working. I think this is for 3G settings.
I think this is for decrypting an encrypted user partition, but I can’t be sure. My device works flawlesly without it.
MediaTek’s app permision controls. These aren’t used when Google Play Services are installed.
This is not Android’s “telecom server” or even MediaTek’s equivalent. Truthfully no idea what it does. Inbound & outgoing calls work without it, and have been for weeks so I don’t know.
These are used for corporate deployment/controlling of devices.
Generic Bootstrapping Architecture. A ‘common ground’ of code used for many MediaTek apps, but since we’ve removed everything that GBA depends on, this can be removed too.
The original list
GPS test app that shows satellite positioning, accessed via EngineeringMode
Android colour themes for icons. Can be changed in Developer Mode. I do not use these ones.
These are navigation bars (eg the two/three buttons at the bottom of the screen, and gestures). I use FluidNG so don’t need these — although they install themselves on every boot anyway.
Performance killer. This kills background apps when the screen is locked. Doesn’t help for 6GB+ RAM devices, just leaves GBs of free RAM.
Android printing support. I don’t need it.
Some tea, sis? Sure. Droi is the device manufacturer, and Freeme is the Android “skin” like Miui. Game supposedly improves performance and blocks notifications. Don’t want it, I don’t play games.
Used by Droi for factory testing devices before shipping.
Wireless Update. I don’t expect any more OTA updates to this device.
As the names suggest.
These control and import contacts saved on a SIM card. Not needed if you sync contacts with Google.
FM radio app. If you use it then keep it, if not uninstall.
SIM ToolKit. Might be useful for PAYG people. Adds a menu with SMS contacts that can be used to add credit to PAYG SIMs.
Google Gmail app
This is the search box and recommendations in the Settings page. Not really helpful and the search sucks anyway.
Digital Wellbeing in Settings.
Google Chrome. Do not remove unless you have another browser.
Google Play Movies & TV
Feedback provider for crashed apps. Not useful unless you have a Pixel or a “named brand” phone.
The face unlock app. Uses a lot of RAM. I don’t use it.
YouTube Music app
Receives weather and government warnings through any worldwide GSM network.
Google Gboard. Do not uninstall unless you have an alternative keyboard.
Setup wizards. Not needed – factory reset will replace these.
This should not be installed by default, and certainly not on an EEA ROM where Verizon doesn’t serve.
Google Messages. Do not uninstall unless you have a different SMS app.
Mobile Device Management and Managed Provisioning are used by corporations whose IT departments want to control their employees’ Android devices. Not needed here.
If you connect to a paid WiFi network, this will pop up the registration box. It’s pretty useless because you’ll see the registration box as soon as you open your browser anyway.
Text to speech. You might use this, but you can reinstall it from Play Store if so.
Allows the setup of HTTP/s web proxies. You probably will never use this.
Used for implementing central security policies and app installs in company-managed devices.
Used to play Midi ringtones via Bluetooth as far as I can tell. Not needed for many years since ringtones are MP3 or WAV.
A Chinese WiFi standard. Makes sense to be on this device but not needed for most of its users.
Something to do with app testing. Not entirely sure. Nothing is broken without it.