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Monday, 30 April 2012

ROOTING & REMOVING BLOATWARE ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco

***This is a follow up to my earlier article Unlocking Orange San Francisco phone for use on Safaricom Kenya 

The best way to get the most out of the ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco is to gain administrator access to the handset plus the privileges that come with it. This "root" access enables a user to customize settings to enhance speed and usability of the Android phone.  

Rooting is the term used to properly describe this process of adding a little more functionality at the tip of your hands by gaining more control of your handset as a superuser (su).




Rooting done with due diligence bears advantages
  • Android version can be updated. From Eclair 2.0/2.1 to maybe Froyo 2.2.x or Gingerbread 2.3.x
  • Apps that you couldn't otherwise use from outside the Google Play (Formerly known as Android Market) can now be installed.
Rooting your ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (literally) but it comes along with its associated risks.  
  • Your Warranty may be declared null & void. But some tools can reverse the process (unrooting)
  • Bricking your device (As it sounds = Ruining your device)
  • Boot-looping (Endless cycle of switching itself on & off)
Orange has bundled up the ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco with a lot of useless apps that limit the handset's capabilities.  Your Android smartphone is based on Linux. The OS is in charge of interfacing your Android to your hardware. 

Gaining Superuser access of the ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco, can simply be performed with a small app called  z4root. This app is more of a three in one app because it can Root, Unroot and Re-root the ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco

ROOTING 
*Make sure your handset is fully charged.
  1. Download z4root from 4shared  [Download z4root_blade_perm_root_v2] 
  2. Enable “USB Debugging" Menu > Settings > Application > Development, then make sure “USB Debugging” is checked
  3. Transfer the downloaded z4root_blade_perm_root_v2.apk file to the MicroSD card 
  4. Turn off USB storage on your phone and disconnect it from your computer.
  5. Locate z4root_blade_perm_root_v2.apk file and install it
  6. Select the "Root" button so as to perform a permanent root.
  7. After a while the phone will automatically reboot itself
Congratulations. You have successfully rooted the ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco!!!!!

This version of z4root keeps a copy of the original su and busybox binaries and restores them if you choose to unroot, leaving no visible traces in the system folder. (unless you’ve modified /system yourself while being rooted). That means you can probably still claim warranty if necessary. If you want to unroot your device, just open the z4root app again, then click unroot.




REMOVING BLOATWARE
Once you have successfully rooted your your ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco a simple file manager app known as Android Mate [Android Mate = App Organizer + SU File manager + Task manager + APK Installer] will help you uninstall the Orange bloatware.  [Download Android Mate]
To remove bloatware with Android Mate
  1. Run it after installation and give it superuser access. 
  2. Hit "Allow" on the "Superuser Request" prompt. 
  3. Navigate to "File Explorer" and type in /system/app  
  4. At the /system/app folder, select the APK files of the apps that you want to remove, and hit "Delete"
Some apps are required for your phone to function normally, so I highly recommend you exercise caution in this step. The apps that i removed safely are listed below
  • Docs on the Go
  • (WWTM) Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
  • Guitar Hero
  • Midnight Bowling 2
  • Orange App Shop
  • Orange Backup
  • Orange Headlines
  • Orange Homescreen
  • (OSSH) Orange Homescreen Selector
  • Orange Mail
  • Orange Maps
  • Orange Messaging
  • Orange TV
  • Mobile Weather
  • TouchPal French Pack
  • TouchPal Spanish Pack
  • TouchPal Swedish
  • TouchPal Russian
  • Touchpal Portuguese
  • Touchpal Danish
ENJOY!!!!!

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Monday, 30 April 2012

ROOTING & REMOVING BLOATWARE ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco

***This is a follow up to my earlier article Unlocking Orange San Francisco phone for use on Safaricom Kenya 

The best way to get the most out of the ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco is to gain administrator access to the handset plus the privileges that come with it. This "root" access enables a user to customize settings to enhance speed and usability of the Android phone.  

Rooting is the term used to properly describe this process of adding a little more functionality at the tip of your hands by gaining more control of your handset as a superuser (su).




Rooting done with due diligence bears advantages
  • Android version can be updated. From Eclair 2.0/2.1 to maybe Froyo 2.2.x or Gingerbread 2.3.x
  • Apps that you couldn't otherwise use from outside the Google Play (Formerly known as Android Market) can now be installed.
Rooting your ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (literally) but it comes along with its associated risks.  
  • Your Warranty may be declared null & void. But some tools can reverse the process (unrooting)
  • Bricking your device (As it sounds = Ruining your device)
  • Boot-looping (Endless cycle of switching itself on & off)
Orange has bundled up the ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco with a lot of useless apps that limit the handset's capabilities.  Your Android smartphone is based on Linux. The OS is in charge of interfacing your Android to your hardware. 

Gaining Superuser access of the ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco, can simply be performed with a small app called  z4root. This app is more of a three in one app because it can Root, Unroot and Re-root the ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco

ROOTING 
*Make sure your handset is fully charged.
  1. Download z4root from 4shared  [Download z4root_blade_perm_root_v2] 
  2. Enable “USB Debugging" Menu > Settings > Application > Development, then make sure “USB Debugging” is checked
  3. Transfer the downloaded z4root_blade_perm_root_v2.apk file to the MicroSD card 
  4. Turn off USB storage on your phone and disconnect it from your computer.
  5. Locate z4root_blade_perm_root_v2.apk file and install it
  6. Select the "Root" button so as to perform a permanent root.
  7. After a while the phone will automatically reboot itself
Congratulations. You have successfully rooted the ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco!!!!!

This version of z4root keeps a copy of the original su and busybox binaries and restores them if you choose to unroot, leaving no visible traces in the system folder. (unless you’ve modified /system yourself while being rooted). That means you can probably still claim warranty if necessary. If you want to unroot your device, just open the z4root app again, then click unroot.




REMOVING BLOATWARE
Once you have successfully rooted your your ZTE Blade Orange San Francisco a simple file manager app known as Android Mate [Android Mate = App Organizer + SU File manager + Task manager + APK Installer] will help you uninstall the Orange bloatware.  [Download Android Mate]
To remove bloatware with Android Mate
  1. Run it after installation and give it superuser access. 
  2. Hit "Allow" on the "Superuser Request" prompt. 
  3. Navigate to "File Explorer" and type in /system/app  
  4. At the /system/app folder, select the APK files of the apps that you want to remove, and hit "Delete"
Some apps are required for your phone to function normally, so I highly recommend you exercise caution in this step. The apps that i removed safely are listed below
  • Docs on the Go
  • (WWTM) Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
  • Guitar Hero
  • Midnight Bowling 2
  • Orange App Shop
  • Orange Backup
  • Orange Headlines
  • Orange Homescreen
  • (OSSH) Orange Homescreen Selector
  • Orange Mail
  • Orange Maps
  • Orange Messaging
  • Orange TV
  • Mobile Weather
  • TouchPal French Pack
  • TouchPal Spanish Pack
  • TouchPal Swedish
  • TouchPal Russian
  • Touchpal Portuguese
  • Touchpal Danish
ENJOY!!!!!

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