I’m starting experimenting with Shelter and noticed that right after creating the Work Profile I have 3-4 Google apps (Play, assistant and other) already installed…
When I click Show All Apps it’s even worth, I see tons of google packages installed
I thought the Work Profile would be a clean slate…
Even if I could take the time to remove all google packages with ADB should I do it? Is it not gonna break some stuff…
How are you guys using this app?
Clean stuff (Open source apps) in the Work Profile to keep maximum permissions control on the Main Profile (Google apps and banking apps) but exposing myself to not receiving all notifications from the Work one?
or the way around and just allowing that big mess to live their life freely inside Work Profile and not freezing it as I rely on Google Voice and some banking notifications…
Shelter enables a work profile. Work profiles are just another user in your phone (usually user nr 10 or 12) with some interconnectivity. Shelter does not install these apps, but simply asks your phone to add that user. Your system apps will therefore also be installed (activated) for that new user. At least that is my understanding of it.
You can use ADB to clean up the work profile too. But you will need to specify the user. If you do show the app will be shown as: “not installed for this user” in android settings.
Well you should realize that it is not very effective.
I wouldn’t just remove many things because it can break your phone. (While you can fix that) I have experimented with this quite a bit in the past.
You should just be aware that tracking can be/is embedded in the OS itself without the needing the apps. Still you may get somewhat of a benefit. I would f.x. always uninstall sorter. As you can see in the gist I linked earlier.
PG also doesn’t recommend this method as it generally isn’t complete and will not be giving you want you actually want.
If you’re informed about what you can and cannot redo, and absolute cannot / do not want to replace the stock operating system, I guess it’s the best you can do.
Otherwise, take less drastic steps in terms of operating system modifications, like switching out services with more privacy-respecting, or even offline-first ones. For example, SimpleMobileApps was created because included apps usually are riddled with privacy-invasive features, are bound to accounts or want/require network permissions.