By accident, I dropped everything from my phone. Not in the first time, to be said. it made me think that I need 2 things:

  1. “Infra as a code” for all applications.
  2. rsync for photos.

Today we’ll talk about the first one. In particular, about automating installation of apps on an android phone. I made for myself a few simple Python scripts that iterate over hardcoded app IDs and call the following tools:

  • bloatware can be removed by adb (probably, no root required, IDK). Show installed apps: adb shell pm list packages. Remove a specific app: adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0
  • fdroidcl allows to install apps from F-Droid.
  • Not everything is available on F-Droid, though. I often install such apps from 4pda (a Russian forum with apks, both official and modified ones) but there is no CLI for it. You can manually download the files and then install them using adb install ./file.apk.
  • You definitely shouldn’t install bank apps from random people on Russian forums. So, for some apps you still need Google Play. For that, I use gplaycli but it took me a while to make it work, including fighting with 2FA and fixing some bits of the code.