When people buy any new Android phone, then with that phone they get pre-installed apps. Some of the built-in apps are very useful for them and some of the bloatware (pre-installed) apps are not used by them ever. Those bloat apps only capture your device’s storage space.
Many Android users want to know how to remove these unwanted pre-installed apps from their phones. The only way to remove these apps is by rooting your Android phone but don’t know how to do this. If you will look for an app to remove bloat apps in Google Play Store then you will see “root required” in most apps. But there are many users who don’t want to root their device. In this situation, you can disable these bloat apps. Read this guide to remove the bloat apps on Android.
How To Remove Bloat Apps On Android?
Below there are some methods that will help you to delete factory-installed apps from Android.
Method 1: Uninstall Bloatware App On Android Via Settings
Some pre-installed apps can be uninstalled. For that, you need to go to Settings > General > Apps and Notifications. Select the blot app that you want to uninstall and tap on it.
On that app, you will find Uninstall and Force Stop buttons at the top of the screen.
Note: If the Uninstall button is listed then you can uninstall it. Simply tap on uninstall button to uninstall the bloatware app. But if Uninstall button is not there, then it will be labeled as “Disable” button or have the Uninstall button greyed out.
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Method 2: Remove Bloatware Android Without Root
You can also uninstall the system app without root and PC.
- For this, you need to open Google Play Store and then tap the profile icon located at the top right.
- Then tap on “Manage apps & devices” Go to “Installed“.
- Next to the app, tap “Uninstall“.
type the name of the bloated app that you wish to uninstall and tap on it. After this, if you tap on Uninstall button.
Note: Sometimes “Uninstall” only uninstall updates from the app. If this is the case with you then disable the app. Also, you will not find all preinstalled app on Google Play Store and due to this, you won’t be able to uninstall them.
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Method 3: Disable Bloat Apps
As you know that you can’t delete these system apps from your device, but you can disable them. So, find the pre-installed apps which you don’t use so that you can disable them.
Here, follow the steps to disable bloat apps on your Android phone.
Step 1: Open Settings app on your Android device.
Step 2: After that tap on Apps/Application Manager/Applications/Manage applications/App Manager (the settings may differ according to your phone model).
Step 3: Now, tap on All tab and then all the apps will appear.
Step 4: Find the app which you want to disable and tap on it.
Step 5: After that tap on “Disable” button.
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Method 4: Use ADB To Uninstall Preinstalled Apps On Android Without Root
If you want to completely remove/uninstall the bloat app from Android phone or tablet instead of disabling it then you should use ADB (Android Debugging Bridge).
Here, follow the steps to remove system app by using ADB.
Note: For this method, you should have a laptop or PC.
Step 1: Ensure that you have a suitable USB driver for your Android device installed on your laptop or PC. If you don’t have then go to your device manufacturer’s website and download and install the latest official drivers on your device. Once you have acquired your drivers, download the ADB official tool from here and then transfer them to an easily accessible location on your laptop or PC.
Step 2: On your Android phone tap on Settings app and then go to developer options. If you have not already enabled developer option, then go to Software Information under About Phone from the Settings option. Now tap on build number 7 times unless you see the option to unlock the developer option.
Step 3: Now, you can access the developer options at the end of the Settings app. From there, go to USB debugging option and turn it on.
Step 4: After that with the help of USB cable connect your Android device to your PC or laptop and enable the file transfer mode.
Step 5: Now, open the folder from where you have transferred the ADB file and then launch a command prompt or a Windows PowerShell window at that location by holding the shift key and then right-clicking on an empty space and selecting the ‘Open the PowerShell window here’ option.
Step 6: Check your phone is connected to your PC and then enter the command adb devices on the command prompt. After this, you will see a popup on your phone saying to allow USB debugging on your PC. Simply click on OK and go further.
Step 7: Now, download and install the App Inspector app on your Android phone or tablet. Launch the app and then choose the bloated app that you wish to delete from your Android phone or tablet and then note down the package name of the app.
Step 8: Enter the below-mentioned commands one by one on the command prompt window.
pm uninstall –k —user 0 “name of the package”
For example to uninstall the Microsoft Word app from your Android device just type
pm uninstall –k —user 0 com.microsoft.office.word
Note: Don’t uninstall any important apps from your device, as it might affect the functionality of your Android device. If you don’t know what an app does then you should not uninstall the app.
After completing the above steps, the selected app will be removed from your Android phone and you can’t use that app. If in the future, you want to use that default app then you need to factory reset your Android phone. Or you can download app from Google Play Store or apk on your device but it will not be the default app.
So, you have learned how to remove the bloat apps from Android phones or tablets. As I have mentioned above that you can only delete the Bloatware by rooting your Android device. If you don’t want to root then you can disable it, this will stop the app from running. Or you can use ADB solution to completely uninstall the bloatware on Android.
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