Do you have a phone with a lot of pre-installed apps that you don’t want? Here are two simple methods for removing them without having to root your phone.
A lot of apps are pre-installed on every Android device. These are apps that Google or the maker of your smartphone wants you to use. Some of them may be necessary, but what about the pre-installed apps you never use?
Bloatware is a term used to describe unwanted Android apps that can’t be deleted using the standard uninstall method.
We’ll show you how to uninstall pre-installed apps on Android without rooting your device in this article. But first, let’s try disabling the default apps.
Disable Pre-Installed Apps
Some smartphone manufacturers allow you to disable pre-installed apps. The app will not be deleted from your phone, but it will cease running in the background and no longer appear in the app drawer.
Go to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps to disable an app on your Android device. Now select the app you wish to turn off and press the Disable button. Depending on the Android smartphone you’re using, this technique may vary.
You won’t be able to uninstall the app if you don’t see the Disable button or an option that says “Uninstall updates.” You can get rid of it by following the steps outlined below.
How to Remove Bloatware From Android
To remove pre-installed apps from your Android, you’ll need to install ADB. For the convenience of use, you can download the minimum ADB setup from XDA Developers website if you’re running Windows.
You must activate USB debugging on your Android smartphone before proceeding. To access the Developer options, go to Android settings > About Phone and press the Build number several times. Now, go to Developer Settings and enable USB debugging (which is normally found under System or Additional Settings).
Once ADB is installed and USB debugging is enabled, you can remove bloatware from Android by following the instructions below:
- Using a USB cable, connect your Android device to your computer.
- Open the command line on your pc.
- In the command prompt, type adb devices and hit Enter.
- You will get a prompt on your smartphone asking you to authorize a connection with the computer. Tap on OK.
- Again, enter the command adb devices. You will now see your device under “List of devices attached”.
- Type adb shell and press Enter.
- Type pm uninstall -k –user 0 <package name> to uninstall your unwanted app.
The name of the file that contains the app you’re uninstalling is referred to as the package name in this situation. What makes you think you know what that is? Download App Inspector from the Play Store for free on your Android smartphone. The package name of the app you want to delete can then be found using this method.
You can also re-install a default app using the command: adb shell cmd package install-existing <name of package>.
Things to Keep in Mind
This approach allows you to delete all of your Android device’s default apps, including the system apps. If you’re planning to delete system apps, make sure that their absence won’t affect the device’s or other apps’ functionality.
This approach can also only be used to uninstall pre-installed apps for the current user. In other words, if you reboot your device, the uninstalled apps will reappear. To uninstall undesired programs for all users, you’ll need root access.
The silver lining is that if you uninstall an important system app by accident, you can easily recover your device. Try bloatware removal programs like Titanium Backup or NoBloat Free if you wish to uninstall undesirable apps on a rooted device.
Is There Anything Else You Can Do?
If setting ADB becomes too difficult, you can attempt one of the alternative methods for removing bloatware from your Android device.
A smart approach is to hide apps from the app drawer. The option is usually found in the Android Settings on most smartphones. This varies by smartphone manufacturer; for example, on my Xiaomi device, the option is found in the app lock settings.
However, if you want to customize and personalize your phone, you should learn some ADB tricks.