How to Delete Pre-Installed Apps on Android

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Are you tired of seeing those pre-installed apps on your Android device that you never use? Well, you’re in luck!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of deleting pre-installed apps on Android. Whether it’s bloatware from the manufacturer or apps that came with a system update, we’ll show you how to get rid of them.

Step 1: Check App Permissions

Before you start deleting any pre-installed app, it’s important to check if it has any dependencies or if it’s a system app. To do this, go to your device’s Settings and find Apps or Applications.

Tap on the app you want to delete and look for an option called Disable. If you see this option, it means that the app can be disabled without causing any issues.

If the App Can Be Disabled:

If the app can be disabled, follow these steps:

  • Open your device’s Settings.
  • Navigate to Apps or Applications.
  • Select the pre-installed app you want to delete.
  • Tap on the Disable button.

If the App Cannot Be Disabled:

If the app cannot be disabled, don’t worry! There are still ways to remove it from your device.

However, keep in mind that these methods may require advanced technical knowledge and could potentially void your warranty. Proceed with caution.

Step 2: Rooting Your Device (Advanced Users Only)

If you’re comfortable with advanced technical procedures and have decided to root your device, follow these steps:

  • Research and find a reliable rooting method for your specific device model.
  • Take a complete backup of your device’s data as rooting can potentially result in data loss.
  • Enable Developer Options by going to your device’s Settings, tapping on About Phone, and repeatedly tapping on the Build Number until you see a message saying Developer Options are enabled.
  • In the Developer Options, enable USB Debugging.
  • Download and install the necessary drivers for your device on your computer.
  • Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Follow the instructions provided by the rooting method you chose to root your device.

Step 3: Using ADB (Advanced Users Only)

If you don’t want to root your device or if it’s not possible for your specific model, you can use Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to remove pre-installed apps. Here’s how:

  • Ensure that USB Debugging is enabled in Developer Options (refer to Step 2).

Note: Before proceeding with ADB commands, make sure you have ADB installed on your computer. You can download it from the Android Developer website.

  • List all installed packages:
    $ adb shell pm list packages
    This will display a list of all the packages installed on your device. Look for the package name of the app you want to remove.
  • Uninstall the package:
    $ adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 package_name
    Replace package_name with the actual package name of the app you want to remove.

Step 4: Reboot Your Device

After disabling, rooting, or using ADB to remove pre-installed apps, it’s recommended to reboot your device. This ensures that any changes made take effect properly and prevents any potential issues.

Congratulations! You have successfully deleted pre-installed apps on your Android device. Enjoy the newfound freedom and extra storage space!

Note: Deleting pre-installed system apps may cause unexpected behavior or affect system stability. Proceed at your own risk and make sure to research thoroughly before removing any app.

I hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of deleting pre-installed apps on Android. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy app cleaning!

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