Android bloatware: how to uninstall pre-installed apps from your phone

Mobile phones come with inbuilt and factory pre-installed applications that may not interest you. There are many unnecessary apps that take up space on your mobile phone, and it’s a good idea to know how to uninstall and delete them.

Some of the built-in applications are basic and essential for the proper functioning of our device, although they can also be accessories that it doesn’t necessarily need or use.

What is bloatware on Android?

Android pre-installed applications are called bloatware, and they consume much memory and battery, while often disturbing us with notifications and asking for many updates.


We have inherited the term bloatware from the PC, although its meaning here is slightly different. In PC, bloatware is called enormously heavy software (bloatware literally means bloated software), which could be pre-installed or not. The huge antivirus suite pre-installed on your computer is an example of bloatware.

While in computer you can get rid of much of the bloatware by uninstalling applications, in Android the solution is not so simple, because some applications are theoretically impossible to uninstall.

That is a big problem, because in Android it is very common to have little available space, especially in low and medium range devices.

Although, it is not easily possible to uninstall them in most cases, there are some tricks we can use to silence them as much as possible, even disable them so that they do not consume more space and battery on our smartphone.

There are ways to uninstall applications pre-installed on Android and remove the bloatware from it.

And it is not always necessary to have root access before you can remove factory apps from your phone.

The exact procedure varies depending on the manufacturer and phone type. For example, mobiles such as Samsung and LG have specific applications that allow you to permanently remove the default applications without much troubles.

What do you really want to do?

If what you are looking for is that these applications do not appear on the phone screen and do not use your battery and memory, it is very easy.

If you want to erase them completely from your system, there are concrete steps to follow, as described below.

It does not matter if you have a Samsung, Tecno, Infinix Huawei, Sony, BQ or LG phone, and it does not matter if you have KitKat, Lollipop or Nougat; this post is going to help you in removing pre-installed applications from your phone.

How to disable a pre-installed app on Android

This is a very simple option. Once you disable an application, it will no longer appear in your installed apps panel and will not update or show notifications.

It will stop using your battery too…

First, go to Settings > Applications.

The list will be loaded with all the apps you have installed on your mobile, and the ones that had been pre-installed.

Select the application that you wish to disable, you will see two options: Force Stop and Disable, click on Disable and then uncheck the Show Notifications box if it appears.

Once this is done, the application will still be in the device, but you will not see it and its notifications will stop showing. What is now available of that app is more or less the APK.

But the first thing is to know which of the applications can be uninstalled manually since that is the main reason you are reading this post. Look which one have a button that specifies “uninstall”.

If the application you don’t want or use have this option, congratulations. You only have to press this button and you can eliminate it completely.

NOTE: Deactivating is not the same as uninstalling, but that’s not why you should abandon this option that your phone offers you. Why? Because it is much more useful than you think.

As mentioned above, deactivating factory installed applications allows these applications to stop appearing on the phone’s screen. That means that the icons of those apps will no longer appear in the list of applications on the phone. The apps will stop running…

Do you have a Samsung device?

How to uninstall any pre-installed application on Samsung without root

For Samsung users, there is a specific procedure to disable and uninstall system applications on your phone.

No need for root access. You only need a special application that allows you to disable and uninstall factory Apps from your device.

The application is called Package Disabler Pro, and is specifically geared towards Samsung mobiles.

The universal procedure to disable applications does not work with all Galaxy apps, and it is only this kind of application that can help you (if you don’t want to root your device)

This application can be downloaded from Google Play on the above link (it costs $3).

How to use Package Disabler Pro for Samsung

Install Package Disabler Pro on your phone, open the application and select one by one all the apps you want to uninstall. Once you have finished, click on the three dots that you will see at the upper right part of the screen and select the option “Deactivate all the bloatware”.

Package Disabler lets you disable any unwanted packages that come pre-installed/ installed with your phone. Simply one click on the package that you want to disable, will disable the package. Disabled application / package will not be uninstalled or updated using google play or any other means. So this app can be used for blocking apps (e.g. Parental Controls) or business use cases, you could even disable google play store etc… without rooting the phone.

Tips for using Package Disabler Pro

I want to tell you everything!

People complain of having to pay for this tool more than once, because the developers keep republishing the application again and again.

Seemingly Samsung is working against the tools existence and that has caused them troubles that includes their app being removed from Play store often.

At least if you look at the review from a user and reply from the app support team below you will understand my point.

That’s means the app does its work well. Right?

This is what to do to avoid paying for the app twice. Don’t reset your phone after buying it and buy from their website rather.

How to completely uninstall factory-apps on any Android phone

Do you have root access on your phone? Then you can uninstall and delete pre-installed applications.

Unfortunately this seems to be the only way to actually get rid of such applications from your phone.

…if you’re not using the likes of Samsung.

Android and mobile manufacturers never wanted to make it easy for us to remove their recommended tools.

Root however allows you to do anything you want on your device!

It opens the door to many options but to delete pre-installed default applications is perhaps one of the most interesting. If you have root, you can delete any application that you propose.

The tricks that I have told you before now only allow you to disable the applications, except for Samsung users.

To erase pre-installed apps completely it is essential to have root access. With that, and with an application like Link2SD (available for free in the link below), you can delete and uninstall any application that comes installed on your mobile.

Link2SD
Price: Free

To delete an application with Link2SD, all you have to do is open the application, click on the name of the app you want to uninstall, click on the icon of the three dots that you will see in the upper right part of the screen and select the “Uninstall” option.

One of the advantages of Link2SD is that you can mark several applications and uninstall them all at once. It becomes a great ally to lighten a phone weight quickly and kill all the bloatware easily.

Differences between Uninstall, Disable and Force Stop

Uninstall means to completely remove an application or process file from a device (phone, computer, etc.). If you uninstall an application only the cache files may still remain on your phone.

Uninstall button is available on any application you installed with your hand, but may not be seen on pre-installed apps.

Disable or deactivate means to shut an application. It’s a button available on inbuilt and factory Apps in place of uninstall.

A disabled application will no longer show on your phone’s menu until you decide to enable it again. Disabling applications will help you to get back much of the storage space they have taken up.

Force Stop means to stop an application from running processes. The button can forcefully close any application. Both system and third-party Apps do come with a Force Stop button, (it may be grayed out for some system applications so that you can’t use it).

It you Force Stop an application it will still be showing on your phone’s menu, but would have stopped all its functions.


Force stopping a system app may affect your phone and cause it to work abnormally, although there is a possibility that Android will activate the process again without your knowledge if it needs it badly for other functionalities.

This button works differently on foreign and third-party applications though. Once you use this function on apps like this they will never start automatically until you start them again, even if you reboot your phone.

How to start them? Just locate their icons and click, the normal way you open applications on your phone.

Conclusion

I didn’t know the ride would be this great (the post is unexpectedly long). I just saw it. But I want to add some few things.

Do not get too excited because you have read this article and can now kick all the applications you don’t like out of your phone.

Do not get too excited when you have uninstalled an application, especially if it’s built-in, because you could have taken an action that can make your phone unstable. You might have deleted a key application for the customization layer or other important functionalities.

Thank God, Android grays out Disable and Force Stop on some tools.

If the system app is available on Google Play Store you can care less, because you can always download and reinstall.

Search the application on the store first before you think of removing it, just to be good.

Why?

You should already know…

Even if you root your phone, as long as the OS is still Android you’re are still going to play by its rules. Except you decide to change your operating system after the root.

Also try to disable first to check if there are unexpected behaviours or everything works normally before you do uninstallation.

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