How to Delete Pre-Installed Apps on Android Smartphones

Android handsets usually come with pre-installed apps and tools. While some of these apps are helpful, others can be a burden on your device’s battery and processor. Now, you can easily get rid of this bloatware. Read more to find How to Delete Pre-Installed Apps on Android Smartphones

How to Delete Pre-Installed Apps on Android Smartphones

The bloatware on Android devices (pre-installed software) includes standard apps (like phone, email, etc) and third-party offerings (music player, etc). Some of these apps end up using up your Wi-Fi signal, battery, and other resources in the background.

Getting rid of pre-installed apps not only saves resources, but it can also protect your smartphone against security loopholes. However, removing bloatware is not as simple as deleting the usual third-party apps. Let us help you clean up your handset:

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Here’s How to Delete Pre-Installed Apps on Android Smartphones

Via The Settings App

  • Open Settings app
  • Tap the General tab
  • Select Apps and Notifications
  • Now, tap on the app you want to remove
  • Next, you will see two buttons – Uninstall and Force Stop. If they’re active the buttons will be lit, otherwise, they’ll be grey
  • Now, press Uninstall to remove it.
  • If can’t uninstall, use the disable button

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Via The Google Play Store

  • Open the Google Play Store
  • Tap My Apps & Games > Installed
  • Choose the app you want to remove
  • Now, tap the Uninstall button

Note: This process will sometimes only uninstall updates from the app, not the app itself. In such a scenario, you’ll also need to disable the app. Here’s how:

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How to Disable Pre-Installed Apps on Android Smartphones

Disabling an app, allows you to avoid security loopholes and background processes. A disabled app can’t be automatically ‘woken up’ by other apps. Here’ how to disable a pre-installed Android app:

  • Using the above-mentioned method, uninstall all updates from the app vis the Google Play store
  • Now, enter the Settings app
  • Navigate to the Apps & Notifications menu
  • Choose the app that you want to disable
  • Tap on Permissions and disable any permissions
  • Next, press the Disable button
  • Now, you might see a simple warning
  • Press OK
  • That’s it. The app will be disabled

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If you want to completely get rid of the bloatware on your device, you can also choose to ‘root’ your smartphone. This process completely wipes your phone’s memory and installs Android OS from scratch.

While it requires a little more technical expertise, you use the help of various third-party software. However, beware of using this option as it might void the warranty on your device. Also, in the process, you might end up causing permanent damage to your device.

Did you find the above-mentioned tips helpful? Are excited to use this method on your smartphone? Share your solutions with us in the comments section below.

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