How to Remove Unwanted Apps on an Android Device

MakeUseOf | 1/18/2019 | Christian Cawley
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Annoyed by an Android app that you can’t uninstall?

The app you’re trying to remove probably came preinstalled on your device. It might have been provided by the manufacturer, your mobile network, or as a part of Android itself.

System - Apps - Android

Don’t be discouraged; you can still remove unwanted system apps from Android. It’s tricky, but not impossible. We’ll show you how.

Before you start deleting apps, you should spend a few moments considering just why you want to get them off your phone.

Reasons - App

Reasons why you might want to remove the app include:

Unfortunately, removing these apps isn’t as easy as it could be. It depends on whether you’ve rooted your Android device or not.

Apps - Cases

Deleting preinstalled apps isn’t possible in most cases. But what you can do is disable them.

To do this, head to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all X apps. Select the app you don’t want, then tap the Disable button. This will revert the app to its initial version and block it from showing up on your phone. It stays installed and takes up space, but will never run.

Apps - Android - Versions - App - Drawer

However, this won’t work for all apps. In older Android versions, you could open your app drawer and simply hide apps from view. These days, it’s a lot tougher.

Fortunately, you can at least tidy up preinstalled bloatware apps and games from your home screen. Long-press an app icon and drag it to the Remove from home screen box at the top of the screen. This may vary depending on your version of Android.

App - Phone

Well done; you’ve hidden the app (although it remains installed on your phone).

Prefer to hide the app altogether? A replacement launcher is ideal for hiding apps, and it’s easier than rooting your phone. Most third-party launchers let you remove any app from the list. But remember that it will still be...
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