Every time you buy a new Android smartphone, you’ll notice tons of apps preloaded into it by the manufacturers and carriers, most of which are of no use to you whatsoever. In addition to cluttering your device, these bloatware apps leave less storage for the useful apps you want to install on your phone.
As you may know, too many apps will affect the speed and performance of your device as they continuously run in the background, taking up the resources and memory. Bloatware may also lead to draining of your phone’s battery life.
Android users have been facing the problem of bloatware on their Android devices ever since its origin.What is more frustrating is that there is no simple method to get rid of these apps. Most of the methods that are available to uninstall bloatware are limited to rooted Android devices which is a process unfamiliar to many Android users.
So, is it possible to remove bloatware without rooting your android? Fortunately, it’s possible and here’s how you do it:
Before proceeding with the steps, please make sure that you wisely choose the apps to be removed because there are many system apps, which if removed, will affect the working of your android device. If at all you delete an important app by mistake, just do a factory reset, and this will bring back all the removed apps.
Let’s proceed, shall we?
- Install App Inspector
Go to Google Play Store, search for the App Inspector, and once you find it, install it on your device.
- Enable USB Debugging
To enable USB debugging, go to About Phone Build number and tap 5 to 6 times to enable the Developer Options. Once it comes up, enable “USB Debugging”.
- Install Android Debug Bridge (ADB) on your computer
To successfully remove the bloatware, you’ll need to use the ADB tool. Essentially, this command line tool helps execute commands on your android device, using your computer.
Windows users can install ADB by visiting the Android SDK download page. Navigate to the bottom of the page until you find the following link:
Use the link to download the zip file. Once you’ve downloaded the zip file, extract it and run the .exe file. Select Android SDK Platform-tools and click Install.
Once you’ve all the prerequisites ready, it’s time to get rid of all the bloatware on your Android device. Here’s how you can do that:
- Launch the App Inspector and select the “App List”. Choose the app you wish to uninstall and open by tapping on it. Make sure to note down the app’s file path.
- Connect your Android device to the PC and select “Transfer Files” mode.
- Check whether your device is recognized by the ADB tool by opening the Command Prompt and running the command: adb devices. Once this command is executed, you’ll see an alphanumeric code with the word device written next to it. This represents your android device.
- Next, enter the shell mode by entering the command: adb shell. This will display the name of your device.
- To uninstall a bloatware app, run the command “pm uninstall -k – – user 0 ”. Here, the name of the package should be replaced with the app path you had noted earlier.
- Once this command is run, the app will be uninstalled and a “success” message displayed at the command prompt.
- In the same way, enter the app paths of all the apps you want to remove the above command and execute it.
If you don’t want to delete any bloatware apps but would like to stop them from running in the background, you can choose to disable them by following the steps given below:
- First, go to Settings.
- Select Apps or Application Manager. You’ll see a list of all the apps installed on your device.
- Choose the app you want to disable and tap on the Disable option.
- A confirmation prompt will pop up. Just click Confirm.
- The app will be disabled, and you’ll no longer see it in the app drawer.
- Should you wish to use the app, you can always go to settings and re-enable it.
Another sure-fire way to get rid of these annoying bloatware apps forever is to root your device. If you are unfamiliar with the rooting process, just get your hands on an android root tutorial and follow the steps mentioned.
Tired of bloatware apps cluttering your android device and slowing it down? Disable these apps or say Goodbye to them by trying the methods described here!