How to uninstall bloatware (pre-installed apps) on your Android device

Android smartphones and some tablets usually come with several pre-installed apps. Some of them are the basic ones, apps installed by Google, many included by the manufacturer, and in some cases, you might even have apps pre-installed by your phone service provider. Whenever a phone or any Android device includes so many apps, this is usually called bloatware.

Bloatware is extremely annoying. This makes your phone slower, it restricts a lot of the available storage space that you paid for, and in some cases, you never use those apps. While there are options to eliminate these apps with phone rooting, not every user wants to root its phone, which is why we made this article.

Uninstalling some of these apps can be extremely easy. Some pre-installed apps can be uninstalled without using any secret techy methods, however, some do require using alternative methods that you will learn here.

Uninstall some apps with the regular method

While some bloatware apps are pre-installed and can’t be uninstalled, this is not the case for every app. Some of them can be uninstalled with the regular method. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Go to settings.
  • Touch the Apps
  • Choose the app that you want to uninstall.
  • Hit the Uninstall

If there is no uninstall button, then you might have to use an alternative method. There are two options we present here, that will allow you to eliminate the app from your App’s drawer.

Uninstall any app without rooting

While some apps can be eliminated by using regular methods, this is not always the case. It is true that to fully eliminate some particular apps from your phone you will need to root your Android device, however, you can at least make them disappear by using ADB Commands. By doing this, while they will still occupy storage space, you will not have to see them among your other apps.

To do this, you need to activate USB Debugging on your phone, install the Android drivers on your computer, and even install the SDK app. After doing this, you will be able to manage certain system parameters on your phone, via Android commands. After opening the app and connecting your phone, you need to use the Platform-Tools, and use the following commands:

  1. ADB Shell
  2. PM list packages | Grep “App’s Name” (App’s Name: the name of the app that you want to uninstall).
  3. Pm Uninstall –k – -user 0 “Package name of the app

The name for each app and the name for the package name may vary. For instance, to uninstall Youtube, you have to write Youtube in “App’s Name” and then in “Package name of the app”.

Is there another similar method to ADB Commands?

If you are a little bit discouraged by having to input commands in a console app, no worries, there is always an alternative. A very simple-to-use app that will allow you to do this exact task, is called Universal Android Debloater. This app is available for Linux, Mac OS, and even Windows. After installing the app, you have to plug in your device and use the interface to eliminate any of the apps.