Manufacturers often add their signature additional UI on top of the stock (pure) Android UI. This signature UI is in itself not much of a problem, but when additional (preloaded) apps are also added into the package, the phone’s performance and feel is sometimes hampered. These apps and UI are also called “bloatware” in the community. Not all of these bloatware applications can be permanently uninstalled, but we are here to discuss what we can do about it. In this article, we will see some of the best ways to uninstall/disable these bloatware apps/UI from your Android phone. Let us see how:
How to directly uninstall preinstalled apps
- Unlock your phone, then swipe up/left from the Home Screen to enter the app drawer.
- Scroll down till you find the pre-installed app you want to delete and press down on the app’s icon.
- You will be presented with a small pop-up with a few options, from these options tap on “Uninstall”.
- Now, you will be shown a disclaimer about how deleting this app may lead to malfunctions on your phone, some apps might be so do not delete it if you are not sure but if you still don’t want it you can just go ahead and delete it.
Note: Not all pre-installed apps can be deleted.
How to delete preinstalled apps on Android using Settings
- Unlock your device, navigate to the settings app and open it.
- From the presented list, scroll down till you find the option of “Apps”.
- Now will be you will be presented with a list of all the apps on your device, select the pre-installed app you would like to uninstall.
- Once you open the app’s information page, there will be an “Uninstall” option, tap on it.
- The system will ask you for a confirmation to uninstall the app, after you give the confirmation the app will be deleted.
How to disable pre-installed apps on Android
There are some pre-installed apps that you just can’t delete from your device. For those apps, the option of disabling them is the next best choice. Disabling these apps means they won’t run in the background (or in the forefront), their functioning would practically be zero, plus disabling an app also completely shuts down any other processes related to the app. So, is almost as close as deleting the app itself. Here are the steps you need to follow to disable a pre-installed app on your Android device:
- Launch the settings app from the app drawer on your Android device.
- Scroll down and select the option of “Apps”.
- Here, you will see the list of all the apps on your device, select the app you would like to disable.
- On the app’s information tab, select the option of “Disable” to disable your device.
- To further ensure that this app stays disabled, you can manually disable all the permissions of the app.
- You can do this by scrolling down on the app’s information tab and tapping on the option of “Permissions”.
- Now, you will be presented with a list of all the permissions required by that app.
- Toggle off all the permissions from that list, and you are all set.
How to get the deleted pre-installed apps back
It may be the case that you may have deleted some important pre-installed app from your phone. Don’t worry, you can easily install the pre-installed app again, what you need to do is to update your phone’s software. This will bring back all the pre-installed apps from the manufacturer. Sadly though, if you don’t want the other pre-installed apps, you will need to delete them again using the above-mentioned methods. Follow these steps to install the deleted pre-installed apps on your Android phone:
- Launch the settings app on your phone.
- Scroll down and tap on the option of “Software update”/ “System app updater”.
- Tap on the update button and give your confirmation to update your android phone’s software.
- Once the software is updated, all the pre-installed apps should be back on your device.
Rooting your device is another option, but that would be a bit of an overkill. Rooting is also potentially harmful to your device as it can lead to ‘bricking’ of your software, among other disasters. Rooting your phone may give you complete control over your device, but unless you are thoroughly well versed with its pitfalls, risks, and solutions for those problems, it is not worth the trouble. As it will invalidate all security, warranty, or guarantee from the manufacturers.