Which apps do you really need? And which apps that have pre-installed Samsung, Google or other manufacturers, you can uninstall preinstalled apps or at least disable? We’ll show you how to delete preloaded apps in Android even without root access. Update: We have added a new professional method that allows you to delete system apps without root. Follow our step-by-step guide.
Under the swear word Bloatware, some smartphone users summarize the pre-installed apps that they do not want to use, but also can not uninstall. The space occupied in this way cannot be easily released. Which apps are and how you can delete them or at least disable them, we show you here.
New smartphones are already shipped with some apps. Not all apps pre-installed by the manufacturer will be used. Almost all of them can be removed from the device without causing any damage. Some can be uninstalled, so delete properly. Others can only be disabled, which also frees up a lot of memory and stop the background activity of the app, so saves battery.
Space requirements for disabled apps
|app||Space requirement before deactivation||Space required after deactivation|
|325 MB||8 KByte|
|66 MB||8 KByte|
|Google Play Movies & TV||28 MB||8 KByte|
If the app you want to remove is on the home screen, you can hold down its app icon and drag it up to remove. On some smartphones, you already have the possibility to uninstall the app. That’s not the case with our ZenFone 4 review sample.
Looking into the app overview (usually marked with the six-dot icon at the bottom of the main screen) reveals that the app is still there. Pulling them from there to the top of the screen reveals the uninstall or deactivate area we want to drag the app too.
Do not be alarmed by warnings: An app that can be deactivated can be deactivated without bad consequences. Of course, you can …
Re-enable deactivated apps
That goes out of the settings. There you can have a list of already deactivated apps displayed in the submenu for apps.
When activated, the new version will be downloaded via the WLAN and installed from the Play Store.
If you set up a new device, you can avoid bloatware at startup. At least the Google installation wizard asks you which “additional apps” should be installed. Tap on the point and remove (if possible) the hooks in the proposed apps that you do not like.
Unfortunately, in the case of the HTC U11 Life, we are not allowed to deselect any of these additional apps; Everything will be downloaded and installed from the Play Store. After all, you are allowed to properly uninstall the apps afterward. Then their space requirements are truly reduced to 0 bytes.
Apps that you can safely uninstall/deactivate
|Docs, Sheets, Slides, Play Movies & TV, Notes, Duo, Play Music, Play Games|
|Samsung||Dropbox, Facebook, Flipboard, Memo, OneDrive, OneNote, Peel Smart Remote, Calculator, S Health, S Voice, Skype|
|Asus||Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, SelfieMaster, Weather, WebStorage, Mobile Manager, Themes|
|Huawei||Health, Tips, Translator, Mirror, Smart Controller, Compass, Backup, Phone Clone, Booking.com, Instagram, Facebook|
If just disabling preinstalled system apps are not enough, you may like the method below for deleting bloatware without root privileges. In contrast to the supposedly simple method with root permissions ( see below ), this method has no serious consequences for your smartphone.
A warning is prefixed. Disabling a system-critical app following this guide could result in malfunctioning of your device or restrict its usability.
The steps at a glance
- Device driver, ADB, USB debugging
- Identifies the apps to be deleted
- Delete system apps
The first step is to connect your smartphone and PC so that the smartphone can receive console commands from the computer. These commands are transmitted via the USB cable via the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) debugging interface. The necessary steps are explained in the separate article:
The deletion method for system apps presented here is based on the package name of the apps. Unfortunately, they are not that easy to find out. On the PC, you can get a quick overview of the installed packages in the command line via …
adb shell pm list packages | grep <search term>
In principle, you can do without the grep and let you print out the complete list. But if you only want to display Samsung apps, the limitation is grep.
The graphical alternative is the App Package Names Viewer. This lists installed apps separately as user and system apps offer a search function and the option to select several packages at once and to copy their package names to the clipboard together.
In the next, you can delete apps without replacement and difficult to recover. If you delete a launcher or browser, you should get an alternative before. By the way, if you want to delete a Google service, you should choose a different approach and choose an Android distribution that is optimized for use without Google services.
Are you sure that you want to delete a package, type the command …
adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 <package name>
Instead of, Of course, you need to enter the string that corresponds to the application you want to get rid of. For example, if you want to uninstall the pre-installed Watch app on a Huawei smartphone, enter:
adb shell pm uninstall -user 0 com.android.deskclock
The commands in detail mean the following:
- adb shell : adb sends a command to the internal shell environment of the smartphone.
- pm : The command refers to the package manager.
- uninstall : The package manager should uninstall something.
- -User 0 : Deletes the application from the main user’s area. The app is not removed from the system partition; this would require root privileges.
Yes, but unfortunately only by resetting the smartphone to factory settings. Alternatively, you could also find the app in the Play Store and reinstall it there. however, the app you are looking for may not be available in the Play Store. One more reason to approach this method with extreme caution.
With so-called root rights, you can completely uninstall all apps in your Android smartphone. However, these rights are accompanied by some complications, which we explain in the separate article:
The System App Remover (ROOT) does what’s on the box: You select the preloaded apps and the app deletes them. Thanks to the recycle bin, you have the option to restore the app afterward. For maximum memory gain, you can empty this trash.