Have you bought a mobile, and have you seen that it comes with installed applications that you do not want? Today we’ll show you how to remove bloatware easily. We think it will take time and a computer to get rid of factory apps on Android without root. This tutorial lets you delete any default app on your device, including browsers and system apps.
What is Bloatware
Bloatware is any Android app that comes pre-installed but can’t be removed by going to Settings > Applications > Select application > Uninstall. Some of these apps are also called factory apps or system apps. Next, we’ll talk about the different kinds.
Most of the time, we don’t even know that these factory apps are running. Often, this makes the battery drain faster (check out these tips to save battery on your phone) or stops other apps from working right. In the same way, they send our information to the companies that set up the software.
Types of Bloatware
There are three types of bloatware apps on Android. First are third-party bloatware apps, and most of them are easy to uninstall, so they might be okay.
Manufacturer apps are the second type of app. Most of these can’t be uninstalled, but they can only be Disabled.
The third type of Apps comes from Google. A lot of these apps are useful, but what if you use a browser other than Chrome or an email app other than Gmail? Again, most of these apps can’t be removed.
Some of these apps take up a lot of space on your phone, some send you unnecessary notifications, and some just keep running in the background, which slows down your phone. So, how do you get rid of these system bluetooth apps? Check this out!
Prepare the Phone to Delete System Apps
The first thing we have to do is prepare the device to be able to carry out the tutorial.
- Access the Android phone Settings.
- Go to About Phone, tap multiple times on the Build number. This will enable Developer options.
- In the System menu you will find the Developer options.
- Look for USB Debugging and enable this option.
Now we can control the device from our PC with ADB commands (Android Debugging Bridge). However, there is another app that you need to install in order to know the exact Package name of the app that you want to install.
Prepare the PC to Delete Apps on Android
Now that we have the mobile device ready, we need to prepare our PC for it. The first thing you need to do is install the Android SDK tools:
- Go to Android SDK Platform Tools page. and Download the corresponding Platforms for your PC.
- Extract the contents of that .zip file and save the platform-tools folder to the root of your main hard drive (C:)
- Go into the folder and open a Terminal from there (Right Mouse Button and “Open in Windows Terminal”.
At this time you will have everything ready to start the procedure.
How To Uninstall System Apps On Android
Next, I will tell you exactly what to do to delete factory apps:
- Connect your Android Mobile to PC.
- Accept the permission window that appears at that moment on the mobile. If it does not appear, continue to the next point.
- In the Command window that you have opened, type the following command:
At this point, at least one connected device should appear. If you didn’t receive the connection notification from your mobile before, it should now appear.
- Then, type the following command to start executing:
At this time, you can open the App Info app to find the name of the app you want to uninstall. If you don’t see system apps, go to Settings and uncheck the only option that exists.
Now you will be able to see all the apps, and when you tap on any, you will see the app’s package name. In the case of Google Chrome, the package name is: com.android.chrome.
You can also see the packages of the installed apps from the command console with the following code:
pm list packages
But if I’m honest, I recommend that you use the app because it’s easier.
- When you know what the app’s package name is, you can type the following command to delete the app via ADB:
pm uninstall -k --user 0 XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Change XXXXXXXXXXXX to the name of the app.
If you accidentally remove a native system service, you can always put it back with these commands:
cmd package install-existing XXXXXXXXXXXXX
It’s a fairly simple process as long as you follow it to the letter, and on some phones with ROMs full of manufacturer apps, it can come in handy.
How To Uninstall System Apps With Universal Android Debloater
Here is the second method, which works on any phone like Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, or any other device. The Universal Android Debloater tool.
This is an open source tool that works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It helps you get rid of system apps that you can’t get rid of the normal way. Just install it and open it, and you should see this user interface. By default, this shows you the recommended bloatware apps you should remove from your device. You can now select all of the apps in the recommended list and remove them all at once.
- Install the Universal Android Debloater (UAD) first. Click “Assets” and then download the Windows EXE file.
- Next when you use the adb command, your phone should show you this prompt: Just click “Allow” in this box and then install the Universal Android Deep Loader.
- Then, open a CMD terminal. Here, type “adb devices” and press Enter. If it gives you a serial number, everything is fine.
- Now, move the UAD file you just downloaded to the platform-tools folder.
Finally, open the Universal Android Debloater, which will automatically detect your Android phone.
After device detection, select “Recommended” from the top drop-down menu. Universal Android Debloater pulls safe bloatware from your device ROM.
There are a few really important things to know about this tool. First, the apps you remove don’t come back when you install a system update, which is good. However, if you do a factory reset, all of these apps come back. This is because the system apps on your phone are part of the system partition itself, and the universal deep loader tool can’t remove apps from the partition itself.