You bought a new android device and when you boot it up for the first time, you see a lot of apps already present in your device. While most of these apps are useful, some are unnecessary and unwanted apps. These are called bloatware. Bloatware apps can be anything from Samsung’s default messaging app to Google’s default music player. But there are some apps which are not required but still we are forced to keep them in our devices. Often manufacturers are paid for each application they pre-install on their smartphones. Today, I will show you how you can uninstall bloatware and system apps without root.
If you have a rooted phone, then you are allowed to remove system apps and bloatware, as you have root access. There are so many benefits of having a rooted phone. On the other hand, rooted phone also involves many risks. You can read from below what is rooting and what are its advantages and disadvantages.
This post will show you how you can remove or uninstall bloatware and system apps without root access.
- USB Cable
- ADB Drivers
Uninstall Bloatware and System Apps without Root:
Before you begin the process, make sure you backup your data in case anything goes wrong.
- Install USB Drivers for your device.
- Install ADB Binary for your device from these links. (Windows, Mac, Linux)
- Extract the downloaded content and open the extracted folder.
- Enable USB Debugging on your device. If it is not enabled then go to ‘About Phone’ in phone settings and tap on ‘Build Version’ or ‘OS Version’ for 8 times continuously. Then go to Developers Options and enable USB Debugging.
- Now, connect your device to PC through a USB cable. Accept authorization if prompted.
- Next open the extracted folder where ADB binary is present. Hold Shift key and right click anywhere in the folder. Select ‘Open Command Prompt Here’
Run the following commands:
adb devices (this command lists the connected devices)
adb shell (enters ADB Shell environment)
pm list packages (shows all the installed packages)
pm list packages | grep ‘appname’ (searchs for any particular app)
From the list of packages, note down the package name which you want to uninstall and type the following command.
pm uninstall -k – -user 0 packagename
Example: pm uninstall -k – -user 0 com.google.android.music
That’s it. You have uninstalled the unwanted app from your phone. But make sure that you uninstall only the one which is really not needed. If you are not sure then don’t mess with any app, otherwise your phone may start misbehaving and you may need to format the device.
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