How To Remove Bloatware from Android?

Haseeb Awan
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March 30, 2022
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April 5, 2023

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Congratulations – on your new android phone. Is it in contract with any wireless provider or an OEM? If your answer is yes, it could be home to preinstalled apps on your device. This process is known as bloatware since most users won't require it. The second issue is that these are impossible or very difficult to uninstall, but we can still crack them here.

Brief background

Most of these unwanted apps come with no use but take precious space – at worst, worsening your device's productivity and efficiency. It would have been nice if these apps were straightforward and "easy to uninstall".

The issue is that it is really not stupidly easy to get rid of this bloatware – unless you have entirely jettisoned or rooted the device. This guide won't teach you how to root your device but will help you hide these apps from sight on unrooted devices.

Advice – please have a complete backup of your device, and use caution while deleting apps. Do not delete critical system applications. This will disrupt a non-functioning phone.

What is software bloatware?

The term software bloatware refers to carriers' preinstalled software on your device. These "value-added" applications are the revenue streamers for carriers as they need you to pay extra to use them.

The pre-installation is because of the contracts numerous carriers have with the manufacturers, leaving you with little to no choice but to uninstall it. This bloatware often gets attention as a bad reputation even though they are necessarily not malicious or harmful.

How can I get rid of bloatware?

Don't fret because you cannot get rid of them. Some of this bloatware can be uninstalled but not deleted. We have options for you.

  1. You can disable bloatware on your device;
  2. Purchase devise without bloatware

Let's get into the details of both specified options.

Disable mobile bloatware apps

These bloatware disability steps are for Android 4.X devices and the latest versions. The steps are as follows:

  1. Go to your device settings à you need to slide on the screen top and select the icon with five squares "settings."
  2. Click on Apps and swipe right to highlight All at the top (to enter the app drawer)
  3. Simply scroll to the app you need to disable and tap on it, then Press disable.
  4. When the warnings open, tap OK and once done, you can see the app removed from your home screen. This means it will not run in the background as well.

NOTE: You can also delete applications using the same steps, but it will show you uninstall sign rather than deleting. You must click YES or OK on the disclaimer and continue the process.

Purchase new devices without bloatware

If you are looking to upgrade your current device, you have the option to purchase a device free from bloatware. Some devices can be purchased separately from carrier interruptions. This means phones will have carrier-specific or value-added apps.

Bonus – System app remover and root app delete (unique approach)

It is a free bloatware removal tool. This contains ads. You need to grant access to root your device when you open this app and categorize all apps you want to get rid of. Click on the Uninstall button to remove the bloatware apps. The app will be contained in the recycle bin, and you can restore them whenever needed. There is a unique approach offered by Root App Delete dealing with bloatware apps primarily. You will be given two options on the System Apps button – the Pro or Junior route. The Junior route of to hide or disable apps. The Pro route is to delete or remove these apps with no backups. It is advised to go for the pro route as it is safe, but if you are virtually sure to delete an app (or more than one), you can opt for the Pro route.

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Haseeb Awan
CEO, Efani Secure Mobile

I founded Efani after being Sim Swapped 4 times. I am an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the crypto and cybersecurity industry. I provide Secure Mobile Service for influential people to protect them against SIM Swaps, eavesdropping, location tracking, and other mobile security threats. I've been covered in New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Hulu, Nasdaq, Netflix, Techcrunch, Coindesk, etc. Contact me at 855-55-EFANI or haseebawan@efani.com for a confidential assessment to see if we're the right fit!

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