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How To Uninstall Pre-Installed Apps On Your SmartPhone

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Many apps continue to consume resources while they’re not in active use. They also take up space in the app drawer. Since Android 4.0, however, there has not really been the option to disable or uninstall these apps and not all pre-installed apps on your smartphone will be of use to you. 

By removing apps you don’t want or need, you’ll be able to improve your phone’s performance and free up storage space. Apps you cannot uninstall are called bloatware. With our tips, you can delete, remove, disable, or at least hide your pre-installed apps and bloatware.

How To Uninstall Apps Overview

Head to Settings > Apps/Applications. Here, on most phones, you will find three tabs: Downloaded, Running and All. By tapping on this or that app, you will notice that some apps can be uninstalled. These are the ones you will have downloaded yourself. Others you will not be able to uninstall or disable (the Settings app, for example). These applications are essential for Android to run properly. Anything that does not fall into one of these two categories can usually be disabled, unless it is on a protected system partition (some manufacturers deliberately do this with their apps).

How To Disable Apps by ‘force stop’:
Some apps, you can disable by using the ‘force stop’ opion which might be displayed, but there is also the option to Uninstall updates, which will reset the app to its factory state.

Note: When disabling an app, the system warns you that some programs might not work properly afterwards. This refers to applications that rely on the app in question to function normally.

Should you change your mind, you can return to the app list and reverse the process. Every application will continue to be listed there, even if it is invisible in the app drawer. Although the examples we’re providing come from a OnePlus X, the process is very similar on other smartphones. Below you can learn how easy it is to uninstall Samsung apps.

How to delete or deactivate Samsung’s preloaded apps
Let’s look at the Galaxy S6 as our example, which is quite a bloated machine in terms of apps.

Simply open the app drawer. Then tap Edit, at the top-right of the screen, and minus signs appear beside the following apps:

Samsung Gear
Peel Smart Remote
S Health
S Voice
Play Store
Google apps
Microsoft apps

By pressing on the minus sign, each app will no longer run in the background and they will not receive any updates, eliminating unnecessary drain on resources.

How to delete preinstalled apps
If you are not afraid of voiding your warranty, and getting rid of apps like Samsung Pay, you can also root your device. Then you can completely uninstall any app. System app remover (ROOT) helps you do just that. However, be warned  – by doing this it might make any number of other apps stop functioning properly.

Uninstall and disable standard Google apps
Android is a network of several software components and apps. Some of these apps become superfluous if you choose to use an alternative. The result is, after a while, like a ballast in the system. Here’s a list of the standard apps that can be safely disabled once you’ve setup an alternative:

Browser com.android.browser
Downloads com.android.providers.downloads.ui
E-mail com.android.email
Gallery com.android.gallery3d
Camera com.android.camera2
SMS/MMS com.android.mms
Sound Recorder com.android.soundrecorder
Voice Dialer com.android.voicedialer
Video Studio com.android.videoeditor

What happens if I disable Android apps?
Once disabled, the apps disappear from your app drawer, stop receiving updates and no longer run silently in the background. In addition, any apps that depend on the disabled app will stop working. Should you disable Google Play Services, for example, several system applications will go down and, more than likely, a few apps that are not directly related to Google will start to behave erratically.

It is therefore important to have a reliably researched list of apps that do not cause collateral damage when you disable them. The above list is incomplete, and will remain that way without your help. Therefore, we invite you to share your experiences with deactivated apps in the comments.


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