If you have an Android device, it is very easy to replace your apps with new and better ones. Every now and then, we find new apps with better functionalities to help us out with what we need to do, or even just for fun and entertainment. Sometimes you just get bored and want to uninstall applications that you don’t use anymore. Or you might have some problems with your Android device, and need to clean it up a little to free some space in its memory. (I think we’ve all been there, done that).
So, as we’ve talked in other posts about how to install various apps on Android devices, today I’ll tell you how to make room for other new things. You can either disable an app, or uninstall it entirely.
The first simple way to uninstall apps on Android is to go to the application manager in your device. In the “Downloads” tab, you can find all the apps that are installed on your device. Find the one you want to remove. Then, tap to see the menu, and choose “Uninstall”. Next, when you get a prompt to confirm or cancel, choose “Confirm”. If you only see the options “Uninstall updates” or “Disable”, this means that the app you chose is pre-installed in your device. Even these system apps can will show in the Downloads tab, but they can’t be removed the normal way. If you just want to hide the app, you can simply choose the “Disable” option instead of “Uninstall”; its icon will not appear on your home screen anymore, but the app will still be taking up memory.
You can delete apps on your device using the method above, but it’s not possible for system apps. The only way to remove these preloaded apps is by rooting your device and uninstalling them using the command prompt. Android system apps, standard Google apps and carrier apps all require rooting to be removed.
This could be the hardest part of the process, because each Android model has a different way for rooting, and the carrier may affect the rooting of the device. So you may find that some devices are so easy to root, and that rooting others is impossible. But rooting is necessary to remove the pre-installed apps in your device. Use extreme caution if you are considering rooting; it can completely ruin your device. Also, make sure you do a full backup before starting the process.
If you decide to delete an app that you have purchased, you can re-install it later with no charges. You simply need to go to the Play Store app on your Android, and, of course, be logged into the Google account that you used to purchase the app. Go to “Menu”, “My Apps”; then, find the app and download it directly.
Pay close attention when you remove applications from the ADB terminal. There are certain apps that are necessary for the device’s operation and functionality, and deleting such apps will certainly affect its functionality, and it might not work properly anymore. So make sure to be well informed about the apps you are willing to remove to avoid any issues. Repairing them would be somewhat difficult. Save yourself a major headache and only mess with apps that you are 100% certain won’t affect the device.
When you remove an app, you are actually removing all the information associated with it on the Android device as well, and this could include some important information or data. That’s why it’s recommended to back up or export any important information and save it to another place before removing the app.