How many times you’ve seen your Android device reporting that the memory is full? And you are absolutely certain that you didn’t install as many apps. And how many times your Android phone started lagging due to memory overloaded?
As dumb as it sounds, I’ve discovered that most of my memory is loaded with all those preinstalled apps I am never using. If you check the ratio of apps that you installed and apps that “came” with your phone, you will probably see something like 30%-70%.
So, let me show you how to uninstall apps from your Android, including those preinstalled and never used apps.
The simplest and the easiest way to uninstall apps from your Android device
This way is the simplest and will probably work on any Android device.
- Long press on the icon
- Wait until you see “i” – app information
- Tap on it
- Click “Uninstall”
That’s it! You’ve successfully uninstalled your app.
Using phone Settings to uninstall apps from Android
If the simple way doesn’t work for you by any chance, it’s good to know that there are alternative methods to uninstall apps from your Android device. Follow these simple steps to uninstall apps using your device’s Settings.
- Open the “Settings” app
- Tap on “Apps” or “Apps & Notifications”
- Select the app you wish to uninstall
- Click on “Uninstall”
- You’ll be redirected back to the Apps menu, and in case you have some more apps to delete, go ahead! Repeat the same process!
There, another easy way! A little bit more complicated than the previous, but yet not too hard even for those who don’t know much about technology!
Using Google Play Store to uninstall apps from Android
This is another method you can try. Deleting your apps via Google Play Store. Just follow the guide below.
- Open the “Play Store” app
- Tap on “Settings” > “My apps & games”
- Go to “Installed” and choose the app you wish to uninstall
- Press “uninstall”
After a couple of seconds, the app will be uninstalled from your device!
How to uninstall apps that won’t uninstall?
Okay, here we come to apps that your phone won’t let you uninstall. Those are most likely some preinstalled apps that your Android device considers crucial. Sadly, you don’t. Or, in some cases, those could be apps that have administrator privileges and you can’t delete them as such. Here is how to take those privileges from the apps and successfully delete them.
- Open the “Settings” app
- Go to “Security”
- You will see “Device Manager” or “Application manager”
- Find the app that has privileges and uncheck the box next to an app
- Now when the app has no privileges, follow the steps listed above to delete the app through the “Settings” app
There! You’ve successfully got rid of those stubborn apps. Now you can use your phone and forget about those apps!
How to uninstall preinstalled apps on your Android without root? You will have to use your computer!
As you probably know, the easiest way to delete preinstalled apps is by rooting your device. However, this can lead to erasing everything you have on your Android phone. So, let me show you another way to delete those apps without root.
If the app cannot be deleted in a regular way, through the “Settings” app, here is another way to try. As mentioned, you will have to use your computer for this one. There is a useful tool for apps managing, that will help you delete even the most stubborn apps on your device – it’s called ADB.
- Install ADB on your computer
- Enable “Developer Options” on your phone
- Once you enable it, scroll down till you see “USB debugging”
- Enable this option as well
- Connect your Android phone to your computer using a USB cable
- Change “Charge only” mode to “File transfer – MTP” or similar
- On your computer navigate to the ADB directory and launch a command prompt
- Type “adb devices” (without quotations)
- If you see your device in the List of devices, you’ve done a good job
- Type “adb shell”
- Type “pm list packages”
- This list will be very long. In order to shorten it, you can choose the group of apps you wish to look for and type for example pm list package | grep ‘Google’
- Now you’ll see only the list of your Google apps
- Find the app you wish to uninstall
- Type pm uninstall -k – -user 0 package -name (the name is the name of your app you previously found)
- You should see “Success” if the uninstallation was successful!
Not the easiest way, but will do the job. For those who love technology and discovering new ways of doing things, this will definitely be an interesting option! If you have any other suggestions on how to uninstall apps from your Android device, I’d love to hear from you! Just leave the comment in the section below!