Most smartphones and tablets nowadays come with lots of preloaded apps that don’t serve any purpose to the user, but only hog up resources. Also, for those who have devices that have limited memory, this becomes a major issue, so many are trying to uninstall preloaded apps from their smartphones and tablets.
Both Android and iOS users have complained about the number of preloaded apps that cannot be uninstalled from their devices. These come with the operating system or with the carrier, and therefore, cannot be deleted easily. While they might be useful to some users, many find them useless and want to get rid of them, but how to do it?
How to Remove Preloaded Apps on Android
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If you want to remove the preloaded apps that come with your Android device, you will have to consider two courses of action. Due to the fact that the apps cannot be uninstalled as regular apps, a user can either block the apps or completely delete them.
The way to go depends on whether you want to root your device or not. If you’ve recently bought your phone and you don’t want to void its warranty, then rooting won’t be an option for you. Therefore, you won’t be able to actually delete those apps. However, you can, in some cases, disable them.
In order to disable an app, you will have to go in your phone’s settings, and select the “Apps” menu, there you will see all the apps on your device. Tapping on a regular app, you will see the “Uninstall” option, however, when you do the same for a preloaded app, you will find only the “Uninstall Updates” feature. Tap on it and uninstall all the updates that the app has, and after this process is complete, you will see a “Disable” function that will block that app.
While this option is not a true uninstall of a preloaded app, it will allow you to disable certain apps so that they won’t run anymore. If, on the other hand, you have a rooted device, there is an option to completely uninstall any app and delete all data that it has.
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Warning: Deleting certain system apps can cause your Android device to malfunction, so do this at your own risk!
There are many apps that allow users to Uninstall or freeze apps on a rooted Android device. I recommend using Titanium Backup, as it offers users lots of features, including backup of all the apps and creating update.zip files for the unfortunate event of something going wrong. When you tap on a system app within Titanium Backup, you will see the option to freeze or uninstall that app.
Another way for rooted Android users to delete preloaded apps is to use a terminal. As you might know, Android is based on the Linux operating system, and therefore, it uses a terminal which is similar to the Command Prompt that Windows has. You can download a Terminal Emulator from the Play Store and type in the following commands:
- su – this command obtains Super User privileges for the Terminal Emulator App
- mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblk3 /system
- ls/system/app – this command lists all the apps installed on your device
- rm /system/app/<app name> – use this command to remove any app you want
- mount -o remount,ro /dev/mtdblock3 /system
Removing Preloaded Apps on iOS devices
Like Android, a stock iOS device also comes with lots of useless apps that most users don’t use, therefore, they want to get them out of the way and have only the apps that interest them. Needless to say, these preloaded apps cannot be uninstalled or blocked by any conventional means.
If your device isn’t jailbroken, your only solution is to move all those unwanted apps in a single folder and hide it away in a corner of a distant homescreen, so you won’t have to see them any more. Of course, the apps will still be there, but at least they won’t be staring you in the face every time you open your phone.
If you have a Jailbroken device, then you can use a similar method like Android users use and delete the apps via a root explorer that moves past the built in security features of the device. Of course, the same warning needs to be issued here. Do this at your own risk, as you might damage your device’s operating system.
First off, open the Cydia store and download MobileFinder. Once you’ve done this, navigate to /private/var/stash/Applications.xxXXXx and you will see a list of apps that are installed on your device. Once you find the app that you want to get rid off, tap and delete it and you have done it.
Other apps for iOS that can help you hide your unwanted preloaded apps are: SBSettings, BossPrefs or Poof.