Not all the applications pre-installed on your smartphone will be useful to you. By removing apps that you don’t want or need, you can improve your phone’s performance and free up storage space. Applications that you do not need but cannot uninstall are called bloatware. With our tips, you can remove, delete, disable or at least hide pre-installed apps and bloatware.
What is bloatware?
Bloatware is often commercial software that the manufacturer pre-installs on a device, whether useful or not, and it tends to waste memory and resources. Sometimes you’ll want to get rid of these apps taking up space on your app list, home screen, and internal storage.
Desinstalar vs desktop bloatware
When it comes to changing the pesky bloatware, you basically have two options: disable or uninstall. Both have their pros and cons, but what are the differences? Uninstalling bloatware is the more drastic of the two options and involves completely removing the files from your device. While this is the best way to ensure that the app will no longer bother you, it is risky as it could cause problems in the future if some of those files are needed.
Disabling bloatware is much more secure. It will ensure that the app doesn’t take up valuable RAM by running in the background, but it also means that the app isn’t really ‘gone’, in the sense that it is if you’ve uninstalled it. Depending on the app and your device, the choice between uninstalling and disabling certain apps might not be yours anyway. Let’s take a look at both approaches.
Disable bloatware – general guidance
Many applications continue to consume resources while they are not in active use. They also take up space in the app drawer. Since Android 4.0, however, there is the option to disable apps.
- Head to Settings > Apps.
- Here, on most phones, you will find three tabs: All Apps, Disabled, and Enabled.
By tapping on this or that app, you will notice that some apps can be uninstalled. This applies to apps that you may have downloaded yourself, but there will also be unnecessary bloatware that you can remove (as in the example above, the phone came with the Booking.com app pre-installed).
Some applications cannot be uninstalled or disabled (the Settings application, for example). These apps are essential for Android to function properly. Anything that doesn’t fall into one of these two categories can generally be disabled unless it’s on a protected system partition (some manufacturers deliberately do this with their applications).
Or, if you use a third-party email app, you can make the default email app on Android disappear. When disabling an application, the system warns you that some programs may not work properly afterwards. This refers to applications that depend on the application in question to function normally.
If you change your mind, you can go back to the app list and reverse the process. All apps will still appear there, even if they are invisible in the app drawer. Although the design may vary slightly depending on the manufacturer’s operating system, the process is very similar on most smartphones. Below you can learn how easy it is to uninstall Samsung apps.
How to remove or disable Samsung pre-installed apps
Samsung’s UI deviates from stock Android in a number of ways, and it comes with an alternate process for disabling Samsung’s bloatware apps:
A disabled application will no longer run in the background and will not receive any updates, eliminating unnecessary resource consumption.
How to remove pre-installed apps
It can be frustrating when you really want to remove an app, but the system only allows you to disable it. If you really know what you are doing, there is a way to have full control over your phone software.
If you are not afraid to void your warranty or get rid of certain sensitive apps like Samsung Pay or certain online banking apps, you can also root your device. Then you can completely uninstall any application. System App Remover (ROOT) helps you do just that. However, be aware that doing this could cause other applications to stop working properly.
Uninstall and disable standard Google applications
Android is a network of various software and application components. Some of these apps become superfluous if you choose to use an alternative. The result is, after a while, a dead weight in the system. The following is a list of standard applications that can be safely disabled once you have configured an alternative:
What happens if I disable Android apps?
Once disabled, apps disappear from the app drawer, stop receiving updates, and no longer run silently in the background. Also, any application that depends on the disabled application will stop working. If you disable Google Play services, for example, various system applications will stop working, and most likely some applications that are not directly related to Google will start to behave erratically.
Therefore, it is important to have a list of reliably investigated applications that do not cause collateral damage when you disable them. The above list is incomplete and will remain so without your help. Therefore, we invite you to share your experiences with disabled applications in the comments.
Uninstall tons of apps
We are all guilty of being at least a little lazy when it comes to cleaning our smartphones. Apps that we no longer use can quickly pile up and disappear. Uninstalling individual apps via the Play Store takes a long time, so it is more practical to remove a load in one go. In our guide, we have summarized how multiple apps can be removed at once using the free Cx File Explorer app.
The first step is to download Cx File Explorer from the Google Play Store.
- The app. If this is your first time opening the app, you will have to give it some permissions such as photos, media, and files on your device.
- Select applications at the bottom of the menu.
- 1.Now you can mark the apps you want to remove on the right side.
- 2.Select the apps you want to remove and tap uninstall at the bottom of the screen.
For security, you need to check each application by pressing OK. The advantage of this is that you can choose not to delete an application that you accidentally selected without having to cancel the entire operation.
There you have it, these are the best ways to remove, stop and hide those unwanted apps. When was the last time you cleaned the apps on your phone? Do you have any questions or suggestions? Share them with us in the comments below.