Posted by Chris Martin 26 June 2013
How to remove any app from Android smartphones and tablets
You can choose which apps you want to download to your Android smartphone or tablet. But what do you do about the pre-installed ones that can often be considered bloatware? Here's our guide to removing any Android apps.
There's no set method for this or any right or wrong way, so we'll take a look at the different options available to you. It depends how far you want to go to remove the apps on your device and how technical the method you can handle.
Removing any Android app: The simple way
Before we start getting into some complicated ways of doing this, it's worth checking if the app(s) you want to uninstall can be removed straight off the bat. For example, on our Xperia Z, Sony is quite happy for many of its pre-installed apps to be uninstalled.
To do this, go to settings, click apps, select the app you want to uninstall and click the uninstall button if it's not greyed out.
If you can't uninstall the app you might be able to disable it. This doesn't free up space on your device but does hide the app from your menu making it more clutter-free.
Removing any Android app: With an app but requires rooting
There are a number of apps on the Google Play Store which aim to help you uninstall apps. Ironic we know.
Although they promise to be able to any app, including pre-installed ones, the reality is that you'll need to root your device before this will work.
For example, Uninstall Master has a specific section for system apps but tick the box and hit uninstall and a message pops up saying you need to root your device.
You can root you device and we've written a guide on doing just that. However, it's not something we recommend as things can go wrong leaving you with a dud phone or tablet. You are likely to void your warranty too.
See also: How to root an Android smartphone.
Removing any Android app: Without rooting
It is possible to remove apps on your phone without rooting your Android smartphone or tablet. Hurrah!
A member over at XDA Developers has created a way of deleting apps using a zip file. It's relatively simple but you still need to be careful that you don't delete any important files or apps required by Android to run.
For the full guide, head over to XDA.
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