Removing Bloatware from your Android device

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Some Stock Apps do not have an unistall option by default

Some Stock Apps do not have an uninstall option by default

I recently bought an Android tablet whose specification, according to the box, included 4 GB of inbuilt ROM. I was disappointed to discover that of this only 890 MB was actually available whilst the rest was shared between pre-installed Apps and some pre-loaded Asian music videos.

You can hardly expect to have the entire quoted ROM memory available to you since some of it is reserved for the system but you would not be unreasonable to expect at least 2 GB of memory to be available to you on a device with 4 GB. While the music videos were easy to get rid of, the stock Apps did not have an uninstall option available.

Regardless of how you got your Android devices: be it a sourced Chinese tablet, an unlocked one your cousin send from Diaspora or even an locally branded one chances are that your OEM, despite their best intentions, loaded a lot of Apps that you will be unlikely to use and are thus just a waste of precious real estate.

Take the above picture for example, since AT&T is a mobile carrier restricted to the U.S. you are unlikely going to need the AT&T hot spot app. My tablet had WeChat, Facebook and a host of other apps wasting precious space.

Getting Rid of theĀ bloatware

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There are many ways to get rid of bloatware but I would recommend the method detailed below because whilst it allows you to uninstall every App you don’t want from your phone/tablet it will also prevent you from breaking your device by telling you which software is part of the core Apps and which you can remove without breaking anything.

  • Root your device using KingoRoot as detailed here.
  • Once your device is rooted install the System App Remover from here.
  • If for whatever reason you device cannot go online so that you can install the app you can download the apk file onto you desktop and then move it to your device and install it. This can be done by visiting the page in step two above, copying the full URL, visiting the website here, pasting the URL in the provided text-box and downloading the apk.
  • Once the System App Remover is installed on your device launch it.
  • You will be prompted to grant Root privileges to the app, tap on Grant otherwise the app will not work as intended
  • Once the app has been launched you will be presented with a list of all the apps on your device as well as a coloured commentary in [Square Brackets] telling you of the effect of removing an app. Most bloatware is marked in Green with the words “Could Remove” although some Apps might not have a commentary. You can remove all the Apps without a commentary and marked in green as Could Remove without much fear of breaking your system.
  • Be careful what you Remove, some Apps like the Google Play Store can be removed but make for a fuller Android experience.

NB If you break your system, even though that is unlikely, it is entirely your fault, if it helps then all the praise is mine.

Image Credit: The Unlockr



10 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    You lost me at : root your device

  2. Garikai says:

    I don’t know what the put off was but the procedure is not really that difficult. You need admin privileges to remove these Apps. Rooting is something I do the second I buy a device but then that just me.

  3. Jacqie says:

    If I were to mess up somehow… Would I be able to factory reset my device to fix it?

    1. Garikai says:

      I am afraid a factory reset is unlikely to resolve any mess that you make but the App that I have recommended here is designed to precisely to prevent you from making a mess. It will protest strongly if you attempt to remove a key module. If you break the system permanentily you will have to reinstall the system ROM perhaps by installing Cyanogen

    2. Tiffany562411 says:

      I messed up & did a factory reset & my tablet got bootloops & it would not go to the home screen & it just stayed stuck on the Samsung logo & there was no way to repair it myself with my computer cause debugging mode was turned off in my tab & no way to get to debugging mode seems I couldn’t get to the home screen so I had to send it to Samsung for repair. Now my tab is fixed but I had to root it again. Which I did & everything is a well success. DO NOT DO DATA FACTORY RESET

  4. badman says:

    how do you get this done on a mtk6515 device, have gone through the process but the rooting fails? is it because of space constraints

    1. Garikai says:

      The rooting process does not take much space. You can try SuperOneClick Root instead of KingoRoot. The package can be downloaded here http://www.superoneclickdownload.com/superoneclick-download.html

  5. obester dharamanzi says:

    can this work on my huawei ascend y300

  6. rooter says:

    Be careful of kingoroot….. It’s have a sniffer and can steal data from the phone…. It was removed from xda for this reason…. Use another method to root the device you can Google…. Rooting can allow you to use other apps that require root access… One such app is link2sd that can allow you to install apps on the SD card… Invaluable if you don’t have space and an SD cards are cheap.

  7. OCR Kent says:

    I will think about the root, will read more closely with what is it. Ever since I started reading stopped to feel safe. Computer and portably.

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