How to uninstall preinstalled apps with no uninstall option in Android 2.3?

DrSunil Vaswani August 12, 2012
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How to uninstall preinstalled apps in Android 2.3 with no uninstall option for the apps in manage application?

  1. john dow
    November 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I recently down loaded an app tht hides its self n looks like a phone icon....I don't like it n was trying to uninstall it but there is no option to uninstall....I'm not tht good wit soft ware n all tht but I kno how to do installing n uninstalling do i find out how to get this off my phone....please help

  2. theizzet
    November 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    go to application settings, then find the application you want to delete, and click "uninstall updates." It essentially uninstalls the program, but the icon will still be there, and it will still list the application as installed, but it will no longer take up space

  3. Drew Butler
    October 7, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Make sure to back-up the apps before uninstalling them. Sometimes uninstalling system apps can cause problems and if you don't back them up first you will have to factory reset. Just a heads up :)

  4. dagoberto hernandez
    September 27, 2012 at 1:48 am


  5. dagoberto hernandez
    September 27, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Want to remove photobucket, but cant. Can someone help?

    • susendeep dutta
      October 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      If you have a task manager or task killer app,then run it to remove any running instance of photobucket.Then try to uninstall it.

  6. Raja Pradeep
    September 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    First you should root your phone. Then use 'Root Uninstaller' app, it is available in playstore for free.

  7. sanjay_addya
    August 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    You cannot uninstall pre-installed apps from your Android Phone without rooting! You can root your phone and then uninstall pre-installed apps but be careful about what you uninstall as uninstalling system apps may cause problem and make your phone un-usable. Also rooting your phone is a bit risky depends on the model. There are various ways to root an Android Phone. Just Google "Rooting" with your Phone Model No. and you will get ways to root your phone if it is possible as not all phones are rootable.

  8. Edgar Meixueiro
    August 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Your must have rooted your phone. Then you can use Link2SD app.

  9. VS Vishnu
    August 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm the only option

  10. VS Vishnu
    August 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm


  11. pozdravcho
    August 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

    You will definitely need root, there are a ton of tools and guides for rooting - you can Google it. There are many applications that allow you to what you said, but as @ha14 and @Vipul Jain suggested - Titanium Backup is the best. I would suggest that you get the pro version and freeze them instead of uninstalling - that way the app will still be there, but the phone won't recognize it. This is better because uninstalling system apps may cause trouble, but freezing - rarely. Alternatively, you can use apps like this -

    • Dr.Sunil Vaswani
      August 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Freezing requires rooting? Can apps be freezed with an app without root? If yes which?

      • pozdravcho
        August 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        Yes, freezing still requires root, and no, apps cannot be freezed without it.

        • will
          January 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm

          On the s3 apps can be frozen using the stock hardware. Go into settings, applications manager, select the app, press uninstall updates if necessary, then select disable. These apps will then go to the bottm of the list where they can be unfrozen if it furns out they are required for the phone to funtion.

  12. Vipul Jain
    August 13, 2012 at 5:01 am

    you cant do that without Titanium Backup.
    & you cant run TB without root.

  13. Kannon Y
    August 13, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Hey Sunil, that's another good question!

    There are many ways to remove/stop unwanted apps, but we can divide them into kinds of apps: those requiring root access and those that do not.

    The reason is that if you don't have root, then many methods will not work and you are forced to rely on app-killers, which kill apps after they start. Unfortunately, app-killers are highly inefficient and can cause a great deal of other problems. Plus, they use a lot of your computer's resources.

    However, if you feel like rolling those dice, feel free to give it a shot.

    With root access, however, you open the door to such methods as freezing (Titanium Backup) and system app removal. My favorite app remover is available at the SDX forum. However, there are many other options available in the PlayStore, just search for "system app remover". Good luck!

  14. ha14
    August 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    perhaps with Titanium Backup
    How to Disable or Uninstall Android Bloatware

    • Dr.Sunil Vaswani
      August 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Does Gemini App Manager mentioned in the link require root?

      • ha14
        August 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm

        Gemini App Manager is not a root uninstaller, Freezing pre-installed bloatware applications are possible without root access, frozen application cannot run until you “Unfreeze” it. Freezing and unfreezing are instant processes, so it’s easy to undo your changes if you freeze a necessary application.

      • ha14
        August 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

        yap you should root the phone to have extra access,

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