App Master: A Simple, Clean, Friendly Way To Bulk Uninstall Android Apps

Erez Zukerman 08-11-2013

We’ve previously shown you a number of ways to bulk uninstall apps you don’t use The Clean Droid: How To Bulk Uninstall Android Apps You Don't Use If you're like me, there's a good chance you install lots of Android apps to try them out. From the latest popular mobile games to new and potentially useful utilities, these apps build up over... Read More . First and foremost amongst those was Titanium Backup (reviewed here How to Back Up Your Android Device Properly Here's how to completely back up your Android device by protecting your photos, SMS, contacts, and everything else. Read More , and again mentioned as an uninstall tool here How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android] One of the biggest problems Android has is that vendors are obsessed with the concept of somehow “adding value” to their devices. Instead of just shipping Android as it was meant to be used, Samsung,... Read More ). And while $6.20 Titanium Backup is truly a stellar utility and does get the job done, it is primarily a backup utility, with uninstallation features thrown in just for good measure. What if there was a bulk-uninstall tool that was focused just on that one task, making it as easy as possible? Well, there is: $2.60 utility App Master. If you click that Google Play link, you will see the base utility is free, but we are going to purchase its unlocker so we can get a feel for its full power and convenience.


Before you continue, you should know that to really make use of App Master, your phone must be rooted. If you’re unsure about how to root your phone or what that even means, you should read our Android Rooting Guide The Complete Guide to Rooting Your Android Phone or Tablet So, you want to root your Android device? Here's everything you need to know. Read More .

Initial Impressions And Paying Up

If you are familiar with uninstalling apps using Titanium Backup, you will notice a number of key differences when you first launch App Master:


Right off the bat, the key advantages we get here:

  • A more focused experience: App Master is only about uninstalling your apps. With Titanium Backup, you must navigate submenus and an ocean of batch actions until you get to the uninstall feature. App Master puts it front and center.
  • A more modern look and feel: Titanium Backup literally looks like the granddad of Android apps. It’s been there forever, and it shows. App Master looks far better.
  • Better and safer usability: When you access Titanium Backup’s batch uninstall mode, all of your apps are selected for removal by default. Needless to say, that’s risky – and you must tap Deselect all to avoid them all being removed. This is not an issue with App Master – nothing is selected by default.
  • Better information about every app on your system: Titanium Backup lists only names; App Master shows icons, names, sizes, and update dates.
  • Clearer filtering: As you can see above, App Master cleanly separates user apps from system apps, without you having to fiddle with any complicated filters (something Titanium Backup requires).

With the app installed, it’s time to unlock it. Note that while it is much cheaper than Titanium Backup, it is not nearly as versatile – so price isn’t one of the advantages listed above. Here’s what unlocking looks like:



Of course, in between these two screenshots there’s a Google Play step where you actually get the unlocker and pay up. The unlocker is a separate app, which is better than in-app purchases because it can be more easily backed up, and does not require you to log into App Master with an account.

Above you can also see what the unlocker gives you. Our whole point here is the “batch silent uninstall” feature, which basically means you can select a number of apps for removal and App Master uninstalls them all without you having to confirm each individually (a major pain when trying to clean out your phone).

Selecting Apps For Removal

Okay, so now’s the time to select some apps for removal. A couple of things to note about this step:

  • The big touch targets make it easy to select apps. The entire row is a tap target – touch anywhere to select that app for removal.
  • If you see an app on the list but aren’t sure what it does, it’s easy to find out:


For example, I saw Holo Light Minimal, but wasn’t sure whether it was a theme or an icon pack. Tapping its tri-dot button and then Market detail clarified that in an instant: I was taken to its Google Play page where I could clearly see it’s an icon pack I’m not using at the moment, so it’s safe to remove.

This step is joyfully simple, and is the whole point of App Master: Just scroll through the list and select all the stuff you’d like to get rid of. Then, when you’re ready, tap the big Uninstall button at the bottom of the screen:



As you can see in the right screenshot above, App Master will then confirm, and by default offer to move your apps to an internal “recycle bin.” This is nice if you don’t use Titanium Backup, but really, I hope you already have some sort of robust backup strategy in place – in which case, you’re not going to need this.

Once you confirm, it’s time to get busy:


This is when you’ll first see App Master prompting for root permission – right before it actually needs that permission to do what you told it. It will then backup each app (if you told it to) and remove it.


A Closer Look At The Recycle Bin

Most experienced users will already have a backup strategy in place, and so may not need or want the internal backup feature (“recycle bin”). Still, I wanted to give you a closer look at it, because it does make App Master more accessible to beginners. After all, removing apps in bulk is scary, and being able to set them aside for later retrieval makes the process more palatable. Here’s what it looks like:


You can see which apps you’ve placed in the bin, and easily restore them. You can also remove individual apps from the recycle bin (i.e, permanently delete them), or empty the recycle bin in one fell swoop:


Better Than Titanium Backup… For App Removal

If you are looking for an accessible, simple, and straightforward way to bulk-remove apps from your Android Device, it is safe to say App Master would serve your needs better than Titanium Backup. I remain a loyal Titanium Backup user for what it was originally meant to do – backing up your Android apps – but when it comes to uninstalling things, App Master’s just plain better.

What do you use to bulk-remove apps you don’t use? Will you be giving App Master a try? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. R. Carlson
    December 9, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    So in order to use AppMaster your device must be rooted? Am I reading it right?

  2. Anonymous
    October 27, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    This is my goto app for my rotted droid. Just curious though...How come I can no longer find it on Google Play?

  3. Primo
    April 7, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    i love this app. thank you for the article

  4. bassel
    December 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    thank you fot this app

  5. Sanjay Nayak
    November 9, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Which app provides the superuser request screen? I use SuperSU but it shows a different screen.

    • Erez Z
      November 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

      This is the one built into CyanogenMod, for me.

  6. Johnathan J.
    November 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    App Master is the free download of the day (11/08/13) on Amazon's Android app store.

    • Burl
      November 9, 2013 at 1:01 am

      App Monster Pro, is the Amazon free download, another nice program.