How to Uninstall Unwanted Apps on Android

Christian Cawley Updated 30-11-2019

Annoyed by an Android app that you can’t uninstall?


The app you’re trying to remove probably came preinstalled on your device. It might have been provided by the manufacturer, your mobile network, or as a part of Android itself.

Don’t be discouraged; you can still remove unwanted system apps from Android. It’s tricky, but not impossible. We’ll show you how to delete preinstalled apps.

Reasons to Remove Preinstalled Android Apps

Before you start deleting apps, you should spend a few moments considering just why you want to get them off your phone.

Reasons why you might want to remove the app include:

  1. Preinstalled apps and games are considered bloatware
  2. You’re wasting storage with apps you don’t use
  3. The phone’s battery is running out faster than it should
  4. Apps and games are eating into your data allowance
  5. Preinstalled apps and games might be malware, recording and/or uploading personal information

Unfortunately, removing these apps isn’t as easy as it could be. It depends on whether you’ve rooted your Android device or not.


Options for Non-Rooted Devices

Deleting preinstalled apps isn’t possible in most cases. But what you can do is disable them.

To do this, head to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all X apps. Select the app you don’t want, then tap the Disable button. This will revert the app to its initial version and block it from showing up on your phone. It stays installed and takes up space, but will never run.

However, this won’t work for all apps. In older Android versions, you could open your app drawer and simply hide apps from view. These days, it’s a lot tougher.


Fortunately, you can at least tidy up preinstalled bloatware apps and games from your home screen. Long-press an app icon and drag it to the Remove from home screen box at the top of the screen. This may vary depending on your version of Android.

Well done; you’ve hidden the app (although it remains installed on your phone).

Prefer to hide the app altogether? A replacement launcher is ideal for hiding apps, and it’s easier than rooting your phone. Most third-party launchers let you remove any app from the list. But remember that it will still be on your phone, hidden away in the background.

Check out our favorite Android launchers Which Android Launcher Should You Use? We Compare the Best! These awesome launchers will have your Android device feeling brand new. Read More for some recommendations.


Rooted? Try These Bloatware Removal Tools

Rooted, or considering rooting your phone? If so, removing bloatware is easy using these utilities.

1. Titanium Backup

The first app you might think of for dealing with unwanted apps on your Android device is Titanium Backup. It can handle any app you throw at it, whether downloaded from Google Play or preinstalled.

The free version features tools to backup and uninstall apps, while the paid version delivers dozens of additional features.


Titanium Backup has so many features that it can seem difficult to use at first. After launching, give it root permission, then tap the area describing the device storage. Once the list of apps compiles, scroll through to find the one(s) you want to remove. Select them, then tap Uninstall.

Deleting bloatware, freezing apps, and more is possible with the pro version of Titanic Backup. It’s so powerful, it made our list of the best root apps for Android.

Download: Titanium Backup (Free) | Titanium Backup Pro ($6)

2. NoBloat Free

Offering the option to disable and enable system apps, NoBloat Free also includes an app deletion tool. This gives you the ability to create backups of system apps and restore them.

All this means NoBloat Free is the best option for root users who just want to get rid of bloatware. You won’t be distracted with endless additional features; NoBloat does the job simply.

The premium version gives you enhanced features such as blacklisting system apps, batch operations, and exporting settings.

Download: NoBloat Free (Free) | NoBloat ($2)

3. System App Remover

This app offers an easy way to erase and move system apps. System App Remover provides a useful classification system that quickly identifies the apps you can remove. As some might be system apps, and vital to Android, this is pretty useful.

System App Remover is ad-supported and performs the removal process quickly.

Along with this key feature, the tool supports moving apps to and from your SD card in bulk. You can also manage APKs and track down older app versions.

Download: System App Remover (Free)

The Nuclear Option: Install a Custom ROM

There is one other solution for removing unwanted apps from your Android device: flash a custom ROM. While most people don’t need a custom ROM anymore, they can prove useful in cases like this.

While it might take a bit of research to find out which new ROM will fulfill your needs, the solution can leave you with a stripped-back version of Android that you can keep particularly close control of.

Looking for a custom ROM designed for users with an eye on performance and privacy? Copperhead and Omnirom are two good options for your rooted Android device. After you’ve selected one, follow our guide to installing a custom Android ROM.

If you do opt for a custom ROM, check first that it’s not going to add its own bloat to your phone.

What’s Your Choice for Removing Apps?

We’ve looked at several options, but how you remove unwanted Android apps really depends on whether you can root your phone.

To recap, the full set of options are:

  • Delete or disable apps if possible
  • Use root-enabled apps that can delete system apps
  • Abandon your current ROM in favor of a custom ROM

Remember, if you just need to free up space, consider moving apps to your SD card How to Move Apps to an SD Card on Your Android Need to move apps to an SD card on your Android? Here's how to offload apps and free up storage space on every version of Android. Read More .

Related topics: Android Apps, Android Rooting, Custom Android Rom, Uninstaller.

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  1. John Connelley
    March 10, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    I am very green to this ,you'll have to explain a lot thank you

  2. Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
    January 20, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Purchase a stock Android or Android One mobile. It's new, it's fresh, and it's clean. Just the way you like your Android to be.

  3. PaulT.
    January 18, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Use ADB Shell to uninstall ( with and without root ) to delete unwanted apps and or bloatware on any Android device.
    Requires ADB drivers / ADB server and Platform Tools

    command : pm uninstall -k --user 0

    Have fun!

  4. Paul G Sybrandy
    November 12, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    The instructions that you mentioned in the non-rooted phone where you force stop and then disable the app is a process that I have used a few times and works well. However, you failed to mention that there is a couple situations where that does not work at all. I'm currently dealing with the Documents app continually force closing. For instance if I'm on a website and I want to change my profile picture and I hit change picture it will automatically pull up the documents app regardless of me force stopping it and disabling it, it always restart. I have tried dozens of different apps to try to replace that one or at least defaulting to a different program but it just is not possible!

  5. George
    October 17, 2018 at 2:19 am

    For me it's a tie-in sale. Which is illegal. You buy a phone (including its OS) and they force you to used third party apps (Facebook for example). Well I can decided simply not use the apps not clicking on them, but they are taking space in my phone. If I want to use another email manager instead of Gmail, I need to install a second app, ending up consuming memory space. The apps we cannot remove change every new version of the OS, which means we have no choice whether we want them or not.

  6. Liz
    July 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    We need specific names of the apps to delete and what they do. That would be most helpful.

  7. Surya kantasantrA
    January 10, 2018 at 9:15 pm


  8. Prabha pratusha
    September 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Its good. I thought to delete some apps bcs im missusing them. Bt i think controlling our mind will be better option fr me. Thank u. I'll try this if needed. Thank u?

  9. Cali
    August 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I am still unable to uninstall the two apps I do not want ... Pinterest and Fb and its messenger... please help!! Thank you!!

  10. Normal
    July 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    This article helped me right away! Thank you!

  11. Stanley Unukowor
    April 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I just got my phone rooted, and I don't know what system app to remove or what else to do to put my phone in optimum performance, pls I need your help, thanks

  12. Stanley Unukowor
    April 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I just got my phone rooted, I don't know what system app to remove or what else to do to put my phone in optimum performance pls I need your help, thanks

  13. Jack
    February 21, 2017 at 2:17 am

    I've got 65 apps showing . I did a sweep on my Samsung S5 it said all 344 apps were clean. I was shocked where are they and how do I get them OUT Android's not helping me do that I have apps that say AT&T they keep popping up and I don't have AT&T please help me

  14. Deborah Edwards
    February 9, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I posed on here earlier how can I remove some of my apps so that I download Candy Crush Saga so I can play the game that I like to play what can I do to get back?

  15. Deborah Edwards
    February 9, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I would like to be able to remove some of my apps so that I can download Candy Crush Saga again because I like playing this game.Can someone help me please?

  16. Jeb Bushmeister
    November 29, 2016 at 6:23 am

    I just mount as root using ADB on my PC, then delete the .apk files from /system/apps. Easy does it, though

  17. razia
    November 10, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Hi.I have qtab 300 android version.i my system app cook got annoying me by freezing my automatically got started by creating eats up all my battery in5 mints leaving the tab has damged my sdcaed error showing damaed sdcaed try reformat.i reformat it but still error remain.I disable,force stop .clear data but this app got started again even without internet.I follow your method and download system app remover but says to download one click root i download it too .but what to do know,how I root it and remove this annoying app.I am a female and not have much idea about these roots kindly tell me next steps in detail.I shall be very thankfulif you reply me via gmai.

  18. ashu
    August 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Lava x8

  19. ashok
    June 2, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Nice its working

  20. Eric
    May 19, 2016 at 2:05 am

    I have a brand new LG V10 (waiting for root to become available) and am wanting to uninstall/disable all the junk I don't want. I have been searching high and low for anything like a list of apps indicating what each one does and if it can be disabled/uninstalled without causing another app i actually need/want to crash. How am i supposed to know what the heck "Android System Web View", or "App Source", etc...does and if I do away with it does my internet/phone/weather app stop working? Yes, I know there are billions of permutations of hardware/software combinations.. but lets be honest.. there's probably , I don't know, 30 or 40 that almost everyone has or is likely to have. So does such a list exist? How are we supposed to know the gory details on these things without having to do each one individually and waiting for something to start malfunctioning? There has to be a list or some other better way. Here's hoping such a list or alternative exists.. cheers!
    PS. Am desperately seeking an alternative keyboard.. I can't stand it anymore.. Don't like having my profanity censored and autocorrect just pisses me off anymore. What good is a keyboard that I spend half my time fixing "autocorrected" messages? I have tried Switftkey, Dextr, Textra, Swype, and many others - all free.; Everyone says great things about Swiftkey and a few of the other usual suspects but no matter what I get corrections to words that dont even exist.. and am sick of correcting the same word three times only to have it 'fixed' back to something I don't want to use. Am exasperated. I don't text in multiple languages, I don't use swype, I refuse to to type a list of all words I want my dictionary to "allow". Why should I have to spend hours creating a list that the geniuses that make the keyboards have already created? They'd have to have created it since they know exactly which words are flagged.

  21. gracia
    February 3, 2016 at 7:46 am

    how to delete applications in lenovo a5000?, it cant be uninstalled it seems to had a virus ..and all the applications are gosh i dont know how it happened i dont remember downloading it! me..thanks...:(

  22. gustavo g.
    January 23, 2016 at 1:02 am

    all good and helpful comments. but this my issue. in my lg leon lte i have installed a fiew files
    all is good. but now i am running out of system memory. so my phone is getting slow. i must get read of some upps. how know wich apps where the pre installed one. since there are 3 proviters. lg electronics. android. and google. please help!

  23. Edward
    December 5, 2015 at 1:30 am

    System App Remover can't remove these malware: Monkeytest, TimeService, mobileOcr, engrils. Any help?

    • Fj Snyder
      March 15, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Try using Malwarebytes, free version nets two weeks of premium service, after that you have to pay. Worth it, though. Good luck with it! :)

  24. Anonymous
    June 10, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    how can i uninstall applock when advanced protection in on.....? Beacuse i can not deactivate it.............. reply me soon…..

  25. Anonymous
    June 7, 2015 at 7:24 am

    If my device is rooted and i delete google related apps, such as Play Games, Play Music and Google+ would there be any problems for my device, seeing how most google apps are linked together?

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      on my phone i removed google+ and google play movies, newsstand and books. Chrome is also gone. No issues with the phone, and all other apps still work.

  26. Alexis
    May 20, 2015 at 2:15 am

    OK so doing the one that says force stop and disable app is OK to do when that same message in the pic shows up? About other apps will misbehave... I keep getting error messages about not enough space to update some of my apps and am trying to find storage space... Will disabling pre installed apps help??

    • Anonymous
      June 7, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Since disabling an app, still keeps it on the device, i don't think it'll help, maybe if you clear the app's data before disableing it. Also you could try an app caled SDMaid, for cleaning your device from cache, temp. files, files from old apps etc.

  27. larisa
    April 9, 2015 at 5:09 am

    I understood the basics of the article but I'm kind of a tech-noob. Is there perhaps a "for dummies" how-to? I have a Sony Xperia ion but plan on upgrading to the z3.

  28. jeni
    March 13, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    All r gr8 accept app master in case of rooted system

  29. Tavik Macwin
    March 6, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Can you just tell me that if i remove the default browser from my phone then will i be able to use third party browsers like uc, firefox etc.......? reply me soon..... if it is like this then i will soon change the whole android system to "phone for myself"...........

    • Christian Cawley
      March 8, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      of course you can!

  30. Gary
    February 28, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    This is a nice article, mostly over my head, but thanks. I do not have (or want, yet) a rooted phone, so I stopped reading early. 1 question though is what about the Clear (data) or Defaults buttons? The reason I want to stop these apps is I have a cheap Android 4.4 phone with little RAM so the junk just reduces very valuable resources.

    Another thing is that message shown. "other apps may misbehave" How the heck do we know what that means? It seems to come with every one so it is useless.

    • Christian Cawley
      March 2, 2015 at 9:57 am

      Clearing defaults is nothing to do with managing space, it concerns the setting of a preferred app for a particular task. Clear data will remove app-related data.

      "other apps may misbehave" refers to apps that may rely on information that is provided by the app to be removed.

  31. Tareq
    February 14, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    - Contacts have gone, and I have to re-import them again.
    - I can't change the white background behind applications.
    - Sometimes I would need to re choose the same thing to get a response.

  32. Tareq
    February 11, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I have searched a lot for a suitable ROM for my Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos (i9082). Unfortunately, most of them do not support (Dual Sim). Finally I installed (Resurrection Remix) version that support (Dual Sim) but it has multiple issues. Now I am searching for another one, can anyone help?

    Best Regards,

    • Christian Cawley
      February 14, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      What issues did you face with Resurrection Remix, Tareq?

      Can anyone help out Tareq?

  33. Teddy
    January 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Hi, I have my tv through a minix box via a movistar router and a tele fonica phone line. I keep , I think its an etting a phone on my tv screen, It can be cancelled but comes back every half hour and I have to search channels every time and lose at least 5mins on every program. Please help its driving mad! regards Teddy.
    PS I think the number comes from a company in India.

  34. Anonymous
    January 4, 2015 at 7:43 am

    How to remove unwanted application in my system..i can also delete in setting but i can see in running application

    • Chris
      April 16, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      How. do I uninstall apps?

  35. Jayakumar
    December 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

    How to uninstall system app in micromax canvas 2colours

  36. claude
    December 18, 2014 at 12:58 am

    How do I remove MagicJack from my samsung tablet

  37. PlaGeRaN
    October 6, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Super Manager, apk manager works good also. you have an option to backup before deleting the apk. (Root needed)

  38. mc
    October 5, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    What is AmaBoyapp? I think it appeared after I got a mobigenie root for my phone. I cannot seem to find anything about it, but I can't get rid of it

  39. Christian C
    October 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Great suggestion, Krish, thanks for sharing!

  40. Krish
    October 4, 2014 at 6:54 am

    One click root can be performed via Mobogenie on Windows. I have done this for 8 phones of my friends with no side effects. You can backup everything, update apps and do many things with it. I manage my phone from my desktop simply because I have the luxury of a big screen, keyboard and mouse.

    • razia
      November 10, 2016 at 5:09 am

      I have downloaded one click in my tab.can you tell me what to do next.plz tell all detail to do now.

  41. Santosh Reddy
    October 4, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Thanks for useful tip. Thanks a ton!