Not all preinstalled apps on your smartphone will be of use to you. By removing apps you don’t want or need, you’ll be able to improve your phone’s performance and free up storage space. Apps you don’t need but cannot uninstall are called bloatware. With our tips, you can delete, remove, disable, or at least hide preinstalled apps and bloatware.
What is bloatware?
Most users never touch a lot of pre-installed apps on their new phone, but rather than leave them there wasting precious computing power and slowing down your phone, it’s best to remove or at least disable them. This guide will show you how.
Uninstalling vs. disabling bloatware
Disabling bloatware is much more risk-free. It will ensure that the app does not take up valuable RAM by running in the background but it also means that the app is not really ‘gone’, in the sense that it is if you have uninstalled it. Depending on the app and your device, the choice between uninstalling and disabling certain apps might not be yours to make anyway. Let’s take a look at both approaches.
Disabling bloatware: general guidance
By tapping on this or that app, you will notice that some apps can be uninstalled. This applies to apps you may have downloaded yourself but there will also be unnecessary bloatware that you can remove (as in the above example, the phone came with Booking.com’s app pre-installed).
Some apps cannot be uninstalled or disabled (the Settings app, for example). These apps are essential for Android to run properly.
Anything that does not fall into one of these two categories can usually be disabled unless it is on a protected system partition (some manufacturers deliberately do this with their apps).
Some apps, as with TalkBack in the next screenshot, you can disable, but there is also the option to Uninstall updates, which will reset the app to its factory state, making it a bit more lightweight.
Or, if you use a third-party app for emails, you can make the default email app on Android disappear. When disabling an app, the system warns you that some programs might not work properly afterwards. This refers to apps that rely on the app in question to function normally.
Should you change your mind, you can return to the app list and reverse the process. Every app will continue to be listed there, even if it is invisible in the app drawer. Although the layout can vary slightly depending on the manufacturer’s OS, the process is very similar on most smartphones. Below you can learn how easy it is to uninstall Samsung apps.
How to delete or disable Samsung’s preinstalled apps
Simply open the App Drawer
A disabled app will no longer run in the background and will not receive any updates, eliminating unnecessary drain on resources.
How to delete preinstalled apps
If you are not afraid of voiding your warranty, or getting rid of certain sensitive apps like Samsung Pay or certain online banking apps, you can also root your device. Then you can completely uninstall any app. System app remover (ROOT) helps you do just that. However, be warned, doing this might make any number of other apps stop functioning properly.
Consult these articles (and a tutorial specific to your device) before choosing to root, to better understand the process and its consequences:
Uninstall and disable standard Google apps
Apps and app ID
What happens if I disable Android apps?
It is therefore important to have a reliably researched list of apps that do not cause collateral damage when you disable them. The above list is incomplete, and will remain that way without your help. Therefore, we invite you to share your experiences with deactivated apps in the comments.
Uninstall tons of apps
The first step is to download ES File Explorer from the Google Play Store.
Open the app. If it’s your first time opening the app, you will be presented with a short introduction, but after three taps, you will see your file index.
Under the Library header, choose APP.
There you have it, these are the best ways to delete, stop and hide those unwanted apps. When was the last time you cleaned up the apps on your phone? Do you have any questions or suggestions? Share them with us in the comments below.
SOURCE : ANDROIDPIT