How to Remove Bloatware from Your Android Device without Rooting

Many Android devices are bundled with bloatware in one form or another which tends to take up storage space and slow down your device’s performance for no good reason.
If you have a rooted device, getting rid of pre-installed system apps is trivial. But if your phone is not rooted, there’s no way to get rid of these apps completely. However, you can reduce the impact they have on system performance by blocking them.

Hide Apps
If you merely need to clean up your app drawer, you can easily do so without going through any convoluted process. Many Android phones come with a built-in option to prevent installed apps from showing up in the app drawer, but if yours doesn’t, it’s easy to get that functionality by using a third-party launcher. Another way to deal with this problem is to disable the apps through the settings.

Disable Apps Through System Settings
Disabling pre-installed apps will prevent them from running in the background or taking up any system resources. The app will still be installed on your device, and you can re-enable it if you wish to, but you will not be disturbed by it once it’s disabled.
1. Launch the Settings app on your phone.
2. Scroll down and find “Apps” or “Application Manager.”
3. Tap on the app you’d like to disable.
4. There should be an option to disable the app: tap on it.
5. You will get a warning prompt asking you for a confirmation. Just confirm it.
6. The application will no longer show up in your app drawer or run in the background.

Disable Apps Through ADB
Disabling apps through the System Settings may not work for every app. In that case you can try using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to stop them from running. Before you begin, you must have Android’s ADB and fastboot tools installed on your computer.

The last way is by using Wrap Up.
On devices without root access, there is no satisfactory way to get rid of bloatware completely. However, you can minimise the effects these apps have on your device by disabling them which should preserve your system resources for more important tasks.

If you really want to get rid of software bloat for good, consider rooting your device. It’s the only surefire way to make sure that these pre-installed apps are eradicated from your device forever.

If you know any other techniques for getting rid of bloatware on non-rooted devices, do share them in the comments section below.

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