Bloatware unnecessarily takes a lot of space and resources. Getting rid of these apps will free up space on your home screen, storage, and app list. Even the system performance gets enhanced on disabling or uninstalling them.
But before we take our venture on the ways of getting rid of these apps, we should know the difference between disabling or uninstalling bloatware.
Disabling vs. Uninstalling Bloatware
Bloatware is intentionally installed on your device by manufacturers for various purposes. It helps you with system updates, important notification, and verily with security updates. Even if it seems obnoxious and you try to uninstall it, but once you get rid of it by uninstallation, it may make your device unstable, blocks your phone from getting updates. And that’s not good.
So the better option on the other hand is to disable the unwanted apps instead of uninstalling it completely. At least you will be able to enable them again if you find anything disturbing with your phone while operating.
Though some manufacturers like Samsung, have started availing essential apps on Google play store, still you cannot rely on them for you wouldn’t find all the pre-installed apps on play store. Thus, it is safer on a personal note to disable than to uninstall. Above all else, uninstalling bloatware requires you to root your Android device, and that’s a bit of a hassle especially for those who have never rooted phones.
But if things are turning way too pesky, then uninstallation has to be the only choice. Just make sure your device is rooted before you uninstall any apps.
How to Disable Bloatware from Android’s Built-in Settings?
It’s pretty easy. You don’t need any extra tool but the native settings app will be sufficient to do all the jobs of disabling pre-installed apps. In fact, the latest brand of phones does not require root access.
Read the step-instructions on how to do it. The interface may vary between various brands, but the process will be exactly the same.
Step 1. To begin with, open the “Settings” app. You can drag the screen down and tap the gear icon.
Step 2. You will see a list of options displayed. Scroll down to “Applications” and tap on it.
Step 3. Look out for those particular apps you find causing much pain. You can easily figure out the pre-installed apps if you know the ones you didn’t install after purchasing. That’s your bloatware. Choose any one and tap the “Disable” option from the apps Info page.
Step 4. Once you disable the app, you will get a warning notification that informs you it may cause problems to your device. Be brave, tread forward, tap “Disable”. Nothing will happen seriously. So relax.
Step 5. After this, you should tap the “Force stop” button “Clear Data” to remove the cache data. In case you need the apps working again, go to the same app info page, and tap “Enable”. Things will turn back to the previous mode.
NOTE: Mostly all pre-installed applications have the “Disable” option. But if you find the options for certain apps, that clearly means you need to root your device first.
How to Disable or Uninstall Bloatware with Titanium Backup on a Rooted Device?
If the bloatware in doubt has no “Disable” option by default in the info page, it might be difficult to get rid of it directly.
But there are certain third-party tools available on play store which can show the freeze (Disable) or uninstall your bloatware options provided you give the root grant access first.
Titanium Black is one such tool. With the free version, you get access to freeze and defrost the app, but with the pro version, you can uninstall the apps too. So if you are against the payment, you can try NoBloat utility. This will be discussed later in the article.
Follow the steps guidelines below:
Step 1. Get the Titanium Black or the Pro version according to your choice from the play store and install it on your phone.
Step 2. Run the application, and give superuser permission when prompted.
Step 3. Move to the “Backup/Restore” tab, and here you will see all the installed apps, the ones you have installed, and the pre-installed or the hidden items both. Make sure first what you are about to freeze would not cause further issues. For instance, if you freeze or uninstall in Pro version the Package installer, you wouldn’t be able to install packages any longer, and that’s not good. So be cautious about what you freeze.
Step 4. Select the app, tap on it to get to the info page. Here tap the “Freeze” option and the app will be disabled. You can tap the “Uninstall” button too if you have the pro version.
It will take some time before you are displayed a notification that the app has been frozen.
You can defrost the app any time again if need be.
Voila! You are done.
How to Get Rid of Bloatware using NoBloat Free?
Like Titanium Black, NoBloat Free can also help you get rid of your bloatware, like disabling or deleting the apps. But with its Pro version ($2), you get enhanced options like batch operations, blacklisting system apps, and export settings. But right now we would not that anyway, so let’s just work our way out with NoBloat Free.
Go through the step instructions listed below:
Step 1. Install NoBloat Free application from Google Play Store to your Android device.
Step 2. Run the tool, and give provide superuser permission.
Step 2. Select the app. You can go to either System Apps, Backed up Apps, Disabled apps according to your preference.
Step 3. Tap on the chosen app, and you will have the option to DISABLE, BACKUP AND DELETE, DELETE WITHOUT BACKUP.
If you wish you can again restore the deleted app.
So if you are looking for deleing bloatware from your Android, NoBloat Free is a good choice. But if it just about disabling on a rooted or unrooted device, follow up the first two methods. All the methods work properly, but you have to choose which method will be more suitable for you with your current device condition.
Be careful of what you are disabling or deleting. There are certain essential plugins which once gone can render serious troubles to your device, like your device will stop connecting to Wi-fi, update notifications will stop coming, required batch installation will stop, etc.
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