How to Uninstall Bloatware and System Apps from any Android Phone

How to Uninstall Bloatware

Bloatware on every phone is a common sight these days. OEMs push their proprietary services so that they can earn more profits. This can cause a whole slew of problems especially on budget phones with limited hardware. Since most of these apps are designed to not be user-removable, this leads to storage issues on phones with less onboard memory. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. The Universal Android Debloater, lets users Uninstall Bloatware and System Apps from any Android Phone.

Also Read- How to totally disable Bixby on your Samsung Galaxy

What is Bloatware?

Bloatware refers to the unwanted apps or services that come pre-installed on a phone. These services may be pre-installed by the manufacturer or the carrier. Bloatware can range from anything like carrier bloat such as the SMS app, bill & payments app, Chat Support, Device Manager, Cloud, Find My Phone, and many more.

Phones also come bundled in with OEM proprietary apps like-

  1. Cloud Storage Apps – Samsung OneDrive, Xiaomi Cloud Backup Service
  2. Personal Assistants – Bixby
  3. Payment Apps – Samsung Pay, Mi Pay

Besides these apps being of no use to the average user and them running in the background for no apparent reason. Some of them were even used as spyware. This was the case with the MIUI Cleaner App. When India banned 59 Chinese apps, the list included the app called Clean Master by Cheetah Mobile. The Indian government said Clean Master and other Chinese apps have been “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data unauthorised to servers outside India.”

All Xiaomi and Redmi devices come with a cleaner app pre-installed known as the MIUI Cleaner app. If you go into the app settings, you will notice that the app uses the Clean Master definition. The app also brings up “Cheetah Mobile” several times in its privacy policy. As a result, these pre-installed apps can be a huge privacy nightmare. Therefore projects like Universal Android Debloater are appreciated as they let users Uninstall Bloatware and System Apps from any Android Phone.

 

How to Uninstall Bloatware without Rooting

The Universal Android Debloater by 0x192 lists all the apps on your device. Users can search for the package name and click the uninstall button. The Universal Android Debloater works on Windows, macOS and Linux.

  1. Back up all the important before proceeding as any errors may lead to the loss of data.
  2. Enable Developer Options in settings by tapping on the Build Number 7 times.
  3. Scroll down to USB Debugging in Developer Options and enable it.
  4. You may need to disconnect from any OEM accounts under settings for some devices. (when you delete an OEM account package it may lock you on the lock screen) You can skip this and proceed.
  5. Install ADB on your laptop or PC.
  6. Navigate to where you have set up ADB and Fastboot on your PC.
  7. Download the latest Universal Android Debloater for your system. Note: Click on Assets to view all download options. Get the OpenGL version only if the default version (with a Vulkan backend) doesn’t launch.
  8. Place the Debloater app inside the ADB folder.
  9. Connect your phone to your PC. Allow ADB access.
  10. Open a command prompt or terminal window inside the ADB folder. Type cmd in the address bar and press enter.
  11. Type adb devices to see if the connection is successful. It should list the device.
  12. Start the Universal Android Debloater.
  13. It should automatically recognize your device and list all the apps from your phone.
  14. Click on All packages in the drop-down menu at the top beside Recommended.
  15. Search for the apps you want to uninstall.
  16. Click on Uninstall Selection at the bottom.

 

Conclusion

All thanks to projects like Universal Android Debloater, users can Uninstall all the unnecessary apps and bloatware from their phones. These apps would run in the background and user resources. Thus uninstalling them makes the phone run smoother and in turn, frees up a lot of storage.

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