5 Steps: What is bloatware and how to remove it from Android? This article will come to your rescue.
Bloatware. Never heard of it before? Your brain has suddenly made a sumo wrestlers image in your head? You might not be that wrong. Bloatware along the lines of its meaning is a software in a new computer, mobile, tablet or another device that takes up too much, unnecessary space. Its usefulness is reduced due to space and memory it consumes. Somewhat like a sumo wrestler just I in your device. I sure this is a revelation moment for all those out there whose photos and videos just don’t have the place to occupy. Well, now you know. All you must do is throw the bloatware out. Your next question will be how? Well to answer that we have put together a few simple steps to get rid of the bloatware in your device.
This is where you should decide whether you want to uninstall the application or just disable it. Now we understand how frustrating these applications get but let’s not be hot headed here. There are a few un-ignorable effects of uninstalling the application. Uninstalling some preinstalled apps may result in problems or instability, though, and in some cases, may block your phone from getting updates. Furthermore, once these apps are gone, you might not be able to get them back. Though a few manufacturers have started putting their apps on google play so if you remove S Health from your phone you can get it back through PlayStore. But we still suggest disabling the applications.
Now that you’ve kept your ego aside and decided to disable, you have another decision to make. Whether to disable the device internally or by using another application. For some of you, this decision is made by the device itself. Some devices don’t give you the option of disabling internally. In such cases, you need another application such as Titanium Backup or NoBloat to disable the application.
For internal disabling follow these steps
- Open the settings menu. Which can be searched in the menu or can be found as a gear-shaped icon once you pull down the notification bar.
- Scroll down to applications and click on it.
- Then choose the application you want to disable
- Once that is done the application information page is opened. Here you get two buttons, force stop or Disable.
- Once you tap on the disable button you get a tiny but scary pop-up. Don’t spare it a second glance and tap on disable.
- Now you can also clear data or force stop the application. This can also let you later enable this application whenever necessary.
Disabling or uninstalling on a rooted phone.
If the app in question doesn’t have a disable option, or if you’re using an older version of Android that doesn’t have this feature, things get a bit more complicated.You need to root the phone. Read ahead to understand how to do that.
Unlock the Bootloader: Google and device manufacturers don’t officially support rooting, but they do provide an official way to gain low-level access to some devices, which then allows you to root. For example, Nexus devices are intended for developers, and you can easily unlock the bootloader with a single command. You can then root your device by flashing a .zip file containing the SU binary from the recovery screen. Tools like the Nexus Root Toolkit for Nexus devices automate this process. Other manufacturers also offer ways to unlock the bootloader, but only for certain devices.
- Then enable USB debugging in Settings > Applications > Developer Options. We recommend making a full Android backup before continuing in case something goes wrong.
- After this, you can use multiple applications to freeze the applications and follow them to freeze your application.
- To freeze an app with Titanium Backup, install Titanium Backup and the Pro key from Google Play. Launch the app and grant it superuser permissions when prompted.
- Head to the “Backup/Restore” tab to see a list of apps on your system. You’ll see both apps you’ve installed and normally hidden system apps. Find the app you’d like to freeze and tap it. I’m using Android Pay here, mostly because it was at the top of the list. Tap the “Freeze!” button at the top.
- It should take just a few seconds and you’ll see a toast notification that the app has been frozen.
- It’s worth noting that the frozen app will still show up in Settings > Apps as “disabled.” For apps that can be disabled by default, simply tapping the “Enable” button will essentially unfreeze the app, which is nice. For apps that can’t be disabled, however, you’ll have to unfreeze them through Titanium Backup.
These processes will disable the applications hence removing them from the menu and stopping them from running in the background. Voila here is all your extra space and memory. But in case you regret disabling any of this application in some mobiles you can download the applications from play store. If not you can always factory reset your device which gets back all the initial bloatware. You can thank us later for all the extra space.