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How to remove a pre-installed app on Android without a computer

Some manufacturers do not hesitate to add a countless number of totally useless applications on their phones. These pre-installed software (also called Bloatware) supposed to increase the user experience have an impact on the performance of the phones and consume unnecessary data. Here’s a tip to remove them without using a computer.

Say stop to pre-installed applications on Android

The Android mobile operating system has the advantage of offering a high level of customization. Some manufacturers take advantage of this to modify the user interface and add a few extra features developed in-house by their engineering team.

Unfortunately, these overlays often disappoint users, especially in terms of ergonomics. The lengthy menus, the hidden settings, many people do not understand anything.

And as if that were not enough, some brands have been having fun for a few years filling the memory of their smartphones with pre-installed applications. The problem is that these bloatwares use a significant amount of storage space and are very difficult to remove. In this link you will find some tips on how to remove these pre-installed programs.

Unfortunately, these methods mostly prove to be insufficient. Although deactivated, bloatware remains present in the memory of the devices. These cumbersome programs impact the performance of smartphones by artificially reducing the available storage space.

Removing bloatware without root

Many users wonder if there are methods to permanently remove bloatware. Unfortunately, these applications are difficult to eradicate. If you take a quick look at your smartphone’s settings, you’ll be surprised to see that the uninstall button is grayed out (disabled).

Fortunately, thanks to the wireless debugging feature introduced on Android version 9, it is now possible to uninstall any preinstalled application without using a computer and without having root rights.

Please note that this guide allows you to remove applications provided by the smartphone manufacturer. This can in some cases cause malfunctions or instabilities on the phone. The author of this article and Prodigemobile can not be held responsible for any problems, blocking or malfunction following the use of this guide.

Before starting, you must ensure that you have activated the options for developers. Once you have done this, don’t forget to enable wireless debugging.

  • Open the settings of your smartphone
  • Click on system and then on advanced preferences
  • Open the options for developers
  • Scroll down to the debugging section
  • Press the switch in front of the wireless debugging label

Important detail, on some devices this feature can only be activated if you are connected to Wi-Fi. Also it happens sometimes that manufacturers remove this feature from their smartphones. If this is the case on your phone, this guide will not work for you.

Uninstalling pre-installed software

There are many programs on the net that are supposed to eradicate bloatware. But few of them are really effective. This method has the disadvantage of being long and complicated but the results are there.

  • Download from the Play Store the app Package Name Viewer
  • Then open the utility
  • Use the search function to find the name of the package of the application you want to uninstall
  • Copy the name and then paste it in a text editor
  • Keep only the text string between the mention package: and launcher:
  • Delete everything else

The package of your application should have a name like com.google.android.apps.photos. Of course this name differs depending on the apps to uninstall. Let’s go to the next step, which is the installation of the local ADB shell

  • Download the application LADB from the Play Store
  • The version available on the Google store is not free (2,89 euros)
  • At the first launch you will be asked to authorize the USB debugging click on the always allow button
  • Then activate the split screen mode on your smartphone
  • Put on one side the LADB application and on the other the settings of your smartphone
  • Open the developer options and click on the wireless debugging mode
  • Pair then pair the device with the pairing code that you will find on the LADB application
  • If the operation was successful you will receive a notification wireless debugging connected

Now you just have to enter the Shell command to remove the application of your choice. Important detail, the uninstalled apps will automatically reappear if you reset your phone.

Another important point to know, the removal of a pre-installed software can cause malfunctions or bugs. Therefore, think about making a complete backup of your data before embarking on this adventure.

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