Android: Remove Pre-Installed Bloatware Apps

Grayed out Uninstall button on that Blockbuster app? Only an option to uninstall updates on the Facebook app? Take control of your Android device by uninstalling the bloatware apps that were pre-installed on the ROM of the phone.

Root your device

To accomplish the removal of bloatware apps, you’ll first need to gain root access. The steps are usually different for each device. I flashed my Motorola Droid 1 with CyanogenMod, a popular ROM for people who like to root. You can have a look at their wiki for instructions on rooting and flashing. Otherwise, try to search for a way to root your device.

Install Titanium Backup

Once you have gained root access, install Titanium backup. This will be what you’ll use to remove those bloatware apps. The app is available for free in the Android Market or for download directly from the maker.

Removing the unremovable app

Launch Titanium backup and select the Backup/Restore option at the top of the screen. This will list the apps installed on the device in detail. Tap the app you wish to remove. You may wish to use the Backup button to back the app up if you ever need it back. Tap the Un-install to remove the app.

Uninstall Messaging

In this example, we are removing the Messaging app. I like to use Handcent SMS, so I have no need to keep Messaging. Once you tap Un-install, you are prompted with a warning. Be absolutely sure you know what you’re doing before tapping Yes.

Uninstall warning

That’s all there is to it. The bloatware is now uninstalled from your Android device.


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