How to Remove Pre-Installed Bloatware Apps from Android and iPhone

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Remove Pre Installed Bloatware Apps from Android

Carrier bundled junk apps using up precious space on your Smartphone? Here’s how you can get rid of these from your Android device or iPhone – permenantly!

Preloaded apps cannot be uninstalled from your Android device like the regular downloaded apps. You will have to either block or totally disable them. Unlike iOS devices, the disabling process is not very complicated here. Just follow these steps carefully:

  • Go to the Settings menu on your Android phone
  • Select the Apps menu, where you can view all the installed apps on your phone.
  • Select the app you wish to disable. You will not find any uninstall option here, but you can select the ‘Uninstall updates’ option.
  • Once this process is completed successfully, you will find the ‘Disable’ option for blocking the app.
  • Select this option and the junk app will not run again.

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Remove bloatware Apps via rooting :

If your device has been rooted already, the root process will take care of uninstalling the bloatware and remove all the preloaded apps completely. However, remember that rooting your device will cancel your phone’s warranty. Also, deleting certain system apps could result in bricking your Android phone. Make sure that you root the device carefully. There are several apps like Titanium Backup that helps in uninstalling/freezing junk apps on a rooted device easily. These apps also create backups for your phone data and helps in restoring it, if something goes wrong.

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Removing bloatware via Terminal Emulator :

This method may be a lot more complicated than what we have detailed above. But with a little bit of technical knowledge, you can pull this off easily.

Here we will use a terminal to root your phone and remove bloatware. Android OS is essentially based on Linux and uses a terminal similar to Windows Command prompt. You can download the Terminal Emulator from the Playstore and enter the following commands:

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  • su – to obtains Super User privileges for the Terminal Emulator App
  • mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblk3 /system
  • ls/system/app - lists all the apps installed on your device
  • rm /system/app/<app name> - to remove any app you want
  • mount -o remount,ro /dev/mtdblock3 /system

Remove Pre Installed Apps, Remove Bloatware Apps from iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod)

Unlike Android users, iPhone users have a bit of work to do when it come to getting rid of bloatware. You will have to first Jailbreak your iPhone and then install a Cydia tweak.

If you do not want to perform a Jailbreak process on your phone, you can move all the unwanted junk apps into a single folder and then hide it away from the home screen. But this may not stay like that for long and does not really solve the problem.

But once the Jailbreak is completed, you can delete the bloatware using a root method. But be careful not damage the device and its OS. This may cancel your iPhone’s warranty as well. Proceed at your own risk.

  • Download MobileFinder from the Cydia store.
  • Navigate to /private/var/stash/applications.xxXXXx, where you will see a list of apps installed on your device.
  • Select the app you want to delete and just delete it!

These methods will definitely help you get rid of the pesky carrier apps, but make sure you root/jailbreak your device with careful precision.

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