What are Preinstalled Apps?
Preinstalled apps are applications that are already present on your phone when you purchase it. They are referred to as bloatware apps when they are present on phones with the Android operating system and are also called default apps, factory apps, preloaded apps, stock apps, preinstall apps and built-in apps.
Most manufacturers include preinstalled apps on their Android smartphones. Undoubtedly, some of these apps can be useful but others will simply drain your smartphone’s battery and occupy increasingly more storage space as they receive updates over time. For this reason, it is a good idea to delete preinstalled apps on Android although it can be tricky.
Bloatware as we call it is usually split into two types: the software installed by the manufacturer and the one installed by your network provider. Like for everyone else, only a handful of these apps are actually useful. Some of them you might not even notice until they get an update or send you a notification.
The easiest solution would be to simply ignore this bloatware. However, as these apps continue to receive updates they will occupy increasingly more storage space and even drain your phone’s battery due to processes running in the background.
There is also the security aspect as bloatware is renowned for the security loopholes that are often used by hackers to create exploits and gain access to your handset.
How to Delete Preinstalled Apps On Android (No Root)
Though rooting is one of the easiest methods to simply uninstall the preinstalled bloatware apps on your Android phone, it is very much possible to carry out this process without resorting to rooting as well.
The only disadvantage of this method is that it cannot be used to uninstall all of the preinstalled apps unlike rooting which can be used for almost every founder app out there.
As I already mentioned, not all bloatware can be uninstalled. Some of it can only be disabled, while for other preinstalled apps none of these options is available. To begin with, you will need to check which of your preinstalled apps can be removed or disabled.
Step 1 ====> Go to the Settings on your phone
Step 2 ====> Apps (or Apps and Notifications). A list of all installed apps will be displayed.
Step 3 ====> Locate an app you want to remove and tap it.
Step 4 ====> On the App Info screen, there are two buttons at the top: Uninstall (or Disabled) and Force Stop.
It depends on the app if the Uninstall or Disabled options are present and even if you have one of them if it is greyed out it means it is inactive.
Step 5 ====> Depending on which options are displayed for the app in question, simply tap the Uninstall or Disable button. Uninstalling will completely remove the app from your device.
Disabling it will not remove the app but will stop it from working completely and it will not receive updates anymore either.
If you scroll down a bit on the App Info screen you will also find a Permissions section and it’s good to check the permissions for all the apps you want to remove (even those which lack the option) and disable the ones you don’t find useful.
How can you completely remove Android bloatware (Rooting)
As good as having a bloatware-free phone may sound, the one way you can do it is by rooting your phone. This way, you will be able to install a new version of Android (also known as a custom ROM), one that is free of preinstalled apps or at the very least provide the option of removing them.
Rooting provides complete administrator access to your phone. Root access is not provided by carriers and manufacturers on the devices they sell as they need this access for various reasons such as performing remote repairs and updates.
Of course, many consider this privilege that manufacturers and carriers are keeping for themselves is also abused, especially regarding bloatware.
Rooting can be risky as you will need to be very careful when installing the new software to avoid “bricking” your device which means permanently disabling it.
Other risks of rooting include certain disabled security features, and the inability to download specific apps.
However, it is safe when done properly and the benefits are amazing. You will be able to choose from an endless variety of Android flavours and obviously install and uninstall any apps you want. More importantly, it won’t come with annoying bloatware that can’t be completely removed.