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How to Remove Pre-installed Android Apps

January 9th, 2013 · 2 Comments

In this guide we will tell you what you need to do to remove pre-installed Android apps on your Android phone.

Introduction

All phones come with pre-bundled software to help users access some of its features. However, some of these apps may be unwanted and may just be occupying space on the phone which might otherwise be use d to store desired apps. This guide will tell you what you need to do to remove these pre-installed apps and clear space on your phone.

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Rooting the phone 

In order to remove apps, your phone must be rooted. You can root your phone by following the steps below. Care must be taken not to miss any of the steps while rooting, or the phone may become unusable.

  1. Download SuperOne Click here. Remove the SD card from the phone and enable the USB debugging option on the phone.
  2. Connect the phone to the PC via the USB cable.
  3. Open SuperUserOne.exe.
  4. Choose the Samsung Captivate tab if that’s your phone, otherwise choose the universal tab.

NOTE: In order to root HTC phones, the Unrevoked tool should be used, which can be downloaded here.

  1. Click the root button. The rooting process will start. This process can take a while.
  2. Your phone is now rooted and you can remove pre-installed app from your phone.

Removing Pre-installed Apps

  1. Download the Android Terminal Emulator app from the Android market. This software lets you access the Android’s built-in Linux command line shell. It is similar to the windows command prompt which can be accessed from a windows pressing by going to Start -> Run and then typing ‘cmd’ without the quotes. It can be downloaded for free and regularly gets updated with bug fixes and other update. Once you have downloaded the terminal emulator, open it.
  2. You will get a screen similar to the windows command prompt. Type “su” without the quotes and press enter to become a super user or a root user. It is similar to the administrator mode in Windows. Once you’re in root user mode, the prompt on the screen will change from a ‘$’ sign to a ‘#’ sign, indicating root user privileges.
  3. Next, enter the following command “mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblk3 /system
  4. To see a list of all the apps installed on the phone, type “ls/system/app” and press enter.
  5. To remove an app, type “rm /system/app/<app name>” and press enter. The app will be removed.
  6. Lastly, type “mount -o remount,ro /dev/mtdblock3 /system
  7. Exit the terminal by pressing the back button.

Conclusion

Your phone should now be free of the apps you have decided to remove. It should be noted that rooting a phone voids its warranty. But most people do it anyway in order to gain better access to their phone’s hardware and software. It should be always kept in mind that deleting an app which is essential for the phone’s functioning may brick the phone and render it permanently useless. So, one must have full knowledge about the app he/she is about to remove.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 vipin soni // Jan 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    hey, I have HCL ME Tab U1, i wanna remove some apps from it. will it work on my tab too and one more thing, there is not google play store pre-installed in my tab and when i downloaded .apk file and installed in it, it didn’t worked. will this problem will also be resolved after rooting the device. thanks in advance

  • 2 David Webster // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:42 am

    @vipin If yours is an Android tab, you should have success with it.