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Remove system apps in Android OS

How To Remove System Apps in Android

When we buy new phones, they are loaded with unwanted apps. You probably don’t want them. But you cannot remove them normally like uninstalling any other app on the phone. Here, I will show you how to remove the unwanted system apps.

A prerequisite for this is that the device should be rooted. However, for non-rooted phones, I will show another method to deactivate the unused system apps. 

For this we need an app called Titanium Backup

The main purpose of this app is to backup apps and their data. However, this app is much more powerful and helps us uninstall system apps too.

1. Go to play store and download the app.

2. Grant it root permission when asked.

3. Click on “Backup/Restore” to see all the apps installed on the phone.   

Titanium Backup Opening Screen

4. Browse through the apps and select the system app you want to uninstall.

5. Select uninstall button. 

Titanium Backup Uninstall Process

6. Now, it will ask for confirmation. Click OK.

7. Done! The unwanted system apps is uninstalled. 

Be careful while you uninstall system apps. If you uninstall some important app, it might affect the performance of some other app. So be careful while you do this. To be on the safe side, do a backup before you uninstall the app so that even when something goes wrong, you can restore the backup.

For non-rooted devices, I will show you how to disable system apps. The disabled apps still stay on your phone but it won’t be running and it won’t be seen in the app drawer also. You can come back and enable it whenever you want. 

  1. Go to settings.

  2. Select “Apps”.

  3. Good to “All” tab to get a list of all the apps installed on your phone.

  4. Select the system app you want to disable.

  5. Click disable.

    Disabling System Apps

  6. Done!

But unfortunately, only system apps can be disabled and the apps installed through play store should be uninstalled and cannot be disabled.

So, check out titanium backup. It can be used to backup and restore apps too (with data) which is awesome. The pro version comes with App freezer feature which can be used to disable any app you want but sadly, it too requires root. Basically, titanium backup is a great app if your phone is rooted.

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