How to Remove Bloatware from Any Android Device (Video)

I understand your pain. Getting a new phone and while you are setting it up, downloading all the apps you want, you begin to notice all the apps that you didn’t download, but instead were already installed on the device when you turned it on. Who said you wanted AT&T’s crappy navigation software, Verizon’s Music program, or any number of other junk the carriers and/or manufacturers put on the phone? Well, there’s a way to clean up that app drawer of yours (and free up some serious storage space in the process). Simply root your Android device and then install a simple app to help you remove all those unwanted apps and bloatware from your device. Here’s how.

I. Before You Begin

1. You MUST be rooted in order to do this procedure. If you are not, please head to our Android How To’s section, find your specific device, find its how to root procedure listed, finish it, then come back to this one to continue.

II. Remove the Bloatware from your Android Device

1. Open the Play Store on your device.

2. Search for and install No Bloat (Free).

3. Open No Bloat.

4. Always allow Superuser permissions when prompted.

5. Tap on System Apps.

6. Tap on any app you want to remove and click backup and delete then click Okay.

7. Repeat step 6 until all the apps you want removed are gone.

III. Permanently Remove the Apps to Increase Storage Space (Optional)

1. Test out the phone for a while to make sure you didn’t delete anything you might have needed.

2. Open No Bloat.

3. Click on Backed Up Apps.

4. Tap on any app you want to remove entirely and click Delete Backup then click Okay (Once this is removed it is difficult to reinstall this app without scouring the internet for the apk replacement so just make sure it’s an app that you don’t use and doesn’t control anything you might use i.e. AirView, or other Samsung features you want to keep).

  • hpguru

    This guide helped my a lot. Many thanks! Now all bloatware is gone from my phone!!!

  • JD435

    Does this app take a long time for anybody else or is it just me?

  • GeoQuin4

    It’s a nice guide, but it would help to know which apps can be deleted without causing problems and which ones can’t.

    • Tinishadow

      Its different for every phone and carrier within every phone
      just try picking ones that you have in the list of apps from the default app unnistaller

  • Krazykick

    Hey i’ve been following this post and others like it for the past month or so, and i have used zerg one click for my rooted cricket zte scoreX500, and i have been using RooT Browser to delete all the pre-installed apps to free up memory on my phone, and i still have internal memory issues, will this app help me?? please respond back, because i would love to know the answer to this question. I’m really not tech savvy, but i have been able to get through, by reading forums like these.

  • Chris Hansen

    Hi. I had my phone {Borrowed} without my knowledge. When it was returned by a concerned parent. i found that the little S@%t had flashed it and now I get all these error messages from Knox. Is it possible to reflash back to its original condition. It’s a Samsung Telstra s3 4G GT-i9305.

    • http://theunlockr.com David Cogen

      Head to theunlockr.com/how-tos and search for that device. Then look for the how to unroot tutorial for it. If you don’t see it, use the contact form on the site here to submit the device name and well try and add it asap.

      • Chris Hansen

        Thanks mate. Ill give it a go.

  • Sara

    Hello there. I rooted my HTC Desire X to remove bloatware and free up space, and I’ve used No Bloat to remove all the apps I don’t want, but I’m concerned that they might all reappear after a restart. The reason for this is that when I first used No Bloat, I only got as far as removing Twitter before the phone reset itself, and when I went back into No Bloat, Twitter was back again. Is there a way to ensure this doesn’t happen?
    Thanks!

    • Sara

      Phone just rebooted itself, and as I suspected all the f*&%£ing bloatware is back.
      What am I doing wrong?

      • http://theunlockr.com/ David Cogen

        That’s odd.

        What procedure did you use to root it? Also make sure in no bloat you removed it entirely.

        • Sara

          Thanks for replying :) I used one click root… I tried to unlock the bootloader myself but admitted defeat after the fastboot command wasn’t recognised (whatever that means… I’m really not literate in this stuff at all).

          I used Verify Root to check that it is rooted, and it is. I’ve also tried using System App Remover to get rid of the bloat, but every time I uninstall and reboot it’s all back!

          Super frustrating stuff. How can I be sure I removed it entirely in No bloat? And is there maybe a desktop program I can download to do it using my computer instead?

          • http://theunlockr.com/ David Cogen

            Ah, I see. Ok, so it sounds like the device is letting you removing the app because you have root, but because your bootloader is still locked it’s simply reinstalling them on reboot (which isn’t normal but isn’t unheard of).

            The only way I think you’ll be able to get rid of them fully is to unlock the bootloader and go through all that.

            Otherwise, I’d recommend removing the apps with this program and just don’t reboot… might help in the short term if that makes sense.

            • Sara

              I think I’ll have to try unlocking the bootloader then. Is there any way to actually check if it’s unlocked already though? I thought the one click root guy would have done it – but maybe not.

              In that case – if you don’t mind – where I fall down on unlocking the bootloader is that it keep saying “fastboot not recognized as an internal or external command” in command prompt. Is there any way to get around this? I feel like the problem may lie with the path being wrong but I’m not sure.

              Can’t express just how out of my depth I am with all this… Really appreciate your help!

              • http://theunlockr.com/ David Cogen

                That means that you’re not in the right folder when doing the command. You need to find the folder where fastboot it, hold down shift on the keyboard and right-click in a blank spot there and then click open command window here. Then try the command again.

                That’s really as much help as I can give without sitting here and walking you through it all. Check the site though to see if I have a video on doing it for your phone. Good luck!

                • Sara

                  This is amazingly helpful, you’re a star. Thank you! I’ll give it a go :)

                  • http://theunlockr.com/ David Cogen

                    Welcome! Good luck!

  • Uzayr Chunara

    Thanks!

    • http://www.techlisten.com Mahesh Makvana

      You’re welcome!