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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

December 10, 2019

How to Uninstall Apps on Android – Preinstalled and Third-party Apps

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There are several apps on Apps’ stores with varying degrees of features and functionalities. From games, media players, security, skins (launchers) to productivity apps. And the number keeps increasing every day as developers try out solutions here and there.

With this influx of mobile apps, you might at some points want to patronize the latest apps, or maybe manage storage on your device. As a result, you might need to uninstall a third-party app or bloatware (preinstalled app) on your Android device.

While it’s quite easy to uninstall third-party apps, preinstalled apps need special attention to successfully remove them. That does not imply that you can’t remove these apps from your Android device without technical skills. At least, disabling a preinstall app takes it off from your device.

Most often, Android users uninstall apps because of the following reasons:

  • Storage management: If you are constantly hit with insufficient storage notifications, you might want to consider uninstalling a few apps to create space for other things. This will allow other apps to activate notifications effectively, and equally improve operational speeds.
  • Remove unwanted apps: this is particularly applicable to preinstalled apps you don’t actually use. Or other third-party apps that fall within the same inactivity range. Rather than allow them to cluster your device’s screen, it’s okay to just uninstall them.
  • Change Launchers: Every Android phone comes with a default launcher, and a few of us prefer our seasoned launchers such as Next, Nexus, among others. This is because they offer exquisite features and appeal. Whereas you can install another launcher and make it the default, incessant requests to choose a default launcher can be annoying. Hence, you might need to uninstall the default launcher and install your favourite.
  • Remove Viruses: Sometimes users download virus-infected apps, and as such expose their devices to attacks. Spotting and removing such apps isn’t a second thought, especially when you’re aware of their existence. Most of these apps behave like preinstalled apps and require stringent measures to knock them off.


Irrespective of your reasons to uninstall an app, this post provides a guide to help you. You will learn how to delete, remove or uninstall apps on android, both preinstalled and third-party apps.

Basically, apps on Android devices can be classified into preinstalled (bloatware) and third-party apps. The methods of removing these apps are different. So, I will describe how to remove these apps in different sections.

Let’s get started…!

How to Uninstall Third-Party Apps on Android

Third-party apps are those not preinstalled on your device. You downloaded or installed them from a website, apps store, developed them yourself or collected from a friend. Such apps are easier to remove provided they’re not malware.

Though there are several ways to remove third-party apps, I will, however, stick with these methods. These methods are non-technical and quite easy to apply.

1.            Uninstall Android Apps from Settings

If you ever thought of a place where to uninstall an app easily, the Settings Menu on your mobile phone is the ideal place to consider. Follow the steps below to uninstall an app using this method.

Step 1: Access Install Apps via Settings Menu
uninstall app from settings

To access all the installed apps on your phone, go to:

Settings>>Apps

This will display the list of all the third-party apps on your phone. If you’re unable to spot the Settings menu, swipe-down or swipe-up across your phone’s screen to show the Notifications Panel. Then tap the Settings icon or menu.

Step 2: Locate the App to Uninstall
Next, scroll down to locate the app you want to uninstall and tap the icon. This will display a few pieces of information about the app.

Step 3: Uninstall the App
Uninstall android app from settings

Then proceed and tap the Uninstall button. You will be prompted to accept the uninstallation instruction by tapping OK. Wait for a few seconds for the device to remove the app.

2.            Uninstall Android Apps from Google Playstore

Another method to uninstall an app from your mobile phone is to use Google Playstore. This store integrates features to help you manage your apps. Notably, you can install an app remotely on your device from anywhere.

However, you can only uninstall apps this way if you installed them from Playstore. You can’t use this method to uninstall third-party apps from other sources – may be apps you downloaded from a website, coded yourself, etc.

To uninstall apps from Google Playstore, follow these steps:

Step 1: Access your installed Apps on Playstore
Access the app on play store to uninstall

Launch Google Playstore and display all your apps. Tap the menu button at the top-right, then tap My apps & games.

This will display all your Google Playstore apps on the device.
You can equally, do a quick search on the home page of the play store – this is useful if you know the name of the app you want to uninstall.

Step 2: Locate and Uninstall an App
You can either search for the app you want to uninstall or simply tap Installed and scroll down the list to locate the app.

Once you have located the app you want to remove, tap on the app.

Step 3: Uninstall the App
Uninstall Android App from Play Store

Tapping the app in step 2 above opens a page that contains information about the app. And most importantly the uninstall button.

So, tap Uninstall and wait for Playstore to uninstall the app and you’re good to roll on!

3.            Uninstall Android Apps Directly from the Home Screen

Uninstall Android App from Home Screen

This method appears to be the simplest of all as you can easily uninstall an app from your phone’s screen.

To use this method, do the following:

On your device’s home screen or list of apps, locate the app you want to uninstall. Then long-press the app’s icon to display the context menu.

The Context Menu is a small popup window with a few commands and functionalities akin to the icon you pressed.

Now, on the popup window, tap Uninstall and wait for a complete uninstallation.
By doing so, you’ve removed the app from your device, and it’s quite fast and easy to use as I stated earlier.

How to Uninstall Preinstalled Apps (Bloatware) on Android

Uninstalling preinstalled apps on Android is somewhat tricky and unlike third-party apps, sometimes requires that you root your phone. But rooting your phone has its own pitfalls and might not be the best way to handle things.

Nevertheless, if it becomes the sole option available to remove malware, you might consider treading that path.

Again, there are several ways to remove bloatware on Android, but I’ll stick with disabling the app and provide relevant links to help you root your device and carry out complete uninstallation. Whichever addresses your concerns or meets your needs, you can adopt it.

Note:
Be mindful with the system apps you remove from your mobile phone. Some of these apps are critical to the efficient operation of your device. Removing any such app can crash or damage your phone. So, you will need to carefully check the app you intend to remove before doing so.

4.            Uninstall Preinstalled Android Apps by Disabling

Sometimes, the best way to remove a built-in app is to deactivate it. By deactivating, you’re stopping the app from functioning and from appearing on your phone’s screen any longer. It stays idle and does not involve in any background processes.

To remove system apps, do these:

Step 1: Display System Apps from Settings Menu

Access the apps on your device. To do so, go to:

Settings>>Apps

This will display the list of apps on your phone. For some devices, you might need to display System Apps by using the available menu. Once you display System apps, you will have a list of all apps (both third-party and system apps) on your device to work on.

Step 2: Locate and Access the Apps’ info
Now that you’ve displayed all the apps on your phone, scroll (if necessary) to locate the preinstalled app you want to remove.

Tap the app to display its information and buttons for removal.

Step 3: Force Stop and Disable/Deactivate the App
Uninstall preinstalled Apps

If you successfully located and opened the apps’ info, you should see two buttons: Disable and Force Stop.

If the app is still functional, tap the Force stop button to stop the app from functioning. The button will be disabled if successful. Then tap the Disable button to disable the app. Again, this button will be deactivated if successful.

By doing the above, you will successfully remove the bloatware from your device. The app you removed will no longer show up on the phone’s screen and not carry out background processes.
Note, however, that this does not remove the bloatware completely from your device. To remove a preinstalled app completely from an Android phone, Android Pit provides an extensive guide that involves rooting your phone.

Alternatively, you can use this guide by Wondershare that uses the developer options on Android and command-line instructions to delete preinstalled apps.

However, rooting your device removes the warranty that comes with it. More so, you should be familiar with a few technical things to avoid crashing your device or creating a security loophole.

Over to you

Now you have several options to uninstall preinstalled and third-party apps from your Android phone. The method you choose will depend on what you want to achieve. Whether it’s the built-in skin, Google Maps, a security app or just about any other apps, it’s obvious that you can uninstall any app.

But, you must be cautious with the kind of apps you remove, most especially preinstalled apps. Removing a preinstalled app that has several dependencies can cause several other apps to malfunction. Similarly, it can crash your device completely.

So, handle that with care!

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

December 03, 2019

How to Easily Share Mobile data with PC in 3 Different Ways


share mobile data with PC

Mobile data is fast becoming a necessity amongst mobile phone users. And this is due to the portability mobile phones offer. With the data, users can surf the internet, send emails, chat on social media platforms and perform other operations. 

However, sometimes, there’s the need to access the internet with a PC. Though there are alternatives for PC internet connectivity by using modems, routers, etc., many people prefer to share mobile data with PC to these alternatives.

Monday, 25 November 2019

November 25, 2019

Tecno Spark 3: Dual AI Cameras, Specs and Price

Tecno spark 3 is an economy smartphone that is cool and promises satisfactory use, durability and excellent performance. It includes a 2GB RAM which complements the 2.0GHz MediaTek processor to boost efficient operations.

It runs on Android 9 Pie with a HiOS 5.0 skin to boost UX (User experience) and interactivity. Similarly, this impacts the operations of the device and allows for responsiveness. In addition, it provides efficiency and stability.

There is good support for photos, videos and audio capturing. It integrates an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered dual cameras at the rear. Though it’s 13MP, it captures quality photos and videos with a natural presentation.

Overall, Spark 3 incorporates software and hardware components that are reminiscent of modern smartphones and meets user expectations.  If you’re on a budget and want a phone that delivers quality at a seemingly low cost, then you should consider this brand of Tecno phone.

Tecno spark 3 Specs

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

August 06, 2019

Datally: How to Save Data with this Amazing App from Google


Do you sweat because of frequent insufficient data notifications? Or are apps on your phone sucking the life out of the data you pay for? Well, it’s something virtually everyone faces, and thus demands a solution. Luckily for you, you can overcome this by using Datally.

Google developed Datally, a mobile app, to help users manage and save data usage on their phones. It offers unique features and flexible options to help manage how you use mobile data. Especially for users where free data services are limited, this app proves to be an asset.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

July 31, 2019

Data Roaming: How to set up and what you should know


You might have heard about it but don't really know what data roaming is. Even though it has been around for a while, it's surprising to know that most people aren't familiar with this term.

Well, it's not mandatory that you know something like this. However, keeping abreast of most of the terms and concepts of this internet age is a good practice.

Data roaming

On the other hand, if you travel a lot, especially outside your country of residence, then it's important you know about it. Similarly, you might help a friend out with what you know.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

July 18, 2019

How to Charge Phone with Onions: Approach, Myth and Opinion


Charge phone with onion
I guess this isn’t the first time you’re hearing this, what will I call it? A myth, reality or what? Well, how to charge your phone with onions! If you haven’t heard it before, then you will read everything right here.


We’re in a smart world and are ‘enslaved’ by these smart devices such as mobile phones, portable game consoles, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). They help us to perform complex and time-consuming tasks at very fast rates, most importantly on-the-go.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

July 10, 2019

Nokia 3.2: Top Features, Full Specs and Price


Here is Nokia 3.2, an economy phone with excellent smartphone features everyone desires. A Face unlock, long-lasting battery, Android 9 Pie, good storage features, and many others you might want.

It follows almost the design and functioning patterns of its predecessor – Nokia 4.2. It integrates a Google Assistant Button to accelerate the use of this feature and improve users’ experience.

Nokia users can now access the full features and the functionality of Android 9 Pie by purchasing this device which is cheaper when compared to what it offers.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

July 02, 2019

How to Take Screenshot on Android in 7 Different Ways


Welcome!

This page holds the exact information you need: How to take a screenshot on Android using 7 simple methods.

I have described these methods to give you alternatives. The peculiarity of your mobile phone will help you to decide on the method that suits you the most.

It’s, however, possible to have more than a method at your disposal. In such a case, convenience and preference will determine which to use.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

June 23, 2019

Tecno Camon 11 Pro: AI Selfie Clear Camera and more


Tecno Camon 11 Pro is a beautiful, fitted and performance-enhanced mobile phone that runs on Android 8.1 and HiOS 4.1. Not only is it eye-catching, it equally presents a unique design that supports ease of use and portability.

Supported by a 24MP front camera and 16MP plus 5MP dual rear cameras, making the most of scenes and events has become easier and awesome. The rear cameras have a quad-LED flash at a focal length of 2.4 to improve the quality of pictures and images.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

June 09, 2019

Email Apps for Android: 10 Best Android Email Apps to Boost Productivity


“We’re in a mobile World” is the popular saying to describe the geometric growth and application of mobile technology. And communication is at the core of it, not to leave out the transmission of information via emails.

There are several email apps for Android and iOS phones with varying designs, features and integrations. These apps enable users to receive real-time push notifications, send emails on-the-go, boost productivity, among other things.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

June 06, 2019

Nokia 4.2: Quality Specs and Features for All


Nokia 4.2 is a phone that combines quality and performance with cost-effectiveness. With peculiar features such as Google Assistant button, dual rear camera, Biometric face unlock and a battery that withstands 18hours 3G talk time, it’s a nice cut for users.

With two colour variants of black and pink sand and a nicely grafted design with glittering curvatures, it assumes beauty and elegance. Think of this device as a workhorse that fits nicely into your everyday activities with loads of feature to achieve the best.

It ships with Android 9 Pie at the core of operation and a Snapdragon processor that combines with a 3GB DDR3 RAM to accelerate and render seamless operation.

Monday, 3 June 2019

June 03, 2019

Best Wireless Earbud: Model X-18S Dual Earbud with Bluetooth v4.2


Wireless earbuds are becoming the wave in recent days. Their simple, mobile and easy-to-use technology drive the love to own one. They integrate seamlessly with mobile phones and allow for flexible usage of phones with just a finger press.

With various designs, technologies and features, the goal remains to enhance portability and communication between transmitters and users. Adding to it, is the convenience, enabling users to easily perform actions with just a press or two.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

April 10, 2019

Android Security Tips: 11 proven ways to keep your device safe

Android Security Tips
As mobile technology advances, attempts are being made by manufacturers to curtail security concerns and protect users’ data. A number of security features have been introduced to curb both physical and background access to information without users’ consents.

However, a few caveats exist which men of the dark world tend to exploit. The truth is that “The fight between security advocates and black hat hackers will keep on till the end of the world”.

Friday, 5 April 2019

April 05, 2019

How to Add or Edit an Alternative text in Instagram Images


A few months ago, Instagram announced that they will be introducing several features to make the social media platform more accessible to different categories of users. To start with, they introduced one of such features known as the Alt text that allows you to add a description to your images.

As noted, Instagram has over 285 million impaired users in need of easy-to-use alternatives for accessing the resources on the platform. They are therefore concerned with helping these minority of users to enjoy their services just like every other user.