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

 uninstall apps on Android

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:


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.

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:


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!

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