Things you need:

1. USB drivers for the device (Google has compiled a list of USB drivers for different OEM’s).

2. Download and extract the ADB tools from Google developers website.

3. Download App Inspector from Google Play Store to know the exact name of the app.

Steps to remove bloatware (no root required)

  • On your Android device, go to Settings System About Phone Tap Build Number five times to turn on Developer options.
  • Go to Developer Options in System Settings ⇒ Turn USB debugging on.
  • Plug in your Android device via USB cable and change from “Charge Only” mode to “File Transfer” mode.
  • Go to the directory where you extracted the ADB files.
  • Hold Shift + right click anywhere in the folder and select “Open Power Shell Window here” from the pop-up menu.
  • In the Command Prompt, type in: “adbdevices”.
  • Grant permission to the PC for using Android device connection, through the USB debugging box.
  • Again, type in the same command. This will prompt “authorized” on the command terminal.
  • Now, type the following command: “adbshell”.
  • Open App Inspector on your Android device and search for the exact name of the app package.
  • Alternatively, you can type “pm list packages”. Then copy and paste name on to the next command.
  • Enter the following command in the Windows PowerShell: “pm uninstall –k —user 0 ”.

Caution: Uninstalling pre-installed Android apps can cause your device to be unstable sometimes.

Also, note that a factory reset will recover and bring back the bloatware. They really don’t completely get deleted, they are just uninstalled until a factory reset is made.

You will receive all the official updates from the phone maker. Uninstalling bloatware this way doesn’t prevent updates.

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