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.
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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