How to disable bloatware apps without root

How to disable bloatware apps without root
A lot can be said about the toxicity of bloatware apps, but since this guide will be about how to get rid of them, we won't indulge in needless discussion. For those of you not in the know, 'bloatware' refers to all that extra stuff that's been pre-loaded on your device, before you even got to your neighborly carrier's outlet. These often come in considerable numbers, are sometimes downright irritating and take up space, and worst of all -- can't be removed by normal means. The situation is so bad, really, that countries like South Korea are targeting the practice with upcoming legislation that will see it discontinued by law. What's making matters worse is the fact that if you want to get truly rid of the extra fat, you'll need to be rooted, a simple operation that still scares a whole lot of people (that's probably for the better, though). Now, there are some scripts that will work without root, but they require some basic understanding of Android recoveries, which tend to freak out people even more, and they still require quite some manual work. Obviously, to thoroughly clean your system of bloat, you'll need root, but you're not completely powerless if you're unwilling to. Said otherwise, this is a quick guide suitable for Android beginners.

Disable bloatware apps without root


You don't need to fully delete bloatware apps to get some peace of mind -- you can disable them and  even stop them from popping notifications. This won't delete the actual application, but it'll be removed from your homescreen/app drawer, and we'll even show you how to free up some space in the process. Simply follow the simple steps outlined in the gallery below, and you're set.

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10 Comments

1. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Dont know about other devices but This started on the 4.3 update for Samsung devices, couldn't do this on earlier firmware versions.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This has been on Android for as long as I can remember...

3. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Yes I know, I have at&t and I dont recall bieng able to disable the att bloatware just force stop them. just apps I downloaded I could disable.

8. Rager722

Posts: 617; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Have to HTC ONE. I've been able to disable AT&T bloatware since I first purchased it

4. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

My older Xperia Ray (2.3 Gingerbread) had this feature in 2011.

5. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

@nothingmuch is right..it wasn't available on Samsung devices unti 4.2/4.3

6. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

no i did this thing with my galaxy s. but this does not work permenantly cuz i disabled google maps several times and again it activated automatically upon next rebot

7. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Force closed apps will re-activate after reboot or if it is triggered by another app. disabled apps will permanently be disabled unless updated or re-activated by user.

9. osptech

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2015

Most easy way to disable packages boltware knox etc are using package disabler app no root required search "package disabler" in play store

10. orthik

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Used it very good, and the pro version got search and password

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