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How to easily get rid of bloatware apps (root)

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How to easily get rid of bloatware apps (root)
Got one of them smartphones that is just loaded with countless apps that you never once even touched? To these happen to be installed with system privileges, making them impossible to get rid of by conventional methods? Yeah, we've been there.

Referred to as bloatware, these apps are often stuck in our face as a part of some sort of business agreement between the company that's providing the device (could be the manufacturer, or your wireless provider) and a third party. Now, we're not saying that all of these are absolutely useless, but we do like having choice, and if your phone is stacked with over 10 different apps that you've never once used, then you're likely a rebel, too. There are ways to at least partially mitigate the annoyance these cause without being rooted, but to fully exterminate these apps, you'll need them administrative privileges.

Now, there are a number of ways to go about this, including manually digging through root folders usually inaccessible and doing the dirty work yourself (good way to learn about Android, too), but that option will prove a tad too difficult and time-consuming for most. Not to mention a tad dangerous. Luckily, there's a semi-automated way through a particular app that we love making use of. Enter System app remover, an app that... well, removes system apps. The thing about this one is that it tags the different apps that you can easily get rid of by its importance to the system. This way, you know if you're in over your head before you do something that you'll regret, making the app relatively safe to use. Look below for a quick step-by-step on how to get rid of them nasty bloatware apps.

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posted on 27 Apr 2014, 15:53 6

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

It's a shame Samsung has made some of their latest phones hard to root -- Galaxy S5 on Verizon and ATT, for example. KNOX may be useful for the enterprise, but I'd rather have easy root on my phones. Samsung should offer this option. Better yet would be a website customers could go to that would allow them to unlock their bootloader and/or get root on their phones.

IMO, without being able to root, the Android you get from most carriers is not very user friendly. It should be easy for people to get rid of apps and services they don't want.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 16:01 2

2. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)

Actually, it's not only just Samsung. The LG g2 was difficult to root because you have to download all these LG softwares and i believe the tmobile model can't root while on kitkat. Manufacturing companies and the efforts from carriers are both making it more hard nowdays. Ihope android's future doesnt continue this path.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 21:58 1

10. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

Don't blame it on Samsung. Rooting my dad's note 10.1 2014 edition(knoxed) was not so hard. It is the carriers which enforce locking of bootloaders. Mainly because the custom roms have tether provisioning disabled many a times, and they want to charge you heave for tethering.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 01:45

16. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

User friendly?! Thats an odd thing to say. Having root privileges is not something intended for average user! I think what you meant was to flash a custom rom, which is a difficult process and is not for ordinary people.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 13:19

17. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

unless its an htc phone...

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 16:04 1

3. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)

Is there a difference between this app and titanium backup free version?

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 16:51

6. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

Missing feautres...

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 16:36 1

4. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2226; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Chrome was the only bloatware I wanted to remove.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 21:12 1

9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Chrome is more in the spyware category than bloatware :)

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 16:47 2

5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Titanium Backup is the best to use with tons of options...

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 16:52

7. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

i use that with McTweaker app. Great indepth rooting.

Also use VMHeaptools, for making the buffer app opening to 16mb RAM. Similar like 64bit

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 17:18 3

8. av911 (Posts: 201; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

ROM Toolbox.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 21:59 2

11. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

+1 to rom toolbox. My go to tool for managing everything about my rom.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 22:48

12. express77 (unregistered)

I use titanium backup but I will give it a try.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 23:08

13. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

This app might be handy for ID'ing what apps you can/should remove. Clean Master has this feature too, as well as many other handy tools. But it's much safer to use Rom Toolbox or Titanium Backup (or similar) to first freeze the app to make sure removal doesn't affect the phone. Then, if all is OK, you remove it. Personally, I mainly just freeze the apps rather than removing them (NFL Mobile can go right to digital hell though). Most bloatware (I call them craplications) doesn't take up all that much space, and I feel safer knowing I can just unfreeze.


posted on 27 Apr 2014, 23:16

14. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Frankly, I think Clean Master is the better chooser of which apps to remove, based soley on the screenshot of System app remover suggesting that you "could remove" Google Play, rather than "should keep". Because why the hell would anyone want to remove Google Play?!?!?

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 00:25

15. express77 (unregistered)

Can someone suggest me an adfree app which have one tap cache cleaner, one tap dalvik cleaner, uninstall system files and easy to use.

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