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Uninstall Android Bloat Apps Without Root

Uninstall Android Bloat Apps Without Root

Uninstall Android Bloat Apps Without Root
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Anytime you buy a new phone from a vendor it comes loaded with bloat apps you cannot remove. You may be able to disable some of them but they still remain taking precious space on your phone. This tutorial will show you how to remove those apps without having root privileges on your Android phone. It is always a good idea to remove unnecessary apps, for they do offer an additional attack surface on your device. This will help keep your device clean and attack surface light.

Check Your Drivers


First make sure you have the correct drivers installed on your PC for your device. If you can write files to and from your PC and device connected with the USB cable, you should be good. If not, you have to get the correct drivers so your computer can recognize your device. Visit your manufacturers website.

Install This App on Your Device


To make it easier to get the exact names of the apps we want to remove we can install the App Inspector app on the device we need to remove apps from. Once installed, look for the apps you want to remove and write down the package names.

Download App Inspector from APK Pure Download App Inspector from Google Play

The image below is the example of the Google Chrome app listed in App Inspector. The exact package name of the app we want to remove is com.android.chrome

(Note: If you cant install this app but still need the package names you can get them while running the ADB & Fastboot, scroll down)

Uninstall Android Bloat Apps Without Root

Download and Install the Minimal ADB and Fastboot on your PC


You will need Android Debug Bridge (ADB) on your PC. Normally you can get this from the full Android studio but this comes with a lot of unnecessary software we do not need for this specific task so we will be using the Minimal ADB and Fastboot only.

Download and install the Minimal ADB and Fastboot latest version.

Allow for the shortcut on your Desktop during install, this will make things easier.

Download Minimal ADB & Fastboot

Prepare Your Device


Now prepare your device to remove unwanted bloat apps. Plug your phone into your computer using its USB cable. On your device, go to SettingsAbout Phone, scroll down and keep clicking Build Number until is says “You are a developer!“.  Go back, click Developer Options, Turn on USB Debugging.

Uninstall Android Bloat Apps Without Root

On your device’s screen it should now prompt you to allow USB debugging with your computer. Check Always allow from this computer, click OK as seen in the image below.

Uninstall Android Bloat Apps Without Root

If this did not come up, open the Minimal ADB & Fastboot by clicking the shortcut on your desktop and typing in the command below (which will list your connected device):

adb devices

Minimal ADB & Fastboot Commands


Open Minimal ADB & Fastoboot by clicking the shortcut on your desktop.

(If you couldn’t use the app to get the package names of the apps you want to uninstall you can use this command below, otherwise skip it):

adb shell pm list packages

Now enter the command to get shell access:

adb shell

Enter the uninstall commands to remove the apps or you can enter the command to disable apps and not uninstall. This is considered to be safer in the event you accidentally remove something you might need later. You can always disable apps first, test your device out for awhile, go back and uninstall completely after tested.

NOTE: This will uninstall the app for the current user (you = user 0). The app will still reside on the system but it will not be active. It will however be reinstalled if you reset your OS. More information can be found here.

Here for example is the command to uninstall the Google Chrome browser:

pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.gms

Uninstall Android Bloat Apps Without RootOr to disable the app instead, use command:

pm disable --user 0 com.google.android.gms

More Information on Removing Apps

You should now have been able to remove or disable these apps without rooting your device. If you have comments or questions, post them below.

For a more comprehensive list of bloat apps you can remove or disable which might help you, check out:

this page and this page

Some apps I was able to remove on a Pixel 2 with Android 9 Pie OS without problems:

Updated list: December 22, 2019

Google Messaging – Replace with Signal Private Messenger.

pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.messaging

Uninstall Android Bloat Apps Without Root

Google Search Bar Widget – Replace with Simple Search and set your search provider to DuckDuckGo for example. NOTE: The Google searchbar can be hard coded into the Google launcher. If it is and you remove this widget, the search bar will still appear but will not function. In this case, look for a new launcher instead. Replace with: Evie Launcher or Lawnchair (my favorite) or Lollipop Launcher or Bliss Launcher or Torque Launcher or ADW Launcher or Nova Launcher Prime (paid). See more open source launchers.

pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox.nga_resources

Google Calendar – Replaced with Offline Calendar or Simple Calendar or Etar

pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.calendar
com.android.providers.calendar (Do not delete or disable this. Other calendars use it.)

Google Pictures – Replaced with Simple Gallery.

pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.photos

Project Fi – If you don’t use Project Fi as your service provider.

pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.tycho

Google VR Core – If you don’t use VR.

pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.vr.vrcore
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.vr.apps.ornament
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.vr.apps.ornament.content.stickers.fujisan
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.vr.apps.ornament.content.stickers.hoops
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.vr.apps.ornament.content.stickers.metronome

Google Support Services – Allows Google technicians to connect to your device for live support.

pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.helprtc

Better Together – Allows you to connect the default Google android messenger to Windows 10 – Replace with Signal Private Messenger app & Signal Desktop for the PC.

pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.multidevice.client

Email App – The default email application. Replace with Protonmail app or PEP for IMAP/POP enabled email like Gmail.

pm uninstall --user 0  com.android.email

Hot Word Enrollment – Voice training for Google Assistant which is required when updating to 8.1 from previous builds. OK to remove If you don’t talk to your phone.

pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.hotwordenrollment.xgoogle

Ok Google Service – OK to remove if you don’t talk to your phone.

pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.hotwordenrollment.okgoogle
pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.hotwordenrollment.tgoogle

Various Keyboards

pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.inputmethod.japanese
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.inputmethod.hindi
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.inputmethod.korean

Various Google Apps

pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.vending (GOOGLE PLAY STORE, REPLACE WITH AURORA STORE)
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.keep (GOOGLE KEEP NOTES)
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.setupwizard (GOOGLE SETUP WIZARD)
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.docs (GOOGLE DOCS)
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.talk (GOOGLE HANGOUTS)
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.gm (GMAIL, replace with P≡P to access Gmail using IMAP)
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.feedback (If you don't plan on leaving feedback in PlayStore)
pm uninstall --user 0 com.google.android.markuppm (GOOGLE MARKUP, Allows you to edit photos before you share them)

Verizon Apps

pm uninstall --user 0 com.vzw.hss.myverizon (My Verizon app)
pm uninstall --user 0 com.verizon.messaging.vzmsgs (Verizon Messenger)