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What is bloatware and how to remove it from your Android mobile

Samsung-Galaxy-S9 bloatwareYou turn on the mobile that you just bought, and you see that the application drawer is full of applications that you have not installed or probably use during the entire time you have the phone. That is the bloatware.

Although manufacturers are increasingly benevolent with users and little by little many have been leaving aside the habit of flooding the software of their phones of all kinds of applications , there are still those who refuse to part with these add-ons. that a good part of its users demonstrate not having the desire to use them.

But not all bloatware is bad, though. And the one that is, can usually be uninstalled without too many problems. In this guide we explain everything you need to know about Android bloatware, and how to eliminate it forever.

What is bloatware?

At the beginning of the article I was referring to bloatware as pre-installed applications on a device from the day you buy it.

Broadly speaking it is true, but usually the term bloatware refers to all that “filler” software, which comes pre-installed in the operating system of the device, occupying and consuming resources without providing obvious benefits for users .

Therefore, it would not be correct to name the application of system adjustments as pre-installed on all Android phones, as well as an option within the settings that, for example, can be used to analyze installed apps in search of virus despite the fact that Android already includes a tool of this type through Google Play called Play Protect, as it has been shown on more than one occasion that it is not necessary to have an antivirus installed on Android.

And is that the “junk software” or “filler” is not reduced only to applications. We can also find options, added in the system settings, modules or components of the user interface that, despite not providing any value , are there occupying space, consuming resources such as memory or battery, or simply messing up the experience with the device.

Therefore, what could we consider “good bloatware“? All those applications or additions that, despite not being essential for the operation of the system or the device, do contribute a real utility or are there to improve the user experience . Applications that do not come by default in AOSP as a file explorer, a video player or a gallery application, would be examples of truly useful pre-installed apps , as long as they do not exceed the limit of incorporating more functions than necessary.

How to remove the bloatware from your Android mobile?

But there is good news: the bloatware can be deleted. Some manufacturers offer the ability to disable or disable pre-installed applications. While this may be a solution to get rid of the bloatware, we must bear in mind that the deactivation of the apps consists of eliminating the installation of the application itself, keeping the installer package so that, in the future, it can be recovered.

The most drastic and effective way to get rid of bloatware is, therefore, to uninstall those applications pre-installed in the system by the manufacturer . The simplest way to do it is, logically, uninstalling the app as usual through the system settings. However, it is not always possible, and it is in this situation that a more effective solution must be resorted to :

Remove the bloatware without root: Uninstall applications

You do not need superuser permissions on your mobile in order to remove the bloatware. Just a USB cable, and a computer with the ADB drivers installed on it . If you meet the requirements, these are the steps you must follow:

  1. First, activate the USB debugging of the phone and connect it to the computer.
  2. Now, open a command window -CMD or Terminal- on the computer.
  3. To verify that the phone has connected successfully, execute the “adb devices” command. The identification number of the device must appear in the command window.
  4. On the computer, enter the “adb shell” instruction.
  5. To list all the applications pre-installed by the device manufacturer, you must execute the command “pm list packages | grep ‘brand’ “. For example, pm list packages | grep ‘samsung’.
  6. To delete a specific application, enter the command “pm uninstall -k – -user 0 packagename”. For example pm uninstall -k – -user 0 “.
  7. Repeat the previous step with all the apps you want to uninstall.

The only bad thing about this solution is that it only allows you to eliminate specific applications , and not added in the phone software as options within the menu of settings or elements of the interface. Luckily, this type of additions, despite being annoying, do not usually consume as many resources as system applications do.

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