Ever wondered why your android phone seems like it is always over-worked. heats up a lot, data runs out so fast and you never seem to get enough of the annoying pop up notifications from apps you didn’t install or even don’t use?
Well here’s why…
Ever noticed just how many apps come with your new phone out of the box? Android phone makers are especially notorious for this. Get yourself an Infinix device and you already have at least 15 apps preinstalled for you. While some, such as WhatsApp are useful, most of them like Alibaba, XCloud and many others are just cheap attempts to push their own agendas with the device without the owner’s consent.
While most manufacturers are kind to make these apps uninstallable, most aren’t as thoughtful. This means you are stuck with a dozen or so apps that you will never use for the entire lifespan of the device. The worst part is that these apps run in the background and use your phone’s resources especially battery and location services day in day out. With time, users get ways to work around these. Some just bundle up all the apps they will never use, put them in one folder and ignore them. But surely, there has to be another way. There has to be a way to get rid of this pre-loaded bloatware and make up space for apps that I actually plan to use and free up resources for those apps you use.
This is how much of the system resources bloatware is stealing from your phone.Battery Life 50% Speed 30% Processing power 25%
If these apps are not disabled or uninstalled you can surely look at buying a new phone in a year or less especially my friends using Techno and Infinix brands. Am sure you can relate.
You can try
This method works for the non-essential apps that your phone maker might have added to your phone by default but isn’t in the system partition. In the case of Infinix, these include the likes of WhatsApp, TouchPal Keyboard, and all its languages. (Seriously Infinix, so you thought I’d type on my phone in Portuguese and Russian and Swahili and 74 other languages?)
Uninstalling this bloatware on your Android is simple:
- Select the Settings app from your app drawer or home screen.
- Tap Apps or Applications.
- Scroll down the list until you find the app you want to remove and tap it.
- Select Uninstall.
It is worth noting that, even if your app drawer doesn’t look that littered with these apps, it still pays to visit this page on your new phone as some apps might be preinstalled but won’t appear on your app drawer.
Disable the Uninstallable Bloatware
Some OEMs insist on making some apps uninstallable by making them System apps, despite them being as unessential as they come. Sadly, these apps are not easily uninstallable like the above category. For these, you are better off just disabling them and forgetting about them. This will, however, mean that they will still take up some storage on your smartphone. It is a lot better than having to deal with that icon on your app drawer all the time.
To disable the uninstallable bloatware, follow these steps.
- Click on the Launcher and go to “Settings.”
- Press on “Applications/Apps.”
- Click on “All.” (By default, only user apps are displayed. Selecting “All” displays System apps as well)
- Search through the app list and select the app that you want to disable.
- Tap on “Disable.”
And that should do it. You have successfully disabled that app. For some system apps, the Disable button is frozen. Sadly this means that particular bloatware is uninstallable. For these, try the next few steps.