How to disable bloatware or unwanted built-in apps on your Android
Nothing Wired tells you how you can get rid of pre-installed, non-uninstallable apps from your Android device
A very common problem that Android users encounter is the inability to remove bloatware- apps which are installed by manufacturers on their devices and which cannot be uninstalled in the common manner adopted for removing regular android apps. These apps mostly are unused, unwanted and slow down your device by running in the background. Examples of such apps are Samsung Hub, News & Weather, Samsung App Store, HTC Hub, etc. But fret not, Nothing Wired brings you a very simple method to disable such apps and remove them from your application drawer/menu. While most other sites would ask you to root your phone and install some app to achieve this, we have a plan that requires you to do nothing of this sort and get your job done fast!
[box_info]This method works ONLY on devices running Android 4.0 and above[/box_info]
Step 1: Navigate to your device’s Settings menu. Tap on Applications/Apps.
Step 2: Once you’re on the Apps list, you will see various sections like Downloaded, Running, Internal and All. Tap on the section marked as All
Step 3: Tap on the bloatware that you want to remove.
Step 4: Once you tap, a page that has the app details will open. Remember, if it’s a bloatware it will show the buttons Force Stop & Disable. If not, it will show Force Stop & Uninstall.
Step 5: Tap on the ‘Disable’ button.
And you’re done! The app won’t ever appear again on your app drawer or won’t run in the background, until you don’t want it back. So what if you want it back? No worries, just follow the same steps and above and you will see an ‘Enable’ button instead of ‘Disable’. Tap ‘Enable’ and your app will be back! Let us know if this tutorial helped solved your bloatware woes.