How to Remove Bloatware From Your Android Phone (Guide)

How to Remove Bloatware From Your Android Phone (Guide)

Even after a huge uproar from the Android community citing privacy, security, and user choice, the bloatware situation on Android has not improved. Yes, MIUI now comes with less bloatware, but, looking at the overall situation, Android smartphones still come with a myriad of unnecessary apps, especially the low-end devices. So to help you remove bloatware from your Android phone and free up crucial resources, we have come up with this handy tutorial. It lets you uninstall bloatware and unnecessary apps seamlessly. Be it Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, or any other device, the Universal Android Debloater tool safely removes needless apps from your Android smartphone. On that note, let’s go ahead and learn how this tool works.

Remove Bloatware From Your Phone With Universal Android Debloater (2022)

1. First, download the Universal Android Debloater (UAD) from here. Click on “Assets” and download the EXE file for Windows. If you are on macOS, download the .tar.gz file.

Remove Bloatware From Your Android Phone With Universal Android Debloater (2022)

2. Next, you need to set up ADB on your PC. Follow our linked tutorial to install ADB right away.

Remove Bloatware From Your Android Phone With Universal Android Debloater (2022)

3. After that, open a Terminal window (CMD for Windows and Terminal for macOS). Here, type adb devices and hit Enter. If it returns a serial number, you are good to go.

Remove Bloatware From Your Android Phone With Universal Android Debloater (2022)

4. Now, move the UAD file you downloaded to the platform-tools folder.

Remove Bloatware From Your Android Phone With Universal Android Debloater (2022)

5. Finally, open the Universal Android Debloater, and it will automatically detect your Android smartphone.

Universal Android Debloater

6. Once your device is detected, make sure “Recommended” is selected under the top drop-down menu. Based on your device ROM, Universal Android Debloater pulls the list of bloatware that can be safely removed. UAD has documented the list of removable bloatware for all major smartphone manufacturers. For general users, I will suggest sticking to the “Recommended” list.

Universal Android Debloater

7. Now, select the packages you want to remove and simply click on “Uninstall selection” at the bottom right. That said, I suggest you carefully check the package name and apply your own mind before uninstalling a package.

Universal Android Debloater

8. This way, you can safely remove bloatware from your Android phone using Universal Android Debloater. In case you want to restore a particular package, you can choose “Uninstalled” or “Disabled” from the drop-down menu and select the package. Now, click on “Restore selection”.

uad

9. You can also search for particular apps from the search bar. In case the app is not showing up in the debloater, install Package Name Viewer 2.0 (Free, offers in-app purchases) from the Play Store on your Android phone and find the app’s package name. Now, search for the package name and uninstall the bloatware right away.

Remove Bloatware From Your Android Phone With Universal Android Debloater (2022)

10. Finally, to remove carrier-specific bloatware on Android, choose “carrier” from the third drop-down menu and remove the unnecessary apps. You can repeat the same process to remove Google bloatware, OEM bloatware, AOSP apps, etc.

Remove Bloatware From Your Android Phone With Universal Android Debloater (2022)

Uninstall Bloatware From Your Android Smartphone Without Root

So this is how you can completely uninstall bloatware from your Android device without requiring root. While there are a ton of debloater apps out there, we recommend Universal Android Debloater because it’s well documented and has inspected the removable apps for major devices out there. Anyway, that is all from us. If Fastboot is not detecting your Android device on Windows 10/ 11, we have a handy guide in place for you. And to find the best custom ROMs for Android, go through our curated list. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.

12 Comments

  1. It didn’t remove ‘App Market’ and ‘Theme Store’ on my Realme2. I tried to uninstall by selecting both the apps, but it didn’t.

  2. Hi,
    I did what was told. I also enabled the debugging USB, did the CMD things, and installed the universal remover tool; after opening it up, My phone, which is a realme 3 pro, cant be detected on the app. can you tell me what I should do?

  3. Hey Beebom,
    UAD not able find my mobile, ADB running successful and USB debugging also allowed. UAD returns “no device/emulator found” I am trying in Vivo Z1 pro .

  4. when I click on UAD.exe file I see a brief flash and then it disappears and nothing happens. I m using windows 7. any help

  5. Which method is better for a Xiaomi/Redmi/POCO phone? This method or the Xiaomi Debloater tool?

    1. Both the tools are well documented. You need to install Java for the Xiaomi Debloater tool, though.

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