Recently, we published our first impressions on the Poco M2 Pro and found that Xiaomi is still integrating the dodgy Clean Master app on MIUI — even after the app has been banned by the Indian government. That is not all, the Cleaner app also uploads the filename and location information to Clean Master’s servers. It does not stop there. The Cleaner app has got all the sensitive permissions and there is no way to revoke them. Frankly, this kind of shady behavior is not just limited to MIUI but also extends to Realme UI and Color OS. Not to mention, even brands like Samsung integrates Chinese services like Qihoo 360 on its Device Care app. So if you want to uninstall the Cleaner app from MIUI, RealmeUI, and ColorOS, follow our simple guide.

Uninstall Cleaner/Clean Master from MIUI, Realme UI, and ColorOS

1. First and foremost, set up ADB on your computer. We have written a detailed guide for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS. So no matter which computer you are using, you can easily install ADB by following our tutorial.

2. Now, connect your Android smartphone to the computer and execute the below command to verify the connection. If the terminal outputs a serial number, you are good to go.

adb devices

Uninstall Cleaner/Clean Master from MIUI, Realme UI, and ColorOS

3. Next, run the below command.

adb shell

Uninstall Cleaner/Clean Master from MIUI, Realme UI, and ColorOS

4. To uninstall the Cleaner app from MIUI, enter the below command and hit enter. The terminal will output ‘Success’ which means the Cleaner app has been successfully uninstalled from your device.

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.miui.cleanmaster

Uninstall Cleaner/Clean Master from MIUI, Realme UI, and ColorOS

5. If you are using an Android device running Realme UI or ColorOS then execute the below command. It will instantly uninstall Clean Master from your Realme device.

pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.coloros.phonemanager

Uninstall Cleaner/Clean Master from MIUI, Realme UI, and ColorOS

6. If you are running some other Android skin then you can find the package name of the Cleaner app by installing the Package Viewer app (Free). This is how you can execute the command to uninstall a Cleaner app.

pm uninstall -k --user 0 <package name>

Remove the Cleaner App and Reclaim Your Privacy

So that is how you can uninstall the Cleaner app from MIUI, Realme UI, and ColorOS. If the Cleaner app is known by another name on your Android skin then you can follow step #6 to uninstall it. Apart from that, if you are using MIUI then you can go through our article on the best MIUI Settings that you should change right now. Further, you can learn about the best Chinese app alternatives and enhance your privacy. Anyway, that is all from us. If you are facing any issue then comment down below and let us know. We will definitely try to help you out.

12 COMMENTS

  1. I just removed the Cleaner app from my POCO X3 NFC following this tutorial, and the device was not bricked and it works just fine. The tutorial is very good, and works as intended if you follow the steps.

  2. I tried and followed this article in my realme 3 pro but it says
    Failure [DELETE_FAILED_INTERNAL_ERROR]
    How to fix this because i also wants to remove those Game center, App market etc trash apps

  3. I tried and followed this article on realme 3 pro but it says
    Failure [DELETE_FAILED_INTERNAL_ERROR]
    How to fix this …because i also wants to remove those Game center , App market etc. Trash apps

  4. Stopping phone manager app in realme ui make unable to get any kinds of media sound .. so its safe to uninstall phone managers app

    • In that case, install the Package Viewer app and look for the package name manually. After that, execute the command with the new package name. Follow step #6.

  5. This method used to work on MIUI 11. But after MIUI 12 update, the command returns a failed (-1000) message

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