How to uninstall system apps on Android

Every smartphone has standard applications installed that the average person never uses. In addition to the fact that this software takes up space on the desktop, they also consume a significant amount of RAM. Standard functions of the system do not remove them, as well as move them to the memory card. Therefore, users are wondering how to remove system applications on Android without complicated and unnecessary manipulations. The answer to this and other questions can be found in this article.

Why other articles on the Internet won't help you

There are many articles on the Internet that seem to be able to help you remove embedded apps from your phone. In fact, this is only an illusion, because Most of the material is long out of dateand the editorial boards of websites are in no hurry to publish the actual material. Often such instructions are about getting root accesswhich is almost impossible to do on modern smartphones. And if you try to get them, there is a risk of turning the device into a "brick". We suggest you review the principle of uninstalling the system programs on Android completely without root rights.

Which built-in applications can be completely uninstalled without consequences

It is important to understand that not every system utility can be completely removed without consequences. Depending on your device, the list of factory applications that can be uninstalled differs. Before proceeding to the instructions, we recommend that you read this list for your specific smartphone model.

Google services and apps

Go to the desktop of any Android device and there will definitely be Google services. Almost all of them can be uninstalled, but to be safe it is better to consider a specific list:

  • Google Maps. The program will be useless to users who have never used a navigator. This service drains the battery quite a bitand also monitors a person's movements.
  • Disc. This is the usual cloud storage. The service is harmless, but it takes up both RAM and internal memory.
  • Duo. This utility is designed to make video calls. Most people use messengers for this purpose, so there is no benefit to the software.
  • Gmail. It's an email account from Google.
  • Google Photos. This service is designed to store photos and videos on Google's servers. The function is convenient, but on the other hand useless.
  • Google Music. The program allows you to listen to music, but only after purchasing a subscription.
  • Google Movies. Useless utility for Russian-speaking users. All series are paid, and often there is no translation.
  • Google. This is a voice assistant, which takes up a lot of memory space.
  • YouTube. The service is designed for watching videos.
  • Google Chrome. A browser that does not cause any damage to your system. However, it can waste battery power.

The above Google applications can be safely removed from your Android phone.


The following standard applications can be uninstalled on your Samsung device without consequences:

  • Weather Widget. The weather block located on the desktop.
  • Calculator;
  • Calendar;
  • ChatON;
  • Built-in Samsung browser;
  • Samsung Apps. Analogous to Google Play, which most people don't use.
  • Samsung Wallet;
  • S Voice;
  • Samsung Link;
  • Music, books and videos;

Also included in this list are all the programs and services from Google mentioned in the first paragraph.

Huawei and Honor

Huawei phones are also equipped with useless programs that the average user never opens. Their list includes Google services, as well as a number of proprietary utilities:

  • Huawei HiSuite. The software is designed to synchronize your smartphone with your computer.
  • HiCloud. Cloud storage, the equivalent of Google or Yandex Disk.
  • Huawei backup. The utility allows you to back up your data.
  • Huawei App Gallery. Branded game store from the manufacturer.
  • Huawei Health.
  • Technical support.
  • HiLink. Utility for setting up and managing your network.
  • Mirror, compass and weather;

Presented software can safely remove without fear of damaging the system.


MIUI firmware has many official apps from the manufacturer by default. Most of them are useful, such as calculator, music and security. But you can also find completely useless software. They can be found in this list:

  • BugReport. Sends reports about errors and crashes in the system.
  • CloudPrint. Virtual printer.
  • Email. Email from Xiaomi. The program does not consume battery power, but takes up space on the desktop.
  • Fasdormancy. The function is not in demand among Russian-speaking users, but it affects the speed of the device.
  • MiLinkService. The utility allows you to exchange files between two Xiaomi phones.
  • QuikSearchBox;
  • StepsProvider;
  • Browser;
  • Shell;
  • Weather. Weather forecast widget.
  • Calculator, voice recorder, scanner, compass and screen recording;
  • The Google services mentioned in the first paragraph.

All of these utilities can be uninstalled completely without consequences.


The following unnecessary applications can be removed from your smartphone:

  • Built-in browser;
  • Music;
  • Cloud service;
  • Search;
  • Performance Monitoring;
  • Weather;
  • Easy mode;
  • Google services from the first point;

It is worth noting that the names of the pre-installed programs may be different. It depends on the Android version and the firmware.


Lenovo devices also have native apps that can be removed without consequences. You can find them in this list:

  • Kingsoft Office. A utility for opening files from the manufacturer.
  • Built-in synchronization service.
  • Mail;
  • Weather;
  • UC Browser;
  • File Manager;
  • Installer. Used to install applicationsdownloaded from third-party sites.
  • Tutorial for Beginners;
  • TouchPal Language Pack;
  • MobileLog;
  • ModemLog;
  • Notes;
  • Google services from the first point;

These programs can be safely uninstalled.

Common applications

Not all smartphones have been collected in this list, so we suggest familiarizing yourself with common programs that are safe to remove:

  • Mail:
  • Weather Widget;
  • Google Services;
  • Clock Widget;
  • Alarm clock;
  • Calculator;
  • Recorder;
  • Report;

Depending on the device, the list may increase, but this is a basic set of programs.

How to uninstall system apps on Android via PC without root rights

Now let's move on to the instruction itself, which will tell you how to completely, and most importantly correctly, uninstall the application from Android. Before starting the procedure, turn on your computer or laptop and charge your smartphone.

Step 1: Turn on USB Tagging

How to uninstall system apps on Android without root rights

The first thing you need to do is activate USB Hang Up on your phone. Depending on the device, this is done differently, but often the principle is the same:

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Go to "About the phone" or "About the device".
  3. Click several times on "Firmware version".
  4. After the message "You became a developer" appears, go to "Advanced settings". The tab can also be called "Additional Features".
  5. Go to "For developers".
  6. Here you need to move the slider to the right against the line "Laying down by USB".
  7. At the end, confirm the mode activation with the "Ok".

The function required for operation is now enabled.

Step 2: Install ADB Run on your computer

Before you start the installation, you need to download to your computer ADB Run. The utility is available for any version of Windows, Linux and MacOS. After downloading, open the archive, where you click on the file "Setup.exe".

Unpacking ADB RUN

In the installation window that appears, click "Next", then "Install".

Installing ADB RUN on your computer

When the installation is successful, the program icon will appear on the desktop.

Step 3: Selecting Apps to Remove

Uninstalling the default app on your Android phone

To work with the program, you need to know not only the name of the application, but also the name of its package. The App Inspector utility, which can be installed for free from Google Play, will help you get the necessary information.

App Inspector
App Inspector
Developer: Projectoria
Price: Free

After downloading the software, do the following:

  1. Open the program.
  2. From the list choose an application that is not deleted by the standard functions of the system.
  3. At "Data dirThe "package name" is the name of the package, which, for convenience, is better to write down or remember somewhere. For example, Google Duo has the following package name:

Now connect your smartphone to your computer or laptop via USB cable. In the notification panel, select the mode "Transferring files"and, if necessary, install the drivers on your PC.

Step 4: Uninstall the application via ADB RUN

First, run ADB Run, then in the window that appears, enter the command "a" and press "Enter".

Uninstalling google apps on android via computer

Now enter the query "adb shell" and press "Enter".

Uninstalling apps on Android via ADB

On the next line we write "pm uninstall -k -user 0 package_name". Instead of "name_package", specify the pre-prepared data from the App Inspector application.

How to uninstall system apps on Android

Press "Enter". If the operation is successful, the message "Success" will be displayed.


You can also go another way by returning to the main program window. Here instead of the letter "a" we enter the number 12.

Uninstalling apps on Android via ADB

Press "Enter" and on the next page specify the command with the number 7.


Now, without missing any spaces, enter the name of the package and press "Enter".

Remove all system applications on your phone

If the procedure was successful, the corresponding inscription will appear on the screen.

Freezing by application via ADB

Uninstalling system applications is a risk. That is why on ADB The option to freeze the pre-installed utility is provided. Then at any time, if necessary, you can bring the application back to your smartphone. To freeze, go to the program on your computer and enter the command "a". Then enter the following combination: adb shell pm disable-user-name_package. Press "Enter"and wait for the procedure to finish.


You can unfreeze the program with the reverse command: adb shell pm enable -user 0 name_package.

Freezing by application via ADB

This method is safer and is suitable for temporary removal of Chinese applications.

Video tutorial

Answers to popular questions

Q: Will this manual work for tablets?
Yes, this tutorial allows you to remove the system app from your Android tablet.

Q: How do I restore a deleted application back?
If it is a Google app or service, it is enough to go to Google Play and re-download the deleted program. As for the system applications, they can often be downloaded from the manufacturer's official website. You can also reset the device to factory settings, then the programs themselves will be restored.

Q: What's the difference between deleting and freezing apps?
A frozen application can be returned through the ADB program, but a remote application cannot.

Q: Where can I download ADB Run?
You can download the ADB software from the official website of the developer or from the link in our item.

To summarize, it is not necessary to have a smartphone with root rights in order to uninstall a system application on Android. Thanks to the ADB program you can do it in a few clicks and without having to perform complex manipulations with your smartphone.

  1. This is the fourth or fifth time I've written that the memory is not being freed. I deleted Google movies, music, books, GMail in two ways (not by freezing). Now App Inspector and the application manager does not see them, but the free memory was 46% (1.84 GB out of 3.94), and remained. The computer showed me a more detailed picture: 1,573,871,616 bytes were free, now it is 1,572,749,312. So, there is less free memory now. Windows XP, Adb Run v4.10.11.19 for XP and Vista, Huawei tablet with android 6.0.

    All in all, a monkey's work. It is easier to disable unnecessary applications in the application manager, as I did before.

  2. Gives a system error. "The program cannot be started because api-ms-win-crt-heap-l1-1-0.dll is missing Try reinstalling the program."
    Reinstalled, didn't get anywhere

  3. Can I use these instructions to remove AI Searsh from my Honor 10 Lite (Android 10) phone?

  4. I decided to remove trash applications from the manufacturer on the tablet prestigio multipad 7.0 Prime Duo 3G with android 4.1.2, but writes in two ways Failure. The tablet works and it's very frustrating that it does not work because on the new smartphone redmi go worked!

  5. Nothing works!!!

    error: device unauthorized.
    This adb server's $ADB_VENDOR_KEYS is not set
    Try 'adb kill-server' if that seems wrong.
    Otherwise check for a confirmation dialog on your device.

    Appears when entering the adb shell

    OPPO A5s

  6. Thank you! Over is genius!
    I menu 11 - 6 select the control-m copy cntrl-c the name of the package for some reason in that menu immediately can not remove the program, and then return to the menu 12 - 7 and delete, paste cntrl-inter sucessful and the icon in Honor7j disappeared duo and google music. on errors and memory not compared cleared or not but the pictures disappear from the table.

  7. Somewhere we made a mistake when entering

  8. Thank you very much for the article. However, on one of my smartphones (Android 4.4.2) after entering the command to remove the application I get the following reply: Error: Unknown option: -user0 Nowhere can I find the reason. Thank you in advance for the answer.

  9. applications are removed from the screen and changed, but they still remain in the phone memory

  10. And after uninstalling it is possible to update the firmware over the air ?

  11. One plus 7 rooted,Uninstaller Pro is powerless,through adb run without problems

  12. Thanks a HUGE THANK YOU!!!!quick, easy and safe, all the junk cleaned off the phone, no unnecessary gestures

  13. Specifically this instruction works, check the sequence of your actions and the correctness of the entered commands. Just yesterday I cleaned my Android 10 phone from junk, everything works.

  14. I have not deleted anything. You can't remove system applications without root rights. And no programs and applications will help!

  15. WARNING: linker: has text relocations. This is wasting memory
    y and is a security risk. Please fix.
    WARNING: linker: has text relocations. This is wasting memory
    y and is a security risk. Please fix.
    Error: Unknown option: -user
    Press any key to continue. . .
    I do not understand what this is about - can you explain the reason?

  16. All is fine! Connected the phone to the computer via USB, installed root rights on the phone and quietly removed the google play music, google play movies and google play books I did not need! Thanks for the helpful tip!

  17. This article saved my life and at the same time ended my torment with the Chinese phone, which had pre-installed system applications with embedded viruses, which completely controlled everything and was the master of my phone instead of me ! Huge thanks to the author!!!

  18. Through Studio did not try, for ADB Run you need the id of the application, that is, you specify the path to the folder where the files are located.

  19. I understand that the main thing is to delete the necessary application files. Is it possible to do this through the android studio in debug mode?

  20. This is the error, although the device is on
    error: device offline

  21. I have the same error...I have Xiaomi...there is always something wrong with me

  22. Emulators devices not found what to do? Everything is connected. Windows can see it.

  23. The apps seem to be deleted, but the memory is not freed up. For example, Google Play Movies, Success. App Inspector does not see Google Play Movies. In the App Manager, it is visible, but says "not installed", takes 56.76 MB of the device memory, and there is a "turn off" key. What is the problem? Google Play Music app, all the same, and there are more of the same. Yes, sorry I forgot to write: Samsung J5

  24. What applications did you uninstall? Did you check their weight before uninstalling?

  25. The applications seem to have been deleted, but the memory is not free. Why?

  26. This method worked for the LENOVO K5 PRO. Before that, I tried some options - no result. Thank you.

  27. I managed to remove Yandex Launcher without consequences only after installing another Launcher (Nova Launcher) and making it the main one in the settings.
    Thanks for the description, Maxim. Now the acum holds up to 3 days, and no advertising.

  28. We only remove comments that contain mat or spam. Your comments can't be checked instantly, because the admin is not always online on weekends.

  29. Perhaps in your model this launcher is built into the system level, it all depends on the model.

  30. Repeated everything carefully - everything worked. I messed up somewhere. But when I uninstall Yandex Launchera on my smartphone, all the icons disappear and the only sign appears: "Running Android" with a running bar. Rebooting does not help. After an hour I had to reset to factory settings. Although I read that the Yandex Launcher can be uninstalled. It turns out that no.

  31. After the command to remove:
    failure (not installed for 0)
    VievMax:/ S
    Both ways. What can be done ?

  32. And I got error: no devices/emulators found
    Why was my question deleted? If you have nothing to say, just say so, instead of deleting it.

  33. In the memory of the smartphone there are arch files that are not deleted and the app inspector does not see them.

  34. Thank you very much for the competent instructions. I was able to implement everything.
    But there are some subtleties that nevertheless remain. They do not depend on this article, and do not affect the subsequent operation of the smartphone. Here they are.
    - After uninstalling according to the instructions given in the article, some programs leave "traces" in the list of available applications. APP Inspector does not see them and does not show them, but they are present in the smartphone menu for installing/uninstalling applications;
    - Unfortunately, in the latest version of ADB Run, the ability to "freeze" applications has disappeared, which is a pity because the lack of such a feature does not allow you to experiment.
    - This article, unfortunately, does not contain instructions on how to correctly prepare the master computer to work with the smartphone via ADB. Related materials are easy to find, but perhaps it was more correct to indicate it here.
    These are all non-critical comments, and thank you very much for the work you've done!

  35. A HUGE THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Cleaned my phone!!! The battery now holds a charge twice as long as before. And most importantly, the memory is free of junk.

  36. Thank you so much!!! I was about to change the phone, because due to FB and other trash it was impossible to put the necessary applications on the phone! I tried everything, and here everything is so simple and easy!!! Respect to the author!

  37. On two computers. win 8.1, 10 displays an error about the emulator, remove the system app. did not work

  38. I am impressed by the clarity, simplicity, and precision of the presentation of difficult material,
    Thank you, with respect, Roman.

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