How to Disable Bloatware apps on LG G4 without root access

LG G4 is a powerful device, with its advanced 64bit Quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM, almost all resource hogger apps can be run properly and lag-free. Despite all its greatness, it still has a classic problem which also suffered by other smartphones, especially in the US, it’s a bloatware app in the LG G4. These apps are mostly released by your phone carrier, like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in the US.


These are unwanted, pre-installed Android applications and it’s not required by the phone, in other words, the device can still work even without bloatware apps. The main reason many Android users prefer to remove bloatware on LG G4 is because it’s made the app drawer looks cluttered with so many apps that they do not use, and most of the apps require monthly subscription to be used.

In addition, many users also worried about if the bloatware also use the phone resource, especially if those apps running in the background, this is also likely to affect the battery usage, so you have to recharge it often. However, not all the bloatware apps can lead to resource issues, there are some that are quite useful and can be used free of charge.

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For that reason, we must carefully choose which apps we need to get rid of by using the Debloater app by gatesjunior from xda. It letting you disable and enable bloatware apps on LG G4 or any other phones, this app can also help you to disable the app even if you can not do it via the Application manager.
Here’s how to get it done:

  1. Turn on your Windows/Mac computer.
  2. Install the proper LG G4 drivers on the computer.
  3. Download the latest version of Debloater app from xda.
  4. Run the Debloater app on the PC.
  5. Connect the phone to the PC via micro USB cable.
  6. The Debloater app should recognize your phone, look at Phone State at the bottom.
  7. Click the “Read Phone Package” and start debloating.
Some bloatware apps from AT&T LG G4 (H910):
AT&T apps (Address Book, Digital Life, DriveMode, FamilyMap, Hotspots, Locker, Mobile Locate, Mobile Mail, Navigator, Mobile TV, Smart Wi-Fi and Visual Voicemail), Caller Name ID, Drag and Drop into Trashcan, Keeper, Lookout, Remote Support, Smart Limits, Usage Manager, YPmobile.
Verizon variants (VS986)
Verizon apps (My Verizon Mobile, Accessories, Message, Tones, Voice Mail, Cloud, Navigator, etc.), Amazon apps (App Store, Kindle, MP3, Audible).


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2 Responses

  1. Brad Stowers
    July 20, 2015 at 3:19 PMReply

    Don’t forget to turn on developer mode and enable USB debugging.

  2. Marc
    October 14, 2015 at 6:14 AMReply

    I have turned on developer mode and enabled USB debugging but still get this screen

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