A primary reason why many folks prefer Google’s Nexus smartphones is the device come with pure Google Android experience. Additionally it also arrives without manufacturer or carrier’s pre-installed apps or often called bloatware apps, might be it’s the reason why the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is much preferred and sell well. Many users who tried to remove it reasoned that the pre-installed apps usually are not useful to them, so rather than crowd out the internal storage space or make the app drawer looks cluttered, it’s better to get rid of it.
The great thing is, Google has listened to us, start from Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) we can easily disable any bloatware apps without root access. It could be that they have realized that not all devices have superuser privileges and Android users should not need to be rooted in order to disable a pre-installed app. However, disabling a bloatware apps are not going to delete the app files from our device, this procedure will simply freeze those apps and remove it from the app lists and you wouldn’t get any notification or push message from the disabled apps.
Here is a step by step on how to disable and re-enable the bloatware apps on any Android device running Jelly Bean. Only do this when you are sure that your device can work normally without it.
- Head over to Settings -> Apps, from there go to ALL section. There you will find nearly all installed apps on your device, including the bloatware. Choose the app you would like to disable.
- Once you have the app will go to “App info”, then tap the Disable button.
- Afterward the disabled app would be listed in “DISABLED” section in Apps settings. To re-enable the app, just tap the enable button on App info.
For those who are running an older version of Android, it seems you need to achieve superuser privileges so that you can disable or remove the bloatware apps. If your device has been rooted you can remove it by making use of Titanium Backup or manually remove it from /system/apps folder by using a root file manager.