this is how you make intrusive apps a tone lower

Many people find bloatware bloody irritating. These pre-installed apps are very difficult to remove, but there are more roads to Rome. Here’s how to deal with bloatware on your Android phone.

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Remove Android bloatware

You’ve probably heard of bloatware. These are apps that come preinstalled on your phone. As soon as you take the device out of the box and start it up, the programs are in your list of apps. For example, consider mandatory social media apps (à la Facebook) or an app from an online store (such as Amazon).

The annoying thing about all this? You have no influence on it. How much bloatware your (Android) phone has depends on the brand. Parties such as Google are known for their ‘bare’ versions of Android. They provide virtually no additional apps.

Other brands do just that. Usually manufacturers do this to make money. It is very lucrative to ship some bloatware apps by default. Unfortunately, they usually don’t think about the user here, because in most cases bloatware is more of a problem than a useful addition.

Fortunately, there are ways to banish the intrusive apps. Removing bloatware completely is quite tricky, but there are ways to tone down the pre-installed apps. Here are four tips.

1. Uninstall apps

It’s not always possible, but sometimes you can remove bloatware by simply uninstalling the app.

To do this, go to your phone’s settings menu and tap ‘Apps’. Find and uninstall the bloatware app. Is the program on one of your Android home screens? Then you can delete the app by long-pressing the icon and then pressing ‘Delete’.

2. Out of sight, out of mind?

Is your phone not short on storage space and do you prefer the pragmatic solution over the ‘real’ solution? Then choose to hide bloatware apps, instead of removing them completely. After all, removal is (usually) not possible and by disguising the programs, you will practically never come into contact with them.

How you hide apps depends on your phone. With some phone manufacturers this function is built in as standard, with other parties you have to download an app for this.

Do you want to check whether your smartphone has this function? Then open the app drawer (by swiping up from below the screen) and tap the three dots in the top right corner. Choose ‘Settings’ and go to ‘Hidden apps’, or something similar. Apps that you add to this are then removed from the general app list.

Do you have a OnePlus phone? Then you swipe the screen outwards from the middle with two fingers. You will then end up in the ‘Hidden room’. Add bloatware apps to this to keep it hidden.

Does not it work? Then download an app to remove programs. There are hundreds of such applications in the Play Store, but decent options are Calculator Vault in App Hider.

The downside of hiding apps is that you don’t solve the actual problem. The apps are still on your phone, but you simply don’t see them anymore.

3. Turn off apps

In line with the previous tip, you can also choose to block apps. The bloatware is therefore no longer active and therefore does not take up valuable computing power. However, just like hiding bloatware, the apps do eat up storage space.

How to disable apps:

  1. Open your phone’s settings menu;
  2. Go to ‘Apps’ and select the bloatware app you want to deactivate;
  3. Choose ‘Disable’ and confirm your choice.

4. For the handy Harry: rooting

Do you want to remove the bloatware completely? Then you have no choice but to root your phone. This gives you access to the core (the root) of your phone and you can do everything you want with the device – including removing bloatware.

This sounds nice, but it is not free of risk. For example, you lose the warranty on your device. Moreover, you need the necessary technical knowledge, because rooting is not always a simple process. If you run into problems during or after rooting, you have to solve them yourself. The manufacturer will no longer help you.

In short, rooting can be a solution to bloatware, but only start if you know very well what you are doing. The average phone user should definitely not get into it – it’s simply too risky for that.

Read more about rooting Android phones.

More Helpful Android Tips

You may find that removing bloatware is going too far. In that case, you can also turn off the notifications of the relevant app. That way you prevent the program from continuing to bombard you with all kinds of (nonsensical) messages. Android Planeteditor Wouter explains in the video below how you can turn off app notifications.

Turn off app notifications on your Android phone: this is how you do it

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