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How To Uninstall Apps On Android
How To Uninstall Apps On Android: Guide To Uninstalling Apps From Different Android Devices
Want to uninstall apps from your Android phone or tablet quickly and easily? How about uninstalling apps from Android Wear watches? Check this tutorial out and get rid of any unwanted apps.
Do you have lots of apps installed on your Android device? Have you only been using some of them recently? Has your phone become a bit slow over the past few weeks?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, it may be the time to clean up your device and uninstall the apps you don't really need or the apps that slow your device down.
In this quick tutorial I will show you how to uninstall apps on Android phones and Android Wear watches. Let's get started!
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I have divided the tutorial into two main parts because removing apps from Android phones or tablets is a bit different from uninstalling apps on Android Wear watches.
If you are a user of Android Wear, you can skip the first part of this tutorial and go straight to the second one.
This tutorial is for intermediate and beginner Android users.
Part 1: How To Uninstall Apps On Android (Phones & Tablets)
There are basically three ways in which you can delete apps on Android and here in this section I quickly talk about each one. Which one you choose is totally up to you.
How To Remove Apps From Android: Use Easy Uninstaller
The quickest and the easiest way to uninstall apps from Android is with the use of a special app that lets you uninstall many apps simultaneously.
There are really a lot of such apps both in Google Play and in the Amazon Appstore for Android. In this example I will show you the app I have been using for many years: Easy Uninstaller.
Here is all you need to do:
- Check the apps you want to uninstall from your Android phone and then hit UNINSTALL. Confirm your choice and the app (one after another) will be uninstalled from your device.
Note that you won't be able to uninstall some of the preinstalled apps in this way. Even if you check them, hit UNINSTALL and confirm, the app won't be really removed from your device.
The only way to get rid of these apps is to disable them (click to learn more) or root your device (which I don't recommend).
This is the quickest and the easiest method to manage and uninstall the apps from your Android device.
Other Uninstaller Apps
Easy Uninstaller isn't the only app that lets you uninstall apps on Android. Here are a few other good alternatives:
How To Remove Apps From Android: Use Built-In Uninstall Features
Every Android phone (regardless of the version of Android OS) has built-in features that let you manage and uninstall apps.
In newer phones with newer versions of Android the process of uninstalling apps is extremely easy. There are at least two ways to uninstall apps from Android phones without an external app.
The screenshots and these instructions are based on my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S7) running Android 7.0.
Use The Built-In App Manager
Every Android device has some built-in app manager that allows for managing apps: uninstalling them, clearing their cache or disabling them. Here is what you need to do:
- Go to the settings of your device (in most cases you simply need to swipe down the top of the screen and click on the settings icon) and choose APPS.
- You will see the list of all the apps installed on your device. Click on the app you want to uninstall.
- You can now see a bunch of settings for this app (like notifications or permissions) and its info (mobile data or battery used).
- To uninstall the app, you need to hit UNINSTALL. Once you do that, the app will ask you for confirmation and the app will be removed from your device.
Uninstall Apps Straight From App Grid
In newer versions of Android (in many phone models), it's possible to uninstall app straight from the app grid! All you need to do is:
- Open the app grid and long-hold the icon of the app you want to uninstall.
- The app you pressed will be checked and you will have the option of moving it. Move it to the UNINSTALL area in the top left corner and the app will be uninstalled from your device.
- You can also uninstall app in a similar way straight from your home panel. Just long-hold any app from your home screen you want to uninstall and a small popup menu will appear. Choose Uninstall and the app will be uninstalled from your device.
How To Remove Apps From Android: Use More Advanced App Manager
You can also uninstall any app from your Android phone using an external app manager which often has more features and more advanced functions.
In the example below I will show you how to delete apps on Android with the use of AppMgr III. This is a more advanced app manager that lets you not only uninstall apps but also hide them or move them to the SD card. Here is what you need to do:
- Download and install AppMgr III (link goes to Google Play).
- Open the app and wait until it finishes analyzing the storage of your device.You will now see all the apps installed on your device divided into those that can be moved to SD, that are on SD and those that can only be on the phone memory.
- To manage the apps on your Android device, click on the setting icon in the top left corner and then on App manager.
- To uninstall the selected apps simply check them (long-hold each app you want to remove) and then click on the dust bin icon in the top right corner. Confirm that you want to uninstall these apps and they will be removed from your device.
Other App Managers
AppMgr III isn't the only app that lets you uninstall apps on Android. Here are a few other good alternatives:
Part 2: How To Uninstall Apps On Android (Android Wear Watches)
Uninstalling apps from Android Wear is a little bit more complex but it's not impossible. Here are the steps you need to take to delete apps from your Android Wear watch.
The screenshots from this part of the tutorial come from Sony Xperia Z5 Compact running Android 6.0.
Uninstalling Apps From Android Wear Step 1: Prepare
Before we go any further, I need you to prepare your devices so that we can go smoothly with this tutorial. Here is what you need:
- Your Android Wear watch.
- Your Android phone connected to your watch (you need to pair the two devices over Bluetooth at first).
- The Internet connection in your phone (either over Wi-Fi or mobile data).
- Android Wear app installed on your phone. This is one of the essential Android apps you need to have to be able to pair your phone with your watch.
Once you prepare your devices, we can go on and uninstall apps from your watch.
Uninstalling Apps From Android Wear Step 2: Analyze
The first thing you might want to do is analyze the storage of your Android Wear watch to see what apps are installed, how much space they occupy and to decide which ones you want to get rid of.
Here is what you need to do:
- Open the Android Wear app on your phone. Remember that your smartwatch must be connected to your phone. If it’s connected, the app will say Connected just below the name of your watch.
- Tap on the settings icon and then on the name of your watch.
- Click on watch storage. You will now see what apps are installed on your watch (or what apps show notifications on your watch).
Unfortunately, the Android Wear app doesn’t let you uninstall or manage these apps in any way.
All you can do is analyze them and analyze battery usage of your watch (by clicking Watch battery just above Watch storage).
Uninstalling Apps From Android Wear Step 3: Uninstall
Fortunately there are at least two good apps that will let you uninstall apps from your Android Wear device quickly and without any problems.
Both of these apps are available in Google Play.
Wear App Manager (Paid)
This is a paid app but it’s certainly worth its price (it's a little more than one dollar). Once you install and open the Wear App Manager, you will get access to tons of interesting features.
- Wear App Manager will let you view the apps installed on your Android Wear (either in the form of a list or grid) and the amount of space available on your Android Wear device.
- Next to each app, you will see the icon indicating whether the app is present only on your watch, your phone or both devices.
- To manage each app and see much more detail, just click on the chosen app.
- You will get access to a lot of settings and features like launching the app on a wearable, launching on phone, the amount of storage it occupies on a wearable, details about the app version installed on your devices and app permissions.
- To uninstall the app, click on the three dots under field Actions and choose Uninstall. In some cases you will see the notification saying that the app will be removed both from your phone and your watch.
- In a few seconds you will see the notification on your smartwatch that the app has been uninstalled (even though Wear App Manager might still show it’s installed).
That’s it. You have successfully uninstalled an app from your Android Wear smartwatch.
Wear App Manager & Tracker (Free)
There is also a free app Wear App Manager & Tracker which can help you manage and uninstall apps from your Android Wear.
This app, however, offers you fewer features and it displays only the apps that are installed both on your phone and your watch
Once you uninstall the app, it will be removed from both devices (your phone and your Android Wear smartwatch).