Uninstall root-based system applications

Uninstall root-based system applications

What is uninstalling root-based system applications?

System apps are those apps that come preinstalled with your phone and can not be uninstalled so easily. Uninstalling root-based system applications is required because root is in violation of the warranty terms, so if you root your phone, you may have warranty issues if the phone fails.

Why do we need to uninstall root-based system applications on Android

First of all, you obviously need the phone, after which:

  1. Data cable
  2. A PC, desktop or laptop
  3. USB Drivers for Your Phone (see below)
  4. Platform Tools (see below)

Uninstalling root-based system applications, instructions


Before any uninstallation, it is recommended that you back up the applications you want to uninstall.

  1. On your phone, enable USB Debugging in Settings / Developer Options
  2. On your phone, look for the name of the app you want to uninstall with Package Names Viewersee below)
  3. Connect the phone to your PC using the data cable and make sure that you have installed the USB drivers (see below)
  4. On the PC, unzip Platform Tools on the desktop, enter the unzipped folder and simultaneously press “Right Shift and Right Mouse Click”, choose “open PowerShell window here” or “open CMD here”.
  5. In the PowerShell or CMD window give the command “adb devices"
  6. If the number and device do not appear, it means that you have not installed the USB driver correctly, as well as if the device number appears next to “unknown” instead of “device”
  7. If after order "adb devices"The number and" device "will appear correctly, you can proceed with the command"adb shell"
  8. Now the phone is ready to listen to your instructions.
  9. To uninstall an application, give the command "pm uninstall -k –user 0 com.google.android.apps.photos"Where instead of"
    com.google.android.apps.photos ”Enter the name of the application you want to uninstall.

Download Links#

  1. USB Android Drivers
  2. Platform tools Android
  3. Package Names Viewer


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About Cristian Cismaru

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  1. Bogdan Marin said

    I have a Samsung J7 (2017) without root. I have uninstalled some applications (Samsung mail, Drive, Office Suite, Facebook, Photo, Game Launcher, Google Play Music, Google Play Movies, One Drive, Samsung Health, Samsung Members, Skype, Youtube) that came preinstalled. We restarted the phone and stuck to the Samsung logo. He just did not want to start. I tried to restore it from the factory (out of buttons) and nothing, it was stuck to the logo. Eventually I had to reinstall (flash) the system. I think uninstalling these bloatware will irreparably corrupt system files. Now I wonder if it is valid only for Samsung J7 or affects other brands?

  2. I also have a question, after this operation can make UP to android? is the guarantee on the phone? Thank you

  3. Rob3ert - NO: if you are not rooted, it does not affect the warranty.

  4. @Cristi after following all the steps and recognizing the phone in the power shell, when adding the command "pm uninstall -k -user 0" followed by the correct name of the application I want to uninstall, my phone does not uninstall it and also restarts and after opening a message appears to me that I have to install the file explorer application, they have samsung smart swich in order to be able to access the files. Where the problem may be. I am waiting for an answer, thank you very much.

  5. Hello!
    It works on MIUI or not.

  6. Vlad Tepes said

    Only on "MIUIE psd!"

  7. Hello,
    I'm not hater, I have all the respect for your work but the title of this clip is a little click-through.
    Those applications that you say are uninstalled are actually disabled.
    If you could easily uninstall a root-based system application, then it would be a serious security issue. Uninstalling user-installed applications or updates to installed system applications from Google Play can be uninstalled. If a factory reset is made, all those applications appear and because they were never really uninstalled, but only disabled.
    It is true that the effect for the user is about the same, but it is better to be properly informed.
    There are Google apps that can disable everything you want, usually made for each brand. For Samsung there is Package Disabler Pro + (Samsung).

  8. Normally it should work on any device with the android operating system.

  9. CrazyRap said

    Hello if you have OnePlus 3 with Oxygen OS Oreo and you want a Nook ROM (for example Lineage OS 14.1) you should install the Nugget firmware first and then take your ROM or you can install it as a ROM normal (Flash in TWRP)?
    And if you install the ROM directly that would be the worst thing that could happen?

    • Rage4Win said

      understand, that they are not deactivated, as long as you use the same rum when you reset it, all your data will be reset as you took it out of the box, so of course they will be reinstalled

  10. Adria Gudus said

    EMP83 you are misinformed, the command mentioned by my colleague does not deactivate the application but deletes it permanently from the system and the "-k" option makes the "cache" and "data" folder for the deleted application remain. Read the ADB documentation.

  11. EMP83 cam is denying the application is not completely erased I have a Oneplus 5 I have uninstalled Gmail and others and tells me that the application is not installed for the user and shows me that 402 MB

  12. Iomut, in and out there, cache, all that goes away, the applications gather in time a lot of files in the application, then it remains, Succes!

  13. Florin said

    [email protected]_X00AD_2: / $ pm uninstall -k -user 0 com.google.android.talk
    Error: Unknown option: -u
    1|[email protected]_X00AD_2: / $
    not working. I have root and bootloader unlock

  14. Liviu-Ovidiu Manea said

    Goes on samsung A50 with Android 9 ???

  15. Hello,
    I tried PocofoneF1, it worked… all good and beautiful until I restarted the system that did not start. He sends me to pcsuite.mi.com and I don't know what to do. There is a tool to use to flash with an official rum of mine… I searched so far and did not find. Any advice…? Downloading the rom from the official page is not the problem…
    Thank you.

  16. Ionel Manea said

    adb: The term 'adb' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the
    spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
    At line: 1 char: 1
    + adb devices
    + ~~~
    + CategoryInfo: ObjectNotFound: (adb: String) [], CommandNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId: CommandNotFoundException

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