Dealing with bloatware is one of the common problems Android users have to deal with. Nobody wants a load of useless apps sitting on their device and potentially impacting on performance. Even the latest Android smartphones still come pre-loaded with tons of apps, some of which you’ll have little use for. Fortunately, there’s a way to get around this problem. This article highlights some easy steps to get rid of pre-installed apps on your Android handset.

How to get rid of bloatware on your Android smartphone or tablet

Bloatware (pre-installed apps) consume scarce resources and make it harder to keep your apps organized. Most bloatware is hidden in system folders and you need permission to access them. Below are the steps to follow to get rid of these apps.

Step 1 – root your Android device

Rooting your Android device gives you superuser privileges, which means you’ll be able to do virtually anything on your device. To learn how to root your device, read this article. Keep in mind though that most manufacturers and carriers forbid rooting, and your warranty will most likely be void if your root your smartphone or Android tablet.

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Step 2 – backup your data

Now that you have rooted your ‘Andy’ device, it’s time to backup all your content so that you do not lose valuable data in case something goes wrong. Forget manual, there are tons of crazy backup apps that make the job a whole lot easier for you.

Step 3 – install a remover app

It’s time to hop over to Google Play Store and key in the search words ‘remove system app’, or ‘System app remover’. What you’re looking for is any top-rated app that is designed to remove bloatware. There are plenty of them, and they all work the same so there’s no point recommending any specific app.

Step 4 – launch the app

Launch whatever bloatware remover app you have downloaded and installed on your device. You’ll be asked the grant the app super-user permissions. Again, you need to have rooted your phone for the remover app to work.

You’re now able to remove any pre-installed app that you no longer need on your Android device. This will likely lead to a small surge in your device’s performance. Once you get past the root step, it’s super easy to get done with. In the end, be cautious and have some fun.

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