Remove Pre-Installed Bloatware Apps From Android Devices With Titanium Backup

Remove Bloatware from Android with Titanium BackupI have always been annoyed with pre-installed bloatware on the devices, and I am sure that I am not the only one who feels this way. Most of these applications are career-specific and offer little utility to the power users who want to customize their devices their way. While Android’s built-in uninstallation method works for removing applications installed by users, it does not allow for removal of applications that came bundled with the device. Titanium Backup is a free application you can use to easily get rid of such applications.

We have covered Titanium Backup before in our basic guide to backup an Android phone. This free application packs a lot of powerful features, including the removal of applications that don’t appear in the default app uninstall list. Your phone must be rooted before you can use Titanium Backup, and you can learn how to root it from our guide on rooting Android devices.

You can grab the free version of Titanium Backup from the Android Market, get it from AppBrain (link given at the end of this article) or download it directly by scanning the provided QR code.


Once it is installed, run it and tap on the ‘Backup/Restore’ tab. You will see a list of all the installed app here, including the ones that came pre-installed on the phone. To uninstall an app, simply tap on its name and then tap on the ‘Un-install’ button on the dialog box that pops up – it really is that easy!

Titanium Backup runs on any version of Android and was tested by us on an HTC Desire running Android 2.2 FroYo.

Download Titanium Backup from AppBrain

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  • Alvin Toledo

    I have installed Titanum Backup. When I launched it, “Asking for root right” and will be stuck on it and wont do anything.

    • CuNadzee

      Is ur device actualllly ROOOOTED…? :-/

  • varite

    it doesn’t works, at least for me… i’ve been trying to uninstall “peep” and the cell phone turn off, each time, then i look and the app still installed… any ideas? thanks.

    • marc

      Nand unlock/S-off with Alpharev.

  • Brandon

    Thank you for this post. I was able to get rid of all the unwanted pre-installed software on my phone.
    @Varite, go to the Market and download z4root. It works great and only takes one simple press of a button to root your phone. Rerun the Titanium Backup app and grant it root access.

    LG Optimus T
    Android 2.2

  • Cindy

    So far TB has been the ONLY app that has been able get rid of the bloatware and the widgets…especially the devious Boingo app. I will be upgrading to Pro as soon as I can.

  • 1fast05mustang

    rooted thunderbolt with 2.3.4 and rezound battery. in titanium backup, im removing blockbuster and it has been showing uninstalling blockbuster for about 15 minutes? anyone know how long it takes?

  • Venkat

    I have a rooted HTC Desire , after un-installing system application instead of clearing the application and freeing up the internal memory the  internal memory is getting full, the TB shows the application is un-installed but i can see the application is still available and usable. But the application is removed from TB list.

    • Venkat

      After restarting the phone the supposedly removed applications reappears in the TB list 

  • Tim Donk

    The motivation for learning how to root my phone was the football and Nascar apps Sprint decided to dunmp on me…….GONE!! Thanks!!

  • http://twitter.com/KingRaf01 Raf M.

    I’ve ran the ‘Un-install!’ on a few apps (blockbuster, nascar & football) but did not see any change in the System ROM or Internal storage, is that normal? I was hoping to free up space and possibly speed up my device this way.

  • andy

    I’m wondering if there is a proper way to uninstall an app and install it’s Replacement.. .. lets say I wanted to ditch apps like the music player, stock keyboard, or stock camera.. . I was told after backing up the app, then uninstall it. Then download and install the new app. Is this order necessary?